It is that time of the week again. Time to look at 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 or just starting a guy because you drafted him with high hopes. Pressed for time? We have your back! Good luck and happy hunting. And if you some recommendations for the other side of the ball just click here.
Week 11 bye weeks: New York Jets, Indianapolis, Carolina, San Francisco
Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Buffalo Bills
Coming in for an injured Jerry Hughes [knee] he managed 4 total tackles, 1 of those went for a loss [big points] in the half he played. He was tossed around by the Saints offensive line but did get a few tackles. If Hughes is out this week, Eddie gets a plus matchup against the Chargers much weaker line.
Johnathan Hankins, DE, Indianapolis Colts
Averaging a couple tackles a game he has been a steady, although low, point guy. With Tennessee coming up next he will play a key role in stopping the run. Hankins is hitting close to 80% of the snaps. He will get the opportunities to land those tackle points. I can see him not only taking on the blocks but fighting past them and putting up a couple of tackle for losses. Tennessee has the 10th ranked O line in the run game but, BUT, (picture me standing with my index finger in the air) they fall to 23rd in the power run game. Big old Hankins should hold up just fine.
Kayvon Webster, CB, Los Angeles Rams
Getting 65% of the snaps, he is on the field and making plays. Up next is the Minnesota Vikings who have an excellent young pair of WR in Thielen and Diggs. The Vikings will make sure they target them, putting KW in prime position to make some plays. Not one to shy away from hitting the ball carrier he is capable of getting points in a variety of ways. If you’re in need this week, I like him to get a good score for you.
Anthony Hitchens, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. In fact, this is the second time this season Lee has a hamstring injury and will probably miss a couple of weeks. Jaylon Smith got an uptick in snaps, but Hitchens led the linebackers with 5 solos and 5 assists. This is the last week bye weeks will impact lineups, but injuries are still a concern, and Lee’s is one to monitor.
Olsen, Pierre, DT, Arizona Cardinals
Need a DT who has been getting to the QB recently? Then Pierre may be your guy. He had a solid 4 tackle with a sack game against the Seahawks and faces another weak offensive line in the Texans this week. He has 2.5 sacks in his last 4 games played. With my monster DeForest Buckner on a bye, Pierre might be my waiver wire fill in for my squad.
Nick Kwiatkowski, LB, Chicago Bears
This one may depend on the health of Danny Trevathan. If Trevathan misses another week, the middle linebacker pairs for the Bears have been very productive IDP players. He may be worth a stash if you have the spot. If not, he could be a FCFS waiver add Sunday morning if Trevathan is ruled out.
Denzel Perryman, LB, Los Angeles Chargers
After missing the first eight weeks of the season with an ankle injury, Perryman returned with a splash. He recorded nine total tackles against the Jaguars in week 10. Perryman is a great play going forward and should be owned in all leagues. He has many favorable matchups ahead.
Davon House, CB, Green Bay Packers
He has been one the better plays at cornerback over the last two weeks. Since coming off a bye week in Week 8, he has recorded seventeen tackles and three tackles for a loss and one sack. The Packers will face teams that like to throw the ball over the next few weeks and that gives House a lot of opportunities to make plays. Excellent bye week fill in and must add.
Darryl Roberts, CB, New York Jets
If you need a bye week fill in at corner or just looking to upgrade the roster, then Roberts is the perfect option. Over the last two weeks, he has totaled fourteen tackles and four pass breakups. Over the next few weeks, he will face some teams that pass heavy, and that should translate to him continuing to make plays.
Robert Ayers, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Need a defensive end that can do a little of everything? Well, look no further, as Ayers can do everything. In last two games, he has nine tackles, and he’s had a sack in three of the previous four games. If your league scores sacks heavily, then he is a must add.
Ronald Blair, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Blair had 3 sacks as a rookie last year and 2 sacks against the Giants. The former 5th Rounder ended up on IR to start the season but was activated before Week 9. The 49ers are headed to a bye in Week 11. Solomon Thomas should be ready for Week 12. The question is whether Blair or Leger Douzable will be starting opposite Thomas.
Budda Baker, S, Arizona Cardinals
The 2nd Round safety out of Washington hasn’t played many snaps so far this season, but his opportunity came on Thursday, and he already delivered production. Arizona’s scheme makes playing safety exceptionally productive and has three on the field most of the time. Tyrann Mathieu had a massive year in 2015, Tony Jefferson was the #3 overall safety last season, and Tyvon Branch was the #1 overall safety heading into Thursday’s game. Branch tore his ACL and is done for the season. Antoine Bethea will take over Branch’s snaps, and Baker will take over Bethea’s.
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