After the first few weeks of the 2013 NFL season, there was one undeniable truth -- NFC East defenses stunk out loud. In the past month, however, things have improved.
It's certainly not always apparent on the field, but in fantasy circles, it's noticeable. In the past four weeks, the Giants, Cowboys and Eagles all rank among the top 10 scoring fantasy defensive units (yes, even with Dallas getting torched by the Saints last Sunday night), while Washington checks in at No. 14.
Rolle has logged an interception in two of his past three games as well as a sack in each of the past two. He topped off the stretch with a 10-tackle performance in last week's win over the Raiders. Along the way, the veteran has scored 10-plus fantasy points in each of the past three weeks.
Worrilow a name to know
Any time a player racks up 38 tackles in two weeks, it's bound to open some eyes. So when Paul Worrilow's name kept showing up high in the scoring lists over the past couple of games, I figured it was worth it to look into what was going on.
No one believes Worrilow is going to morph into Luke Kuechly and start racking up double-digit stops in each game. But it's worth watching him as a name to remember down the stretch. This week's game against a lukewarm Tampa Bay offense breaking in yet another new running back could be another week for him to perform.
If you're looking for a real litmus test, you might need to wait until the Week 12 Thursday night game against the Saints.
» By now you've probabaly heard that Sean Lee is expected to be out for the next 3-4 weeks after suffering a hamstring strain in last week's loss to New Orleans. It's a devastating blow to a Cowboys defense that was already reeling, but it's an equally big loss for IDP owners. Lee has established himself as one of the game's best playmakers in the middle of the defense. His level of production won't be easy to replace.
» Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny missed Wednesday's practice as he deals with concussion issues. He currently sits as the highest-scoring defensive player in fantasy and has been in the top 15 in three of the past four seasons. All of this while toiling for a Jacksonville team that has been among the league's worst. Keep an eye on his status this week.
» Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paulremains uncertain for this week's game against the Green Bay Packers as he deals with a shoulder ailment. JPP has looked nothing like the dynamic pass rusher who came into the league several years ago. But against a Packers offense that is starting a new quarterback, this could be a chance to get untracked ... if he plays.