Week 4 IDP Hits
The Chargers – and we IDP folks – must go without EDGE Joey Bosa for the foreseeable future. So what’s the replacement plan?
Second-year player Chris Rumph II gets the biggest boost. The former 4th-round pick played 57% of the snaps in the game Bosa left early last week. He managed just 1 total pressure in 20 pass-rushing snaps against the Jaguars.
This week brings a Houston offense that has protected Davis Mills pretty well. Mills sits tied for 8th-lowest pressure rate faced through 3 weeks, according to Pro Football Focus. Next week’s opponent, Cleveland, ranks 1 spot ahead. So a Week 6 home date with Denver might be the 1st look we get at Rumph in a positive matchup.
The player is interesting. He tallied 25 tackles for loss over his final 2 seasons at Duke – including 14.5 sacks – before entering the draft a year early.
Rumph is light for the position, listed at 6’2, 244 pounds. But that’s up 9 from his pre-draft weight, and he reportedly worked hard to add weight in the offseason. We’ll see how it translates.
Veteran LB Kyle Van Noy also looks like part of the replacement plan. He saw a slight playing-time boost last week – from 48% and 46% the 1st 2 games to 55% – but spent a lot more time on the edge (rather than an off-ball LB position).
If his playing time climbs significantly beyond that, Van Noy could become a real option for deeper IDP formats.
With the Bosa situation and the Browns downgrading Myles Garrett to out, there will be some IDP rosters in need of replacements this week. You can find replacement options in this week’s rankings, of course.
But let’s also take this opportunity to highlight some edge players who have generated more pressure so far than their sack totals might indicate …
Sam Hubbard: 17 pressures (according to PFF), 1 sack
Jaelan Phillips: 12 pressures, 1 sack (4 games)
Za’Darius Smith: 12 pressures, 1 sack (questionable this week)
Denico Autry: 12 pressures, 1 sack
Uchenna Nwosu: 12 pressures, 1 sack
Odafe Oweh: 11 pressures, 0 sacks
Oweh also has 0 QB hits through 3 games, so I’m not sure he’s playing all that well. But he has seen the most pass-rush opportunities (118) among all edge players through 3 weeks. At that level, a guy can produce without playing well.
Some other injury situations to be aware of for IDP lineups this week …
- Cowboys S Jayron Kearse is questionable after missing the past 2 games with a knee sprain and putting in limited practices all week. If he’s ready to face the Commanders, then Donovan Wilson’s playing time will likely tumble. If Kearse remains out, then Wilson will be a starting option for fantasy.
- Jets LB Quincy Williams is out this week and in danger of missing further time with a high-ankle sprain. Kwon Alexander figures to see a playing-time boost in his absence. He cracks the top 40 in this week’s LB rankings.
- Saints S Marcus Maye will miss a 2nd straight game with a rib injury. P.J. Williams started in his place last week, supplying 8 tackles (2 solo) and a pair of passes defensed.
- Kayvon Thibodeaux (58%) and Azeez Ojulari (47%) checked in 2nd and 4th among Giants edge players in playing time last Monday, the 1st appearance of the season for each guy. We’ll see if that climbs as they move further beyond their injuries. Thibodeaux – the 1st-round rookie – sitting 2nd already is noteworthy. Jihad Ward led the group in snap share, with Oshane Ximines ranking 3rd. Ximines has been the group’s top performer so far.
- Panthers LB Frankie Luvu has seen his snap share climb each week. That can’t happen again in Week 4 … because he hit 100% for the 1st time in his career last game. Shaq Thompson has interestingly gone 75%, 92%, 74% in playing time through 3 games.
- I pointed out Saints LB Pete Werner playing just 81% of the snaps each of the 1st 2 weeks, so I have to acknowledge that he got up to 97% in Week 3. He belongs in IDP lineups every week right now.
- Texans LB Kamu Grugier-Hill saw his playing time dip to 87% in Week 3. He can be productive at that level, but he hasn’t played great in real-life terms. So we’ll have to watch and see whether that continues downward.
- After playing 100% of snaps in each of the 1st 2 games, Ravens LB Patrick Queen dipped to 89% in Week 3. I’ll be watching that as well.
- Colts rookie S Nick Cross opened the year as a starter but has already dropped out of that role. Rodney McLeod took over for him last week. We’ll see what Julian Blackmon’s ankle injury (out this week) means for the group. Another rookie, Rodney Thomas II, stepped in after Blackmon went down last week.
- Playing time rebounded for Falcons S Jaylinn Hawkins in Week 3. After falling from 98% in the opener to 57% in Week 2, he played every snap in the win over the Seahawks.
- Juju Hughes takes over at safety for the Lions this week, after Tracy Walker suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon last week. Hughes – an undrafted free agent who began with the Rams in 2020 – doesn’t present anything of particular note, beyond opportunity. Seattle’s sluggish offense doesn’t make for a great 1st matchup.
- Jets EDGE Carl Lawson – coming off a summer 2021 Achilles’ tear – has seen his playing time inch up each of the past 2 weeks. He has gone from 52% in the opener to 66% his last time out. Lawson has just a half-sack through 3 games but 5 QB hits.
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