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NFL Week 14: Fantasy IDP utilization report

Arlington, Texas, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) in action during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  • Rookie breakout games: Aidan Hutchinson and Travon Walker both posted their best pass-rush grades of the season this past week. With Walker leaving hurt, can fantasy managers expect big things to continue for Hutchinson into the fantasy playoffs?
  • Musical chairs in Cleveland: The Cleveland Browns linebacker corps continues to be one of the biggest headaches in IDP but as injuries pile up, things could start to simplify. Maybe.
  • Barton is back in play: As Cody Barton’s snaps have slowly increased over the past few weeks, he looks to be another trustworthy IDP linebacker in time for the fantasy playoffs.
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WEEK 14 TAKEAWAYS

Make sure to check out last week’s waiver targets. Some of the key players stood out as potential adds after Week 14 for leagues of all sizes:

Waiver Wire
  • LB – Deion Jones, CLV – The Browns linebacker carousel continued this week, as more injuries pile up and the spinning wheel of who to trust for fantasy purposes landed on Jones in Week 14. With Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah likely to miss time, the assumption is that Jones’ playing time should stabilize for at least another game or two.
  • LB – Devin Lloyd, JAX – Lloyd returned to an every-down role with Chad Muma out of the lineup. As long as that is the case, Lloyd can be trusted in almost all IDP formats.
  • LB – Luke Masterson, LV – The Raiders only deployed one full-time linebacker, forcing Masterson to play more of a part-time role, which makes him useful in deep IDP leagues only.
  • LB – Tae Crowder, NYG – Also for deep leagues, Crowder could be considered if Micah McFadden’s injury causes him to miss time. This is not anywhere near a full-time role, so production expectations should be low.
  • LB – Monty Rice, TEN – Dylan Cole made the list last week and led the team’s linebackers in defensive snaps this week, but Rice led the team in tackles. While he did not earn an every-down role this week, Rice was much better than Cole on the field and could potentially overtake him next week.
  • EDGE – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, HST – Okoronkwo has been getting more opportunities recently, and it’s led to two sacks in two weeks. He should be considered a solid depth option for the fantasy playoffs.
  • EDGE – Kyle Van Noy, LAC – Van Noy qualifies as another solid depth option at the edge position, at least until Joey Bosa returns. Van Noy is averaging 89% of Los Angeles' defensive snaps over the last three weeks.
  • EDGE – Bruce Irvin, SEA – Irvin has been given plenty of opportunities in Seattle and rewarded his team’s trust with a sack. Irvin qualifies as another depth piece for the fantasy playoffs.
  • DI – Arik Armstead, SF – Armstead returned to his typical snap share in his second game back from injury. He's another depth option at the defensive line position for fantasy managers.
  • S – Marcus Williams, BLT – Williams returned to the lineup for the first time since Week 5 and continued his productive ways in an every-down role with an interception.
  • S – Myles Hartsfield, CAR – Hartsfield is filling in for Xavier Woods while he misses time with an injury.
  • S – Alohi Gilman, LAC – If the No. 1 safety, Derwin James, misses any more time, Gilman could be an option in deeper leagues.

JUMP TO A TEAM:

ARZ | BLT | BUF | CAR | CIN | CLE | DEN | DAL | DET | HOU | JAX | KC | LVR | LAC | LAR | MIA | MIN | NE | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF | SEA | TB | TEN


ARIZONA CARDINALS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
59 (T-22nd) 74.9% (6th) 18.6% (27th) 48.3% (31st)
  • Dime personnel rate: 24.5% (3rd)
  • Blitz rate: 40.3% (3rd)
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 69.5% 66.7% 81.8% 4.0% 8.0% 50.3
Myjai Sanders 54.2% 60.4% 27.3% 4.8% 4.8% 52.6
Cameron Thomas 28.8% 20.8% 63.6% 15.4% 15.4% 55.9
Victor Dimukeje 22.0% 22.9% 18.2% 0.0% 0.0% 55.2
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
J.J. Watt 74.6% 70.8% 90.9% 3.1% 6.3% 49.2
Zach Allen 54.2% 56.3% 45.5% 4.8% 0.0% 61.4
Leki Fotu 33.9% 37.5% 18.2% 0.0% 0.0% 54.5
Jonathan Ledbetter 28.8% 33.3% 9.1% 0.0% 0.0% 53.8
Trysten Hill 28.8% 31.3% 18.2% 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
Zaven Collins 100% 100% 100% 10.2% 8.8%
Isaiah Simmons 100% 100% 100% 3.4% 10.5%
Ben Niemann 74.6% 87.5% 18.2% 9.1% 9.5%
Kamu Grugier-Hill 6.8% 8.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Tanner Vallejo 3.4% 4.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Budda Baker 100% 37.3% 37.3% 20.3% 5.1%
Jalen Thompson 100% 8.5% 72.9% 18.6% 0.0%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Antonio Hamilton 100% 83.1% 13.6% 0.0% 0.0% 5
Trayvon Mullen 71.2% 90.5% 4.8% 4.8% 25.0% 4
Marco Wilson 25.4% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1
Christian Matthew 18.6% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
55 (24th) 70.0% (14th) 23.2% (18th) 44.9% (T-20th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 23.3% (4th)
  • Blitz rate: 26.4% (14th)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Tyus Bowser 67.3% 63.8% 87.5% 20.0% 26.7% 54.1
Jason Pierre-Paul 61.8% 61.7% 62.5% 5.3% 5.3% 52.5
Justin Houston 47.3% 44.7% 62.5% 13.3% 26.7% 70.2
Odafe Oweh 34.5% 34.0% 37.5% 0.0% 0.0% 50.2
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Calais Campbell 65.5% 61.7% 87.5% 0.0% 4.3% 55.2
Justin Madubuike 54.5% 59.6% 25.0% 15.8% 10.5% 51.9
Broderick Washington Jr. 36.4% 38.3% 25.0% 9.1% 9.1% 69.2
Travis Jones 29.1% 29.8% 25.0% 0.0% 14.3% 65.2
Brent Urban 20.0% 23.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 54.4
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Roquan Smith 94.5% 93.6% 100% 7.7% 10.0%
Patrick Queen 90.9% 91.5% 87.5% 12.0% 12.2%
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Chuck Clark 100% 41.8% 47.3% 7.3% 1.8%
Marcus Williams 98.2% 14.8% 75.9% 3.7% 3.7%
Kyle Hamilton 90.9% 18.0% 0.0% 78.0% 4.0%
Geno Stone 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 100%
  • WAIVER-WIRE: Marcus Williams returned to the lineup from injured reserve. He hasn’t played since Week 5 but got back in IDP managers' good graces by landing an interception in his return.
  • DROPPABLE: Geno Stone reverted back to being as irrelevant as he was early in the season when Williams was healthy.
  • ROOKIE WATCH: Kyle Hamilton worked as the team’s nickel corner, which he did a fair bit last week as well, but there could be some trustworthy usage to rely on for IDP if this continues for another week.
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Marlon Humphrey 100% 83.6% 3.6% 10.9% 0.0% 7
Marcus Peters 98.2% 92.6% 0.0% 5.6% 16.7% 6
Ar'Darius Washington 9.1% 0.0% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 1

BUFFALO BILLS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
74 (4th) 68.3% (18th) 25.3% (14th) 43.7% (T-13th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 1.5% (25th)
  • Blitz rate: 18.0% (27th)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Gregory Rousseau 59.5% 57.1% 66.7% 12.1% 18.2% 75.7
Boogie Basham 55.4% 55.4% 55.6% 0.0% 12.0% 61.2
Shaq Lawson 52.7% 50.0% 61.1% 8.0% 16.0% 65.3
A.J. Epenesa 47.3% 48.2% 44.4% 8.7% 13.0% 75.7
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
DaQuan Jones 73.0% 67.9% 88.9% 4.8% 7.1% 60.8
Ed Oliver 67.6% 66.1% 72.2% 6.1% 9.1% 60.7
Tim Settle 33.8% 41.1% 11.1% 0.0% 18.2% 69.3
C.J. Brewer 10.8% 14.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 54.9
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Tremaine Edmunds 100% 100% 100% 12.2% 11.0%
Matt Milano 100% 100% 100% 9.5% 12.3%
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Jordan Poyer 100% 23.0% 55.4% 16.2% 5.4%
Damar Hamlin 100% 9.5% 66.2% 24.3% 0.0%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Tre'Davious White 100% 97.3% 1.4% 1.4% 0.0% 10
Dane Jackson 100% 93.2% 1.4% 4.1% 18.2% 11
Taron Johnson 100% 0.0% 66.2% 32.4% 11.1% 9
  • UPGRADE: This was the first week since returning to the lineup where Tre’Davious White played every snap and could be trusted again as a matchup-dependant IDP asset in CB-required leagues.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
54 (25th) 71.8% (9th) 20.9% (25th) 42.9% (11th)
  • Dime personnel rate: 0.3% (T-27th)
  • 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 96.3% 94.9% 100% 15.4% 17.9% 62.0
Yetur Gross-Matos 88.9% 87.2% 93.3% 2.6% 7.7% 53.0
Marquis Haynes 42.6% 25.6% 86.7% 6.7% 6.7% 55.3
Henry Anderson 11.1% 12.8% 6.7% 0.0% 0.0% 56.0
Amare Barno 1.9% 2.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 58.8
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 92.6% 92.3% 93.3% 0.0% 2.6% 50.2
Matt Ioannidis 42.6% 53.8% 13.3% 7.1% 7.1% 50.6
Bravvion Roy 20.4% 25.6% 6.7% 0.0% 0.0% 54.6
Marquan McCall 3.7% 5.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 60.0
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Shaq Thompson 100% 100% 100% 5.6% 15.1%
Frankie Luvu 98.1% 100% 93.3% 30.2% 5.7%
Brandon Smith 16.7% 23.1% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1%
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Jeremy Chinn 100% 29.6% 22.2% 42.6% 1.9%
Myles Hartsfield 100% 27.8% 51.9% 16.7% 3.7%
Juston Burris 46.3% 20.0% 48.0% 28.0% 0.0%
  • WAIVER-WIRE: With Xavier Woods out, Myles Hartsfield stepped into an every-down role. If Woods misses any more time, Hartsfield could be a desperate play in deeper leagues.
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
C.J. Henderson 100% 85.2% 3.7% 9.3% 0.0% 3
Jaycee Horn 94.4% 96.1% 2.0% 2.0% 25.0% 8
T.J. Carrie 37.0% 0.0% 85.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4
Keith Taylor 7.4% 100% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Team Ranks
Defensive snaps (Weekly rank) Zone coverage rate (NFL rank) Man coverage rate (NFL rank) +EPA allowed % (NFL rank)
72 (T-6th) 65.2% (23rd) 28.3% (9th) 40.5% (T-3rd)
  • Dime personnel rate: 15.8% (11th)
  • Blitz rate: 22.1% (21st)
EDGE
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
Sam Hubbard 87.5% 82.4% 100% 18.6% 16.3% 56.2
Trey Hendrickson 76.4% 68.6% 95.2% 16.2% 21.6% 53.2
Cameron Sample 26.4% 33.3% 9.5% 7.7% 23.1% 69.6
Joseph Ossai 25.0% 27.5% 19.0% 9.1% 9.1% 55.7
  • INJURY: Trey Hendrickson broke his wrist in this game and is expected to miss a few weeks, although he did finish the game despite this injury.
DEFENSIVE INTERIOR
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Pressure rate Win rate Pass-rush grade
B.J. Hill 75.0% 66.7% 95.2% 10.8% 13.5% 55.2
D.J. Reader 61.1% 58.8% 66.7% 4.0% 8.0% 78.9
Zachary Carter 30.6% 39.2% 9.5% 0.0% 0.0% 59.0
Josh Tupou 22.2% 29.4% 4.8% 8.3% 8.3% 52.1
LINEBACKER
Player Total defensive snap share 1st/2nd down snap share 3rd/4th down snap share Blitz rate Tackle efficiency
Logan Wilson 97.2% 100% 90.5% 1.4% 22.1%
Germaine Pratt 80.6% 92.2% 52.4% 0.0% 8.9%
Akeem Davis-Gaither 6.9% 0.0% 23.8% 40.0% 0.0%
SAFETY
Player Total defensive snap share Box snap % Deep safety % Slot corner % Defensive line %
Vonn Bell 100% 37.5% 34.7% 16.7% 6.9%
Jessie Bates III 100% 12.5% 76.4% 6.9% 2.8%
Daxton Hill 1.4% 0.0% 100% 0.0% 0.0%
CORNERBACK
Player Total defensive snap share Wide corner % Slot corner % Box snap % Forced incompletion % Targets faced
Eli Apple 100% 97.2% 1.4% 1.4% 0.0% 4
Cam Taylor-Britt 100% 93.1% 2.8% 4.2% 10.0% 10
Mike Hilton 88.9% 1.6% 87.5% 7.8% 0.0% 2
Tre Flowers 15.3% 0.0% 27.3% 45.5% 0.0% 0
Jalen Davis 5.6% 25.0% 25.0% 25.0% 0.0% 1

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