As if Individual Defensive Player (IDP) league owners didn’t have enough problems.
Here we are, nine weeks into the 2019 NFL season. Fantasy playoff races are taking shape. More than a few fantasy squads are clinging to postseason hopes by a thread. They just can’t afford another loss.
Then, of course, there are the ever-mounting injuries. Attrition doesn’t take vacations, so as teams try to keep the season afloat the stupid boat keeps springing leaks.
Hate it when that happens.
But Week 10 brings with it yet another complication — six teams are on a bye in Week 10.
After playing in London last week, Houston and Jacksonville are off. So is Denver. And New England. And Philadelphia. And Washington.
Sure, some of those teams aren’t exactly overflowing with IDP talent. But nearly 20 percent of the league taking a one-week siesta just means that many fewer players for fantasy owners from which to choose. There are no shortage of them who will be turning to the waiver wire out of necessity in Week 10.
So, enough chit-chat. Let’s get down to boat-patching.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Patrick Onwuasor, ILB, Baltimore
Onwuasor, who hadn’t played since back in Week 5, was back on the field in Sunday’s huge win over New England. The 27-year-old told Aaron Kasinitz of Penn Live that it felt great to be back on the field with his teammates.
“It felt really good being back out there with your teammates and just flying around,” Onwuasor said. “Defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale just slowly tried to get me back in, just tried not to rush things and just had me play physical, fast football like I usually do.”
Onwuasor was arguably Baltimore’s defensive MVP in a fantastic effort against previously undefeated New England, piling up eight total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by cornerback Marlon Humphrey. This week’s matchup with winless Cincinnati is hardly ideal, but after his Week 9 explosion, Onwuasor’s absolutely worth an add.
WEEK 10 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Melvin Ingram, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
Like Onwuasor, Ingram’s missed quite a bit of time due to injury in 2019, or he wouldn’t be available on the waiver wire. But after watching Ingram and Joey Bosa combine for three sacks in Sunday’s stunning win over Green Bay, it’s pretty clear that the 30-year-old has recovered from the hamstring injury that cost him almost a month.
“That’s what we do,’’ Ingram said, via Josh Peters of USA Today. “We out there having fun. It’s a party with us. We out there ballin’. It’s not a surprise. It’s what we expect to do. We’ve got so much farther to go, man. We got a long way to go, bro.’’
Much like Onwuasor (again), Ingram’s Week 10 matchup with Oakland team that ranks toward the bottom of the NFL in sacks allowed isn’t a great one. But Ingram’s also a proven veteran edge-rusher with two double-digit sack seasons and an equal number of Pro Bowl nods on his NFL resume.
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Kansas City
As Herbie Toepe reported for the Kansas City Star, there was plenty of talk heading into last week’s meeting between Kansas City and Minnesota about how Kansas City would defend Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook — and Ogbah and the Kansas City defense heard it.
“All that (expletive) talking,” Ogbah said. “We felt like we still got to play. We went out there and did our thing. The game plan that Coach Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) had? Shoot. That’s all she wrote.”
Ogbah was quiet statistically against Minnesota, but the fourth-year veteran has a sack in two of the past three games. Even more importantly, Ogbah and Kansas City travel Sunday to face a Tennessee team that leads the NFL in sacks allowed.
Brandon Copeland, ILB, New York Jets
It’s been an absolutely disastrous season for the New York Jets, who found a new nadir in Sunday’s loss to Miami. But as Mark Cannizzaro reported for the New York Post, given all the ups and downs he’s already experienced in his career, it will take more than a few losses to rattle Copeland.
“I understand [negative] things are going on around me, but when I’m between the lines I don’t have time to worry about the other stuff, because that’s the quickest way to, one, get hurt, two, not do my job and be in a U-Haul truck out of here,” Copeland said. “And, most importantly, I’m a pro.’’
Copeland played like a pro against Miami. Pressed into full-time duty by injuries that have savaged the Jets at inside linebacker, Copeland played every defensive snap, pacing the team with nine stops (eight solo) while adding a sack and two tackles for loss. As one of the last men standing on a defense that can’t get off the field, Copeland’s a solid waiver target for IDP rosters hurting at linebacker.