Yippee, the bye week horror is past us. And there are plenty of rising IDP to consider adding to your fantasy playoff rosters. So let us just get to the information, so you can prepare for the three Thanksgiving Day contests that are arriving anon.

Bye Weeks coming up: None. Isn’t life grand?

Elevator Going Up


Zach Cunningham HOU

The Texan linebacker racked up 16 total tackles (TT), with 13 of those tackles being of the solo variety. He is not much for big-play value, however, but in tackle-oriented leagues, he is extraordinarily valuable.

Marcus Golden NYG

Golden collected another sack against the host Bears, giving him 7.5 on the season. He also contributed with a QH and four TT (three solo). Three of the tackles were for a loss of yardage (TFL).

Neville Hewitt NYJ

Hewitt returned from a neck injury a week ago, and since that time has been an every-sown LB for the Jets (well, to be accurate, every down but one last week, but why quibble?). He had seven TT at home against the Raiders (four solo), and tossed in a pass deflection (PD) and a QB hit/hurry (QH), for those looking for big play production.

Jarrad Davis DET

The Lion defense has been disappointing overall this season, but Davis has been productive for his fantasy owners. Last week, he grabbed eight TT (six solo, two TFL) with a sack and a couple of QH as additional benefits. The Lions take on the visiting Bears early Thanksgiving Day, so there could be some gratitude from IDP players by the time the turkey is carved Thursday.

Cole Holcomb WAS

On the other side of the line in Week 12 where Davis was rolling up fantasy points, Holcomb was equally valuable: 13 TT (seven solo, one TFL), a sack and two QH. He has a great matchup against the Panthers on the schedule in Week 13, so now is a fine time to snatch him off the wire. Just be advised that Week 14, Holcomb heads to Green Bay where fantasy production by LBs has been sparse.

Jayon Brown TEN

Brown is another LB that put up double-digit tackle numbers in Week 12 with 15 TT (11 solo). This week’s opponent, the host Colts, are ranked fifth on the season in terms of allowing fantasy points to opposing linebackers.

Fred Warner SF

Much praise has been lauded on the 49er defense so far this season, with good reason, and Warner is a pass-rushing talent that is a part of that production. He is coming off an 11 solo tackle effort (one TFL) where he also forced a fumble (FF), a QH and collected another sack, his third in the past three contests. Be aware that he may not be available for pickup off the wire as he is owned in about 1/3 of leagues.

Defensive Linemen

Shaq Lawson DE BUF

Lawson has been a good edge rusher with three sacks in his past two games. He is playing significant snaps on defense lately, so the sack production could continue.

Cameron Heyward DE PIT

Heyward provides production for both tackle-oriented and big play leagues. In Week 12, he collected six TT (two solo, one TFL) along with a sack and four QH. The next couple of weeks are not great matchups for DE production, but his overall ability makes him a dependable option at DL.

Sam Hubbard DE CIN

Remember when he was profiled way back in Week 2’s IDP Report? Probably not. The Bengals are going through a tough season, to be sure, but Hubbard is seeing the bulk of the snaps on defense and is a consistent source of tackles for his fantasy owners. He had six TT last week (four solo, one TFL) and despite the team playing from behind consistently, also contributes with the occasional PD and/or sack, providing one of each against the Steelers in Week 12.

Roman Okwara DE DET

With the Lion defense banged up, Okwara is seeing extra time on the field. He collected five solo tackles against Washington in our nation’s capital last week, and now takes on the Bears on Thanksgiving who should be running the ball against the host Lions.

Arik Armstead DE SF

The 49er DE was profiled way back in Week 3, but deserves another mention in case you have forgotten about him. He collected a pair of sacks in Week 12 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers and is the top pass rusher for San Fran. Putting up four QH and five TT (two solo, one TFL) is more than just sauce for the goose. If you did not pick him up after his Week 3 profile, do so now.

Everson Griffen DE MIN

Griffen has been a consistent source of sack production this season, with seven to date, and four in his past five games played. He is also contributing steady tackle numbers, averaging 4+ per game over that same five game period.

Sheldon Richardson DT CLE

Richardson had two sacks this past week against Miami, but filled up the stat sheet other than that, too, with a FF, PD, two QH and five TT (four solo, one TFL). He has a pair of good matchups on the schedule coming up, as well, with the Steelers hosting the Browns in what is sure to be a grudge match this week, and then the in-state rivalry with the Bengals coming to Cleveland.

Davon Godchaux DT MIA

The Dolphins turned to Godchaux, and he saw 79% of the snaps on defense in Week 12 in Cleveland, turning in a seven TT effort (four solo) while also tallying a half a sack and a pair of QH. In a DT-mandatory league, if his snap count stays high, he is worth picking up.

Lawrence Guy DT NE

Another DL to consider in DT-required leagues, Guy is a steady tackle producer, but also provides occasional big-play production.

Defensive Backs

Eric Reid S CAR

Reid put up huge numbers against the Saints, with 15 TT, 11 of those solos and one TFL. He was also able to deflect a pass from Drew Brees . Week 13’s matchup is decent, but in Week 14 he gets to go up against the Falcons, the second most generous offense with regard to safety production.

Kenny Vaccaro S TEN

Vaccaro is an every down DB for the Titans, and putting up excellent, sustained tackle production in nearly every contest, with 60 TT over the season (36 solo). If you need an injury replacement or a DB2 to replace an underperforming IDP, he is well worth consideration.

Derwin James /Adrian Phillips S LAC

James and Phillips are able to return from IR status, but you will need to monitor their status. Phillips is a LB that qualifies as a DB, so the potential value is great. James was a DB1 last season, so picking him up now would be a savvy move.

Julian Love S NYG

Jabrill Peppers , the former starting strong safety for the Giants, is dealing with a fracture in his back. Thus, the door opens for Love to step up. He could split time with Michael Thomas as SS, but it was Love that saw the bulk of the defensive snaps in place of Peppers, and the Giant SS is a productive IDP role traditionally.

Carlton Davis CB TB

Davis had a big week against the Falcons, snagging an INT and five (!) PD in Week 12. With five solo tackles, he was an across the board performer in the defensive backfield. Three of his matchups in the next four weeks project out as favorable, which should be a consideration with the fantasy playoff season upon us.

Adoree’ Jackson CB TEN

Jackson is another DB that will see a bigger role with an injury to a fellow player, in this case Malcolm Butler . He rolled up 12 TT against the Jags in Week 12 (10 solo, one TFL) with a PD. Note, though, that he is dealing with a calf issue although is not on the injury report below as of publication.

Escalator Going Down


None to speak of this week, save for the IDP on the Injury Report below.

Defensive Linemen

Jabaal Sheard DE IND

While Sheard did put up some big plays in Week 12 with a pair of QH and a PD, his recent run as an IDP has been less than stellar. In his past four games, he has just six TT, a sack and two PD, and single digit fantasy production per contest from an edge-rusher is simply not acceptable.

Takkarist McKinley DE ATL

He is in the injury report below, with a shoulder injury, and since the Falcons play on Thursday, he is a real risky start, even without his lack of production this season.

Sheldon Rankins DT NO

Rankins is not being relegated to the bench, but certainly is not showing up on the stat sheet. He has been shut out with zero TT over the past five games he has played.

Defensive Backs

Josh Norman CB WAS

Norman was benched and relegated to special teams, resulting in a huge goose egg for a stat line in Week 12. It is a revenge game in Week 13 with Carolina hosting Washington in Week 13, but it is difficult to trust him right now.

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 Giants or Falcons, but certainly you will do well if you own a top DL on the Colts that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


New York Giants vs Green Bay

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans

Carolina Panthers vs Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville

Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee

Defensive Ends

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis

New York Jets @ Cincinnati

Houston Texans vs New England

Carolina Panthers vs Washington

Defensive Tackles

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis

Miami Dolphins vs Philadelphia

Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle


Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans

Baltimore Ravens vs San Francisco

Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver

New York Giants vs Green Bay

Chicago Bears @ Detroit

San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Jacksonville

Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota

Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Jets

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.


Zach Cunningham HOU

Marcus Golden NYG

Neville Hewitt NYJ

Jarrad Davis DET

Cole Holcomb WAS

Jayon Brown TEN

Fred Warner SF

Defensive Linemen

Shaq Lawson DE BUF

Cameron Heyward DE PIT

Sam Hubbard DE CIN

Roman Okwara DE DET

Arik Armstead DE SF

Everson Griffen DE MIN

Sheldon Richardson DT CLE

Davon Godchaux DT MIA

Lawrence Guy DT NE

Defensive Backs

Eric Reid S CAR

Kenny Vaccaro S TEN

Derwin James S LAC

Adrian Phillips S LAC

Julian Love S NYG

Carlton Davis CB TB

Adoree’ Jackson CB TEN

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

Danny Trevathan CHI elbow

Leighton Vander Esch DAL neck

Justin Hollins DEN hamstring

Von Miller DEN knee

Josey Jewell DEN ankle

Dylan Cole HOU knee-ACL IR

Myles Jack JAX knee

Najee Goode JAX knee IR

Drue Tranquill LAC calf

Natrez Patrick LAR illness

Ben Gedeon MIN concussion

C.J. Mosley NYJ groin

Paul Worrilow NYJ quadriceps

Anthony Nelson TB hamstring

Cameron Wake TEN undisclosed IR

Ryan Kerrigan WAS concussion

Defensive Linemen


Jonathan Bullard ARI foot

Takkarist McKinley ATL shoulder

Olivier Vernon CLE knee

Trey Flowers DET concussion

Da’Shawn Hand DET ankle

Carlos Watkins HOU hamstring

Josh Allen JAX knee

Calais Campbell JAX back

Lerentee McCray JAX hamstring IR

Alex Okafor KC ankle

Emmanuel Ogbah KC pectoral IR

L.T. Walton PIT knee-meniscus IR

Damontre Moore SF forearm IR

Dee Ford SF hamstring

Jadeveon Clowney SEA hip


Michael Pierce BAL ankle

Dontari Poe CAR quadriceps IR

Antwaun Woods DAL knee-MCL

Shelby Harris DEN ankle

Damon Harrison DET knee

Linval Joseph MIN knee-meniscus

Jullian Taylor SF jaw

Jarran Reed SEA ankle

Beau Allen TB neck

Daron Payne WAS ankle

Defensive Backs


Tramaine Brock ARI hamstring

Sharrod Neasman ATL shoulder

Brynden Trawick BAL elbow IR

Ross Cockrell CAR quadriceps

Sherrick McManis CHI groin

Eric Murray CLE knee

Morgan Burnett CLE Achilles IR

Jeff Heath DAL shoulder

Duke Dawson DEN concussion

Tracy Walker DET knee

Mike Adams HOU concussion

Khari Willis IND concussion

Ronnie Harrison JAX concussion

Jordan Lucas KC shoulder

Derwin James LAC foot IR

Adrian Phillips LAC forearm IR

Darious Williams LAR ankle

Ken Webster MIA ankle

Reshad Jones MIA undisclosed IR

Bobby McCain MIA shoulder IR

Anthony Harris MIN groin

Harrison Smith MIN hamstring

Patrick Chung NE heel

Jabrill Peppers NYG hip

Matthias Farley MYJ quadriceps

Lamarcus Joyner OAK hamstring

Rudy Ford PHI Achilles IR

Neiko Thorpe SEA groin

Sean Murphy-Bunting TB knee

Justin Evans TB foot IR

Deshazor Everett WAS head


Dre Kirkpatrick CIN knee IR

Anthony Brown DAL triceps IR

Shakial Taylor DEN ankle

Bryce Callahan DEN foot IR

Rashaan Melvin DET ribs

Jamal Agnew DET ankle

Bradley Roby HOU hamstring

Lonnie Johnson HOU ankle

Rock Ya-Sin IND ankle

Kendall Fuller KC thumb

Ken Crawley MIA shoulder

Jason McCourty NE groin

Marshon Lattimore NO hamstring

Darryl Roberts NYJ calf

Cre’von LeBlanc PHI foot-IR

Artie Burns PIT knee

Ahkello Witherspoon SF calf

M.J. Stewart TB knee

Chris Milton TEN undisclosed IR

LeShaun Sims TEN ankle

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