It’s now the time where fantasy football contenders start to separate themselves from the rest of the pack while the rest look for any advantage that could improve their standing, which starts with being active on the waiver wire to gain an edge.
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Here are some of the names to consider heading into Week 7.
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 prior weeks with a link to that article and information.
Jonathan Greenard, DE, HST (Week 4)
Charles Harris, DE, DET (Week 4)
Randy Gregory, DE, DAL (Week 5)
Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, IND (Week 5)
Everson Griffen, DE, MIN (Week 6)
Tae Crowder, LB, NYG (Week 4)
Quincy Williams, LB, NYJ (Week 4)
Kyzir White, LB, LAC (Week 4)
Reggie Ragland, LB, BYG (Week 5)
Pete Werner, LB, NO (Week 5)
David Long, LB, TEN (Week 5)
Kevin Minter, LB, TB (Week 6)
Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB, HST (Week 6)
Anthony Barr, LB, MIN (Week 6)
Andrew Wingard, S, JAX (Week 4)
Rodney McLeod, S, PHI (Week 5)
Jimmie Ward, S, SF (Week 6)
Lonnie Johnson Jr., S, HST (Week 6)
Okwara notched the first sack of his NFL regular-season career in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals thanks to his gradual increase in playing time. After a strong preseason where he notched 12 pressures and a sack on 69 pass-rush attempts, Okwara has seen his snap share increase in each game of the year since Week 1, as he most recently played a 43% snap share in Week 6.
Okwara managed three pressures, one sack, three tackles and an 82.0 pass-rush grade against the Bengals this past week, which means he has eight pressures and a 79.3 pass-rush grade on just 44 pass-rush snaps this season. Okwara had a top-eight pressure rate (25.0%) this week among all edge defenders through Sunday and is starting to show flashes of what made him a Day-2 pick in 2020.
With Romeo Okwara on injured reserve for the rest of the season, it looks like there will be opportunities for Julian in the Lions’ rotation going forward. Fantasy managers in deep leagues should look at Okwara for defensive end depth.