If you’re reading this, odds are your most important fantasy game of the season is on tap. In the vast majority of Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues it’s championship week, and if you’re still perusing the information superhighway for IDP tips, you’re probably one of two teams still standing.
However, you’ll get no congratulations here. First, you haven’t won anything yet. Second, I don’t want to throw the reverse bad juju funky monkey hex on your team in Week 16 by patting you on the back prematurely.
Besides, if you’re looking for waiver help in the title game, you’ve already got problems. With that in mind, enough of my blathering. Let’s get to it with a look at the top IDP Waiver Wire targets for championship week.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Justin Tuck, DE, New York Giants
This season has been an absolute nightmare for batterymate
and the rest of the Giants, but Tuck has quietly had a rebound season this year, especially in the last month or so. Tuck’s 55 tackles are his most since 2010, the 30-year-old has at least half a sack in four straight games, and over that stretch Tuck has reached the passer 7.5 times. At this late juncture in the season Tuck is still available in many shallow IDP formats, and he’s about as good as it’s going to get where help up front is concerned.
WEEK 16 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle
On one hand, Avril’s paltry 19 tackles and rotational role make him the definition of a boom-bust pick on the defensive line, and in a must-win game there’s substantial risk involved in rolling such a player out there. However, Avril does have eight sacks in his first season in Seattle, he played the most snaps of any Seahawks’ defensive lineman in last week’s win over the New York Giants, and this week’s home tilt with Arizona is very nice from an IDP perspective.
Brian Robison, DE, Minnesota
Don’t look now, but with two sacks against Philadelphia in Week 15, Robison now has as many sacks in 2013 (nine) as
. It’s a career-high for the hirsute seventh-year pro, who unlike Allen has already been inked to a contract extension. Robison has a sack in three straight games and four in his past three games, and while this week’s matchup with Cincinnati isn’t especially favorable, neither was Philadelphia.
David Hawthorne, ILB, New Orleans
It’s happened with very little fanfare, but, if Hawthorne can average eight total stops a game over the last two weeks of the year, the sixth-year veteran will reach 100 tackles for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Hawthorne piled up a season-high 10 solos in last week’s stunning loss to St. Louis, and while Hawthorne’s six total tackles two weeks ago aren’t eye-popping numbers, the magnitude of this week’s matchup in Charlotte should have players on both teams on top of their game. Yeah. On top of their game. It’s called rationalizing folks, just roll with it.
Dont’a Hightower, OLB, New England
The New England Patriots have been devastated by injuries this year on both sides of the ball, and attrition at linebacker has led to musical chairs at the position. Hightower only played 64 percent of the snaps in Week 15, marking the third straight game his playing time has decreased. However, over that same three-game stretch, Hightower has 27 total tackles (including 20 solos), and this week the Patriots face a Baltimore team allowing the most fantasy points per game to linebackers in
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Zackary Bowman, CB, Chicago
Bowman’s single tackle in last week’s win over Cleveland may not be impressive, but his two interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown) definitely don’t suck. Bowman, who stepped into the starting lineup when
went down, also had 15 total tackles in the two games preceding the matchup with Cleveland, and a huge Sunday night tilt with Philadelphia leaves Bowman as a nice matchup start for fantasy owners in cornerback-required IDP leagues.
Winston Guy, SS, Jacksonville
With Jonathan Cyprien on the shelf, Guy made his second career start in last week’s loss to Buffalo. The second-year pro acquitted himself fairly well, racking up six solos and pitching in a sack and forced fumble. Granted, this week’s matchup with Tennessee isn’t great, and Cyprien’s availability could change things here, but so long as Guy starts he could be a serviceable Week 16 fill-in for IDP owners in a pinch at defensive back.
That’s a wrap on another season of the “IDP Waiver Wire” here at Fantasy Sharks. Hopefully the recommendations presented here helped you during the season, and good luck in the title game this week!
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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.