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 or just starting a guy because you drafted him with high hopes. Pressed for time? We have your back! Good luck and happy hunting.
Week 9 bye weeks: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England & Pittsburgh
Ken Crawley, CB, New Orleans Saints
I would be worried if I was coaching him, to be honest. He lacks some toughness and is not the kind of player who can be counted on to hold the line. Lucky for me it’s a fantasy player I am searching for. Averaging 4 tackles and a pass break up per outing he has been consistent. Crawley is facing Tampa Bay this week. He could see a couple of errant throws in his direction. Solid add this week in all formats.
Eric Reid, S, San Francisco 49ers
In case you were in a drunken state all weekend and missed the news he was being worked in at LB, you still have a chance to snag him on waivers. Not racking up the stats but with so many on a bye this week it’s a nice option to add this week.
Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Buffalo Bills
If you’re in a bye week bind, this is someone who will not let you down. It’s a hail mary but if you’re in need this week, go for it! Other than week 6 he has kept himself in the tackle column. This week he goes against the Jet’s line, and he should be able to cause some disruption. Only getting 25% of the team snaps make it tough, but he is smart and can fight through blocks, putting him in the right place to make some plays. This is a player to grab and stash for me even if you don’t need a starter this week.
Tramon Williams, CB, Arizona Cardinals
He was a waiver add for me last week, and he was on a bye. So, if you hesitated to pick him up due to that fact or didn’t need a guy until this week, grab Williams. This vet will be lined up opposite a presumably healthy Patrick Peterson and will get picked on. His last game (1st start this season) he had 10 tackles.
Adrian Phillips, S, Los Angeles Chargers
I may be stealing a page from @kyleFFfellas with this one, but looking ahead to Week 10 Adrian Phillips has been the 3rd safety for the Chargers the last two weeks. 3 of the previous 4 games have been good for Phillips racking up 24 tackles. The game in the middle was a dud against the Raiders, but this trend could be beneficial as the Chargers have been playing good football.
Takkarist McKinley, DE, Atlanta Falcons
Tak finally found his way to a QB again. He hasn’t recorded a sack since Week 3 but found Josh McCown Sunday. He’s only a rookie so we should temper our expectations, but he is rarely owned and could be a high-risk start this week or a dynasty stash if he wasn’t drafted.
Marcell Dareus, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Traded from the Bills over the weekend, Dareus joins an already scary Jacksonville defense and could help with the line rotation to keep players fresh. Most people gave up on Dareus after injuries to begin the season, so scoop him up and start him. John wrote a piece about Dareus that you could find here for more information on him.
Ben Gedeon, LB, Minnesota Vikings
A 4th round pick by the Vikings, Gedeon is a starter for the team and collected 4 tackles in London on Sunday. While I’m not advocating starting Gedeon this week, he is probably available in your league and could be worth the stash should anything happen to Barr or Kendricks.
Henry Anderson, DE, Indianapolis Colts
If you’re in need of a bye week fill in, then Anderson is a nice waiver add for next couple weeks. He has been playing well the last two games, with 10 total tackles and two sacks. As of today, he was owned in only 1% of Yahoo leagues.
Navorro Bowman, LB, Oakland Raiders
The 49ers pushed Bowman out the door cause they thought he didn’t have much left, but he was quickly signed by the Raiders and got back to tackling machine of old. In his two games since he signed with Oakland, he has recorded 22 total tackles and has a nice juicy matchup versus Miami in week 9. Amazingly he is only owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues and is a must add this week.
Desmond King, CB, LA Chargers
The talented rookie has been gaining more and more playing time each week and has responded nicely. He has tallied thirteen tackles and a sack over the last three weeks. He would have had two more sacks, but Tom Brady was able to wiggle out of them. King and the Chargers are off this week, which makes now the time to pick him up. He is currently owned in 1% of Yahoo leagues.
Kenny Vaccaro, S, New Orleans Saints
I usually look for players owned in less than 25% of leagues to give you as weekly adds, but when a player this talented isn’t owned in all leagues, it’s baffling. Vaccaro is currently owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues. On the season he has totaled 38 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 7 pass breakups. If he is available in your league, add him now.
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