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 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.” Let’s discuss some streamers.
(DL) Sebastian Joseph-Day – LAR vs. ARI -2% Rostered- (3.55 projection)
Sebastian has seen the field 47 snaps or more per contest. Five hurries and one sack have been the results of his eight pressures. Joseph-Day’s eleven tackles have him tied for third among all defensive linemen. This is a no-brainer; he’s proving to be far more for your roster than a streamer.
(DL) Matt Judon – NE vs. TB – 2% Rostered- (5.96 projection)
Fourth in the NFL with four sacks, Matt Judon, is a must-add for your IDP roster this week against new-age rival Tampa Bay. No less than forty-eight snaps per contest, yet Judon does leave more to be desired in the tackles column. With only seventeen percent of Matt’s snaps being in coverage, you can expect him to affect opposing backfields consistently.
(LB) Justin Strnad – DEN vs. BAL – 1% Rostered- (4.19 projection)
With the unfortunate loss of former streamer Josey Jewell, Justin seems to be one of two men at middle linebacker. Logging in forty-one snaps in week three for Denver, Strnad finished with five tackles and was targeted eight times in coverage. I expect Baltimore to scheme the playcalling in Strnad’s direction this week as Justin has sixty-four career snaps in the NFL.
(LB) Ja’Whaun Bentley – NE vs. TB – 1% Rostered- (3.41 projection)
Bentley’s stats show he has been a tackling machine these past two weeks(thirteen tackles and two assisted). Aside from wrapping up the ball carrier, Ja’Whaun is in the box on ninety-three percent of snaps, mainly as one of the outside backers. Bentley could be the most targeted linebacker on the field in Foxborough this weekend.
(DB) Marcus Maye – NYJ @ DEN – 5% Rostered- (7.18 projection)
Marcus is tied for ninth among all defensive backs with eighty-seven snaps in run defense. Denver is fifth in the NFL currently in rushing attempts; I expect Maye to feast. Maye is featured in just about every defensive package and is involved in every play as he is everywhere, even in coverage and run defense every game. A solid lock for the season as a DB2 for redraft formats.
(DB) Nasir Adderley – LAC vs. LV – 1% Rostered- (6.33 projection)
Adderley is tied for second currently in tackles among all defensive backs. He is strictly used in coverage or run defense Nasir has zero snaps in pass rush and zero pressures. Nasir has found his groove against the run and is a lock as a weekly starter for your tackle-heavy IDP lineups.
NFL Week 2 Matchup to Watch
Miami Dolphins (1-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (0-3)
Although at first glance one may shy away at the thought of the defeated, Wentz-led Colts hosting the Tualess Fins, I see a beautiful opportunity for the defensive to step up and put points on the board literally. IDP lovers rejoice as this contest could spell fantasy jackpot for your lineups.
Miami quarterback Jacoby Brissett dropped back fifty-seven times last week, and Brissett averaged 4.4 yards per attempt. In the past three weeks, the Colts have had thirty-four pressures, led by the NFL’s best defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. In Jacoby’s last two weeks at quarterback, he has been sacked six times.
Miami uses two running backs and their quarterback in the rushing game(fifty-seven out of seventy rushes). The rushing plays tend to go toward the left guard (twelve attempts) and the right (thirteen attempts).
Jonathan Taylor is the Colts’ leading rusher in attempts with forty-two on the season; the RB1 averages his most yardage when running by the left guard and tallies the most carries toward the left tackle(nine times this season).
The bulk of Colts quarterback Carson Wentz’s passes come from twenty yards and inward at the heart of the field. Wentz has also passed the ball to the flats twenty-one times this season. All three touchdowns from Wentz were in the middle of the field between ten and twenty yards(139.8 RTG)
(Christian Wilkins – DL) – 3 Tackles 1 Assisted
(Elandon Roberts – LB) – 5 Tackles 3 Assisted 1 PBU
(Brandon Jones – DB) – 4 Tackles 1 Assisted 1 Sack
(Grover Stewart – DL) – 2 Tackles 2 Assisted 1 Sack
(Bobby Okereke – LB) – 5 Tackles 2 Assisted 1 Int
(Julian Blackmon – DB) – 6 Tackles 2 Assisted
Those are all of the streamers I have for this upcoming week; a thousand thank yous for reading and good luck in your second week. Are you looking for more? 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.