Week 12: 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 20 in fantasy scoring at his position.
DT: 3-5 | DE: 2-6 | LB: 6-2 | CB: 2-6 | S: 5-3
Last week's pick: Kyle Williams, Buffalo Bills – three tackles, two sacks, one FF, one TFL (hit)
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at DET: McCoy has seven tackles, three asists, four sacks, one PD and six TFLs over his last two games.
Last week's pick: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals – two tackles, one sack, one TFL, one PD (hit)
Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears at STL: Last week, this former UNC stud collected eight tackles, three assists, two sacks and four TFLs. The Rams are giving up the second-most fantasy points to DL.
Last week's pick: James Anderson, Chicago Bears – seven tackles, one assist, one TFL (hit)
David Harris, New York Jets at BAL: Harris is New York's leading IDP LB. The Ravens allow the most fantasy points to LBs.
Last week's pick: Bradley Fletcher, Philadelphia Eagles – DNP (miss)
Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys at NYG: Carr is one of the top IDP CBs and has scored double-digit points in four of his last five.
Last week's pick: Morgan Burnett, Green Bay Packers – six tackles, six assists, one TFL(hit)
Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona Cardinals at PHI: The Eagles have allowed the most DB tackles. Mathieu has double-digit scoring in all but three of his 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, Gerald McCoy
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, Michael Johnson
LB: Paul Posluszny, Erin Henderson, Karlos Dansby, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Lavonte David, Vontaze Burfict, Daryl Washington, DeAndre Levy, Daryl Smith, Navarro Bowman, Paul Worrilow, Chad Greenway, Danny Trevathan, Alec Ogletree, James Laurinaitis, Luke Kuechly, Stephen Tulloch, Lawrence Timmons, Thomas Davis, Derrick Johnson
CB: Dimitri Patterson, Deangelo Hall, Alterraun Verner, Tim Jennings, Brandon Flowers, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Carr, Tracy Porter, Buster Skrine, Prince Amukamara, Corey Graham
S: Earl Thomas, Barry Church, T.J. Ward, LaRon L andry, Major Wright, Bernard Pollard, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Weddle, Mark Barron, Antrel Rolle, Charles Woodson
NEVER WAIVER: REST-OF-SEASON FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
McCoy has continued to improve well into his fourth season. He notched four sacks in his last two games.
Damon Harrison, New York Jets
This is Harrison's first year with significant playing time and he's making the most of it as an excellent run defender. His nine combined tackles last week have almost guided him into the Top 15 DTs.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears
Apparently Peppers isn't done quite yet. He has everyone's attention now after compiling eight tackles, three assists, two sacks and one TFL last week.
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
One of the true underappreciated defensive linemen to come out of the draft last year. Cox is on pace to improve upon what was already an excellent rookie campaign.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Paul Worrilow, Atlanta Falcons
The tackles haven't really slowed down yet for Worrilow. Add him if you can.
Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta Falcons
Weatherspoon is finally healthy again and it's easy to forget he is one of the best LBs aged 25 and under. He will be starting alongside Worrilow.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
Three INTs in his last two games have put Haden back on the map as a Pro Bowl caliber cornerback. He just needs a few more tackles to really make it as a CB2 for your roster.
Corey Graham, Baltimore Ravens
Graham's 22 tackles over his last three games have pushed him into the Top 20 at his position.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts
Just another year for Bethea, who's on track for 100-plus tackles for the fourth straight season.
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
Byrd has taken over a large part of Buffalo's secondary in recent weeks. The Bills' safety positions are a fantasy player's paradise.