With six teams on a bye this week (Thanks for nothing, schedule dude. Really), there aren’t a ton of Individual Defensive Players (IDP) teams in a position to burn a roster spot on a guy who all but certainly won’t even play in Week 11.
The ones who can, however, could be in position to do something that isn’t easy this time of year — add a true difference maker at IDP’s most important position.
As Will McFadden reported for the Atlanta Falcons website, head coach Dan Quinn made it clear that the activation of middle linebacker Deion Jones from Injured Reserve doesn’t mean that he will play Sunday when Atlanta hosts Dallas.
“We’ll be staying with the same format that we had last week,” Quinn said. “As we go through the week, we’ll take it step by step and see where he’s at. Too early to make a prediction of where he could be. I know he’s eligible to be back this week, that doesn’t mean he’s ready to. We’re going to put him out there when he’s 100-percent ready.”
Is it possible that Jones, who hurt his foot in the season opener, will play against Dallas? Yes. But that doesn’t make it likely. Even if he does, given the length of his layoff it’s hard to imagine Jones playing a full complement of snaps — even with the 4-5 Atlanta’s collective backs against the wall.
However, that doesn’t matter even a little. This is an opportunity to add a Top 5 linebacker off the waiver wire. That just doesn’t happen. If you have a spot for Jones, he should absolutely be the top waiver priority in leagues where he was dropped. If you don’t have a spot — make one.
Even if it means sacrificing offensive depth to do it.
If Jones isn’t available in your IDP league, here are some other waiver wire targets in Week 11.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Jatavis Brown, OLB, Los Angeles Chargers
“The Chargers will likely elect to move outside linebacker Jatavis Brown inside to command the middle of the field moving forward,” he said. “Perhaps that could be a good sign for the short-term. In Sunday’s victory, Brown led the Chargers in tackles with 11 total tackles. He seemed to be decent in coverage and looked promising against the run up the middle.”
Brown’s been highly productive with an increased workload over the past couple of games, logging 11 total tackles in each of the Chargers’ last two contests. Against Oakland in Week 10, Brown did something that’s been a rarity for Chargers linebackers this year — play 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. With Perryman done for the year, it’s a good bet he’ll see a heavy workload (and plenty of tackle opportunities) moving forward.
WEEK 11 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Jonathan Allen, DE, Washington
At 6-3, Washington is having its best season in some time. Allen told Les Carpenter of the Washington Post that learning how to win was a big part of that success.
“We definitely needed a culture change here,” Allen said. “You have to get used to learning how to win. I feel we’re starting to do that. You’re seeing it in us winning games that we might not have won. We definitely have the momentum. But I mean we got to continue it. It was a good stepping stone for where we want to go. We have a lot of work to do as a defense and as a team. (Sunday) was just another step in the right direction.”
Allen’s quietly having a nice second season in the NFL, with four sacks over nine games. There’s a good chance he’ll notch a fifth Sunday against Houston. Houston’s 30 sacks allowed ranks sixth in the NFL this year, and only Oakland has given up more fantasy points to defensive linemen in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
Markus Golden, DE, Arizona
While speaking with Darren Urban of the team’s website, Golden credited youth football and his older brothers with fostering the intensity he brings to the field today.
“As a kid, I used to be so hype playing football, and then after I used to be, not embarrassed, but like, ‘Dang, why was I acting that crazy?’ ” Golden said. “Then it was like, I accepted it. I loved playing ball, I loved to compete. I get it from my big brothers. My whole life I had to compete against them, no matter what it was. If you wanted to beat them, you have to bring energy and keep going at them, because they wouldn’t take it easy.”
Golden was relatively quiet against Kansas City, registering just three total tackles — but that was to be expected against a Kansas City team that ranks at the bottom of the league in fantasy points surrendered to defensive linemen. Oakland lies at the opposite end of that spectrum, which sets up Golden nicely to rebound in Week 11.