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NFL Week 10: Fantasy IDP utilization report

Phoenix, AZ, United States; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons (9) is introduced before they take on the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-Arizona Republic Nfl Cardinals Vs Seahawks Seattle Seahawks At Arizona Cardinals

  • First-round LB loses snaps: The Jacksonville Jaguars seemingly benched Devin Lloyd in Week 10, causing some concern for his status going forward.
  • Another first-round LB regains snaps: Isaiah Simmons finally returned to playing 100% of the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive snaps for the first time all season, making him a more trustworthy option for his fantasy managers.
  • Injuries in Buffalo: The Buffalo Bills provide a positional hat trick for waiver options this week with multiple IDP injuries to sort through.
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WEEK 10 TAKEAWAYS

Make sure to check out last week’s waiver targets. Some of the key players stood out as potential adds after Week 10 for leagues of all sizes:

Waiver Wire
  • LB – Tyrel Dodson, BUF – Tremaine Edmunds suffered a groin injury, so his status going forward is considered questionable. Dodson was his replacement and appears likely to continue in that role if Edmunds misses any time.
  • LB – Sione Takitaki, CLE – Takitaki is the surprise front-runner to lead the Browns linebackers in snaps going forward, doing so for two straight games now. He is currently Cleveland's top linebacker to roster.
  • LB – Denzel Perryman and Jayon Brown, LV – The Raiders linebacker situation has been in flux due to Divine Deablo going on injured reserve and with Blake Martinez retiring mid-season. Perryman didn’t play in Week 10, but the assumption is that he would play ahead of Brown if he were healthy. If Perryman is not back in Week 11, then fire up Brown with confidence.
  • EDGE – A.J. Epenesa, BUF – Epenesa started this week with Gregory Rousseau out. The former second-round pick could be relevant if Rousseau missed any more time.
  • EDGE – Dominique Robinson, CHI – Robinson played a ton this week with Al-Quadin Muhammad out. Robinson should be considered a volume-dependant addition at the edge position for deeper leagues.
  • EDGE – Jonathon Cooper, DEN – Cooper looks like a lock to continue in a significant role this season for as long as one of Baron Browning or Randy Gregory is out. Cooper will be another volume-dependent edge option off the waiver wire.
  • EDGE – Charles Omenihu, SF – Omenihu has worked primarily as a rotational edge this season but with injuries at the position, he started in Week 10. He has earned a 74.0 pass-rush grade (29th among EDGEs) to go along with 29 total pressures (tied for 24th) this season.
  • EDGE – Mario Edwards Jr., TEN – Edwards has seen his snap share increase over the past two weeks, and he’s been effective, posting 14 pressures and two sacks in that span. He should continue to see an increased role with Bud Dupree out.
  • S – Cameron Lewis, BUF – Lewis filled in for Jordan Poyer and should continue to do so for as long as Poyer is out. His value will be related more to volume if he gets another start.
  • S – P.J. Locke, DEN – Justin Simmons is dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of Week 10. Locke looks set to fill in if Simmons keeps missing time, with Caden Sterns also on injured reserve.
  • S – C.J. Moore, DET – Moore took over the box-heavy safety role for DeShon Elliott, who left this week with a concussion and should be considered questionable for Week 11.
  • S – Damontae Kazee, PIT – With Minkah Fitzpatrick expected to miss multiple weeks after undergoing an appendectomy, Kazee filled in as the primary deep safety and will get at least one more start in that role, it seems.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
61 (T-23rd) 73.5% (T-7th) 20.1% (27th) 49.6% (31st)
  • Dime personnel rate: 0.0% (T-29th)
  • Blitz rate: 41.5% (2nd)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Markus Golden 77.0% 72.9% 92.3% 4.0% 4.0% 51.1
J.J. Watt 73.8% 70.8% 84.6% 21.4% 21.4% 79.2
Myjai Sanders 36.1% 45.8% 0.0% 12.5% 12.5% 85.7
Victor Dimukeje 13.1% 14.6% 7.7% 50.0% 25.0% 55.8
Dennis Gardeck 9.8% 10.4% 7.7% 0.0% 0.0% 54.5
  • ROOKIE WATCH: Myjai Sanders earned the highest pass-rush grade among Cardinals’ defensive linemen but was on the field for less than 40% of the team's defensive snaps and none of the team’s crucial third or fourth downs. He did land a sack, but his dynasty managers shouldn’t get too excited about plugging him into lineups just yet.
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Zach Allen 68.9% 60.4% 100% 12.0% 12.0% 75.9
Cameron Thomas 34.4% 25.0% 69.2% 7.1% 14.3% 60.7
Leki Fotu 32.8% 35.4% 23.1% 8.3% 16.7% 69.3
Jonathan Ledbetter 27.9% 31.3% 15.4% 0.0% 7.7% 60.0
Trysten Hill 26.2% 33.3% 0.0% 10.0% 20.0% 68.1
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Zaven Collins 100% 100% 100% 27.9% 6.7%
Isaiah Simmons 100% 100% 100% 4.9% 11.7%
Ben Niemann 68.9% 79.2% 30.8% 7.1% 17.1%
  • UPGRADE: Isaiah Simmons played every defensive snap for the first time all season, which is a great sign for his fantasy value going forward. Simmons was hovering around an 80% snap rate or less through the past four games. He continued to play a significant amount of snaps in the slot (44%), so his role didn’t change much, but he at least didn’t leave the field.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Jalen Thompson 100% 34.4% 52.5% 11.5% 0.0%
Budda Baker 80.3% 22.4% 55.1% 10.2% 4.1%
Chris Banjo 19.7% 33.3% 50.0% 8.3% 8.3%
  • POINT OF INTEREST: Budda Baker looked like he was going to miss some time after last week’s injury but seems to have made a miraculous recovery, even landing an interception in this one.
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Marco Wilson 100% 85.2% 6.6% 4.9% 0.0% 4
Antonio Hamilton 90.2% 65.5% 32.7% 1.8% 20.0% 10
Trayvon Mullen 41.0% 96.0% 4.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1

ATLANTA FALCONS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
66 (14th) 69.6% (T-12th) 22.9% (21st) 49.3% (29th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 0.0% (T-29th)
  • Blitz rate: 23.0% (22nd)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Lorenzo Carter 75.8% 72.0% 87.5% 8.3% 0.0% 58.1
Arnold Ebiketie 54.5% 52.0% 62.5% 7.7% 7.7% 58.4
Adetokunbo Ogundeji 45.5% 48.0% 37.5% 0.0% 0.0% 56.3
Deangelo Malone 24.2% 28.0% 12.5% 0.0% 0.0% 58.3
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Grady Jarrett 81.8% 78.0% 93.8% 13.3% 13.3% 67.4
Ta'Quon Graham 77.3% 72.0% 93.8% 7.1% 7.1% 60.6
Abdullah Anderson 53.0% 58.0% 37.5% 0.0% 0.0% 58.2
Timmy Horne 22.7% 28.0% 6.3% 0.0% 0.0% 54.9
Jalen Dalton 18.2% 22.0% 6.3% 0.0% 0.0% 55.9
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Rashaan Evans 90.9% 92.0% 87.5% 6.7% 20.7%
Mykal Walker 89.4% 88.0% 93.8% 8.5% 15.8%
Troy Andersen 25.8% 26.0% 25.0% 0.0% 5.9%
  • POINT OF INTEREST: The Falcons’ top two linebackers didn’t play every defensive snap in this one but managed to be efficient with their playing time and still had productive games thanks to a linebacker-friendly defense.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Richie Grant 100% 31.8% 39.4% 25.8% 1.5%
Jaylinn Hawkins 100% 25.8% 51.5% 18.2% 4.5%
  • UPGRADE: Richie Grant has led the team’s safeties in box snaps for the second straight week after not doing so since Week 5. He deserves to be in the high-end S2 conversation, given his playing time and production.
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Rashad Fenton 100% 80.3% 1.5% 18.2% 0.0% 3
Darren Hall 100% 69.7% 10.6% 19.7% 20.0% 5
Isaiah Oliver 28.8% 10.5% 68.4% 21.1% 0.0% 1
Dee Alford 12.1% 12.5% 75.0% 12.5% 0.0% 0

BUFFALO BILLS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
83 (T-2nd) 68.4% (16th) 25.5% (18th) 43.5% (16th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 2.2% (23rd)
  • Blitz rate: 15.5% (32nd)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Von Miller 69.9% 62.7% 87.5% 11.6% 16.3% 66.0
A.J. Epenesa 60.2% 62.7% 54.2% 3.0% 12.1% 68.6
Shaq Lawson 39.8% 44.1% 29.2% 15.8% 15.8% 63.5
Boogie Basham 30.1% 30.5% 29.2% 7.1% 14.3% 65.4
  • WAIVER-WIRE: With Gregory Rousseau out, A.J. Epenesa played a significant amount of snaps in his place, even landing a sack. It’s unclear when Rousseau will be back but for deeper leagues, Epenesa could serve as a serviceable fill-in option.
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Ed Oliver 74.7% 67.8% 91.7% 20.9% 23.3% 70.3
Jordan Phillips 54.2% 47.5% 70.8% 3.2% 3.2% 50.9
DaQuan Jones 53.0% 59.3% 37.5% 7.1% 14.3% 62.0
Tim Settle 24.1% 27.1%​​ 16.7% 20.0% 20.0% 53.3
  • UPGRADE: Ed Oliver played his highest snap share of the season after managing less than 50% of his team's defensive snaps the past two weeks. He even contributed with a half-sack and can be considered in the DT2 conversation.
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Matt Milano 100% 100% 100% 7.2% 7.6%
Tyrel Dodson 63.9% 64.4% 62.5% 3.8% 4.0%
Tremaine Edmunds 36.1% 35.6% 37.5% 6.7% 10.3%
Terrel Bernard 4.8% 6.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Tyler Matakevich 3.6% 1.7% 8.3% 0.0% 0.0%
  • INJURY: Tremaine Edmunds suffered a groin injury near the end of the first half and did not return to the game. The team will determine where he is at later in the week as it pertains to his Week 11 availability.
  • WAIVER-WIRE: If Edmunds is unable to go next week, then Tyrel Dodson can be added as his replacement. The Bills have shown a pattern this season where Dodson has been acting as Edmunds’ replacement while Terrel Bernard has been working as Matt Milano’s replacement.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Damar Hamlin 97.6% 28.4% 53.1% 14.8% 3.7%
Cameron Lewis 95.2% 20.3% 68.4% 6.3% 5.1%
Jaquan Johnson 3.6% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Dean Marlowe 1.2% 0.0% 100% 0.0% 0.0%
  • WAIVER-WIRE: Another Bills’ waiver option, Cameron Lewis worked as the starting safety in place of the injured Jordan Poyer and ahead of a previous waiver option, Jaquan Johnson. Deeper leagues in need of safety help can consider Lewis as a volume-heavy play if Poyer misses more time.
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Dane Jackson 100% 90.4% 3.6% 2.4% 14.3% 7
Christian Benford 96.4% 98.8% 0.0% 1.3% 18.2% 11
Taron Johnson 92.8% 0.0% 77.9% 14.3% 14.3% 7

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
63 (T-19th) 70.7% (9th) 21.7% (23rd) 44.1% (T-17th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 0.3% (T-26th)
  • Blitz rate: 36.0% (6th)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Brian Burns 95.2% 93.9% 100% 16.7% 16.7% 66.4
Yetur Gross-Matos 66.7% 69.4% 57.1% 21.7% 21.7% 44.8
Marquis Haynes 39.7% 28.6% 78.6% 23.5% 17.6% 74.5
Amare Barno 3.2% 4.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 56.9
  • FOOL’S GOLD: Despite showing that he can be more effective than Yetur Gross-Matos, Marquis Haynes’ two sacks aren’t worth chasing next week, as he is working as the third edge in the rotation, meaning he's not on the field enough to trust in most leagues.
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Derrick Brown 84.1% 83.7% 85.7% 13.3% 20.0% 75.1
Matt Ioannidis 77.8% 77.6% 78.6% 13.8% 10.3% 71.7
Bravvion Roy 15.9% 20.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 56.0
Marquan McCall 9.5% 12.2% 0.0% 33.3% 33.3% 71.5
Daviyon Nixon 7.9% 10.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 56.2
  • HIDDEN GEM: Derrick Brown has just one sack on the season but after another strong pass-rush performance, he ranks 10th at his position in pass-rush grade (77.7) so far this year.
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Frankie Luvu 100% 100% 100% 23.8% 16.7%
Shaq Thompson 100% 100% 100% 3.2% 11.7%
Cory Littleton 30.2% 36.7% 7.1% 5.3% 17.6%
  • UPGRADE: Frankie Luvu had a very productive game, including two sacks, but more importantly going forward is that he regained a 100% snap share for the first time since Week 3. Expect Luvu to continue his big-play upside as he is often used as a blitzer but now with a better tackle floor while playing every down.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Xavier Woods 100% 31.7% 41.3% 19.0% 6.3%
Myles Hartsfield 96.8% 16.4% 60.7% 14.8% 4.9%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Jaycee Horn 100% 28.6% 44.4% 19.0% 0.0% 2
Donte Jackson 84.1% 94.3% 1.9% 3.8% 16.7% 6
C.J. Henderson 69.8% 97.7% 0.0% 2.3% 0.0% 7
Keith Taylor 19.0% 83.3% 16.7% 0.0% 0.0% 1

CHICAGO BEARS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
62 (T-21st) 64.3% (21st) 29.8% (11th) 46.3% (25th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 2.4% (22nd)
  • Blitz rate: 19.2% (24th)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Trevis Gipson 88.7% 86.0% 100% 3.6% 3.6% 48.9
Dominique Robinson 87.1% 86.0% 91.7% 4.3% 8.7% 59.4
Kingsley Jonathan 16.1% 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 54.6
Gerri Green 6.5% 8.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 58.2
  • WAIVER-WIRE: With Al-Quadin Muhammad sidelined due to a knee injury, Dominique Robinson joined Trevis Gipson as Chicago’s top-two edge rushers in a very volume-heavy role. Robinson was able to manage six total tackles as a result of being on the field so much and if Muhammad misses more time, he can have some use in deeper leagues.
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Justin Jones 66.1% 58.0% 100% 15.8% 15.8% 54.1
Armon Watts 54.8% 54.0% 58.3% 0.0% 0.0% 57.8
Angelo Blackson 46.8% 46.0% 50.0% 0.0% 0.0% 51.1
Mike Pennel 35.5% 42.0% 8.3% 0.0% 0.0% 53.8
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Nicholas Morrow 100% 100% 100% 9.7% 16.9%
Jack Sanborn 90.3% 98.0% 58.3% 17.9% 13.2%
Joe Thomas 41.9% 46.0% 25.0% 7.7% 12.0%
  • UPGRADE: Jack Sanborn had a great fantasy day and has cleared up any questions about the Bears’ secondary linebacker spot. He has now played that role over the past two weeks with Roquan Smith out of the picture and looks like a safe bet to trust in the LB2/3 range each week.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Eddie Jackson 98.4% 24.6% 62.3% 11.5% 0.0%
Jaquan Brisker 98.4% 31.1% 27.9% 16.4% 19.7%
DeAndre Houston-Carson 12.9% 50.0% 12.5% 25.0% 0.0%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Kyler Gordon 100% 37.1% 53.2% 4.8% 0.0% 2
Jaylon Johnson 83.9% 84.6% 7.7% 7.7% 0.0% 4
Jaylon Jones 66.1% 97.6% 2.4% 0.0% 0.0% 1
Lamar Jackson 6.5% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
69 (T-10th) 70.4% (10th) 21.6% (24th) 44.1% (T-17th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 10.4% (16th)
  • Blitz rate: 26.3% (16th)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Myles Garrett 63.8% 58.9% 84.6% 5.0% 15.0% 74.3
Jadeveon Clowney 63.8% 58.9% 84.6% 9.5% 14.3% 57.1
Isaiah Thomas 43.5% 46.4% 30.8% 11.8% 0.0% 48.3
Alex Wright 43.5% 42.9% 46.2% 0.0% 0.0% 51.9
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Tommy Togiai 52.2% 55.4% 38.5% 0.0% 7.7% 61.1
Taven Bryan 49.3% 53.6% 30.8% 0.0% 0.0% 50.8
Jordan Elliott 49.3% 53.6% 30.8% 6.3% 0.0% 51.7
Roderick Perry II 33.3% 33.9% 30.8% 10.0% 10.0% 54.0
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Sione Takitaki 95.7% 98.2% 84.6% 12.1% 15.6%
Deion Jones 73.9% 73.2% 76.9% 0.0% 14.3%
Jordan Kunaszyk 29.0% 28.6% 30.8% 0.0% 25.0%
Tony Fields II 14.5% 14.3% 15.4% 0.0% 20.0%
  • WAIVER-WIRE: Sione Takitaki saw another snap increase after the team’s Week 9 bye week but this time, he didn’t cede the majority of third and fourth downs to Deion Jones. Takitaki is shaping up to be the Browns’ top linebacker to roster, but keep in mind that this could change on any given week.
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
John Johnson III 97.1% 23.9% 65.7% 10.4% 0.0%
Grant Delpit 95.7% 33.3% 45.5% 10.6% 4.5%
Ronnie Harrison 44.9% 61.3% 0.0% 35.5% 3.2%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Greg Newsome II 100% 42.0% 36.2% 15.9% 0.0% 7
Denzel Ward 76.8% 90.6% 0.0% 9.4% 20.0% 5
Martin Emerson 55.1% 86.8% 5.3% 5.3% 0.0% 4
A.J. Green 13.0% 66.7% 22.2% 11.1% 0.0% 0

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