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  1. Tavon Wilson ruled out this week. Miles Killebrew should put up big numbers against Atlanta. I'm going for upside and starting him over some solid options.
  2. Since I didn’t finish last week, I’m just going to pick one player or position to mention on each team. That should allow me to finish in times for waivers when it would actually be useful. Texans at Bengals With Brian Cushing injured and then suspended, the starting spot next to Benardrick McKinney is up for grabs. Zach Cunningham has the first opportunity. Cunningham played 43 snaps compared to Dylan Coles’s 23 out of 64 total. Cunningham had 4 solos and 2 assists. Cole had 1 solo and 4 assists. Michael Johnson will probably be back next week. But Chris Smith may still be worth a look for next week. In Week 1, Smith played more snaps than Jordan Willis, 28 to 26. In Week 2 in Johnson’s absence, Willis played more than Smith, 45 to 34. It seems like Smith may be the designated pass rusher. Going against Green Bay in Week 3, if the Packers are still missing Bulaga and Bakhtiari, Smith may be one of the better bets at a sack on Sunday. Bears at Bucs Chicago is losing an ILB in every game. Watch out Danny Trevathan. Christian Jones should play the majority of snaps next to Trevathan, for as long as he’s healthy. In 47 snaps, Jones had 2 solos and 4 assists. The safeties may be the players to rosters as they led the team in tackles. TJ Ward put a the biggest dent in Keith Tandy’s snaps. Chris Conte played 57 out of 64 snaps. Tandy was on the field for 36 snaps. Ward, while presumably getting up to speed, played 28 snaps while rookie Justin Evans played 7 snaps. Conte had the only notable stat line with 6 solos and 1 assist. Browns at Ravens For the second week in a row, the Cleveland DT who played the most snaps was Trevon Coley. The rookie UDFA didn’t do too much in week 1, but against Baltimore, Coley had 4 solos and a FR on 42 snaps. In DT-required leagues, he’s worth watching if he has another solid week. Out of 71 total snaps, Kamalei Correra and Patrick Onwuasor continue to split, 30 to 19. Neither can be trusted in the starting lineup unless you regularly start 6-8 LBs. And if you’re in a league that starts 6-8 LBs, that sounds awesome. Bills at Panthers Obviously I want to mention Ramon Humber and gloat that I actually started him this week. I’m going to start him every week until he disappoints. But instead, I’m going to go much deeper. I’m not even picking this guy up in my 64 team league, but he’s going on my watchlist, Eddie Yarbrough. The UDFA Sophomore played 23 snaps against Carolina. He sacked Cam for his first career sack. Yarbrough was released from a CFL team. I can’t make this up. But the D-Line coach liked him and gave him a shot. He had a good training camp. He’s 260 pounds so he’s too small to be an every down DE, but how often do you get to talk about a guy who was released by a CFL team getting a sack on Cam Newton? Carolina is boring. There’s nothing to say. Shaq Thompson probably isn’t going to be a thing. Julius Peppers is still a stud. Cardinals at Colts Tyvon Branch and Tyrann Mathieu both played 100% of snaps. Branch looks to have a healthy tackle floor. Mathieu looks to be boom-bust. He’s not getting as many tackles as his heyday, but he’s still such a ballhawk that he’ll still have value. If you can rock him at S2, he’ll win you a few weeks. Budda Baker looks like he dominated on Special Teams, 4 solos, 1 assist, on 3 defensive snaps, as far as I can tell. He’s still not startable. Jeremiah George is the story for the Colts. George has played 23 games and started 1 since being drafted in the 5th Round in 2014. George played 52 of 66 snaps while Jon Bostic played all 66. George had 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Given the Colts turnover at ILB, George may be a perfect stash and trade. Get him on your roster, wait for another solid game and trade him to a LB-needy team for anything they’ll offer. The Colts also signed Josh Perry, the former Chargers 4th Rounder. George should be a good waiver wire pickup, but I wouldn’t start him immediately. Titans at Jaguars Just for fun, I’m going to say Adoree’ Jackson is the story here. Jackson won the starting spot opposite Logan Ryan. I overstrategized my lineup this week and benched Jackson figuring the Jags would run it like crazy and rely on their defense again. Tennessee put together a lead and forced Bortles to throw it 34 times. Jackson put up 4 solos, 1 assist and 0.5 TFL. Outside of Calais Campbell, all the Jags DEs are very Boom Bust. Campbell played 64 snaps. Yannick Ngakoue doubled up Dante Fowler’s snaps 42 to 21. Dawuane Smoot added 16 snaps. Campbell had 4 solos. Ngakoue had 1 assist. Smoot had 1 solo. And Fowler didn’t record a stat. Eagles at Chiefs With the loss of Ronald Darby, the question became who will start across Jalen Mills. Mills played all 53 snaps. Rookie 3rd Rounder Rasul Douglas played the next most snaps with 39. Retread Patrick Robinson played 32 snaps. Chris Jones had 4 solos, 3 sacks and an interception. I’d call that a good game. He still only played less than half the snaps, 32 of 72. Allen Bailey, after he was a popular pickup last week, played 60 of 72. Bailey had 1 solo TFL and 1 assist. Daniel Sorensen played 100% of the snaps and put together 6 solos. For the record, he added 3 QB hits. If one of those turned into a sack, that turns a solid game in a great game. Jordan Richards dropped from 42 snaps down to 16. Belichick gonna Belichick. Elandon Roberts, the run stuffer, jumped up to over 50% of snaps against one of the most pass-happy teams in the league. Belichick gonna Belichick. 4th Round Rookie, Deatrich Wise, still isn’t getting a substantial snap count, only 28 of 65 snaps. But Wise put up 2 solos, both for a loss, including 1 sack and totaled 5 QB hits. He has a ton of potential. If he starts playing 60%-80% of snaps, look out. Kenny Vaccaro got benched on Sunday. Too much of Gronk having his way with him. Vonn Bell, who only played 6 snaps week 1, jumped up to 33 snaps in Week 2. He put together 3 solos and 2 assists. Vikings at Steelers What is there to say here. The Vikings are boring. Their roles are all set. Ben Gedeon won the starting WILL role and played 18 of 74 snaps. He had 2 solos and 1 assist. If anything happens to Anthony Barr, Gedeon could possibly see more snaps in sub-packages, but even in the deepest of leagues, you should have better guys on your bench. Mike Hilton is a sophomore UDFA who plays slot in nickel packages in Pittsburgh. Hilton played 55 out of 66 snaps. He had 6 solos, 3 assists and 1 QB hit. In Week 1, Hilton played 34 snaps and had 2 solos. Not sure why Hilton saw so much action this week. It may have been a product of Case Keenum because De’Vante Harris, NO’s slot CB, didn’t have a big game in week 1. Hopefully, I’ll remember to check back next week after Minnesota faces Tampa. Jets at Raiders The less said about the Jets the better. I only have so much time on this green earth, I don’t want to spend any of it talking about the 2017 New York Jets. Outside of Corey James, avoid this LB situation. Marquel Lee, Tyrell Adams and Nicholas Morrow all split time meaning none of them will put up useful stats. Gareon Conley put together his first snaps, 46 out of 56. He had 2 solos, 1 assist and a PD. Dolphins at Chargers Mike Hull played 100% of snaps with Lawrence Timmons going AWOL. It sounds like Timmons will miss some time. Hull had 7 solos, 3 assist and 1 TFL. Jelani Jenkins might be taking his talents back to South Beach. Desmond King may be the story here. His snaps were probably dependent on Jason Verrett missing this game. 56 out of 68 snaps for King allowed him to 5 solos, 1 assist and 1.5 TFLs. King was a stud CB at Iowa. He would’ve been 1st Round if not for his 40 time, which means he may end up playing some slot corner and safety. If he can keep earning snaps, he’ll keep putting up stats. Cowboys at Broncos Xavier Woods didn’t produce a stat. Woods did play 34 snaps. There was a ton of hype for Woods, even though he was a 6th Rounder. With Jared Crick headed to IR, Adam Gotsis is starting in his place. Yep. I dropped him in roster cut downs… Gotsis had 2 solos and 2 assists on 44 snaps. Washington at Rams Deshazor Everett was fun while it lasted. Everett dropped from 100% of snaps down to 23 of 50. Montae Nicholson jumped from 3 snaps in Week 1 to 26 snaps in Week 2. Nicholson ended with 2 solos. The Rams are boring. There’s nothing fun to say. 49ers at Seahawks I’ll be keeping an eye on K’Waun Williams. Williams played 54 snaps as slot corner, up from 29 in Week 1. He had 4 solos, 2 assists and 2 PDs. Dontae Johnson is the other starting CB across from Rashard Robinson. Johnson has played 100% two weeks in a row. This week he had 2 solos and 2 assists after 2 solos last week. When these guys face an actual passing offense, they could put up stats. But Carolina in Week 1 and Russell Wilson with no O-Line don’t offer a lot of opportunity for opposing CBs. Shaquille Griffin’s stock seemed to drop quickly. After playing 77 of 82 snaps in Week 1, Griffin dropped to 20 of 49 snaps in Week 2. He also didn’t produce a stat. I can’t find any information on an injury. Jeremy Lane was healthy for this game and played 100% of snaps. Lane had 5 solos. Lane will be one of those rare CBs who starts on the outside in base but moves inside in the nickel, making him very valuable. Lane may have been dropped in your league... Packers at Falcons Week 2, Green Bay brought their rookies to play. Kevin King’s snap count jumped from 6 to 46, making him the 2nd busiest CB behind Davon House. King had 2 solos, 1 assist and a PD. Josh Jones jumped Kentrell Brice, outsnapping him 29 to 21 after not playing a defensive snap in Week 1. Jones had 4 solos and 1 TFL. Duke Riley, I already miss you… De’Vondre Campbell outplayed Riley, 54 to 32. Campbell had 6 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL and a PD. Riley had 3 solos and 2 assists. I don’t think Riley is done by any means, but he’ll need to earn back the snaps. Lions at Giants The real story here is target that Giants O-Line. They’re up there with Cincy, Houston and Seattle as the worst in the league. Ziggy Ansah had 3 sacks Monday night. Ansah seems to have been overvalued the last few years after his breakout 2015. If you’ve still got him and you feel he’s overvalued, now is the time to sell. He still only played 28 of 56 snaps. Anthony Zettel again led DET DEs in snaps with 36. Zettel ended with 3 solos and 1 assist. Tavon Wilson exited the game with a shoulder injury, which is why Miles Killebrew outsnapped him 42 to 23. If Wilson misses any games, Killebrew is almost a lock in the starting lineup. He’s produced a ton on limited snaps. It would be great to see what he could do with 90% or more. My primary team is starting to become a little overcrowded at safety… Branch, Mathieu, Sorensen, Kindred, Killebrew, Josh Jones and Baker on TS. If Wilson is out, I may have to flip a coin to pick out my starters. With BJ Goodson and Janoris Jenkins out, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Calvin Munson both got plenty of work. DRC had 8 solos, 3 assists and 1 TFL. Munson had 7 solos, 1 assist and a sack. Both outtackled Landon Collins which is saying something.
  3. @Robar , you make me feel really lazy... I've got 1 50-60 hour a week job. And my wife and I only have a dog at the moment. I started putting together a snap count thread but only got through around 2/3 of the games. Not sure if it's still worth a read as Week 2 has already started. It may be a struggle to get it completely done every week. I'm also trying to track how many points every offense gives up against every position group. I've seen people track offenses vs LB, S, etc. But I'm breaking it down to 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, 3-4 DE, 4-3 LB, 3-4 OLB and 3-4 ILB because it makes a big difference. Hopefully, in a few weeks, there will be enough data to be useful for the rest of the season. KC at NE Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Ron Parker and Marcus Peters all played 100% of the snaps Thursday night. Parker put up 10 solos and 1 assist. He played a decent amount of SS but obviously that is subject to change. Ramik Wilson only played 25 snaps. He didn’t produce a snap. Wilson continues to come off the field in subpackages in favor of Daniel Sorensen as Nickel LB. Wilson is also in danger of losing his job to Reggie Ragland when Ragland gets up to speed. Sorensen played 48 snaps and had 3 solos. Last year, Sorensen was useful when you could predict when the Chiefs would play predominantly in the nickel. This year, Sorensen could become an S1. Eric Berry ruptured his achilles, which is a shame as he had almost single-handedly shut down Rob Gronkowski. Berry is done for the year. He’ll be replaced by Sorensen and Eric Murray. If Sorensen plays Safety in base packages and continues playing LB in subpackages, he could put up a ton of stats. Murray only played 13 snaps against NE. Tanoh Kpassagnon didn’t play a single snap. The 2nd Round rookie isn’t ready yet. Trying to predict what the Patriots defense will do under Belichick is as dangerous as trying to predict their backfield. I say this as someone who, because of OBJ’s untimely preseason injury and Willie Snead’s suspension, had to roll with Dion Lewis as a flex in a deep league, much to the enjoyment of my opponents. Trey Flowers, Kyle Van Noy, Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore all played 100% of the snaps. Devin McCourty played all but 1. McCourty did the most with it, producing 9 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 2 PDs. Flowers had 3 solos, 2 assists and 2 sacks. Van Noy worn the green dot and was the MIKE on every play. He had 5 solos and 1 assist. One interesting story here is Jordan Richards. The former 2nd Rounder played 42 snaps, primarily at MLB next to Van Noy. Richards had mixed results, but a safety getting LB snaps is definitely worth watching. Richards had 5 solos and 1 assist. Odds are, it was a gameplan to get as many DBs on the field against KC as possible. I probably won’t add him off waivers this week, because I want to see next week’s snap counts. Defensive End is a big question mark after Flowers. Traded in the offseason Lawrence Guy (26 snaps), recently traded Cassius March (24 snaps) and 4th Round Rookie Deatrich Wise (18 snaps) all played. March was burned on Kareem Hunt’s long TD reception. Wise got a sack, but only because Alex Smith had fallen down. ATL at CHI Deion Jones, Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Robert Alford all played 100% of snaps. The big question all off-season has been Duke Riley vs De’Vondre Campbell. Riley played 49 snaps and had 3 solos and 3 assists. Campbell played 47 snaps and produced 4 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD and 1 QB hit. So I guess we call that a draw… Brooks Reed put up a big stat line with 5 solos, 2 sacks and another TFL. This seems like a fluke to let the other guys in your league chase. Reed was a 2nd Rounder back in 2011. He’s already matched his sack total from last year. His 32 snaps led all DEs for Atlanta, but he had 7 games last year where he played more than 32 snaps. Last year, he totaled 25 tackles and 2 sacks. The chances of this being a Lorenzo Alexander situation seem very small. Eddie Jackson, Quintin Demps and Marcus Cooper are the only Bears who played 100% of snaps. Jerrell Freeman put together 7 solos, 3 assists and 1 TFL on 56 snaps. The rest of the Bears Safeties totaled as many snaps as I did so the free agent addition Demps and the 4th Round Rookie Jackson are the two to roster. Danny Trevathan played 42 snaps in his first action since rupturing his patellar tendon last season. Trevathan only had 2 solos, but being on the field for 40+ snaps is a great sign for his recovery. It also makes Nick Kwiatkoski (7 snaps) a pure handcuff until… Freeman gets IRed. Jonathan Bullard played 21 snaps. He didn’t produce a stat. He’s still 3rd on the pecking order behind Akiem Hicks and Mitch Unrein. Hicks was a monster with 2 sacks. He just signed an extension with the Bears. He was a real find as a free agent last season. Prince Amukamara’s absence allowed Kyle Fuller to step up with 5 solos, 1 assist and 1 PD while playing 58 snaps. Fuller could be useful again next week against Tampa if Amukamara misses again. NYJ at BUF Demario Davis and Marcus Maye both played 100% of snaps. Davis had 8 solos, 6 assists and .5 sack. Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson both had quiet games. Buffalo has a legit O-line which limits the opposing D-line but creates a ton of tackle opportunities for the opposing LBs. Darron Lee also had 7 solos, 3 assists and 1 sack on 63 snaps. Maye has been a bit of an afterthought as the starting FS. But the Jets don’t play strict SS/FS roles. Maye outtackled Jamal Adams. Maye had 4 solos and 3 assists. Adams had 4 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 PD. He played all but 2 snaps. Morris Claiborne (75 snaps) and Buster Skrine (73 snaps) are the two starting CBs. The Jets may not be competitive enough for their starting CBs to be strong fantasy contributors though. Any team not running the clock through the entire 2nd half would be a surprise. Kony Ealy maintained his DE designation. Based on snap counts, it seems like Claude Pelon (17 snaps) is backing up both Williams and Wilkerson while Ealy (43 snaps) is playing OLB. Neither seems to be too useful as Ealy had 2 solos, 2 assists and 1 PD. Preston Brown, Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre’Davious White played 100% of snaps. Ramon Humber came off the field for 1 snap. Humber also led the team with tackles with 12 solos and 1 assist. Buffalo found success last year with 30+ year old, career special teamer, Lorenzo Alexander. It looks like this year, they’re looking to repeat that formula with Humber as Humber had more tackles than Brown and Alexander combined. This may have been Humber’s best game of the year, but he could provide sustained LB3 value all year which is decent for someone you picked up off the waiver wire. And I can’t imagine there’s going to be a ton of trade value for him this year. Alexander only played 25 snaps. White is the top corner for Buffalo after they traded away Ronald Darby. White had 4 solos and 2 PDs. Against the Jets listless offense, to be productive, you need to supplant with secondary stats because you’re not going to get a ton of tackle opportunities. The Jets QB play shouldn’t make this too hard. Both Hyde and Poyer added interceptions. Poyer also added a sack. No other Safeties played a snap. Shaq Lawson only played 63.8% of snaps vs 79.3% for Jerry Hughes. BAL at CIN C.J. Mosley, Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr all played 100% of snaps. Eric Weddle played all but 1. The big surprise here was Kamalei Correa only playing 27 snaps. He still had 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Patrick Onwuasor only had 1 PD on 20 snaps. But it seems like Correa and Onwuasor are splitting Zachary Orr’s old spot. This could lead to disappointment for some who expected Correa to take over Orr’s role fully. Jefferson had 5 solos, 4 assists and 1 sack while Weddle only had 1 solo and 1 assist. After losing Timmy Jernigan and Lawrence Guy, Baltimore’s D-Line was in flux. Brent Urban led the way with 50 snaps. Michael Pierce (38 snaps), Brandon Williams (34 snaps) and Carl Davis (8 snaps) also contributed. Pierce was the only one with a notable stat line with 3 solos, 1 assist and 1 sack. If you’re in a league where 3-4 OLBs are useful, the depth chart now sets up as follows: Matt Judon, Terrell Suggs, Tyus Bowser and ZaDarius Smith. Nick Vigil, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard all played 65 snaps. Vigil, Vincent Rey and Kevin Minter all put up good games with double digit tackles. Michael Johnson is currently in the concussion protocol. Carlos Dunlap led DEs with 55 snaps. Chris Smith played 28 snaps while Jordan Willis played 26 snaps. The Houston Texans, who Cincy plays on Thursday night, gave up 10 sacks to the Jags. Chris Smith is available in even most very deep leagues and could be an easy shot at a sack Thursday night. Anyone who missed it in the preseason, the story of how Smith ended up a Bengal is definitely worth a read. You should google it. Willis could also be worth a start depending on how deep your league is. Clayton Fejedelem got the start with Shawn Williams injured. Fejedelem played 52 snaps and had 2 solos and 1 assist. PIT at CLE Ryan Shazier and Sean Davis played 100% of snaps. Artie Burns and Joe Haden both played 65 out of 66 snaps. Vince Williams played 55 snaps and put up 4 solos and 1 assist. I expected more from V-Will. Hopefully, this was just a down game for him. Stephon Tuitt played only 2 snaps before having to leave with an injury. In those 2 snaps, he had 1 solo TFL. It sounds like he could be back as early as next week, although I would give him a week to recover. Tyson Alualu picked up snaps while Tuitt was out. On 54 snaps, Alualu had 2 solos and 3 assists. T.J. Watt had a solid game with 2 sacks, 6 solos and 1 assist on 62 snaps. Anthony Chickillo also had 2 sacks, although his opportunity is due to Bud Dupree’s absence. Javon Hargrave has great potential in DT-required leagues. On 25 snaps as the starting NT, Hargrave had 3 solos and 1 sack. The Steelers sacked DeShone Kizer 7 times. Cleveland made substantial improvements to their O-line, but when a rookie holds on the ball for too long, it leads to sacks. The Ravens and Colts face the Browns the next two weeks, so I’m not sure there’s much to exploit here. Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, Jabrill Peppers, Jason McCourty and Jamar Taylor played all 60 snaps. Jamie Collins played 59 snaps. This answers the question about whether Schobert will play all 3 downs. In LA last season, Gregg Williams played his top 2 LBs over a 1,000 snaps. His 3rd LB played 90 snaps on the season. Williams picks his base depending on his personnel and sticks to it. If you can still get Schobert for a decent price in a trade, it will be worth it. Schobert led the team with 9 combined tackles. In Myles Garrett’s absence, Emmanuel Ogbah had the most snaps at DE with 42. Carl Nassib followed with 40 snaps. Nate Orchard (18 snaps) and Tyrone Holmes (16 snaps) provided depth. Nassib had a sack. Jabrill Peppers is the big name at Safety for Cleveland. Peppers had 4 solos and 1 PD. Derrick Kindred is still flying slightly under the radar. He was dropped in some leagues. On 40 snaps, Kindred had 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 PD. Peppers isn’t playing box safety as many expected when the Browns drafted him so Kindred should have plenty of tackle opportunities. Briean Boddy-Calhoun played 47 snaps as the 3rd CB. Continue watching snap counts if you stream CBs in CB-required leagues. ARI at DET Chandler Jones, Tyrann Mathieu, Tyvon Branch and Patrick Peterson all played 100% of snaps. In case you haven’t heard, Branch, not Antoine Bethea is the starting SS. Bethea played 60 snaps in sub packages. Arizona’s scheme provides tons of opportunities for Safeties. Branch led the team with 10 solos, 1 assist and 2 PDs. Bethea still had a solid game with 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 PD. Karlos Dansby played 68 of 71 snaps at ILB. Dansby had 5 solos and 2 assists. Hassan Reddick played base downs and had 6 solos, 2 assists and 1.5 TFLs on 41 snaps. Josh Bynes played subpackages and had 30 snaps. Justin Bethel played 69 snaps. In CB-required leagues, Bethel could be very valuable as whoever starts opposite Peterson will get targeted quite a bit. With Robert Nkemdiche out, Frostee Rucker may be the only d-linemen to keep an eye on. Rucker played 44 snaps and put together 2 solos, 1 assist and 1.5 TFLs. Jarrad Davis, Glover Quinn and Darius Slay all played 70 snaps. Miles Killebrew had 3 solos, 1 TFL, 2 PDs and 1 Pick-six. He did all that on 29 snaps. Unfortunately for teams with Killebrew on their roster, Tavon Wilson played all but 1 snap. Wilson had 3 solos and 1 PD. Killebrew is still just a subpackage player that Detroit brings in on 3rd downs and in big nickels. Most savvy IDP players will check snap counts before trading for a player after a big week. If you can trade away Killebrew for a ransom, go for it, but otherwise, you’re waiting for next year in the hope that Detroit doesn’t resign the pending-UFA Wilson. With Kerry Hyder out for the season, the Lions are relying on Cornelius Washington and Anthony Zettel. Out of 74 snaps, Ezekiel Ansah played 34, Zettel played 46 and Washington played 40. If you picked up Zettel, you picked up the right guy. Zettel had 3 solos and 1 sack. Washington didn’t produce a stat. They may be keeping the seat warm for Armonty Bryant who’s currently suspended but will be the #2 pass rusher when he can return to the field. For LB, past Davis, Tahir Whitehead played 51 snaps and Paul Worrilow played 12. Whitehead added 2 solos and 3 assists. JAX as HOU Myles Jack, Telvin Smith, A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey all played 100% of snaps. Tashaun Gipson played all but 1 snap. Barry Church played all but 3 snaps. The Jags were in the nickel for almost the entire game as Aaron Colvin played 71 snaps vs Paul Posluszny, who topped out at 8 snaps. Everyone who was scared off of Jack when the Jags moved him back to SAM are now sorely disappointed. Jack was all over the field with 8 solos, 6 assists and 1.5 TFLs. The DE rotation for Jacksonville is important to watch. Calais Campbell played 63 snaps. Yannick Ngakoue greatly surpassed Dante Fowler 59 to 35. Dawuane Smoot played 16 snaps. The Houston O-Line definitely seems like something to target. Campbell had 4 solos, 2 assists and 4 sacks. Ngakoue added 3 solos, 1 assist and 2 sacks. Fowler had 3 solos and 1 sack. No Texans played 100% of defensive snaps. Benardrick McKinney played the most at 59. He had 3 solos and 6 assists. Outside of McKinney and the CBs, Houston IDPs disappointed. The Jags may be a matchup to avoid for IDP. They obviously want to run the ball with Fournette and take the ball out of Bortles hands. This could limit tackle opportunities and big play opportunities for opposing IDPs. Brian Cushing played 32 snaps before exiting with a concussion. This allowed extra opportunities for Zach Cunningham, who played 28 snaps. For CB-required leagues, Kevin Johnson played the most snaps (53) over Kareem Jackson (45 snaps) and Johnathan Joseph (42 snaps). D.J. Reader took over for retired Vince Wilfork. Reader had 2 solos and 3 assists. OAK at TEN Khalil Mack, Reggie Nelson, Karl Joseph and David Amerson all played 100% of snaps. Bruce Irvin played all but 1. The Raiders LB positions have been the biggest question all preseason. Corey James played 60 snaps. Tyrell Adams added 41 snaps while Marquel Lee played 21. Adams did the most damage of the three with 4 solos and 3 assists. Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan were the only two Titans to play 100% of snaps on defense. Byard has been overshadowed by Jonathan Cyprien but Byard isn’t the FS. Byard and Cyprien both play sides and they take turns lining up in the box. Byard outplayed Cyprien. Byard put together 8 solos while Cyprien wanted 4 solos and 3 assists. Cyprien will miss several weeks with a hamstring injury, opening the door for Da’Norris Searcy who only played 11 snaps against Oakland. Adoree Jackson had 4 solos and 2 PDs on 62 snaps. Jackson got picked on quite a bit. He only started because LeShaun Sims was out with an injury. If Sims returns to health, Jackson’s snaps may be limited. If you’re not playing in a return yardage league, you may not want to rely on Jackson. Update: Jackson has been named the starter moving forward. I'm not playing him this week against the Jags though because Bortles only completed 11 passes last week. Ryan only had 1 solo. With Jackson starting across from Ryan, Ryan may not get targeted enough to produce consistent stats. Wesley Woodyard played the most of Titans’ ILB with 50 snaps. Avery Williamson followed up with 43 snaps. The rookie Jayon Brown played 37 snaps. Woodyard had the best game of the three with 5 solos, 3 assists and 1 sacks. For the record, I picked up Chris Smith and started him in a deep league Thursday night. Very satisfied with his production. But he's solely a pass rusher and played fewer snaps than Jordan Willis. If someone makes me an offer for him this week based on his solid game, I will accept almost anything, because I'd only be willing to start Smith against teams with very questionable O-Lines. Week 4 and Week 12 against Cleveland if Kizer keeps taking a ton of sacks, and Week 8 against the Colts might be it.
  4. If you don't follow Edward Gorelick on twitter, he's definitely worth it. Gorelick talked up Cole a ton. Only reason I was really aware of him.
  5. I probably have Sorenson in all of my leagues, so take this with a grain of salt... His usage next week will be really telling. Last year, he came in to play nickel LB. He had sneaky value. If you could pick games where KC was going to be in the nickel a lot, you could get decent production from him. Last night, he again played nickel LB which is why Ramik's snaps were so low. If Sorenson plays S in the base and LB in sub packages with Eric Murray coming in to play S, he could put up really good numbers this year.
  6. A few notes on roster cuts: Cardinals - LBs Scooby Wright and Zaviar Gooden are the primary names that were released. Falcons - No notable cuts. Ravens - No notable cuts. Bills - UDFA DT Marquavius Lewis had a solid preseason and a PFF favorite. I was keeping an eye on him. Panthers - UDFA LB Ben Boulware was a somewhat surprising cut. Carolina doesn’t have a ton of depth at LB. Bears - DE Jaye Howard was signed as a FA this offseason. Either Howard was slow recovering from his hip injury or Chicago believes in Mitch Unrein and Jon Bullard. S Harold Jones-Quartey started several games last year and was a productive S but the Bears have added a number of Safeties in the offseason. LB John Timu has also been productive in limited playing time. Timu’s release must be good news for Danny Trevathan. Bengals - DEs Wallace Gilberry and Will Clarke were both cut. This means Cincy must be ready to trust 3rd Rounder Jordan Willis and Chris Smith to back up Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. Both Willis and Smith had good preseasons. Browns - DT Xavier Cooper was an interesting cut. He was drafted in the 3rd Round back in 2015. Cowboys - S Robert Blanton is the only notable cut. Blanton was brought in as a free agent and has starts at Safety. This may be showing trust in 6th Rounder Xavier Woods. Broncos - Obviously, the big name here is S T.J. Ward. It seems Denver is comfortable with last year’s 3rd round pick Justin Simmons starting at SS. Simmons seems like more of a coverage S than in-the-box S like Ward. It’ll be interesting to see how much of Ward’s production Simmons take over. Two other names to watch here: Will Parks and Todd Davis. Parks was drafted in the 6th Round last year and would be the next guy up if Simmons falters. Davis always came off the field in subpackages last year so that Ward could play Nickel LB. If Davis plays in subpackages this year, it would be a substantial boost to his value. I might put a few feelers out to see if I can get him cheaply. Lions - Antwione Williams was expected to be the starting SAM this season. It looks like he lost that competition to Paul Worrilow. That says about all we need to know about Williams. Packers - No notable cuts in Green Bay. Texans - S K.J. Dillon was cut. Dillon was a popular sleeper after being drafted in the 5th Round last year. LB Sio Moore was cut as well. Moore was useful last year but the Texans are really deep at LB. The Texans kept UDFA Dylan Cole though so he’s still a name to keep an eye on. Colts - LB Sean Spence was a popular sleeper this year. He’ll probably find a home elsewhere but fantasy value may be lost. LB Edwin Jackson was placed on IR. That means the ILB depth chart is Antonio Morrison, Jon Bostic and Anthony Walker Jr. Signing a new LB would not be a surprise. There are so many moving parts here that it’s really hard to have a good judge of the situation at the moment. Last year, Clayton Geathers played ILB in sub packages while T.J. Green played S. Geathers is out at least the first 6 weeks with a neck injury. Because it’s a neck injury, he could easily miss the entire year. Indy has been trying Green out at CB this preseason, leaving former CB Darius Butler and sophomore UDFA Matthias Farley to battle for the starting SS position next to rookie 1st Rounders Malik Hooker. Indy also cut LB Akeem Ayers and DT David Parry. Jaguars - UDFA DE Carroll Phillips was a semi-popular sleeper. But Jacksonville has too much depth at DE to allow Phillips a spot on the 53. Chiefs - The notable cut here is LB Justin March-Lillard. JML played no defensive snaps in the Week 3 preseason game so this was predictable. With the addition of Ragland, it seems like the depth chart is as follows: At WILB, Derrick Johnson and Kevin Pierre-Louis. At MILB, Ramik Wilson, Reggie Ragland and Ukeme Eligwe. Ragland will start to take over the job from Ramik. Some have speculated that Wilson could eventually replace DJ. Chargers - S Dwight Lowery lost his starting FS job to free agent acquisition Tre Boston. Rams - No notable cuts. Dolphins - LB Neville Hewitt was a little surprising given how much depth Miami has at LB and how injury-prone some of their starters are. Vikings - LB Edmond Robinson is a bit of a surprise. Emmanuel Lamur apparently won the starting WILL. Lamur left the Week 3 preseason game with a concussion. 7th Rounder Elijah Lee was on a few dynasty rosters. He was cut as well. Patriots - DE Geneo Grissom was cut. This leaves 4th Rounders Deatrich Wise as the DE starter opposite Trey Flowers. Wise will be in a rotation with a few of the LBs and new acquisition Cassius Marsh. Marsh was primarily a special teamer for Seattle but New England gave up a 5th and a 7th for him so he’ll play snaps at DE. LB Jonathan Freeny was also cut. Saints - No notable cuts in New Orleans. Giants - DE Devin Taylor and DE Owa Odighizuwa were both cut. The Giants are going to run JPP and Olivier vernon into the ground. They both played a ton of snaps last year and they’re going to play a ton of snaps again this year. Jets - The Sheldon Richardson trade was the biggest news. At the moment, The Jets have no depth behind Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson, assuming Kony Ealy plays OLB. Ealy may be forced to play both positions because the Jets have such little talent. NT Deon Simon was a surprise cut, after most, myself included, thought he would win the starting job from from Steve McLendon, allowing McLendon to be cut. UDFA LB Connor Harris definitely had his fans. They’ll be disappointed. S Shamarko Thomas didn’t succeed with his second chance. I’ll be surprised if he gets a 3rd. Raiders - Jelani Jenkins ended up on IR and Ben Heeney was cut.. They’ve got Cory James, Tyrell Adams, Marquel Lee and Nicholas Morrow left at ILB. This will probably be a fluid situation all season, but it seems like James and Adams will start. Morrow was playing some sub package snaps during the preseason. OLB Shilique Calhoun was a surprise cut. He was a 3rd Round draft pick last year so he’ll get another chance on a new team looking for pass rushers. Eagles - LB Nate Gerry will probably end up on the practice squad. I had hoped he would stay on the roster this year. Nigel Bradham could still be suspended at some point. Steelers - The Joe Haden signing made CB Senquez Golson expendable. No other really notable cuts. 49ers - Some people may have still been holding onto DT Quinton Dial. No other notable cuts in San Francisco. Seahawks - Adding Sheldon Richardson made DT Ahtyba Rubin expendable. Seattle also traded Tramaine Brock to the Vikings. Buccaneers - Tampa Bay jumped on T.J. Ward pretty quickly. I can’t imagine they keep Ward, Chris Conte and J.J. Wilcox. They signed Wilcox in the spring. Conte had still been starting while Wilcox had been playing all over the field. This is a situation to monitor and it will be tough to start any of them Week 1. UDFA Riley Bullough was a Hard Knocks star, unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee your spot on the 53. Titans - NT Antwaun Woods was a surprise cut. He had been playing well, but Tennessee kept Sylvester Williams who they picked up in free agency last year. Washington - No notable cuts.
  7. It looks like Pryor played a decent amount last night in the 4th playoff game. I don't see any starters on the list. So at this point, I'm assuming Pryor is a backup and he was playing for a roster spot last night.
  8. Just a quick note. I've seen some teams dropping Derrick Kindred. In the preseason, Kindred has been playing a good amount of SS/Box Safety while Peppers has been playing single high or 2 high. Kindred may end up with more tackles than Peppers this year. I would hold him if at all possible. That said, if he produces during the season, I would look to trade him pretty quickly. The Browns have so many draft picks next year, if they don't think the former 4th rounder Kindred is their long-term answer, they could easily draft another safety highly.
  9. Week 3 is the last time we’ll see most starters in the Preseason. They’ll also usually play the most snaps of any games in the preseason. Week 4 is usually how coaches decide the final roster decisions and very few useful players play, so I probably won’t do a write-up. Dolphins at Eagles Miami signed Rey Maualuga as LB depth. Rey came in a little heavy… They say he needs to lose more than 10 pounds before he’s in game shape. When he’s in game shape, he’ll be competing with Mike Hull at MIKE. Two backup LBs led the team in tackles. Deon Lacey had 6 solos, 1 assist and a TFL. Chase Allen had 6 solos and an assist. Lacey was a 2013 UDFA who went on to spend 3 seasons in the CFL. Chase Allen is a rookie UDFA. Hull definitely has a head start on the MIKE competition. It’ll be 2-down because Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons will be on the field in sub packages. Timmons wasn’t great in coverage last year so that’s not set in stone. We’ll need to watch snap counts during the regular season. The Eagles DE rotation will be very important to watch this season. Jim Schwartz’s Wide 9 scheme is designed specifically to use the athletic advantage DEs have over OTs. This usually leads to very productive DEs under Schwartz. Obviously, Brandon Graham will be playing heavy snaps on one side. Derek Barnett is definitely the other DE to own in dynasty. The question will be if Vinny Curry or Chris Long can justify a large enough portion of the rotation to be useful this year. Curry is a question mark. He had been very productive in limited snaps early on, including 9 sacks in 2014 in 377 defensive snaps. The Eagles gave him a sizable contract extension before the 2016 season. Last year, while dealing with a nagging injury all year, he couldn’t beat out the out-of-position Connor Barwin for a starter spot. Against Miami, Curry had 1 solo, 1 assist and a sack, forcing a fumble on 15 snaps. Long had 15 snaps and 2 solos. Barnett played 18 snaps and didn’t record a stat. Panthers at Jaguars David Mayo continues to produce, 6 solos and 2 assists in 42 snaps. Jeremy Cash had another statistically good game, 5 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL in 36 snaps. Damian Parms had a notable stat line with 7 solos and 1 TFL in 41 snaps. Parms came into the league in 2015 as a box safety but hasn’t played in any regular season games. Barry Church showed once again, the SS in a Gus Bradley scheme is an incredibly productive position. Church had 8 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Myles Jack had 4 solos and a TFL. It’s interesting that the same teams seem to have preseason snap count data and the same teams don’t. No one wants to watch Jaguars preseason games to compile snap count data. Hayes Pullard III had 2 solos. He’s a former 7th Rounder so I don’t have much hope for him, but if you haven’t heard of HP, he wrote an open letter to all 32 GMs two days before the draft. Well worth a read. It’s a good story which can definitely come in handy in the NFL full of Zekes, Frank Clarks, Mixons, etc. Patriots at Lions New England released Kony Ealy on Saturday. They aren’t too proud to admit when they’ve made a mistake. With Derek Rivers already out with an ACL tear, that limits options at DE. Rookie 4th Rounder Deatrich Wise and Geneo Grissom are the leading candidates but Kyle Van Noy and Harvey Langi (4 solos) will both see snaps. Both KVN and Langi are listed as LBs in MFL meaning if they play as DEs, they’ll be useless as IDP. But if one steps up and plays a lot of snaps, they’d be a good pickup for next year, assuming the change to DE. Trey Flowers usually moves inside in subpackages so there should be plenty of snaps available for a rotation of players. The Pats have used 3rd year S Jordan Richards all over the field. Richards has seen snaps at S, LB and Edge. He ended up with 1 solo and 1 assist. Anthony Zettel and Cornelius Washington played the most snaps at DE. Zettel was drafted in the 6th Round out of Penn State last year. He plays inside and outside on the D-Line. This will be a situation worth watching this year. Washington is still considered the starter opposite Ziggy Ansah. Zettel had 1 solo on 31 snaps while Washington didn’t record a stat on 26 snaps. Jarrad Davis led the LBs with 42 snaps. He produced 5 solos and 3 assists. The big news for the LBs is Tahir Whitehead left in the first half with a knee injury. This could open the door for Jalen Reeves-Maybin. JRM played 32 snaps and put together 2 solos, an assist and a TFL. JRM would still need to beat out Paul Worrilow if Whitehead misses substantial time but that can be done. Antwione Williams, the starting SAM, is a banger, so there’s a good chance whoever earns the start at WILL will have 3-down usage. Tavon Wilson made his first appearance of the preseason, playing 40 snaps while Miles Killebrew sat out with an injury. Wilson added 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 PD. Chiefs at Seahawks Note: I wrote all this before the Chiefs traded for Ragland and released Mauga. It looks like Ragland and Wilson will be competing to start next to DJ. I think Eligwe is droppable unless you have really deep rosters. Derrick Johnson played 35 snaps. Ramik Wilson only played 22. Wilson ended with 2 solos and an assist. Kevin Pierre-Louis was brought in to back up the 34-year-old Derrick Johnson. KPL played 37 snaps and had 3 solos and a sack. KPL could be a great pickup for next year if DJ retires or this year if DJ gets hurt again. Ukeme Eligwe (20 snaps) and Josh Mauga (19 snaps) played the rest of the snaps at ILB. Justin March-Lillard played 0 defensive snaps, so he’s droppable. Ramik played fewer snaps than DJ so he’s still coming off the field in sub packages. Daniel Sorensen played LB in sub packages last year and was really useful when you knew KC would be playing a lot of nickel. If your league offers points for tackles rather than just defensive tackles, Sorensen has even more value as he plays a lot of special teams. Most of Seattle’s defense is set. The CB slot across from Richard Sherman is still available. Rookie Shaq Griffin had 3 solos and 1 PD. Tramaine Brock had 3 solos and a sack. Jeremy Lane will probably remain in the slot. He had 2 solos. Bradley McDougald had 2 solos and 3 assists. McDougald’s role will be really important for IDP. Since both Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas missed games with injury last year, McDougald may have just been brought in for insurance. There’s also been speculation that McDougald was brought in so Seattle could play more of a base Big Nickel with 3 Safeties on the field. It’s not a stretch. Can anyone name the Seahawks’ 3rd starting LB without checking? Bills at Ravens Note: I wrote all this before Buffalo traded Ragland to KC. This obviously changes everything. Reggie Ragland may be a great buy low opportunity. The story all along has been that he’s not a great fit in the new 4-3 scheme. That may be the case and there have already been rumors he’s been on the trading block and the last few weeks have shown the Bills will take a draft pick for a player pretty easily. But Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier was asked if the only thing holding Ragland back was his knee. Frazier answered, “No doubt. He’s smart enough, he’s athletic enough, everybody recovers from this injury a little bit different. Some guys, it takes a year and a half. Some guys, they come back even sooner but as he works through some things that go along with rehab and getting accustomed to playing live football again, we have to be patient and let him just continue to improve. That’s the good thing, we’re seeing improvement. That encourages us and it’s just a matter of time before he can get that burst back that we like to see.” Ragland had 1 solo. Preston Brown had 6 solos and 1 assist. Ramon Humber had 3 solos. Still haven’t heard Gerald Hodges taking over the starting spot from Humber. Hodges had 4 solos and 1 assist. Tre’Davious White, Buffalo’s #1 CB, had 3 solos. Marquavius Lewis had 1 solo, an assist and a TFL. Still not on MFL, he’s a guy to keep an eye on. Kyle Williams is 34 years old. Jordan Poyer had 3 solos and 2 assist. He looks to be the starting FS which normally wouldn’t have a lot of value but the Bills defense could be on the field a lot. The expectation for Kamalei Correa to take over Zachary Orr’s spot is still being left unquestioned. Correa had 1 solo. Patrick Onwuasor played in the 2nd half. He had 2 solos, an assist and forced and recovered the game-winning fumble. If Correa gets injured or falters, keep Onwuasor on speed dial. The Ravens are fairly set and I tend to ignore 3-4 OLBs, so there’s not much to say here. Brent Urban had 1 solo TFL. I need to make the decision within the next week if he’s going to make my primary roster after roster cutdown. Jets at Giants A quick sidebar on the Jets offense as it pertains to IDP. This offense has the potential to be so historically bad, that it could ruin any opposing team’s IDP production based solely on lack of opportunity. If they can’t sustain drives it will severely limit opposing teams’ tackle opportunities. So tackle-dependent IDP may not put up stats. Keep an eye on LBs early on against the Jets to see if their numbers are down. Conversely, Christian Hackenberg threw 2 pick-6s. So if Hack plays, CBs and Ss will have major boom-bust potential against the NYJ. Julian Stafford had 8 solos and 2 TFLs. He’s listed at the #3 ILB on the depth chart behind Darron Lee and Demario Davis. Stafford definitely produced last year when given the opportunity. If Lee or Davis misses time with injury, Stafford would be a good starter. Leonard Williams sprained his wrist. Coach Bowles didn’t seem too concerned. Odds are he won’t miss any time. Of course, if your best player is injured, it makes tanking easier. The Jets have been playing a lot more 4 man fronts this preseason so Williams, Mohammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are on the field at the same time. Richardson is probably a good buy low as he’s usually considered the bottom of the three and he’s a little bit of a knucklehead off the field. BJ Goodson had 3 solos and 1 assist. There isn’t too much to say about the Giants. Two sophomores, Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson, are battling for the starting FS spot. FS spots in general aren’t usually fantasy-relevant. Landon Collins isn’t going to let either have a tackle, but for fun’s sake, here you go: Adams had 3 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL, Thompson had 2 solos, 1 assist and a sack. Cardinals at Falcons Rodney Gunter is listed as the top DE for Arizona per Rotoworld. He played 26 snaps. He had 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. From my understanding, last year, Gunter played NT. His snaps dropped last year. But his best two games were Week 16 and 17. Worth a watch. Cap Capi is at the bottom of the OLB depth chart. The former UDFA has arguably the greatest name on a team that includes Ironhead Gallon and Scooby Wright, and had 6 solos, 1 assist and 1.5 sacks. The Honeybadger had another interception. He could be up for a bit of a bounceback if he stays healthy. Duke Riley played 32 snaps. De’Vondre Campbell played 5. I can’t find anything on why Campbell played so few. Jermaine Grace is a backup LB for Atlanta. The UDFA rookie played 31 snaps and produced 4 solos and 4 assists. Jack Crawford signed as a FA with the Falcons. He can play inside and outside. Crawford played 25 snaps and had 3 solos, 1 assist and 1 sack. Coach Quinn has been raving about him. It’ll be hard to get consistent snaps though. Colts at Steelers Darnell Sanky is a rookie UDFA. He had 9 solos and 1 assist. Vontae Davis put together a game with 4 solos, 3 assists and a TFL. But Davis is now week-to-week with a groin injury. Jon Bostic played 35 snaps, but didn’t produce a stat. That’s worrisome condiering I still have him on my roster… Indy’s other starting ILB Antonio Morrison played 32 snaps and had 4 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL. Vince Williams had a game. He played 37 snaps and had 4 solos, 4 assists and 0.5 sack. Tyler Matakevich didn’t do quite so much with his 38 snaps, compiling 3 solos. Browns at Buccaneers Cleveland spent most of the time while their starters were on the field in base 4-3. This led to 35 or more snaps for each of their starting LBs, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins and Joe Schobert. Schobert had 4 solos, 2 assists and 1 PD. His price has gone up dramatically, considering he was probably picked up off waivers last week. I offered a few guys a 5th and was turned down. That’s potentially setting some people up for major disappointment. Greg Williams’ Rams defense last year was base nickel. Josh Forrest was the LB3 and he played 90 snaps, compared to 1,000+ each for Mark Barron and Alec Ogletree. Obviously, this may have been personnel-based and hopefully, this game proves Williams likes Schobert more than Forrest. Jabrill Peppers has been playing Single High with Derrick Kindred played more of a SS/Box Safety role. One of the knocks against Peppers coming out was he only had 1 interception in college. He’s already matched that total in his first 3 preseason games. He added 3 solos. Kindred added 4 solos, 1 TFL and 1 PD. The Browns released Joe Haden, so Jamar Taylor and Jason McCourty should be the starting CBs. Ryan Smith had 6 solos and 1 PD. He’s definitely behind Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves on the CB depth chart, but that’s good production from a CB. Usually a bad sign though. George Johnson had 3 solos, 1 sack and 2 TFL. He’s been in the league for 6 years so this was probably just a fluke. Chargers at Rams Not much to say for LA at LA. Trevor Williams had 5 solos. Williams is a UDFA sophomore CB. Jahleel Addae put together 4 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 PD. Rayshawn Jenkins only had 1 solo. He may be a roster cut casualty in my primary league. Marqui Christian again played over 40% of the snaps and had a big game, 9 solos. He’s been playing a ton this entire preseason. He still just watchlist at this point, but I’ll be watching early season snap counts quite a bit. He could be a big producer if they give him opportunity. Cassanova McKinzy is a great name. Cassanova contributed 4 solos on 32 snaps. Tyrunn Walker had 5 solos on 32 snaps. 5 solos in a regular season game would make him a top DT. Texans at Saints Dylan Cole played 25 snaps. He had 4 solos and 2 assists. Keep an eye on this guy. Pick him up if you’ve got the roster space. He’s a producer. And the Texans have a history of finding UDFA gems. Kurtis Drummond had 5 solos and 2 assists. He’s down the depth chart at SS. Manti Te’o played 26 snaps and produced 2 solos, 2 assists and 1 PD. A.J. Klein added 2 solos and 1 assist on 25 snaps. Alex Anzalone was on the field for 33 snaps and had 2 solos and 1 PD. Raiders at Cowboys Nicholas Morrow is a UDFA rookie out of Division III Greenville College. He played 31 snaps and had 5 solos and 1 assist. Tyrell Adams had 28 snaps and produced 4 solos and 2 assists. Jelani Jenkins had 4 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL on 30 snaps. Draft darling Marquel Lee played 15 snaps and had 2 solos. Whoever ends up being the starter next to Cory James will have value. It’s still a really fluid situation. Dallas lost Anthony Hitchens for the season with a torn ACL. This accelerates Jaylon Smith’s timetable. It also devastates their depth at LB. Damien Wilson and Justin Durant would need to step up if an injury limits oft-injured Sean Lee, or still recovering Smith. Neither Wilson or Durant played much last year. And Wilson pulled the ultimate Dallas move earlier in the summer, getting arrested for assault charges. Wilson had 2 solos, 3 assists and 1 TFL against Oakland. Packers at Broncos Josh Jones led the team with 4 solos and 2 assists. Hopefully, Jones has done enough to earn Micah Hyde’s role and will be on the field enough to produce. We’ll find out with Week 1’s snap count. Shelby Harris was a 7th Round draft pick back in 2014. Denver is the 4th team to give him an opportunity. He may have secured his spot on the 53 against Green Bay. Harris had 5 solos, 2 assists and 3 sacks. Adam Gotsis had 3 solos and 1 sack, shortly after I dropped him to deal with roster cuts… Just to remind everyone Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick are both out with injuries. They’re both expected back for the regular season, but there may be more snaps available early on for Bronco DEs. There was recently a story that the Broncos were looking to trade T.J. Ward. If they feel comfortable enough with Will Parks and Justin Simmons, they may try to offload Ward. Bears at Titans Nick Kwiatkoski recovered from his concussion. He had 4 solos and 1 assist. Unfortunately, Eddie Goldman ended up with a concussion in this game. It’s his 2nd documented concussion as a pro. Hopefully he’ll be ready for Week 1. He’s a legit DT producer when he’s healthy, which isn’t consistent. Goldman had 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. No sign of a DE opposite Akiem Hicks. Hicks continues to produce with 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 sack. Adoree Jackson had 5 solos and 1 assist. Based on draft capital, Jackson is almost guaranteed to start opposite Logan Ryan. Hopefully throw in a few punt and kick return TDs and you could have a very productive rookie CB. Jayon Brown had 4 solos and 1 assist. Kevin Byard had 3 solos and 1 assist vs Johnathan Cyprien had 1 solos and 2 assists. I couldn’t find snap count data easily. Interesting to see the FS outperform the SS. Bengals at Washington Vontaze Burfict was hit with a 5 game suspension. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning. Burfict has to be one of the most suspended players in the league without having drug or domestic abuse issues. Nick Vigil played the most snaps at LB at 37. He’s been playing all 3 downs. He had 5 solos and 2 assists. Unfortunately, it’s already too late to buy low on him. Chris Smith played 20 snaps and had 1 sack. Jordan Willis had 2 solos and 1 sack in 23 snaps. Smith is still just a watchlist for me. I don’t think anyone else is paying attention. If his snap count starts to rise during the regular season, I will be getting him on my roster. I know a lot of people are excited about Carl Lawson. I don’t see it at LB. He played 23 snaps and had 1 sack. At safety, Clayton Fejedelem (1 solo, 34 snaps) has started all 3 preseason games as George Iloka has missed with injury. Derron Smith (2 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD, 43 snaps) started with Shawn Williams now out due to injury. Washington’s top four tacklers were their top 4 ILBs. That lines up nicely. Martrell Spaight had 4 solos, 5 assist and 1 TFL. Will Compton had 6 solos and 1 assist. Mason Foster had 4 solos and 1 assist. And Zach Brown had 1 solo and 4 assists. Foster and Brown should be starting. Su’a Cravens missed this game. D.J. Swearinger had 2 solos. 49ers at Vikings Aaron Lynch started out the Preseason with a bang with 2 sacks in Week 1. He hasn’t capitalized on that momentum though. Lynch parlayed 33 snaps into 1 QB hit. Considering the depth chart, snaps are going to be hard to come by unless he played so well to force the coaches to earn him snaps. He hasn’t played that well. Reuben Foster played 35 snaps and put together 5 solos, 3 assists and 1 TFL. He’s good. Arik Armstead had a sack on 30 snaps. Solomon Thomas didn’t have a stat on 23 snaps. Elvis Dumervil said Rashard Robinson could be the best CB in the NFC West. Forget Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson and Trumaine Johnson, Dumervil thinks Rashard Robinson can be the best. Robinson had 1 solo and 1 PD on 34 snaps. Not a lot to say here. Minnesota’s defense is fairly set. Trae Waynes played 20 snaps and had 3 solos and 1 PD. Waynes will be starting across from Xavier Rhodes. Emmanuel Lamur left the game with concussion symptoms. He played 9 snaps and added 1 assist. Is it safe to say Edmund Robinson has won the starting WILL spot yet? Robinson had 3 solos and 1 assist in 30 snaps. For backup LBs, Eric Wilson played 25 snaps, Kentrell Brothers played 17 snaps, Ben Gedeon played 15 snaps and Elijah Lee played 6 snaps.
  10. I've got both in a league, so I hope you're right. Wilson played well last year, but I think we're ignoring the fact he didn't even make the roster at the beginning of last season. After losing Mauga for the year, they had Justin March-Lillard and still stashed Wilson to their practice squad rather than keeping him on their 53. And last year, once Wilson started playing, he came off the field for sub packages so Daniel Sorensen could play Nickel LB. It wasn't until DJ missed the last 3 games that Wilson started playing 90% of the snaps. I think I have to drop Eligwe for now in my primary league with roster cut down today.
  11. They've been using Kevin Pierre-Louis as their DJ backup in the preseason. They traded a Pro Bowl special teamer for KPL so they definitely like the guy. I think Ramik starts at MIKE and Ragland takes over as he gets up to speed. If DJ gets hurt or retires, KPL gets the first opportunity at WILL.
  12. Good call on Branch. I completely missed it. He’s still a CB on the MFL. Be very interesting if he maintains that into the season. I just can’t justify trading for a CB... Broncos at 49ers Three of Denver’s top Four DE were out with injuries. That left Adam Gotsis as the primary DE to play. He was on the field for 32 snaps. He ended up with 1 solo TFL. Denver expects both Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick to be ready for the season. The Denver Bronco’s mailbag writer thinks Gotsis has been playing well lately. Hopefully, it starts to show on the stat line. Not much else to say. No one really stood out. Although that may be more of a negative sign for San Fran’s offense. Jaquiski Tartt had 6 solos, 1 assist and a sack. This may give Tartt-truthers a little more hope but he’s solidly on the 2nd team. Tartt may never be a thing. Miles Killebrew-truthers take note (I still believe in Killebrew…). Rashard Robinson had 3 solos on 20 snaps. I’m just gloating a little because I picked him up on all my rosters really early this summer. Robinson will be the CB1 on San Fran. He may be a decent producer this year. He may fall in that sweet spot of being good enough to not be benched, but bad enough that he gets targeted quite a bit. Aaron Lynch missed this game with an injury. After his 2 sacks against the Chiefs, if would have been good to see some more positive momentum. Rams at Raiders Troy Hill played the most snaps of Rams defensive players at 56, 15 more than Marqui Christian. It seems like it was a bit of an audition for Hill with Kayvon Webster out. According to the snap count article I found, written by 3K, it didn’t go well for Hill. 3K also mentioned SS Marqui Christian, DT Tanzel Smart and FS Isaiah Johnson as all having playing a significant number of snaps in both preseason games. The question will be if it means extra playing time in September. Let’s try to parse out Oakland’s LB situation. Marquel Lee got a ton of love during rookie drafts. Jelani Jenkins was expected by some to be the starter when he signed on as a free agent. Tyrell Adams and Corey James were getting 1st team reps in OTAs. Everyone justified this by pointing to injuries to the other LBs. Everyone picked up Tyrell Adams. Marquel Lee and Corey James started Preseason Week 1. Adams started getting dropped as everyone assumed Lee would be the starter. At this point. James as a starter is the safest bet. For Preseason Week 2, James and UDFA rookie Nicholas Morrow got the starts. Snaps shook out as follows: James 37, Adams 36, Jenkins 34, Morrow 26 and Lee a measly 11. Oakland is still trying things out because their defense has been bad so far. Don’t invest too much unless you’re picking up James. I don’t think they know who will be starting week 1. In terms of production, Jenkins had 6 solos, James had 2 solos and 4 assists, Adams had 4 solos and 1 assist, Morrow had 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL and Lee had 2 solos and an assist. Falcons at Steelers From the beginning this year, the question has been Duke Riley vs De’Vondre Campbell. Riley played 23 snaps and had 2 solos and 2 assists. Campbell played 12 snaps and had 1 solo. Campbell won Week 1. Riley won Week 2 but I wouldn’t say it was a slaughter. This will come down to the wire. Tak McKinley saw his first action and had a QB hit on 10 snaps. Anthony Chickillo had himself a day, 5 solos and 2 sacks. Chickillo put together some games last year when injury offered him opportunity. He still sits low on the depth chart and he’s not moving ahead of Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt or James Harrison. Javon Hargrave left this game with a head injury. He later specified that although he was in the protocol, he didn’t have a concussion. Hargrave will be the starting NT this year and can be useful in deeper DT-required leagues. Saints at Chargers Alex Okafor has the lead in the starting DE spot. He had 2 solos and a sack on 17 snaps. And he’s a DE on MFL now. Hau’oli Kikaha played 20 snaps and had a solo and an assist. Just to cover the bases, 6th Round rookie Al-Quadin Muhammad played 36 snaps and had 2 solos, an assist and 1.5 sacks. The former Beaver Obum Gwacham played 31 snaps and 2 solos, 1 assist and a sack. 32-year-old Darryl Tapp played 24 snaps and had 2 solos and an assist. NO overall had 8 sacks. The Chargers may be a team to target with your DEs this season. New Orleans has signaled A.J. Klein will play the SAM in base and take over for MIKE in the nickel. Klein had 4 solos, 2 assist and .5 sacks. Manti Te’o will play MIKE in base defense. Te’o had a game, 7 solos, 2 assists, 3 TFLs and a sack. It’s hard to trust a 2-down LB, especially one with Te’o’s injury history, but he could produce. Preseason Superstar Dexter McCoil did it again with 4 solos and 3 assist. He also ran back a pick for a TD. With Denzel Perryman out for a few weeks, the competition to replace him was between Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar. Toomer had 4 solos, 1 assist and a TFL. Dzubnar 1 solo and 2 assists. Rookies Desmond King and Rayshawn Jenkins both produced. King had 2 solos, 1 sack and a PD. Jenkins had 3 solos and 1 assist. Both would produce given opportunity during the season. Giants at Browns I may have missed the B.J. Goodson train. Goodson had 5 solos, 2 assists and a sack. I’m always leary of teams that refuse to put resources in the LB position. You rarely see consistent production from these teams. You can’t get a decent LB out of Green Bay. Oakland was a revolving door last year. Goodson could be the exception. There’s a thought that Dalvin Tomlinson could start next to Snacks Harrison. Tomlinson had 2 solos and 1 assist. If you haven’t looked into Tomlinson, definitely worth a Google. He could’ve gone to Harvard and picked Alabama instead. Really interesting guy. Tank Carder tore his ACL and is out for the season. He was battling Joe Schobert to be the starting MIKE. With Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins, it will be a 2-down role but could still be useful in deeper leagues. Schobert could have won it outright with his performance, 5 solos, 1 assist, 1 sack and 1 PD. Briean Boddy-Calhoun had a solid game, 3 solos and an interception. Jason McCourty also forced a fumble and 4 solos. BBC and McCourty are battling for the 3rd and 4th CB spot.
  13. Week 2 Sorry guys. Out of town this weekend. Throws my whole week off. I’ll try to get the rest done tomorrow night. Not that that really helps as Week 3 already starts tomorrow, but I like to be thorough. Ravens at Dolphins Kamalei Correa had 2 solos. He had an up-and-down game. It would be shocking at this point if he didn’t start the season in Orr’s spot, but don’t expect Orr’s numbers. And his job doesn’t seem 100% secure. Brent Urban and Carl Davis are projected to be the starting DEs. They both added a solo and an assist. Tim Williams had a sack. The OLB depth chart is pretty open behind 34 year old Terrell Suggs. Last I heard, Mike Hull was still in line to be the starting MIKE, although he’s expected to only play 2 downs. He had 4 solos, an assist, a TFL and a PD. Cordrea Tankersley is definitely someone to keep an eye on in CB-required leagues. After leading the team with solos in Week 1, he had 2 solos and an interception. He’s still behind Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard on the depth chart so he’s only watchlist worthy at this point. There’s been a battle for the DT spot next to Ndamukong Suh between last year’s starter, Jordan Phillips, and 5th Round pick Davon Godchaux. Neither has been doing much but Godchaux has the lead currently. It would take a very, very deep DT-required league to even roster him. Chase Allen, a UDFA LB, had 7 solos, an assist and a PD. A.J. Hendy (6 solos) and Maurice Smith (5 solos and an assist) are both down the depth chart at SS. Bills at Eagles The Bills seem to be in full-on tank mode. They traded away Sammy Watkins and replaced him with Jordan Matthews. They traded away Ronald Darby and replaced him with EJ Gaines. You almost have to expect more moves. Right now, they’re planning on starting 29 year old Jerry Hughes, 34 year old Kyle Williams, 34 year old Lorenzo Alexander and 30 year old first-time starter Ramon Humber. If they’re serious about tanking, they need to deplete their defense. They’ll never compete with the Jets like this. Darby’s trade does almost guarantee Tre’Davious White (3 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL) will be starting so he’s worth a hold. The other CB position is most likely being decided between the recently acquired Gaines, Kevon Seymour, Leonard Johnson and Shareece Wright. Gaines had the best statistical game with 3 solos and a pick. The Bills apparently put Reggie Ragland on the block as he doesn’t fit the current scheme. I don’t see that trade happening unless a team suffers an injury or two. Terrence Brooks had 7 solos and an assist. Rotoworld has the former 3rd round listed as a backup FS. Bleedinggreennation.com has him listed as a SS. Of course, they’ve also got Nate Gerry listed as a DB rather than an LB. Derek Barnett had another sack. Barnett vs Myles Garrett for the rookie sack lead is a serious question. Anyone banking on a post-hype Vinny Curry breakout may be pretty disappointed. Speaking of Ronald Darby, he intercepted Tyrod Taylor and added a solo. He’s locked in at the top of that Philly depth chart at least until Sydney Jones is up to speed. The problem is, depending on who is starting across from him, Darby may not see a lot of targets. Steven Means notched 2 sacks on the night. Means is a 6th year DE who has played a total of 19 games. He’s at the bottom of the DE depth chart. Buccaneers at Jaguars Adarius Glanton and Riley Bullough are listed at #2 and #3 on the WILL depth chart behind Lavonte David. The 4th year UDFA, Glanton, had 4 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFLs and a sack. Bullough, the rookie UDFA, was right behind with 3 solos and 2 assists. With Devante Bond’s injury, Kendall Beckwith wins the starting SAM spot by default. He had a decent statistical game with 2 solos, 2 assists and 2 TFLs. He’ll still only play 3 downs in real action. J.J. Wilcox (1 solo, 2 assists) and Chris Conte (1 solo, 1 PD) are still battling for the starting SS position. I can’t find any recent reports on who’s winning, but I’ve got Wilcox on a few rosters so let’s hope it’s J.J. Dante Fowler was charged with 3 misdemeanors from a July arrest. There will be a suspension from the league, but who knows if it will be this year or next year. The team may also discipline him. Yannick Ngakoue and Dawuane Smoot should have increased value when a suspension comes down. The time to pick up Sheldon Day may have come and gone. He may already be on rosters in your league. He had 3 solos, 2 assists and a sack from the DT spot. Rotoworld still has him behind Abry Jones on the depth chart but Day was a 4th Rounder last year while Jones was a 2013 UDFA. A lot of people are keeping an eye on 5th Round rookie Blair Brown, who had 1 solo and 2 assists. It’s interesting when 3 people on the same depth chart lead a team in tackles for a preseason game. For the Bucs, it was WILL. For the Jags, it’s FS. Rotoworld has them listed #1 Tashaun Gipson (5 solos), #2 Peyton Thompson (4 solos, 1 assist) and #3 Jarrod Wilson (5 solos, 1 assist, 1 PD). It’s probably just a fluke or Rotoworld has the depth chart wrong and one of these guys is a SS. Vikings at Seahawks Another sleeper DT who is probably already on a roster in your league is Jaleel Johnson. The 4th Round rookie produced 4 solos, 1 assist and 2 TFLs. With the continued absence of Sharrif Floyd, the productive spot next to Linval Joseph is not locked down. Keep an eye out for Jaleel. Ifeadi Odenigbo is a 7th Round rookie out of Northwestern. He sits at the bottom of the DE depth chart. He logged 4 solos, 2 assists and a sack. The battle for the 2-down starting WILL rages on, Edmund Robinson (2 solos, 3 assists), Ben Gedeon (2 solos, 3 assists) and Emmanuel Lamur (1 solo, 3 assists) seem to have pulled ahead of Eric Wilson (1 solo, 1 assist). Shaq Griffin had a game, 4 solos and 2 PDs. Unfortunately, he may have lost his shot to start, because the Seahawks signed Tramaine Brock after his domestic violence case was dismissed. Last year was the first year Brock had started, and that was for San Fran, so he’s not a guaranteed starter. He may just be insurance. Brock had 2 solos and an assist. Seattle’s rookies safeties showed up on Friday. 4th Round rookie FS Tedric Thompson had 3 solos, 4 assists and a pick. Delano Hill, the 3rd Round rookie SS, had 4 solos and 2 assists. Free agent addition Bradley McDougald only had a solo in this game. Bears at Cardinals Deon Bush led the team with 7 solos. He was a popular sleeper as a 4th Round pick last year, but the offseason additions have pushed him down the depth chart. Quintin Demps will be starting at SS and either Adrian Amos or Eddie Jackson will be starting at FS this year for Chicago. The competition for the 2nd DE spot after Akiem Hicks is heating up. Jonathan Bullard had 3 solos, 1 TFL and a sack called back by a Kyle Fuller penalty. Roy Robertson-Harris was a UDFA OLB last year. The Bears held on to him, had him gain a little weight in the offseason and converted him to DE. It looks like he maintained some of his athleticism though. RRH had 3 solos, 2 sacks and a PD for fun. Jaye Howard, brought in as insurance if Bullard didn’t figure things out as a sophomore, had 1 assist. Keep an eye on ILB. Danny Trevathan still isn’t playing because of last year’s injury. Nick Kwiatkoski didn’t play because of his concussion. If neither is ready for Week 1, John Timu would be worth a start. He produces any time he gets an opportunity. Scooby Wright had 4 solos and a TFL. It’s worth a watch as Deone Bucannon won’t be ready for Week 1. All it takes is one injury to make Wright valuable for a few weeks. I think Rotoworld has their depth charts a little mixed up. They’ve got Budda Baker (1 solo, 1 assist) as the #2 SS behind Antoine Bethea. They’ve got Harlan Miller (4 solos) and Ironhead Gallon (3 solos) backing up Tyrann Mathieu (2 solos, 1 TFL, 1 pick) at FS. The Cards Safeties can be a little interchangable. They only moved Mathieu from SS to FS to try and protect him from injury. Until he overtakes Bethea, Baker will back up Mathieu in case of injury. Once Baker replaces Bethea, their secondary will be scary as either Baker or Mathieu will be able to do anything so they’ll be able to disguise their coverage really well. Ironhead was a LB at Georgia Southern. He’s a SS. Miller had played CB and belongs as FS. Cards Ss are always productive when they play. Know their names. Panthers at Titans David Mayo is backing up Thomas Davis at WILL, but I doubt he would get much of a role should Davis go down. Mayo had 5 solos, 5 assists, 1 TFL and a PD against Tennessee. The backup SAM, Jeremy Cash, produced 4 solos and a sack. Tom Kislingbury tweeted that Mayo had to show Cash where to line up on every play, which isn’t a great sign… Dezmen Southward had another solid game with 3 solos and an assist. Jayon Brown only had 1 solo. He also added a PD that led to an interception. He’s still getting a lot of positive pub. Adoree’ Jackson had 2 solos. Chiefs at Bengals Justin March-Lillard only had 4 defensive snaps. If you’ve got him on a roster and you need to cut down that roster, he could be a good candidate to go. It’s not looking good for him to make the roster. I’m still working under the assumption that Ramik Wilson starts, mainly because I haven’t heard otherwise. Josh Mauga and Ukeme Eligwe both put up good numbers. Mauga had 2 solos and 5 assists. Eligwe had 3 solos, 1 assist and a sack. I’m curious who backs up whom. Ramik Wilson started last year in Mauga’s place because of injury so it’s safe to assume Mauga backs up Wilson. Pure speculation here, but either Eligwe or Kevin Pierre-Louis (1 assist) back up Derrick Johnson. Not a stretch to expect the 34-year-old to get banged up again this year or retire at the end of the season. Nick Vigil had 0 solos and 8 assists. How does that even work? The story here might be DE Chris Smith with his 1 sack and 5 QB hits. The story of Smith to the Bengals is a good one. Smith was a 5th Round pick by the Jags in 2014. Last year, the Bengals and Jags had team practices together. The Bengals DC Paul Guenther watched some tape on the guy which piqued his interest. He asked Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals LT last year, about Smith. Whitworth was impressed. Cincinnati offered up a 7th Round pick in April when they sensed Smith was on the roster bubble. After Carlos Dunlap, there are a lot of snaps available for a DE. 3rd Round pick Jordan Willis added a sack. Shawn Williams will be out 4-6 weeks. Derron Smith (4 solos, 1 assist), Clayton Fejedelem (1 solos, 1 assist) and Josh Shaw (3 solos), a converted CB, will fill in for Williams. It’s not normally a high-scoring position. Colts at Cowboys Luke Rhodes and Anthony Walker Jr. have been playing the most snaps at ILB. They’re not at the top of the depth chart, it just seems like the coaches want to see more of them. The sophomore UDFA, Rhodes, had 7 solos and 2 assists. The 5th Round pick, Walker, put together 3 solos and 2 assists. Darius Butler had 1 assist on 34 snaps. He’s the expected starter at SS while Clayton Geathers recovers. T.J. Green, on the other hand, played 31 snaps at outside CB, slot CB and S. He had 2 solos and 1 assist. Indy wants to use him as their defensive Swiss Army Knife. It will be interesting to see what the role produces once the season starts. Xavier Woods had a big Week 1 game. He missed week 2 with an injury. Kavon Frazier had 1 solo, 2 assists and a TFL. Jeff Heath had 5 solos. Damien Wilson had 4 solos and 2 assists. He’s got a couple of felony assault charges against him from an incident over the summer so he’ll be facing a league suspension at some point. I think at this point, it’s a shorter list to list the Cowboys IDP who aren’t facing some kind of suspension. Packers at Washington Packers safeties have been putting up stats this offseason. Josh Hawkins had 5 solos, 2 assists and 3 PDs. Marwin Evans had 3 solos and 3 assists. Josh Jones missed this game with injury. Obviously, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix and Morgan Burnett will be the starters and Josh Jones will be the Micah Hyde role. There isn’t much to say here. No one really had a big statistical game. Josh Harvey-Clemons had 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Zach Vigil had 3 solos and an assist. Fabian Moreau had 3 solos. Su’a Cravens missed this game with injury. Jets at Lions Seriously, the Jets don’t even know how to tank correctly. 28-year-old Demario Davis played 37 snaps while UDFA Connor Harris played 10. If the Jets didn’t know what they had when they traded for Davis, why make the trade? I understand giving starters reps together so they know how to play together, but still. Shamarko Thomas had 3 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL on 15 snaps. I’m still avoiding because the Jets safety starters are set and Thomas was terrible on the Steelers. With the loss of Kerry Hyder, Detroit will be relying on Cornelius Washington as their starting DE opposite Ziggy Ansah. Washington had 3 solos and a sack on snaps. I’m going to be grabbing him on a roster. 5th Round rookie Jamal Agnew had 5 solos, 1 assist and 1 PD. The WILL battle continues. Jalen Reeves-Maybin had 2 solos and 1 TFL. Paul Worrilow had 2 solos and 1 assist. Tahir Whitehead didn’t record a stat in 16 snaps. Patriots at Texans Derek Rivers is done for the year with a torn ACL. That leaves more questions at DE. Deatrich Wise missed this game with a concussion. He’s back to practicing, so he still has the chance to be the starter opposite Trey Flowers and MFL just switched him from DT to DE. Kony Ealy played the 2nd most snaps on defense with 42, and didn’t do anything with them. No stats whatsoever. Rookie UDFA Harvey Langi is worth a watchlist spot as he played 49 snaps and had 3 solos and 1 assist. Langi is an LB but may also play a little DE, the same way they use Shea McClellin interchangably. Obviously, McClellin isn’t useful for IDP, which isn’t a good sign for Langi, but he’s still worth keeping an eye on. UDFA Dylan Cole is making himself hard to ignore. He played fewer snaps than Zach Cunningham, 38 to 44, but put up more numbers with 5 solos and 5 assists. Cole is now on MFL. I’m really looking for a way to get him on a couple of my rosters right before roster cut down… Cunningham had a good game as well with 4 solos and 3 assists.
  14. Good post. A few quick notes: I would temper expectations on Floyd moving to DE if the Bears go to a 4-3. He played at 225 last year. He's put on 15 pounds of muscle in the offseason, but still, 240 is very light for a DE. He'd probably end up at SAM. Especially since McPhee and Young are both DE-sized. Washington had trouble finding a new DC in the offseason. They finally had to promote Manusky, their OLB coach. The primary reason was Gruden was on the last year of his deal. Gruden has since signed a 2 year extension, but if they lose Cousins next year, who's to say they don't blow the whole thing up. Preston Smith would be the name to watch. He had a slow sophomore season after being 2nd in sacks as a rookie behind Danielle Hunter. I think Smith was a force player as well. The Jets are obviously tanking so there's a good chance they clean house at the end of the season. Definitely looked around at Jordan Jenkins. This has got to be the best bet for a change, but the Jets were still 11th in total defense (yards) last year. It would be interesting if teams see how often teams that rank highly in total defense get scheme changes. Wade Phillips is about to turn 70. I'm pretty sure when he signed on, he was only planning on doing a year or two. But every defense he's coordinated has gotten markedly better. And it's the same as the Broncos, Texans and Chiefs, if he makes the Rams defense legit, anyone new would probably be afraid to change it. There's been talk of Bruce Arrians retiring for a year or two. Some speculate if Palmer and Fitz retire, Arrians would join them. Chandler Jones would definitely make some noise moving to a DE.
  15. I thought it would be good to have a thread for preseason notes, injuries, big performances, etc. Texans at Panthers Benardrick McKinney sat this game out, allowing Zach Cunningham to play 39 snaps. He put together 4 solos and 3 assists. KJ Dillon has been a popular S sleeper. Dillon parlayed 42 snaps into 2 solos and an assist. The rest of the Houston defense doesn’t leave a lot of tackles for Ss. Dylan Cole was a UDFA LB this year. He’s got some fans out there who think he could actually earn snaps as early as next season. Cole put up 2 solos and an assist on 38 snaps. Two LBs had solid stat lines for Carolina. Jared Norris had 4 solos and 4 assists on 52 snaps. Jeremy Cash had 3 solos, an assist and half a sack on 39 snaps. Cash is a college safety who plays LB in the NFL. Both were UDFAs last year and both would need an injury or two to the top 3 LBs on the depth chart to be useful during the regular season. Dezmen Southward put together 4 solos and 2 assists on 53 snaps. He’s a former 3rd round pick at S who was asked to play CB. He’s bounced around a few teams and practice squads. Rotoworld has him listed 2nd behind Kurt Coleman at FS. Broncos at Bears Derek Wolfe suffered a pretty bad sprained ankle. It looks like Wolfe will be ready for Week 1. The more important consequence could be it gives someone else a chance to pass Jared Crick as the opposite end. Adam Gotsis was a 2nd round pick last year. He’s been getting some positive pub after a ho-hum rookie season. Demarcus Walker was a 2nd round pick this year. Both will earn snaps during this season regardless. If one is able to take over for Crick, they could become a valuable producer in the spot formerly manned by Malik Jackson. Jamal Carter Sr and Orion Stewart are both UDFA Ss. They led the team in tackles, Carter with 6 solos and Stewart with 5 solos. Nick Kwiatkoski has a potentially productive role this year with Danny Trevathan coming back from injury. Kwiat had 5 solos and an assist but ended up with a concussion. Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks are set as 2 of the starters on the DLine. The second DE spot is still up for grabs. The battle is between Mitch Unrein, Jaye Howard and Jon Bullard. I couldn’t find any snap count information. Unrein played with the starters. Neither Unrein or Howard produced a stat, while Bullard had 2 solos and 1 for a loss. He also whiffed on a sack on Paxton Lynch. Falcons at Dolphins De’Vondre Campbell and Duke Riley will both start at LB for Atlanta. The question comes down to who gets sub package snaps alongside Deion Jones. Campbell played 10 snaps against the Dolphins. He ended up with 3 solos, 1 for a loss, and an interception. Riley played 27 snaps and put up 2 solos and 3 assists. Round 1: Campbell. Obviously, the big story here is Raekwon McMillan’s torn ACL on the opening kickoff. It’s a shame. McMillan is only 20 but his owners get to spend the next year hoping this doesn’t turn into a Ragland situation. Mike Hull is currently considered the replacement for McMillan at Mike, although it’ll be a 2 down role. Hull had 1 solo against the Falcons. Cordrea Tankersley, the 3rd Round rookie CB, led the team with 6 solos. Vikings at Bills The battle for starting WILL has been between Emmanuel Lamur and Edmund Robinson. It’s a 2-down role so the usefulness is questionable even in deeper leagues. Lamur had 1 solo, 1 assist and 1 PD. Robinson had 2 solos, 2 assists and 1 PD. The #3 WILL, Eric Wilson, led the team in tackles, putting up 5 solos, 2 assists and 2 PDs. He may have just added his name to the competition. Minnesota’s 4th round pick, Ben Gedeon, is currently backing up Eric Kendricks at MIKE. Gedeon piled up 5 solos and an assist. Some people are hoping Jayron Kearse beats out Andrew Sendejo at SS. Kearse, the sophomore 7th rounder, added 2 solos and an assist. Ramon Humber has been listed as the starting WILL. Considering this team found lighting in a bottle last year with 33-year-old Lorenzo Alexander, we have to be prepared to consider Humber a legit starter. He played with the starters against the Vikings. He didn’t play every snap but played with Preston Brown in the Nickel. Humber also led all starters in tackles with 2 solos and 2 assists. Gerald Hodges may be the guy who has the best shot to replace Humber in the starting lineup. He ended the day with 2 solos. Brown already seems to have won the battle against Reggie Ragland for the starting Mike. Ragland had a solid game with 4 solos, 2 assists and a TFL. Trae Elston, a sophomore UDFA S, led the team with 5 solos and 1 assist while adding a PD. Rotoworld lists him as the #3 FS. PFF gave a high draft grade to UDFA DT Marquavius Lewis. Lewis produced 4 solos, 1 sack and 3 TFLs. He’s not on MFL yet but I’ll be keeping an eye on him. The Ronald Darby trade leaves a starting CB spot up for grabs. Shareece Wright, last year’s Raven’s frequent burn victim piled up 3 solos and an assist. I’m looking elsewhere. Washington at Ravens Josh Harvey-Clemons put together 6 solos and added a QB hit on 35 snaps. The 7th round safety is trying to lock down a roster spot. Zach Vigil also put up 6 solos on 23 snaps. Vigil sits at the bottom of the ILB depth chart after going undrafted to the Dolphins two years ago. He was claimed off waivers by Washington on Tuesday. Mason Foster (12 snaps), Will Compton (6 snaps) and Zach Brown (12 snaps) are battling for the 2 starting ILB spots. Compton didn’t produce a stat. Foster had 3 solos and 1 assist. Brown had 2 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL. Brent Urban is a starter at DE for Baltimore. He led the team with tackles with 4 solos, adding a sack. He’s probably still available in your league. He might be worth a pickup. Patrick Onwuasor also had 4 solos. He started the game last season that Zach Orr missed due to injury. Kamalei Correa was already injured at the time and is expected to start in Orr’s spot. Correa only had 1 solo. I couldn’t find snap counts for the Ravens. I assumed Onwuasor had more snaps than Correa, but it’s still worth monitoring. Jaguars at Patriots Blair Brown is a popular 5th round LB for the Jags. He won’t earn a starting spot this year unless there’s an injury but he proved his popularity was warranted with 3 solos and 5 assists. The 3rd Round DE, Dawuane Smoot, has seen interest all offseason. That interest grew after Dante Fowler’s brush with the law. Smoot had 4 solos and 2 assists. The Jags had a productive 3rd Round DE last year as well. Yannick Ngakoue had 1 solos, 2 assists and a sack. Fowler had 2 solos and a QB hit. New England didn’t play their starters, giving young guys the opportunity. Elandon Roberts and Jordan Richards both had 3 solos and 5 assists. Both also left the game with an injury. The DE spot across from Trey Flowers is up for grabs this offseason. Most people assume Kony Ealy will take it after the Pats traded for him. The cost, dropping from a 2nd to a 3rd, isn’t substantial and Ealy hasn’t had a good camp. Geneo Grissom, a 3rd round pick from 2015, hasn’t had a good camp and notched 1 solo and 4 assists. Derek Rivers was drafted in the 3rd round this year. They all seemed to be losing to the 4th round rookie, Deatrich Wise though. Wise has been getting a lot of good pub during training camp but very few people have noticed. He notched 2 assists before leaving the game with a concussion. The situation is worth watching. Wise may only miss a short time and could still win the starting spot. Or he may miss too much time and lose the competition by default, leaving Ealy, Grissom and Rivers battling for it. Saints at Browns It’s usually not a good sign when a CB leads the team in tackles. PJ Williams had 6 solos. That was on 43 snaps. Alex Okafor vs Hau’oli Kikaha for the DE spot opposite Cameron Jordan is one of two position battles to watch. Okafor played 12 snaps, the same as locked in starters Sheldon Rankins, Kenny Vaccaro, AJ Klein and Craig Robertson. Kikaha played 16 snaps. Neither produced a stat. Okafor is still a LB on MFL but Rotoworld updated their depth chart to make him a DE which MFL will pick up before the season starts. Stephone Anthony (33 snaps) and Alex Anzalone (40 snaps) are competing for the WILL. Anthony had 3 solos and a sack but seems to be disliked by the coaching staff. Anzalone had 1 solo and 2 assists, but most importantly for Anzalone, didn’t get hurt. David Onyemata is currently behind Tyeler Davison in replacing the IRed Nick Fairley at DT. Onyemata turned 37 snaps into 4 solos and an assist. Cleveland has a competition at MIKE. It’ll be a two-down role, but if you think Cleveland will be losing a lot of games and the opposing teams will be running the clock in the 4th quarter, it could still be a low-end fantasy viable position. Tank Carder and Joe Schobert are battling. Carder played 19 snaps and recorded 1 solo while missing another tackle. Schobert turned 14 snaps into 2 solos, 1 sack and a PD. Advantage: Schobert. Rookie UDFA Kenneth Olugbode sits 3rd on the MIKE depth chart and used 42 snaps to produce 4 solos and an assist. Carl Nassib and Nate Orchard are competing for the DE3 spot behind Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah. Nassib played 33 snaps and garnered 1 QB hit, 1 FR and 1 offside penalty. Orchard, the former 2nd Rounder, got 2 assists and .5 sacks on 30 snaps. If you’re in a deeper league, I’d bet Nassib is owned while Orchard is riding your waiver wire. The recently-acquired Calvin Pryor played 34 snaps and contributed 1 assist. There are questions as to whether he’ll even make the roster. Eagles at Packers Derek Barnett played 23 snaps. He produced 2 sacks and 2 assists. He’s #good. I’m starting to regret only drafting him on 1 lineup. Nate Gerry is trying to earn the backup LB spot after playing S at Nebraska. He turned 17 snaps into 3 solos. Rookie UDFA S Tre Sullivan played 27 snaps and led the team with 4 assists. He also laid a huge hit on Malachi Dupree. Sullivan needs more play like this to lock in his roster spot and start moving up the depth chart. Marwin Evans is a sophomore UDFA S. He has some depth chart issues. He did perform will in the game, leading the team in tackles with 6 solos and 1 assist, and adding an interception on 41 snaps. Rookie Josh Jones played 43 snaps, lining up at both S spots as well as LB. He earned 4 solos. 2nd Round CB Kevin King hasn’t had a great camp and turned 36 snaps into 5 solos. Steelers at Giants TJ Watt played a ridiculous 63 snaps on defense, adding another 10 on Special Teams. It’s the preseason. He turned it into 2 sacks, 3 solos, 2 assists, 2 more QB hits and a PD. If OLB can be a viable position in your league, he should be productive. Mike Hilton is a UDFA sophomore CB. He played 19 snaps against the Giants. He had 6 solos, an assist and a sack. Javon Hargrave is the starter this year at NT. He had 2 solos, an assist and a TFL on 15 snaps. Keith Kelsey is a UDFA ILB out of Louisville. He recorded 1 solo for every 3 defensive snaps. He’s below Tyler Matakevich, LJ Fort and Steven Johnson on the depth chart just to back up Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams. Landon Collins played 10 snaps. He led the team with 4 solos, an assist and a TFL on 10 snaps. He just won’t let anyone else tackle for the Giants… BJ Goodson played 25 snaps. Most people think he’ll be the starting Mike this year. He had 1 sack. Darian Thompson and Andrew Adams are competing for the FS starting spot opposite Collins. Thompson played 25 snaps and earned 1 solo. Adams played 23 snaps and earned 4 solos. I doubt Collins will allow either to get tackles during the regular season. Buccaneers at Bengals Kendell Beckwith was TB’s 3rd Round pick. The best that can be expected of him this year, without injury, would be the starting SAM spot and coming off the field in sub packages. He played 35 snaps and had 3 solos, 2 assists and a sack. The guy currently ahead of him on the depth chart, Devante Bond suffered an injury that could keep him out of the rest of the preseason. Kwon Alexander had 4 solos and an assist in 13 plays on the opening drive. Keith Tandy and Chris Conte both played the 13 snaps with the starters. Free agent signing JJ Wilcox and 2nd Round pick Justin Evans each played 35 snaps. Wilcox produced 3 solos and 2 assists. Evans had 1 solo and 4 assists. Both will earn snaps during the regular season. CB leading a team in tackles… KeiVarae Russell had 6 solos and a PD. Russell was a 3rd round pick by the Chiefs last year but was waived in September. He was immediately claimed by the Bengals. Otherwise, the Bengals young players produced. 2016 3rd Round pick Nick Vigil had 3 solos and 3 assists. Rookie 3rd Round pick Jordan Evans had a sack, 2 solos and an assist. Rookie 6th Round pick Jordan Evans had 5 solos and an assist. 49ers at Chiefs Austin Calitro is a UDFA LB who has already been waived by the Jets this year. He had 7 solos and 1 TFL on 25 snaps. That’s 2 snaps fewer than Reuben Foster who had 2 assists and a PD. Aaron Lynch showed up after losing some weight after OTAs. Lynch had 2 sacks, an assist and a PD in 15 snaps. He could lock up the DE3 spot on the depth chart with more games like this. The ILB spot opposite Derrick Johnson is available. Ramik Wilson (17 snaps) got the start and had 2 solos and an assist. 5th Round rookie Ukeme Eligwe (41 snaps) has impressed in camp and led the team with 3 solos and 2 assists. Former starters Josh Mauga (20 snaps) and Justin March-Lillard (14 snaps) and new acquisition Kevin Pierre-Lewis (23 snaps) are also competing. Titans at Jets The two notable stat lines here appear to be Kevin Byard and Jayon Brown. The 2016 3rd Round pick Byard will be the starting FS. He had 4 solos and 2 TFLs. Brown appears to be Sean Spence’s replacement as the 3rd ILB. He had 4 solos and 1 TFL. UDFA LB Connor Harris has been a popular name. The depth chart after Darron Lee is unsettled. Harris had 24 snaps, 2 solos and an assist. Cowboys at Rams With Barry Church now playing in Jacksonville, the starting SS spot is available in Dallas. Jeff Heath is the projected starter but a pair of 6th round draft picks could give him some competition. Xavier Woods tallied 6 solos and an assist. Kavon Frasier produced 5 solos. 1st Round Taco Charlton notched a sack and 3 solos. There’s not much to say about the Rams. Kevin Peterson, a rookie UDFA CB, had 5 solos. Kevin Davis, a rookie UDFA LB had 3 solos and 2 assists. Maurice Alexander will be the starting SS this year for the Rams. Two guys I kept an eye on last year were Ss Marqui Christian and Blake Countess. Christian had 4 solos and Countess had a solo and an assist. Raiders at Cardinals The competition for ILB could be pretty easily determined. Corey James had 7 solos and 5th round rookie Marquel Lee had 5 solos and an assist. 7th Round rookie Shalom Luani is 3rd on the SS depth chart. He added 5 solos, an assist and a PD. Two rookie DLinemen had standout games. UDFA Latroy Lewis and 7th Round pick Treyvon Hester both had 2 sacks and 4 total tackles. Maybe the 2nd team interior O-Line for the Cardinals isn’t good. Josh Bynes is definitely worth keeping an eye on, 6 solos, an assist, .5 sack and a PD. Deone Bucannon will miss time into the season. The Cardinals have Karlos Dansby and Hasaan Reddick. Bynes could find a way onto the field. Budda Baker had 5 solos and a PD. In the HOF game, he lined up at both safety spots, slot corner and outside corner. They are going to use him all over the field and he’s going to make plays. Lions at Colts The biggest news for Detroit is the potential loss of Kerry Hyder for the season. They’ll take a second look but it looks like a torn achilles. The Lions will already be missing Armonty Bryant for the first 4 weeks due to a Substance Abuse policy suspension but now it seems like his roster spot should be safe. That means the DE starting across from Ziggy Ansah for at least the first 4 weeks will be former 6th Round pick Cornelius Washington, who, in 4 years, is averaging 7.5 tackles and .75 sacks per season. Washington is injured at the moment, so Brandon Copeland, Jeremiah Ledbetter, rookie UDFA Jeremiah Valoaga (6 solos and a sack) and rookie UDFA Alex Barrett (4 solos, 2 assists and a sack) will get chances. Just spitballing here Detroit, I bet the Jets would take a 5th round pick for Sheldon Richardson, who would be a substantial improvement. Outside of the DE situation, Jalen Reeves-Maybin logged 4 solos and 2 assists. That’s not enough to overcome Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow at WILL, but it’s a start. There wasn’t much to learn from the Colts. Antonio Morrison and Jon Bostic, who are at the top of the ILB depth chart, didn’t play. And Edwin Jackson (3 solos, 2 assists) Anthony Walker Jr (1 solo, 1 assist) and Sean Spence (2 solo) didn’t do anything to move ahead of the two. Spence, after being an offseason hype darling, seems to have dropped to the third team defense. Barkevious Mingo had 5 assists against the Lions, so again, former 1st round picks will get as many chances as they need. Seahawks at Chargers There aren’t a lot of position battles on the Seattle defense. Who starts at CB across from Richard Sherman is the primary one. Shaquil Griffin had an assist. Jeremy Lane didn’t play. Bradley McDougald and Delano Hill are the other additions to the team.Their roles will need to be determined. McDougald had 2 solos. Hill had a solo. The backup SS spot in Los Angeles could be valuable this year. The SS in a Gus Bradley defense is a fantasy producer. Jahleel Addae hasn’t played 16 games since 2013. Rotoworld says Adrian Phillips is the current backup. He had 4 solos and 1 assist. Rayshawn Jenkins was drafted in the 4th Round out of Miami. He had 3 solos and 2 assists. Desmond King was a steal in the 5th Round. He can play slot corner and either Safety position. The only question will be whether he gets on the field enough to make plays. He put together 3 solos, an assist and a PD. Otherwise, Nigel Harris, a UDFA LB, put together 6 solos and 3 assists.