Hope you all survived the six-team byes that Week 10 brought us. Back to a fairly normal  situation of four teams not playing this current week, and below there is a fine selection of IDP available on the waiver wire to pick up and replace your injured and/or underperforming players on defense, especially in the DB realm. 

Bye Weeks coming up: Current Week Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans; Week 12 Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings; Weeks 13-17 NONE

Elevator Going Up


Nick Kwiatkoski CHI

With Danny Trevathan on the sidelines, the Bears will turn to four year veteran to fill in. He collected 10 tackles (eight solo) in Week 10 against the visiting Lions, one for a loss of yards (TFL). He also contributed with an INT, a pass deflection (PD) and a QB hit/hurry (QH), as well as a sack. Quite a full stat line for a former special teams player that should be available to pick up off the wire. 

Clay Matthews LAR

Matthews finally came back from his jaw injury that kept his out of action since Week 5, and resumed his sack-happy ways, collecting 1.5 against the host Steelers. That gives him 7.5 sacks on the season, even with him missing three games. He is not much for tackle production (three TT, two solo, one TFL) but is extremely valuable in leagues that reward for sacks. He also added a PD and a pair of QH against Pittsburgh.

Mark Barron PIT

Barron, on the other side of the field, put up double-digit tackles in Week 10 (10 TT, all solos). He also tossed in a PD to spice up his stat sheet, and he has a great matchup with the Steelers heading to Cleveland to take on the fifth most generous team in terms of LB fantasy production.

Defensive Linemen

Clelin Farrell DE OAK

Oakland has been a surprise team this season, and production from rookie DLs such as Farrell (and his teammate Maxx Crosby) has been a big reason for their success. Ferrell picked up eight TT in Week 10 (eight solo, two TFL), to go with a trio of QH, a PD and 2.5 sacks. Farrell is an upside DL that should be kept in mind if you need a replacement IDP.

Trey Flowers DE DET

Flowers saw a big uptick in snaps played in Week 10, and responded with a corresponding increase in production: seven TT (six solo, two TFL), two QH and a sack. So long as he is seeing time on the field, he is a steady producer on defense.

Trent Murphy DE BUF

Murphy has a couple of good matchups on tap, with the Bills heading to Miami and then hosting the Broncos. He is coming off a seven TT effort (six solo, one TFL) and similar production can be expected over the near future.

Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL

Be aware that Lawrence has been limited in practice with a neck issue to open the week. He was credited with eight TT last week (five solo, one TFL) despite playing just 2/3 of the snaps on defense, while also picking up a QH against the visiting Vikings.

Chris Jones DT KC

Jones added to his sack total, picking up two more against the host Titans, giving him five on the season. He had seven TT in Week 10 (four solo, one TFL) as well as a pair of QH and forcing a fumble (FF). He is an elite DT option to plug in if you play in a DT-mandatory league.

Defensive Backs

Jessie Bates III S CIN

The situation in Cincy is dire, but Bates has been a shining star. In his second NFL season, he continues to rack up the tackles, collecting eight more against the visiting Ravens (seven solo). He contributed big play fantasy value, too, with and INT and PD.

Damarious Randall S CLE

Randall came off a hamstring injury to play every down on defense, putting up seven TT (five solo) and a PD. He has been a plus DB when healthy, but his absences from the field make him difficult to trust fully.

Jamal Adams S NYJ

Adams was stellar for the Jets in Week 10’s matchup against the Giants: Nine TT (eight solo), two sacks, two QH, two FF, one fumble recovery (FR), one PD. He also contributed a TD, but obviously that is just sauce for the goose, and not something you can expect from any IDP on a weekly basis. Do not operate on recency-bias, as his next two matchups are not as favorable for a safety, with Washington and Oakland on the schedule.

Tavon Wilson S DET

Tracy Walker does not look good to play in Week 11, meaning the Lions will again turn to Wilson to be an every-down DB. He collected six TT (five solo) against the host Bears last week, and also added a PD and a sack to make him a big-play option as well. With Walker looking doubtful for Week 11, expect similar production against the Cowboys at home.

Marcus Peters CB BAL

Peters has three defensive TDs on the season, and in the three games he has been with Baltimore, he has collected two pick-sixes. He has big play potential, obviously, with the INT and a PD against the Bengals, but also added six TT (five solo), making him an all-around valuable DB option in IDP leagues.

TreDavious White CB BUF

White has been assigned the duty of shadowing the opposing top WR, and picked up four PD while covering Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 10. He also collected six solo tackles last week, and is on schedule for more than 60 solos this season if he keeps up his current pace of production. 

Jamal Dean CB TB

Rookie CBs that are targeted frequently by opposing offensive coordinators put up excellent fantasy numbers generally, and Dean has been in that class. With Vernon Hargreaves III being waived by the team, Dean will continue to see snaps on defense. He picked up four PD and an INT in Week 10, but only two solo tackles (one TFL), although he did have six TT the previous week.

Mike Hughes CB MIN

As with the prior CB discussed this week, Hughes is an unproven youngster who will be targeted until he proves himself. He had seven solo tackles against the host Cowboys, with a pair of PD, but be advised his team will not be active in Week 12 due to their bye.

Joe Haden CB PIT

If Haden plays in Week 11, which is questionable at this point, he has a great matchup against the Browns. He is coming off a seven TT effort in Week 10 (six solos) with five PD and an INT, as well a FF, so if he goes, he is a tempting option.

Escalator Going Down


Deion Jones ATL

Jones has collected just nine TT over the past two games, while teammate Foyesade Oluokun collected eight tackles in less than half as many defensive snaps in Week 10. Jones is a three-down LB but his production is not reflecting that playing time.

Anthony Walker IND

Walker is seeing plenty of time on the field in the Colt defense, but his fantasy production has been inconsistent at best. He has big games, then lays an egg, and that is not what you want at this stage of the season. 

Defensive Linemen

Myles Garrett DE CLE

Garrett has been held off the stat sheet in terms of sacks the past two games, although he does have 10 sacks on the season. His major failing is the limited tackle production he provides as a DL with just 28 through nine contests. His Week 11 opponent, the Steelers, is also not a great matchup.

Taco Charlton DE MIA

The Dolphin DE was an IDP darling earlier this season, but has gone ice cold of late, with just two solo tackles over the past three contests. It is time to cut him with that type of limited production.

Defensive Backs

None to write about, save for those listed in the Injury Report below

Matchups to Exploit

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


Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans

Cleveland Browns @ Oakland

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville

Defensive Ends

New York Jets @ Washington

Houston Texans @ Baltimore

Denver Broncos @ Minnesota

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans

Defensive Tackles 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona

Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis


Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona

Baltimore Ravens vs Houston


Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans

Cincinnati Bengals @ Oakland

New England Patriots @ Philadelphia

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.


Nick Kwiatkoski CHI

Clay Matthews LAR

Mark Barron PIT

Defensive Linesmen

Clelin Farrell DE OAK

Trey Flowers DE DET

Trent Murphy DE BUF

Demarcus Lawrence DE DAL (Owned in 35% of ESPN leagues, 22% of Yahoo leagues)

Chris Jones DT KC

Defensive Backs

Jessie Bates III S CIN (Owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues, 30% ESPN leagues)

Damarious Randall S CLE

Jamal Adams S NYJ (48% owned in ESPN, 45% in Yahoo)

Tavon Wilson S DET

Marcus Peters CB BAL

TreDavious White CB BUF

Jamal Dean CB TB

Mike Hughes CB MIN

Joe Haden CB PIT

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.


Brooks Reed ARI hamstring IR

Maurice Alexander BUF knee IR

Danny Trevathan CHI elbow

Isaiah Irving CHI quadriceps

Corey Nelson DEN biceps IR

Ty Summers GB concussion

Quincy Williams JAX hamstring

Leon Jacobs JAX hamstring

Bryce Hager LAR shoulder IR

Neville Hewitt NYJ neck

C.J. Mosley NYJ groin

Brandon Copeland NYJ hip

Blake Cashman NYJ shoulder-labrum IR

Marquel Lee OAK ankle IR

Nigel Bradham PHI ankle

Anthony Chickillo PIT ribs

Ola Adeniyi PIT hip

Ulysees Gilbert PIT back IR

Azeez Al-Shaair SF concussion

Kwon Alexander SF pectoral IR

Carl Nassib TB groin

Anthony Nelson TB hamstring

Jayon Brown TEN groin

Defensive Linemen


Zach Allen ARI neck

John Cominsky ATL ankle

Olivier Vernon CLE knee

DeMarcus Walker DEN shoulder

Da’Shawn Hand DET ankle

Romeo Okwara DET groin

Emmanuel Ogbah KC pectoral

Alex Okafor KC ankle

Avery Moss MIA ankle

Josh Mauro OAK groin

Arden Key OAK foot IR

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL

Jurrell Casey TEN shoulder


Clinton McDonald ARI neck IR

Daylon Mack BAL knee IR

Michael Pierce BAL ankle

Damiel Ekuale CLE calf IR

Kevin Strong DET ribs IR

A’Shawn Robinson DET thumb

Justin Jones LAC shoulder

Cortez Broughton LAC illness

Linval Joseph MIN knee-meniscus

D.J. Jones SF groin

Tim Settle WAS hamstring

Defensive Backs


Tramaine Brock ARI hamstring

Deionte Thompson ARI knee

Eric Murray CLE knee

Jeff Heath DAL shoulder

Will Parks DEN thumb

Tracy Walker DET knee

Miles Killebrew DET concussion

Tashaun Gipson HOU back

D.J. Hayden JAX shoulder

Roderic Teamer LAC groin

Darious Williams LAR ankle

Ken Webster MIA ankle

Reshad Jones MIA chest

Andrew Sendejo MIN groin

Patrick Robinson MO hamstring

Kenny Ladler NYG undisclosed

Rontez Miles NYJ neck IR

Lamarcus Joyner OAK hamstring

Karl Joseph OAK foot IR

Lano Hill SEA elbow

Deshazor Everett WAS ankle

Montae Nicholson WAS ankle


Patrick Peterson ARI calf

Desmond Trufant ATL toe

James Bradberry CAR groin

Dre Kirkpatrick CIN knee

Bryce Callahan DEN foot

Tremon Smith GB concussion

Lonnie Johnson HOU concussion

Bradley Roby HOU hamstring

Pierre Desir IND hamstring

Quincy Wilson IND shoulder

Kendall Fuller KC thumb

Cordrea Tankersley MIA knee-ACL

Trae Waynes MIN ankle

Marshon Lattiomre NO hamstring

Janoris Jenkins NYG concussion

Darryl Roberts NYJ calf

Trumaine Johnson NYJ ankle IR

Ahkello Witherspoon SF foot

M.J. Stewart TB knee

Carlton Davis TB hip

Malcolm Butler TEN wrist IR 

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