This is it, Championship Week for Fantasy Football! And if it is not for your league, here is a suggestion: Change your settings and stop using Week 17 for your championship (unless you combine results for Weeks 16 and 17, then maybe it is agreeable). Off the soapbox, now, and on to the profiles of those IDP that can potentially bring home the trophy for you.

Elevator Going Up

Linebackers

Jerome Baker MIA

Baker returns to the IDP Report, as he was featured here way back in Week 3. He has been an every down LB on a team that finds itself playing a huge number of snaps on defense every week. He leads his team in total tackles (TT) with 105 on the season, an average of 7.6 per contest. In Week 15, he collected another 12 TT (six solo) along with an INT and pass deflection (PD). He is just 22 years old and could be a building block for the Dolphins as well as his fantasy owners.

Kamalei Correa TEN

With a sack in the last game against the visiting Texans, he now has one in each of the past three contests he has participated in, despite playing in about half of the defensive snaps. He also contributed four solo tackles in Week 15, one for a loss of yards (TFL) and also picked up a QB hit/hurry (QH).

Ryan Anderson WAS

Anderson saw an uptick in playing time (PT) last week, with Ryan Kerrigan going down with an injury that has landed him on the IR. He responded with a big effort, gathering two sacks to go with his five TT (four solo, one TFL). He also padded the big play portion of his stat sheet with a pair of QH and three forced fumbles (FF). He has a great matchup in store this week, facing the leading team in terms of allowing fantasy production to opposing LBs, the Giants at home.

Mack Wilson CLE

Wilson has been increasing his tackle effort of late, and is coming off a seven TT game (six solo), where he also picked up an INT and a PD. Once Christian Kirk sey hit the IR after Week 2, he has been an every down LB along with Joe Schobert , who generally gets most of the press for his defensive prowess. Wilson is quietly increasing his utility, though, and is available on most waiver wires.

Austin Calitro JAX

Jacksonville is not an inspiring NFL team, by any measure, but injuries to a slew of LBs on the Jag defense has made Calitro a starter for the nonce. He collected 11 TT in Week 15’s tilt against the Raiders on the road, and also was credited with a sack. Not the most skilled LB available, his opportunity makes him a valuable asset for the playoffs in fantasy.

Defensive Linemen

Yannick Ngakoue DE JAX

Continuing the theme of Jaguar IDPs, Ngakoue seems to like to collect his sacks in groups, with three two sack games in the five contests where he has gotten to the opposing QB. He has a decent matchup in Week 16 with the Falcons hosting the Jags, and he will look to build on his prior week’s big stat line: five solos (four TFL), two QH and PD to go with his pair of sacks.

Montez Sweat DE/LB WAS

Sweat has dual eligibility in Yahoo leagues, but is limited to LB in the ESPN platform, reducing his IDP value in those leagues. He gets to face a less than mobile QB in Eli Manning , and that could help him add to his five sacks on the season.

Kenny Clark DT GB

Clark has stepped up his pressure on opposing QBs, gathering 3.5 sacks over the past two games, including two in Week 15. He also had eight TT in that contest against the visiting Bears (six solo, three TFL) with a QH as well. This coming week he has a great matchup against the Vikings, the third most generous offense in allowing points to opposing DTs.

Defensive Backs

Marcell Harris S SF

Harris is now the starting strong safety for the 49er defense, with Jaquisky Tartt sidelined due to a rib injury, as indicated in the injury report below. He should continue to put up strong results in the San Fran defensive scheme.

Terrell Edmunds S PIT

Edmunds is an inconsistent IDP, putting up excellent weeks and following those with virtual disappearances from the stat sheet. The Week 16 opponent ranks one slot after his Week 15 matchup, so perhaps another week of big production could be on tap. High upside is possible, but be wary of the potential for a bust in fantasy production, too.

Marlon Humphrey CB BAL

On the other side of the coin, Humphrey has been remarkably consistent this season in the Raven defensive backfield. He is coming off a four-solo effort against the Jets at home where he also racked up two PDs. The Browns are just one slot removed from a top-five matchup for opposing CBs, so if you need a CB, look no further than the widely-available Humphrey.

Sam Beal CB NYG

Beal takes over a starting role, with Janoris Jenkins being waived by the Giants. He had a fine breakout with 11 TT (eight solo, one TFL) and a PD. His matchup is not as favorable as Humphrey, but he has been productive when playing a majority of the snaps on defense, so there is that to consider.

Danny Johnson CB WAS

The Washington CB led his team with 10 TT in what seemed a poor matchup against a depleted receiving corps on the Eagles (nine solo) last week. He now gets to face the Giants at home in Week 16, a similar ranked opponent.

TreDavious White CB BUF

White flashed good pass defensive skills in Week 15’s game against the host Steelers, deflecting a pair of passes and picking off two passes. He also had four TT (three solo, one TFL) giving him value in both tackle-oriented and big play leagues. His Week 16 opponent, New England, is ranked seventh in fantasy points by opposing CBs through the first 15 weeks of the season.

Jourdan Lewis CB DAL

Lewis has been getting the job done lately, averaging six TT per contest over the past three weeks, 12 of those being of the solo variety. He has also collected three sacks and a trio of PD over that stretch, too. The Philly offense is a top-ten opponent for cornerbacks to date, a point to keep in mind if you are looking for a replacement CB.

Escalator Going Down

Linebackers

Kyle Van Noy NE

The Patriots’ starting right outside LB continues to see plenty of PT, but his production for fantasy owners is underwhelming. Outside of big-play potential, he is likely to disappoint if you employ him in your starting IDP lineup.

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE NYJ

Anderson showed an ability to get to the QB last season with seven sacks, but has just one to his credit this season, reducing the supposed pass rushing defensive end’s value tremendously. This week’s opponent, the Steelers, are a poor matchup, a point working against him as the fantasy playoffs proceed.

Defensive Backs

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S CHI

The former Packer DB managed just one solo tackle against his former team in Week 15. He also has not provided much in the way of big-play value, with zero sacks this season and no PD since he collected a pair in Week 3. The move to the Windy City has not paid dividends for the safety or his fantasy owners in 2019.

Jalen Ramsey CB LAR

Ramsey has cooled off significantly since he was initially traded to the Rams from the Jags, with just five TT over the past three games (all solo) and no big plays whatsoever. Coupled with his time out of the lineup prior to the trade, he has been a general disappointment over this season.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Colts, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Ravens or a Saint DL that you can plug in this week, for the most part.

Linebackers

New York Giants @ Washington

Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis

Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore

Defensive Ends

Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis

Tennessee Titans vs New Orleans

New York Jets vs Pittsburgh

Defensive Tackles

Tennessee Titans vs New Orleans

Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati

Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay

Safeties

Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville

Los Angeles Chargers vs Oakland

Chicago Bears vs Kansas City

New York Giants @ Washington

Cornerbacks

Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami

Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati

Seattle Seahawks vs Arizona

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Houston

Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.

Linebackers

Jerome Baker MIA

Kamalei Correa TEN

Ryan Anderson WAS

Mack Wilson CLE

Austin Calitro JAX

Defensive Linemen

Yannick Ngakoue DE JAX

Montez Sweat DE/LB WAS

Kenny Clark DT GB

Defensive Backs

Marcell Harris S SF

Terrell Edmunds S PIT

Marlon Humphrey CB BAL

Sam Beal CB NYG

Danny Johnson CB WAS

TreDavious White CB BUF

Jourdan Lewis DB DAL

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on prior to Saturday’s games, but should not be considered definitive.

Linebackers

Tanner Vallejo ARI ribs IR

Richie Brown ATL undisclosed

Chris Board BAL concussion

Shaq Green-Thompson CAR ankle

Danny Trevathan CHI elbow IR

Roquan Smith CHI pectoral IR

Leighton Vander Esch DAL neck

Luke Gifford DAL arm IR

Joe Thomas DAL ankle

Christian Jones DET shoulder

Devon Kennard DET hamstring

Jarrad Davis DET ankle IR

Blake Martinez GB hand

Brennan Scarlett HOU Achilles

Jake Martin HOU knee

Bernardrick McKinney HOU concussion

Quincy Williams JAX hand IR

Jake Ryan JAX hamstring IR

Myles Jack JAX knee IR

Raekwon McMillan MIA hamstring IR

Ja’Whaun Bentley NE knee

Jamie Collins NE shoulder

Kiko Alonso NO thigh

Chris Peace NYG knee IR

Marquel Lee OAK toe

Kamu Grugier-Hill PHI back IR

Mychal Kendricks SEA hamstring

Ryan Kerrigan WAS calf IR

Defensive Linemen

DE

Takkarist McKinley ATL shoulder IR

Marquis Haynes CAR knee

Olivier Vernon CLE knee

Dre’Mont Jones DEN ankle

Adam Gotsis DEN knee

DeMarcus Walker DEN ankle

Mike Daniels DET arm IR

Da’Shawn Hand DET ankle IR

Dean Lowry GB ankle

Alex Okafor KC pectoral IR

Taco Charlton MIA ankle

Zach Sieler MIA ankle

Marcus Davenport NO foot IR

Henry Anderson NYJ shoulder

John Franklin-Myers NYJ undisclosed IR

Derek Barnett PHI ankle

Dee Ford SF hamstring

Jadeveon Clowney SEA groin

DT

Caraun Reid ARI knee

Rodney Gunter ARI toe IR

Corey Liuget BUF knee

Vernon Butler CAR illness

Akiem Hicks CHI elbow

Renell Wren CIN hip IR

Sheldon Richardson CLE back

A’Shawn Robinson DET shoulder

Denico Autry IND concussion

Gerald Willis MIA hip IR

Sheldon Rankins NO ankle IR

Quinnen Williams NYJ neck

Steve McClendon NYJ knee

Jullian Taylor SF elbow

D.J. Jones SF ankle IR

Al Woods SEA suspension

Beau Allen TB ankle

Jeffrey Simmons TEN knee

Defensive Backs

S

Eric Murray CLE knee

Robert Jackson CLE ankle IR

C.J. Goodwin DAL thumb

Jahleel Addae HOU Achilles

Rolan Milligan IND foot IR

Malik Hooker IND hand

Ken Webster MIA ankle IR

Jayron Kearse MIN toe

Saquan Hampton NO undisclosed IR

Vonn Bell NO knee

Patrick Robinson NO calf

Johnson Bademosi NO foot IR

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson NO concussion

Jabrill Peppers NYG back IR

Jamal Adams NYJ ankle

Jaquiski Tartt SF ribs

Quandre Diggs SEA ankle

Neiko Thorpe SEA sports hernia IR

Jordan Whitehead TB hamstring IR

Landon Collins WAS Achilles

Deshazor Everett WAS shoulder IR

CB

Kevin Peterson ARI shoulder IR

Desmond Trufant ATL forearm IR

Taveze Calhoun ATL undisclosed

Prince Anukamara CHI hamstring

Kenny Moore IND ankle

Quincy Wilson IND shoulder

Morris Claiborne KC shoulder

Troy Hill LAR thumb

Ryan Lewis MIA hamstring IR

Jason McCourty NE groin

Jonathan Jones NE groin

Arthur Maulet NYJ calf

Brian Poole NYJ concussion

Kyron Brown NYJ quadriceps IR

Avonte Maddox PHI knee

Shaquill Griffin SEA hamstring

Adoree’ Jackson TEN foot

Jimmy Moreland WAS foot IR

Quinton Dunbar WAS hamstring

Fabian Moreau WAS hamstring

 

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