We’ve hit Week 7 of the 2013 fantasy football season. That means that the season is just about halfway over. It also means that many fantasy owners are ready to find a new hobby.
Granted, a slow start to the season can be maddening. Believe me, I know. The first six weeks of the 2013 season have been the worst stretch in my decade-plus of playing the game. You name it, it’s gone wrong.
The thing is – you can’t panic.
In one Individual Defensive Player (IDP)-only league, I’m literally less than five points away from being 4-2 instead of 2-4, and there have been a crapload of points left on my bench. It’s a good team that has gotten some bad breaks. I just need to stay the course.
So do you, my intrepid readers. The first step in righting the ship is putting that high waiver priority to use, by grabbing one of this week’s top IDP pickups.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Von Miller, OLB, Denver
For the second time in three weeks, the IDP “Pickup Of The Week” is a player who has no business being on the wire to begin with. However, fantasy owners in shallower leagues may not have wanted to take up a roster spot while Miller served his six-game suspension. That suspension ends this week, with Miller telling Mike Klis of
The Denver Post that “he’s glad to be back.” IDP owners who are able to snatch Miller up will be glad as well, as the third-year pro has top-10 fantasy upside moving forward.
WEEK 7 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina
Johnson put up a big fat goose-egg in Week 6, and that combined with a single tackle (a sack) the week before might be enough to get twitchy IDP owners to drop the 27-year-old. If that happens, take advantage of their lack of patience. It’s still way too early to give up on Johnson, and slow stretches are a fact of life with most defensive linemen. Johnson still has top-10 upside, just as he did entering the season. Hell, Houston’s
put up a doughnut in Week 6, also.
Shea McClellin, DE, Chicago
This recommendation isn’t based as much on what McClellin has done in 2013, as it is on what he might do from here on out. With the interior of the Chicago defensive line ravaged by injuries, the Bears have been forced to move Corey Wootton inside, which, in turn, means an every-down role at end for McClellin. The second-year pro is an athletic player with more than a little talent. With a matchup upcoming against a Washington team that struggled in pass protection last week, McClellin is a serviceable fill-in for IDP owners up front.
Jon Beason, MLB, New York Giants
The New York Giants’ Week 6 loss to the Chicago Bears was a trip down memory lane. Not only did running back
play well, but recent acquisition
paced the Giants with 12 total tackles. Mind you, this isn’t to say that Beason, who lost most of the past two seasons to injuries, has returned to the form that made him an elite IDP option. However, not only is Beason manning the middle for the Giants, but he was on the field for 63 of 68 snaps against Chicago. An every-down middle inside linebacker off the waiver wire? Yes, please.
Zach Brown, OLB, Tennessee
After tearing it up over the second half of last year, Brown was a trendy breakout pick entering the 2013 season. However, the second-year pro has been leaving the field in subpackages, and that drop in snap count killed his IDP value and led more than a few IDP owners to cut bait. With middle linebacker
sidelined indefinitely with a sprained knee, Brown should go back to an every-down role for the Titans. That, in turn, should equate to a significant bump in fantasy value.
Shiloh Keo, SS, Houston
The reeling Houston Texans lost more than just a football game on Sunday. As Jerome Solomon of
The Houston Chronicle reports, the team also lost starting strong safety Danieal Manning to a leg injury that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks. Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that Keo, who started the season’s first two games at free safety, will get the nod while Manning is out. The third-year pro isn’t a worldbeater, but Keo should have some IDP value, especially in deeper leagues.
T.J. Ward, SS, Cleveland
Ever since Ward’s 100-plus tackle, top-five IDP season as a rookie, fantasy owners have been waiting for a repeat. What they’ve mostly gotten, however, is the sort of four-solo, one assist efforts that Ward put forth in both Week 4 and Week 5. Ward picked it up in Week 6 though, notching 11 total tackles in a loss to Detroit. Mind you, this isn’t to say that Ward is going to start posting double-digit stops every week, but this week’s matchup with the Green Bay Packers doesn’t exactly suck.
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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.