Olivier Vernon, DE, Giants
A largely silent season thanks largely to ankle trouble might have left Vernon sitting on many waiver wires at this stage. That should change this week.
For just the 2nd time since Week 3, Vernon notched a sack in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. That came among 5 QB hits against Philly backup LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
In Week 16, Vernon will face a Cardinals offense that recently placed LT Jared Veldheer on IR and has allowed 19 sacks over just the past 3 weeks -- 5+ to each of those opponents.
Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Lions
He has probably long been claimed in most IDP leagues, but Whitehead’s worth a look if available in yours.
He tallied 9 tackles against the Bears on Saturday, his 5th game of 8+ tackles among the past 6 outings. Four of those have included 6+ solos.
Next comes a struggling Bengals offense that poses an at-least-neutral matchup for LB scoring.
Kiko Alonso, LB, Dolphins
Alonso has similarly improved his tackle production lately. Sunday’s loss in Buffalo brought his 2nd game of 10 tackles among the past 5. Alonso has now gone for 8+ tackles in 5 of the past 6 -- like Whitehead.
Week 16 foe Kansas City doesn’t head in as a positive scoring matchup for LBs overall. But 7 of the past 8 opponents have had at least 1 LB notch 8+ tackles. And each of those who did posted at least 6 solos.
Robert Quinn, OLB, Rams
I have to admit: Quinn’s nearly silent 1st half of the season has led me to not pay him nearly enough attention in recent weeks.
He entered Sunday’s surprisingly 1-sided clash in Seattle with 4 sacks over his previous 3 games. Quinn added 2 more against the Seahawks.
Next comes a home matchup with Tennessee, which allowed 3+ sacks to 4 of 6 opponents before Sunday.
Matt Judon, OLB, Ravens
Judon’s sack Sunday against the Browns marked his 5th among the past 6 games. He has registered at least 1 QB hit in each of those contests, with 2+ in 3 of them (including a season-high-tying 3 Sunday).
Judon and the Ravens will get Indy in Week 16. The Colts have allowed just 1 sack each of the past 2 weeks but yielded 12 over the previous 2. Overall, Indy hit Week 15 as a top-8 scoring matchup for LBs.
Zach Vigil, ILB, Washington
Vigil tallied 9 tackles in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals, his 2nd straight game of 8+. Even if top Washington ILB Zach Brown is ready to return for next Sunday’s game against the Broncos, Vigil has been a starter and near full-time player for 4 weeks now.
Denver has supplied the 3rd most LB fantasy points per game as of this writing.
Kurt Coleman, S, Panthers
Coleman notched his 2nd 10-tackle line of the year in Sunday’s win over the Packers and defensed a pass for the 2nd straight game.
Next week brings a rematch with the Bucs, who allowed Coleman 9 tackles in their 1st match in Week 8. Tampa Bay entered Week 15 as a top-7 scoring matchup for fantasy DBs.