Here at RotoHeat, I strive to deliver as much helpful information as I can to help you all have successful individual defensive player rosters and win a couple championships along the way. I am going to give you a couple of Week 10 IDP players to watch this weekend. These guys are lower in the rankings, but are my soon to be break out players. Check out my opinions and facts on the following players, and who knows, maybe you will pick them up before this weekend’s games.

Week 10 IDP Player to Watch – Linebacker – David Long – Tennessee Titans

Week 10 IDP Players to Watch
Week 10 IDP Players to Watch

David Long was drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft in the 6th round out of West Virginia. In his rookie season, Long had 15 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defensed, and 1 forced fumble. For Long’s 2nd year, 2020, he had a lot more play time and produced some nice stats. Long played in 14 games and even started 5 of them. He produced 54 tackles (30 solo) and 2 tackles for a loss. Long also added 2 passes defensed and 1 forced fumble.

Long’s performance in his 2nd year rewarded him with a starting role for 2021. With last year’s leader, Jayon Brown, in and out of the lineup all year long, Long has needed to step up. Long has delivered in the form of 66 tackles (42 solo) in just 8 games. That is on pace for 140 tackles. Long has had 4 tackles for a loss, 2 QB hits, 1 interception, 5 passes defensed, and has only missed a handful of snaps all year. I didn’t even realize he was that good until I started researching him.

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In the rankings on different platforms, I have found Long ranked at 22nd, 24th, 27th, etc. Long is 3rd in scoring for linebackers over the last 3 weeks in my league. I bet he is a lot higher than 27th in scoring in your league also over the last few weeks. If you aren’t in the deepest of leagues, Long could be available for you to claim right now. I am pretty sure he would not cost much to get him in a trade. Jayon will be gone next year and Long will become the unquestioned leader on an improving defense. My advice…don’t wait to get Long on your roster.

Week 10 IDP Player to Watch – Linebacker – Jonathon Cooper – Denver Broncos

Week 10 IDP Players to Watch
Week 10 IDP Players to Watch

Jonathon Cooper is a 6′ 4″, 257 lb rookie, drafted in the 7th round out of Ohio State by the Denver Broncos. After playing in anywhere from 11% to 33% of the snaps in the first 6 weeks of the season, Cooper’s snap count took a dramatic increase. Von Miller hurt his ankle and then got traded to the Los Angeles Rams.

Cooper’s production took the increase starting with Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns which is the game that Miller hurt his ankle. Cooper came in and had 5 tackles (2 solo) and 3 QB hits. This was accomplished on just 56% of the snaps. Week 8 brought Cooper his 1st start. Against the Washington Football Team, Cooper had just 2 tackles on 76% of the snaps. Week 9 was Cooper’s coming out party, as he produced 4 tackles (3 solo), 2 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 QB hits.

This was done against one of the best offenses in the league, the Dallas Cowboys, and was one of the reasons that the Broncos shut them out until the final 4 minutes of the game. None of the original starters of the Broncos from opening day (Bradley Chubb, Josey Jewell, Alexander Johnson, and Von Miller) are playing now. This current group of linebackers (Malik Reed, Kenny Young, Baron Browning, and Jonathon Cooper) are coming together very fast. I would recommend watching all 4 of these guys based on their performance against the Cowboys offense.

Thank you for reading my Week 9 IDP Players to Watch Article

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