This article is part of our IDP Analysis series.
Avery Williamson, (3-4) ILB, PIT
After initially playing in a rotational role upon Pittsburgh's trade acquisition of Williamson, the former Kentucky product will likely need to step into a three-down role for the Pittsburgh defense for the next few weeks at least, as starting linebacker Robert Spillane suffered a knee injury against Washington in Week 13. Williamson played a bigger role in light of Spillane's injury and finished the upset loss with nine tackles (six solo), giving a glimpse of how he might produce until Spillane's return.
Tae Crowder, (3-4) ILB, NYG
Although he's an undersized (6-2, 235) non-prospect rookie seventh-round pick out of Georgia, Crowder has been a productive IDP option at several points this year, and might have had a consistently productive season overall if not for a mid-year IR stint with a hamstring injury. Crowder upped his snap count from 13 in his first game back two weeks ago to 39 in Week 13, which is more in line with the workload he claimed prior to the injury. Crowder posted 10 tackles (six solo) on 62 snaps in Week 6 before the injury struck, and on his 39 snaps in Week 13 he generated seven tackles (six solo) and one sack. Crucially, Crowder played ahead of David Mayo and Devante Downs, meaning he should continue to see the second-most inside linebacker snaps behind Blake Martinez.
Rashan Gary, (3-4) OLB, GB
Gary is only a fringe consideration in leagues where