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 some Week 5 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 5 Defensive Ends to Watch
I have two defensive linemen to watch this weekend. The first Week 5 IDP player to watch is defensive end Chris Wormley. The second is defensive end Darius Philon. Both are 27 years old and have plenty of good years left.
Defensive End – Chris Wormley – Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Wormley is a defensive end with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is his 5th year in the league, as Wormley spent his first 3 years in the league with the Baltimore Ravens as their 3rd round pick in 2017. Wormley didn’t do much with the Ravens as he combined for just 54 tackles (34 solo) with just 2 1/2 sacks in those 3 years.
2020 began Wormley’s career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2020, Wormley played in 13 games with 1 start. He didn’t do anything again as he had just 8 tackles (3 solo) and 1 sack. The Steelers kept him for 2021 and in his 4 games thus far, Wormley has 10 tackles (7 solo), 1 pass defensed, and 1 forced fumble.
What is comforting and what caught my eye was that every week this year he has recorded better stats. Game 1 got him 1 assist on 47% of the snaps. Game 2, Wormley had 1 solo tackle and 1 pass defensed on 73% of the snaps. Game 3, Wormley played 91% of the snaps and had 4 tackles (2 solo). Game 4 brought him his highest snap count of 56 snaps for 78% of the defensive snaps. Wormley posted 4 solo tackles and a forced fumble.
If Wormley can hang on to the snap count, he can be a top 24 defensive end on a weekly basis with the run heavy division they play in. He is taking advantage of Stephon Tuitt’s stint on injured reserve. We will see what happens with Wormley’s snap count when Tuitt returns, as Wormley had never had more than 46% of the snap share.
Defensive End – Darius Philon – Las Vegas Raiders
Darius Philon is a defensive end with the Las Vegas Raiders. Philon was a 6th round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2015 and spent his first 4 years there. Philon’s first 2 years with the Chargers were pretty much a dud. He had a combined 16 tackles (11 solo) and 1 sack. Philon’s next 2 years were respectable with an average of 32 tackles (18 solo), 7 tackles for a loss, 9 QB hits, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass defense per year.
With those stats, Philon got signed by the Arizona Cardinals to a 2 year, $10 million contract. Philon would never play a down for the Cardinals. Philon was arrested for aggravated assault and subsequently released before the Cardinals played their first down of the regular season in 2019. Philon would be out of the NFL for 2 years.
Enter Gus Bradley, the Las Vegas Raiders’ Defensive Coordinator, to put in a good word for Philon. Bradley coached Philon in 2017 and 2018 as the Chargers’ Defensive Coordinator. Those 2 years happened to be Philon’s best 2 years. It is not common at all to see a player sit out for 2 years and then earn a roster spot.
Not only did Philon make the Raiders’ roster, but he is a strong member of the rotation that the Raiders use. In his first game back, Philon played in 50% of the snaps and recorded 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for a loss, and a fumble recovery. In Week 2, Philon played just 14 snaps which was 25% of the defensive snaps and was shut out in the stat department. Philon then started to put some numbers up in his last two games. Week 3 brought a stat line of 4 tackles (2 solo) on 40% of the snaps which was 33 total snaps. Week 4 was his best game to date. Philon had 3 tackles (2 solo), 2 tackles for a loss, 2 QB hits, and 2 sacks.
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