As noted immediately below, there are no off-week teams to worry about this week, it being Thanksgiving and all. And the latest bye week in history, Week 13, only has two teams that will not provide fantasy points from any of their players. As has been emphasized over the past couple of IDP Reports, however, the season heads inexorably toward the fantasy playoffs, and it is still essential to populate your roster with useful IDP to propel your squads forward toward championship greatness. So, let’s take a look at those whose stock is rising, and a handful you should consider cutting loose.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 12- None; Week 13-Carolina, Tampa Bay…and that’s all she wrote as far as byes, thank goodney.

Elevator Going Up


Will Compton TEN

With the season-ending injury to Jayon Brown , Compton should step into an every-down role on the Titan defense going forward. The veteran collected six total tackles (TT) and tackle production is what should be anticipated from him, not the big-play potential IDP owners expected of the sidelined Brown. 

Isaiah Simmons ARI

Simmons racked up 10 TT in the Week 11 road loss to the Seahawks (nine solo). He also added a sack of Russell Wilson in that contest, and has a good, not great matchup on tap in Foxboro against the host Patriots this coming week. Beware, though, with De’Vondre Campbell healthy again, his snap count will be reduced.

Harvey Langi NYJ

Langi is making the transition from special teams member to full-time ILB for the Jets, due primarily to the trade of Avery Williamson and the injury to Blake Cashman. He has collected a whopping 21 TT over the past two games (17 solo, with eight last week against the host Chargers). Because of the propensity of the Jet defense to spend time on the field, this should result in nice tackle production by the third-year IDP. 

Defensive Linemen

Olivier Vernon DE CLE

If Myles Garrett misses more time due to COVID-19 protocols, then the Browns are going to rely on the veteran Vernon to shore up their pass rush. He collected three sacks against the visiting Eagle offense in Week 11, along with his five TT (four solo). Three of those tackles were for a loss of yards, too (TFL). Toss in three QB hits/hurries (QH) and a pass deflection (PD) and his owners were served a cornucopia of fantasy stats.

Cameron Jordan DE NO

Another DE that delivered triple the sack goodness in Week 11 was the veteran Saint IDP. He contributed four solo tackles (three TFL) along with a tasty trio of QH to provide both big play and tackle production on the defensive side of fantasy point production. This week’s opponent is just middle of the pack (Denver) but then comes pair of superb matchups against the Falcons and Eagles. If he is languishing on your wire, snatch him up now for your fantasy playoff run.

Grady Jarrett DT ATL

Jarrett plays the bulk of snaps on the Falcon defensive side of the line, and while his sack production was absent for a bit, he snagged half a sack at New Orleans last week, along with a substantial seven TT (four solo), and a QH. He is a steady producer at DL, not to mention a serious value in DT-mandatory leagues.

Defensive Backs

Ashtyn Davis S NYJ

Bradley McDougald is relegated to IR through this week at a minimum, so Davis is stepping up and playing full time at safety for the beleaguered Jet defense. He is the safety that is relied upon to rush the passer in the Jet scheme, which also improves his chances to see tackle opportunities. He collected double digit tackles in LA against the host Chargers (eight solo, four assists) and also recovered a fumble (FR), his first of the season. 

Amani Hooker S TEN

The Titan second year defensive back saw a significant uptick in defensive snaps played last week, and it resulted in an INT late in the third quarter to stop a Raven drive. He also had a pair of PDs, and six TT (three solo) in the course of playing his 74 total snaps (10 on special teams). This week’s tilt against the Colts sees him pitted against the offense allowing the 4th most points to opposing safeties. His snap count is dependent on the health of Kenny Vaccaro , however, so take a close look at the injury report for Tennessee before going in full on Hooker.

Justin Reed S HOU

Reed is back on the report this week, after being featured way back in Week 3. He continues to be an excellent source of tackles for those of you in tackle-oriented leagues, with minimal big-play potential. He gets the Lions on Thursday in Week 12, so jump on him for those early game points to make your team look better heading into the weekend, and boost your confidence.

Escalator Going Down


Whitney Mercilus HOU

His big play production in the form mostly of sacks has dried up, with his last sack occurring in Week 5. He is also not providing any real tackle numbers, with just 19 TT over a total 438 snaps on defense in 2020. Those results are worthy of cutting his presence from your roster, not just benching him.

Jerome Baker MIA

Baker’s snap count has been steadily and decidedly declining as the season progresses, and he contributed just two TT last week against the Broncos (one solo). If you are still rostering him, time to look at the wire or free agent market for a replacement that is better than just a place-filler.

Defensive Linemen

Everson Griffen DE DET

The Lions are a mystery. You would expect that the team traded to bring in Griffen to give him playing time, but the situation in Detroit is unnervingly obtuse. He managed to contribute just a single PD in Week 11 at Carolina, where admittedly the entire team struggled. A unpredictable presence on your IDP roster is not of value as we approach playoff time.

Defensive Backs

None to speak of, save for those listed below in the Injury Report.

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 Rams or Browns, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Washington or Dallas squads, or a Seahawk defensive end, or a Giant cornerback that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Washington @ Dallas

San Francisco @ Los Angeles Rams

Jacksonville vs Cleveland

Dallas vs Washington

New Orleans @ Denver

Defensive Ends

Philadelphia vs Seattle

Atlanta vs Las Vegas Raiders

New York Giants @ Cincinnati

Los Angeles Chargers @ Buffalo

Defensive Tackles 

Chicago @ Green Bay

Dallas vs Washington

Cincinnati vs New York Giants

Las Vegas Raiders @ Atlanta


Denver vs New Orleans

Atlanta vs Las Vegas Raiders

San Francisco @ Los Angeles Rams

Indianapolis vs Tennessee


Cincinnati vs New York Giants

Philadelphia vs Seattle

Chicago @ Green Bay

Dallas vs Washington

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.


Will Compton TEN

Isaiah Simmons ARI

Harvey Langi NYJ

Defensive Linemen

Olivier Vernon DE CLE

Cameron Jordan DE NO

Grady Jarrett DT ATL

Defensive Backs

Ashtyn Davis S NYJ

Amani Hooker S TEN

Justin Reed S HOU


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.


Foye Oluokun ATL knee

Edmond Robinson ATL hamstring

Mykal Walker ATL hamstring

Matt Judon BAL ankle

Pernell McPhee BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Otaro Alaka BAL IR

Jason Ferris CAR undisclosed

Danny Trevathan CHI personal

Markus Bailey CIN hamstring

Luke Gifford DAL suspension

Joseph Jones DEN calf

Derrek Tuszka DEN hamstring IR

Mark Barron DEN hamstring IR

Reggie Ragland DET ankle

Krys Barnes GB illness IR-COVID

Bobby Okereke IND ankle

Cory Littleton LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Uchenna Nwosu LAC shoulder-AC joint

Drue Tranquill LAC ankle IR

Kyzir White LAC undisclosed IR-COVID

Asmar Bilal LAC calf IR

Micah Kiser LAR leg

Obo Okoronkwo LAR elbow IR

Ja’Whaun Bentley NE groin

Brandon King NE quadriceps

Blake Cashman NYJ hamstring

Joe Walker SF undisclosed IR-COVID

Mark Nzeocha SF quadriceps IR

Bruce Irvin SEA knee-ACL IR

Jack Cichy TB hamstring IR

Jayon Brown TEN elbow IR

David Long TEN undisclosed IR-COVID

Jadeveon Clowney TEN knee IR

Jared Norris WAS hamstring

Reuben Foster WAS knee IR

Defensive Linemen


Josh Mauro ARI hamstring

Zach Allen ARI ankle IR

Jordan Phillips ARI hamstring IR

Dante Fowler ATL hamstring

Calais Campbell BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Derek Wolfe BAL illness

Jerry Hughes BUF back

Joe Jackson CLE undisclosed IR-COVID

Derek Wolfe CLE illness

Jerry Hughes BUF back

Joe Jackson CLE undisclosed IR-COVID

Myles Garrett CLE illness IR-COVID

Shelby Harris DEN illness IR-COVID

Jurrell Casey DEN illness IR

Da’Shawn Hand DET groin

Austin Bryant DET thigh

Julian Okwara DET undisclosed IR

P.J. Hall HOU chest

Josh Allen JAX knee IR

Taco Charlton KC lower leg IR

Ifeadi Odenigbo MIN concussion

Tashawn Bower NE illness

Derek Rivers NE undisclosed

Anthony Lanier NO undisclosed

Denard Avery PHI elbow IR

Vinny Curry PHI undisclosed IR-COVID

Jordan Willis SF undisclosed IR-COVID

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL

Dee Ford SF neck IR

Ezekiel Ansah SF biceps IR

Nick Bosa DE knee-ACL IR

Branden Jackson SEA spine IR

Ryan Anderson WAS knee


Rashard Lawrence ARI calf IR

Corey Peters ARI kneecap IR

Grady Jarrett ATL knee

Brandon Williams BAL ankle IR-COVID

D.J. Reader CIN quadriceps IR

Larry Ogunjobi CLE ankle

Eli Ankou DAL coach’s decision

Montravius Adams GB toe

DeForest Buckner IND undisclosed IR-COVID

Denico Autry IND illness IR-COVID

Abry Jones JAX ankle IR

Maurice Hurst LVR ankle

David Irving LVR knee

Byron Cowart NE back

Carl Davis NE back

Carl Davis NE concussion

Lawrence Guy NE shoulder

Adam Butler NE shoulder

Derek Rivers NE undisclosed

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Sheldon Rankings NO knee-MCL IR

D.J. Jones SF undisclosed IR-COVID

Javon Kinlaw SF undisclosed IR-COVID

Solomon Thomas SF ankle IR

Bryan Mone SEA ankle IR

Vita Vea TB ankle IR

Matthew Ioannidis WAS illness IR-COVID

Defensive Backs


Deionte Thompson ARI undisclosed IR-COVID

Jalen Thompson ARI ankle

Charles Washington ARI groin

Sam Franklin CAR ankle

Eddie Jackson CHI undisclosed IR-COVID

Sheldrick Redwine CLE knee

Ronnie Harrison CLE knee

Trey Marshall DEN lower leg

Perry Nickerson GB hamstring IR

Michael Thomas HOU pectoral IR

Khari Willis IND ribs

Julian Blackmon IND illness

Daniel Thomas JAX arm IR

Lamarcus Joyner LVR undisclosed IR-COVID

Harrison Smith MIN neck

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Xavier McKinney NYG foot IR

Bradley McDougald NYJ shoulder IR

Rudy Ford PHI hamstring

Johnathan Cyprien SF hamstring IR

Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles SF hamstring

Jaquiski Tartt SF toe IR

Lane Hill SEA back IR

Marquise Blair SEA knee-ACL IR

Justin Evans TB foot PUP

Dane Cruikshank TEN groin IR

Deshazor Everett WAS ankle

Landon Collins WAS Achilles IR


Jimmy Smith BAL ankle

Anthony Averett BAL shoulder IR

Donte Jackson CAR toe

Mackensie Alexander CIN hamstring 

Trae Waynes CIN pectoral IR

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder IR

Denzel Ward CLE calf

Anthony Brown DAL ribs 

Amani Oruwariye DET back

Mike Ford DET concussion

Jeff Okudah DET shoulder

Ka’dar Hollman GB quadriceps

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Gareon Conley HOU ankle IR

Rock Ya-Sin IND illness

Sidney Jones JAX Achilles

D.J. Hayden JAX knee IR

Chris Claybrooks JAX groin

C.J. Henderson JAX groin IR

Casey Hayward LAC groin

Brandon Facyson LAC illness IR-COVID

Mike Hughes MIN neck IR

Stephon Gilmore NE hand

Marshon Lattimore NO abdomen

Blessuan Austin NYJ neck IR

Brian Poole NYJ shoulder IR

Cre’von LeBlanc PHI ankle IR

Joe Haden PIT knee

K’Waun Williams SF ankle

Richard Sherman SF calf IR

Shaquill Griffin SEA hamstring

Quinton Dunbar SEA knee IR

Neiko Thorpe SEA abdomen IR

Jamel Dean TB concussion

Malcolm Butler TEN ribs

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee

Kareem Orr TEN groin IR

Kristian Fulton TEN knee IR

Tye Smith TEN shoulder IR

Greg Stroman WAS foot IR

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