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.
Mitch Unrein, DE, Chicago Bears
I like his matchup the next two weeks. San Fran this week, and the Bengals the following week, he is set up to help any roster get some points. At this point in the season, the guys who are going to be a significant help are all taken. This is an option if you’re in a deeper league and need someone to get some points. Averaging 2.5 tackles a game this is a play for tackle friendly scoring. Against the Bengals, he will have a better chance against a weak pass blocking line to get the sack. With Hicks, and Goldman commanding the attention he has been able to make plays. Winning one on one battles with strength and power he will continue to add tackles weekly of your in need of a spot starter.
Charles Harris, DE, Miami Dolphins
I mentioned him a few weeks back when I thought he would go off with increased playing time due to injuries. I was premature. He is getting to the QB but not getting the coveted sacks. It’s only a matter of time before he finishes. Last week he exploded past a blocker and got a hit on Tom Brady! This week he gets Denver, and whoever is playing QB for them will be facing a player hungry for another sack. In big play scoring (sack friendly) he is a boom or bust option for you. As we head into next season, he is a stash for me. I mentioned this here.
Desmond King, CB, Los Angeles Chargers
What a week he had! I don’t expect a repeat, but he is playing the Browns this week. I’m expecting a couple of errant throws resulting in a deflection, or an INT. With his weekly average of 3 tackles, I am going to snag him and roll him out in my leagues that start more than 2 corners
Reggie Ragland, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
The cat was let out of the bag last week by, @seahawksdan8. After back to back strong performances, it’s GO time! If by chance your league has left him gift wrapped on waivers GET him NOW. It’s worth a mention again as he was not rostered above 50%. Against the Bills, he looked the part of an NFL LB. Getting out to the flats and banging away in the trenches, he’s here to stay.
We’ve recommended guys all year, and my fellow #DFFArmy members gave some great adds for this year. My waiver adds are looking to the future as stash candidates now that bye week fill-ins can be purged for future talent.
Jordan Evans, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Evans had 5 solo tackles and 2 assists in Sunday’s game against the Browns. As the Bengals shift their focus to next season, they will get a chance to look at some of their rookies including Jordan Evans. I also like Carl Lawson, but wish he was listed at defensive end.
Xavier Woods, S, Dallas Cowboys
Jeff Heath returned to action this week, but Woods has been serviceable with 4 tackles still on Thanksgiving. Woods could be fantasy relevant in 2018 because besides being an emergency kicker, Jeff Heath is nothing special at safety.
Takkarist McKinley, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Tak has worked his way up to 4 sacks this season. As long as he stays designated as a defensive end, that number should rise. The Falcons have been building on their pass rush, and Tak figures to be a big part of their plans with VIc Beasley Jr.
Zach Kerr, DT, Denver Broncos
He had a breakout performance last week versus the Raiders, with five tackles and two for a loss. That’s pretty good for a defensive tackle. If you’re a gambler, then it’s worth rolling the dice on Kerr. Plus he has three great matchups in weeks 13-15, @ Miami, vs. NY Jets and @ Indianapolis. For many of you, that’s playoff weeks.
Mike Daniels, DE, Green Bay Packers
Big Mike has been one of the better plays at defensive end in two of the last three weeks. In that span, he has recorded fourteen tackles, four for a loss and two sacks. He has a couple of good matchups in next two weeks vs. Tampa Bay and @ Cleveland.
Reuben Foster, LB, San Francisco 49ers
He has thirty tackles in the last three games played. Precisely what you want if your league scores tackle heavily. Foster has a string of very nice matchups, in the weeks ahead. As long as he’s healthy, I believe the numbers will continue to be there for fantasy owners.
Casey Hayward, CB, Los Angeles Chargers
After a slow start to the season, Hayward has picked up the pace in the last two weeks. In those two games, he recorded seven tackles, three interceptions, and five pass breakups. He also has some tasty matchups ahead, as he will face a bad Cleveland team that will be playing from behind as usual. Then will see pass-happy Washington at home and division for Kansas City. All are excellent opportunities for him to keep balling.
Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers
After missing five of last six weeks, he returned this past Sunday night versus the Steelers and was an impact player. He recorded nine tackles, one for a loss and interception. After missing that much time, you owe it to your team, to see if he’s available on waivers. Grab him up before someone else does.
Eric Lee, DE, New England Patriots
New England continues to throw spaghetti against the wall in its efforts to replace Rob Ninkovich, Jabaal Sheard and Chris Long at DE. Lee could be the next Trey Flowers, or he could be the next Cassius Marsh, Kony Ealy or Geneo Grissom. Lee is a stash rather than someone you’ll be starting anytime soon.
Josh Bynes, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Deone Bucannon left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. If Bucannon misses extended time, Bynes will fill in for him. Bynes notched 9 total tackles against Jacksonville filling in for Bucannon.