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2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Jaquan Brisker

Jaquan Brisker should leapfrog all the safeties taken ahead of him except Kyle Hamilton in rookie safety ranks. His only competition to start alongside rangy Eddie Jackson is a career back-up, Deandre Houston Carson. Better yet, the Bears have a new defensive coordinator in Alan Williams, most recently the Colts’ defensive backs coach. He and Matt Eberflus, the 2021 Colts defensive coordinator and 2022 Bears head coach, demonstrated a preference for a disparity in deployment between safeties. Julian Blackmon played the vast majority of his snaps deep while Khari Willis more frequently played closer to the line of scrimmage. The veteran Jackson can reasonably expect to be relied upon in a single-high role more often than the rookie Brisker. Brisker’s toughness in the box compares favorably with that of Jackson.

2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Troy Andersen

Anderson joins a thin LB corps in Atlanta and a group of players that have struggled in the NFL. Deion Jones was once considered a rising star, but 2022 is likely his last chance to avoid the fate of an NFL journeyman. The other starter is likely Rashaan Evans, a former first-rounder that couldn’t earn a second contract in Tennessee. The presumptive third linebacker, Mykal Walker, hasn’t gained any traction. Anderson might not seem ready to overtake any of them this summer. Besides, the Falcons’ 2021 second-rounder, safety Richie Grant, couldn’t earn a significant role as a rookie. Anderson, however, has succeeded at everything he’s tried and is a far superior athlete to any of his aforementioned teammates.

2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Boye Mafe

Mafe was a three-star recruit from Hopkins, Minnesota who opted to play for his home-state team, the Golden Gophers. The redshirt senior took time to develop and emerge at the University of Minnesota despite an athletic profile extraordinary in the Twin Cities. He started 13 of a possible 19 games in his last two seasons according to The Football Database, collecting 61 tackles including 15.5 for loss and 11.5 QB sacks.

2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Arnold Ebiketie

Ebiketie was a three-star recruit from Kensington, Maryland who began his college career at Temple. He didn’t emerge until his junior year but parlayed his performance in a pandemic-shortened season into a scholarship at Penn State. He replaced Odafe Oweh, a first-round pick of the Ravens last year, and capitalized on his opportunity. Ebiketie collected 62 tackles including 18 for loss and 9.0 sacks while starting all 12 games for the Nittany Lions in 2021. 

Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 17

Welcome to the sixteenth and final weekly edition of “Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire” for 2021! For those returning for another installment of defensive player recommendations, your interest and support are appreciated!

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Raiding The IDP Waiver Wire: Week 16

Week 15 has been the most chaotic week of the 2021 season. Arguably no fantasy playoff round has ever been more challenging than this. The waiver-wire moves that fantasy gamers are making this week are season-saving moves made at the eleventh hour in reaction to COVID-IR transactions and late-breaking inactives. This reality feels likely to spill over to Week 16 as well. This week’s waiver-wire offerings will be those players who appear likely to occupy near-full-time roles in their upcoming games. 

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 15

“Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire” is written for fantasy football gamers in leagues that require a full complement of 11 defensive starters in leagues of 12 to 16 teams. Recommendations rely on scoring settings from FantasyPros.com, even though their value for passes defensed is low. We’ll look for options at both conventional and true defensive positions as they arise. 

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 14

“Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire” is written for fantasy football gamers in leagues that require a full complement of 11 defensive starters in leagues of 12 to 16 teams. Recommendations rely on scoring settings from FantasyPros.com, even though their value for passes defensed is low. We’ll look for options at both conventional and true defensive positions as they arise.

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 13

“Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire” is written for fantasy football gamers in leagues that require a full complement of 11 defensive starters in leagues of 12 to 16 teams. Recommendations rely on scoring settings from FantasyPros.com, even though their value for passes defensed is low. We’ll look for options at both conventional and true defensive positions as they arise.

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Raiding The IDP Waiver Wire: Week 12

Players qualifying for this column are those rostered in no more than a third of IDP leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com (MFL); moreover, new names appear in each edition. Occasional readers are encouraged to visit past weeks’ write-ups for more options. Finally, these recommendations further assume you, the manager, have finite roster space with challenging cut decisions to add new names.

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 11

“Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire” is written for fantasy football gamers in leagues that require a full complement of 11 defensive starters in leagues of 12 to 16 teams. Recommendations rely on scoring settings from FantasyPros.com, even though their value for passes defensed is low. We’ll look for options at both conventional and true defensive positions as they arise. Players qualifying for this column are those rostered in no more than a third of IDP leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com (MFL). These recommendations further assume you, the manager, have finite roster space with challenging cut decisions to add new names.

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The Dark Side of the Moon: Exploring IDP through the Prism of Offense

In the interest of furthering the inclusion of individual defensive players in redraft and dynasty leagues alike, let’s explore how each of the five defensive positions functions like an offensive position on fantasy football rosters. I can’t tell you which offensive player or even fantasy rookie draft pick you should offer for Aaron Donald without knowing the context of your league. I can, however, explain how to value defensive tackles in fantasy football using tight ends as context. In fact, each defensive position has a close parallel on offense.

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Schemes Are Ch-Ch-Changing: Part 2

Anticipating and acting on scheme change is a risk/reward proposition in fantasy football. Correctly anticipating an edge defender’s new role in a defense can deliver a difference-maker at the most valuable IDP position. There, I said it! The value above replacement for a high-end DE is greater than that for linebackers through much of the …

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Schemes Are Ch-Ch-Changing – Cha-Ching

11 of 32 NFL teams are undergoing a change of defensive coordinator. This topic is underreported for this author’s appetite. Tripp Brebner examines how a scheme change will impact defensive players on the Cleveland Browns, with more articles to come.

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Threatened Species: IDP Impact of Panthers’ Regime Change

The good news for fantasy gamers is that many Panthers carry the preferred position designations of the 4-3 defense that the team ran in 2018. In 2019, regular contributors like Kawann Short, Gerald McCoy, Mario Addison, Bruce Irvin, Brian Burns, and Marquis Haynes all carried position designations inconsistent with the Panthers’ 3-4 alignment on MyFantasyLeague.com. This article contemplates how Phil Snow’s Temple and Baylor defensive schemes if implemented in Charlotte, would translate to IDP fantasy football. 

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 16

The players recommended below are available in at least two-thirds of IDP leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com (MFL). Recommendations are position-specific for lineup requirements, including cornerbacks and defensive tackles unless noted otherwise.

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 15

The playoffs will be or already underway in most fantasy leagues in Week 15. Time has run out to put chips on players in hopes that they emerge. Injury replacements can prove risky, as well. Reserve players thrust into full-time roles can find themselves back on the bench quickly for poor play. 

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 14

Finding productive players for next week’s fantasy football line-ups involves identifying emerging young players and spotting the “next man up” due to injury or transaction. NFL teams have played three-quarters of their games. Those teams playing for 2020 are likely to get young players more involved. 

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Potential Fantasy Playoff Studs: IDP Edition

The following IDPs are set up for success based on plus matchups down the stretch. They are tiered based on their potential cost of acquisition via last-minute trade or FAAB bid. They might be the keys to a fantasy title worth chirping about!

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Raiding the IDP Waiver Wire: Week 13

Finding productive players for next week’s fantasy football line-ups involves identifying emerging young players and spotting the “next man up” due to injury or transaction. Week 13 is no different. Players leaving the field with injuries sustained in Week 12 include Shelby Harris, Dontari Poe, Ryan Kerrigan, Jason McCourty, Jabrill Peppers, and Ronnie Harrison. Da’Ron Payne, Jadeveon Clowney, Leighton Vander Esch, and Khari Willis were ruled out before their games started.The players recommended below are available in at least two-thirds of IDP leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com (MFL). Recommendations are position-specific for lineup requirements, including cornerbacks and defensive tackles unless noted otherwise.

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