It’s that time of the 2011 season, when as if it wasn’t bad enough that injuries are mounting, including to such prominent IDPs as New England Patriots’ linebacker Jerod Mayo and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, the bye weeks are now here to suck even more life from IDP lineups.
With that in mind here are some players that should be available on many IDP waiver wires that are worth targeting as we head into the barrens of the byes.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Kavell Conner – WLB, Indianapolis Colts: I mentioned Conner in the Week 3 Waiver Wire piece (hopefully you followed my advice and snagged him), and he may already be rostered in many IDP leagues, but if he’s available in your league he should absolutely be your top waiver priority. After Monday night’s 18 tackle, 14 solo explosion Conner now has 38 stops over his past three games and the Colts face more tackle opportunities than any team in the NFL right now. Need I say more?
Antonio Smith – DE, Houston Texans: It’s not all that often you’ll see me recommend a 3-4 DE as an IDP option, but it’s hard not to like what Smith’s done so far for the Texans this season. The eighth year veteran now has a sack in each of Houston’s first four games, and although that streak may well end this week against an Oakland team that’s allowed only two sacks all season Smith remains a solid addition for teams that need DL help.
Darryl Tapp – DE, Philadelphia Eagles: The calf strain suffered by Trent Cole in Week 4 will reportedly sideline the star defensive end for at least a few weeks, and while Tapp has missed the past three games himself due to injury Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid was optimistic Monday that the sixth year veteran would be available this Sunday. Tapp was decent in Week 1, recording three tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, and given the attention Jason Babin is sure to receive from the Buffalo Bills this week Tapp could make for an excellent spot start assuming he goes.
Gary Guyton – WLB, New England Patriots: Much like in 2009 when Jerod Mayo sprained his MCL the job of filling in for the stud linebacker will fall once again to fourth year pro Gary Guyton. Guyton had 22 total tackles over the three games in which Mayo was absent from the lineup two years ago, and even though some uncertainty exists about how the passing subpackages will break down for the Patriots with Mayo out Guyton’s very much worth a look from IDP teams hurting at the linebacker position.
Ryan Kerrigan – OLB, Washington Redskins: It’s somewhat surprising that Kerrigan is still available in as many leagues as he is, as the rookie from Purdue has been piling up numbers since the season began. Kerrigan is averaging over four stops a game and has logged at least half a sack in three straight contests, making him a solid pickup in all formats, especially those that reward highly for sacks.
Husain Abdullah – FS, Minnesota Vikings: Lost in the cesspool of the Minnesota Vikings 0-4 start has been the relatively solid play of free safety Husain Abdullah, who’s made the most of his insertion into the starting lineup. The fourth year pro has at least six solos in three of four games so far this season, and given how much time the Minnesota defense figures to spend on the field there’s little reason to believe that trend won’t continue.
Jordan Babineaux – SS, Tennessee Titans: Babineaux makes his second straight appearance on the list, as starting strong safety Chris Hope broke his forearm in the Titans win over the Cleveland Browns and will be out at least a month. As we said last week Babineaux has shown the ability to be a productive IDP asset in the past, and he should be a viable IDP DB2 for as long as Chris Hope is sidelined.
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