We’re six weeks into the 2011 season, and between the injuries that continue to mount and the byes now being in full swing (The upcoming week will see a slew of IDP studs sidelined by siesta) IDP waiver wires are getting thinner and thinner. That’s OK though, I enjoy kicking over rocks, because you never know what you just might find.
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 Week 7.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Tanard Jackson – FS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After missing more than a year due to suspension Jackson was finally reinstated and was thrown right back into the fire by the Buccaneers. Jackson played surprisingly well last week against the Saints, racking up five solos and intercepting a pass, and with the fourth-year pro seemingly back in the saddle as the starting free safety in Tampa he’s a definite target for teams thin at DB.
Andre Carter – DE, New England Patriots: The 11th year veteran appears to be settling in to his role as a DE in the Patriots new 4-3 base looks, tallying 12 total tackles and two sacks over his past two games. Carter’s on a bye in Week 7, but startable defensive linemen don’t grow on trees, so IDP owners with a need at the position are going to want to get ahead of the curve.
Brett Keisel – DE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Keisel was a force in the Steelers Week 6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, logging six stops and getting his first two sacks of the 2011 campaign. Keisel’s upside as a 3-4 DE is limited, but fantasy owners in need of a spot start may want to consider rolling Keisel out against an Arizona Cardinals team that’s allowing over three sacks a game.
Chris Chamberlain – WLB, St. Louis Rams: The fourth year pro got the nod over free-agent acquisition Ben Leber on the weak side for the Rams last week and performed fairly well, making seven total tackles in the loss to the Packers. Chamberlain’s not a worldbeater talent-wise and there’s no guarantee he’ll stick, but head coach Steve Spagnuolo has indicated that he’s at least earned another start this week against Dallas, which makes Chamberlain worth consideration from LB-needy IDP teams given the favorable matchup.
Erin Henderson – WLB, Minnesota Vikings: Older brother E.J.’s nagging knee injury has thrust the younger Henderson brother into a three-down role for the Vikings, and while Henderson 2.0 has been hit-and-miss and E.J. is getting healthier Erin does have 20 total tackles over his past three games and the Vikings should be spending a LOT of time in the nickel when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to town this Sunday
O.J. Atogwe – FS, Washington Redskins: What do you know?! He’s not dead after all! After being invisible for most of the season Atogwe finally made a dent in the box score in last week’s loss to the Eagles with eight total tackles, a sack, and an interception. Given his slow start and reliance on big plays for IDP production Atogwe’s more of a speculative add, but if you have the roster room he may well turn out to be worth it, as he’s shown the ability to be an IDP asset in the past.
Brandon Browner – CB, Seattle Seahawks: Browner was a big part of the Seahawks win over the Giants two weeks ago, making six solo stops and returning a tipped Eli Manning pass 94 yards for a score. The Seahawks recently announced that cornerback Marcus Trufant has been place on injured reserve, elevating Browner to “top dog” status in the Seattle secondary, but the journeyman cornerback hardly inspires fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks, meaning he should be targeted plenty moving forward, Bad for him, good for you.