Week 16: 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: 6-6 | DE: 2-10 | LB: 7-5 | CB: 2-10 | S: 6-6
Last week's pick: Marcell Dareus, Buffalo Bills - three tackles, one sack, one TFL (hit)
Jurrell Casey, Tennessee Titans: Excluding two DT studs in Buffalo, no other DT is having a better 2013. Casey is a true DT elite.
Last week's pick: Olivier Vernon, Miami Dolphins - two tackles (miss)
J.J. Watt, Houston Texans: No amount of praise can summarize Watt's talent. His numbers don't compare to last season and he's struggled of late. Look for a rebound against the Broncos.
Last week's pick: Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville Jaguars - nine tackles, four assists, one sack (hit)
Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals: Dansby is fantasy's top LB or close to it depending on your scoring system. Given the Seahawks' power rushing preference, there should be plenty of tackle opportunities inside the box.
Last week's pick: Brandon Carr, Dallas Cowboys - four tackles, two assists, one PD (miss)
Corey Graham, Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore is trending up as of late and will need a big game from Graham to slow down the Pats' offense. He hasn't posted more than four tackles in nearly a month; however, New England's pass-first attack should elicit a lot of man-to-man tackles.
Last week's pick: Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks - one tackle, three assists, one PD, one INT (miss)
Antrel Rolle, New York Giants: Rolle is having a very quiet, yet highly productive season for the G-Men. Last week, he did a little of everything with six tackles, one assist, one TFL, one PD and one INT. The Lions pass-heavy approach will lead to a lot of open field tackles.
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
Sen'Derrick Marks, Jacksonville Jaguars
With a little more consistency, Marks could be a Top 5 DT, but he's already not far off. He has double-digit fantasy points in two of his last three.
Linval Joseph, New York Giants
Joseph now has at least five fantasy points in six of his last seven. Doesn't sound like much? Well, it's actually very rare for the DT position.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned DEs on MyFantasyLeague
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
Tuck only managed a half-sack last week, but he still has 7.5 sacks over his last four contests. Does he know it isn't 2008 anymore?
Andre Branch, Jacksonville Jaguars
Don't look now, but this second-year DE seems to have finally had something click. Branch has four sacks in his last five games.
Note: Ranked outside Top 30 owned LBs on MyFantasyLeague
Mychal Kendricks, Philadelphia Eagles
Kendricks has three straight games with double-digit scoring. He packed the stat sheet last week with five tackles, three assists, one PD, one INT, one sack and three TFLs.
Perry Riley, Washington Redskins
Riley flashed some IDP potential early in the year but fizzled quickly. For dynasty owners, he's worth a look right now with the news regarding London Fletcher's possible retirement following this season.
Note: Ranked outside Top 15 owned CBs on MyFantasyLeague
Captain Munnerlyn, Carolina Panthers
After a huge Week 15 performance, Munnerlyn catapulted his way into the Top 10 CB scoring.
Byron Maxwell, Seattle Seahawks
With a big jump to his playing time, Maxwell has double-digit fantasy points in his last two games.
Note: Ranked outside Top 20 owned Ss on MyFantasyLeague
Aaron Williams, Buffalo Bills
Williams posted four tackles, one PD, one FF and one INT last week. He is the hot hand in Buffalo's productive secondary.
Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
Smith is finally back in the starting lineup for Minnesota after missing Weeks 7 to 14 due to injury. If he's available, he can produce like a Top 10 DB.