In the event your league is still playing for the championship in the final week of the regular NFL season, good luck. It is a tough time to garner early information about which teams will be sitting their best players, which is why the majority of fantasy football leagues wrap up the action in Week 16 (hint, hint). It also makes for tough roster decisions, but below are few lesser owned IDP that could fill in as you go for the trophy in your league. As always, best of luck in your fantasy efforts; it has been a pleasure to provide these articles for your perusal over the past several months.

Elevator Going Up


Demario Davis NO

Davis has a superb matchup, facing the Panthers who top the list of teams allowing points to opposing linebackers. Since the Week 9 bye, he has been on a tear, racking up four sacks, nine pass deflections (PD) and 57 of his 109 total tackles (TT) collected this season, 45 of the solo variety. He also picked off a pass during that stretch.

Germaine Pratt CIN

Pratt was previously featured in the IDP Report way back in Week 7, so he is due for another mention as the season winds down. Since becoming a more integral part of the Bengal LB corps in Week 11, he has stepped up his performance, nabbing 48 of his 71 TT on the season. He is coming off a double-digit tackle effort in Week 16, and now gets to face in-state rival Cleveland, the sixth most generous team with respect to LB fantasy production.

Vic Beasley , Jr. ATL

Beasley has collected four sacks in the past three contests, and has 6.5 since the bye week break in Week 10. He is just a so-so tackle option at LB, but if you are looking for big play production in the way of sacks, he is a great option.

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE NYJ

Anderson was able to play in Week 16, so while he is still limited in practice with a knee issue, he is expected to suit up in Week 17’s contest against the host Bills. Buffalo has been generous in allowing sacks of late, so there is that potential along with his usual handful of tackles.

Maliek Collins DT DAL

Collins is featured due to a good matchup against Washington at home, although he is really only useful in DT-mandatory leagues. His Week 17 opponent has been giving up sacks recently, so if he can get pressure on the QB and contribute a few tackles, he has some value.

Defensive Backs

Malcolm Jenkins S PHI

Jenkin’s Eagle team heads to New Jersey to take on the Giants, a great matchup for the starting strong safety. He is averaging 5.5 TT per contest over the past six weeks, and has stepped up the PD numbers, with four over the past four games.

Tracy Walker S DET

Walker is another IDP that graced this article months ago, back in Week 2. He has been a steady performer all season long, on a team that has struggled to keep opposing offenses off the field, resulting in great tackle production (97 TT through Week 16, 77 solo). He is being asked to back up a depleted linebacking corps for the Lions, and should see plenty of tackle opportunities when Green Bay visits this Sunday.

Damontae Kazee S ATL

Kazee is in line for a great game, facing the fifth ranked team in allowing fantasy points to opposing safeties when the Falcons head to Tampa Bay to wrap up the regular season. He has been inconsistent with his fantasy point manufacturing, but that has generally coincided with poor matchups, not the case in this coming contest.

Rock Ya-Sin CB IND

The rookie corner has been seeing significant playing time over the past three games, and he has produced in both the tackle department as well as contributing big-play fantasy point production to increase his value. The Jaguars are a middle of the pack matchup, so do not expect the moon, but steady value has its place in IDP leagues, too.

Jimmie Ward CB SF

Ward’s tackle numbers have fallen off the past two weeks, that despite a pair of decent matchups. Thus, the good matchup in Week 17 against the Seahawks is not necessarily a harbinger of good things, but his overall performance as the 49ers starting free safety and his general availability in leagues makes him worth consideration if you have need of a defensive backfield fill-in for the final game of the fantasy season.

Trayvon Mullen CB OAK

Mullen is expected to play in the Raiders’ final season game, despite being carted off the field in Week 16 with a neck/head injury. He has been a steady tackle machine for the Raiders this season, and was adding PDs at an increased rate in the second half of the season.

Escalator Going Down

As noted above, it is a notoriously difficult time to predict which players are going to even take the field in Week 17, and thus, except for those IDP listed in the Injury Report below, there are no defensive players worthy of a demotion based on recent performance as the fantasy season winds to a close.

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 Panthers, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB on the Saints, Eagles or Falcons, or a DL on the Texans (or perhaps a Titan DE on the other side of the field) that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans

New York Giants vs Philadelphia

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta

Defensive Ends

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans

Tennessee Titans @ Houston

Houston Texans vs Tennessee

New York Jets @ Buffalo

Defensive Tackles

Tennessee Titans @ Houston

Miami Dolphins @ New England

Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago


Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay

Chicago Bears @ Minnesota

New York Giants vs Philadelphia

Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta


Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland

Miami Dolphins @ New England

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta

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.


Demario Davis NO (owned in 49% of ESPN leagues, but only 31% on Yahoo)

Germaine Pratt CIN

Vic Beasley , Jr. ATL

Defensive Linemen

Henry Anderson DE NYJ

Maliek Collins DT DAL

Defensive Backs

Malcolm Jenkins S PHI

Tracy Walker S DET

Damontae Kazee S ATL

Rock Ya-Sin CB IND

Jimmie Ward CB SF

Trayvon Mullen CB OAK

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.


Chandler Jones ARI thumb

Tanner Vallejo ARI ribs IR

Shaq Green-Thompson CAR ankle

Danny Trevathan CHI elbow IR

Sharif Finch CIN undisclosed

Leighton Vander Esch DAL neck IR

Luke Gifford DAL arm IR

Devon Kennard DET shoulder

Jahlani Tavai DET shoulder IR

Christian Jones DET shoulder IR

Benardrick McKinney HOU concussion

Jake Martin HOU knee

Raekwon McMillan MIA hamstring IR

Eric Kendricks MIN quadriceps

Kiko Alonso NO quadriceps

Lorenzo Carter NYG knee

Kamu Grugier-Hill PHI back

Ryan Kerrigan WAS calf IR

Defensive Linemen


Takkarist McKinley ATL shoulder IR

Brandon Williams BAL coach’s decision

Shaq Lawson BUF undisclosed

Marquis Haynes CAR knee

Olivier Vernon CLE knee

Adam Gotsis DEN knee-ACL IR

DeMarcus Walker DEN ankle

Mike Daniels DET arm IR

Da’Shawn Hand DET ankle IR

Michael Brockers LAR knee

Taco Charlton MIA ankle

John Franklin-Myers NYJ undisclosed IR

Dee Ford SF quadriceps

Jadeveon Clowney SEA groin


Woodrow Hamilton CAR illness

Akiem Hicks CHI elbow

Renell Wren CIN hip IR

A’Shawn Robinson DET shoulder

Denico Autry IND concussion

Gerald Willis MIA hip IR

Jullian Taylor SF elbow

D.J. Jones SF ankle IR

Beau Allen TB ankle

Jeffrey Simmons TEN knee

Defensive Backs


Charles Washington ARI calf

Budda Baker ARI quadriceps

Earl Thomas BAL coach’s decision

Darqueze Dennard CIN knee

Brandon Wilson CIN hand IR

Tavon Wilson DET hamstring

Khari Willis IND neck

Rolan Milligan IND foot IR

Eric Weddle LAR groin

Vonn Bell NO knee

Saquan Hampton NO undisclosed IR

Johnson Bademosi NO foot IR

Corey Bellentine NYG back

Sam Beal NYG shoulder

Jaquiski Tartt SF ribs

Quandre Diggs SEA ankle

Jordan Whitehead TB hamstring IR

Danny Johnson WAS hand IR


Kevin Peterson ARI shoulder IR

Will Redmond GB hamstring

Kenny Moore IND ankle

Quincy Wilson IND shoulder

Morris Claiborne KC shoulder

Jalen Ramsey LAR knee

Troy Hill LAR thumb

Cordrea Tankersley MIA knee-ACL

Jonathan Jones NE groin

Jason McCourty NE groin

Nick Nelson OAK knee IR

Trayvon Mullen OAK head

Ronald Darby PHI hip IR

Jalen Mills PHI ankle

Shaquill Griffin SEA hamstring

Adoree’ Jackson TEN foot

Quinton Dunbar WAS hamstring IR

Fabian Moreau WAS hamstring

Jimmy Moreland WAS foot IR

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