If you’re reading a waiver wire piece 16 weeks into the fantasy season, either you are absolutely hardcore (which is awesome) or two things are likely true.
The first is that congratulations are in order. In the overwhelming majority of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues, Week 16 is the end of the line. Championship week. If you emerge with a victory in Week 16, it comes with your IDP league’s title. Perhaps a shiny doodad. Maybe even a few bucks.
Make it rain.
The second thing is that something ain’t quite right in Whoville. Maybe it’s a player who just refuses to break out of a slump. A guy losing snaps. Maybe the injury bug bit at the worst possible time.
Cue Bobby Wagner owners nodding solemnly.
Whatever the reason, there’s a problem with your IDP lineup — a grinch who is trying to steal Christmas right out from under you.
He’s a foul one.
The reality is that finding a real IDP difference-maker on the waiver wire this late in the season isn’t easy to do. Jacksonville inside linebacker Donald Payne has the makings of being one this year, but he’s already been scooped up just about everywhere.
If he hasn’t, go. Scoop. NOW.
However, the cupboard isn’t entirely bare. There are some players available who are capable of solid stat lines in this most important week. They may not win the week for you — but they aren’t going to lose it. Either.
IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGET OF THE WEEK
Sean Lee, ILB, Dallas
It’s been back to the future for Dallas over the second half of the 2019 season, with Lee being called on to fill in for the injured Leighton Vander Esch. As David Moore reported for the Dallas Morning News, to say that Lee’s enjoying being back out there full-time is an understatement.
“Not to get sentimental, but seeing the guys run on the field after I had that pick (last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams) is something very special to me,’’ said Lee, who added a sack later in the game, the first credited solely to him since December 2015 against Washington. “That’s something I’ll remember for a long time.’’
Lee actually missed practice all of last week but played through the injury, notching four tackles, a sack and an interception in a huge win over the Rams. It will be all hands on deck Sunday in Philadelphia in a must-win game against an team targeting its running backs and tight ends like crazy.
WEEK 16 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Vic Beasley, DE, Atlanta
Halfway through the 2019 season, it appeared that Beasley would all but certainly be headed out of town after another disappointing season. But as Deen Worley wrote for Blogging Dirty, it’s been another story since Atlanta got back from its Week 9 bye.
“After only accounting for 1.5 sacks going into the bye week,” he said, “Vic Beasley has more than quadruple that number, sitting at seven sacks on the year with two games left. There is a real belief that Vic Beasley can get to 10 sacks, the first time since 2016, by seasons end.”
Since Week 10, Beasley has quietly ranked sixth among all defensive linemen in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. With a pair of favorable IDP matchups upcoming to close out the regular season, he’s worth a look from IDP squads with a need up front.
Kenny Clark, DT, Green Bay
Clark hasn’t had the statistical impact in 2019 that he did the season before. But he’s turned it way up in December. As Wes Hodkiewicz reported for the team’s website, Clark’s late-season tear hasn’t escaped the notice of his teammates.
“Oh, he’s killing it,” defensive lineman Dean Lowry said of Clark. “I think you can see you can’t block him one-on-one. Every time he has a one-on-one, he wins. Just to see his start in the first quarter that got us going on defense, that was huge.”
Two weeks ago against Washington, Clark piled up three tackles and 1.5 sacks. In last week’s win over Chicago, he took it to a whole new level, racking up eight stops (six solo) and two more sacks. It’s a classic “hot hand” situation.
Vince Biegel, ILB, Miami
It’s been a tough season for Miami, who got waxed in Week 15 by a New York Giants team that hadn’t won a game in two months. While speaking with Tom Canavan of the Associated Press, Biegel made no excuses for the play of the defense at Met Life Stadium.
“I feel like the Giants, credit to them, they got momentum and they made the plays when they needed to make them,” Biegel said. “Flat out we didn’t make the stops when we had to, so it’s a credit to the Giants. They were able to come out and execute at a high level. I think it goes back to us, self-inflicted wounds, and those are the things we have to clean up if we want to be a great team and if we want to be a team that can win week in and week out.’’
The defense struggled as a whole, but Biegel posted a decent stat line, nabbing his first career interception and chipping in half a dozen total tackles. Over the past two games, the well-traveled youngster from Wisconsin has been a Top 25 fantasy producer at his position.