It’s the hallway point of the regular season in fantasy football, and not only did we duck any huge IDP injuries in Week 7 but the upcoming week should mark the return of such IDP luminaries as Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end Trent Cole, and some Individual Defensive Players who got off to slow starts and may have been cut loose are showing some signs of life and sitting on waiver wires, ready to be plucked.
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 8.
PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Karlos Dansby – ILB, Miami Dolphins: The poster child for the ‘Slow starter that may have been cut loose by an impatient IDP owner’, Dansby has shown signs of breaking out of his funk of late, racking up 19 tackles and a sack over his past two games, and while the New York Giants aren’t a favorable matchup for opposing fantasy linebackers Dansby could still represent an excellent addition for the stretch run.
Everson Griffen – DE, Minnesota Vikings: The second-year pro had by far his best game of the season in last Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, tallying four total tackles and logging his third sack of the season. Griffen is lining up in a number of spots along the Vikings defensive line, affording him extra snaps, and could be in for even more work if Brian Robison gets a week off for his junk-stomping gaffe.
James Hall – DE, St. Louis Rams: The 34 year-old twelfth-year veteran just keeps chugging along, making three stops and sacking Tony Romo in the Rams blowout loss to the Cowboys last week. This week’s matchup with the New Orleans Saints is far from ideal, but sometimes IDP owners in a bye-week bind can’t be too choosy, and those owners could likely do much worse than Hall.
Donald Butler – ILB, San Diego Chargers: Butler has been leaving the field in passing situations but that doesn’t seem to have hindered his fantasy production too adversely, as Butler amassed eight total tackles and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in San Diego’s loss to the Jets. If Butler’s solid play continues he may find himself back on the field in the nickel, making him a prime “buy low” or waiver target right now.
Jerod Mayo – WLB, New England Patriots: Huhwhowhat? Jerod Mayo on the waiver wire? You’d be surprised by how many IDP leagues in which that’s the case, as owners in shallower leagues eschewed holding a roster spot while the NFL’s leading tackler from 2010 recovered from a sprained MCL. Mayo made a surprise return to Patriots’ practice last Friday, making it likely that he’ll return to action in Week 8, and if Mayo is available in your IDP league make with the going to get him.
Abram Elam – FS, Dallas Cowboys: Elam had his best outing as a member of the Dallas Cowboys last week, pacing the team with eight total tackles and forcing a fumble in a win over the Rams. No team in the National Football League has allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing defensive backs than the Cowboys’ opponents this week, the Philadelphia Eagles, so Elam should be near the top of IDP wish lists for owners in need of a plug-and-play DB.
T.J. Ward – SS, Cleveland Browns: You have no idea how much it pleases me to be able wrap up this week’s column by saying something nice about Ward, who is one of my favorite players but who has also been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments so far this season after a very successful rookie campaign. Ward broke through a bit in Week 7, making seven total tackles and logging a sack and forced fumble in the Browns’ win over the Seahawks. One game does not a resurgence make, but coming off his best game of the season and with some favorable matchups on the horizon Ward is at least back on the IDP radar.