This report is coming in late, due to the scribe of the article being out in Arizona watching Arizona Fall League baseball games. If you have any questions about IDP this tough second six-bye week, drop me a line as an online presence will be available while sitting in seminars.

Bye Weeks coming up: Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, New England, Pittsburgh

Elevator Going Up


Cory James OAK

Matt Milano BUF

Deone Bucannon ARI

K.J. Wright SEA

James is still recovering from his knee injury, but did play a large portion of the snaps on defense against the Bills in Week 8. He had eight solo tackles, with three of those being tackles for a loss of yards (TFL). The problem with owning James has more to do with the addition of Navarro Bowman to the Oakland defense than anything else, but he should still be targeted as an option on the wire.

Milano has proved to be a more than adequate replacement for the injured Ramon Humber, and posted a nice stat line in Week 8 for those that snagged him off the waiver wire: four total tackles (three solo), a fumble recovery (FR) and a TD on that fumble recovery. Humber will likely resume his starting role when he comes back from his injury, but if Milano keeps producing, he will still be a viable LB in IDP leagues.

Bucannon may be available in your league due to his Week 8 bye and he has a nice matchup against the 49ers in Week 9. He is coming off a 12 total tackle week prior to the bye week (11 solo), so if he is available, go ahead and snatch him off the wire.

Wright has collected 25 total tackles over the past two contests (15 solo), which is amazing production for those of you in tackle oriented leagues. He is not much for big plays, though, and the matchup against Washington is just so-so in Week 9. Still, 25 total tackles is nothing to sneeze at whatsoever.

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE IND

Muhammad Wilkerson DE NYJ

Mario Addison DE CAR

Tyrone Crawford DE DAL

Vinny Curry DE PHI

Frank Clark DE SEA

David Irving DE DAL

Carlos Dunlap DE CIN

Leger Douzable DT SF

Anderson leads off a big slate of DE options this week. He has a good matchup against the Colts in Week 9, and is coming off a great Week 8 performance: seven total tackles (five solo, three TFL) with a sack, one quarterback hit/hurry (QH) and a blocked field goal (not exactly the most desirable thing unless you play in a decidedly detailed IDP league, admittedly).

Wilkerson is a grab and hold guy, if you have the bench space, since he is not expected to play on the Thursday night game against the Bills. He did rack up five solo tackles (two TFL), a sack (his first of the season) and a QH in Week 8 against the Falcons. Week 10 he faces the Buccaneers, which is not a great matchup, but then the Jets have a bye before having a couple of good games against the Panthers and Chiefs. So, if you have the bench space, he is a good stash and hold.

Addison had a fine five total tackle effort against the Bucs in Week 8 (three solo, one TFL) with the addition of 1.5 sacks and two QH. His Week 9 opponent is Atlanta, which is a middle of the pack match up, and then the Dolphins in Week 10, which is another so-so matchup before the Week 11 bye. The numbers are nice, but he is more of guy you want to help get you through the bye weeks as opposed to someone to hold onto the rest of the season.

Crawford had a sack against Washington, and also contributed four QH and a forced fumble (FF). He has been coming on with three sacks over his past three games (broken up by a bye week in Week 6). If you need big plays, he is a good option to snatch.

Curry plays for the best team in football, at least according to standings as this is being written. He gets to face the Broncos in Week 9, who have allowed the second most points to DEs through Week 8, but then he goes on bye in Week 10. Still worth grabbing for a heavy bye week coming up. He is coming off a five solo tackle effort with one sack against the 49ers.

Clark has been coming on, with two sacks in Week 8, and now has 4.5 on the season. His Week 9 matchup against Washington is particularly tasty for IDP purposes.

Irving is under owned and that is a crime. He has picked up five sacks over his past three games (there was a bye week in there) and has also has picked up a pass defensed in each of his three games played in 2017. He is past his team's bye week, and thus is a great add for the second half of the season.

Dunlap seems to like playing during the second half the season and is coming off a game where he snagged an INT that he returned for a TD in Week 8. His matchups are not great with the exception of Week 11 against the Broncos, but given his track record, now is the time to add him to your roster.

Douzable has been a great free agent pickup by the 49ers, and had a two sack effort in Week 8 against the Eagles with a nice five solo tackles. He has great matchups in store against the Cardinals and Giants in store, so take a look on your wire for his presence.

Defensive Backs

Jaquiski Tartt S SF

Kurt Coleman S CAR

Trae Elston S BUF

Tavon Wilson S DET

Barry Church S JAX

Tartt is still starting at strong safety for the 49ers, even with Eric Reed returning to action. He had a seven total tackle effort against the Eagles (five solo) with a QH tossed in for those who rely on big play IDP. His Week 9 matchup against the Cardinals looks good, although his Week 10 matchup against the Giants is just so-so, and then he has a bye, so he is pretty much a one week add.

Coleman was a full time defensive player in Week 8, racking up nine total tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery. He also has a couple of good matchups before his team goes on bye in Week 11, so use him now.

Elston had a great game in Week 8, filling in for the injured Jordan Poyer, getting involved in 11 total tackles (eight solo) and also adding a PD and INT. He could end up back on special teams with Poyer due to return to action on Thursday in Week 9, so be cautious with your enthusiasm.

Wilson is up and down with his tackle numbers, but he does get to show off on Monday night in Week 9 (admittedly a bad matchup for safeties as the Lions face off against the Packers). He had 11 total tackles in Week 8 (six solo). Consider him a good add in Week 11 when the Lions host the Bears.

Church has decent if not great matchups in store when the Jags face the Bengals, the Chargers and the Browns over the next three weeks. He has been racking up the tackles lately with 21 total over the past four games he has played (Jacksonville had its bye in Week 8). If you need tackles over the balance of the season, he is someone to consider picking up.

Escalator Going Down


None of note, except those listed below on the injury report.

Defensive Linemen

Brooks Reed DE ATL

Reed gets to face the Panthers in Week 9, which as noted above is a good matchup. But then again, he is coming off a zero tackle effort against the Jets in Week 8. His playing time is being reduced in favor of Vic Beasley, Adrian Claiborne and rookie Takkarist McKinley, but keep an eye on the injury reports as he may see additional time on the field in Week 9.

Defensive Backs

Matthias Farley S IND

Despite playing all the snaps on defense in Week 8, he ended up with zero tackles against the Bengals. He did pick up one QH, but that was little compensation for his owners. Some of the Colt defensive backs are coming back from injury, finally, so if this kind of production continues, expect to see a reduction in playing time going forward.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the second team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. There are less options that look tasty this week, due to the six byes. Do not go crazy, but if you were to target linebackers playing against the Browns or Bills this week, it would not be a bad move for the most part.


New York Jets vs Buffalo

Tennessee vs Baltimore

Defensive Ends

Indianapolis @ Houston

Philadelphia vs Denver

Houston vs Indianapolis

Defensive Tackles

Seattle vs Washington

San Francisco vs Arizona

Indianapolis @ Houston

Houston vs Indianapolis


Oakland @ Miami

Atlanta @ Carolina


Philadelphia vs Denver

Washington @ Seattle

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 commented on are here, however, as there is no need 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.


Cory James OAK

Matt Milano BUF

Deone Bucannon ARI

K.J. Wright SEA

Defensive Linesmen

Henry Anderson DE IND

Muhammad Wilkerson DE NYJ

Mario Addison DE CAR

Tyrone Crawford DE DAL

Vinny Curry DE PHI

Frank Clark DE SEA

David Irving DE DAL

Carlos Dunlap DE CIN

Leger Douzable DT SF

Defensive Backs

Jaquiski Tartt S SF

Kurt Coleman S CAR

Trae Elston S BUF

Tavon Wilson S DET

Barry Church S JAX

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.


Karlos Dansby ARI finger

Duke Riley ATL knee (meniscus)

Deion Jones ATL ankle

Ramon Humber BUF thumb

Thomas Davis CAR knee

John Timu CHI knee

Kevin Minter CIN elbow

Todd Davis DEN ankle

Paul Worrilow DET knee

Joe Thomas GB ankle

Ahmad Brooks GB back

Jake Ryan GB migraine

Dylan Cole HOU hamstring

Jadeveon Clowney HOU knee

Ben Heeney HOU elbow

Brian Peters HOU hamstring

Jabaal Sheard IND quadriceps

John Simon IND neck

Justin Houston KC knee

Dee Ford KC back

Brandon Watts MIA back

Dont'a Hightower NE pectoral

Bryan Braman NO undisclosed

Jonathan Casillas NYG neck

B.J. Goodson NYG ankle

Calvin Munson NYG quadriceps

Corey Lemonier NYJ foot

Cory James OAK knee

Marquel Lee OAK ankle

Nicholas Morrow OAK ankle

Bobby Wagner SEA hamstring

Reuben Foster SF ribs

Kendell Beckwith SEA knee

Zach Brown WAS back

Martrell Spaight WAS shoulder

Defensive Linemen


Frostee Rucker ARI knee

Courtney Upshaw ATL ankle

Takkarist McKinley ATL shoulder

Roy Robertson-Harris CHI hamstring

Michael Johnson CIN back

Myles Garrett CLE concussion

Demarcus Lawrence DAL calf

Joel Heath HOU knee

William Heath MIA hamstring

Andre Branch MIA groin

Stephen Weatherly MIN knee

Olivier Vernon NYG ankle

Kerry Wynn NYG knee

Lawrence Thomas NYJ concussion

Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ shoulder

Ed Stinson NYJ shoulder

Anthony Johnson NYJ undisclosed

Stephon Tuitt PIT back

Michael Bennett SEA heel

Solomon Thomas SF knee (MCL)

Aaron Lynch SF calf

Matt Ioannidis WAS hand


Grady Jarrett ATL ankle

Michael Pierce BAL illness

Kyle Love CAR ankle

Larry Ogunjobi CLE groin

Trevon Coley CLE neck

Maliek Collins DAL foot

D.J. Reader HOU shoulder

Malcolm Brown NE ankle

Robert Thomas NYG calf

Jarran Reed SEA concussion

Chris Baker TB ankle

Defensive Backs


Lardarius Webb BAL concussion

Jordan Poyer BUF knee (MCL)

Chris Prosinski CHI hamstring

Ed Reynolds CLE knee

Jabrill Peppers CLE toe

Morgan Burnett GB hamstring

Kentrell Brice GB leg

Cody Davis LAR thigh

Nat Berhe NYG calf

Terrence Brooks NYJ hamstring

Karl Joseph OAK groin

Mike Mitchell PIT calf

Earl Thomas SEA hamstring

Kam Chancellor SEA ankle

Su'a Cravens WAS personal

Montae Nicholson WAS shoulder


Brian Poole ATL neck

Jimmy Smith BAL Achilles

Sherrick McManis CHI hamstring

Bryce Callahan CHI knee

Dre Kirkpatrick CIN shoulder

Briean Boddy-Calhoun CLE hamstring

Chidobe Awuzie DAL hamstring

Johnathan Joseph HOU shin

Chris Culliver IND undisclosed

Rashaan Melvin IND concussion

Darryl Morris IND undisclosed

Quincy Wilson IND knee

Stephon Gilmore NE concussion

Eric Rowe NE groin

Michael Hunter NYG hamstring

Morris Claiborne NYJ foot

Gareon Conley OAK shin

David Amerson OAK foot

Ronald Darby PHI ankle

K'Waun Williams SF quadriceps

Brent Grimes TB shoulder

Bashaud Breeland WAS knee (MCL)

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