Week 4 IDP Free Agent Focus
Osa Odighizuwa, DT, Cowboys
This 3rd-round rookie has gotten off to a strong start. Odighizuwa has played at least 55% of the snaps in each of the 1st 3 games. His 1.5 sacks in Monday night's win over the Eagles marked his 2nd straight outing with 2 QB hits. Odighizuwa comes off that for 2 more positive matchups. The Panthers (Week 4) have allowed the 9th highest pressure rate so far, according to Pro Football Reference. Pro Football Focus grades both them and the Giants (Week 5) among the bottom 9 in pass-blocking.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Browns
Clowney delivered a pair of sacks in Sunday’s beatdown of rookie Justin Fields and the Bears. They were Clowney’s first sacks of the year, but he tallied 2 QB hits in the Week 2 win over Houston. Week 4 brings a decent matchup with the Vikings.
Romeo Okwara, DE, Lions
Okwara played through a questionable tag Sunday to notch his 1st sack of the season. It was his 3rd straight game with a QB hit, though. Next comes a matchup with the Bears, who just allowed 9 sacks to the Browns in Justin Fields’ 1st start.
De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Packers
We'll put out 1 more call for Campbell in this space. He followed up a terrific Week 2 -- which saw him seize the playing-time lead at the position -- with another nice outing. Campbell led all Packers with 11 tackles in the win at San Francisco, 5 more total stops than anyone else on the team. Campbell played every snap in a game that found Oren Burks 2nd among ILBs at just 36% playing time.
Kenny Young, LB, Rams
Young had a decent Week 1, with his 10 total tackles including just 5 solos. That might have kept his expanded role and upside from registering fully among IDP leagues where he didn't get drafted. Then Young made contact with an official in the 2nd half of the Week 2 win over the Colts and got himself ejected.
All that might have allowed Young to reach Sunday on waivers in your IDP league. But he probably won't make it to next Sunday.
That's because Young delivered a big performance in the win over Tampa: 10 tackles (8 solo), 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. That makes 10 total tackles and 100% playing time in each of Young's 2 full outings this season. He should not only be rostered all over at this point but should probably be starting in most leagues for the Week 4 matchup with Arizona.
Tae Crowder, LB, Giants
The Giants lost Blake Martinez for the season in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. That leaves Crowder as the presumptive leader at the position. He played 61 of 62 defensive snaps against Atlanta, led the team with 11 tackles and added a pass breakup. Reggie Ragland checked in 2nd at the position with 65% playing time. Ragland could be a stash for deep IDP leagues, but he has bounced around the league and failed to stick anywhere since arriving as a 1st-round pick of the 49ers in 2016.
Willie Gay Jr., LB, Chiefs
Sunday's loss to the Chargers marked the 3rd and final game that Gay has to spend on IR following a preseason turf-toe injury. We haven't gotten clarity from Chiefs coaches yet on Gay's chances of returning for the Week 4 visit to Philadelphia or how big Gay's role will be immediately upon his return. The 2nd-year player was heading toward the season looking like K.C.'s top LB, though, especially in coverage. That area is key to a LB staying on the field.
We'll watch for clues leading up to Week 4. But even if we don't feel comfy starting Gay right away in our IDP lineups, he'll be worth stashing in many places before he has the chance to break out on the field. HC Andy Reid did say last week that Gay is "getting close" to his return.
Denzel Perryman, LB, Raiders
Apparently I was wrong to assume that the Raiders would lean on the LBs they paid for in free agency over the guy they traded barely anything to acquire this August.
Perryman played a season-high 92% of the defensive snaps in Sunday's win over Miami, leading all Raiders LBs. Cory Littleton trailed at 73%. K.J. Wright played just 9 total snaps. That trailed even 3rd-round rookie Divine Deablo (27%).
I still don't trust Perryman to hang on to this gig. His most active among 6 seasons with the Chargers found him playing 64.7% of the available snaps in his 9 games in 2018. He's currently at 82.1% for the Raiders. But Perryman has racked up 10+ tackles in each contest. So let's roll with him where available.
Emmanuel Moseley, CB, 49ers
Moseley sat near the top of our preseason CB rankings, but then injury kept him from appearing in either of the 1st 2 games. We finally got Moseley back on the field Sunday night against the Packers, and he delivered 6 tackles and a pair of pass breakups.
Next comes a matchup with Seattle. Moseley has played just 2 full games -- plus a fraction of a 3rd -- against the Seahawks in his career. He finished each with 7 solo tackles, 3 assists and at least 1 pass breakup. (Moseley defensed 3 of them in their 2019 meeting.)
A healthy Moseley is just what we want in a fantasy corner: Good enough to stay in the lineup, not good enough keep catch rates down or scare offenses away from targeting him.
Marshon Lattimore, CB, Saints
Lattimore returned from his 1-week absence following thumb surgery to rack up 10 tackles (8 solo) and an INT in Sunday’s win over the Patriots. He won’t have many — if any — more days like that, but a couple more upside matchups are coming. First is the Giants, who had 8 passes defensed by the Falcons on Sunday — 6 of those by DBs. A Week 5 matchup with Washington should find Lattimore working on Terry McLaurin quite a bit.
Andrew Wingard, S, Jaguars
Wingard has started each game so far for the Jags, but weeks 1 and 2 found him ceding some time to Andre Cisco. The rookie didn't play a snap in last week's loss to the Cardinals, however, leaving 100% of the playing time to Wingard. The vet doesn't bring a high ceiling and is no long to keep the job all year. But he has tallied 6+ total tackles in each outing so far. Wingard also contributed a sack in Week 2 and an INT in Week 3. He enters Week 4 ranked among the top 15 fantasy DBs (depending on your format).