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Matchup Strength Key

Strong
5/5
Solid
3/5
Weak
1/5

Questionable (?)  –  Out (O)

COVID List (C)  –  Doubtful  –  (D)

Recently Sent To Injuried Reserve (IR)

* The Fantasy Football WK1 Rankings Edge Rusher Chart would traditionally contain just the 3-4 outside linebackers and 4-3 defensive ends from the NFL’s two-base defensive schemes. But at times, for whatever reason, some of the main sites list some 3-4 defensive end. Not to mention some strongside linebackers from the 4-3 scheme. And one of those main sites that have been engaging IDP owners for quite a few years with the designated Edge Rusher position as an option is ESPN.COM.

So although this author doesn’t personally consider those 3-4 defensive ends a part of the true Edge Rushers, we will set these charts by whom they list as such. Because even if the position has been around for some time, on a few sites. It’s still in the process of gaining traction by IDP owners. And there still needs to be a baseline set somehow. So what better way to do it than with the old school, and one of the originals, but ESPN.

Note, this listing of ESPN Edge Rushers may not reflect this author’s Edge Rushers rankings or the Gridiron Rating player ratings. But until it is a full-fledge position used across the board and a player standard is set. We can’t ignore what the users of the charts and IDP owners may have access too. We’ll also mention that the Edge Rusher formula for these charts adds at least one additional step over the traditional five.

Week 4 / AFC Edge Rushers

AFC NORTH

 Ravens Edge Rushers

Matthew Judon
3/5
Tyus Bowser
2.5/5
Pernell McPhee
2/5
Jaylon Ferguson
1/5

Advice/Note: So far it’s a stable situation and the formula results on paper have rung true with this unit. They only get what’s there, and no upside showing yet if it ever does. Judon isn’t as good as the fact the Ravens blitz like crazy. Last season leading the league with blitzing 55% of the time, if I remember right. Anyhow, we’ll roll with this just solid matchup versus the Washington team that could offer its own upside to these guys that we can’t count on.

 

Bengals Edge Rushers

Sam Hubbard
2.5/5
Carl Lawson
2/5
Carlos Dunlap
2/5
Khalid Kareem
1/5

Advice/Note: And of course, after warning Dunlape owners that for two contests in a row he dropped big time in snap count, sharing more with Lawson. Only to receive 82% in week three and had a tackle based game for his personal record books. Wild thing, the still found room for all three of the main guys, even giving Lawson a nice 52% share, which on paper works out that all three were on the field at one time on occasions. It’s something we’ll keep an eye on.

As for this contest versus the Jaguars, there isn’t a lot of IDP production meat on the bone on paper. We’ll mark them as we see them, siding on caution in case Dunlap takes a hit again in snaps. It’s always better to be cautious if we can, weighing it, taking a fat “0” in the box score can lose you a matchup a lot faster than missing out on a mid tiered score. If that makes sense. Think “just” solid on Hubbard.

 Browns Edge Rushers

Myles Garrett
3.5/5
Olivier Vernon (?)
2/5
Porter Gustin
1.5/5
Joe Jackson
1/5
Adrian Clayborn (O)
0/5

Advice/Note: With players in and out with injury, our safe target is Garrett (of course). And this matchup versus the Cowboys on paper isn’t going to be a scale walk for him. Of course he carries his own upside but this contest might be more in base tackles over sacks.

Steelers Edge Rushers

T.J. Watt
0/5
Bud Dupree
0/5
Alex Highsmith
0/5
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
0/5

Advice/Note: Postponed until later in the season due to COVID.

AFC south

Texans Edge Rushers

J.J. Watt
2/5
Whitney Mercilus
2/5
Brennan Scarlett
1/5
Jacob Martin
1/5

Advice/Note: Wow, Watt’s age is apparently showing up. he had been a matchup-proof type of guy, but now in 2 of 3 contests, he hasn’t recorded a sack. And guess what, the Vikings are sitting in the bottom three allowing production to the edge. Let’s just say this. We are sticking to the results on paper with no upside.

Colts Edge Rushers

Justin Houston (?)
2/5
Tyquan Lewis
1.5/5
Ben Naugo
1/5
Al-Quadin Muhammad
0.5/5
Kemoko Turay (O)
0/5

Advice/Note: One thing that the Bears do well, is not allow much off the edge in terms of points. And there just isn’t enough here to hit “barely” solid so we’ll go with how it plays out on paper.

And noting we, have removed Denico Autry from the list here as an edge rusher. but only because our main two sites that list edge rushers have not designated as such. Even after being a full-time DE to this point in the Colts scheme.

 Jaquars Edge Rushers

Josh Allen
3/5
Cassius Marsh
2.5/5
K’Lavon Chaisson
2/5
Dawuane Smoot
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Cassius Marsh has been added to the edge listings in at least one of the sites we refer to after SLB Leon Jacobs hit the I.R. Even if Jacobs wasn’t listed as such. Who knows how that worked but either way Marsh just may be coming into play as the new addition if listed as that edge rusher in leagues. He received the second-highest snaps of the designated edge rushers and did manage to produce some in his debut. Only time will tell if he becomes a viable play, and this week versus the Bengals may help find out.

And Adam Gotsis has been redesignated to an interior defensive lineman at the same time and now found on the DL charts.

Every team the Bengals have played have been gifted edge rusher points and this squad should do the same. Our problem is they had the chance to really showcase that versus the Dolphins. Who are also very nice to the edge guys. But they didn’t get close to a strong outing as would have been indicated, and why we didn’t mark them as such in week three. They need to show something first, and hopefully, that starts this week. The matchup t’s self has a huge upside, but it’s not included in the results.

Titans Edge Rushers

Harold Landry III
0/5
Jadeveon Clowney
0/5
Vic Beasley, Jr.
0/5
Kamalei Correa
0/5

Advice/Note: Postponed until later in the season due to COVID.

AFC East

 Bills Edge Rushers

Mario Addison (?)
2/5
Jerry Hughes
2/5
Trent Murphy
2/5
A.J. Epenesa
1/5
Darryl Johnson
1/5

Advice/Note: Our one decent target, Addison seems more “iffy” after he didn’t practice Friday at all. And all though this is actually a really strong matchup versus the Raiders on the edge, the formula actually subtracts from that. It’s pretty simple, last contest all these players were in rotation, and who did get more than 50% of the snaps didn’t produce. Nor have they been producing except Addison. He dropped to just 46% of the snaps last contest, maybe due to this knee injury hurting his chances to play now.

If you ask this guy, this is an avoid with too much risk this week, and the formula is backing that up. So we’ll mark at that point. If someone overachieves, it’s unlikely anyone out there has been using them by there owned% we see anyhow.

Dolphins Edge Rushers

Kyle Van Noy
4/5
Andrew Van Ginkel
2/5
Emmanuel Ogbah
1.5/5
Shaq Lawson
1/5

Advice/Note: Simple, Van Noy, and if we had to reach it’s sad to say it would be Van Ginkel Who is only seeing about 30% of the snaps, and how disappointed ar Lawson owners. There was a lot of hype (not me) about him signing with the Dolphins this offseason. And he hasn’t recorded a sack yet. Versus the Seahawks, Van Noy owners should be happy with the on-paper results.

 Patriots Edge Rushers

Chase Winovich
2/5
John Simon
2/5
Shilique Calhoun
1.5/5
Anfernee Jennings
1/5

Advice/Note: Just a statement, the Chiefs are still are almost dead last allowing the points to the Edge rushers. And there isn’t any overall talent on this squad to counter that.

Postponed, but still, filling out.

Jets Edge Rushers

Jordan Jenkins
0/5
Tarell Basham
0/5
Kyle Phillips
0/5
Jordan Willis
0/5

Advice/Note: Played Thursday.

AFC west

 Broncos Edge Rushers

Bradley Chubb
0/5
Jeremiah Attaochu
0/5
Malik Reed
0/5
Von Miller (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: Played Thursday.

Chiefs Edge Rushers

Frank Clark
2.5/5
Mike Danna
2/5
Tanoh Kpassagnon
1/5
Alex Okafor (?)
0/5

Advice/Note: Cut and dry just like the Chiefs players. But one difference with Clark. Patriots OLs are good on the edge, Clarks going to have to earn it, and we are “borderline just” solid on paper.

Postponed, but still, filling out.

Chargers Edge Rushers

Joey Bosa
4/5
Uchenna Nwosu
2/5
Isaac Rochell
0.5/5
Melvin Ingram III (IR)
0/5

Advice/Note: Great on paper for Bosa versus the Bucs. As for the next man up in place of Ingram, let’s make sure what Nwosu can do or if he sticks this week.

Raiders Edge Rushers

Maxx Crosby
2/5
Clelin Ferrell
2/5
Carl Nassib
2/5
Arden Key
0.5/5

Advice/Note: Overall we have had one great effort from Crosby in three weeks. That’s not enough for him or this group to overcome a very stingy Bills OL on the edge, this contest. We need Crosby or someone to start stringing some game together, or they’ll all be desperate bye week plays, and that’s about it.

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