The playoffs are dangerously close and there is another four teams on bye this week. Fortunately, this is the last week we have to deal with bye weeks hitting our rosters. Below are some guys that can help bolster your lineup or add depth to your roster as the playoffs approach. All league sizes and formats are different so these players may or may not be available in your league.
James Burgess – LB – New York Jets
Week 11 marked the return of Neville Hewitt, after missing the past four games. While Hewitt was out, Bandon Copeland and James Burgess, had been holding down the fort for the middle of the Jet’s defense. This past week, Hewitt and Burgess both played every snap and appear to be the inside linebackers to own for the Jets going forward. Burgess produced a solid stat line of nine total tackles (5 solo), two tackles for loss, and a half a sack against the Redskins in Week 11. Playing for a defense destined to see the field a bunch, Burgess makes for a solid pickup for linebacker needy teams.
Germaine Pratt – LB – Cincinnati Bengals
After the recent release of Preston Brown, rookie, Germaine Pratt, will man the middle for the Bengal’s defense. Pratt played 69% of the defensive snaps and delivered six total tackles (2 solo) in Week 11. Although he didn’t deliver a big statistical game or play every snap, Pratt should improve as he gains more experience. In redraft, Pratt is only a depth pickup in deeper leagues for teams that have the room. It never hurts to have depth at such a crucial position in IDP as injuries can occur at any time.
Chad Thomas – DE – Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett won’t be playing football for a while and we all know why. Already filling in for Olivier Vernon the past two games, Thomas will certainly see additional snaps with Garrett out. Playing over 70% of the snaps the past two weeks, Thomas has amassed five total tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks, and a pass defended. Additionally, Thomas has a nice matchup in week 12 drawing a poor Miami offensive line that has surrendered 42 sacks on the year.
Michael Bennett – DE – Dallas Cowboys
In three games with his new team, Bennett has already collected three sacks for the Cowboys. Bennett is playing around 60% of the defensive snaps and has added some juice to an already stacked defensive line that includes Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn. Bennett is a solid add for owners looking to add to their DL unit as the playoffs approach.
Juston Burris – DB – Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland secondary suffered another devastating loss as Morgan Burnett has been placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles. After Burnett left last week’s contest against Pittsburgh, Burris was tasked with filling in and will likely get the first shot going forward. Burris played really well after he entered the game and finished the night with five total tackles (4 solo), an interception, one sack, and a forced fumble. Burris makes for a good late season pickup for teams in need of DB help.
Good luck everyone and you can reach me on Twitter @KBellf54 with any questions or feedback.