Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 16

Sean Lee
Lee is a strong stash for next season, but have a backup plan in place

If you are in a dynasty league it’s time to start looking for diamonds in the rough that could be primed to break out next year. I like to look at teams that are out of playoff contention and are now playing some of their younger players, looking to see what they have in them. This is especially true on the defensive side of the ball.

Another good source of value are players that are free agents that may be changing schemes if they move to a different team. For example, you might be looking at playing Brandon Graham with the Eagles. He is being used is an outside linebacker and has been underutilized. He is in the last year of his rookie contract and could look to move to a team that runs a 4-3 and wants a young player with upside to give him a shot. This could be a cheap way to acquire an impact player moving forward.

Rather than give you start and sits for the next two weeks I will be looking at these types of players while making recommendations on players you might be able to acquire on the cheap in dynasty formats.

 Week 14 results from the Sunday pod:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Matt Ryan 310 yds; 2 TD; 1 Int Neutral Win Offense
Devin Hester 5-85 yds; 1 TD Desperation Play Win Offense
Roddy White 7-58 yds; 1 TD Neutral Win Offense
DeSean Jackson 3-15 yds; 1-9 yds Sit Win Offense
Jordan Reed 3-13 yds; 0 TD Start Loss Offense
Brandon Oliver 12-26yds; 4-44 yds Sit OK Offense
Donald Brown 5-18yds; 4-38 yds Sit Win Offense
Keenan Allen 3-18 yds PPR Play Loss Offense
DeAndre Hopkins 5-77 yds Neutral Win Offense
Justin Forsett 16-48 yds; 1- (-1) Start Loss Offense
Steve Smith 5-37 yds Start Loss Offense
Cameron Wake 1/0/0 Sit Win IDP
LeGarrette Blount 8-17yds; 2-7yds; 1 TD Start Win Offense
Kamar Aiken 1 target Sit Win Offense
Chandler Jones 4/3/1.5 High Risk/High Reward -Sit Loss IDP
Martavis Bryant 3-31yds; 0 TD Long Shot Loss Offense
Donte Moncrief 0-0 Long Shot Loss Offense
Marquess Wilson 3-16yds; 1 TD Long Shot Win Offense
Steven Jackson>NYG RB’s 11-46; 1-11 Jackson Win Offense
Jonathan Stewart 22-73 yds; 1-6 yds Start Win Offense

Week 15 Summary: 12-7-1 (63%)

Season Summary (since week 8): 71-36-3 (66%)

*IDP Stats are listed as:  Solos/Assists/Sacks; PD = Pass Defensed; FR = Fumble Recover; INT = Interception

Week 15 Results from this column:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Ziggy Ansah 1/0/0 Start Loss IDP
Cameron Jordan 0/0/0 Start Loss IDP
Charles Johnson 3/1/0.5 Start Win IDP
Damontre Moore 4/1/0.5 Start &Dynasty Stash Win IDP
Rolando McClain 3/2/0 Start Loss IDP
Curtis Lofton 2/1/0 Start Loss IDP
Elvis Dumervil 1/0/1 Start Win IDP
Ryan Mundy 4/5/1/PD Start Win IDP
Barry Church 8/0/0 Start Win IDP
Antrel Rolle 4/0/0/PD Sit Win IDP

Week 15: 6-4 (60%)

Season Summary: 72-31 (70%)

I had a successful season of predictions overall, hitting at a nice 68% between the article and the podcast. I was brought down a bit with my offensive predictions as I was only 61% (podcast only) while my overall IDP recommendations hit at 70% (111-47).

I am open for suggestions. If there is anything you want clarified or think my thresholds are wrong please let me know. Any input is appreciated. On to this week’s information:

Week 16 injuries of note:

  • Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ DL): Wilkerson missed the last couple of weeks with a turf toe injury. These can linger and a full offseason of rest should help considerably. If you can acquire him cheaply from an owner worried this could be an issue in the future do so. He should be fine next year.
  • Gerald McCoy (TB DL): He is one of the premier defensive tackles in the NFL, but his season comes to an end with a hyperextended knee. The Bucs had nothing to play for and did the smart thing by shutting him down. He doesn’t need surgery which is obviously a good thing. His stock for next year should be just fine.
  • Jadeveon Clowney (HOU LB): I touched on Clowney a couple weeks ago as he has undergone microfracture surgery on his knee. This is a long and difficult path back to playing and because of this his dynasty value has taken a big hit. If you have him I would look to move him for any value you can get. On the flip side, I wouldn’t be looking to acquire him. I wouldn’t expect much out of him in 2015.
  • Kiko Alonzo (BUF LB): Alonzo is probably off the radar for many owners since he has missed the entire year with a torn ACL. He should be back to 100% for training camp and should be roaming the middle of the field for a good Bills defense. If he is on your waiver wire pick him up and stash him for next year. You’ll be happy you did.
  • Sean Lee (DAL LB): Lee is another linebacker who missed the entire season with an ACL. He is an absolute stud when healthy. However, he is never healthy. He should be back to full strength for training camp but will always be an injury risk.  If you have the space he is a good speculative add but you better have a backup plan for when he gets hurt.
  • Anthony Barr (MIN LB): Barr was the favorite for defensive rookie of the year before he got hurt. For now, he should be a player to monitor. Indications are that it should not affect his long term performance, so if a worried owner in your league will ship him, it might be worth inquiring about. He is a stud and will be for many years to come.
  • Jerod Mayo (NE LB): Mayo missed most of the 2014 season with another injury. The injury bug is catching up to him and I would probably stay away in most dynasty formats at this point. See how the offseason goes and try to acquire him for a discount if all goes well but be prepared for the inevitability of the next injury.
  • Sio Moore (OAK LB): Moore was a semi-breakout performer with a few huge weeks. He has been placed on IR with a hip injury but it doesn’t appear to be too serious. Monitor him in the offseason to see how workouts are going. I would try making a lowball offer to his owner.
  • Eric Berry (KC DB): In general I don’t worry about rostering defensive backs in keeper leagues. The turnover in the top-15 is very high and you can usually always find one on the waiver wire. You never know who will be performing at a high level from year to year and sometimes it’s better to find the hot rookie because they get picked on and get a lot of tackle opportunities. I mention Berry here in hoping that he is able to beat this thing and get back to living a healthy life.

Watch list adds for 2015:

DL:

  • Damontre Moore (NYG DL): I mentioned him here last week and the window to buy low may have already passed. Moore has 5.5 sacks on the year including 2.5 over the last two weeks. I think he has arrived. If you can acquire him I would do so as he is poised to have a big 2015.
  • Olivier Vernon (MIA DL): Vernon is probably on most radars as he had a nice 2013 but has disappointed this season. With Cameron Wake slowing down a bit and getting older it might be a good time to try and buy low on the younger Vernon.
  • Geno Atkins (CIN DL): Atkins got off to a slow start in 2014 after knee surgery. If his owner has soured on him since he only has 20 tackles and 3 sacks on the year it might be time to investigate his price tag. He will be 100% next year and should be back to wreaking havoc in the middle of the line. In tackle-required leagues I would make a big push to acquire him below market value.
  • Demarcus Lawrence (DAL DL): Lawrence was injured most of the year so he hasn’t really had a chance to perform. As you may know, Dallas is 28th in the league for sacks so they are in desperate need of players who can storm the pocket. Look for Lawrence to get a shot in 2015. He is playing now so if you get a chance take a look at him over their last couple of games. A nice buy low stash.

LB:

  • Dee Ford (KC LB): With Justin Houston set to be a free agent after this year, Ford was drafted to take his place. He has shown glimpses in his minimal playing time. This is a speculative add situation and his value will be tied to whether or not Justin Houston re-signs or is franchise tagged in the offseason.
  • Telvin Smith (JAC LB): With the injuries to the Jaguar linebackers he got a shot at every down work. He is very athletic but undersized and some think he will wear down due to that. It appears that may be true as he started off with 10 tackles in his first game playing every down and has steadily gone down from there. His totals have been 10, 8, 4 and 1 over the last four games. However, I still think he has play-making ability as he has two sacks and an interception on the year. I think he is worth rolling the dice on.
  • Christian Kirksey (CLE LB): Kirksey has had a disappointing year. He could never crack an every down role even with Dansby getting injured. He has had a solid year with 44/31/2 so all hope is not lost. If an owner is frustrated because they expected more it would be a good time for lowball offer.
  • Jelani Jenkins (MIA LB): Jenkins got his chance early and ran with it. He has been outstanding this year as an every down linebacker and should only get better. I mention him here because he missed the last game and if his owner is fighting for this year he might be willing to part with him to win now. See if you can pry him loose. He will be great next year.
  • Khalil Mack (OAK LB): Mack hasn’t met expectations as he only has 3 sacks on the year. However, he has played much better than that. He will be outstanding in big play scoring leagues in the future. Get him now before he explodes.

DB:

  • I wouldn’t worry about defensive backs and wasting a roster spot in the offseason. They change ever year and you can always find them on the waiver wire. Concentrate on the other positions and you’ll be happy. If you insist on trying to roster one I would target Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He looks to be the real deal and has only gotten better as the season has progressed.

If you have any suggestions for some off-season articles or about specific players you want me to write about drop me a line on Twitter or in the comment section below.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 15

Barry Church
Barry Church is worth using against the high-powered Eagles offense in week 15

Looks like I cooled off a bit – at least for my Fantasy Forecaster suggestions. Not a good thing as we head to the playoffs. This was my first sub-60% week since week 8 for the pod. On the bright side, the picks you come here for were 7-2, upping my season long success rate to 71%. The moral of the story, I must get flustered by Doug and Payton on the podcast and it throws me off.

My total score for the week was 14-10-2 (60%). Not too bad but now that playoffs are here, every call is magnified and I have to do better than that. After all, you guys are coming here for expert picks and 60% isn’t going to cut it.

 Week 14 results from the Sunday pod:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Whitney Mercilus 1/0/0 Start Loss IDP
Mario Williams 2/0/0 Sit Win IDP
Jerry Hughes 2/0/0 Sit Win IDP
Chris Long 1/0/0 Start Loss IDP
Robert Quinn 3/2/1.5/PD Start Win IDP
Jurrell Casey 1/3/0; 3 QB Hits Start Loss IDP
Alec Ogletree 2/5/0/PD Start Loss IDP
James Laurinitus 4/2/1.5/PD Start Win IDP
Paul Worrilow 3/2/0/PD Start Loss IDP
Pierre Garcon 9-95yds Sit Loss Offense
Isaiah Crowell 14-54 yds; TD Start Win Offense
Rashad Jennings 2-5yds/1-17 yds Diminished Roll N/A Offense
Jordan Cameron 4-41yds Start – if Active Tie Offense
Jordan Reed 3-25 yds Start Loss Offense
Delanie Walker 4-27 yds Start Loss Offense
Donte Moncrief 3-33 yds Flex Play Tie Offense
Chad Greenway 7/4/0 Start Win IDP
Jonathan Stewart 20-155; TD Start Win Offense

Week 14 Summary: 7-8-2  (47%)

Season Summary (since week 8): 59-29-2 (67%)

*IDP Stats are listed as:  Solos/Assists/Sacks; PD = Pass Defensed; FR = Fumble Recover; INT = Interception

Week 14 Results from this column:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Ziggy Ansah 1/0/1 Start Y IDP
Demarcus Ware 0/0/0 Start N IDP
JJ Watt 4/0/3/PD Start (2 sacks/     4 solo min) Y IDP
Chad Greenway 7/4/0 Start Y IDP
Bobby Wagner 7/0/0 Start Y IDP
Danny Lansanah 7/1/0 Start Y IDP
Eric Weddle 6/1/0 Start Y IDP
Jonathan Cyprian 5/3/0 Start Y IDP
Kam Chancellor 1/1/0/PD Start N IDP

Week 14: 7-2 (78%)

Season Summary: 66-27 (71%)

Week 15 injuries of note:

  • Chandler Jones (NE DL): Jones has practiced in a limited fashion this week. I don’t have much confidence in him having an impact until I see him going full speed in a game situation. I would hold him out until he gets into game action. If you are in a dynasty league and he is on the waiver wire for some reason I would pick him up as a stash for next year. He is still a top 10 DL when healthy.
  • Haloti Ngata (BAL DL): Ngata was suspended 4 games for substance abuse. Time to drop him as he is done for the year. This is probably a bigger deal to Baltimore’s team defense then to fantasy owners.
  • Shariff Floyd (MIN DL): Floyd started the game last week only to re-injure his knee and have to leave the contest. I would target him as a buy-low in dynasty leagues as he should be fine for next year. The way the Vikings defense improved under Mike Zimmer I would expect big things from Floyd in 2016. For this year he is too risky to start unless he gets a clean bill of health.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ DL): Wilkerson is still suffering from his turf toe injury. However, he is trying to practice with a special shoe. I wouldn’t even think about using him at this stage of the season until he is healthy and shows he still has the same power and explosion.
  • Gerald McCoy (TB DL): McCoy briefly left the game last week with a knee injury. He returned to the game and it’s being reported as only a bruise. He should be good to go.
  • Jadeveon Clowney (HOU LB): Well, the second opinion didn’t come back good. The Texans placed Clowney on IR, ending his season. The more important news (especially in dynasty leagues) is that he is going in for microfracture surgery on his troublesome knee and will be out for at least 9 months. The worry here is that he will lose that explosion off the line which was his best attribute. If I have him in dynasty I might look to see if there is another owner out there willing to take the risk as he is most likely 2 years away from getting back to form, if ever.
  • Vontaze Burfict (CIN LB): He was placed on IR due to his knee issue. That means that Vinny Rey should continue to be an effective LB 2 or 3 for the remainder of the year. This was a very disappointing year for anyone that drafted Burfict expecting a 2013 repeat. At this point I would stay away from him in any dynasty league due to the myriad of injuries he has had. The biggest of which were repeat concussions earlier in the year.
  • NaVorro Bowman (SF LB): Bowman was activated from the PUP list but I wouldn’t even bother with him. Chris Borland has been phenomenal and the rest of the 49ers have given up on the year. I don’t see management putting Bowman out there this year and if they do I wouldn’t expect him to do much. He might be a low risk dynasty pickup as he will have had 18 months of recovery time from his surgery at the start of next year.
  • Lavonte David (TB LB): David suffered what appeared to be a concussion late in Sunday’s game. He will have to pass the concussion protocol so pay attention to the reports as the week goes along. If he is active he has to be in your lineup. Either way Danny Lansanah has been impressive over the last few weeks and should be owned.
  • Antonio Cromartie (ARI DB): Cromartie left last week’s game with an ankle injury but reports are that he is expected to play Thursday night against the Rams. I wouldn’t expect a big game out of Cromartie either way.
  • Kenny Vaccaro (NO DB): Vaccaro was benched after a horrendous year. He is safe to drop in re-draft leagues but you may want to hold on in dynasty leagues to see what happens in the off-season. He is a highly touted prospect that was a top draft pick so he has some talent.
  • Louis Delmas (MIA DB): Delmas suffered a torn ACL and has been placed on IR. He is done for the season.

Who to play (or not):

DL:

  • Ziggy Ansah (DET DL): The Vikings are allowing pressure on almost 20% of their passes as well as sacks on about 10% of their drop backs. Ansah is in line for a huge day as Minnesota has given up 6 sacks over the last 2 weeks.
  • Cameron Jordan (NO DL): Surprisingly, the Bears didn’t give up a sack last week in that garbage time bonanza. However, that was against the Cowboys who only have 19 total sacks on the year. There will be sacks to be had this week and I expect Jordan to feast.
  • Charles Johnson (CAR DL): Tampa Bay gave up 6 sacks last week and now Johnson comes to town. He was a held off the stat sheet last week against the Saints but they don’t give up sacks. He will eat, as he has a sack in every other game since week 7.
  • Damontre Moore (NYG DL): He is more of a dynasty stash but does have some upside this week. Moore had 2 sacks last week against the lowly Titans as he played in 78% of the snaps. He is starting to get playing time and that is resulting in him getting to the quarterback. He gets Washington this week so he should have some chances. Tough to start a guy like this in a playoff game but if he is available pick him up as a dynasty stash for next year at the very least.

LB:

  • Rolando McClain (DAL LB): Last week against the Eagles he had a decent game with 6 solos. He is a high floor option this week as there will be plenty of opportunities.
  • Curtis Lofton (NO LB): Coming off an 11/6/0/FR game last week I expect another big showing on Monday night against the Bears. Lofton hasn’t been below 6 solo tackles since week 9 and in that game he had 6 assists so he was around the ball. Get him in your lineup this week.
  • Elvis Dumervil (BAL LB): Dumervil is coming off a 3.5 sack game against the Chargers and now he gets Jacksonville. He is a must-start in big play leagues but I see another big game this week with at least one sack. Get him in the lineup.

DB:

  • Ryan Mundy (CHI DB): Mundy has had no less than 6 solo tackles in 4 of the last 5 games. The one game he didn’t he had an interception against the Vikings. I think he will be tested often against the Saints and he will continue his tackle streak and high floor numbers.
  • Barry Church (DAL DB): I am following my own rule of using safeties against the Eagles. Church should get lots of opportunities and take advantage. In their last game against the Eagles he put up 9/2/0/PD so expect a lot of the same in week 15.
  • Antrel Rolle (NYG DB): Last time out against Washington, Rolle had 1 tackle and an interception. I am going to say sit him this week as I don’t think he will be in line for much in this game.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 14

Eric Weddle
Weddle could put up some big numbers against New England this week

So let’s update the standings for my predictions from Week 13. I was lucky enough to get to participate in the Tuesday Night edition of the Fantasy Forecaster providing my offensive start and sit recommendations for the week so I have broken those out into their own section as well. This allows you to double check my results easily to make sure I am not making this stuff up!

It looks like I had another good week, going a combined 22-8-1. That’s a nice 72.5% success rate. If I can keep this level of success up, it might be time to take a trip to Vegas!

Week 13 results from the podcast:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Matthew Stafford 390 yds; 2 TD Start Win Offense
Cam Newton 194 yds; 49 rush; 1 TD Sit Win Offense
Rashad Jennings 91 yds; 3 yds; 2 TD Start Win Offense
Marshawn Lynch 104 yds; 0 TD Sit Loss Offense
Kenny Stills 5-162yds; 1 TD Start Win Offense
Julio Jones 10-189yds; 1 TD Sit Loss Offense
Larry Donnell 5-55yds; 0 TD Start Push Offense
Buffalo Team D 2 sack/3TO/TD/10 PA Start Win Offense
Green Bay Team D 1 sack/0 TO/21 PA Sit Win Offense

 Week 13 summary: 6-2-1 (72%)

 Week 13 results from the Sunday pod:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Calais Campbell 3/1/0 Start Win IDP
Charles Johnson 4/0/1/FR Start Win IDP
Robert Quinn 5/0/3 Sit Loss IDP
Justin Tuck 2/0/1/PD Start Win IDP
Telvin Smith 8/2/0 Start Win IDP
Sio Moore 6/1/0 Start Win IDP
Lawrence Timmons 3/2/0 Start Loss IDP
St Louis Team D 6 sacks/ 5TO/ TD/ 0 PA Start Win Offense
Andre Ellington 12 yds; injured Start Loss Offense
Odell Beckham vs Julio Jones Julio>ODB ODB Loss Offense
Jordan Reed 9-123 yds Start Win Offense
Danny Lansanah 13/1/0 Start Win IDP
Cameron Wake 2/1/1 Start Win IDP
Olivier Vernon 4/3/0 Start Loss IDP
Jelani Jenkins 8/8/0 Start Win IDP

 Week 13 summary: 10-5 (67%)

Season summary (since week 8): 52-21 (71%)

*IDP stats are listed as: solos/assists/sacks; PD = pass defensed, FR = fumble recover, INT = interception

Week 13 Results from this column:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Cameron Wake 2/1/1 Start Win IDP
Jared Allen 4/0/2/FR Start Win IDP
Everson Griffen 3/2/2/TD Start Win IDP
Jelani Jenkins 8/8/0 Start Win IDP
Mychal Kendricks 6/1/0 Start Win IDP
Von Miller 2/1/1.5 Start Win IDP
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 3/3/0/PD Start Loss IDP
Barry Church 9/2/0/PD Start Win IDP
James Ihedigbo 1/0/0/INT/PD Start Win IDP

 Week 13: 8-1 (88%)

Season summary (weeks 10-13): 23-9 (72%); still compiling for full season

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Muhammad Wilkerson (NYJ DL): Wilkerson missed week 13 with a toe injury and is considered week to week. He was in a walking boot last week and is now out of it, so that is progress. Check back later in the week to see his status.
  • Brett Keisel (PIT DL): Keisel tore his triceps on Sunday against the Saints and has been placed on IR. He is done for the year. This will be a much bigger blow to the Steeler defense than it will be to any fake gamers.
  • Robert Ayers (NYG DL): Ayers suffered a torn pectoral against the Jaguars and will be placed on IR. He was mostly depth for IDP leaguers so this probably isn’t a huge loss to anyone.
  • Chandler Jones (NE DL): Jones is rumored to be  ready to roll in week 14 in pass-rush situations. I would wait a week and see what happens before getting him in your lineup.
  • Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG LB): Kiwanuka was placed on IR with a knee injury. He has always had a lot of promise with his size and speed but has never really lived up to that billing. It’s probably safe to not worry about him at all in the future.
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Shazier did not play in week 13 as discussed but should be back this week. I would stay away as you approach the fantasy playoffs since we have no idea what he may produce.
  • Jadeveon Clowney (HOU LB): What a disappointing year for 2 of the top IDP rookie linebackers out there. This nagging knee injury has sapped most of Clowney’s explosion and speed in addition to keeping him out most of the season. He is currently seeking a second opinion and his season may be in jeopardy. I would still target him as a buy-low in dynasty leagues.
  • Vontae Davis (IND DB): Davis suffered a concussion and is in the league-mandated protocol. You know the drill. Check back later to make sure he is progressing as the week moves along.
  • Tyrann Mathieu (ARI DB): Mathieu suffered a broken and dislocated thumb that will require surgery. He is expected to miss at least the next 3 weeks. He is safe to drop in re-draft leagues as he likely won’t be back until week 17.
  • Antoine Cason (FA DB): Cason was waived by Carolina. He started off hot but quickly took a nose dive to the point of losing his job. This just goes to show you that the DB’s position is volatile and not worth spending on in the draft. If you stream as the season goes along and you can usually find some solid contributors.

Who to play (or not):

DL:

  • Ziggy Ansah (DET DL): Ansah has been playing well over the past few weeks even if the pressures haven’t turned into sacks. He only has 1 sack over the last 3 games. This week he gets the porous Tampa Bay offensive line, so expect a big day.
  • Demarcus Ware (DEN DL): Ware is one of my all-time favorites for sheer consistency. For a few years he was a solid sack a game and it was virtually that consistent. It was a great to have in a sack-heavy scoring league. He is basically following that again this year with  only 4 no-sack games. This week, he gets Buffalo who will be behind big and I say he notches another sack or 2.
  • JJ Watt (HOU DL): I know everyone is starting this guy. Well, I am only going to count this as a win if he has 2 or more sacks and 4 or more tackles. He is gonna put up a monster game.

LB:

  • Chad Greenway (MIN LB): Anthony Barr has killed Greenway’s IDP value this year but he currently has a gimpy knee. If Barr is out this week against the Jets I see Greenway putting up a big game. Watch the reports, and if Barr is a no go get Greenway in your lineup.
  • Bobby Wagner (SEA LB): Wagner seems to be healthy now and he gets the gold matchup against the Eagles. Start him with confidence and expect big tackle numbers.
  • Danny Lansanah (TB LB): Tampa gets a nice matchup with Detroit and after last week’s monster outing without Lavonte David in the lineup look for another big performance in week 14. If David is out start Lansanah.

DB:

  • Eric Weddle (SD DB): Going against the Patriots should lead to a bunch of opportunities for Weddle this week. For the DB, opportunity is key.
  • Jonathan Cyprian (JAC DB): Cyprian has been a solid source of tackles at defensive back as he has a low of 3 solo tackles this season. With the Texans coming to town he will have chances to come up and support on the run. It should lead to tackles.
  • Kam Chancellor (SEA DB): The old rule of play your safeties against the Eagles pertains here. There should be a lot of opportunities and I expect Chancellor will get his share.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 13

Jared Allen
Jared Allen is going to eat on Thanksgiving, you can book it

I have been working on going through my predictions for the year to see how good (or bad) I have been doing. I have completed the results from my recommendations since I have been on the Fantasy Forecaster podcast beginning in week 8.  Rather than include everything I have recommended, I will begin to include the previous week’s results as well as the summary stats for the year.

Since there are so many scoring systems I will use a threshold of 5 solo tackles or 10 combined tackles. Above that for starts or below that for sits will count as a “win.” In addition, if I recommend a player as a start and they get a sack or interception that will also be counted as a win regardless of the tackle numbers.

By the end of the season I will go through all of these columns and compile those results as well. Although, these are more difficult to decide if they are wins or losses because many of the recommendations may be to monitor or pick up as a speculative add. Those are difficult to quantify as wins or losses so I will make a judgment call.

Week 12 results from the podcast:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Avery Williamson 5/1/0 start Y IDP
Aldon Smith 3/0/2 start Y IDP
Carlos Dunlap 3/2/1 start Y IDP
Jared Allen 2/0/0 start N IDP
Keenan Robinson 7/1/0 start Y IDP
CJ Mosely 9/0/1 start Y IDP
Cameron Wake 3/0/0 sit Y IDP
Terrell Suggs 4/2/1 sit N IDP
Jerrell Freeman 5/4/.5 sit N IDP
Mychal Kendricks 7/0/0 sit N IDP
Eddie Lacy 25-125; 2-13; 2 TD start Y Offense
Jay Cutler 130 yds, 1 TD start N Offense
Theo Riddick 2-12; 3-40 sit Y Offense

Week 12: 8-5 (62% success)

Season (since week 8): 42-16 (72% success)

*IDP stats are listed as: solos/assists/sacks; PD = pass defensed, FR = fumble recover, INT = interception

Week 12 Results from this column:

Player Stats Start/Sit Result Type
Clinton McDonald 2/0/1/FR Start Y IDP
Mario Williams 3/0/2 Start Y IDP
Rob Ninkovich 1/0/1 Start Y IDP
Robert Quinn 0/0/0/1 PD Start N IDP
Aldon Smith 3/0/2 Start Y IDP
Jamie Collins 2/2/0 Start N IDP
Dont’a Hightower 5/3/0 Start Y IDP
Justin Houston 4/0/1 Start Y IDP
Reshad Jones 2/0/2 Start N IDP
Ha Ha Clinton Dix 7/2/0/1 PD Start Y IDP
Michael Griffin 11/1/0 Start Y IDP

Week 12: 8-3 (73% success)

Season: Still compiling

I am open to suggestions. If there is anything you want clarified or think my thresholds are wrong please let me know. Any input is appreciated. On to this week’s information:

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Brodrick Bunkley (NO DT): Bunkley is thought to have torn his quad in the game on Monday Night. This will most likely end his season. It isn’t a big blow to any IDP squad as he wasn’t putting up good fantasy numbers anyway. However, the Saints run defense will take a big hit as he occupied a lot of blockers in the middle of the defense.
  • Lance Briggs (CHI LB): This has been a very frustrating year for Mr. Briggs. He missed a bunch of time early due to a rib injury and now it looks like he will be on the shelf again with a groin issue. He is safe to drop at this point as he will most likely miss several weeks.
  • NaVorro Bowman (SF LB): Bowman was thought to begin practicing each of the last couple weeks but it hasn’t actually happened. He will miss this week as well. At this point in the season he should be dropped if you were holding out hope.
  • Jarvis Jones (PIT LB): Jones is still on the IR-designated to return but he is nearing a return. It appears he will miss out on this week’s game but could return in a 2-3 weeks. He is nothing more than a big play scoring league speculative add and dynasty hold right now.
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Shazier may see the field again this week. He is likely to play but I wouldn’t start him. Let’s see if he can make it through a game first. He has had a highly disappointing first year but is a nice buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues if his owner is playing for this year or is just frustrated with the injuries.
  • Troy Polamalu (PIT DB): Let’s just stick in Pittsburgh. Troy is supposed to return to the field this week after the sprained knee he suffered several weeks ago. This will be a boost to their defense but probably not worth your time in the IDP world. Wait and see how this week goes before making any moves.
  • Ike Taylor (PIT DB): It is a wonder the Steelers could field a defense with all the players in this section. Taylor is set to return from his broken forearm this week. He might be a sneaky play against the Saints but is not typically a strong IDP candidate.
  • Kyle Fuller (CHI DB): Finally, a non-Steeler. Fuller sprained his knee last week and isn’t expected to play on Thanksgiving against the Lions. He is a hold in corner-required leagues but he can otherwise be kicked to the curb.
  • Tashaun Gipson (CLE DB): Gipson tore his MCL and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. You can drop him in redraft leagues.
  • Eric Berry (KC DB): Berry has been placed on the non-football injury list and is out for the rest of the year. In case you haven’t heard, the found a mass in his chest and believe he has lymphoma. This is a really unfortunate situation and everyone is hoping for the best. Get well Mr. Berry.

Who to use (or not):

DL:

  • Cameron Wake (MIA DL): Wake has a dreamy matchup against the Jets on Monday night. He has been very consistent over the last few weeks with 6.5 sacks since week 6. The Jets give up sacks on about 7% of their drop backs so this is a nice opportunity for him to pick up another sack or two.
  • Jared Allen (CHI DL): Allen is facing the Lions on Thanksgiving, and I think he eats. The Lions have given up a league-leading 33 sacks on the year and Allen will be very hungry.
  • Everson Griffen (MIN DL): Griffen is facing a Panther team that gives up sacks at almost 8% of their drop backs. That is good for the 6th worst in the league. He is having a solid year with 9 sacks but is on a two-game drought. I expect that to change in week 13.

LB:

  • Jelani Jenkins (MIA LB): Coming off a game where he put up 9 solos and had a sack he is in good position to have another solid tilt against the Jets. The Jets are middle of the pack when it comes to tackle opportunities so I think Jenkins gets his share this week.
  • Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): Last week I recommended sitting Kendricks on the podcast. I learned my lesson. Kendricks is a must start LB1 and going against Dallas I expect him to put up double-digit tackles.
  • Von Miller (DEN LB): Miller is a strong play in any big play scoring system. He has 9.5 sacks on the year but only 1 over the last 4 games. He gets Kansas City this week who are 5th worst in the NFL in sack percentage allowed at almost 8%. A big game could be coming for Miller on Sunday night.

DB:

  • Ha Ha Clinton Dix (GB DB): Ha Ha continues to rack up the tackles and should get plenty of opportunities this week against New England. Double-digit tackles are coming his way.
  • Barry Church (DAL DB): Church gets the high volume Eagles on Thanksgiving. Play any good tackling safety against Philly and you will be rewarded.
  • James Ihedigbo (DET DB): Coming off a 9-solo game against the Patriots, I expect something similar this week against the Bears. I don’t think the Bears will have much of a running game and Cutler will be slinging it. Ihedigbo should continue his solid tackle numbers in this one.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 12

Chandler Jones is on the mend.
New England’s Chandler Jones may be nearing a return

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Phil Taylor (CLE DL): Taylor has been placed on IR and is out for the year. He is safe to drop in all leagues.
  • Ian Williams (SF DL): Williams has been placed on IR with a broken leg. Taking his place will be Glenn Dorsey, who has been activated from the PUP list after injuring his bicep in training camp. Dorsey is a nice speculative add in DT-required leagues.
  • Chandler Jones (NE DL): Jones has been out for five weeks now. The original estimate was 4-6 weeks, so his return may be nearing. There’s nothing to do right now until there is new information. This is New England, so we may not get anything new. Hold tight for now.
  • Karlos Dansby (CLE LB): Dansby sprained his knee and is likely out about a month. This will be a blow to the Browns defense, but look to Christian Kirksey to get a boost in value.
  • Jabaal Sheard (CLE LB): Sheard was originally thought to have a serious foot injury that could require surgery. After further review, it looks a lot better and he may only miss a week or two.
  • Ahmad Brooks (SF LB): Brooks had his feelings hurt since the coaching staff wasn’t using him as he thought they should. Because of his bruised pride (which can be debilitating) he missed the second half (self-imposed) when he took off his cleats and pouted on the sideline.
  • Trent Murphy (WAS LB): Murphy injured his knee and may have a slight tear of the PCL. It looks like he will try and play through it but he isn’t a tremendous talent so he is probably safe to drop.
  • NaVorro Bowman (SF LB): Bowman appears to have been cleared to return to practice. I wouldn’t hold out too much hope of an impact for your fantasy squad this year. Let someone else use the roster spot.
  • Keenan Lewis (NO DB): Lewis played last week but totaled only 11 snaps. He wasn’t himself and it showed. I would keep him on the bench for a couple weeks until he is fully healthy. This probably hurts the NFL Saints more than your fantasy team.
  • Jason Verrett (SD DB): Verrett sees his rookie season end with shoulder surgery. He was impressive early and is someone to look at for next year in leagues that require the use of a corner.
  • Leodis McKelvin (BUF DB): McKelvin broke his ankle and was placed on IR. He was good this year and should recover from the injury in time for the 2015 season.

Who to use (or not):

DL:

  • Clinton McDonald (TB DL): McDonald has been solid as an under the radar defensive tackle this year. If you are in a DT-required league, he is worth the pickup as he has continued his strong play all season. Obviously it helps when Gerald McCoy is getting all the attention, but putting up 3 sacks, 25 solos and an interception is solid regardless.
  • Mario Williams (BUF DL): Williams is coming off a huge 3.5 sack game last week and gets the Jets in week 12. The chances of another sack and continuing his string of at least a half sack in 7-straight games should continue. There’s only been one game this season where he didn’t put up at least a partial sack, and in that game he had 4 solo tackles. Consistency is what we have here.
  • Rob Ninkovich (NE DL): Some leagues may have Ninkovich as a linebacker and some as a defensive end. Either way, I expect him to put some pressure on Stafford this week and pick up a sack.
  • Robert Quinn (STL DL): You are probably thinking, of course I should play Quinn, but I am saying he gets at least 2 sacks this week against a hobbled Philip Rivers.

LB:

  • Aldon Smith (SF LB): Last week I cautioned about using Smith in his first game back. It turned out to be a good call as he put up a goose egg. Although, he was putting pressure on the quarterback and I expect him to get one or two sacks this week against RG3. Get him in your lineup.
  • Jamie Collins & Dont’e Hightower (NE LB): I expect big things from the Patriot defense this week against the Lions. Both of these guys should be in your lineups.
  • Justin Houston (KC LB): The NFL’s sack leader hasn’t brought down a quarterback in two weeks. Surprisingly, the Raiders haven’t given up a ton of sacks this year (probably because their defense can’t get off the field) but I have a feeling Houston is going to beast in this game. His sacks come in bunches and I see 2+ on the horizon.

DB:

  • Reshad Jones (MIA DB): Jones will get a lot of opportunities going against the Broncos this week. He will be up to the task and should be fantasy gold in week 12.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB DB): Ha Ha has put up a solid floor due to high tackle numbers. He is locked into playing every down and I have a hunch he gets his first pick since week 3. He put up 5 solo tackles in his last game against the Vikings. He should do that again this week.
  • Michael Griffin (TEN DB): Griffin gets the safety dream matchup against the Eagles; big game coming.

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Josh Gordon; Savior?

Josh Gordon is back! Is it possible to sell high on him before he's even caught a pass?
Josh Gordon is back! Is it possible to sell high on him before he’s even caught a pass?

Josh Gordon is coming back this week and all your fantasy troubles are going away. Or at least that is what many of you are thinking as you have held on to him for 11 weeks. Let’s step back for a moment and see what Gordon has actually done in the NFL:

Year Games Rec Targets Yards TD
2012 16 50 96 805 5
2013 14 87 159 1646 9

His numbers for 2013 put him at the top of the wide receiver leaderboard and he carried many a team to a title considering that he did all that in only 14 games due to a two game suspension. He was a beast and it didn’t matter who was throwing to him. The question you must ask yourself though is this: can he still put up top-5 numbers at his position over the remaining games?

Last season, Gordon was part of the vaunted Norv Turner system and the Browns did not have much of a running game. In 2013 the Browns averaged 42.6 passes per game, completing almost 24 of them for 253 yards per game. This happened while only rushing the ball 21.8 times per game. This year, Cleveland has taken a different approach. The 2014 version of this club is averaging 10 less passing attempts per game.

You may be able to talk yourself into the reason they are throwing less is because they don’t have Gordon and that is probably partially correct. However, I don’t see the Browns going pass heavy moving forward. They have three-headed running back by committee and I don’t think this changes much. It’s unlikely that Gordon suddenly changes their entire gameplan.

On the plus side, when Hoyer was throwing to Gordon in the two-plus games before he tore his ACL, Gordon averaged 7 receptions for 110 yds and had one touchdown on 28 targets. Thise are all very good numbers and I do think that Hoyer will look for Gordon and they will get him involved. I am just not counting on him putting up elite numbers for the rest of the season. I believe he will be a weekly starter and should put up top-20 numbers over the season’s final six weeks but let’s temper our expectations. He may not be the savior.

Here is the point where you can get crafty. How many of you have seen a highly touted Minor League baseball player that every expert says is a can’t miss prospect? Everyone in your baseball league covets this guy and they are willing to trade proven commodities so they can get the next shiny new toy. How many times have you seen the value skyrocket right as the shiny new toy gets called up to the show? Then he plays and you realize he will be a good baseball player but right now he isn’t worth that perceived value he had last week.

This is why I think this is a great opportunity to sell high on Josh Gordon. I know you have sat on him for 11 weeks and now I am telling you to trade him away. It’s bold for sure. This is primarily for a team that is on the playoff bubble and could use multiple pieces due to injury or bad luck. I wouldn’t take just anything but if you can prey on a team that is looking for that Hail Mary because their season hasn’t been great, maybe you can move Gordon for DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller or straight across for an underperforming LeSean McCoy.

The bottom line is that Josh Gordon is a talent but he is somewhat unproven. He has had one great year in a good system, but his value will unlikely ever be higher. With fantasy trade deadlines fast approaching, trading him at peak value is definitely something to think about.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 11

Patrick Willis
Patrick Willis’s long-term dynasty balance now hangs in the balance. He’s been placed on IR and will miss the remainder of the season

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Star Lotulelei (CAR DT): Lotulelei injured his ankle when it got rolled up on making a play. It appears it is only a low ankle sprain but he has already been ruled out for week 11. He wasn’t lighting up the IDP scoreboard so this probably isn’t a big blow to anyone.
  • Brandon Mebane (SEA DT): Mebane was placed on IR with a torn hamstring. This is a much bigger deal to the Seattle defense than it is to the IDP world.
  • Ian Williams (SF DT): Williams fractured his lower leg in week 10. I am not sure what it is with the run-stuffing defensive tackles this week but they are all going down. Not a huge impact to the IDP landscape unless you are in defensive tackle required leagues.
  • Vontaze Burfict (Cin LB): Burfict missed his second straight game after a knee scope and there hasn’t been any word on when he is expected back. I think he is safe to drop as it has just been one injury after another.
  • Patrick Willis (SF LB): Willis was placed on season ending IR with a toe issue. It appears that he will need surgery and it now becomes a question of whether he will get back to his previous level of studliness. He is a real question mark going forward in dynasty leagues. This does make Chris Borland a must-add and likely LB1 for the rest of the year.
  • NaVorro Bowman (SF LB): Bowman is still not up to speed and it is looking more and more likely he will not make an impact this year. I think he is safe to drop if you had been stashing him hoping for a return.
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Shazier has already been ruled out for the Monday Night game against Tennessee. This is not a good sign for his progress of coming back. He might be a good buy-low candidate for dynasty league gamers if his owner is in the hunt this year.
  • Brian Cushing (HOU LB): Cushing may be back this week after Houston’s bye. I wouldn’t rush to get him in your IDP lineup though. He wasn’t performing all that well leading up to his injury with seven total tackles over the last three games he played.
  • Rolando McClain (DAL LB): McClain was active for week 10 but didn’t get on the field. If you listened to The Fantasy Forecaster on Sunday morning, I had recommended staying away from the Dallas front seven due to the chance of minimal tackle opportunities against the Jaguars. Hopefully you listened! He is on bye this week so he should be back and ready to go in week 12.
  • Eric Berry (KC DB): Berry finally had a full complement of snaps, however he only but up 6 combined tackles. I expect him to shoot right back into DB1 status moving forward. Get him active.
  • Matt Elam (BAL DB): Elam has been benched in favor of Will Hill. It’s not an injury to be concerned about but he has been terrible this year. Safe to drop and move on.
  • Tashaun Gipson (CLE DB): Gipson suffered a concussion. I am sure you are well aware of the process that goes along with that. As of Wednesday he still hasn’t been cleared to practice. You may want to look elsewhere this week to be safe.

Who’s on the wire?

DL:

  • Marcell Dareus (BUF DT): Dareus has been on fire this year. He leads all defensive tackles with 10 sacks, including the 3 he had in week 10. This was his second three-sack game of the year. He has 26 tackles as well and is a must-start, even in leagues that don’t require a player at his position.
  • Cameron Wake (MIA DE): Wake is as hot as any defensive end in the league right now. With two sacks on Sunday, he sits at 8.5 on the year. The Bills are up next and with Orton back in the pocket I expect another big game for Wake in this one.
  • Desmond Bryant (CLE DE): Bryant is playing really well and put up 2 sacks against the Bengals last Thursday. The Browns defense is playing great and Bryant is benefiting. He hasn’t been putting up the snaps but he has played well. Don’t expect another 2 sack game but at this point in the season if you need some help on the defensive line you could do worse. Next up is Ryan Mallet and the Texans.
  • Ziggy Ansah (DET DE): Anash has sacks in two straight and 4.5 over his four games. The pressure has been there all year and now those are translating into production. He is a bit dinged up but his schedule down the stretch is great with games against the Vikings, Bucs and Bears (twice).

LB:

  • Chris Borland (SF LB): OK, now it’s official. Borland is here to stay with Willis going on IR. He is a must own LB1 for the rest of the season. He is a much better fantasy performer than real life player but that’s what we really want. If by some chance he is still out there you need to go add him.
  • Aldon Smith (SF – LB): Staying in San Francisco, Aldon Smith has served his suspension and has been reinstated. He is practicing this week and expected to play on Sunday. He is a must-add and start in any big play scoring league as he has averaged about a sack a game when active. If you were able to get him he is like making a trade for a stud in week 10 without giving up anything.
  • Clay Matthews (GB LB): For those not paying attention, the Packers decided to come out of the bye with a little experiment. They moved Matthews to inside linebacker and turned him lose. He flew all over the field, coming up with 9 solos and a sack. I think it’s safe to say the experiment worked – although it was against the Bears. If he stays in this role he is a high-end LB1 for the remainder of the year. I say take a chance and roll with him, just hope he doesn’t pull a hamstring.
  • Nico Johnson (CIN LB): Johnson is a guy to keep an eye on. He was filling in for Burfict and while he is only a two-down player, he put up 6 solos and 4 assists in his latest opportunity. He’s worth a mention.

DB:

  • James Ihedigbo (DET DB): Ihedigbo has been putting up great IDP numbers as part of an outstanding Detroit defense. Last week he had 4 solos and a pick. Now, the Lions get Drew Stanton and Cardinals this week. I think he has another big day.
  • Byron Maxwell (SEA DB): Maxwell was back in the lineup on a limited basis. I expect him to get a bigger workload and as the guy opposite Richard Sherman he should get plenty of opportunities.
  • Jaiquawn Jarrett (NYJ DB): Jarrett replaced Calvin Pryor in the starting lineup and had a huge day, putting up a sack, 2 picks, a fumble recovery and 7 solo tackles. Don’t expect another day like this but as long as he is starting he should be worth a play. He is on bye this week, but pick him up and stash him for week 12’s game against Buffalo.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 10

IDP Injuries of note:

  • William Hayes (STL DE): Hayes went down in last week’s game with an injured ankle. The Rams defensive line was on a roll as the put up 7 sacks in the game and Hayes got one of them. Anytime you play opposite Robert Quinn you are going to be one on one and if you can win that battle you have the chance for some nice IDP upside.
  • Greg Hardy (CAR DE): It doesn’t look like he will be back anytime soon. Hardy’s trial has been pushed back to 2015 and he will not be taken off the exempt list until the legal process plays out. If you were still holding out hope you can move away now as he isn’t coming back this year.
  • CJ Mosley (DET DE): Sticking with the suspension theme, Mosley has been activated after his London fiasco and team imposed suspension. He was sent home and missed the London game. It is unclear if there will be any league sanctions at this time. He has a chance to be a nice play with the injury to Nick Fairley but at this point it is wait and see.
  • Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): Kendricks returned to action this week but only played in 31% of the snaps. He is far from healthy and should remain on your bench until he gets a full complement of snaps.
  • Lance Briggs (CHI LB): Briggs is expected back this week and should be fine moving forward. He was out with a rib injury and has missed the last 4 weeks. Continue to monitor reports but if he is playing he should be fine.
  • Nate Irving (DEN LB): Irving injured his MCL and should be out 2-4 weeks. The Broncos haven’t had good luck with both Danny Trevathan and now Irving out for multiple weeks. He is safe to drop and should lead to an uptick in playing time for Brandon Marshall who should continue to be a solid every week start.
  • DeMeco Ryans (PHI LB): This continues the run of Achilles ruptures in the NFL. It is ridiculous how many players are being lost to this injury. Take it from someone that has torn their Achilles, it is not a fun injury to come back from. I am sure these guys will have a much better rehab program, but still, it takes a while.
  • Aldon Smith (SF LB): Unfortunately for his owners, Smith’s suspension has not been reduced so he won’t be seeing the field until week 11. He does return with a nice matchup against the Giants though.
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Shazier suffered another leg injury. This time he got rolled up on, injuring his ankle. He has already been ruled out for week 10 and his frustrating rookie season continues. However, he might be a nice buy low target in dynasty leagues.
  • Prince Amukamura (NYG DB): Amukamura tore his bicep and has been placed on injured reserve. His season is done.
  • Troy Polamalu (PIT DB): Polamalu sprained his knee on Sunday night against the Ravens. He was injured making a tackle as his leg got twisted under a Ravens player. He has already been ruled out for week 10. This will really hurt the Steelers defense as Polamalu allows the unit to settle in and attack. This is a huge blow to gamers who own the unit.
  • Kareem Jackson (HOU DB): Jackson injured his knee (MCL) and will likely to miss multiple weeks. They do have a bye in week 10 but he is expected to miss more time.

Who’s on the wire?

DL:

  • DeMarcus Lawrence (DAL DE): Lawrence was finally active and played about 40% of the snaps. Some of this could have been due to the injury to Tyrone Crawford (sprained MCL) but he is expected to miss a couple weeks so this could be a chance for Lawrence to shine. In his short time on the field he was solid but put up only 2 tackles. He is more of a dynasty stash at this point but if you need a big play flyer he has a shot to do something.
  • Sharrif Floyd (MIN DT): In tackle required leagues Floyd is a must own. He is excelling in the Zimmer defense and putting up strong numbers. I list him here because the Vikings are going on a bye and he might have been dropped. If he has then you should go pick him up. He has 3.5 sacks over the last 5 games and is wreaking havoc on opponents.
  • Cameron Jordan (NO DE): Don’t confuse this guy with the concussed tight end in Cleveland. The Saints defensive end is finally starting to come on as he has three sacks over the last two games. He is worth a start this week going against the 49ers who just gave up 7 sacks to the Rams.

LB:

  • Chris Borland (SF LB): Borland is the talk of the IDP community after his week 9 performance. He put up 15 solos while filling in for the injured Patrick Willis. As amazing as that line it isn’t happening again especially when Willis comes back. At this point he has probably earned some more playing time and if Willis goes down again he might be worth a play. For week 10, even if Willis misses the game, don’t expect this kind of production against the Saints. They won’t run as much as the Rams did.
  • Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): If by some chance he was dropped you need to pick him up. Kendricks was back to being all over the place and put up 5 solos and a sack last week. He must be owned and in your lineup as an LB1, especially with the injury to DeMeco Ryans.
  • CJ Mosley (BAL LB): Mosley has certainly lived up to his draft stock. He is a high floor tackle guy with 84 combined tackles so far on the year. I assume he is owned in all leagues at this point but I wanted to point out that the sky is the limit and he will be stud for years to come. Go get him in dynasty if you can.
  • Whitney Mercilus (HOU LB): Mercilus hasn’t really lived up to his draft stock coming into the NFL. Big things were expected as a rush linebacker putting pressure on the quarterback. It has taken some time but it looks like he might be turning a bit of a corner. He is a high risk/high reward rush linebacker. This is demonstrated nicely by his two 2-sack games surrounding a game with zero tackles. In big play leagues this is a guy that should be on your radar but also realize his two big games came with Clowney out of the lineup.

DB:

  • LaRon Landry (IND DB): Landry was finally activated so he should be good to go coming out of the bye.
  • Donte Whitner (CLE DB): Whitner has put together a nice string of games in the tackle department and has a low of 2 and a high of 12 solos on the year. He is averaging about 5 solos a game over his last 4 games and should continue that.
  • Harrison Smith (MIN DB): Smith put up 10 solos in week 9 against Washington. He was all over the place making plays. He is a must start now that his injury concerns are winding down.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 9

IDP Injuries of note:

  • Nick Fairley (DET DT): Fairley suffered a bad knee injury to his PCL/MCL. He will be out a minimum of 5-6 weeks, likely more. He is safe to drop if you need to.
  • Lamar Houston (CHI DE): Houston fell victim to the dreaded discount double check sack dance torn ACL. He is the second victim for the year and this time it was for celebrating a sack late in a game when his team was done about 1,000 pts. Well done, Mr. Houston. He joins Stephen Tullock and Martin Gramatica as the most famous members of the celebratory ACL blowout fraternity.
  • Glenn Dorsey (SF DL): Dorsey has returned to practice and is eligible to return to the lineup in week 10. He is coming off a torn biceps that happened during training camp this year.
  • Justin Durant (DAL LB): Durant fell victim to the linebacker curse of 2014 and will miss the rest of the season with a torn bicep. It is starting to become an epidemic as linebackers are getting picked off each week.   
  • Jon Beason (NYG LB): Beason finally decided to go the route of surgery. He was placed on IR and is done for the year.
  • Vontaze Burfict (CIN LB): For once, Burfict is on the injury report with something other than a concussion/neck issue. This time it’s for a knee that he had scoped. He will be out for at least two weeks.
  • Erik Walden (IND LB): Walden had to be removed in week 8 with a minor hip ailment. As of now he is week to week so he should probably be out of your lineup this week.
  • Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): Kendricks returned to action this week but only played in 31% of the snaps. He is far from healthy and should remain on your bench until he gets a full complement of snaps.
  • Vontae Davis (IND DB): Davis sprained his knee in week 8 but appears to have avoided any significant tears. He is practicing on Thursday so it is likely he is available for Monday night’s game.
  • Tony Jefferson (ARI DB): Jefferson had a great week 8 but suffered a concussion. I think everyone knows how that works now so follow the progress through the week to see if he is cleared by Sunday.
  • Jimmy Smith (BAL DB): Smith may have suffered the dreaded Lisfrance sprain and will miss a few weeks.
  • Patrick Peterson (ARI DB): Peterson joins his fellow secondary mate Jefferson in the concussion protocol. He is having an all-around down year so you probably were close to benching him anyway. Now is your chance.

Who’s on the wire?

DL:

  • Calais Campbell (ARI DE): Campbell returned to the lineup in week 8 after missing a couple games. He had a full complement of snaps and if he was dropped you should pick him up right away.
  • Allen Bailey (KC DE): Bailey showed up big against the Rams in week 8 with 1.5 sacks and 3 solos. He is a boom or bust defensive end that won’t put up big tackle numbers but has a chance at sacks due to the attention placed on Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. A nice flyer (especially in this bye week) in big play leagues.
  • Robert Quinn (STL DE): Hopefully you picked up Quinn last week when I mentioned him. He is for sure gone after his 2 sack week. The buy low window is gone.
  • Ryan Davis (JAC DE): Andre Branch being on the shelf for at least six weeks may pave the way for some playing time for Davis. He already has 4 sacks – including two last week so a nice add in big play leagues.
  • Dion Jordan (MIA DE): Jordan had his first game action of the year after finishing off his suspension. He didn’t get a full set of snaps and was only in for pass rush opportunities but he is likely on your waivers and is worth a stash and see.

LB:

  • Keenan Robinson (WAS LB): Robinson has been very productive but relatively quiet. Chances are with all the injuries that have hit linebackers this year he might not be available but if he is go get him. He has a high floor and gets the occasional sack.
  • Khalil Mack (OAK LB): Mack is only averaging 4 tackles a game and has zero sacks but he is putting pressure on the quarterback and it’s only a matter of time before they turn into sacks.
  • Anthony Barr (MIN LB): Barr is a stud. He is doing everything and is all over the field. As a Viking fan, I was skeptical of taking him at the #9 pick in the draft but he has surpassed all expectations. He should be owned everywhere as he is doing it all.

DB:

  • LaRon Landry (IND DB): Landry is coming off of suspension. There is some discussion of whether he will play this week but he should be owned if he is available.
  • Morgan Burnett (GB DB): Burnett is coming off injury and is likely back after the bye week. If you have space and can make a speculative add you should do it.
  • Prince Amukamura (NYG DB): Going against the Colts gives plenty of opportunity. Prince has been up to the task this year. Call it a gut feel but I think he has a nice game Monday Night.

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