We’re four weeks into the 2013 season, and Individual Defensive Player (IDP) squads have taken shape. Some owners are riding high at 4-0 or 3-1, while the 2-2 teams hang on for dear life and the 1-3 and 0-4 clubs try to figure out where things went wrong and get back on track before it’s too late.
If there was a theme in Week 4, it’s that patience is a virtue. A number of stars who had been slumping to start the season, from linebackers
(St. Louis) and
(Dallas) to defensive tackle
(Cincinnati), rebounded with strong showings.
However, whether your championship train is humming right along or stuck in a ditch, every IDP owner should constantly be looking to improve their teams, so here’s a look at some of Week 5’s top IDP waiver wire options.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Daryl Washington, ILB, Arizona
He’s back! After serving a four-game suspension to start the 2013 campaign, fantasy football’s top linebacker from 2012 is set to return to action this week. There’s no guarantee that Washington will immediately pick up where he left off last year, as there’s a new defensive coordinator in the desert and stiffer competition for tackles in the form of
. However, it isn’t every day that a player with IDP LB1 upside is just sitting there on the waiver wire, so if Washington is available in your league he should undoubtedly be your top priority this week.
WEEK 5 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Marcell Dareus, DT, Buffalo
Despite the fact that he’s been playing a lot of nose tackle in Buffalo’s new “hybrid” defense, Dareus has been very productive so far this season with 19 tackles and three sacks through four games. Those numbers place Dareus inside the top-five defensive tackles in
Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring
, making the third-year pro a priority target for IDP owners in defensive tackle-required formats headed into a matchup with a Cleveland Browns team that just allowed 1.5 sacks to Cincinnati defensive tackle
in Week 4.
George Selvie, DE, Dallas
The season-ending knee injury suffered by
has thrust Selvie into the starting lineup for the Cowboys, and so far the 26-year-old has been up to the task. Selvie’s four solos and a sack in last week’s loss to the San Diego Chargers gives the fourth-year pro a sack in three out of four games this season. His tackle numbers are good but not great, but IDP owners in deeper formats in need of some help up front could do a lot worse.
Craig Robertson, ILB, Cleveland
I mentioned Robertson as a
potential IDP sleeper
entering the season, but through three games the second-year pro had mostly just been asleep. However, much like batterymate D’Qwell Jackson, Robertson woke up in Week 4, posting 10 total tackles in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Robertson isn’t going to single-handedly win you any weekly matchups, but this week’s IDP matchup with the Buffalo Bills is a favorable one, making Robertson a solid “plug and play” option for fantasy owners with bye week issues.
Danny Trevathan, OLB, Denver
’s suspension have left the Broncos playing musical linebackers, and one of the big reasons that no one has noticed a drop-off is the stellar play of Trevathan on the weak side. Trevathan has now racked up 30 tackles, a sack and an interception so far this year, including double-digit stops in two of his past three games. Granted, this week’s matchup with a Dallas Cowboys team allowing the fewest fantasy points to linebackers this year is far from ideal, but Trevathan still merits some consideration from linebacker-needy IDP teams.
Nate Allen, SS, Philadelphia
Mind you, in no way is this an endorsement of Allen, who ranks outside the top-70 safeties in the NFL through four games according to
Pro Football Focus. In fact, it would hardly be a surprise if he’s benched at some point. However, until that day comes, Allen is going to keep racking up stops playing at the back end of an Eagles defense that’s among the league leaders in tackle opportunities per game. Let Allen rack up those tackles for your IDP squad.
Antrel Rolle, FS, New York Giants
Much like the entire New York Giants team, Rolle got off to a very slow start in 2013. However, the ninth-year veteran bounced back a bit against the Kansas City Chiefs, logging six solos and his first interception of 2013. If the first month of the season was any indication, the Giants defense is going to be spending a lot of time on the field this year, and that equates to opportunities for IDP production for Rolle.
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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.