Week 12 displayed continue growth for several key members of the rookie class. Several guys are really making their presence felt and making a name for themselves. The Defensive Rookie of the Year race still comes down to Nick Bosa and possibly Devin Bush, although several guys are slowly becoming valuable members on their defenses and could be top IDP assets for many years.
Maxx Crosby, DE OAK
53 (84%) snaps 3 solo tackle, 1 assist, 1 sack
Week 12’s matchup versus the New York Jets saw Crosby get a majority of the defensive snaps and another sack, bringing the season total to 7.5. He also has 22 tackles and 3 forced fumbles on the campaign. It’s been a pleasant surprise for the Raiders, and it gives them a dangerous tandem - with Clelin Ferrell - that they can build their defense around. Crosby looked extremely good in college, but he was playing at Eastern Michigan and facing inferior talent. The tools were evident (he has great speed and moves well), but he is a bit undersized. It hasn’t stopped him from producing. With some bulk and strength, Crosby could become even better.
Christian Wilkins, DT MIA
64 (84%) snaps 4 solo tackles, 2 assists
Wilkins has been one of the few bright spots for Miami, raking in 42 tackles on the season and anchoring the middle of their defensive line admirably. Each game, he has been chipping in tackles and giving fantasy owners a solid game if a fill-in defensive tackle was needed. His NFL value is always going to be higher than his IDP value. He has been impressive and is a starter for years to come. In defensive tackle focused scoring he could hold value, but he is likely only worth starting if needed in dire straits at this point.