If you’re reading this article heading into Week 15, congratulations on making it into the fantasy playoffs!
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This is what the entire season of roster management and stress has been leading to and now, we’re just a few short weeks away from securing a fantasy football championship. Don’t take your foot off the gas now. Keep adding to your IDP rosters where you can and make sure there are no holes that can sink your ship.
NAMES THAT BEAR REPEATING
To avoid repeating arguments for players previously mentioned in this piece, I'll list anyone who is still relevant who I have mentioned in the past three weeks with a link to that article and information.
EDGE Trevis Gipson, CHI (Week 12)
EDGE Tyus Bowser, BAL (Week 12)
EDGE Preston Smith, GB (Week 12)
EDGE DeMarcus Walker, HOU (Week 12)
EDGE Demarcus Lawrence, DAL (Week 13)
EDGE Carl Granderson, NO (Week 13)
EDGE Bradley Chubb, DEN (Week 13)
DI Greg Gaines, DAL (Week 14)
EDGE Uchenna Nwosu, LAC (Week 14)
DI Chris Wormley, PIT (Week 14)
LB Quincy Williams, NYJ (Week 12)
LB Alex Singleton, PHI (Week 12)
LB Drue Tranquill, LAC (Week 13)
LB Divine Deablo, LV (Week 14)
LB Christian Kirksey, HOU (Week 14)
LB Germaine Pratt, CIN (Week 14)
LB Josh Woods, DE (Week 14)
S Elijah Riley, NYJ (Week 12)
S Julian Love, NYG (Week 12)
S Jaquiski Tartt, SF (Week 12)
S Eric Rowe, MIA (Week 13)
S Eric Murray, HOU (Week 13)
S Ryan Neal, SEA (Week 14)
S Khari Willis, IND (Week 14)
EDGE RANDY GREGORY, DALLAS COWBOYS
Not a whole lot needs to be said to convince IDP managers to pick up Gregory after he posted a sack and a pick-six in his return to the lineup. Gregory was playing like one of the best edge defenders in the NFL before he went to injured reserve (IR) after Week 9, as he had already accumulated five sacks, 32 pressures and a 90.7 pass-rush grade (third among EDGEs) in seven games.
In his return to the Cowboys lineup, Gregory played more of a designated pass-rusher role, as he was eased back into action with 46% of Dallas' defensive snaps, but that shouldn’t be a concern going forward. Just as we’ve seen Demarcus Lawrence’s snaps increase since he’s returned from IR, the same can be expected of Gregory, who was averaging over a 60% snaps share when healthy. Grab Gregory where you can because this may be your last chance to secure a top-performing edge rusher who can help you win your league this year.
Gregory’s ranks among all edge defenders this season, despite missing five games:
|Pass-rush snaps||Pass-rush grade||Pressures||Sacks|
|222 (T-62nd)||90.6 (3rd)||T-30th||6 (T-22)|
The Steelers lost both of their starting edge rushers — T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith — during Thursday night’s game, and both were heavily rostered in the majority of IDP leagues. If one, or both, misses extended time, then it's wise to take some shots at the next best option — even if it is just as a bench stash until we know more about the Watt and Highsmith injuries.
Charlton played 53% of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in Week 14 and was the highest-graded pass-rusher along the Steelers defensive line as a result, posting an 85.9 pass-rush grade. Charlton finished with two pressures on just 13 pass-rush snaps but also added four total tackles, which is something we see from the Steelers' edge defenders quite a bit. Because of the snap volume for the Steelers' starters, they tend to have a decent tackle floor as a result, making them great IDP options. If Watt and/or Highsmith misses any time, Charlton could receive an even larger snap share in Week 15 and beyond.
The Jaguars haven’t offered many great IDP options this season outside of Josh Allen, so when adding any off the waiver wire, they have to be considered depth pieces first and foremost. That is the case with Robertson-Harris, who saw his highest snap share of the season (70%) in Week 13 and posted his third sack in the last four games. He has been playing a decent chunk of snaps all season as an interior defender for Jacksonville but really only started to produce IDP-relevant numbers over the past few weeks.
Harris lines up primarily as a defensive tackle, so there isn’t any competition for snaps with some of Jacksonville's other IDP options this season (Josh Allen, Dawuane Smoot). If designated as a defensive tackle, he can provide even better depth to an already thin position.
Robertson-Harris splits this season:
|1-9 (5 games)||0||10||11|
|10-14 (5 games)||3||14||13|