It is that time of the week again. Time to look at your leagues and cover your injured players and, some deep bench support. Bye weeks are finally over (YEAH!), but that doesn’t mean you should ignore your waiver wire. 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.
Vonn Bell, S, New Orleans Saints
Bell was a hot name a couple of years back, but never really produced enough to be IDP relevant. With Kenny Vaccaro out, Bell has had himself a couple of good games with 15 solos in the last two games. Sunday he also made some things happen with a sack and forced a fumble. You may not be scrounging for waivers at this point with bye weeks over, but if Vaccaro misses more time he’s worth the add.
Ronald Darby, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
Darby returned to the lineup on Sunday night and was matched up with Dez Bryant most of the night. If Darby continues to shadow the #1 receiver, he will see targets his way, and that means plenty of tackle opportunities, passes defended and INT chances. He had 8 tackles and an INT against Dallas.
John Johnson, S, Los Angeles Rams
This rookie has seen plenty of playing time and was finally able to put up a big tackle game with 8 solos. He’s played most of the defensive snaps since Week 5 for the Rams and should see more games like this past one. He’s a stash for me and especially if you are allowed to add guys to the taxi squad.
Reggie Ragland, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
Remember when Ragland was the 1st or 2nd LB off the board in 2016 rookie drafts? Yeah, most people have written him off as a bust and cut him. He more than doubled his snaps from before the bye and had 8 tackles to show for it. Derrick Johnson played 10 fewer snaps than Ragland and has been a sell here for weeks. I trust the Alabama pedigree and will be picking him up as a stash for next season.
Willie Henry, DT, Baltimore Ravens
After having a total of eleven tackles and half a sack through the first ten weeks of the season, Henry had a huge game versus the Packers with five tackles and two sacks. For those of you that are required to start a DT, then he will be a hot add for week 12. He’s owned in less than 1% of Yahoo leagues.
Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings
After having a tremendous 2016 season, Hunter got off to a miserable start in 2017. Other than a couple of decent games he hadn’t been what fantasy owners drafted him to be. But after coming off a bye in week 9, Hunter has looked more like the 2016 version. In the last two games, he has recorded seven tackles and two sacks. Hopefully, this continues just in time for the fantasy playoff run. Lots of owners have soured on him and even dropped him, so see if he’s available free agent or possibly make a trade for him. He’s owned in just 15% of Yahoo leagues.
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Chicago Bears
This week’s hot pick up at Linebacker is Nick Kwiatkoski. He’s been hurt most of the year and had no value at all, but returned in week 10 and has been a force. In the last two games, he has totaled twelve tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. He’s only owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues.
E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills
Injured for the better part of the season as he’s missed five if last six games, but returned in week 11. In his return, he recorded nine tackles of which eight were solo. The Bills play the Chiefs and Patriots over the next two weeks and Gaines surely to get plenty of action. If you need DB help, then Gaines is very good waiver add and is only owned in 2% of Yahoo leagues.
T.J. McDonald, S, Miami Dolphins
Suspended for the first eight weeks of the season, TJ has been playing like his hair’s on fire, the last two weeks. In those games, he’s recorded 14 tackles, with eleven being solo and a tackle for a loss. He’s currently owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues, so go grab him up.
Trey Hendrickson DE, New Orleans Saints
Alex Okafor is done for the season with a torn Achilles. Hendrickson has been the third DE all year for the Saints, and his snaps should increase dramatically. Considered a project when taken in the 3rd Round out of Florida Atlantic, Hendrickson could secure the job with solid play. Okafor only signed a 1-year deal in the offseason. Hendrickson is, however, just a stash at this point and shouldn’t be in your starting lineup until he starts producing.
Carl Nassib DE, Cleveland Browns
The Browns got some rough news when Emmanuel Ogbah broke his foot and is done for the season. Nassib will step up and start in his place. With Cleveland’s offense, and constant losing game script, Nassib won’t have the opportunity for a lot of sacks, but he should be able to put together solid tackle numbers as opposing teams run out the clock in the second half.