Week 15: 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: 5-6 | DE: 2-9 | LB: 6-5 | CB: 2-9 | S: 6-5
Last week's pick: Domata Peko, Cincinnati Bengals - one tackle (miss)
Marcell Dareus, at JAC: Dareuss has been fantasy's most productive DT and should be a home run Week 15 start against the Jags. He has one sack in each of his last two games.
Last week's pick: Chandler Jones, New England Patriots - two tackles, three assists (miss)
Olivier Vernon, Miami Dolphins vs NE: Vernon is one of the surprise young players of the season. He already has 10 sacks and 5.5 of them have come in his last four games.
Last week's pick: Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos - one tackle, one assist (miss)
Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars vs BUF: One of the most consistent IDPs out there. Poz has scored double-digit points in every game.
Last week's pick: Cary Williams, Philadelphia Eagles - three tackles, one PD (miss)
Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys vs GB: Carr's consistent tackle numbers have positioned him as a Top 10 CB. With an added dash of big plays (three INTs, 11 PDs) and he should contribute enough to finish the year strong.
Last week's pick: Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - four tackles, one sack, one TFL (miss)
Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks at NYG: Just like last week's selection of Mark Barron, Thomas is another superstar young safety who has lived up to his college and pre-draft hype. Thomas' numbers are down slightly in recent weeks, but he continues to have an excellet DB1 season.
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: Marcell Dareus, Jason Hatcher, Kyle Williams, Dontari Poe, Ndamukong Suh, Jurrell Casey, Michael Bennett, Chris Jones, Gerald McCoy, Joseph Linval
DE: Michael Johnson, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Cameron Jordan, Lamarr Houston, Carlos Dunlap, Calais Campbell, Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, Robert Quinn, J.J. Watt, Muhammad Wilkerson
LB: Alec Ogletree, Paul Posluszny, Karlos Dansby, Lavonte David, DeMeco Ryans, DeAndre Levy, Kiko Alonso, Navorro Bowman, Vontaze Burfict, Derrick Johnson, Chad Greenway
CB: Deangelo Hall, Alterraun Verner, Travy Porter, Corey Graham, Brandon Carr, Prince Amukamara, Lardarius Webb, Tim Jennings, Tramon Williams, Josh Wilson, Brandon Flowers, Bradley Fletcher
S: Earl Thomas, Antrel Rolle, T.J. Ward, Johnathan Cyprien, Barry Church, Eric Weddle, Bernard Pollard, James Ihedigbo, Antoine Bethea, Mark Barron, Eric Berry, Charles Woodson, Morgan Burnett, Jairus Byrd
NEVER WAIVER: REST-OF-SEASON FREE AGENTS
Note: Ranked outside Top 10 owned DTs on MyFantasyLeague
Damon Harrison, New York Jets
This second-year tackle has at least five combined tackles in each of his last four games. He has made a big leap into the Top 10 DTs in that time.
Kendall Langford, St. Louis Rams
The old man of the group between himself, Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers. Langford is now a bona fide DT1 after posting four tackles, four assists, one TFL and a sack in his last two games.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Over his last three games, Tuck has dominated like his old self. He has seven sacks, 12 tackles, three assists, six TFLs and one FF.
Sheldon Richardson, New York Jets
Richardson struggled last week, but he had been red hot in the three games previous. The rookie is performing at low DE1 or high DL2 level on the season and looks to have a bright future in the NFL.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Nick Roach, Oakland Raiders
Roach has been on fire in his last three games, posting 25 tackles, five assists, three TFLs, three FFs, 3.5 sacks and two PDs. Crazy numbers for the seventh-year stud.
Mason Foster, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After missing Week 12, Foster picked up right where he left off, totaling 11 tackles, seven assist, one INT and one PD in his last two games.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Corey Graham, Baltimore Ravens
Despite his Top 5 status among his fellow cornerbacks, Grahamis still less frequently owned than Charles Tillman (IR) and Terence Newman (out).
Tramon Williams, Green Bay Packers
This former Louisiana Tech star is a dependable tackler and seems to stay in the mix on every play. He has 28 combined tackles in his last five games.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
James Ihedigbo, Baltimore Ravens
Ihedigbo packed the stat sheet last week, tallying seven tackles, five assists, one TFL and one FF. He now qualifies as a Top 10 safety.
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
Byrd picked off his fourth pass in his last five games. The fifth-year vet is contributing DB2 stats since his return back in Week 6.