Bye week interruptions are winding down finally, with our last four team absence this week, then a tease for Week 12 before we miss out on the chance to employ the Panthers and Buccaneers in what is generally the last week before fantasy playoffs begin. Now is prime time to bolster your rosters, cutting loose those injured or under-performing characters you have not yet booted to the curb. Pruning is essential for any good garden, so let’s “grow” your playoff squads.

NOTE: The injury report grew significantly deeper with the COVID-19 situation affecting the Raider defense. Take a look below before setting your lineups, and keep an eye on future developments prior to the Sunday night game.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 11-Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco; Week 12-none; Week 13-Carolina, Tampa Bay

Elevator Going Up


Germaine Pratt CIN

Cincinnati is essentially a dumpster fire for fantasy purposes overall, but Pratt is a decent option in a league that emphasizes tackle production and has three or four LB starting options. He is coming off an eight total tackle (TT) effort in Week 10 (five solo). The Bengal defense sees a ton of playing time in games, so he gets the snaps.

Leonard Floyd LAR (Note: Qualifies as DE only in ESPN leagues)

Floyd picked up three sacks on Sunday against the visiting Seahawks, which gives him a total of seven on the season, tying his previous career best achievement in that stat category. Six solo tackles, two for a loss of yards (TFL) and five QB hits/hurries filled up a busy stat line. Then add in a fumble recovery (FR) and you really benefitted in you had him in your lineup last week. Playing a linebacker at DL in ESPN leagues is extraordinarily attractive, as well.

Demario Davis NO

Davis had been a so-so option for IDP purposes until he exploded for double digit tackles against the visiting 49ers in Week 10 (eight solo, three TFL). He was a force on defense, racking up a sack, two QH and deflecting a pass, too (PD). The Drew Brees injury will impact the Saint offense, and likely lead to more tackle opportunities going forward, but perhaps not 12 TT as in this past contest, as expecting that sort of production is just greedy.

Defensive Linemen

D.J. Wonnum DE MIN 

The fourth-round rookie is seeing significant playing time (PT) albeit not as a starter at this point in his career, despite the reshuffling of the Viking defensive line that trades and injury have initiated. He picked up his third sack of the season against the host Bears in Week 10. He has a good matchup on tap with the Cowboys coming to visit this coming week.

Kahlid Kareem DE CIN 

As noted above, the Bengal defense is seeing plenty of time on the field this season, and Kareem has a pair of good matchups in store with a trip to DC and then a home game against the Giants. He has collected three TT in two of his last three games played, so as a bench option, the widely available DE is injury protection for your consideration.

John Simon DE NE

Another depth DE to have on your radar, Simon is putting up decent tackle results overall, although he is occasionally inconsistent in fantasy point production. He has collected five TT in two of his last three contests, and the matchups keep improving over the next three weeks with the Texans, Cardinals and Chargers lined up on the schedule.

DaQuan Jones DT TEN

If your league requires a DT slot, Jones is remarkable productive from the nose tackle position. He had five TT in Week 10 (four solo, one TFL) with a sack and a QH for the big-play value tossed in. He is on the field for significant defensive snaps every week, to boot. 

Defensive Backs

Darnell Savage S GB

Savage provides generally solid tackle numbers for his owners, and with top Packer LB Christian Kirk sey back on the field, he should benefit in terms of providing fantasy numbers. He has two superb matchups in the next two weeks with the Colts and the Bears offering him the opportunity to rack up the TTs.

Jayon Kearse S DET

Kearse’s PT may take a hit with Tracy Walker back from injury to serve as starting free safety. He is coming off a nine TT effort (eight solo) against Washington, but is only valued in tackle-oriented leagues, as his big-play production is nearly non-existent. 

Sidney Jones CB JAX

Jones forced a pair of turnovers in Week 10 against the host Packers, with a forced fumble (FF) and an INT. He also had a couple of PDs and nearly double digit tackles, with 9 TT in Green Bay (six solo). The upcoming matchups are not great, but on paper, neither was the contest against the Packers.

D.J. Reed CB SEA

He led his team with 10 solo tackles against the Rams last week (one TFL). He also recovered the strip-sack provided by Jamal Adams . He is coming on strong late in the season after missing the first seven weeks/six games with injury.

Escalator Going Down


Bradley Chubb DEN

Despite the Raiders offering plenty of tackle opportunities in Week 10’s contest, Chubb collected a mere single solo (TFL) for his production. He has put up 5.5 sacks on the campaign, but none in the past two weeks and not much else to show in terms of fantasy point production.

Kyzir White LAC

White is a three-down LB that is woefully unproductive despite the significant time on the field. Things could improve against the Chargers run-oriented offense this week, but recent performance argues against employing his services until he offers double-digit tackle numbers again, as the big-plays are practically non-existent for him. 

Josh Bynes CIN

The veteran LB continues to see significant PT on defense, but just is not putting up any numbers as a result of that usage. He is coming off a two TT effort against the Steelers (one solo), and that just argues against any place in anyone’s IDP lineup.

Defensive Linemen

Clelin Ferrell DE LVR

Ferrell was a top pick last season but his ability to perform up to expectations has so far not materialized. He has yet to produce even a partial sack this season, and is not expected to play this coming game against the Chiefs with a positive COVID diagnosis taking place. 

Yannick Ngakoue DE BAL

It was considered a good move when he was traded to the Ravens, but that has proved to be a false hope. He has three solo tackles and zero sacks in this past three contests, and saw his PT shrink against the Patriots. 

Defensive Backs

Jeff Okudah CB DET

The first-round pick cornerback for the Leos has been relegated to a backup/part-time role in the Detroit defensive scheme. Playing less than 50% of the snaps on defense makes him a liability for your IDP lineup until he sees more PT.

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 Vikings, but certainly you will do well if you own a LB on the Bengals or Steelers, or a top DE or S on the Browns that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Washington vs Cincinnati

Dallas @ Minnesota

Jacksonville vs Pittsburgh

New Orleans vs Atlanta

Defensive Ends

Philadelphia @ Cleveland

Atlanta @ New Orleans

Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets

Defensive Tackles 

Las Vegas vs Kansas City

Cincinnati @ Washington

Baltimore vs Tennessee

Dallas @ Minnesota


Denver vs Miami

Atlanta @ New Orleans

Indianapolis vs Green Bay


Cincinnati @ Washington

Dallas @ Minnesota

Philadelphia @ Cleveland

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.


Germaine Pratt CIN

Leonard Floyd LAR 

Demario Davis NO

Defensive Linemen

D.J. Wonnum DE MIN 

Kahlid Kareem DE CIN 

John Simon DE NE

DaQuan Jones DT TEN

Defensive Backs

Darnell Savage S GB

Jayon Kearse S DET

Sidney Jones CB JAX

D.J. Reed CB SEA


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.


Haason Reddick ARI neck

DeVondre Campbell ARI calf

Otaro Alaka BAL knee IR

Tyrel Dodson BUF hamstring IR

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps IR

Tahir Whitehead CAR ribs

Jason Ferris CAR undisclosed 

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Josey Jewell DEN quadriceps

Joseph Jones DEN calf

Mark Barron DEN hamstring IR

Christian Jones DET knee

Jarrad Davis DET knee

Krys Barnes GB illness IR-COVID

Dylan Cole HOU back IR

Dakota Allen JAX ankle

Cory Littleton LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Asmar Bilal LAC calf IR

Kyle Van Noy MIA hip

Jordan Brailford MIN personal

Brandon King NE quadriceps PUP

Terez Hall NE shoulder

Ja’Whaun Bentley NE groin

Brandon King NE quadriceps

Shilique Calhoun NE knee IR

Kiko Alonso NO knee-ACL PUP

Tae Crowder NYG hamstring IR

Oshane Ximines NYG shoulder IR

Frankie Luvu NYJ groin IR

Jay Elliott PIT illness

Mark Nzeocha SF quadriceps IR

Jack Cichy TB hamstring IR

Jadeveon Clowney TEN knee

David Long TEN undisclosed IR-COVID

Jared Norris WAS hamstring

Reuben Foster WAS knee

Defensive Linemen


Jordan Phillips ARI hamstring

Dante Fowler ATL hamstring IR-COVID

Calais Campbell BAL calf

A.J. Epenesa BUF head

Yetur Gross-Matos CAR shoulder

Marquis Haynes CAR shoulder

Stephen Weatherly CAR finger IR

Akiem Hicks CHI hamstring

Roy Robertson-Harris CHI shoulder IR

Margus Hunt CIN undisclosed IR-COVID

Shelby Harris DEN illness IR-COVID

Austin Bryant DET thigh

Nick Williams DET shoulder

Julian Okwara DET undisclosed IR

Charles Omenihu HOU leg

Josh Allen JAX hip

Arden Key LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Clelin Ferrell LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Kendall Vickers LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Joey Bosa LAC concussion

Deatrich Wise NE knee

John Simon NE elbow

Cameron Jordan NO back

Anthony Lanier NO undisclosed

Arik Armstead SF undisclosed IR-COVID

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL PUP

Ryan Anderson WAS knee


Corey Peters ARI kneecap

Rashard Lawrence ARI calf IR

Leki Fotu ARI ankle IR

Brandon Williams BAL ankle

John Jenkins CHI ankle

Xavier Williams CIN back

Geno Atkins CIN personal

D.J. Reader CIN quadriceps IR

Johnathan Hankins LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Makiek Collins LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Maurice Hurst LVR ankle

Christian Wilkins MIA undisclosed IR-COVID

Adam Butler NE shoulder

Lawrence Guy NE shoulder

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed

Malcom Brown NO calf

Bryan Mone SEA ankle IR

Larrell Murchison TEN back

Matthew Ioannidis WAS illness IR-COVID

Defensive Backs


Jalen Thompson ARI shoulder

Charles Washington ARI groin

Budda Baker ARI groin

Terrell Bonds BAL knee IR

Dean Marlowe BUF undisclosed IR-COVID

Sam Franklin CAR ankle

Sherrick McManis CHI hand

Trey Marshall DEN elbow

Will Redmond GB shoulder

Parry Nickerson GB IR

Michael Thomas HOU shoulder

Julian Blackmon IND pelvis

Khari Willis IND ribs

Josh Jones JAX chest IR

Johnathan Abram LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Eric Harris LVR ribs

Lamarcus Joyner LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Taylor Rapp LAR knee IR

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Jaquarius Landrews NYG undisclosed IR

Rudy Ford PHI hamstring

Marcus Epps PHI illness IR-COVID

Johnathan Cyprien SF hamstring IR

Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles SF hamstring

Jaquiski Tartt SF toe IR

Lano Hill SEA back IR

Marquise Blair SEA knee-ACL IR

Justin Evans TB foot PUP

Chris Jackson TEN illness IR

Deshazor Everett WAS ankle


Dre Kirkpatrick ARI hamstring

Jimmy Smith BAL ankle

Iman Marshall BAL knee IR-COVID

Dane Jackson BUF knee

Levi Wallace BUF undisclosed IR-COVID

Josh Norman BUF illness IR-COVID

Donte Jackson CAR toe

LeShaun Sims CIN concussion

Mackensie Alexander CIN concussion

Trae Waynes CIN pectoral V

Darius Phillips CIN groin IR

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder IR

Tony McRae DET knee IR

Trevon Diggs DAL foot IR

A.J. Bouye DEN hip

Kevin King GB quadriceps

Jaire Alexander GB concussion

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Gareon Conley HOU ankle IR

Kenny Moore IND ribs

C.J. Henderson JAX groin

Sidney Jones JAX Achilles

D.J. Hayden JAX hamstring IR

Isaiah Johnson LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Kelsean Nixon LVR groin

Chris Harris LAC foot IR

Brandon Facyson LAC illness IR-COVID

Cameron Dantzler MIN concussion

Stephon Gilmore NE knee

Marshon Lattimore NO oblique

Brian Poole NYJ knee IR

Craig James PHI shoulder IR

K’Waun Williams SF ankle

Richard Sherman SF calf IR

Neiko Thorpe SEA abdomen

Quinton Dunbar SEA knee

Shaquill Griffin SEA hamstring

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee

Greg Stroman WAS foot IR

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