Week 11 brings us another four teams on bye and the playoffs are quickly approaching. Below are some players that can help bolster your IDP squads for the playoff push. All league sizes and formats are different so these players may or may not be available in your league.
Nick Kwiatkoski – LB – Chicago Bears
Bears’ starting linebacker, Danny Trevathan, suffered a gruesome arm injury in this past week’s game against the Detroit Lions. Anybody that has watched the clip knows just how bad it looked. Kwiatkoski, replaced Trevathan after he exited the contest and had himself a game collecting 10 total tackles (9 solo), one tackle for loss, one sack, and an interception. Kwiatkoski, also showed well in Week Six, when he filled in for Roquan Smith against the Minnesota Vikings. With Trevathan out and injured reserve a possibility, Kwiatkoski is a great grab for owner’s in need of LB help.
Drue Tranquill – LB – Los Angeles Chargers
This week was a breakout performance for Charger’s rookie, Drue Tranquill. With fellow linebacker, Denzel Perryman, active, but nursing a knee injury, Tranquill played every defensive snap against the Raiders. The added snaps resulted in Tranquill having a big night as he amassed 14 total tackles (6 solo). His highest snap total before this past week was 50% in Week Six, but there could be a changing of the guard after his big week. If you have room on your bench, or just need linebacker help, Tranquill is a great pickup as we see if he takes over the starting middle linebacker job for the Chargers going forward.
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Derek Wolfe – DE – Denver Broncos
In the two weeks before Denver’s bye, Wolfe had compiled eight total tackles (6 solo), two tackles for loss and three sacks while playing 70% of the defensive snaps. Wolfe is having a solid year and has really stepped up as of late. He may have been recently dropped due to his bye week and can definitely help bolster your defensive line unit going forward.
Khari Willis – S – Indianapolis Colts
The strong safety position for the Colts has been a battle for playing time. Rookie, Khari Willis, and veteran, Clayton Geathers, both have been seeing snaps at the position. Last week against the Steelers, Willis saw 36 out of a possible 62 snaps and Geathers saw 33. This past week against the Dolphins, Willis saw 60 out of a possible 66 and Geathers saw only six. With the uptick in opportunity, Willis was able to produce a solid stat line of eight total tackles (7 solo) and one tackle for loss. It appears Willis is taking over the job and could be in the DB3 mix in deeper leagues going forward.
D.J. Swearinger – S – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders’ secondary suffered another big loss after Thursday’s game, losing safety, Karl Joseph, to injured reserve with a foot injury. They recently signed veteran, D.J. Swearinger, to hopefully fill the void in their defense. It may take a week for Swearinger to get up to speed, but he could be a serviceable DB3 or depth piece as the final bye weeks hit.
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