Well folks, this is it.
In more fantasy leagues than not, Week 13 signifies the end of the regular season. The last game of the year. The end of life as we know it.
OK — that may have been a touch overly dramatic.
For some fortunate fantasy owners, Week 13 is nothing more than a formality. They have already locked up a spot in the postseason. Maybe even nailed down a first-round bye.
I hate those people. Think they’re so smart.
For others, Week 13 is a formality of a different kind. Some poor schmucks are just playing out the string. Week 13 is the final weekend of a lost season that was derailed by injuries, poor draft picks and wrong-headed lineup calls.
I am those people. Don’t you judge me.
However, for quite a few fantasy owners, Week 13 is a playoff game unto itself. The Week 13 edict is clear — win and you’re in. Triumph and play on. Or suffer the most crushing defeat of the season and see everything you’ve worked for come up just short of the playoffs.
Now, the last thing any Individual Defensive Player (IDP) owner needs heading into must-win game is a hole in the lineup. But you-know-what happens. Sometimes all you can do is try to make the best of a bad situation — overcome adversity and accomplish every IDP owners’ goal at the beginning of the year.
With that in mind, here are some waiver wire targets who might help you get over the hump in Week 13.
If that fails, there’s always tequila.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
T.J. McDonald, S, Miami
All the way back in August, McDonald told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post that he felt like a big season was coming for the Miami safeties in 2018.
“We can mix up our blitzes,” McDonald said. “We can mix up our looks. So, it’s really a mix of everything. We’re both the same amount as far as being down or being back. We’re messing with a lot of our looks. And it’s exciting because it’s going to be hard for teams to ID that. For them to know who’s coming down or who’s blitzing. They’re thinking about the ways to get the best out of the three of us.”
McDonald was partly right. While Reshad Jones’ numbers have cratered in 2018, McDonald has thrived — after racking up 11 total tackles (nine solo) with a fumble recovery against Indianapolis, McDonald has risen to 16th among defensive backs in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring. This marks the third time (at least) that McDonald’s been featured in this column this year, but the 27-year-old remains available in a surprising number of leagues ahead of a favorable matchup with Buffalo.
WEEK 13 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Jurrell Casey, DE, Tennessee
When Bill Belichick actually compliments you, you know you’ve made it in the NFL. As Bernd Buchmasser wrote for SB Nation, that’s exactly what Belichick did with Casey before New England and Tennessee played one another in Week 10.
“He’s playing great football for them,” Belichick said. “He’s very hard to block: he’s strong, he’s explosive, and he’s very quick. He’s one of the best defensive tackles in the league. He’s a hard guy to handle.”
Casey got off to a hot start in 2018, with three sacks over his first three games. But after cooling way down, the eighth-year veteran was shown the door in a number of IDP leagues. However, the schedule sets up well for Casey to get hot when it matters most — Monday night’s trip to Houston was the first of a series of excellent matchups that stretches well into the fantasy playoffs.