At this late juncture in the season, there are three types of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) owners.
First, there are the teams that are still alive, looking to get better so that they can make one last push that will hopefully culminate in a fantasy championship.
Then there are the teams who are eliminated and couldn’t care less. They have sworn off fantasy football forever (or at least until next summer, when they’ll get sucked right back in again).
Finally, there are dynasty owners who are out of the playoffs but still looking to add a player or two for next year.
We’ve got a little something for both the first and third groups this week, as the Week 15 edition of the “IDP Waiver Wire” here at Fantasy Sharks features both short-term help and long-term “projects.”
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
James Ihedigbo, SS, Baltimore
The safety position hasn’t quite shaken out like we’d expected in 2013 for the Baltimore Ravens. No one really thought career special-teamer Ihedigbo would keep the starting gig at strong safety all season long, much less play as well as he has. However, with double-digit tackles in each of his last two games and a very nice matchup on tap in Week 15 with the Detroit Lions, Ihedigbo is a solid pickup for IDP owners who have been playing musical defensive backs all season long.
WEEK 15 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Margus Hunt, DE, Cincinnati
As Hunt’s one tackle for the season demonstrates, the rookie from Southern Methodist isn’t going to be of much help to IDP owners in 2013. However, for dynasty IDP owners it’s a different story. Odds are very good that defensive end
will be leaving the frugal Bengals in free agency next spring, which should portend a much bigger role for Hunt with the Bengals in 2014. If he’s available in your deeper IDP dynasty, consider a pre-emptive stash that could help give you a leg up on getting back to the playoffs next year.
Gerald McCoy, DT, Tampa Bay
McCoy had been red-hot of late, but a Week 13 goose-egg may have gotten the fourth-year veteran the gate in many IDP leagues. However, McCoy’s six tackles and a sack against the Buffalo Bills makes the third time in five games that McCoy has collected a sack and at least five stops. In defensive tackle-required IDP leagues, that’s about as much consistency as you can hope for out of a waiver option, even if this week’s matchup with the San Francisco 49ers isn’t especially favorable.
Arthur Brown, ILB, Baltimore
Brown was widely considered the top rookie IDP entering the 2013 season, but an injury in training camp put Brown behind in his adjustment to the NFL and he never fully recovered. Saddled with a reserve role this year, there hasn’t been much IDP value to be had with Brown, but Brown was a second-round pick and remains a talented young player. The kid is going to crack the starting lineup at some point (likely as soon as 2014), making the former Kansas State star a prime target for dynasty owners looking to add a piece or two before things shut down for the offseason.
Jason Worilds, OLB, Pittsburgh
It’s not that often that a player makes two straight appearances in the “IDP Waiver Wire” column, but it’s also not that often that a potential starter is still floating around on the waiver wire in Week 15. Despite
’s return to the lineup, the Steelers stuck with Worilds at left outside linebacker in Week 15, and the fourth-year pro responded with a second straight game with at least eight tackles and two sacks. In fact, it’s the third time in four weeks that Worilds has had at least a sack and eight stops, and he’s been a top-5 linebacker in
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over that stretch.
Chris Clemons, SS, Miami
It’s been a relatively quiet fifth NFL season for Clemons, but the 28-year-old had one of his better games of the season in last week’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, tallying 12 total tackles. The games marked the fourth time this season that Clemons has posted at least seven solos, and there’s a good chance that this week Clemons will make it five. The reason? Simple. An upcoming matchup with a New England Patriots team who has allowed the most fantasy points per game to safeties in 2013.
Richard Marshall, CB, San Diego
The Chargers have been a revolving door at the cornerback position for much of the 2013 season, and for now at least
as the starter opposite
. As he has throughout his career, Marshall has been a productive IDP asset when afforded the chance this year, averaging more than six tackles a start. There’s a great chance Marshall will eclipse that benchmark Thursday night against the high-flying Denver Broncos, making the eighth-year veteran an attractive IDP option this week for fantasy owners who stream their cornerbacks.
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Gary Davenport is the IDP Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, In addition to his work at Fantasy Sharks and at IDP Manor, Davenport’s IDP work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio.