We’ve reached the last of the bye weeks, and with only four teams taking the season’s last siesta this Sunday the pool of players available to IDP owners is just about as deep as it’s going to get from here out.
However, injuries continue to mount and a few underperforming veterans have been shown the bench in favor of giving younger players a chance to show what they can do, so there are still plenty of holes in IDP rosters that need to be plugged with a trip to your friendly neighborhood waiver wire.
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 11.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Jo-Lonn Dunbar – MLB, New Orleans Saints: Reports surfaced late last week that starting middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma underwent a procedure on his troublesome knee and will be sidelined indefinitely, making Dunbar the every-down MLB for the Saints for the foreseeable future. Dunbar and the Saints are on a bye in Week 11, so the fourth-year pro won’t be of much help right away, but as his 15 total tackles over the past two weeks show Dunbar is capable of being an IDP asset once he and New Orleans get back at it.
Andre Carter – DE, New England Patriots: The 11-year veteran was an absolute force in last Sunday night’s win over the New York Jets, racking up six tackles and an eye-popping 4.5 sacks. Carter seems to be back in his element now that he’s once again a 4-3 DE, and while he was still available in a large number of IDP leagues prior to last week’s explosion that undoubtedly won’t be the case for long.
Robert Geathers – DE, Cincinnati Bengals: A hamstring injury sidelined defensive end Carlos Dunlap for last week’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, propelling Geathers into a more prominent role on the Bengals’ defensive front, and the eighth-year pro responded, tallying five total stops and 1.5 sacks. It’s not known how long Dunlap may be out, but Geathers has shown the ability to be a productive two-way end in the past and may well do so again if afforded the opportunity now.
Colin McCarthy – MLB, Tennessee Titans: With starting MLB Barrett Ruud shelved by the always dreaded groin injury McCarthy got the first start of his NFL career in last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers and played fairly well, notching eight total tackles. With Ruud on only a one-year deal and McCarthy viewed as the future for the Titans at the position it’s possible the rookie could see a much larger role down the stretch, making him worth a look from LB-needy IDP owners, especially in Dynasty leagues.
Perry Riley – ILB, Washington Redskins: After struggling the past several games the Redskins benched inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh last week against the Miami Dolphins, inserting Riley into the starting lineup. The second-year pro certainly played well enough to keep the job moving forward, tying for the team lead with nine total tackles, and Riley definitely merits consideration from IDP teams looking to bolster their LB depth for the stretch run.
Chris Hope – SS, Tennessee Titans: The 10-year veteran has been sidelined since October 4th with a fractured forearm but made his return to action last week, intercepting a pass in spot duty against the Panthers. Jordan Babineaux has been piling up numbers in Hope’s stead and it may be another week before Hope is fully back up to speed, but Babineaux owners or speculative IDP owners may want to consider taking a flier in the “Hope” that he’s back in the starting lineup soon enough
Antwaun Molden – CB, New England Patriots: The New England secondary was dealt another blow last Sunday night, as starting cornerback Devin McCourty suffered a separated shoulder that will likely sideline him for several weeks. The injury will likely force the Patriots to turn to Molden as a starter moving forward. The fourth-year pro isn’t going to inspire much fear in opposing signal-callers, and Molden’s just the sort of oft-targeted cornerback that can make for a sweet IDP add.