In many leagues, this is the last chance to make the playoffs. Finding a replacement IDP on the waiver wire is difficult but there are some gems out there. Not many, granted, but there are some worthwhile options to consider going into Week 13. Let us take a look at who is available, shall we?

Elevator Going Up


Blake Martinez GB

Josh Bynes ARI

Martinez is heavily owned (79% in ESPN, but only 48% in Yahoo) and thus may not be available to you but grab him if he is on the wire. He is coming off a superb Week 12 effort, with 15 total tackles (12 solo) and one of those was a tackle for loss of yards (TFL). He also had an INT, a pass defensed (PD) and a fumble recovery. He has a tough matchup this week against Tampa Bay, who are the best in football at limiting fantasy point production to opposing linebackers, but Week 14 against the Browns and Week 16 against the Vikings are tasty matchups.

Bynes had a productive Week 12, picking up nine combined tackles (eight solo) and forcing a fumble. He filled in nicely for Deone Bucannon, who went down with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable for this week. Check the injury reports and be ready to pounce if Bucannon is not playing.

IDP to consider that have been previously profiled: Tahir Whitehead DET (Week 5), Demario Davis NYJ (Week 2), Chandler Jones ARI (Week 3), Denzel Parryman LAC (Week 11), Darron Lee NYJ (Week 2).

Defensive Linemen

Brandon Graham DE PHI

Olivier Vernon DE NYG

Denico Autry DE OAK

Frostee Rucker DT ARI

Graham had a sack in Week 12, giving him seven on the season. He also had five solo tackles (two TFL), a quarterback hit/hurry (QH) and forced a fumble against the visiting Bears. The Philadelphia offensive attack is forcing opponents to gamble, resulting in pass rush opportunities this season for Graham, who now has a career-best seven sacks with time left to improve on that number.

Vernon looks to be healthy once again, and he has collected 12 total tackles (nine solo) over the past three weeks. He also contributed 1.5 sacks in Week 12 against Washington on the road, further demonstrating his improved health. His Week 13 matchup is not favorable, as the Raiders give up the least fantasy points to opposing DEs through Week 12.

Autry had a great game in Denver in Week 12, with three total tackles (two solo, two TFL) and he also added two sacks and two QH to his stat line. He and Mario Edwards have been timesharing across from Khalil Mack, which limits his full potential. He does have two good matchups coming up when the Raiders host the Giants in Week 13 and then head to Kansas City for Week 14.

Rucker is the lone DT candidate this week. He had a four solo tackle effort in Week 10 and a five solo in Week 12. Those two decent performances sandwich a one solo tackle game in Week 11, however, so unless you must start a DT in your league, you might not want to take a risk on the veteran.

IDP to consider that have been previously profiled:  Cameron Heyward DE PIT (Week 5).

Defensive Backs

Reshad Jones S MIA

Clayton Geathers S IND

Miles Killebrew S DET

Bradley McDougald S SEA

Desmond King CB LAC

Ryan Smith CB TB

Dre Kirkpatrick DB CIN

Jonathan Jones CB NE

Trumaine Johnson CB LAR

Jones is not likely to be available in your leagues, but as with Blake Martinez above, if your league has been asleep at the wheel, snap him up. He is coming off a twelve total tackle game in New England (nine solo), and he also recovered a fumble that he took in for a TD.

Geathers came off the PUP list for Week 12, after a lengthy recovery from a serious neck injury. He put up goose eggs across the stat line, and only played 10 snaps with six of those on special teams. He has DB1 potential if he gets a starting role in the Colts defensive backfield, and would be a good player to stash on your bench if you have the room.

Killebrew is slated to move into the starting strong safety position, now that Tavon Wilson is having season-ending surgery on his shoulder. He did have a nine total tackle game in Week 3 when he started in place of Wilson (eight solo), so there is potential for tackle production going forward.

McDougald is another player who moves into a starting role due to injury, in this instance the player he is replacing is Kam Chancellor, making for pretty big shoes to fill. He was a productive tackler when with Tampa Bay before his move to Seattle this season, and showed coverage skills with 21 PD between 2014-16, and if he comes close to mirroring Chancellor’s efforts in the secondary, he would be a valuable late-season pickup.

Kingplays nickel corner for the Chargers and thanks to opposing offenses avoiding the strong play of the outside CBs, he gets plenty of action. He put up a five solo tackle effort against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, along with an INT and a PD, while also scoring a TD.

Smithis starting for the Buccaneers with Vernon Hargreaves sitting out with a hamstring injury. He is being targeted frequently, resulting in good tackle numbers. His coverage skills are lacking, though, so he is mostly valuable in tackle-oriented leagues. He has a pair of good matchups in the next two weeks, going to Green Bay and then hosting the Lions.

Kirkpatrick had nine total tackles ((seven solo) and a couple of PD in Week 12 and now has another good matchup against the Steelers in Week 13. He sees plenty of snaps on defense week in, week out, and is a CB1 at this point in the season.

The second Jones profiled this week looked good in Week 12 against the visiting Dolphins, with nine solo tackles (one TFL), a sackand a QH. Of course, New England did have seven sacks in the game. Week 13’s opponent, Buffalo, is a tough matchup, but things get better after that with the Patriots heading to Miami and then Pittsburgh.

Johnson spent Week 12 shadowing Michael Thomas (NO). He often draws the duty of covering the opponent’s best receiver, which results in plenty of tackle opportunities, although he does flash coverage skills as well. This week’s matchup is a good one, with a road contest against the Cardinals.

IDP to consider that have been previously profiled:  Eric Reed S SF (Week 12), Barry Church S JAX (Week 9), Vonn Bell S NO (Week 3), Morgan Burnett S GB (Week 6), Johnathan Cyprien S TEN (Week 12), Budda Baker S ARI (Week 12) Justin Evans S TB (Week 6).

Escalator Going Down


None to speak of, except those listed below in the injury report.

Defensive Linemen

Adrian Clayborn DE ATL

David Irving DT DAL

Clayborn had to QH against Tampa Bay in Week 12, but he is not producing tackles with just one solo in the past two weeks. He was likely a waiver wire darling after his six sack Week 10 performance against Dallas, but the past couple of games make it clear that he should be dropped.

Irving is another player who has not been helping owners, collecting just one solo tackle and one assist over Weeks 11 and 12. He does have six sacks to his credit, but the last sack came in Week 9. As with Clayborn, feel free to cut him loose.

Defensive Backs

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

Matchups to Exploit

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


Detroit @ Baltimore

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville

Jacksonville v Indianapolis

New Orleans v Buffalo

Los Angeles Chargers v Cleveland

Defensive Ends

Tennessee v Houston

Miami v Denver

Baltimore v Detroit

Jacksonville v Indianapolis

Defensive Tackles

Dallas v Washington

Kansas City @ New York Jets

Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona


Buffalo v New England

Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona

Denver @ Miami

Tennessee v Houston


Los Angeles Chargers v Cleveland

Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh

Miami v Denver

Philadelphia @ 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.


Blake Martinez GB (Just realize that his ownership in ESPN is 79%, but only 48% in Yahoo)

Josh Bynes ARI

Defensive Linesmen

Brandon Graham DE PHI

Olivier Vernon DE NYG

Denico Autry DE OAK

Frostee Rucker DT ARI

Defensive Backs

Clayton Geathers S IND

Miles Killebrew S DET

Bradley McDougald S SEA

Desmond King CB LAC

Ryan Smith CB TB

Dre Kirkpatrick DB CIN

Jonathan Jones CB NE

Trumaine Johnson CB LAR

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.


Deone Buchanon ARI ankle

Thomas Davis CAR thigh

Danny Trevathan CHI calf

Vincent Rey CIN hamstring

Nick Vigil CIN ankle

Justin Durant DAL concussion

Sean Lee DAK hamstring

Anthony Hitchens DAL groin

Clay Matthews GB groin

Brennan Scarlett HOU foot

Telvin Smith JAX concussion

Donald Payne JAX hamstring

Dee Ford KC back

Ukeme Eligwe KC Achilles

James Onwalu LAC quadriceps

Connor Barwiin LAR arm

Brandon Watts MIA back

Kyle Van Noy NE calf

Trevor Reilly NE head

Bryan Braman NO undisclosed

J.T. Thomas NYG groin

B.J. Goodson NYG ankle

Calvin Munson NYG quadriceps

Corey Lemonier NYJ foot

Joe Walker PHI neck

D.J. Alexander SEA shoulder

Josh Forrest SEA foot

Zach Brown WAS shoulder

Martrell Spaight WAS ankle

Defensive Linemen


Josh Mauro ARI ankle

Robert Nkemdiche ARI ankle

Roy Robertson CHI hamstring

Derek Wolfe DEN neck

Hassan Ridgeway IND shoulder

Trey Flowers NE ribs

Anthony Johnson NYJ undisclosed

Dion Jordan SEA neck

Robert Ayers TB concussion

Matt Ioannidis WAS ankle


Corey Peters ARI ankle

Maliek Collins DAL foot

Domata Peko DEN knee (MCL)

Kenny Clark GB ankle

Corbin Bryant NYG elbow

Steve McLendon NYJ neck

Beau Allen PHI knee

Clinton McDonald TB back

Terrell McClain WAS toe

Defensive Backs


Johnathan Ford ARI knee

Chris Prosinski CHI hamstring

Adrian Amos CHI hamstring

DeAndre Houston-Carson CHI ankle

Shawn Williams CIN hamstring

Ed Reynolds CLE knee

Derron Smith CLE knee

Maurice Smith MIA illness

Kam Chancellor SEA neck

Adrian Colbert SF thumb

T.J. Ward TB concussion

Josh Robinson TB hamstring

Da’Norris Searcy TEN ankle

Su’s Cravens WAS personal

Montae Nicholson WAS concussion


Desmond Trufant ATL head

Brian Poole ATL back

Captain Munnerlyn CAR illness

Daryl Worley CAR foot

Bryce Callahan CHI knee

Jamal Agnew DET knee

Rashaan Melvin IND hand

Chris Culliver IND undisclosed

Nickell Robey LAR thigh

Eric Rowe NYJ foot

David Amerson OAK foot

Joe Haden PIT upper leg

Shaq Griffin SEA concussion

Vernon Hargreaves TB hamstring


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