It’s just about that time of year. The time of year when the line between prudence and panic becomes blurred.
Granted, no one wants to be Chicken Little. October is much too early to be throwing in the towel on a fantasy campaign, no matter how badly things have gone out of the gate. A 1-5 start certainly isn’t ideal, but throw together a few solid games, get a bit of luck and 1-5 can become 5-5 just in time for the stretch run.
But that means the margin for error is next to nil. The bleeding must be stopped. The losses have to end now, or before the Thanksgiving turkey is even carved, your proverbial IDP goose will be cooked.
Whether injuries have hit you hard, poor performances have you pulling your hair out or your team is doing just fine and you’re simply looking to get better, here’s a look at some waiver wire pickups of particular interest to IDP owners in Week 7.
IDP WAIVER WIRE PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Dannell Ellerbe – ILB, New Orleans Saints
Just like the aforementioned scrambling fantasy owners, the New Orleans Saints stumbled out of the gate, losing four of their first five games. However, last Thursday night the Saints got a huge win over the previously undefeated Atlanta Falcons, thanks in no small part to the 14 tackles put up by Ellerbe, who added a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Head coach Sean Payton told Joel Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate he knew Ellerbe could have that sort of impact in the Big Easy. “I think many kind of didn’t see the vision for him,” Payton said. “We felt like, when he was going to be healthy, he was definitely going to be an impactful player for us.”
Now healthy and playing three downs in New Orleans, Ellerbe can make an impact for IDP owners as well.
WEEK 7 IDP WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
Allen Bailey – DE, Kansas City Chiefs
After a red-hot Week 1, Bailey was a hot pickup in many IDP leagues. However, from there the fifth-year pro went cold, finding himself cast right back into the IDP Phantom Zone. Over the past two weeks though, Bailey is right back to red-hot, with 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks over the past two weeks. Over that span, Bailey is the top defensive lineman in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring.
ESPN’s Adam Teicher lauded Bailey’s play in a Week 6 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. “He was in on eight tackles,” Teicher said, “had a sack and two other tackles for losses, and forced a fumble. He was a big reason Adrian Peterson had a sub-par day.” If Bailey is available in your IDP league, he shouldn’t be.
Cameron Wake – DE, Miami Dolphins
Over the first four games of 2015, Wake didn’t record a sack for the Dolphins. Or a forced fumble. Or a pass defensed. Or a solo tackle. No, over the first four games, Wake had all of one assist. In Week 6 against the Tennessee Titans, Wake posted four sacks and two forced fumbles—in the first half.
Wake told Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel there’s no big secret to his recent explosion. “I’m the same guy, same rush, same thing,” Wake said. “Again it’s just the way football is sometimes. Some weeks it’s your week. This week I had the plays fall my way. There’s been weeks where you beat a guy and the ball is just not there. That’s the way football is.” Get him back on rosters folks. Wake woke up.
Ramik Wilson – ILB, Kansas City Chiefs
While Wilson has fared well from an individual standpoint since entering the starting lineup, he lamented the team’s five-game losing streak while speaking with Tod Palmer of The Kansas City Star. “You’ve got to finish,” said Wilson, “You’ve got to make plays when they matter most. We didn’t do that.”
The Chiefs may be losing, but Wilson has played well, including 21 tackles and a fumble recovery for a touchdown over the past three weeks. Those aren’t huge numbers necessarily, but they’re enough to get the rookie on the IDP radar, especially in deeper leagues and dynasty formats.
Wesley Woodyard – ILB, Tennessee Titans
As CBS Sports reports, Woodyard was all over the place in the Titans’ blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins last week. “Woodyard recorded 10 tackles (eight solo), a sack, a quarterback hit, and two tackles for loss in a losing effort against Miami on Sunday,” they wrote. “Woodyard played very well, but sadly the same could not be said about most of his teammates on either side of the ball. He’ll look to continue his personal strong play against the Falcons next week.”
Woodyard has seen an uptick in playing time due to injuries that have befallen the Titans at linebacker. With a matchup upcoming with an Atlanta Falcons team that has been pounding away with Devonta Freeman on the ground Woodyard could prove to be an excellent spot starter for IDP owners in a Week 7 bye week bind.
Dashon Goldson – FS, Washington Redskins
In a season where injuries have ravaged the Redskins at safety, Goldson told Stephen Czarda of the team’s website he’s tried to be a steadying influence at the back end of the secondary. “The only thing that matters is what I do from here on out,” Goldson said. “I’m here now. Everybody’s going to have their opinions, everybody is going to feel like they’re a coach or their opinion counts, but I ignore all that stuff.”
The 31-year-old former Pro Bowler has been plenty busy the past two weeks, racking up 22 total tackles over that span. That production places Goldson inside IDP DB1 territory in 12-team leagues over that span, and makes Goldson worth a look from fantasy owners trying to plug a bye week hole in the secondary.
Jason McCourty – CB, Tennessee Titans
It’s a bit odd to see McCourty listed on a waiver wire pickup list. After all, the seventh-year pro was the first player at his position selected in many IDP drafts this year. However, McCourty missed substantial time early in the season thanks to an injured groin, and in the two games since his return McCourty has managed all of three tackles.
However, if ever there was a week for McCourty to return to his prior fantasy form, Week 7 would appear to be it. Not only did McCourty play a full complement of snaps last week against the Miami Dolphins, but in Week 7 the Titans travel to face the Atlanta Falcons. That means Julio Jones. I shouldn’t have to tell you what that means.
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