It seems like only yesterday that we were talking draft strategy and getting ready to select our Individual Defensive Player (IDP) squads for the upcoming season. And yet here we are — six weeks in and almost halfway through the regular season.
Time flies when you’re having fun.
If we could, many IDP owners would likely as soon have a re-do on those drafts. They would like to go back and swap out Arizona’s Deone Bucannon for Indianapolis’ Darius Leonard. Take Cleveland’s Myles Garrett at defensive end instead of Minnesota’s Everson Griffen.
But there’s no going back. You can’t change what’s already happened. You can’t un-ring the bell.
Admit it. Now you’re feeling introspective and a little melancholy.
All any of us can do at this point in the season is move on. Shake off the draft day mistakes and injuries that are just a fact of life in fantasy football. Whether you’re 5-0, 0-5 or somewhere in between, all IDP owners should have one thing in common — a desire to get better each and every week.
And the first step in doing so is hitting the waiver wire and acquiring defensive talent that will bolster your roster.
Luckily, it’s a pretty good week in that regard, headlined by a linebacker who was drafted fairly early in many leagues only to be shown the door after missing the first month of the season.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Mark Barron, ILB, Los Angeles Rams
Barron made his 2018 debut in last week’s win over Seattle, and head coach Sean McVay said after the game (via Mark Innabinnett of AL.com) he liked what he saw from the seventh-year pro.
“He looked like he was flying around pretty good,” McVay said. “I think he’s feeling good right now. Until you go back and truly watch the tape, it’s always tough to say, but it was good. You could feel Mark on a couple of those plays with the way that he’s able to close, pursue sideline-to-sideline. It seemed like he did a nice job today.”
Barron, who had been sidelined since training camp with what’s now believed to have been a high-ankle sprain, had nine total tackles (five solo) in 48 snaps (80 percent). That Barron was on the field most of the game and hasn’t (that we know of) suffered a setback are both reasons for optimism that he’ll post the high-end LB2 numbers we expected of him this season in relatively short order. If an impatient owner in your league cut Barron loose, he should be your top waiver priority in Week 6.
WEEK 6 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Los Angeles Rams
As Myles Simmons wrote for the team’s website, Suh has lined up both inside and outside in Los Angeles’ 3-4 alignment — and he’s loving every minute of it.
“Yeah, I enjoy being able to be moved around,” Suh said. “It’s something I’ve always prided myself on, since I was really a rookie and got an opportunity to move around like midway through that year. So, being able to play end, tackle, nose — anything I’m asked to do. I’ll stand up in the linebacker position if I can, which I’ve done before. But whatever they need me, I’m happy to do.”
Suh’s been on quite the rip of late. He’s got a sack in three straight games and has averaged four stops a game over that span — highlighted by a seven-tackle effort in Sunday’s win in Seattle. That makes Suh a rosterable commodity in standard IDP leagues and a highly valuable one in formats that require tackles. Plus, for a guy with his reputation for being mean his recent practice take on the NFL’s new roughing the passer rules showed a comedic side many didn’t know he has. At least I think he was kidding.
Stephen Weatherly, DE, Minnesota
“When I made my move, I knew I had Carson Wentz dead in my sights,” Weatherly said, via Mark Craig of the Twin Cities Star-Tribune. “I came in, hit him and made sure I didn’t fall on top of him [for a penalty]. “Then, I turned around and saw LJ running. It was a happy day. I wanted to go block for him.”
Weatherly, who has been pressed into an every-down role by the absence of Everson Griffen, finished the game with two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble — his second game with a sack in three starts since entering the lineup. With a highly favorable matchup on tap next Sunday against Arizona, Weatherly has absolutely played his way into IDP relevance.