When will all the byes stop? Well, the answer is this week! The last four teams will take their bye with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers coming back from Mexico along with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals resting up for Week 12. Stud linebackers like Eric Kendricks, Jordan Hicks along with DB1s Budda Baker and Harrison Smith will need to be replaced in our Week 12 lineups.
Derek Barnett, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
Barnett saw a season high in snaps last week at 87.8% and while he only put up two solo tackles against the Patriots last week, he has one of the best schedules moving forward facing the Seahawks, Dolphins and Giants who’s average rank in fantasy points given up to opposing defensive ends is 10th. Barnett now has four sacks on the season and could be a nice DL2/3 down the home stretch of the regular season.
Notables: Maxx Crosby, DE, Oakland Raiders
Dre Greenlaw, LB, San Francisco 49ers
Since Kwon Alexander’s injury, Greenlaw has amassed 22 total tackles and a sack to go along with a pass defense and an interception. The former Arkansas linebacker has now averaged 96% of the snaps over the last two weeks, but doesn’t get the best matchup against a Green Bay Packers offense who don’t give up a lot of fantasy points to opposing linebackers. Greenlaw will get favorable matchups after this week going up against the Ravens and Falcons who both rank inside the top-10 in fantasy points given up to opposing linebackers.
Notables: Germaine Pratt, Cincinnati Bengals
Bradley McDougald, S, Seattle Seahawks
McDougald hasn’t preformed quite as well as projected throughout the season, but has been productive since coming back from injury in Week 9. He’s been able to rack up 11 solo tackles, one tackle assist and a pass defense in the two games before their bye last week. McDougald might not get back to his elite DB1 production from last year, but should be a nice DB2/3 with upside for the rest of the season.
Notables: Taylor Rapp, S, Los Angeles Rams, Montae Nicholson, S, Washington