Week 7, as you know, is bye week apocalypse. So, in addition to covering for the suspended players and those injured, you now have to cover for the men who have this week off from competition. IDP Rankings.

The following teams are on a bye this week: Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. Those are some impressive defenses and IDP players who you have to cover.

Because I am late coming out with this (my sincere apologies, honestly), let’s get right to it. Remember to know your scoring. Know the players’ designation in your league.

LINEBACKERS Week 7 bye week

Germaine Pratt, Cincinnati Bengals

For some reason, Pratt is widely available. So far this season, he has 44 total tackles, two tackles for loss and three passes defended. That seems odd for a man with at least five tackles in every game.

It also helps that this is a home game against the Atlanta Falcons, allowing the 12th-most fantasy points to the linebacker position.

Atlanta plays a slow prodding game averaging 58.8 plays per game (26th), while running the ball on 57.22% of their offensive plays (second-most).

Pratt should have plenty of opportunity to pad those stats.

David Long, Tennessee Titans

This is a rematch of Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts. Long collected seven total tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass defended in that game.

The Colts are giving up the second most fantasy points to the linebacker position. You can thank their propensity to run plays at the sixth fastest rate and personally thank Matt Ryan’s average depth of target (aDOT) of 6.7 yards (fourth-lowest in the league).

Quincy Williams, New York Jets

Williams was out in Weeks 4 and 5. However, he has made a triumphant return. Last week against the Green Bay Packers, he was on the field for 81% of the defensive snaps and collected 14 combined tackles.

The three weeks before his departure, he had 19 combined tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.


Uchenna Nwosu, Seattle

The Seahawks’ defense isn’t great. But that is just a little better for all of us (us being fantasy football players on both sides of the ball).

Last week Nwosu played on 80.62% of the defensive snaps. He has 25 total tackles for the season, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three sacks, and three passes defended. In a ridiculous game that didn’t have half the points we were promised, Nwosu collected three total tackles and one sack.

This week is yet another game. We are promised plenty of points and action, 50.5 over/under, and the Chargers a 5.5-point favorite.

Nwosu should help our fantasy fortunes, especially since the Chargers are giving up the ninth most points to the defensive end position.

Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants

The Giants are 5-1. It’s true. And they are doing it on the backs of a bend, don’t-break type of defense that shut down the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens last week.

The Jaguars are giving up the third-most points to the defensive tackle position. This week they play the Trevor Lawrence-led Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence, with his 86.64% snap share and 22 tackles, three tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one pass defended, should smash.

Preston Smith, Green Bay Packers

The Packers play Washington this week in what everyone (EVERYONE) believes is a “get right game” for the Packers on both sides of the ball.

Washington will start backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke for this game. This team with the starting quarterback gave the most fantasy points to opposing pass rushers.

Smith can add to his 19 total tackles, three tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks against a Washington team that seems in constant flux.


Brandon Jones, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ secondary is in bad shape. Jones is a bright shining star who no one is talking about. The Dolphins play him all over the place. Although he is primarily a box safety, in 76.7% of snaps, he has aligned on the defensive line, in a linebacker spot or as the slot cornerback.

This is goodness for IDP players. It is also very good that he averages seven tackles per game.

Grant Delpit, Safety, Cleveland Browns

Delpit is on the field for 100% of the defensive snaps. He has 37 tackles, four passes defended and one interception.

This week he will play a divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens (who may be without tight end Mark Andrews). The Ravens are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to the safety position.

Jayron Kearse, Safety, Dallas Cowboys

Kearse has been on the field for 63 defensive and five pass-rush snaps. He has 17 total tackles, one missed tackle and three stops. He allows 8.4 yards per attempt and has a passer rating of 95.4.

The Cowboys’ secondary employs a boom-or-bust mentality. Luckily, they play the Lions this week, who allow opposing safeties more boom than busts. As a result, the Lions are giving up top-10 fantasy numbers to opposing safeties. Week 7 bye week Week 7 bye week Week 7 bye week