This is it, the last of the major bye weeks, thank goodney. There are some top IDP players that will be available on your waiver wire, due to owners struggling to field a complete team in Week 9, so if you have the room or are quick on the draw and/or have sufficient FAAB saved up, you can make moves that will help you prosper for the balance of the season. I am not going to go over those players on bye, since the primary purpose of this article is to help you succeed on a weekly basis. I would suggest that you either drop me a line (my e-mail address is at the end of this post) or just take a look at which teams are not playing this coming week (the list is just a few lines below and I am suggesting you target Patriot IDPs, in particular…maybe say Dont'a Hightower).

To those of you fine readers that have been e-mailing me, please realize that I am in Arizona for the balance of the week, watching Arizona Fall League baseball games and hanging out with other fantasy baseball analysts, so my response time may be a tad slower than usual, but I do read my messages every day.

Bye Weeks coming up:

Week 9: Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, New England, Washington

Week 10: Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oakland

Week 11: Atlanta, Denver, New York Jets, San Diego

Week 12: None

Week 13: Cleveland, Tennessee (and we are done with the bye weeks)

Elevator Going Up


Julian Stanford NYJ -- Stanford was on the field in Week 8 against the Browns for all the defensive snaps, and racked up six total tackles (three solo, one for a loss). So long as ILB Darron Lee is out, he should be a good LB2/3 to employ in tackle-oriented leagues.

Nigel Bradham PHI -- Bradham carries some risk if you decide to snag him, as he may be facing a league-imposed suspension yet this season. Still, he is an every-down LB for the Eagles, and as with the guy just below him on this short list of recommended pickups at LB, he has an important division game pending in Week 9.

Jonathan Casillas NYG -- Casillas does not have the greatest matchup, as the Eagles have been stingy against opposing linebackers this season, but it is a division game and Casillas should be well rested.

Nick Bellore SF -- Bellore has been recommended here previously, and now that his bye week is over and done with, now would be a good time to pick him up if your linebacking crew is decimated with injury or just because of poor performances of late.

Defensive Linemen

Adrian Clayborn DE ATL -- Clayborn is coming off a strong, two sack/three solo tackle/2 QH (quarterback hits) performance against the Packers in Week 8. Two of his tackles were for a loss, as well. He has been impressive for two consecutive weeks now, and while he is not listed as a starter, he does see a starter's snap count, so labels be damned.

Frank Clark DE SEA -- Clark should be seeing more playing time with Michael Bennett looking at surgery, and he made his chances count against the Saints, with six tackles (three solo, one for a loss), a sack and a QH. So long as he is seeing an increase in defensive snaps, his value will be elevated.

Marcell Dareus DT BUF -- Dareus has the benefit of facing Seattle and their atrocious offensive line in Week 9. On that basis alone, I would consider him, but he is also coming off a four solo tackle effort with a sack in Week 8, to boot.

Star Lotulelei DT CAR -- Lotulelei was a defensive juggernaut against the Cardinals in Week 8, being credited with three sacks (the team had eight total), six tackles (five solo, three for a loss of yards), two QH and also forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. I am nearly certain that he will not repeat those numbers this week, but if you lost your DT, he is a fine bye-week replacement.  

Defensive Backs

Daniel Sorensen S KC -- Sorenson is not a starting safety for the Chiefs, instead filling the role of nickel linebacker. He is seeing increased time on the field, however, due to his fine play the past few weeks. He had seven tackles against the Colts, with a forced fumble, and now gets to face the Jaguars, who are expected to have to air it out, allowing Sorenson to see plenty of time as the nickel back in Week 9.

Robert Blanton S BUF -- Blanton stepped in as the full time strong safety for the Bills when Aaron Williams suffered a serious neck injury, and he excelled against the Patriots. He had 11 total tackles (eight solo), and in a tackle-heavy IDP league, is certainly someone to consider adding to your roster and starting lineup.

Jude Adjei-Barimah CB TB -- Adjei-Barimah is our sole cornerback this week, but he is well worth pursuing. He is coming off consecutive weeks with a sack, and also had six solo tackles (one for a loss) and a QH to his credit on the stat sheet. His performance on the field is rewarding him addition playing time, and he would be a player to consider in CB-mandatory leagues, although he plays well enough to serve as a general DB, too.



Escalator Going Down


Demario Davis CLE -- Davis' value takes a huge hit with the recent trade for star LB Jamie Collins, coming over to the Browns from the Patriots. He is likely destined for a reserve LB role going forward, as Christian Kirksey was already outperforming him at the team's three down linebacker. If for some reason he is on your roster, get rid of him now.

Defensive Linemen

Ezekiel Ansah DE DET -- I believe the Ansah came back from his injury too quickly, as his production has been terrible with just four tackles (three solo) in the past three weeks. I would not necessarily drop him, but he should not be starting at present.

Corey Liuget DE SD -- Liuget has no sacks on the season, and is not producing any tackles, either. That makes for a useless defensive linesman in IDP leagues, and you would do well to rid yourself of his presence immediately.

Malik Jackson DT JAX -- Jackson has not been credited with a tackle in the past two contests, and the fact that he played 40+ snaps in Week 8 against a Titan team that had 43 rush attempts makes me question his value. He is another DL that is better suited for the waiver wire than your lineup.

Defensive Backs

Kemal Ishmael S ATL -- I will admit I bought in on Ishmael as a DB that was playing at LB earlier this season, but he has now been relegated (demoted) to special teams, and that sucks all his value away.

Matchups to Exploit

I received no input, negative or positive on the new matchup format I adopted last week, so let's go with it again and see what develops. Remember, first team listed is the team you want to use the IDP listed against.


Colts @ Packers

Jets @ Dolphins

Jaguars @ Chiefs

Vikings vs Lions

Defensive Ends

Chargers vs Titans

Bills @ Seahawks

Dolphins vs NYJ

Defensive Tackles

Titans @ Chargers

Broncos @ Raiders


Chargers vs Titans

Saints @ 49ers

Browns vs Cowboys

Giants vs Eagles


Buccaneers vs Falcons

Panthers @ Rams

Saints @ 49ers



Waiver Wire Targets

All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. Not all the players I comment on are necessarily here, however, as I am not going to waste your time searching for players that are heavily owned. 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.


Julian Stanford NYJ

Nigel Bradham PHI

Jonathan Casillas NYG

Nick Bellore SF

Defensive Linesmen

Adrian Clayborn DE ATL

Frank Clark DE SEA

Marcell Dareus DT BUF

Star Lotulelei DT CAR

Defensive Backs

Daniel Sorensen S KC

Robert Blanton S BUF

Jude Adjei-Barimah CB TB

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 early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Alex Okafor ARI calf

Terrell Suggs BAL biceps

Elvis Dumervil BAL foot (just give up on this guy)

C.J. Mosley BAL thigh

Lorenzo Alexander BUF hamstring

Jamari Lattimore BUF nose

Shaq Thompson CAR thumb

Jackson Jeffcoat CLE hamstring

Tank Carder CLE concussion

Ryan Davis DAL hamstring

Brandon Marshall DEN hamstring

DeAndre Levy DET knee

Clay Matthews GB hamstring

Brian Peters HOU quadriceps

Josh McNary IND neck

Curt Maggitt IND ankle

Stephone Anthony NO hamstring

Bruce Carter NYJ quadriceps

Darron Lee NYJ ankle

Kamu Grugler-Hill PHI hamstring

Jeremiah Attaochu SD ankle

Denzel Perryman SD hamstring

Jatavis Brown SD knee

Kevin Pierre-Louis SEA ankle

Aaron Lynch SF ankle

Kevin Dodd TEN foot

Defensive Linemen


Ed Stinson ARI toe

Dwight Freeney ATL quadriceps

Wallace Gilberry DET abdomen

Kendall Langford IND knee

Henry Anderson IND knee

Jared Odrick JAX quadriceps

Stacy McGee OAK ankle

Cameron Heyward PIT hamstring

Michael Bennett SEA knee

Glenn Dorsey SF knee

Arik Armstead SF shoulder

William Gholston TB biceps


GRady Jarrett ATL shoulder

Vernon Butler CAR ankle

Eddie Goldman CHI ankle

Haloti Ngata DET shoulder

Vince Wolfork HOU groin

Michael Brockers LA thigh

Sharrif Floyd MIN knee

Woodrow Hamilton NE shoulder

Bennie Logan PHI groin

Taylor Hart PHI ankle

Tony McDaniel SEA undisclosed

Clinton McDonald TB hamstring

Defensive Backs


Tyrann Mathieu ARI shoulder

Lardarius Webb BAL hamstring

Kurt Coleman CAR thumb

Barry Church DAL arm

Chris Banjo GB hamstring

Quintin Demps HOU calf

Lonnie Ballentine HOU groin

Mike Adams IND groin

Andrew Sendejo MIN ankle

Darian Thompson NYG foot

Shamarko Thomas PIT groin

Jahleel Addae SD collarbone

Kam Chancellor SEA groin

Rashad Johnson TEN neck

Kyshoen Jarrett WAS shoulder

Will Blackmon WAS thumb

Duke Ihenacho WAS concussion


Tharold Simon ARI ankle

Brian Poole ATL foot

Shareece Wright BAL back

Tavon Young BAL concussion

James Bradberry CAR foot

Bryce Callahan CHI hamstring

Deiondre' Hall CHI ankle

Marcus Burley CLE hamstring

Morris Claiborne DAL sports hernia

Aqib Talib DEN back

Kayvon Webster DEN hamstring

Darius Slay DET hamstring

Damarious Randall GB groin

Quinten Rollins GB groin

Vontae Davis IND concussion

Jalil Brown IND ankle

Tevin Mitchel IND hamstring

Aaron Colvin JAX calf

D.J. White KC hand

Trumaine Johnson LA ankle

Xavien Howard MIA knee (meniscus)

Captain Munnerlyn MIN foot

Marcus Sherels MIN wrist

Sterling Moore NO abdomen

Delvin Breaux NO lower leg

Buster Skrine NYJ knee

Sean Smith OAK shoulder

Craig Mager SD concussion

DeAndre Elliott SEA hamstring

Rashard Robinson SF knee (MCL)

Perrish Cox TEN concussion

As ever, good luck and Godspeed in your fantasy efforts. Make sure to read all of our great articles to help you win your fantasy match ups every week and ultimately bask in championship glory. If you have any fantasy football questions, especially about IDP leagues, I can be reached at