Gary Davenport
IDP Waiver Wire - Week 12

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It’s Paul Worrilow's world, and we’re all just living in it.

The undrafted rookie from Delaware is making a serious push to take home 2013 Individual Defensive Player (IDP) Waiver Wire Wonder of the Year award at the linebacker position. Over the last three games, Worrilow has tallied a staggering 54 total tackles. His 43 fantasy points in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring over that stretch ranks second among all linebackers.

Even with Sean Weatherspoon back in the lineup in Week 11, Worrilow still played every defensive snap. If what defensive coordinator Mike Nolan told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is any indication, that isn’t going to change soon. “He’s tackling people. He tackles well. Knock on wood that he keeps it up because he’s done a good job.”

Worrilow is available in more than a few IDP leagues. He should not be. Pick him up.

Here’s a look at the rest of the best IDP waiver wire targets for Week 12.

PICKUP OF THE WEEK (Not named Paul Worrilow)

Brad Jones, ILB, Green Bay: Jones entered the 2013 season as a solid IDP LB2, but a severe hamstring pull cost the fifth-year veteran three games and trashed his fantasy production in three others. For the first time since Week 3, Jones looked to be back to his old self, posting 13 tackles (11 solo) and a sack. If the Jones owner in your league got impatient and dropped him, now is the time to take advantage.


Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay: McCoy entered his fourth NFL season with high expectations, but nine weeks into the season he had only 20 tackles and two sacks. In the past two games alone, McCoy has had twice that many, including a dominant five-tackle, three sack effort against Atlanta in Week 11. I mentioned McCoy as a potential replacement for Geno Atkins a couple of weeks ago at IDP Manor , and since then the 25-year-old has emerged as easily the best option available to most IDP owners hard up at defensive tackle.

Julius Peppers, DE, Chicago: Well, it appears that all the dirt I’ve been shoveling on Julius Peppers over the past few weeks from an IDP perspective may have been a tad premature. Peppers got off to a gosh-awful start to the 2013 campaign. However, the 33-year-old had one of his best games in years last week against Baltimore, notching 11 tackles and two sacks. That’s two strong outings in three weeks from Peppers, but sandwiched between them was a one-tackle dud that serves as a reminder of just how risky Peppers can be on a weekly basis.

Darryl Sharpton, ILB, Houston: The 2013 season has been a nightmare for Houston, who has been decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball during its eight-game losing streak. One of the players thrust into the starting lineup by those injuries is Sharpton, who amassed a season-high 10 stops in the Texans’ Week 11 loss to Oakland. Sharpton isn’t much of a big-play threat, and this week’s tilt with Jacksonville isn’t favorable, but as a three-down player Sharpton has more than a little “any port in a storm” appeal.

Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Atlanta: Weatherspoon made his return to action from short-term injured reserve in Week 11, posting nine stops in Atlanta’s loss to Tampa Bay. That isn’t an eye-popping number, and the presence of Paul Worrilow is a concern, but Weatherspoon was a productive IDP asset playing next to Curtis Lofton . Most importantly, Weatherspoon was on the field for every defensive snap against Tampa Bay, and a player with his resume back in a full-time role is certainly worth a look from IDP owners.

Zackary Bowman, CB, Chicago: Chicago is another team that has been ravaged by injuries on defense. With cornerback Charles Tillman out for the rest of the regular season, the Bears turned to Bowman, who started 12 games for the team back in 2009, to fill the void. Bowman, who had 66 tackles during that 2009 season, made nine solo stops in last week’s win over Baltimore. If the sixth-year pro can come close to those numbers this week against St. Louis, it will greatly please IDP owners in need of a cornerback who made with the void-filling as well (that sounds wrong on so many levels).

William Moore, SS, Atlanta: There’s a reason why there are three players from the Falcons (if you count Worrilow) on this week’s waiver list. The Falcons have gone sailing past train wreck, roared past dumpster fire and are now barreling through the heart of downtown craptastic. The Atlanta defense has now averaged more than 70 defensive snaps a game over the past three weeks. The way things are going that isn’t apt to change any time soon, and that means plenty to tackle of opportunities to go around and a chance for Moore to salvage what has to this point been a relatively disappointing fantasy season.

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Gary Davenport is the IDP Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, In addition to his work at Fantasy Sharks and at IDP Manor, Davenport’s IDP work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio.