We’re into the nitty-gritty now.
That’s a technical term.
With seven weeks of the 2017 NFL season in the books, the fantasy football season is at least halfway over. In more leagues than not we’ve passed that point. The playoff push is just around the corner. And for those unfortunate souls at 3-4 or 2-5, there’s not much margin for error.
Lose in Week 8, and it could all be over but the crying.
Unfortunately, it isn’t really as easy as just saying, “That’s it. I won’t lose any more games this year.” Maybe your IDP team has been hit hard by injuries. Maybe the six-team bye in Week 8 has taken a chunk of your starting lineup with it. Or maybe your players just haven’t performed the way you’d hoped.
Never mind that at this point in the fantasy campaign the waiver wire is more than a little picked over.
However, while you can’t will a fantasy team to victory you also can’t just throw up your hands and give up.
Well, you could. But it wouldn’t be a good look.
And so, it’s back to the IDP waiver wire we go – beginning with one of those underperforming players who may be turning the corner.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Jamal Adams – S, New York Jets
As Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk reported, Adams wasn’t shy while talking about his goals at the back of the Jets defense. “I’m going to change the (safety) position,” Adams said. “When you go out there on the field, you don’t try to stay the same. You try to make something happen. You try to do something different. When Odell made the one-handed catch, he changed the culture, right? He changed what receivers do now. Everybody’s catching with one hand, right? Because of him. Even though people were making one-handed catches, he did something that people had never seen before. So just give it time, brother. That’s all.”
Adams, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, is a special talent to be sure. But most of his rookie season has been relatively disappointing from a statistical perspective. However, in two of his last three games Adams has posted seven or more total tackles, and after adding his first career sack last week against the Miami Dolphins last week Adams notched his first top-five weekly stat line.
There will be more.
WEEK 8 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Henry Anderson – DE, Indianapolis Colts
As Pro Football Focus reported, Anderson was a rare bright spot for the Colts in a miserable loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. “One sack and three stops made this Anderson’s most productive display of the season to date, the first time he has racked up three stops in a game since Week 17 last season,” they said. “Bright points were few and far between with for the Colts’ defense as the Jags controlled the game but a first sack since his second career game is as close as Colts’ fans can get to optimism in this game.”
Actually, Anderson’s official stat line was three solos, an assist, a sack and a forced fumble – numbers that were good enough for a top-10 fantasy finish on the defensive line in Fantasy Sharks Default IDP Scoring in Week 7. The 26-year-old is admittedly a bit of a “Hail Mary” play in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but with six teams taking the week off beggars can’t be choosers.
Tyrone Crawford – DE, Dallas Cowboys
As DeMarcus Lawrence told the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys’ depth up front on defense leaves opponents in 2017 facing some difficult decisions. “We got a hell of a D-line,” Lawrence said. “They double-team me, then Maliek [Collins], Dino [David Irving], Ty [Tyrone Crawford], Taco [Charlton], Ben [Benson Mayowa] — somebody going to get them. Then, they’ve got to look over there — and now their ass is mine.”
Now, I’m working under the assumption that both Lawrence (duh) and Irving have already been rostered in your IDP league. But if they have, Crawford makes for an OK consolation prize. “Tank” may only have 10 tackles so far this season, but he’s added three sacks in rotational duty (40 snaps in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers) – including one in each of the last two games.
Matt Milano – OLB, Buffalo Bills
As CBS Sports reported, Milano played very well in his second career start last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Milano has been starting in place of injured outside linebacker Roman Humber,” they said, “though it’s worth noting he only saw action on 65 percent of the defensive snaps Sunday, while fellow starters Preston Brown and Lorenzo Alexander saw 100 percent and 83 percent, respectively. Still, the Bills haven’t lost much with Milano filling in for Humber, and it’s becoming clear the team made a nice snag when it took the Boston College product in this year’s fifth round.”
For the game Milano recorded five total tackles (four solo) and a nice interception while in coverage on tight end Cameron Brate. Milano’s snap count is genuine cause for concern, but in deeper IDP leagues finding a three-down linebacker this late in the season isn’t especially likely anyway.
A fairly favorable IDP matchup with the Oakland Raiders (11th in fantasy points allowed to linebackers in 2017) doesn’t hurt.