Week 5 IDP Free Agent Focus
Randy Gregory, DE, Cowboys
Gregory played through a questionable tag for a knee issue Sunday to deliver 2 sacks among 4 QB hits in a victory over the Panthers. We’ll see whether it was a fluke or a rebound game for a guy who went without a QB hit through his 1st 2 outings of the year, surrounding a Week 2 missed on the COVID list. Week 5 presents a positive matchup in the Giants, who Pro Football Focus graded 8th-worst in pass-blocking through Week 3.
John Franklin-Myers, DE, Jets
Despite notching a sack in each of his 1st 2 games, Franklin-Myers started the season somewhat quietly -- primarily in collecting just 4 solo tackles through 3 games. He delivered his 3rd sack of the year among a season-high 3 QB hits in Sunday’s OT win over the Titans, plus a season-high 3 solos. Week 5 holds a matchup with the Falcons, who entered Sunday as a top-6 scoring matchup for D-linemen.
Mike Danna, DE, Chiefs
After delivering his 1st sack of the season against the Chargers in Week 3, Danna racked up 2 more in Sunday's win at Philadelphia. The 2nd-year rusher has racked up 5 total QB hits over that span. Danna has benefited so far from a pair of hamstring injuries costing Frank Clark 3 of 4 games. He has played 70+% of the defensive snaps in those 3 games; 42% in the lone game Clark has appeared in. We'll see what Danna's playing time looks like when Clark returns, but he sure seems to be earning snaps regardless of who else is available.
Willie Gay Jr., LB, Chiefs
Andy Reid said Monday that "there's a chance" the team activates Gay off IR this week, according to The Kansas City Star. It's tough to expect Gay to be an IDP option Sunday night against Buffalo even if he's active. But he has a chance to become the Chiefs' playing-time leader among LBs the rest of the way. Gay drew particular praise for his play in coverage this summer. He's well worth stashing now if you're able.
Jermaine Carter, LB, Panthers
Shaq Thompson sustained a foot injury late in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys that is expected to cost him "some time," according to The Athletic. That should position Carter as Carolina's playing-time leader at the position for however long Thompson remains out.
Anthony Walker, LB, Browns
Week 5 will mark the 1st time Walker is eligible to return from IR, after he missed the past 3 games with a hamstring injury. He was the play-caller and lone full-time LB before going down, racking up 10 tackles (8 solo) in the opener. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s role might be growing, but Walker figures to step back into his role when ready. We might have to wait through an appearance before sticking him back in IDP lineups. JOK, meanwhile, is worth a stash in deeper leagues.
Quincy Williams, LB, Jets
Williams spent his 3rd game as a full-timer for the Jets in Week 4 and wound up with 14.8% of the Jets’ total tackles in the OT win over Tennessee. He has tallied 5 tackles for loss over his 3 starts, including 2 in each of the past 2 games. Play volume certainly helped against the Titans, but the tackle share was strong. A Week 5 matchup with the Falcons will likely find Williams inside the top 30 of our LB rankings.
Daniel Sorensen, S, Chiefs
Sorensen’s big Week 2 might have gotten him picked up in a bunch of IDP leagues, but he sandwiched that between a pair of more pedestrian stat lines. Sorensen added 9 solo tackles in Sunday’s win over the Eagles, though. And next comes a Sunday night clash with Bufalo, which has been an upside matchup for DB tackles.
Anthony Brown, CB, Cowboys
Brown entered Week 4 among the top 20 fantasy DBs but might have gone a little under the radar with quieter stat lines in weeks 2 and 3. Sunday, however, found him leading Dallas with 6 solo tackles and breaking up 3 passes. Brown now has 5 of those over his past 4 games.