It is that time of the week again. Time to look around your leagues and cover your injured players, bye weeks and, possibly some deep bench support. Our IDP team will offer up a few players you should be targeting. It kills me when I see zero scores in lineups. Pressed for time? We have you! Good luck and happy hunting.
Week 6 bye weeks: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas and Seattle
Joe Schobert, LB, Cleveland Browns – I have mentioned him earlier in the season, and he continues to be a free pick up. Coming off a 2 tackle game he does not look very appealing, BUT he has the Texans and Titans coming up. Looking at a 4 tackle floor over the next two weeks, 8 points or so depending on scoring.
Zach Cunningham, LB, Houston Texans – In deeper leagues he should be rostered but, he has a little ownership %. He is a must add! My top-ranked rookie LB entering the season shows well on the field, and he will end up the top rookie LB from this draft class.
Julius Peppers, DE, Carolina Panthers – The fountain of youth has done him well. Next obstacle up is the Eagles O-line. Tied for 4th in sacks on the year looks good to me. He has 3 in the last two weeks, and along with a couple of tackles, he will offer up some value if you need a DE this week. If you didn’t listen to Dan last week, then make sure you scoop him up this week.
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Dallas Cowboys – Lewis is having a great year! He is on a bye this week, best to scoop him up before someone streaming CBs gets him next week. He makes tackles in front of him and makes plays on the ball. Excited for him going forward.
Mark Barron, LB, Los Angeles Rams – Tied for the league lead in solo tackles and yet still barely owned. Mark Barron put up 1 tackle Week 1, but since then has recorded 10, 6, 8, and 12 tackles the last 4 weeks. Most owners target Alec Ogletree from the Rams, but Barron is the better play currently.
Justin Evans, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – A late-round flier pick in deep IDP dynasty leagues, Justin Evans, finally got a start in place of Keith Tandy. Evans took advantage as he racked up 8 tackles, 2 passes defended and an INT off of the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady. Whether or not Tandy comes back from his injured hip, Evans should be owned even as just a stash. If Tandy is out, then he could get another opportunity to take hold of that job.
Joel Heath, DE, Houston Texans – John mentioned Joel Heath in his J.J. Watt Injury Impact Article. After Watt left Sunday Night’s game, he secured 6 tackles and a sack. With Jadeveon Clowney on the other side, Heath could be the benefactor for one on one matchups. In his only meaningful start in 2016, he sacked Matt Cassell twice in Week 17. Heath may be a pickup and hold until he shows he can produce consistently, but worth the add.
Travis Carrie, CB, Oakland Raiders – When I’m looking for a corner I look at tackle numbers. Mainly because if they are getting picked on, they will get opportunities for tackles. Carrie has 24 tackles on the season just behind CB favorite, Jalen Mills of the Eagles. He also gets some opportunities at returning punts for those leagues that get return yards.
Javon Hargrave, DT, Pittsburgh Steelers – Hargrave led his team in tackles yesterday with 4 solos and 6 assists. While I’ll admit he is just as likely to get you 5 points as he is 0 points if you need a DT for bye weeks or injury replacement Hargrave can provide that. Or he’ll put up a goose egg. Let’s face it there are not a lot of DTs that produce every week, but Hargrave has had 3 decent games out of 5.
Check back tomorrow for our Week 6 IDP Rankings. Thanks for reading! Tweet at us or comment below with your questions and/or comments.