There’s much to be thankful for as we enter the twelfth week of the fantasy football season. The bye weeks are behind us, the playoffs lie just ahead, and for once we’ll get a couple of games on Turkey Day (Packers-Lions and 49ers-Ravens) that are less likely to give us heartburn than Aunt Claire’s oyster stuffing. (Seriously, who the hell puts oysters in stuffing?)
Most importantly, to all who have taken the time to read this column this year, may your Thanksgiving table be filled not nearly as much with turkey and mashed potatoes as it is with the chatter and laughter of those we love, as it’s that we should truly give thanks for.
That said here are some players that should be available on many IDP waiver wires that are worth targeting as we head into Week 12.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Bernard Pollard – SS, Baltimore Ravens: Well, look what the cat dragged in. It took a while, but it appears that everyone’s favorite hard-hitting, can’t cover a wall with paint strong safety is back to being an every down player. Pollard’s shown throughout his career that he can be not only be a fantasy asset but a stud at his position, and at this point his 17 total tackles over the past two games look to be more trend than aberration.
Mark Anderson – DE, New England Patriots: At this point in the season the IDP waiver wire gets wafer-thin on the defensive line, so fantasy owners with a need at the position might want to take a look at Anderson, who has joined Andre Carter in swilling from the New England DE fountain of youth. The sixth-year pro is inconsistent and reliant on big plays for production, but with six sacks on the season he can provide a nice injury fill-in if the matchup’s right.
Tommy Kelly – DT, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders’ front four is among the best in the NFL, not so much because of the pressure they bring off the edge but because Kelly and Richard Seymour just charge up the middle and jam the ball up your….The big man from Mississippi has six tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble over his past two games and is a quality pickup, especially in IDP leagues that require DTs.
Von Miller – SLB, Denver Broncos: In researching this week’s article I was blown away by how many leagues the soon-to-be Defensive Rookie of the Year is still available in, and I’m here to put a stop to it. My super-convincing Mason-esque argument? He has 22 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and a forced fumble over his past three games and has become another exception to the 4-3 SLB “rule”. The defense rests…after sacking another quarterback.
Rob Ninkovich – SLB, New England Patriots: I was totally prepared to write Ninko’s Week 10 explosion off as just another IDP fluke week but the sixth-year pro turned in yet another solid game Monday night, making six stops and recording a sack against the Chiefs. He’s not a worldbeater and isn’t going to win you any games singlehanded, but IDP teams in need of depth at linebacker or looking for a matchup play should give Ninkovich a look.
Chris Harris – SS, Detroit Lions: After doing his best matador impression on a couple of tackle attempts, starting strong safety Amari Spievey got himself benched last week against the Panthers, giving the seventh-year former Bears/Panthers/Webelos for all I know safety a chance to get back on the field yet again. Harris had two stops and a pick in the win over Carolina, and while it’s not known if the depth chart switch is permanent Harris has shown the ability to be a productive IDP in the past if it is.
Da’Norris Searcy – SS, Buffalo Bills: With IDP beefcake George Wilson sidelined with a neck injury last week Searcy got the nod at strong safety for the Bills and performed statistically like strong safeties for the Bills usually do, tallying 11 total tackles and nine solos. It’s not known at this point if Wilson will miss any more time, but given how much IDP gravy there is under the potatoes at SS in Buffalo Searcy’s at least worth poking with your spoon.
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