Injuries are a fact of life in both the NFL and fantasy football, but that’s of little solace to Individual Defensive Player (IDP) owners after a week in which a number of prominent players went down with significant ones.
will reportedly miss at least a month with a hamstring injury. The fantasy season of Chicago cornerback
is over after he was placed on short-term Injured Reserve Monday with an arm injury.
Those stars join an ever-growing pile of big-name IDPs on the shelf.
Those injuries and the continuing bye weeks have also combined to leave many IDP owners scrambling to patch holes in their lineups in advance of the playoff push.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of what’s out there in Week 11.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Vincent Rey, MLB, Cincinnati
Rey has been filling in for the injured
at middle linebacker, and at the rate things are going Maualuga may not have a job to come back to. Rey has been very active for the Bengals the last two games, tallying 20 total tackles while chipping in three sacks and an interception. Rey’s Week 10 outburst all but certainly won’t be repeated, but with a matchup on tap against a Cleveland team allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to linebackers, the third-year pro is a rock-solid addition to IDP rosters in Week 11.
WEEK 10 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee
Morgan entered the 2013 campaign with a great deal of promise, but a slow start and nagging injuries combined to get him dropped in many shallower IDP leagues. However, Week 10 brought with it some hope where Morgan’s concerned. The fourth-year veteran logged a season-high six tackles against Jacksonville, and Morgan’s sack last week was his first since Week 2. It’s important not to get too carried away after only one game, but if Morgan’s healthy now he could provide IDP owners with a nice bump up front down the stretch.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
It may seem odd to mention a player who entered 2013 as an elite IDP DL1 as a potential waiver wire pickup, but after a horrific start to the season more than a few impatient fantasy owners cut bait on Pierre-Paul. Week 10 offered some hope that the bye week did Pierre-Paul’s balky back some good, with the 24-year-old racking up four stops and a sack against Oakland. It may not be realistic to expect Pierre-Paul to suddenly start posting top-five numbers, but his potential merits a pickup if he’s available in your league.
Colin McCarthy, MLB, Tennessee
With Moise Fokou out the past three games, McCarthy is back in the starting lineup at middle linebacker for the Titans. The third-year pro has posted decent numbers over that span, averaging eight tackles a game and adding a forced fumble and interception. Those big plays both came in last week’s loss to Jacksonville, and with Fokou’s return date still up in the air (and his role upon returning cloudy as well), McCarthy is worth a look from fantasy owners looking for a short-term fix at linebacker.
Sio Moore, OLB, Oakland
There was more than a little buzz surrounding Moore last summer, and now the rookie appears to finally be living up to some of that promise. In three of the past four weeks the former Connecticut star has started for Oakland, and in each of those games Moore logged a sack. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder also has 22 tackles and a forced fumble over that period, making Moore an interesting waiver target in Week 11, especially in IDP leagues that reward big plays generously.
Patrick Chung, SS, Philadelphia
Chung is an excellent example of the disconnect that can happen between “viable IDP” and “quality NFL player.” There’s a reason why the fifth-year veteran lost his job to rookie Earl Wolff, and that reason rhymes with “missed tackles.” However, Wolff is now sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury, which puts Chung back in the starting lineup and back on the IDP radar heading into a Week 11 matchup with Washington.
Cortland Finnegan, CB, St. Louis
The triceps injury suffered by
has left many IDP owners in cornerback-required leagues in a huge bind, but help may be out there in the form of another disappointing veteran at the position this year. Like Tillman, injuries have hampered Finnegan in 2013, and at one point the eighth-year veteran was even benched. However, Finnegan is back in the starting lineup and coming off a solid game against Indianapolis. This week’s bye means Finnegan can’t help IDP squads right away, but the chance to replace one top-five fantasy corner with another makes Finnegan worth the pre-emptive strike.
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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.