Week 8 arrives with still plenty of IDP options to help you ride out the bye weeks. In fact, bye weeks are a godsend if you have the bench room to stockpile those players that get dropped when an owner needs to plug a roster hole. Read on for more IDP advice.
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Dannell Ellerbe BAL
Rob Ninkovich NE
Erik Walden GB
Thomas Davis CAR
Luke Kuechly CAR
Miles Burris OAK
Bruce Carter DAL
Stephen Nicholas ATL
Vontaze Burfict CIN
Ellerbe can expect to see more snaps now that Ray Lewis is out, and we saw his potential to provide tackles in week 7, with 12 total/9 solo and a PD, too. Ninkovich I've touted before, and in leagues where he has DL eligibility, he is even more valuable. Walden looked good playing opposite Clay Matthews, and although he's flown under the radar to this point, it is possible that with an increase in PT, he can keep putting up LB3 type numbers. Davis will be a beneficiary of PT with Beason going out for season ending surgery on his surgically repaired knee. Playing on a team that struggles to score means more defensive time on the field, and therefore, more of a chance to produce for his owners. Kuechly is getting a chance to shine, and he is doing just that. 14 total tackles with 8 solos and a fumble recovery makes him a great pickup. Burris picked up a sack last week, and is seeing more defensive snaps, so this is a good time to pounce if you have any under-producing LBs on your starting roster. Carter will be more of a force on the Dallas D with Sean Lee's season ending surgery. Demarcus Ware's questionable status this week will also play in his favor, so act now to snap him up. Nicholas was an early season tout of mine, and now that he's healthy again, he should be owned in all IDP leagues. If he is on your wire, grab him now and reap the fantasy goodness. Burfict is on a bye, and the wise fantasy player will act now to make bench space for the Bengals' best young IDP.
Ray McDonald DE SF
Brian Robison DE MIN
Kamerion Wimberly DE TEN
Terrell Suggs DE BAL
Antonio Smith DE HOU
Chris Kelsey DE BUF
McDonald faces the Cardinals this week, and that's a good recipe for sacks. A one week pickup, sure, but this is the week to pick him up. Robison got untracked playing against the Cardinals last week, and we can hope that that wakes him up for the balance of the season. Wimberly is another guy we can hope woke up with his big week 7. He has the talent, but like most of the Titans, he's underperformed until week 7. If you need a DL, this is a good option, but feel free to drop him if he goes back to his so-so ways. Great to have Suggs back, and while I don't expect him to be available in most leagues, it is worth a look at the wire or perhaps a trade offer, since he will be the focus of the Baltimore D with Ray Lewis out. Smith is the recipient of the attention now being afforded J. J. Watt. If teams decide to stop Watt, that leaves Smith free to wreak havoc. Kelsey is a good source of tackles and worth a shot if you have a disappointing DL on your roster. Both Smith and Kelsey are on byes, as well, and thus may be available as free agents.
Antoine Winfield CB MIN
Stevie Brown S NYG
Casey Howard CB GB
M. D. Jennings S GB
Glover Quin S HOU
Winfield has recovered his mojo, prolly because he has his health. So long as he is on the field, he's worth an add to your roster. Brown is a good source of tackles and he's been putting up INTs over the past few games, too. Howard is another DB that has been racking up the INTs, and facing the Jags and possibly Gabbert's back up makes for a good opportunity. Jennings is going to see an uptick in PT with Woodson out and as an untested rookie, expect opposing teams to target him, which should result in plenty of tackle and PD/INT opportunities. Quin is on a bye and you should see if his owner has dropped him this week and pounce immediately.
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Bradie James HOU
Jason Worilds PIT
I expected James to see an uptick in production with Cushing out for the season, but no luck so far. Worilds is going to see a decrease in snaps played with both Harrison and Woodley returning to the field.
Charles Johnson DE CAR
Pernell McPhee DE BAL
Johnson's recent lack of production could be as a result of his hip injury. McPhee, on the other hand, is due to suffer a loss of playing time with Suggs back on the field for the Ravens.
Pat Chung S NE
Chung is also suffering from injury to his shoulder, but hasn't played up to his expectations this season even when he was healthy.
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All the injury reports below need to be evaluated at kickoff. Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. The list below is intended as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.
Pat Angerer IND (foot)
Jon Beason CAR (knee, reportedly having more surgery-out for the season)
London Fletcher WAS (hamstring, head)
Scott Fujita CLE (shoulder, neck)
Sean Lee DAL (surgery on right big toe, out for the season)
Robert Mathis IND (knee)
Jarod Mayo NE (illness, elbow)
Colin McCarthy TEN (ankle)
Stephen Tulloch DET (knee)
Demarcus Ware DAL (illness)
Will Witherspoon TEN (hamstring)
Cliff Avril DE DET (back)
Jonathan Babineaux DT ATL (groin)
Darnell Dockett DT ARI (hamstring)
B. J. Raji DT GB (ankle)
Ahtyba Rubin DT CLE (calf)
Haloti Ngata DT BAL (torn MCL)
Richard Marshall CB MIA (back)
Tracy Porter CB DEN (illness)
Aqib Talib CB TB (suspension-back in week 9)
LaRon Landry S NYJ (heel)
Troy Polamalu S PIT (calf)
Kerry Rhodes S ARI (back)
T. J. Ward S CLE (hand, shoulder)
Charles Woodson S GB (collarbone)
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