Howdy Rush Nation, welcome back to my Individual Defensive Player (IDP) arcadia. I apologize for my absence; I am back and ready to help you push for the playoffs if you aren’t already in them. If you are competing in the playoffs this week, allow me to give you congratulations.
My weekly purpose is to find you the top defensive fantasy streamers. My previous articles can be found here.
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.
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 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) D.J. Jones – SF @ CIN – 1% Rostered- (1.44 projection)
The 49ers are coming off of a rough loss against Seattle. Although the defeat was harsh, not all was negative for the red and gold. Jones logged forty-two total snaps, and his efforts resulted in six solos and one assisted tackle. Jones is twenty-three snaps away from eclipsing his most ever in a single season. Against the Rams in week 10, D.J. dropped back into coverage three times and was targeted twice. The Bengals have a talented wide receiving corps, so Jones could drop into coverage to catch Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow off guard. D.J. could very well be a multi versatile play this week in deeper leagues.
(DL) D.J. Wonnum – MIN vs. PIT – 0% Rostered- (3.38 projection)
Wonnum logged forty-one snaps in pass rush this past week against the Lions. One sack on three total pressures, resulting in a single hurry. This week SKOL nation stays home to take on Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is currently sixth in NFL team passing play percentage via TeamRankings (63.35%). Wonnum may not be the sexiest player this week; however, with the current state of the Vikings defense, someone needs to step up. Why not him during your playoffs?
(LB) Blake Lynch – MIN vs. PIT – 0% Rostered- (2.75 projection)
Lynch has logged only one-hundred and ninety snaps this season. The most came in week 13, being on the field for seventy-two plays. He is making the most of his opportunity in the absence of Anthony Barr (hamstring). Pending that Barr sits again, look out for Lynch to bring solid upside to your team playoffs roster. Lynch finished as the LB3 in week 13 via FantasyPros (29.8 pts).
(LB) Uchenna Nwosu – LAC vs. NYG – 0% Rostered- (3.78 projection)
Nwosu is second in total pressures (29) on the Chargers’ defense this season. Nwosu leads his team in quarterback hits as well (10). Last week against the Bengals, Nwosu finished with two sacks and a forced fumble. On Sleeper, Nwosu is both defensive line and linebacker eligible.
(DB) Mike Hilton – CIN vs. SF – 1% Rostered- (5.60 projection)
Hilton is the third most targeted player on the Cincinnati defense (56), allowing a 75% completion percentage. To add, he has seven pressures and a sack this season. Although the 49ers are a run-first team, their game plan generates play-action passes. If it becomes a high-scoring game or Cincinnati gets ahead early, Hilton will have a fantastic outing from a fantasy perspective.
(DB) P.J. Williams – NO vs. NYJ – 0% Rostered- (3.01 projection)
P.J. has seen an enormous increase in snap count in the past three weeks. Last week P.J. was targeted several times, allowing five catches: allowed the second most YAC on the team with 16, and the most YAC on a single play was 13. The point is that P.J. closes the distance on his opponent and finished last week with six tackles and one assist. If you require a targeted wildcard, P.J. is your guy this week. The matchup may not be unique on paper, but Wilson drops back to pass on average 34.1 times per game. He could be that sneaky addition to make your playoff team a deep one.
That is all I have for this upcoming week; a thousand thank yous for sticking with me and reading. Good luck this week, as the season sadly ends soon. My line is always open, via twitter I always welcome feedback of any sort! Here’s to week14, and as always, happy streaming Rush Nation. Cheers.