Week 11: IDP Studs and Sleepers
Here we are with another batch of waiver wire possibilities with rest of season potential, weekly must-start studs and one-hit wonders who can help you more than you might expect for your IDP needs.
HAND-SELECTED WEEKLY PICKS
The following players are my own personal choice to have an excellent game this week. Call it clairvoyance, but it's more about matchup and situational awareness. From Weeks 4 to 9, I tried to dig deep, usually selecting players from outside the Top 25 at their position. For the rest of the season, all players will be available to choose from. This should help include players who are actually more relevant to IDP leagues. A hit now means the player finished among the Top 15 in fantasy scoring at his position.
DT: 2-5 | DE: 1-6 | LB: 4-3 | CB: 2-5 | S: 4-3
Last week's pick: Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons - 1 tackle, 1 assist (miss)
Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills vs NYJ: The Jets are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to DL. Williams is a must-start regardless of matchup.
Last week's pick: Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers - 1 tackle, 1 assist (miss)
Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals at JAC: The Jags have already allowed 21.5 DL sacks in their nine contests. Campbell could tally multiple sacks and TFLs.
Last week's pick: Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals - six tackles, one assist, two PDs (hit)
James Anderson, Chicago Bears vs BAL: Most IDP owners should already be aware of Anderson from his days in Carolina. The Ravens are giving up the most fantasy points to LBs.
Last week's pick: Josh Robinson, Minnesota Vikings - three tackles, four assists (miss)
Bradley Fletcher, Philadelphia Eagles vs WAS: The 'Skins are giving up the second-most fantasy points to DBs over the last five weeks. Fletcher is questionable but should be able to dominate as usual..
Last week's pick: Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals - six tackles, one assist, one PD (hit)
Morgan Burnett, Green Bay Packers at NYG: It took a few weeks for Burnett to get healthy and now he's back in full swing. The Giants are allowing the third-most fantasy points to DBs over their last four games.
These players have to be in your lineup every week, regardless of opponent! These lists are in no particular order. Each player is listed by position, which assumes you must start a player at that position.
DT: Dontari Poe, Jason Hatcher, Jurrell Casey, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Chris Jones
DE: Rob Ninkovich, J.J. Watt, Carlos Dunlap, Osi Umenyiora, Muhammad Wilkerson, Calais Campbell, Lamarr Houston, Robert Quinn, Chandler Jones, Greg Hardy, Chris Long, DeMarcus Ware
LB: Paul Posluszny, Erin Henderson, Karlos Dansby, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict, Daryl Washington, DeAndre Levy, Daryl Smith, Navarro Bowman, Chad Greenway, Danny Trevathan, Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis
CB: Dimitri Patterson, Deangelo Hall, Alterraun Verner, Tim Jennings, Brandon Flowers, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Carr, Tracy Porter, Josh Robinson, Buster Skrine, Prince Amukamara
S: Earl Thomas, Barry Church, T.J. Ward, LaRon L andry, Major Wright, Bernard Pollard, Tyrann Mathieu, Michael Mitchell, Eric Weddle, Reshad Jones, Duke Ihenacho, Mark Barron, Antrel Rolle
NEVER WAIVER: REST-OF-SEASON FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Joseph Linval, New York Giants
Linval has nine tackles, one assist, one sack and one-half TFL in his last two games. He's a fringe Top 15 DT who's well worth an add.
Randy Starks, Miami Dolphins
Over his last two contests, Starks has 11 tackles, one assist and 2.5 TFLs. The 10-year vet is on pace for a career year.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets
This rookie is a must-have in dynasty leagues. His production has waned in recent weeks, but on a per-game average, he is just outside the Top 20 and makes for a great bye week replacement.
Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Talk about a hot streak. In his last three games, Heyward has piled up 10 tackles, seven assists, two TFLs and two sacks.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Bruce Carter, Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee's injury should provide a lot more tackles to Carter. Expectations were high for the third-year LB and this is his chance to make good on those preseason promises.
Vincent Rey, Cincinnati Bengals
Rey should absolutely steal away Rey Maualuga's MLB job after a huge game. In Week 10, Rey had 10 tackles, five assists, three sacks, one TFL, one INT and four INT return yards.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns
Skrine's ownership rates don't do him justice. He's producing like a Top 10 CB yet sits just outside the Top 15 owned CBs on MFL.
Chris Harris, Denver Broncos
Harris has been dominant for msot of the season, packing the stat sheet with tackles, PDs and the occasional INT. He's another example of a player outperforming his ownership rate.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Michael Mitchell, Carolina Panthers
One of the unsung heroes on the NFL's most under the radar defense. On the year, Mitchell has 31 tackles, six assists, three TFLs, two FFs, three INTs, 2.5 sacks and five PDs. He can do it all.
Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh Steelers
Clark's ability to be in the mix on tackles gives him a ton of fantasy value and has successfully stolen away the spotlight from Troy Polamalu. This 12-year vet has 32 assists to go along with 35 solos.