It’s Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season. In many fantasy football leagues, that means one month remains in the regular season.
It’s stretch run time, folks.
Whether you’re 7-2 and jockeying for a first-round bye or 4-5 and hanging on for dear life, all Individual Defensive Player (IDP) owners have something in common.
Everyone wants (or needs, in many cases) to make their team better in advance of one last push for the postseason.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the top IDP waiver wire pickups for Week 10.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Paul Worrilow, MLB, Atlanta
The Atlanta defense has been ravaged by injuries this season, and that’s opened the door for players like Worrilow to amass significant playing time. The undrafted rookie from Delaware erupted in last week’s loss to Carolina, racking up an eye-popping 19 stops. Playing as a three-down middle inside linebacker for the Falcons, Worrilow told
Vaughn McClure of ESPN
that, “I just keep looking at each game as a chance for me to grow,” and with Worrilow set to take on a Seattle team this week who has been kind to linebackers this season, the 23-year-old is a great stretch-run addition and excellent Week 10 spot start.
WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Jared Odrick, DT, Miami
The season-ending ACL injury suffered by Cincinnati defensive tackle
in last week’s loss to Miami left many IDP owners scrambling in defensive tackle-required leagues. The pickings at the position aren’t very good in most leagues, but a player like Odrick offers some upside as a replacement. The fourth-year pro was quiet against the Bengals, but in the two games preceding that Odrick tallied seven tackles and 2.5 sacks. Let’s face it,
he ain’t, but many Atkins’ owners weren’t even carrying a backup tackle, leaving them smack in the middle of a “beggars can’t be choosers” type of deal.
Antonio Smith, DE, Houston
Generally speaking, it’s not advisable to go chasing after an outlier game from a player who has been relatively quiet this year, and Smith’s two-sack outburst against the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday night certainly qualifies. However, the 32-year-old faces his old teammates in Arizona this week, and the Cardinals have had loads of trouble protecting the passer this season. Throw in the single blockers that Smith constantly sees playing opposite
, and there’s reason to think that Smith’s hot streak will continue in the desert.
Pat Angerer, ILB, Indianapolis
If Angerer spent any more time on lists like this, he’d be getting his mail here. Angerer gets healthy, gets back in the lineup, has a big game, gets picked up all over the place, and then gets hurt again. With any luck, we can avoid that last part this time, as the 26-year-old looked good in racking up 12 total tackles against the Houston Texans Sunday night. This week’s matchup with the St. Louis Rams isn’t as favorable, but given the rather slim pickings at this time of the season and Angerer’s past history of production, the fourth-year pro merits a look from linebacker-needy IDP squads … again.
Jon Bostic, MLB, Chicago
going down with serious injuries,
has gone from talented rookie reserve to three-down middle linebacker for the Bears. The former Florida star shined in the preseason, but over-aggressiveness and coverage lapses limited Bostic to spot duty early in the season. Now the Bears have little choice but to trot Bostic out there, and while the youngster will probably lose some subpackage snaps there’s enough IDP upside present for Bostic to rate a roster spot, especially in deeper fantasy leagues.
Chris Clemons, SS, Miami
Much like last year, Clemons is quietly on his way to having a very nice season in 2013. The 28-year-old got off to a very slow start this year, but Clemons has now made at least seven stops in four of his last five games, including double-digit stops in each of the past two weeks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a decent IDP matchup this season (allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to defensive backs), so Clemons is a good addition for fantasy owners in deeper formats who need short-term help in the secondary.
Rodney McLeod, SS, St. Louis
The safety spots in St. Louis have been in flux all season long, with injuries and poor play conspiring to create a revolving door. McLeod is the latest player to settle in at strong safety, and after last week’s performance it’s time for IDP owners to take notice. The rookie totaled seven stops and an interception in a Week 9 loss to the Tennessee Titans, good for ninth-best among all defensive backs in
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. This week’s tilt with the Indianapolis Colts isn’t a good IDP matchup, but Eric Berry owners looking for a one-week fill-in could certainly do worse.
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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.