Well kids, this is it.
OK, that was uncalled for. I apologize.
In more IDP leagues than not, Week 13 is the end of the regular season. While it seems like the season just started, just one more slate of games remain before the playoffs begin.
If you’re reading this article, then odds are you’re in one of three positions.
I didn’t mean it like that. Sheesh y’all – get your minds out of the gutter.
Either you’re already in the playoffs and just looking to batten down the proverbial hatches (congratulations), you’re out of the postseason and looking to play spoiler (my condolences and compliments for seeing things through) or you’re fighting for a spot in the dance with one week to play and have a hole in the lineup to fill.
I’d love to be able to tell you that there are some real game-changers available this week. I’d also love to be able to tell you I won the Powerball last Saturday.
But you know better. This late in the season, the cupboard’s pretty bare.
It isn’t completely empty though, and here’s a look at some of the better waiver options available to IDP owners as we enter lucky Week 13.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
A.J. Klein – OLB, New Orleans Saints
Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen praised what a bargain Klein’s turned out to be while speaking with Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “Look, in free agency, I think some of the biggest mistakes in free agency are really the high-priced free agents,” Allen said. “I don’t know that they always live up to those type of expectations. Some of the best free-agent acquisitions are the ones that really just, look, there’s something in there about them that they’re really just good, solid, quality football players and they fit within your scheme, they fit within your culture.”
Klein got off to a hot start and still leads all Saints linebackers with 49 total tackles, but after both cooling off and missing time with an ankle injury Klein was shown the door in many IDP leagues. The 26-year-old was back in an every-down role for the Saints last week and finished second on the team with eight tackles against the Los Angeles Rams, making him worth a look if you’re hard up at the position.
WEEK 13 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Mike Daniels – DE, Green Bay Packers
While speaking with Dave Schroeder of WBAY-TV, Daniels made it clear that when he’s on the field he isn’t interested in making friends. “I don’t like anybody,” Daniels said. “You know, especially in rivalry games, but I don’t like anybody. You want to be physical, but you don’t want to be dirty. I’m not saying knock a guy out, but I am saying make opposing offenses not too excited about having to line up across from us.”
Daniels certainly made his presence felt in last Sunday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, tying a career high with seven total tackles and adding a sack. It continued a hot streak that’s seen Daniels pile up 14 total tackles and two sacks over the last three weeks – a span in which the sixth-year veteran ranks ninth among all defensive linemen in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
Sheldon Richardson – DT, Seattle Seahawks
Richardson wasn’t shy while speaking to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times about the fine he picked up a couple of weeks ago against the Arizona Cardinals. “It’s kind of just extortion really,’’ Richardson said Friday. “Guy pushes you in the back and trips you on the play and you are catching your balance the whole time and then you just happen, I don’t know. They said ‘avoid him,’ but he still has the ball. It’s like what do you do? There is no way you should be taking any of my money because it wasn’t a dirty hit.’’
Richardson picked up his first sack as a member of the Seahawks in that Week 11 game, and while the 26-year-old didn’t have one last week Richardson did pile up six tackles against the San Francisco 49ers – his second straight contest with half a dozen stops. That kind of tackle production puts Richardson on the IDP radar, especially in formats that require defensive tackles.