2010 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 7

I came away from the weekend with mixed emotions. On the good side of things my Iowa Hawkeyes had a nice win over their Big 10 rival Michigan on Saturday, the majority of my waiver wire suggestions came through with good performances, and most of my fantasy teams did well. On the flip side, my Cowboys suffered another excruciating loss and the Texans failed to cover the 4 1/2 point spread by 1/2 point costing me a good amount of money. If you want to here my complain some more, click here for my latest "Rants" article.

But, my mood is taking a turn for the better as it's time for another IDP Waiver Wire article!

Here are a few IDP news tidbits from Week 6:

DeMeco Ryans tore his achilles and is out for the season. Zac Diles will take over at MLB and instantly become a three-down linebacker. He's going to have LB2 value. He's on bye this week, but is worth a grab and stash if you have a deeper IDP roster. Xavier Adibi and Daryl Sharpton will battle it out for the WLB spot. I'd bet that Adibi gets the job, but I don't see much value there.

Eric Weddle emerged from his cave to post 12 tackles (11 solo) in a losing effort against the Rams. This is likely an aberration and I wouldn't be chomping at the bit to pickup the once, top-level IDP.

With the injury to Robert Ayers, Denver has reverted back to a 4-3 defense. This is good news for D.J. Williams owners as he will likely see even more tackle opportunities as he should be more well protected. Jason Hunter and Mario Haggan's value probably takes a slight hit as they won't be rushing the passer as much.

Barrett Ruud continued his streak of mediocre performances against a good matchup in the Saints. I've personally lost faith in Rudd as an LB1 or even a high LB2 until he proves otherwise. The below average play of the defensive interior line and increased competition for tackles with Quincy Black and Geno Hayes seems to be putting a serious dent in his production.

University of Iowa alumni Pat Angerer filled in very well for the injured veteran Gary Brackett last game by posting 11 tackles and a sack. This guy was the leading tackler in the preseason and continued his impressive play on Sunday. The coaching staff feels very confident in his abilities as they allowed him to wear the green dot (i.e. call the plays) in his first career start. Angerer is currently stonewalled behind all three starting linebackers but figures to get his chance sooner than later as Gary Brackett and Phillip Wheeler have been underperforming and Clint Session is injury-prone. This guy is a must-stash in dynasty leagues. I'm sure glad we have him in our very competitive HAFAX league.

Here are the waiver wire suggestions for Week 7:


DL

1. LDE/LOLB Andre Carter (WAS) @ CHI - If there ever was a week to start the old, decrepit, barely has a pulse, Andre Carter, it's this week against the Bears. My 86 year old grandmother could sack Jay Cutler at this point in the season. There are some leagues that still classify Carter as a lineman. He's a worthwhile play this week in those leagues.


2. RDE Haloti Ngata (BAL) vs. BUF - Haloti Crapa! This guy is on fire! I recommended picking him up back in Week 5 and since then he's had 10 tackles (4 for a loss) and two sacks. He's got a pretty nice matchup against the Bills this week and makes for a solid DL2 with upside.

3. RDE Chris Clemons (SEA) vs. ARI - Clemons has been coming through for owners on a consistent basis and should be able to stay fresh as he rotates out for a good majority of snaps. He faces the Arizona Cardinals and rookie Max Hall this week and has a above average chance to capture a sack.


***THE GURU'S LOCK OF THE WEEK***

LDE Jason Babin (TEN) vs. PHI - This former 1st round pick has 6 sacks in his first 6 games and gets the 2nd best matchup for linemen with the Eagles this week. Linemen are tough to come by and when you get a hot player with a good matchup, you have to take it regardless of the name.

Jason Babin



LB

1. SILB Andra Davis (BUF) @ BAL - Davis has established himself as one of the better deep-league flex plays at the linebacker position. Even though he's only a two-down linebacker, he still manages to put up solid tackle numbers due to his above average tackle opportunities and ability to shed blocks well. He faces a Ravens team this week who gave up a whopping 46 total tackles to the four starting Patriots linebackers. Granted some of that was due to the generosity of the New England scorekeeper, but the Ravens have been consistently dishing out the fantasy points to opposing linebackers and are now currently ranked 1st in the league in that regard. Davis makes a nice LB2 option this week.

2. ILBs Desmond Bishop/AJ Hawk (GB) vs. MIN - Bishop and Hawk both continued to play well in last week's game against the Dolphins. They have another great matchup this week against the Vikings who will likely run the ball a bunch with Adrian Peterson as Favre is quite banged up. Both linebackers make nice LB2/LB3 choices in Week 7.

3. SILB Bradie James (DAL) vs. NYG - If you've been reading my articles then you know that Keith Brooking is all but dead to me at this point in the season. Bradie James played quite well last week against the Vikings even though he was still battling some injuries. He tends to heat up during the middle of the season and should provide owners with a steady dose of tackles for the next few games.


4. MLB Dhani Jones @ ATL - This guy is like Old Faithful. He gets the job done when he's suppose to. He has a fantastic matchup against the Falcons this week and should be able to put up 9-10 total tackles. After an embarrassing loss to the Eagles last week, Atlanta will try and establish the run early with Michael Turner which should lead to plenty of tackle opportunities for Jones and company.


***THE GURU'S LOCK OF THE WEEK***

MLB Stewart Bradley (PHI) @ TEN - "Stewie" has been dropped in a lot of leagues this year after suffering a concussion in Week 1 against the Cheeseheads. Like most players, he's been a bit slow to recover from that injury but should be close to a full recovery in Week 7 against CJ2K and the Titans. Bradley will likely be the "spy" on CJ and should rack up 8 solos or more with a couple of assists. The Eagles have been using him more frequently in blitz packages as he has two sacks so far this season so there's an increased possibility for a big play as well.

Stewart Bradley



DB

1. LCB Terrell Thomas (NYG) vs. DAL - "T-squared" has been extremely consistent so far this season by registering at least 4 solo tackles in each of his first 6 games. He draws the Cowboys this week who continue to give up a ton of points to opposing fantasy cornerbacks as Romo throws early and often to his wideouts. I'd feel comfortable starting Thomas as a CB1 in leagues that require you start that position if I didn't have a ton of options.
***CB-REQUIRED SPECIAL***

2. SS Paul Oliver (SD) vs. NE - Oliver continues to put up solid numbers in place of Steven Gregory. Gregory is still out for a few more games and Oliver should continue to grab 5-8 tackles a game.


3. SS William Moore (ATL) vs. CIN - Moore has been mentioned in my articles multiple times over the last few weeks. He's now the starter in Atlanta over veteran Erik Coleman and has already had 3 interceptions so far this season. Along with this big play ability, Moore's tackle numbers should improve once he becomes more comfortable in the system. I would stash him away in dynasty leagues and give him a shot as a DB3 during week's that he has a good matchup.

***THE GURU'S LOCK OF THE WEEK***

SS Donte Whitner (BUF) @ BAL - I've been pimping Whitner for weeks now. If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon, now's the time to do so. He's coming off a bye and has a nice matchup against the Ravens who allowed 13 total tackles to strong safety Patrick Chung last week. Whitner is a DB1 in tackle-heavy leagues moving forward.

Donte Whitner

Thanks a bunch for reading and feel free to ask me any specific questions. I want to help you dominate your fantasy leagues!

Until next time, this is The IDP Guru signing off.


Last Updated: October 19, 2010



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JDFreer16 said...

Hey guru thanks for the article I have some questions regarding my LB's. I start 2 LB's a week and have Karlos Dansby, Stephen Tulloch, Desmond Bishop, and Clint Session. My question is this, on my waiver wire there is Zac Diles, Stewart Bradley, Pat Angerer, and DeAndre Levy, should I drop any of the LB's I have for the options available on the Wire?

unrulyurchin said...

Should I grab Stewart Bradley, EJ Henderson, Zac Diles, Bradie James, or Donte Whitner? I have 2 spots to fill in a tackle-heavy league

MJ said...

Guru, Is Rolando Mcclain really as bad as he's been playing? What do you see from him long-term? I signed him to a 6 year contract in my league and haven't seen anything positive thus far. If I cut him before the contract expires then I only get 50% of the years back. Should I give him another season or two or cut bait now? We can sign rookies to multi-year contracts with the cap at 35 years.

Thanks in advance.

Joey said...

Guru, who do i start this week (pick 2): Yeremiah Bell, Brandon Flowers, Ronde Barber, Dashon Goldson and/or Champ Bailey

Also is Jared Allen worth dumping for Babin?

First Timer said...

Thanks for the help last week. LaRon Landrys good. James Laurinaitis bye week is coming up soon and I haven't been real happy with him. I'm considering dropping him for Paris Lenon (byed) but Cushing, Posluszny (byed), Tulloch, Lance Briggs, Chad Greenway (byed) and Rob Ninkovich (byed) among others are available. I am especially interested in the guys who's bye weeks have passed as I only get so many waiver moves for the season. Unless Cushing or one of the others are that much better. Thanks in advance for the help. This is my first year doing IDP and it's a bit overwhelming.

Anonymous said...

Desmond Bishop was a great lock of the week last week. I was high on Stewart Bradley on draft day but he still hasn't done much. I have started 2 LBs against CJ2k and both Mcclain and Brooking were no shows. I looked back at Tenn games and the results aren't there. LBs don't show up for solid 8 to 10 solo tackle games against him like you would expect from a run first attack.

Anyway my question for you, would you perfer Bishop or Bradley this week. I have to keep 1 and drop the other. Bradley is on a bye the following week while Bishop gets the JETS.

Please tell me Bishop is the no brainer as long as Chillar is still chilling on the sideline

Anonymous said...

Please pick 2 of the following 3 DBs for this week. Atogwe, Ward or Whitner.

Aunt Jemima said...

Should I stick with Babin this week or should I go with Justin Smith....In my league we only get points for solo tackles, not assists

Anonymous said...

Hi Guru,

Vilma has been stressin me out this season by doing crap whenever I start him. Im thinking about dropping him and my choices for pickup are Diles, Bradie James, Stewart Bradley, and Clint Session. Should I hold on to him or can I drop him or one of those players?

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for all your advice! This is my favorite IDP blog, by far. Would you start Clemons or Shaughnessy as DE this week?

idpgal said...

I don't know what i'm doing, I'm playing in a league for the first time and just happen to find your site.

Need some advice if you don't mind :)

Which 2 LB this week?

Desmond Bishop
Rolando McClain
Lawrence Timmons
James Anderson

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@JDFreer16
Diles and Bishop are close. Assuming Diles plays stays at MLB after the bye week, I would give him the edge of Desmond Bishop. Stewart Bradley should be good this week against the Titans but I still don't consider him quite as matchup independent at Clint Session. If you have bench space for Levy, I would pick him up as well since he could be big for you down the stretch when he gets healthy.

Keep Dansby and Tulloch. Drop Bishop and pickup Diles. Keep a serious eye on Levy and snatch him up (for Session) when he is fully healthy.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@unrulyurchin
I think Diles has the biggest upside. He's on the bye this week, however. I'd grab Whitner and Diles. If it had more of a big play slant, I would suggest Henderson.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@MJ
McClain has been getting better with each week. I think his underwhelming tackle numbers can somewhat be contributed to Oakland controlling the ball a bit more on offense than they have in years past. He should be fine moving forward. I would NOT drop him in dynasty leagues.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Joey

I'd start Bell against the Steelers and Goldson against the Panthers.

I know Allen has been underperforming but you have to bank on him coming through with a big game. I would stay with him. Ride the storm out.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@First Timer
Go with Posluszny. He's byed out and as long as he doesn't get injured, he's a very safe bet for good tackle numbers every week.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Good points all around. The Titans are still giving up the 3rd most points to opposing linebackers for the year, however. McClain hasn't done much against any team this year and don't even get me started on Brooking. I think Bradley will have a good performance. He's been struggling a bit in pass coverage and teams have been attacking him which is actually good for tackle numbers.

I would still go with Bishop against the Vikings as they are a good matchup as well and he has higher upside (as long as Chillar doesn't play).

Plus, as you mentioned, Bishop as another great matchup next week in the Jets.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I'd roll with Atogwe and Whitner based on a mixture of opportunity and matchup.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Aunt Jemima
I'd go with Smith. He's a solid tackle producer and has a nice matchup against the sorry excuse for an offensive line in Carolina.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Vilma is an up and down type of player. The Browns are actually a pretty good matchup for opposing linebackers. I would give him one more shot this week.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Sarah
I'd go with Clemons. Rookie QB + weak offensive line = good probability for a sack.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@idpgal
Timmons is a must start every week until proven otherwise.

I'd go with Bishop over Anderson as Anderson's matchup is less than desirable against the Seahawks.

Ryan said...

Hey Guru, how do you feel about starting both Chris Kelsay and Poz this week? Kelsay is listed as a DE/LB in my league.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ryan
Kelsay makes for a really nice start against the Ravens this week as a DL.

Ryan said...

Thanks. I think it's time for me to ditch J. Allen for Kelsay. 5 weeks of terrible production is enough. He may have have a big game here or there, but he's clearly not getting the tackles like he did last year.

The Pack said...

Good stuff Guru. I start two DBs. L. Landry is an automatic, but need to choose between Whitner and Chung. Preference?

almaeatsyogurt said...

Guru guy.. could you elaborate on your comment about Weddle? Do you think this production will continue until Gregory is back? (i.e., should I start him a couple more weeks and then trade him at high value?)

almaeatsyogurt said...

Guru guy.. could you elaborate on your comment about Weddle? Do you think this production will continue until Gregory is back? (i.e., should I start him a couple more weeks and then trade him at high value?)

Also.. where did Weddle go wrong? You were very high on him in your preseason ranks.. what happened?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@almaeatsyogurt
I think his performance was an aberration all together. I still don't trust him. I see him nothing more than a DB3 at this point.

As far as the preseason ranks go, I was wrong. I shouldn't have had him ranked so high. As I mentioned in a recent article, I should have saw this coming. In 2008, Weddle had a huge year but that was due to a very weak front seven and the Chargers having nobody at SS. The front seven is much improved this year and Weddle is seeing less tackle opportunities. It hurts a bit that he plays free safety as well.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@The Pack
Chung.

Hello said...

How would you rank the following players value for the year? Zac Diles, Bradie James, Stewart Bradley, Takeo Spikes, or Jonathon Vilma.

Thanks alot

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Hello
Vilma, Diles, Bradley, James, Spikes

Anonymous said...

Hey Guru!
Should I drop Pollard(neck stinger, I can tell the way he's been playing) and pick up Cameron Wake, Whitner or do nothing? I also have Bishop, Bradie James, and Tulloch. Please advise, Thanks!

Dilla

Anonymous said...

Who to start need 3 LB and one DL Mayo, Laurinaitis,Wake,Bishop.On the DL. Ball,S.White

Anonymous said...

What do you think of Ninkovich? Is he worth an add?

JDFreer16 said...

Thanks for the earlier advice Guru, had to make a decision on Tuesday night on who to drop and decided to drop Session for Diles we'll see how it works out. Need some start/sit advice Start 1 LB - 1 DB - 1D. Tulloch - PHI, Dansby - PIT, Bishop - MIN, Chung - @SD, Landry - @CHI. Would it be crazy to start 2 DBs?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Suggs or Clemons going forward? Also, Tyvon Branch, Charles Woodson, or Terrel Thomas for this week?

Anonymous said...

Is Jermaine Cunningham worth a shot (dynasty and redraft)? Thanks Guru.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Dilla
In my eyes, Pollard is absolutely fine. He's on pace for 156 total tackles this year which would be 55 more than last season. His big plays are down from last year, but those are going to vary season to season.

Stick with Bernie Pollard.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Start: Mayo, Laurinaitis, and Bishop at LB. Ball at DL.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Ninkovich was the beneficiary of a) a very generous NE scorekeeper and 2) the Baltimore Ravens running game. Last week's game is likely to be one of his best of the year. He's more of a LB4/LB5 type player who may make a viable bye week fill-in in deep leagues if he has a elite matchup.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@JDFreer16
I'm going to go against the grain on this one and recommend Dansby. I like the matchup against the Steelers. Medenhall has been getting 20-25 carries every game and Dansby should be able to rack up the tackles as their is no one else besides Y. Bell to do so. Tulloch's matchup is not good. Bishop would be my 2nd choice against Minnesota but that's assuming he plays in the nickel.

Chung has a phenomenal matchup against SD who is currently allowing the most points to safeties. I would roll with Chung over Landry (even though that's understandably very hard to do since Landry has been so good, but so has Chung).

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Suggs for sure. I'm sticking with my Terrell Thomas prediction. The CB vs. Dallas rule hasn't failed me yet.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
It's always hard to tell with New England defensive players since Belicheck has no problem rotating players in and out. Cunningham is versatile enough to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 which means he could very well end up being an every-down linebacker for NE. I think he's worth a pickup in dynasty and deeper redraft leagues assuming the scoring system is big-play oriented.

Anonymous said...

Deandre Levy is available on my waiver wire, and I see that he is expected back in week 8 (after Detroit's bye this week). On another site, a respected IDP guy, has said that he is not a huge believer in Levy. I am very interested to hear your take on him. Thank you again Guru.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I am more of a believer in Levy than most. His main issue is that he just hasn't been healthy. Lions MLB situation is a good one. There's little competition for tackles within the front seven and with two above-average defensive tackles, Levy should have a good amount of freedom to react quickly and get to the ballcarrier.

If an undrafted linebacker named Ashlee can put up 13 tackles for the Lions, just think what Levy can do for your team when fully healthy.

Anonymous said...

who to start Bradley or Bishop and Y.Bell or D.Witner

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I'd go with Bishop over Bradley and Whitner over Bell.

G$$ said...

For anyone in a pickle at DL take a look at Cunningham (NE) as he's available as LB/DL in many leagues, he has taken over for Banta-Cain the Patriots sack leader for 09' and he put up a nice game last week with 4 solos, 2 asst, 1 sack, he has the opportunity now and in tackle heavy leagues he should be nice ask he plays OLB for the Pats in their 3-4.

Ryan said...

Cinningham is an interesting add. Do you think he will be better than Chris Kelsay this weekend?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ryan
I'd still go with Kelsay over Cunningham. Baltimore is a fantastic matchup and Kelsay should be able to string together a good amount of tackles for a DL.

Ray Ray said...

Hey Ryan..... I have to start 3 LBs this week and have the luxury of choosing between
Posluszny vs. Bal
Wake vs. Pit
Lofton vs. Cin
Derrick Johnson vs. Jac
Tulloch vs. Phi

Points are as follows:
Sack=9pts
INT=11
Tkl=1.5 (+1 per 5)
FF=9
FR=3
PD=4

I've also chosen to start both Jared Allen AND Ray Edwards this week vs. GB (I have Mario Williams on BYE). I do have Dave Ball vs. Phi on my bench. Good idea or should I play Ball? I only have 2 DE spots.

Thanks!

colts fan said...

I have to start 4 LBs and 2 DBs. Would you drop anyone to start Bradley and/or Whitner? I am currently rolling with

Bishop
Dansby
Ruud
Urlacher
Chung
Tillman

Scoring

Solo=1
Sack=3
INT=6
FF=2
FR=3
TD=12
PD=3 (this is why I kinda like Tillman)

We also have to start 2 DL but I have Mario on a bye and plan on not starting anyone since I have too many guys on a bye with a small bench. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

eric_hamilton_wmu said...

Guru,

Please provide some wisdom. I need to play 3 linebackers and 2 defensive backs. Which players would you start?

DBs
Atogwe
Varner
Grimm (TB)
Grimes (ATL)
Tillman (CHI)

LBs
Willis (Typically a lock but hasn't been as good as expected)
Anderson
Bishop
Diles

Thanks in advance!

eric_hamilton_wmu said...

Guru,

In addition to the DBs I mentioned earlier Huff is availabe as well. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Hello Ryan, I need your magic again this week! Out of these three, bishop, Bradley, or Andra Davis. Which two for this week in standard scoring league? Thanks.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ray Ray
I would start:
Posluszny
Lofton
Wake

You're scoring system is quite heavily slanted towards big plays and that makes Wake a good play against the Steelers this week.

I would go with Allen and Edwards even though Ball has a good matchup. The Titans have been rotating their lineman more now that William Hayes is healthy. I think Allen and Edwards are due to bust out against Green Bay.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@colts fan
I would start the following:
Bishop
Dansby
Bradley
Urlacher
Chung
Tillman (only because of the PDs)

With this being said, I would drop Ruud for Bradley.

Ruud has been underperforming for multiple reasons (I've mentioned why a couple of times in recent articles)and he's been struggling with an injury and is questionable. Bradley has been getting better with each coming week and has an excellent matchup.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@eric_hamilton_wmu
DB:
Atogwe
Tillman


LB:
Willis
Anderson
Bishop

Willis hasn't been as bad as people were expecting. Before last week's performance he was on pace for 112 solos. He had 113 solos last year and 109 solos the year before. His big plays are down a bit but he does have a sack this year. He'll be fine' He's Pat Willis.

Diles is on bye.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Bishop and Bradley. They are the most likely three-down linebackers. Andra Davis is a two-down linebacker.

Anonymous said...

Guru, Does this Texans team report http://tinyurl.com/284jv6j change Diles value in any way? He still should be solid if they put him at WLB. Is Bentley the LB to target now? -James in WI

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
Even if Diles stays at WLB, he's the player to own over Bentley. Since Diles will be a three-down linebacker. I'm still not convinced Diles won't be at MLB though. We'll see come next week.

marflan said...

You helped a bunch last week - thanks! We play 2 any slot idp, both db and lb locks of the week are available. I've already got TJ Ward. Should I pick up Whitner or Bradley?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@marflan
Go with Bradley.

Anonymous said...

What is DeAndre Levy's prospect in a tackle-heavy Dynasty League? Would you use the last IDP roster spot on him - at the expense of one of the following: Kirk Morrison, Lofa Tatupu, Rey Maualuga?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I think Levy has LB2+ upside down the road. He's in a great situation and role in Detroit. I would drop Tatupu for him as he's getting older and has been slowed significantly by injuries.

Anonymous said...

I am glad I didn't listen to your advice on Stewart Bradley. CJ2K does not give the stats you would think to LBs. Man, Brooking, now Bradley. What is your obsession with White, akward looking linebackers?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I'm glad you didn't listen to me either :). The Titans started off as a fantastic matchup for opposing linebackers early this season, however as the Titans continually become more pass-heavy that trend starts to fade. The game did not go as many expected. Chris Johnson was ineffective continually stuffed by defensive linemen whereas the Titans passing game was very effective.

And to answer your question, I have no idea what my obsession is with white, awkward looking linebackers.

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