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.
Shedding light on different streaming 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.
Usually, I select players underneath the 8% rostered (via Yahoo). However, I will wait until week 2 to ensure all drafts are complete to give accurate and trustworthy streamers.
Together, we will help your IDP roster, shock your leagues, and expand our knowledge of players otherwise forgotten in the “Fantasy Realm.”
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(DL) Brian Burns – CAR vs. NYJ – 0% Rostered- (7.92 projection)
Burns totaled fifty-seven total pressures resulting in ten sacks, twelve hits, and thirty-five hurries in 2020. Burns was consistently on the field ranging between forty-three and fifty-five snaps a week. Aside from being a defensive stopper, Burns was targeted twice in coverage in last season’s week one contest.
(DL) Chris Jones – KC vs. CLE – 0% Rostered- (6.54 projection)
Chris Jones totaled eight-hundred and fifty-two snaps last season, resulting in eight sacks, twenty-three hits, and thirty-nine hurries. Jones knows how to light up a backfield, as he had two multiple sack contests in 2020. Tackling is a primary concern with Jones, as he missed 26% of his tackles last season.
(LB) Logan Wilson – CIN vs. MIN 0% Rostered- (6.79 projection)
Newly assigned starting middle linebacker Logan Wilson will be entrusted with the defensive helmet communicator this season. Last year, the quiet leader had an equally quiet season. If you went light at linebacker in your draft this season, keep your eyes on this streamer of a human.
(LB) Kenneth Murray Jr. – LAC @ WAS- 0% Rostered- (7.86 projection)
Kenneth saw the field nine-hundred and fifty-nine times as a rookie last season, resulting in seventy-nine tackles and twenty-five assisted tackles.
Murray had logged more snaps in defensive coverage(543) than in run defense(381) in all of 2020. Washington has a talented pass-catching backfield. I see a whole lot of opportunity coming for Kenneth “Meat” Murray.
(DB) Antoine Winfield – TB vs. DAL – 0% Rostered- (8.02 projection)
Winfield logged one-thousand two-hundred and forty-three snaps as a rookie last season. Antoine tackled the ball carrier eighty-two times and assisted on nineteen while missing another twelve tackles. His snap count alone is a solid reason to watch Winfield at the start of the season. I don’t expect Antoine to be a streamer for long.
(DB) Ronnie Harrison – CLE @ KC – 0% Rostered- (5.20 projection)
Being traded to Cleveland last year, he forced himself onto the field with his solid play. He is another player I am watching in hopes of a breakout this season. In the Divisional playoff game, Harrison was on the field for fifty-three snaps. A sign that he could become a dark horse candidate for your IDP rosters.
NFL Week 1 Matchup to Watch
Sunday, September 12th(Early)
Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
In 2020, the Eagles were sixth in the league at plays called per game(66.6), the Falcons were fourth(67.4). Both teams are looking to improve from lackluster seasons as a unit. With that said, I believe there will be some IDP relevancy coming from this game.
The last time these two teams met in the regular season was week 1 in 2018. The Eagles defense held Matt Ryan to a 48% completion percentage and one interception on forty-nine dropbacks.
Speaking of dropbacks, in Atlanta’s past two season openers, Ryan has drop-backed a combined 108 times. The Eagles’ secondary will be tested often and early, and I look to see what linebacker matches up with Kyle Pitts.
On the flip side, the Falcons defense was far better against the run than the pass on paper. Linebackers Foyesade Oluokun and De’Vondre Cambell lead Atlanta in tackles in the 2020 season.
The top four corners alone allowed eighteen passing touchdowns last season. I am anxious to see how the secondary shapes up as the season progress. Look for rookie Richie Grant to get more opportunities if things look grim after the first few weeks of the season.
- (DL) Javon Hargrave – 2 Tackles 1 Assisted 1 Sack 0 TFL
- (LB) Alex Singleton – 7 Tackles 4 Assisted 0 Sack 0 TFL
- (DB) Anthony Harris – 6 Tackles 3 Assisted 1 Pass Defended 0 Interceptions
- (DL) Tyeler Davison – 4 Tackles 1 Assisted 0 Sack 1 TFL
- (LB) Foyesade Oluokun – 9 Tackles 3 Assisted 1 Sack 0 TFL
- (DB) Duron Harmon – 5 Tackles 2 Assisted 1 Pass Defended 0 Interceptions
Those are all of the streamers I have for this upcoming week; a thousand thank yous for reading and good luck in your opening week. My line is always open, and I always welcome feedback of any sort!
Get after those streamers! Here’s to week 1, and as always, happy streaming Rush Nation. Cheers.