It is Week 9, and we are once again in “bye-pocalypse.” There are six teams on a bye this week. Those teams are Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers. NFL Week 9 IDP.
While these teams may not have you worried on the offensive end (well, not like the Zombie apocalypse of Week 7), plenty of IDP players will be missing. But not Bradley Chubb because he is now in Miami.
So, let’s get some good replacements for the “bye-pocalypse” (I should start submitting my new words for dictionary approval). Remember, these players are less than 15% rostered in Yahoo leagues and need to be on your roster today.
LINEBACKERS NFL Week 9 IDP
Isaiah Simmons, Arizona Cardinals
While watching the Cardinals play has not always been a thing of beauty, one thing you are guaranteed is that the defense will be on the field. Simmons has been on the field for 63%, 75% and 80% of the defensive snaps in the last three weeks.
Last week that usage accounted for five total tackles, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. This week he will be going up against the Seattle Seahawks, who are giving up the ninth most fantasy points to the linebacker position.
Keep an eye on how Simmons plays. Last week he spent 50% of his snaps in slot coverage which can slow his productivity. Also, the status of Nick Vigil could lessen the time Simmons sees on the field.
Malcolm Rodriguez, Detroit Lions
“Rodrigo” was one of the darlings of HBO’s Hard Knocks series. He started slowly, only on the field for 60% of the offensive snaps in Week 1. However, after their Week 6 bye, he has been on the field for 73% and 68% of the defensive snaps.
He has at least four solo tackles in every game he has played. Last week he had seven tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended. All this with only 68% of the defensive snaps.
Shaq Thompson, Carolina Panthers
It isn’t only the offensive side of the ball experiencing a resurgence in Carolina. Thompson has had at least five solo tackles in his last three games. Last week he finished with 13 tackles and one tackle for loss.
This week he will go up against the Cleveland Browns, who are giving up the 13th-most fantasy points per game to the linebacker position.
DEFENSIVE LINE NFL Week 9 IDP
Za’Darius Smith, Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings
First, check your league and see how Smith is listed. He will be either a defensive end or a linebacker. I hope it is the defensive end.
After playing five games with 11 tackles total, Smith has busted out in his last two games and collected 11 tackles. He has a sack in five of his previous seven games. Of course, playing opposite Danielle Hunter doesn’t hurt.
Last week Smith was on the field for 69% of the defensive snaps and collected seven tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss.
Uchenna Nwosu, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks
Nwosu has five sacks for the season. After playing on 80% of the defensive snaps last week, he finished with six tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble while leading the team in edge snaps. It is time to believe in the Seahawks, people.
He should feed again this week against the Arizona Cardinals, as the Cardinals are allowing the 12th-most fantasy points to the defensive end position.
Zach Sieler, Defensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins
Sieler has been on the field for no less than 73% of the defensive snaps in his last three games. Last week he played 83% of the defensive snaps and finished with 14.8 fantasy points. That was on the back of four tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, and two passes defended.
CJ Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
Hopefully, I will get this out in time. The Eagles’ defense is elite. You knew that. Gardner-Johnson is one reason why (in addition to Darius Slay, James Bradberry and the gang). Last week, Gardner-Johnson played 100% of the defensive snaps. That’s pretty much standard for him. He played 76% of the defensive snaps in Week6 before the bye and 97% in Week 1. Besides those two weeks, he has been on the field for 100%.
Last week Gardner-Johnson had eight total tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one interception and one pass defended.
Tyson Campbell, Cornerback, Jacksonville Jaguars
Campbell plays at least 97% of the defensive snaps. He has been on the field for 100% of the defensive snaps in his last three games. Campbell has racked up five tackles in five straight games. In his last three games, he has totaled 19 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and four passes defended.
Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Chicago Bears
Brisker has played 98% and 100% of the defensive snaps in his last two games. Before the 98%, he did not come off the field for a defensive snap. Last week he collected eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack.
In four of his last five games, Campbell has had a sack or an interception.
This week he meets the Miami Dolphins, who are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing safeties.
GOOD LUCK, AND HAPPY NOVEMBER!