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Week 12 IDP Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf 10:15pm EST 11/21/21


Chris Jones, DL, Chiefs

Jones’ history of production aligns better with his outburst against the Cowboys than the rest of his 2021 season has. He entered Sunday with just 3 sacks and 12 total tackles through 8 games in a season disrupted by a wrist injury. That cost Jones 2 games and limited his effectiveness in others. His 3.5 sacks against Dallas suddenly puts him on track, though, to surpass last year’s 7.5 -- and maybe the 9 of 2019. Jones gets a Week 12 bye but then a high-upside matchup with Denver, which entered the week allowing pressure at the league’s highest rate, according to Pro Football Reference.


Jayon Brown, LB, Titans

If Brown made it to Sunday on waivers in your league, don’t let him stick around into next weekend. He followed 2 straight games of 7 solo tackles with a season-high 14 total stops in Sunday’s loss to Houston. There’s some risk that his playing time tumbles once LBs David Long and Rashaan Evans return from injuries, but we’d bet on Brown maintaining his role after early-season injury knocked him out of the lineup.


Dre Greenlaw, LB, 49ers

The 49ers designated Greenlaw in the middle of last week to return from IR. The LB didn’t make it back to the active roster in time for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, but his return from the Week 1 groin injury is approaching. We’d assume he’ll reclaim his starting gig from Azeez Al-Shaair once ready, but we might need to wait for a game of Greenlaw being back to confirm his role before using him.


Quincy Williams, LB, Jets

Williams reclaimed his starting job from Jarrad Davis in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. According to Pro Football Focus, he led Jets LBs with 88% snap share, in a game C.J. Mosley left early. Davis followed 3 games of playing time in the 67-73% range by staying on the field for just 13%. Williams capitalized by racking up a game-high 15 tackles, including 2 for losses. Even if Mosley is ready for Week 12, Williams looks like a solid add. He was delivering useful fantasy numbers before Davis returned and shoved him out of the starting lineup.


DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, Bears

The hamstring injury that kept S Eddie Jackson out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens provided Houston-Carson the opportunity to tally 8 tackles (6 solo) and a pass breakup. Jackson seemed to be trending toward a return, with 2 limited practices to close out the week. Chicago’s quick turnaround to the 12:30 ET kickoff will challenge Jackson’s chances of returning for Week 12.


Tracy Walker, S, Lions

Walker rebounded from a Week 10 concussion to lead the Lions with 9 tackles (6 solo) in Sunday’s loss to the Browns. He looks likely to face an Andy Dalton-led Bears offense on Thanksgiving, a matchup that should allow Walker to spend plenty of time on the box. He also could see a decent amount of Cole Kmet in coverage.

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