David Onyemata, DT, Saints
Onyemata is probably already owned in your league if you’re required to play a DT, but he’s worth a look this week for any DL slots. Onyemata tallied his 6th sack and 14th QB hit of the season in Sunday’s win over the Falcons. Next up: a clash with the Eagles offense that entered Week 13 allowing the league’s most sacks. Onyemata has delivered 2+ QB hits in 3 of his past 5 games.
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Raiders
Ferrell had just 2 QB hits (and no sacks) through his first 7 games this season. Then he racked up 4 QB hits in the 1st meeting with the Chargers and another the following week against the Broncos. After losing a couple of games to the COVID list, Ferrell returned Sunday to notch easily his best statistical outing of the season: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 QB hits, 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass deflection. Ferrell gets a less friendly matchup with the Colts in Week 14, unless they’re still missing LT Anthony Castonzo. After that comes a rematch with the Chargers and a solid pass-rushing matchup with the Dolphins.
Troy Reeder, LB, Rams
Reeder led off last week’s IDP Free Agent Focus, so he should have already been picked up in many leagues. Sunday brought his 3rd fill-in start in Micah Kiser’s place, and Reeder racked up double-digit tackles for the 3rd time. He tallied 10 of them (6 solos) and defensed a pass in the win over Arizona. Thursday night brings a positive matchup with the run-heavy Patriots. Don’t be surprised if Reeder lands among the top 10 LBs in our Week 14 rankings.
Avery Williamson, LB, Steelers
LB Robert Spillane left Monday night's loss to Washington in the 3rd quarter with a left-knee injury. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Spillane won't need surgery but is expected to miss time. Williamson got a playing-time boost vs. Washington with Spillane leaving early. He managed a team-high 9 tackles (6 solo) on just 53% of the defensive snaps. Expect Williamson to climb at least into the 70-80% range of snap share and deliver solid-to-good tackle numbers for as long as Spillane is sidelined.
Josh Jones, S, Jaguars
Jones returned from 3 games on IR with a chest injury to play every snap in Sunday's OT loss at Minnesota. He delivered 10 tackles, though he did so on a day that saw 4 Jags reach 9+ tackles amid 91 defensive snaps. Jones sits top-30 in fantasy scoring average among DBs on the season, depending on your format. Tennessee, Baltimore and Chicago over the next 3 weeks present a fairly neutral slate of matchups.
Adrian Phillips, S, Patriots
Phillips delivered 12 tackles (7 solo) in Sunday’s blowout win over the Chargers, doubling his nearest teammate. That marked his first double-digit tackle line since Week 6, but only 7 DBs entered Week 13 with more total tackles on the season. Thursday night finds him facing a Rams team that hit the weekend as a top-5 scoring matchup for fantasy DBs.