Well, the next Chris Borland could be emerging this week, but who is it? I have never seen a run like the 49’ers rookie as he could be leading his teams to a title. There were a few more injuries this week, one notable, was Cleveland ILB Karlos Dansby. Week 12 is on the horizon, so let’s what kind of nuggets we can come up with this week.
Before we get to Week 12, here’s how my suggestions from last week fared:
Desmond Bryant, DE, CLE: 8 total tackles (2 solos)
Robert Ayers, DE, NYG: 2 tackles/1 sack
Dontari Poe, DT, KCC: 3 total tackles/1 sack
Bruce Carter, OLB, DAL: Bye week
Sam Barrtington, ILB, GBP: No stats (missed call completely as Clay Matthews is the one to own here)
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, DET: 1 tackle
D.J. Hayden, CB, OAK: 6 tackles
Demetrius McCray, CB, JAC: Bye week
George Iloka, FS, CIN: 1 tackle
Now, here are the suggestions for your Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire:
Jacquies Smith, DE, TBB: Smith saw a nice spike in snaps this week, which led to his highest usage rate of the season at 61 percent. The Bucs might be realizing what they have in the pass rusher, as he’s generated pressure on 16 percent of his last 91 blitzes, converting three of those into sacks. I’m really targeting that match-up in Week 15.
Vinny Curry, DE, PHI: Curry has been one of the many bright spots of the defensive line, even though his usage rate is just under 35 percent. With that usage rate, he’s recorded six sacks and is generating pressure on over 11 percent of his blitzes. I really like the match-up next week with Tennessee and has two divisional match-ups with Dallas.
Bennie Logan, DT, PHI: Staying in the city of Brotherly Love, Logan makes a nice target in leagues requiring defensive tackles. Since the bye week, he’s recorded three games of six or more points and is producing a 9.5 percent tackle rate and 0.17 points per snap , which are solid metrics for an interior defensive linemen.
Christian Kirksey, ILB CLE: We can also throw in Craig Robertson into this suggestion, as well. Karlos Dansby could be out multiple weeks with a knee injury, so we could be looking at Kirksey getting significant snaps. Kirksey saw his highest usage rate (80 percent) since Week 6. He recorded 9 total tackles (three solos) and has produced 50 total tackles in his 436 snaps, good for an 11.5 percent tackle rate. Kirksey, while I’m not going to say he’s putting up Borland-type numbers, he could start producing solid IDP digits over the next few weeks in Dansby’s absence. Teams are going to run at the defense, so Kirksey could see plenty of tackle opportunities. Robertson has back to back weeks of double-digit fantasy points, so definitely keep him in mind if you can’t get Kirksey.
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Devon Kennard, OLB, NYG: After appearing in just 22 snaps in Week 10, Kennard got the start at WILL for the inactive Jaquain Williams. It appears that weak-side spot in New York, is going to produce some fantasy fruit. Kennard notched 9 tackles (16 percent tackle rate) and makes a nice hand-cuff for Williams owners.
Michael Wilhoite, ILB, SFO: Wilhoite has been the forgotten man among the Chris Borland frenzy. He’s still getting on most of the snaps, as he’s seen a near 97 percent usage rate this season. He’s putting up LB3/4 type numbers, as he’s averaging just over 5 tackles per game and does have five games of six or more tackles. He’ll make decent depth over the stretch run of the season.
Ron Parker, CB, KCC: Parker had played FS for the injured Eric Berry, but has moved outside at corner and has been productive from an IDP standpoint. Over the last four games, he’s producing 0.28 points per snap and has recorded 30 total tackles and five defended passes. Definitely worth picking up in leagues requiring CB starter.
Johnthan Banks, CB, TBB: With Alterraun Verner inactive the last few games, Banks has been solid and produced a mix of tackles and big plays. After being targeted 14 times in Week 10, he saw just two balls thrown his way in Week 11, but recorded a pick six and two solo tackles. With 15 or more fantasy points in each of the last two games, he’s worth adding in CB-required leagues.
Mike Adams, FS, IND: I think I’ve mentioned Adams before, but he’s definitely worth mentioning again. Adams is playing very well at free safety, and has produced 0.20 points per snap. He’s coming off three straight games of 17 or more points and picked off both of Tom Brady‘s passes on Sunday night, defending two others and recorded 11 tackles. He’s averaging just over tackles per game and is on pace for nearly 90 tackles.