Howdy Rush Nation, welcome back to year two of my Individual Defensive Player (IDP) arcadia. My weekly purpose is to find you the top defensive fantasy streamers for your IDP roster.
Shedding light on different players that could potentially give you the edge on a position you may have been otherwise doubtful of is my aim. I will also provide fantasy insight on a matchup that I will select each week at random.
Nothing is worse than reading a streaming column and realizing most of the players in the article are already rostered. To avoid this, I select players who are under 8% rostered (via Yahoo).
Together, we will help your IDP roster, shock your leagues, and expand our knowledge of players otherwise forgotten in the “Fantasy Realm.”
(DL) Michael Pierce – MIN vs. SEA -5% Rostered- (2.88 projection)
After starting the season with two sacks (tied for his season record), Pierce was relatively quiet in week 2 with only a tackle. This week Minnesota hosts Seattle, and I expect Michael to have a better outing. Last week Pierce struggled against the pass rush. With that said, Seattle has given up seven sacks in the first two weeks of the season.
(DL) Zach Sieler – MIA @ LV -0% Rostered- (3.77 projection)
Sieler is coming off a hot week where he brought down the ball carrier five times against Buffalo. Zach is part of a rotation, so I wouldn’t expect him to have over forty snaps. Twenty of the Raiders rushes this season have been between their offensive guards.
(LB) Damien Wilson – JAC vs. ARI -2% Rostered- (6.57 projection)
Wilson has the second-most defensive snaps of all linebackers in Jacksonville. With that said, Wilson did see twenty-two fewer snaps in week two than he did in week 1. Damien has been primarily used in run defense and coverage. The Cardinals have the threat of a consistent rusher at the quarterback position. I believe Wilson will have his hands full this weekend.
(LB) Zack Baun – NO @ NE -4% Rostered- (8.22 projection)
Sixty-four snaps this past contest, and over thirty in pass coverage. Baun is the definition of a diamond in the rough for your IDP rosters. Ten solo tackles and Baun has been targeted nine times and allowed six receptions. After this week, Baun should surpass his total snap count from his rookie season last year. Baun also plays multiple linebacker positions, helping him find different ways to do his part for your roster.
(DB) Kyle Dugger – NE vs. NO – 2% Rostered- (5.63 projection)
Kyle has over 100 snaps at strong safety for New England this season. Dugger is usually around the action, primarily lined up in the box or occasionally on the slot wide receiver. When blitzed, Jameis Winston completes his passes only thirty percent of the time. New Orleans targeted strong safeties nine times last week.
(DB) Darious Williams – LAR vs. TB – 1% Rostered- (5.01 projection)
Darius is Los Angles’ best kept IDP secret. Thirteen tackles and nineteen targets in two games. Although he has one allowed touchdown, he has averaged a pass breakup per game. Thirty-two percent of Williams snaps have come in the form of rush defense. Make your move now, as he may not be on the wire and available for roster for much longer.
NFL Week 2 Matchup to Watch
Seattle Seahawks (1-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
This week the Vikings face their second NFC West team and are looking to right the “Longship.” A season of last-second heartbreak has Minnesota fans in a horror film, and it’s not even October yet.
The Vikings have found their rushing success come from the interior left side of the line(twenty-one attempts and one touchdown). Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has targeted four players ten or more times this season and averages a seventy-nine percent catch percentage with his targets.
Seattle is currently 1-1 and yet last in the NFC West standings as they are the only team in the division with a loss. Last week Seattle joined Minnesota as the only two teams with overtime losses this season.
The Seahawks targeted corners only one more time than all other defensive positions in week two. Two scores came when Russell Wilson targeted the strong safety. They know how to spread the ball around and have the offensive weapons to do so. Seattle also is averaging five yards on forty-four carries through two weeks. Rushing into the interior right side of the line has been Seattle’s sweet spot.
- (Al Woods – DL) – 4 Tackles 2 Assisted
- (Bobby Wagner – LB) – 9 Tackles 3 Assisted 1 FF
- (D.J. Reed Jr. – DB) – 5 Tackles 1 Assisted 1 PBU
- (Stephen Weatherly – DL) – 2 Tackles 1Assisted 1 FF
- (Nick Vigil – LB) – 5 Tackles 2 Assisted 1 Sack
- (Bashaud Breeland – DB) – 5 Tackles 2 Assisted 1 Interception
That is all I have for this upcoming week; a thousand thank yous for reading and good luck in your second week. Are you looking for more IDP roster help? Check out last week’s IDP Streamers.
My line is always open, and I always welcome feedback of any sort! Here’s to week 2, and as always, happy streaming Rush Nation. Cheers.