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IDP Ballers and Fallers – Week 5

Welcome back to another exciting edition of ‘Ballers and Fallers,’ your window into the dynamic world of IDP fantasy football. As we delve into the performances of Week 5, get ready to uncover the players who’ve defied expectations and those who’ve left us wanting more. This comprehensive analysis offers a unique perspective on how these defensive stars are faring compared to expert predictions. So, fasten your seatbelts and join us as we explore the standout performances and unforeseen struggles from this week’s matchups.


A.J. Epenesa, DL, BUF In Week 5, A.J. Epenesa stepped into the limelight with a stellar display, recording 4 tackles, 3 passes defended, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. This exceptional performance catapulted him to the DL1 spot for the week, defying expectations. Epenesa’s season has been marked by consistent production, tallying 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 6 passes defended, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Currently ranked as DL11 for the season, he continues to impress, particularly given his increased playing time in Week 5 due to Rousseau and Lawson’s absence, playing 67% of snaps.

Kwon Alexander, LB, PIT Kwon Alexander showcased his defensive prowess in Week 5, contributing 6 tackles and 1 sack, earning him the LB8 spot for the week. Despite only averaging 55% of snaps for the season, Alexander has been a consistent performer, notching 34 tackles and 1 sack, positioning him as LB27 for the season. His standout moment came as he helped Pittsburgh’s defense limit Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore offense to just 10 points. Alexander’s performance is a testament to his ability to deliver fantasy roster LB3 numbers.

Darious Williams, DB, JAC Darious Williams left a significant impact in Week 5 with 7 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble, securing the DB4 position for the week. This impressive performance exceeded expectations, as he wasn’t projected to place in the top 50. Williams has been a consistent force throughout the season, amassing 17 tackles, 3 assists, 7 passes defended, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 touchdown, ranking him as DB9 for the season. His remarkable play is underlined by his consistent presence on the field, having played 92% of snaps this season.


Quinnen Williams, DL, NYJ Week 5 was a challenging outing for Quinnen Williams, as he managed just 1 tackle with zeros across all other stat categories. This unexpected dip in performance positioned him at DL147 for the week, a stark contrast to his projected finish as DL12. Williams’ season has been characterized by inconsistency, tallying 17 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovery, earning him the DL40 spot for the season. While experts had high hopes for him, Williams seems to be falling short of expectations. However, his season’s snap counts remain steady at an average of 67%, and it’s worth noting that he’s not far off from his 2022 stats.

Kaden Elliss, LB, ATL Kaden Elliss faced a challenging Week 5, recording 4 tackles and 2 assisted tackles while registering zeros in all other stat categories. This performance placed him at LB57 for the week, a significant deviation from his projected finish as LB18. Throughout the season, Elliss has contributed 23 tackles, 12 assists, and 1 sack, ranking him as LB40 for the season. His consistent 100% snap count this season has raised questions about his ranking, as he currently averages 2.7 tackles per game more than his 2022 average. This serves as a reminder that expert rankings don’t always align with on-field performance.

Talanoa Hufanga, DB, SF Talanoa Hufanga’s Week 5 was marked by a single tackle and zeros in all other stat categories, resulting in a disappointing DB163 finish for the week, far from his projected position as DB7. Hufanga’s season has seen a decline in snap counts since Week 2, where he played 100% of snaps. His playing time has progressively decreased, with Week 5 at 73%. While he’s contributed 13 tackles, 4 assists, 2 passes defended, and 2 interceptions throughout the season, he currently ranks as DB81 for the season. Monitoring his diminishing snap counts will be essential moving forward.


In conclusion, Week 5 of ‘Ballers and Fallers’ reinforces the ever-shifting landscape of IDP fantasy football. We’ve witnessed remarkable performances from the likes of A.J. Epenesa, Kwon Alexander, and Darious Williams, who defied expectations and delivered exceptional results. On the flip side, Quinnen Williams, Kaden Elliss, and Talanoa Hufanga’s struggles serve as reminders that expert predictions don’t always align with reality. As we navigate the challenges of the season, stay vigilant, and remember that the world of IDP is filled with surprises. Until next week, may your teams continue to adapt and excel in the quest for fantasy football supremacy!


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