For most fantasy leagues, this is championship week. If you happen to be in a league that runs through the last regular season game, fret not, this article will be back for Week 17 (But seriously, change your league settings to wrap up the season before Week 17). The best advice for those of you playing for all the marbles, however, is to rely on those IDP that brung ya to the dance, and not to get too cute now. If you are dealing with injuries, though, read on to discover the limited gems that you can potentially snap up off the wire for your final push to victory.

Elevator Going Up


Leonard Floyd CHI

Floyd has been on a sack tear of late, amassing four in his last six games played. He had a big fantasy production effort against the Packers in Week 15, with six solo tackles, two of which were for a loss of yards (TFL), a pair of sacks and three QB hits (QH).  He is seeing plenty of playing time, and with teams keying on Khalil Mack and Akiem Hicks , he is left free to wreak havoc on defense.

Elijah Lee SF

Lee has been inserted as the starting weakside LB for the 49ers the past two games, and his tackle production is benefitting from that new role. He had 10 total tackles (TT) against the visiting Seahawk offense in Week 15 (seven solo, one TFL), and gets to play at home in front of a generous stat crew in terms of awarding solo tackles.

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE NYJ

Anderson is coming off a strong three sack effort against the Texans, and now gets to face another good matchup with the Packers coming to town in Week 16. He had four TT in Week 15 (three solo, three TFL), to go along with four QH to fill up the stat sheet.

Adam Gotsis DE/DT DEN

Gotsis qualifies as a DT on ESPN, but only as a DE on Yahoo. He has a tasty matchup with the Broncos taking on the Raiders on Monday night, wherever he qualifies as a DL for fantasy. Coming off a stat sheet filler of a Week 15 effort, with six TT (five solo, one TFL), a sack, a forced fumble (FF) and QH and a pass deflection (PD), plug him in if you need to fill a hole at DL.

Grady Jarrett DT ATL

Jarrett is another DL that had a big Week 15 for fantasy purposes: seven TT (four solo, two TFL), two sacks, two QH and a FF. While the Panthers have not been especially generous to opposing DTs this season, their offense is questionable with Cam Newton ’s shoulder hurting his production. If you need to roster a DT in your IDP league, this is a player to consider picking up off the wire.

Defensive Backs

Josh Jones S GB

Jones is a reliable source of tackles, and plays a significant number of snaps at strong safety, especially with Kentrell Brice banged up recently. He is averaging 5.3 total tackles over the past seven games, although he is not a great source of big plays. He has more value in tackle-heavy leagues as a result.

Curtis Riley S/CB NYG

Riley has dual eligibility in Yahoo, making him a tempting add on that platform. He is listed solely at safety on ESPN, and he is another DB that has utility in tackle-oriented IDP leagues. He is averaging 4 solo tackles per game, and while he does toss in the occasional big play (three INT, four PD on the season), you want him for the tackle points.

Escalator Going Down


Terrell Suggs BAL

Despite seeing significant time on the field in Week 15, Suggs put up a huge goose egg against the Buccaneers last week. He is getting long in the tooth at 38 years of age, and has contributed only 1.5 sacks over the past seven contests. Avoid the name recognition and move on from the Baltimore LB.

Defensive Linemen

Chandler Jones DE ARI

Jones has been struggling to provide any IDP value the past two games with just three TT and no sacks. The current week’s opponent, the Rams, are a poor matchup, too, and you do not need another sub-par effort in Week 16 when fighting to win a championship.

Jerry Hughes DE BUF

Hughes also has cooled off considerably recently, with no tackles against the Lions in Week 15, and the absolute worst matchup possible against the Patriots in the upcoming contest. There are far better options available to rely on and you are urged to cut him loose.

Defensive Backs

No one 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 Colts, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Raiders, Giants or Green Bay that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


New England Patriots vs Buffalo

Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco

Defensive Ends

Denver Broncos @ Oakland

Philadelphia Eagles vs Houston

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco

Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay

Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit

Defensive Tackles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas

Chicago Bears @ San Francisco

Kansas City Chiefs @ Seattle


Oakland Raiders vs Denver

New York Giants @ Indianapolis

Tennessee Titans vs Washington


Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta

New Orleans Saints vs Pittsburgh

Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay

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. 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.


Leonard Floyd CHI

Elijah Lee SF

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE NYJ

Adam Gotsis DE/DT DEN

Grady Jarrett DT ATL

Defensive Backs

Josh Jones S GB

Curtis Riley S/CB NYG

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.


Matthew Judon BAL knee

Aaron Lynch CHI elbow

Malik Jefferson CIN foot (IR)

Vontaze Burfict CIN concussion

Jordan Evans CIN ankle

Shaquil Barrett DEN hip

Skai Moore IND neck (IR)

Leon Jacobs JAX quadriceps (IR)

Jeremiah Attaochu NYJ concussion

Kyle Wilber OAK hamstring

Jordan Hicks PHI calf

K.J. Wright SEA knee

Mychal Kendricks SEA lower leg (IR)

Adarius Taylor TB personal

Brian Orakpo TEN elbow

Sharif Finch TEM shoulder

Shaun Dion Hamilton WAS shoulder

Ryan Anderson WAS hamstring

Defensive Linemen


Da'Shawn Hand DET knee (IR)

Kerry Wynn NYG undisclosed

Jurrell Casey TEN knee

Matt Ioannidis WAS shin


Terrell McClain ATL toe

David Irving DAL ankle

Al Woods IND foot (IR)

Ziggy Hood MIA hamstring

Timmy Jernigan PHI back

Defensive Backs


David Amerson ARI concussion

Anthony Levine BAL toe

Eddie Jackson CHI ankle

Marcus Cooper DET back

Charles Washington DET hamstring

Kayvon Webster HOU quadriceps (IR)

Mike Mitchell IND calf

Ronnie Harrison JAX knee (IR)

Jarrod Wilson JAX ankle

T.J. McDonald MIA ankle

Devin McCourty NE undisclosed

Patrick Chung NE shoulder

Jaquiski Tartt SF shoulder

K'Waun Williams SF knee

Maurice Alexander SEA concussion

Bradley McDougald SEA knee

Justin Evans TB toe (IR)

Kenny Vaccaro TEN concussion

Montae Nicholson WAS personal

Danny Johnson WAS finger


Ryan Lewis BUF concussion

Bryce Callahan CHI foot (IR)

KeiVarae Russell CIN finger

Denzel Ward CLE concussion

Phillip Gaines CLE knee

Chris Harris DEN lower leg

Isaac Yiadom DEN shoulder

Jamar Taylor DEN undisclosed

Brendan Langley DEN concussion

Kendall Fuller KC wrist

Trevor Williams LAC knee (IR)

Xavien Howard MIA knee-meniscus

Antonio Hamilton  NYG quadriceps (IR)

Gareon Conley OAK concussion

Sidney Jones PHI hamstring

Ahkello Witherspoon SF knee-PCL (IR)

Logan Ryan TEN lower leg (IR)

Joshua Holsey WAS knee-ACL (IR)

As ever, good luck and Godspeed in your fantasy efforts. Make sure to read all of our great articles to help you win your fantasy match ups every week and ultimately bask in championship glory. FANation Chat is now live on the site, to help you work through your fantasy football dilemmas. Or if you have any fantasy football questions, especially about IDP leagues, you can also send a message to for a personal response from the writer of this article. Naturally, the more detail you can send about your league, such as number of teams, platform you play in (Yahoo, ESPN, etc.), scoring and roster system, the better the ability to provide accurate advice.