There are injuries everywhere. Disasters for all teams. The NFL is in chaos. Just how we IDP fiends like it.
Defensive end Markus Golden made it back on the field this week with 38 snaps. Benson Mayowa played 33 so these two are in a timeshare for now. It seems fair. Golden has struggled to stay fit and is a bit lightweight while Mayowa has played well.
Robert Nkemdiche came back at tackle with 49 snaps. He’s not a bad play in DT-premium leagues at all.
The three safeties continue to play every snap and given the Cardinals are the highest-volume defensive team in the league. Antoine Bethea leads all defenders in snaps with 458. In second place are Budda Baker and Patrick Peterson with 454 each. Josh Bynes is a few spots after with 450. Tre Boston is ninth on 450. Half of the top ten volume players in the NFL are Cardinals.
Jordan Richards (65) played strong safety for the second week in a row with Damontae Kazee playing deep (66). Kazee has been more productive so far but I want Richards due to positional advantage and tackle opportunity.
Notably, Foyesade Oluokon out-snapped Duke Riley at LB this week 40 to 28. Oloukon continues his streak of upping his playing time every single week of his career.
The Ravens played just 44 defensive snaps as the demolished the Titans. That’s the joint lowest of any team all season. It also means that the sheer number of sacks they managed was even more impressive. Za’Darius Smith managed three of them from just 21 snaps. He leads all OLBs in total playing and has been the best pass rusher even though Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon aren’t far behind.