Week 14: 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: 5-5 | DE: 2-8 | LB: 6-4 | CB: 2-8 | S: 6-4
Last week's pick: Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans – four tackles, one assist, one sack, two TFLs (hit)
Domata Peko, Cincinnati Bengals vs IND: Colts have allowed the second-most fantasy points to DL over the last five weeks.
Last week's pick: Cedric Thornton, Philadelphia Eagles – three tackles, one assist (miss)
Chandler Jones, New England Patriots vs CLE: Browns are giving up third-most fantasy points to DL over the last three weeks. Pass protection is an issue.
Last week's pick: Darryl Sharpton, Houston Texans – six tackles, three assists, one PD (miss)
Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos vs TEN: The Titans are allowing the third-most points to LBs over the last three and five weeks, mostly through tackles.
Last week's pick: Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers – one tackle, one assist, one PD, one INT (miss)
Cary Williams, Philadelphia Eagles vs DET: Matthew Stafford has six picks in his last three games. Should complement Williams strong tackle stats.
Last week's pick: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargerss – six tackles, one assist, one PD, one INT, one FR, one TFL (hit)
Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs BUF: Barron is an excellent Top 5 safety with a very favorable matchup versus the Bills' fifth-worst fantasy defense against DBs.
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: Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Jurrell Casey, Jason Hatcher, Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, Chris Jones
DE: Robert Quinn, J.J. Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson, Chandler Jones, Carlos Dunlap, Calais Campbell, Rob Ninkovich, Lamarr Houston, Sheldon Richardson, Michael Johnson, Osi Umenyiora
LB: Karlos Dansby, Vontaze Burfict, Paul Posluszny, Lavonte David, Sean Lee, DeAndre Levy, Navarro Bowman, Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, Danny Trevathan, Daryl Smith, Thomas Davis, Erin Henderson, Derrick Johnson, Alec Ogletree
CB: Alterraun Verner, Deangelo Hall, Prince Amukamara, Corey Graham, Brandon Carr, Brandon Flowers, Dimitri Patterson, Bradley Fletcher
S: Earl Thomas, Barry Church, T.J. Ward, Eric Weddle, Antrel Rolle, Tyrann Mathieu, Mark Barron, Eric Berry, Major Wright, Duke Ihenacho, Bernard Pollard, Johnathan Cyprien
NEVER WAIVER: REST-OF-SEASON FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Michael Brockers, St. Louis Rams
Brockers has been a disruptive force in the middle. Having Robert Quinn and Chris Long certainly helps.
Sen'Derrick Marks, Jacksonville Jaguars
Since teams are running the ball at will against Jacksonville in order to kill the clock, Marks has been a tackling machine.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Oliver Vernon, Miami Dolphins
With 4.5 sacks in his last three games, Vernon is quickly climbing the DE leaderboards. That recent outburst places him just outside the Top 10 in DE scoring.
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Four sacks last week have Tuck back on the map. It's been a tough 2013 for the former All-Pro. He might be due for a hot streak.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Jon Beason, New York Giants
There was a time when Beason was the second-best MLB behind Patrick Willis. Injuries derailed that, but he posted a huge game last week (13 tackles, four assists). Certainly worth monitoring.
Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh Steelers
The jury is still out whether Worilds is the long-term answer for Pittsburgh. He's played well recently though, collecting six tackles, four assists, two sacks, one FF and one TFL last week in a loss against Baltimore.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Sam Shields, Green Bay Packers
Shields has returned from injury after missing two games. He posted six tackles, two asists, two PDs and one INT last week. Shields has Top 20 status if he continues his improved play.
Richard Marshall, San Diego Chargers
The rookie has back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts and will likely see even more playing time with Darrelle Revis dealing with a groin injury. His 12 tackles, two assists and one PD over his last two games have significantly increased his average points per game.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Johnathan Cyprien, Jacksonville Jaguars
This rookie joins what has been a strong rookie class of safeties. He scored over 20 points in most leagues (nine tackles, one assist, one PD and one INT. He's a must-add for all leagues, from redraft to dynasty.
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
Byrd's defensive role has increased significantly over the past six weeks. He has three straight games with at least 11.3 points. Definitely the safety to own for Buffalo.