Gary Davenport
IDP Waiver Wire - Week 6

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There’s an old adage in fantasy football: “No one cares about your fantasy team but you.”

It’s mostly true, but I’m making a point here, so bear with me.

In the Deathmatch IDP Showcase League here at Fantasy Sharks, my team (the aptly named “Suckville Sucknados”) has an all-play record of over .500. However, through a combination of bad lineup decisions and even worse luck, that team entered Monday night’s contest between the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons needing help to avoid an 0-5 start. The same went for my team in The WALL, an  IDP-only league where I am 1-4 to begin the season.

Is this incredibly frustrating? You bet. Are either of those teams making the playoffs? Probably not. Will I be among the first teams submitting waiver claims this week? Of course.

Improbable turnarounds are possible. Even if they aren’t, you owe it to your leaguemates (and yourself) to continue doing everything in your power to win each week. Anything less is just bad juju.

So, whether you’re chugging along or grasping at straws, here’s a look at some Individual Defensive Players who can help your team in Week 6.

PICKUP OF THE WEEK

A.J. Hawk – ILB, Green Bay Packers

Hawk’s nine total tackles against the Detroit Lions in Week 5 is only part of the reason why the eighth-year veteran is the Week 6 IDP PoTW. The bigger reason is the hamstring injury suffered by batterymate Brad Jones. If Jones is unable to take the field this week against the Baltimore Ravens (a very real possibility), that will leave Hawk as an every-down player and the defensive signal-caller in a top-five IDP matchup for linebackers. If you have a hole at the position or are in a bye-week crunch, Hawk’s the pick of the litter where one-week matchup fantasy plays are concerned.

WEEK 6 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS

Bruce Irvin – DE/OLB, Seattle Seahawks

After sitting out the first four games of the 2013 season due to a league-mandated suspension, Irvin returned to action in last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Irvin didn’t waste any time getting back into the swing of things, logging four tackles and a sack in just under 60 percent of Seattle’s defensive snaps. Even better, many fantasy providers have Irvin listed as DE-eligible. With his snap count sure to grow over the next several weeks, the second-year pro is a solid addition for IDP teams looking for pass-rush help.

Ahtyba Rubin – DE, Cleveland Browns

Rubin missed the first two games of the 2013 season, but with every game since Rubin's production has increased, culminating in eight total tackles and a sack in last week’s Thursday night victory over the Buffalo Bills. Rubin has shown the ability to put up strong run support numbers in the past, including two campaigns with 80+ stops. That sort of steady tackle production makes Rubin a great complementary end to pair with a pass-rusher. The fact that Rubin still maintains DT-eligibility with several IDP providers is just icing on the proverbial cake.

Moise Fokou – MLB, Tennessee Titans

One of the quieter IDP storylines of 2013 has been the emergence of Fokou as the only every-down linebacker for the Tennessee Titans. In fact, while Fokou was on the field for every defensive snap against the Kansas City Chiefs, neither Zach Brown nor Akeem Ayers was on the field for even 60 percent of the plays. Granted, Fokou hasn’t turned these opportunities into gaudy IDP production, but the fifth-year pro does have three straight games with at least seven tackles. Heading into a very favorable IDP matchup at Seattle, Fokou is worth a long look from fantasy teams hurting at the linebacker spot.

Manny Lawson – OLB, Buffalo Bills

Rookie Kiko Alonso has garnered all the headlines, but eighth-year veteran Manny Lawson has been on quite the little run of his own lately. Over the past three games, Lawson has racked up 26 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, playing in over 80 percent of Buffalo’s defensive snaps over that stretch. One game is a fluke. Two is coincidence. Three is a trend, and Lawson’s been both on the field and putting up stats in the process. That’s enough to make him at least a speculative IDP add headed into this week’s home tilt with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jonathan Cyprien – SS, Jacksonville Jaguars

Cyprien was a highly-touted rookie IDP entering the 2013 season, but a sluggish start got him the gate in some shallow IDP leagues. Those same fantasy owners are now kicking themselves after Cyprien exploded for 13 solos in Week 5’s loss to the St. Louis Rams. Cyprien is struggling in his first season from an NFL standpoint, but there’s no shortage of tackle opportunities for the woeful Jaguars this year. If an impatient fantasy owner cut Cyprien loose, take advantage and make their loss your gain.

Devin McCourty – FS, New England Patriots

After topping 80 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, McCourty got off to a bit of a slow start in 2013. However, over the past two contests things have picked up considerably, with McCourty tallying 21 total tackles and two forced fumbles. This week the Patriots face the undefeated New Orleans Saints, and that means McCourty (a converted cornerback) will likely spend much of the game locked up on tight end Jimmy Graham . I'm g oing out on a limb and saying McCourty will get targeted in Week 6…a LOT.

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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, Gary’s IDP work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio.