I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed the festivities. Opposing defenses were certainly in the mood for giving in, looking at all of the touchdown passes that were thrown. Week 14, hopefully, signifies the beginning of the fantasy playoffs for you. If you are lucky enough to keep most of your team intact, stick with the plan and play your studs. If you’re looking to your IDP waiver wire, here a few more suggestions to help round out your roster. So, on to the wire.
Before we get to Week 14, here’s how my suggestions from last week fared:
Aaron Donald, DT, STL: 1 tackle/1 sack/1 defended pass
Olivier Vernon, DE, MIA: Game to be played
Ray McDonald, DE, SFO: No stats
Telvin Smith, OLB, JAC: 10 tackles
Aaron Lynch, OLB, SFO: 5 tackles/1 sack
Craig Robertson, ILB, CLE: 11 tackles (5 solo)
Louis Delmas, SS, MIA: Game to be played
Marcus Gilchrist, SS, SDC: 8 tackles
Micah Hyde, FS, GBP: 1 tackle
Now, here are the suggestions for your Week 14 IDP Waiver Wire:
Chris Long, DE, STL: Long was activated from IR this past week and returned to action. Although he only had a 49 percent usage rate, he was sent in on 31 blitzes and recorded a sack to go along with four tackles. If someone dropped him earlier in the year to make room for other defenders, now’s the time to pick him up. He’s got a nice schedule over the next three weeks against Redskins, Cardinals and Giants.
Fletcher Cox, DE, PHI: He’s picked up his play over the last several weeks and has three sacks in his last four games for a stifling Eagle defense. Coupled with the fact that he’s generating pressure on over 16 percent of his last 120 blitzes, the sacks are starting to come thanks to the rush efficiency.
Jeremy Mincey, DE, DAL: Even though he’s only notched three sacks, he’s been a consistent source of pressure for a beaten up defensive line. He’s generating pressure on nearly 12 percent of his blitzes and could be a sneaky source for sacks over the last few weeks of the season. At worst, he’s DL bench depth for the playoff run.
Jason Worilds, OLB, PIT: Worilds has been relatively quiet this season. After recording 9 sacks the previous year, he’s recorded just 4.5 after recording a sack in Week 13. He’s been getting to the QB at a fairly consistent rate (11 percent) and his usage is near 99 percent, so the opportunities and playing time are there. Other than the Bengals, Worilds and the Steelers face negatively graded pass blocking offenses in the Chiefs and the Falcons in two of the next three games, and with the Bengals, there’s a dent in the armor with Andre Smith missing for the remainder of the year. He’ll be worth a look in big play scoring formats.
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David Hawthorne, ILB, NOS: After missing Week 9 and 10, he’s come back to record 23 tackles in his last three games, including a 10 solo effort in Week 13. He saw an 82 percent usage against the Steelers and didn’t appear to suffer any setbacks from any lingering injuries. On the year, Hawthorne’s tackle rate is up over 11 percent and is worth adding if you’re looking for LB depth.
Jon Bostic, OLB, CHI: Bostic appears to be the weak-side LB going forward and has seen a near 89 percent usage rate over the last two games. Since the bye, he’s recorded an 11.9 percent tackle rate and has double-digit fantasy points in two of the last four games. I like the match-up for him in Week 14 against the Cowboys.
Devin McCourty, FS, NEP: Since the bye week, McCourty has produced double-digit points in three straight games and has recorded tackles and big plays. He’s producing a tackle rate of over 9 percent in those last three games, including notching 16 tackles over his last two. Let’s hope the consistent scoring continues over the next few games.
Trumaine Johnson, CB, STL: The Rams got back Chris Long, which is going to improve the pass rush. Since returning to action in Week 9, he’s been thrown at 22 times and has four defended passes in his last three games. He’s making a play on the ball 32 percent of the time he’s thrown at and is coming off a two INT game against the Raiders. Johnson makes a good addition in CB-required leagues with match-ups against the Redskins, Cards and Giants; three teams capable of turning the ball over.
Jumal Rolle, CB, HOU: Rolle has had a near 54 percent usage rate since Week 8. Poor play and injuries have increased his playing time and has been thrown at 16 times in the last three games, making a play on the ball 33 percent of the time he’s thrown at, including three picks. Rolle has some decent match-ups against the Jaguars, Colts and Ravens. He’ll make a decent add in leagues requiring a CB.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.