Headed into the tenth week of the 2011 fantasy football campaign we get a one week reprieve before the final bye week of the year, so fantasy owners will have more-or-less their full array of IDP options to choose from this week.
In addition, while a few prominent IDPs are still shelved by nagging injuries (such as a trio of middle linebackers in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and Oakland) Week 9 saw a few big name IDPs go down, while at least one made his return to action in the person of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison.
All this damned health has to be viewed as a good thing all-in-all, but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to find new gems on the IDP waiver wire. That’s OK though, because if the low-lying branches don’t have any fruit on them that just means we have to shake the tree harder.
With that in mind here are some players that should be available on many IDP waiver wires that are worth targeting as we head into Week 10.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Quincy Black – WLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers made some changes on defense in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints, moving fifth-year pro Quincy Black from SLB to WLB and benching Geno Hayes. Black responded by pacing the Bucs with nine total stops and seven solos, and given how friendly the Tampa-2 has historically been to WLB being able to get a 3-down one this late in the year off the wire easily makes Black the top potential acquisition of the week.
Elvis Dumervil – DE, Denver Broncos: Dumervil’s injury issues and invisibility in the box score have undoubtedly led to his being cast aside in many IDP leagues, but Elvis finally entered the building in last week’s win over the Raiders, logging three total tackles and his first sacks(1.5) of the season. Dumervil and the Broncos visit Kansas City this weekend, and as bad as the Chiefs were in pass protection last week IDP owners with a need on the DL should certainly give him a look.
Lamarr Houston – DE, Oakland Raiders: It’s been a miserable 2011 season for Houston and the Oakland defensive line, but the second-year player had his best game of the year in Week 9, racking up seven total tackles in the loss to the Denver Broncos. Oakland travels to San Diego for the first Thursday night game of the season this week, and while it’s only a so-so matchup, fantasy owners hard-up for defensive line help could certainly do much worse.
Kevin Burnett – SILB, Miami Dolphins: To say that Burnett’s been an IDP non-factor this season would be kind. But he certainly made his presence felt in Sunday’s shocking dismantling of the Kansas City Chiefs, making 12 total tackles and pitching in a sack and a half. Burnett may not have another game like that all season, but with a Top 10 fantasy matchup for opposing linebackers on tap against the Washington Redskins if you’re in a pinch at LB Burnett should make for a serviceable one week fill-in.
Gary Guyton – MLB, New England Patriots: Guyton makes his second appearance in this article this season, this time as a result of the MCL injury suffered by Brandon Spikes in last week’s loss to the New York Giants. Spikes’ status for this week’s game at the New York Jets is very much in doubt, and given that the Jets have allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing linebackers this season Guyton is a very attractive commodity for IDP owners looking to upgrade at LB.
Richard Marshall – CB, Arizona Cardinals: Apparently the Cardinals finally noticed that cornerback A.J. Jefferson has been getting burned more than a nudist in Tucson, replacing him the starting lineup with Marshall. The sixth-year veteran is also kicking to free safety in the nickel, which could mean an extra tackle opportunity or two, and given that Marshall has shown the ability to be a productive IDP asset in the past he’s a definite target for teams with a need at defensive back.
Terrence McGee – CB, Buffalo Bills: McGee played in his third game of the season in the loss to the New York Jets and posted a solid stat line, tying for the team lead with seven solos and notching eight total tackles. McGee should have his hands full covering Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant when the Bills travel to the house that Jerry built Sunday, making the ninth-year pro an excellent spot start, especially in CB-required IDP leagues.