2010 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 8

BREAKING NEWS: Stewart Bradley sucks. I had high hopes for Bradley heading into this season, but he just doesn't seem to be attacking the line of scrimmage like he did in previous years. He is joining Keith Brooking on my s*** list which is quickly becoming littered with slow, white linebackers. In his and my defense, the Titans threw the ball much more than anyone expected and it clearly hurt Bradley's tackle numbers. The emergence of Kenny Britt makes the Titans no longer an elite matchup for opposing linebackers.

For a second week in a row, I lost money on my football bets. As I stated on my Facebook status, "all the Broncos needed to do is win to win the 2nd part of my teaser bet and they end up giving up 59 points to the Raiders at home...what a joke."

How do you give up 59 points to the Raiders? Josh McDaniels needs to join Wade Phillips in the unemployment line and soon.


Here are a few IDP news tidbits from Week 7:

In week 7, we saw an NFL record 9 "pick-sixes" including a 92 yarder by DeAngelo Hall (one of his four interceptions on the day).

In a somewhat surprising move, the Texans have stated that they are sliding SLB Brian Cushing into the MLB spot vacated by DeMeco Ryans. Kevin Bentley will be inserted into Cushing's old starting position and Zac Diles will remain on the weakside. The only two linebackers to own here are Cushing and Diles as they will be the three-down linebackers.

Patrick Chung left the game in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury and may miss a couple of weeks. His replacement, James Sanders, could be a sneaky pickup for those in very deep leagues as he should have good tackle opportunities.

Ed Reed had two interceptions in his first game back off the PUP list. I still don't like him in tackle-heavy leagues, but he's definitely worth a flier in formats that reward heavily for big plays.

Jonathan Vilma had yet another disappointing fantasy performance against Cleveland. I feel as though his lack of production is due to some scheme changes and health issues. His value is trending downward.

Stephen Tulloch continues to be a beast. He had 10 solo tackles and 2 assists against a mediocre matchup in the Eagles. Tulloch is a top 5 linebacker in tackle-heavy leagues moving forward.

Lance Briggs had to leave the game after re-injuring his ankle. He should be healthy coming out of the bye week. Watch your waiver wire to see if anyone drops him as he has solid LB2 value.

Also, before I get to my waiver wire picks for this week, I would like to welcome aboard a new IDP writer to The IDP Guru, David Larkin. He will be writing a weekly column entitled "IDP Game Notes" which will be published every Wednesday during the regular season. David is one of the more prominent members of the IDP community and I'm super excited to have him join the team. If you want to learn more about David head on over to the Staff page.

Here are the waiver wire suggestions for Week 8:


DL

1. LDE Alan Branch (ARI) vs. TB - Good fantasy lineman are extremely hard to come by and consistency from the position is nearly impossible to find. Branch probably isn't going to be an elite IDP option at his position, but he's seen an increased role the last couple of weeks and came through with 2 sacks last week. The ends in Arizona have proven to be very productive and Branch has an opportunity to continue that trend. He's a DL3 with mid to low DL 2 upside.


2. LDE James Hall (STL) vs. CAR - What's gotten into this 33 year old undrafted free agent out of Michigan? He's on pace to have the most sacks in a season during his entire 11 year career. He draws a very nice matchup against the Panthers this week and should be in your starting lineups. With that being said, Chris Long should be a solid play this week as well.

3. NT Kyle Williams (BUF) @ KC - If you're in need of some steady production this week in DT-required leagues, Williams could be a nice solution. He's been productive in the tackle column all season. The Chiefs are a top 10 matchup.
***DT-REQUIRED SPECIAL***


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

RDE Chris Clemons (SEA) @ OAK - If this guy is still on your waiver wire, it's time to pick him up. He's registered a sack in four straight games and has a juicy matchup against the Raiders this week. His schedule is favorable the rest of the season as well.

Chris Clemons



LB

1. SILB Bradie James (DAL) vs. JAX - James seems to be gaining momentum each and every game week. He's had five solid weeks in a row and has a good matchup against Mojo and the Jags this week. With Tony Romo sidelined, the Cowboys will likely struggle to move the ball as effectively as they did in past weeks meaning the defense will be on the field more often. James should remain a solid LB3 the rest of the season.

2. WILB Desmond Bishop (GB) @ NYJ - This is the third straight week in which I've pimped Desmond Bishop in my weekly waiver wire article. And for good reason. He's got yet another great matchup this week against the Jets and seems to be gaining more confidence with each game. Also, it was encouraging to see that Bishop remained in the game for the majority of nickel snaps. This makes him a LB2+.

3. WLB Zac Diles (HOU) @ IND - Even though Diles is NOT moving to the middle linebacker position, he still has low-end LB2 value moving forward. We've seen what he's capable of in a three-down linebacker role (e.g. weeks 1-4 of this season) and will more than likely be the hottest IDP waiver wire selection this week.


4. SILB Stephen Cooper (SD) vs. TEN - Cooper has largely flown under the radar this season due to injury issues. However, Cooper seems to be back to full health and has had two solid fantasy performances in a row (6-0-0, 9-0-0). There isn't much competition for tackles within San Diego's front seven and this position has proven to be fruitful in years past. He has Tennessee this week which I'm not considering an elite matchup anymore due to their change in offensive philosophy (i.e. more deep throws, less Chris Johnson), but he's still a nice flex play.


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

MLB Dhani Jones (CIN) vs. MIA - I recommended Jones in my waiver wire article last week with the Bengals squaring off against the run-heavy Falcons and he had through with 7 solo tackles and 1 assist. Jones has another desirable matchup against the Dolphins this week and the Steelers in Week 9. Jones should be a good plug and play linebacker for your team the next couple of weeks.

Dhani Jones



DB

1. SS Courtney Greene (JAX) @ DAL - The Jaguars safety situation has been as clear as mud for most of the season, but after the release of Gerald Alexander and trade of Anthony Smith, it looks like the roles in the secondary are becoming more obvious. Greene has started at strong safety the last two weeks and had 12 total tackles last week against the Chiefs. There is definitely fantasy value to be had here and I would consider Greene a DB3 with DB2 upside.

2. SS Craig Dahl (STL) vs. CAR - He's been bouncing in and out of the starting lineup due to injuries, but with the recent injury to James Butler, Dahl will likely get the start this week against the Panthers. He's been productive when given the chance and should be a nice bye week fill-in this week in tackle-heavy scoring formats.


3. SS Charlie Peprah (GB) @ NYJ - If Bigby still isn't healthy enough to play, Peprah is the safety to own in Cheese City. He's had three pretty good weeks in a row and teams are going to continue to run to his side of the field as long as he's on the field.

NOTE: Make sure Peprah is the starter this week. Obviously, he has no value if he doesn't start.

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

Nate Clements (SF) vs. DEN - Clements is having a solid season so far this year. He has 35 solo tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions, and a sack. He has the one dimensional, pass happy Broncos this week in London and should see a ton of balls thrown his way. I'm expecting 6-9 solo tackles and a good chance for a big play.
***CB-REQUIRED SPECIAL***

Nate Clements

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 27, 2010



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57 comments :

Lance said...

Hali has been either the best DE in fantasy or completely invisible...would you drop him for Clemons, Mario Williams, Chris Kelsay or Justin Smith? 1 pt per tackle plus 2 for every 3 tackles...also 3 pts per int, sack, forced fumble and fumble rec.
Thanks a lot for all the great work.

Dave said...

I have Suh(opp:WAS) and Babin(SD) as my starting DLs. Should I drop one of them for any of your waiver wire suggestions?

Solo Tackle: 1 pt
Tackle Assist: 0.5 pt
Sack: 2 pt
Int: 4 pt
Fumble Force: 2 pt
Fumble Recovery: 2 pt

Thanks guru, I appreciate the help.

unrulyurchin said...

Is it advisable to keep Whitner another week, and drop EJ Henderson for one of your recommended LBs? Also, who is the Packers LB to own: AJ Hawk or Desmond Bishop? Tackle-heavy league

Aspiring Harpo said...

What do you make of the Cushing move? Would you drop Chad Greenway for Cushing? My other LB is the glorious Lawrence Timmons.

J said...

Hey Guru,

With Jon Beason underperforming do you think it would be worth picking up Greenway, Dansby or Dhani Jones in a league with 1 point tackles and pass defensed, 1/2 point assists, and 3 point sacks and picks?

Thanks

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Lance
I would grab Mario Williams. Otherwise I would stay with Hali.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Dave
Even though the Titans are starting to rotate their linemen more each week, Babin's matchup is a bit better than Suh's and therefore I would start Babin.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@unrulyurchin
I think Whitner is matchup independent at this point and is quickly becoming a DB1 in tackle-heavy formats. He's worth a roster spot in every IDP league. I think Desmond Bishop has a better chance for a good amount of tackles than Henderson does this week and since it's tackle heavy, I would go with Bishop.

I would rather own Bishop over Hawk. But it's pretty close.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Aspiring Harpo
I would stay with Greenway. He's been playing out of his mind this season.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@J
It's getting to that point of the season when tough drops have to be made and since Greenway has been so solid, I wouldn't so anything wrong with dropping Beason for him.

ReadyMan said...

Ryan,
With the Bills' switch to a 4-3 defense, and Paul Posluszny is now playing weak-side linebacker, do you think he's equal to James, Bishop, or McIntosh? I have Pos, and the other 3 are available.

Thanks!

Flex said...

With a point per tackle and passes defensed, 1/2 point for an assist and 3 for INTs and Sacks, who do you think is the right choice for a D flex spot.

Whitner, Dhani Jones or Desmond Bishop?

Also would you take Bishop or Jones over Beason going forward (should I drop beason)?

Thanks!

Flex said...

Also Bradie James is Available to add to the above list

Flex said...

Alright I butchered my last comment so I'll try again.

With a point per tackle and passes defensed, 1/2 point for an assist and 3 for INTs and Sacks, who do you think is the right choice for a D flex spot.

Whitner, Bradie James, Dhani Jones or Desmond Bishop?

Also would you take Bishop, James or Jones over Beason going forward (should I drop beason)?

Thanks for all your help!

Ryan said...

Is Chung droppable now that he's injured and out for 1 to 2 weeks? Looking at his scoring for the year, if you take out the one blowup game at Miami, he actually is not as consistent as someone like a top 5 LB (Tulloch, etc). Just curious on if you would keep Chung or pickup one of these top LB's for the rest of the way (mainly trying to avoid keeping IDP players on the bench so I can roster as many offensive players as possible). Thanks!

Mike said...

Dear Guru,

You have a typo. In your lb rankings on this page, you have Bradie James playing for Buffalo. Just thought I would let you know so the people who do not know who Bradie James is, arent looking for him on Buffalo's roster. Other than that, great stuff. Any other details on Chung's injury?

ReadyMan said...

2nd question for you Ryan:

I need a DP for this week. Tossing back and forth between Dhani Jones and Jim Leonhard. IDP scoring: 1 pt. for tackle, .5 for shared tackle, 2 pt. for FF, 4 pt. for interception, and 1 pt. for each pass defensed (and 1 pt. for a stuff). McIntosh and Lawyer Milloy are also available.
This is a one week pickup (for Danieal Manning).
I have chung as well...still watching his status...and Shagnasty too (any word on him?).

Thanks Ryan!

First Timer said...

Should I drop LaRon Landry for G. Toler or make roster space for both? How about Paris Lennon, he's been a pretty consistent producer till this past Sunday. Give him another week or is Tulloch or Greenway worth burning a waiver move to get? I only get 20 for the season. Thanks for the advice

Lance said...

So I just heard Lawrence Timmons will slide over to OLB if Woodley doesn't play this week and Larry Foote will start inside. What's your take on these guys if that happens?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ReadyMan
Posluszny is still a tier or so above those players. He may see a slight dip in production but is still an LB1.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Flex
I would go with Desmond Bishop this week against the Jets. I'm still holding out hope that Beason is the best long-term option of the three linebackers listed, but I'm beginning to have some doubts.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Ryan
The most recent news on Chung is that he was "feeling great" which signals to me that he has a chance to play this week. However, if a guy like Stephen Tulloch is available you have to grab him over Chung.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mike
Thanks for pointing out the typo Mike. The last I heard, Chung was "feeling great" and walked into the locker room without a limp. His chances of playing this week seemed to have improved.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ReadyMan
I would go with Dhani Jones this week over Leonhard. Chung looks like he may play this week. I haven't heard any recent news on Shaughnessy, but I would guess that he doesn't play this week after suffering a concussion. Plus, he's now back to splitting time with Trevor Scott which decreases his value a bit.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@First Timer
I think Toler is the real deal. I would not drop Landry. With this being said, I would grab Toler and keep Landry. I would definitely go out and get Stephen Tulloch, I think he's a top 5 LB the rest of the year.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Lance
Timmons is still a must start. His tackle numbers are likely to suffer a bit, but his pass rushing ability will make up for it with an increase in big plays.

Rykeile said...

Hey there! So.. Tyrell Thomas, who's been one of my studs this year in a 'must start CB' (even though I'd start him anyway) league is on a bye, so I went and snagged Kareem Jackson, just looking to get points. It's an actual IDP league, so guys like Nate Clements aren't out there. That a smart grab? Thanks!

Also snagged Clemons at DL a few weeks back and he's been great. I had Will Smith in the draft. Both him and Vilma are just ugh.

mhalla51 said...

so, exactly how long WOULD you hold onto david harris?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Rykeile
It depends on who is available on your waiver wire. Jackson has a nice matchup this week against the Colts. But he has limited upside as he hasn't registered by than 5 solo tackles in any game this season. He went 4-0-0 against the Colts when they played in Week 1.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@mhalla51
It depends on the depth of the league. His strength of schedule is extremely weak for the remainder of the season. I would probably dump if there is a high LB2 or better available.

Thoracic Outlet said...

Hi Guru

Thanks for the work you put into the site, much appreciated. My question is, if you had to cut one of the following LB's who would it be?

-Zac Diles
-Jon Beason
-Bradie James
-Tamba Hali
-Desmond Bishop

(starting 3 LBs and 1 D (any position), scoring :

Tackle Solo 1
Tackle Assist .5
Sack 4
Interception 5
Fumble Force 3
Fumble Recovery 2
Defensive Touchdown 6
Safety 5
Pass Defended 1
Block Kick 5)

Beason has been disappointing - maybe im deluded in thinking he will start making some plays on the weak side, Hali is on pace to put up big sack totals but he doesnt make many tackles and he has posted zeroes in 2 games so far...

thanks

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Thoracic Outlet
I would drop Hali mainly because I prefer linebackers who rely on tackles over linebackers who rely on sacks. You get more consistent production week to week from guys like Bradie James as opposed to guys like Tamba Hali or Cameron Wake.

Paul said...

Great info... but do you have weekly IDP rankings?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Paul
Unfortunately, I do not have weekly rankings on the site. If I can get more people on staff, the rankings will become a more distinct possibility. But I just don't have enough time right now.

Paul said...

Tackle Solo 1
Tackle Assist 0.5
Sack 2
Interception 3
Fumble Force 2
Fumble Recovery 2
Defensive Touchdown 6
Safety 2
Pass Defended 1
Block Kick 2

Paul said...

Ryan, thanks for the honesty.. In my league we use 1 db and 1 lb..
dropped Pollard due to bye week and lost him in waivers, currently have Donte Whitner.. should I keep him or add either Y Bell,C Hope, N Clements .. I have a preference to Safetys though.
Also Beason has been a disappointment due to his move MLB....
DJ Williams is available on waiver, should I keep Beason or add Williams,B James, EJ Henderson or Z Diles..

thanks

Tackle Assist 0.5
Sack 2
Interception 3
Fumble Force 2
Fumble Recovery 2
Defensive Touchdown 6
Safety 2
Pass Defended 1
Block Kick 2

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Paul
I would pickup Bell and D.J. Williams. They are both bonafide, proven studs at their positions.

Mark said...

Hi Guru,

With Pat Chungs injury and TJ Ward on bye, I am in need of DBs. I currently have Codi Grimm and Verner. I picked up Aaron Fransisco for this week as a fill-in. I also have Dahl and Trufant on ww. Which two players from these would you start this week? Thanks in advance

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mark
Even with the Michael Lewis signing, I still like Dahl this week against the Panthers. He's not the greatest of options but he's been solid when giving enough playing time.

Mark said...

Ok Thanks, Ill pick up Dahl, but who else should I start this week for DB? Grimm, Verner, or Aaron Fransisco? And who of those three would you drop for Dahl?

Tackle 1
Tackle Assist 0.5
Sack 3
Interception 3
Fumble Force 3
Fumble Recovery 3
Defensive Touchdown 6
Safety 3
Pass Defended 1
Block Kick 3

btw your idp site is the most usefull Ive seen, keep it up

NDSteve said...

What do you think of Malcom Jenkins going forward? I play in a 2 pt per solo, 1 pt for 2 assists, 1 pt per pass defended, 3 pts per interception, league. Thanks Guru!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mark
I would probably start Francisco. I would probably drop Grimm. Keep in mind these are only one week recommendations. I like Grimm better than (San)Francisco for the rest of the season.

Any body else available on your waiver for the DB position?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@NDSteve
He's built to play the safety position and the Saints are fairly stacked at cornerback. Add in that Darren Sharper is old and brittle and Jenkins seems to be on track to eventually become the starting FS position.

However, Sharper's veteran leadership and play-making ability are undeniable and he will at the very least steal a good amount of snaps away from Jenkins if not the starting position. With this being said, I don't see a ton of value for Jenkins this season. Next season, should be a more productive season for him.

mike said...

Hello Ryan, back again for some more advise! I have Danieal Manning on bye this week as my S/CB. Our league allows return yardage, so was thinking about gambling with picking up Arenas for this week against Buffalo. I know he doesn't play much D, but some reports have McCluster out this week, so should get all punts/kickoffs. Curious about your opinion, or advise of maybe another return guy option. Thanks.

Mark said...

On waivers I have Rodgers-Cromartie v. TB, Trufant v. Oak, Malcolm Jenkins v. Pitt, Alphonso Smith v. Wash, and Nick Collins v. NYJ though I think he is injured.

Mark said...

Revis is also available

Anonymous said...

I'm curious of your thoughts on Bishop and James Anderson. I am in a league where I have Pat Willis, Bishop and Anderson and can only start two. I dropped Bishop last week for Anderson but I want to know what you think about the rest of the season.

G$$ said...

Hey Ryan, great stuff as usual! Got one for ya, I have Cunningham (NE) slotted in my DL this week with Osi on a bye and have Long available for pick up, we get 1/tckl and 3/sack, I was thinking Cunningham could be in for a big week like he had against the Ravens with the Viks looking to go even more run heavy than usual. Other notables on the wire include Kyle Williams, Corey Williams, and Branch. Thanks!

Jimmy McMillan said...

Yeremiah Bell, or an injured P-Chung

Anonymous said...

who to start at DL D.Ball or S.White and at S Y.Bell or Witner and at CB Winfield or P.Lee (Points For Return Yards)

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@mike
McCluster is inactive today. Arenas could be a very nice play in return yardage leagues.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mark
I'd go with Alphonso Smith against the Redskins.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I would say that as long as Thomas Davis doesn't come back this year, Anderson should wind up with more points the rest of the season than Bishop.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@G$$
I think Kyle Williams is the safer plug and play option. Cunningham is a bit riskier but has higher upside. If you're feeling risking go with Cunningham otherwise I would play it safe and go with Williams.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Jimmy McMillan
Yeremiah Bell

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Anonymous
I'd start Stylez White, Yeremiah Bell, and Antoine Winfield.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@marflan
I'd roll with Posluszny and Dhani Jones.

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