If your fantasy team(s) are not yet disqualified from contention, then now is the proper time to revamp your IDP roster and boot off those underperforming bums you have been patiently waiting to pick up the pace. There are plenty of other options floating around the free agent market and the waiver wire that can potentially provide some much-needed victories. And some are profiled below, amazingly enough.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 9-Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia; Week 10-Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets; Week 11-Buffalo, Chicago, New York Giants, San Francisco 

Elevator Going Up


Robert Spillane PIT

The Steelers lost Devin Bush to an ACL tear, and Spillane stepped in to shore up the loss big time, with 11 total tackles (TT) against the host Ravens, one for a loss of yards (TFL). He also was a big play producer, adding an INT, two pass deflections (PD) and fumble recovery (FR), the pick on Lamar Jackson going for a TD. Beware if you rush out to add him, though, as the team picked up Avery Williamson prior to the trade deadline, so despite the huge stat line, his full-time status could be in jeopardy.

Darius Leonard IND

Leonard is heavily owned in most platforms, but if his owner dropped him due to his injury, now is the time to swoop in and add the pre-draft overall top IDP in many projection systems to your IDP roster. His stat line against the host Lions speaks to his potential: nine TT (seven solo, one TFL), a forced fumble (FF), a QB hit/hurry (QH) and a sack. He has a tasty matchup in Week 9 when the Colts entertain the Ravens.

T.J. Edwards PHI

The Eagles are on bye this coming week, so despite a huge Week 8, Edwards may be dropped by his owners and become a prime waiver wire target, as his upcoming Week 10 and 11 opponents are great matchups (Giants and Browns). He is coming off a 12 TT effort (six solo, one TFL), where he also collected a QH, a FF and a strip-sack that led to a defensive TD that wrapped the game for Philly in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys.

Christian Kirk sey GB

The Packer LB has been activated off of IR, and is back at practice. If he is floating on the wire in your league, grab him now. Realize he will likely be on a limited snap count to start off, but he is a LB1 when healthy and worthy of inclusion in your lineup now if your linebackers are lacking true punch.

A.J. Johnson DEN

He has been averaging 8 TT per week, and had five solo and five assisted tackles against the Chargers this past week. He also chipped in a PD at home although overall he is far more valuable in tackle-oriented league setups. Johnson is one of two every down LBs on the Bronco defense, along with Josey Jewell who is not nearly as consistent as AJ.

Neville Hewitt NYJ

The first of the Jet linebackers that wrap up this week’s LB portion of the IDP Report, he has been averaging better than eight TT per contest this season. He is coming off an eight TT effort at Kansas City, a stingy offense with regard to allowing LB fantasy point production, and gets a better matchup this week at home against the Patriots.

Blake Cashman NYJ

Cashman’s status may be improving with the trade of Avery Williamson to the Steelers, as he could move into every down LB status going forward. The Jets do have an upcoming bye in Week 10, but in addition to a fine matchup this week against the Pats, Week 11 sees another good opportunity when the Jets head to LA to take on the Chargers.

Defensive Linemen

Quinnen Williams DE NYJ

Williams suffered a hamstring injury in the Week 8 tilt against the Chiefs, but it did not keep him out of action entirely, and he is listed as questionable for the Week 9 contest (see below). He does have three sacks on the season, so there is always that potential big play looming for his owners. The Jet defense does see plenty of time on the field, and that makes their best interior DL worth consideration.

Carlos Dunlap DE SEA

Getting out of Cincy is a boon for Dunlap’s prospects, as the Seahawk defense is able to go after the opposing QB with aggressiveness, due to their scoring propensity. He should be in action after sitting out following the trade from the Bengals. In any event, he should be utilized much more out west than he was in Cincinnati.

Tershawn Wharton DT KC

As his playing time increases, the undrafted rookie is beginning to put up some useful stats, picking up a sack last week, and a FF and FR the week before that. Keep him on your radar, as the Week 9 matchup against Carolina is not great and then the Chiefs have a bye. Week 11 against the Raiders, though, holds great promise.

Defensive Backs. 

Jordan Poyer S BUF

Poyer had double digit tackles against the visiting Patriot offense last week, tossing in a QH as well. All of those tackles were of the solo variety, by the way. He is collecting boatloads of solo tackles this season, well up on his prior years’ pace, so in leagues that significantly reward for solos, he is extra valuable.

Kareem Jackson S DEN

Jackson’s Week 9 took a serious rebound in fantasy point production, when he led both teams in tackles, with 12 TT (eight solo). He has a tremendous matchup this coming week when the Broncos head to Atlanta. It looks as though his meager two TT effort in Week 7 was merely an aberration.

Eddie Jackson S CHI

Jackson has been collecting tackles all season, but has returned to his big play self over the past three games, forcing a pair of fumbles, recovering one and also snagging a PD last week. Beware, though, as he appeared on the injury report mid-week with a knee issue previously unreported.

Eric Rowe S MIA

Miami had a total of 13 PDs in Week 8’s game against the visiting Rams, and Rowe had five of those to his credit. He also picked off one pass, and kicked in seven TT (five solo). This week sees a decent matchup when the Dolphins head to the desert to take on the Cardinals.

Marshon Lattimore CB NO

The lone cornerback profiled this week, Lattimore filled up the stat sheet in Chicago this past week, with eight TT (seven solo, one TFL), and INT and a PD. He is considered a shutdown corner, for fantasy purposes, he is not one that is totally avoided by offensive coordinators and that makes him worth a roster spot.

Escalator Going Down


None to write about this week, save for those listed below in the Injury Report.

Defensive Linemen

Chase Winovich DE NE

As his playing time dwindles, he is becoming unrosterable, if not already there. He collected just a single solo tackle on special teams in Week 8, and you can certainly do far better at the DE position.

Anfernee Jennings DE NE 

Winovich’s teammate is another victim of the lack of PT, as he went from 53 snaps on defense in Week 7 to exactly zero in Week 8. He has not been a huge force during his rookie season, but without explanation for the lack of presence on the field, he is not someone to be trusted at this crucial juncture of the fantasy campaign. Despite having dual LB and DE eligibility on Yahoo, he is not worth employing right now.

Jadeveon Clowney TEN

Clowney has a balky knee, but that does not account for the limited production in Week 8 entirely, as he played 45 snaps on defense. He contributes with an occasional PD (four on the season) but 15 TT over seven games is not going to provide enough fantasy production to justify keeping him in your starting lineup.

Defensive Backs

John Johnson III S LAR

He is going on bye this week, and now would be a grand time to cut him from your roster and find a replacement defensive back for your squad. He is coming off a disappointing two assist effort against the Dolphins in Week 8, and has been inconsistent with poor outings in three of the past four contests he has participated in.

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, but certainly you will do well if you own a top DB on either side of the Raider/Charger tilt, or a safety on the Denver or Atlanta rosters  that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Washington vs New York Giants

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay

San Francisco vs Green Bay

Defensive Ends

Atlanta vs Denver

New York Giants @ Washington

Seattle @ Buffalo

Defensive Tackles 

Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas

Las Vegas @ Los Angeles Chargers

Dallas vs Pittsburgh


Denver @ Atlanta

Atlanta vs Denver

Chicago @ Tennessee


Dallas vs Pittsburgh

Chicago @ Tennessee

Denver @ 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. 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.


Robert Spillane PIT

T.J. Edwards PHI

Christian Kirk sey GB

A.J. Johnson DEN

Neville Hewitt NYJ

Blake Cashman NYJ

Defensive Linemen

Quinnen Williams DE NYJ

Carlos Dunlap DE SEA

Tershawn Wharton DT KC

Defensive Backs

Kareem Jackson S DEN

Eddie Jackson S CHI

Eric Rowe S MIA

Marshon Lattimore CB NO


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.


Devon Kennard ARI illness IR-COVID

Matt Judon BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

L.J. Fort BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Tyus Bowser BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Malik Harrison BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Patrick Queen BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Matt Milano BUF undisclosed

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps IR

Jeremy Chinn CAR knee

Jason Ferris CAR undisclosed

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Mark Barron DEN hamstring IR

Jarrad Davis DET illness IR-COVID

Kamal Martin GB illness IR-COVID

Krys Barnes GB shoulder

Preston Smith GB shoulder

Rashan Gary GB ankle

Christian Kirk sey GB pectoral IR

Matthew Adams IND ankle IR

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Asmar Bilal LAC calf IR

Elandon Roberts MIA elbow

Ben Gedeon MIN undisclosed PUP

Todd Davis MIN illness IR-COVID

Brandon King NE quadriceps

Ja’Whaun Bentley NE groin

Chase Hansen NO hip IR

Blake Cashman NYJ hamstring

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

Nate Gerry PHI ankle IR

Ulysees Gilbert PIT back IR

Kiko Alonso SF knee-ACL

Mark Nzeocha SF quadriceps IR

Derick Roberson TEN illness

Defensive Linemen


Takkarist McKinley ATL groin

Roy Robertson-Harris CHI shoulder

Myles Garrett CLE knee

Trey Flowers DET undisclosed IR

Austin Bryant DET pectoral

Kemoko Turay IND ankle

Arden Key LVR foot

Joey Bosa LAC concussion

Anthony Lanier NO undisclosed

Genard Avery PHI elbow IR

Tyson Alealu PIT knee-MCL

Ronald Blair SF knee-ACL

Benson Mayowa SEA ankle

Rasheem Green SEA neck


Vernon Butler BUF groin

Zach Kerr CAR toe

John Jenkins CHI foot

Vincent Taylor CLE concussion

Eli Ankou DAL coach’s decision-Commissioner’s Exempt List

Tyler Lancaster GB shoulder

Treyvon Hester GB undisclosed

Daniel Ross LVR foot IR

Maurice Hurst LVR ankle

Beau Allen NE leg IR

Carl Davis NE concussion

Lawrence Guy NE shoulder

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Sheldon Rankins NO knee-MCL

Quinnen Williams NYJ hamstring

Malik Jackson PHI quadriceps

Cameron Heyward PIT quadriceps

Chris Wormley PIT knee IR

Defensive Backs


Kendall Sheffield ATL head

Darqueze Dennard ATL hamstring IR

DeShon Elliott BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Micah Hyde BUF concussion

Raven Greene GB oblique

Will Redmond GB shoulder

Vernon Scott GB shoulder

A.J. Moore HOU hamstring IR

Jeff Heath LVR hip

Nate Brooks MIA undisclosed

Kris Boyd MIN lower leg

Holton Hill MIN foot

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Kyle Dugger NE ankle

Adrian Colbert NYG shoulder IR

Jaquarius Landrews NYG undisclosed IR

Bradley McDougald NYJ shoulder IR

Jordan Dangerfield PIT quadriceps 

Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles SF hamstring

Jaquiski Tartt SF groin

Ugochukwu Amadi SEA hamstring

Jamal Adams SEA groin

Justin Evans TB foot

Dane Cruikshank TEN groin


Byron Murphy ARI illness IR-COVID

Marlon Humphrey BAL undisclosed IR-COVID

Josh Norman BUF hamstring

Cam Lewis BUF wrist IR

Corn Elder CAR neck

Darius Phillips CIN groin

Chidobe Awuzie DAL hamstring IR

A.J. Bouye DEN concussion

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring

Kevin King GB quadriceps

Kabian Ento GB undisclosed IR

L’Jarius Sneed KC collarbone IR

Damon Arnette LVR thumb IR

Casey Hayward LAC calf

Chris Harris LAC foot IR

Jalen Ramsey LAR illness

Jamal Perry MIA foot

Cameron Dantzler MIN neck

Mark Fields MIN chest

Mike Hughes MIN neck

Stephon Gilmore NE knee

Ryan Lewis NYG hamstring

Brandon Williams NYG groin IR

Cre’von LeBlanc PHI quadriceps

Craig James PHI hamstring

Darius Slay PHI ankle

Mike Hilton PIT shoulder

Shaquill Griffin Sea concussion

Neiko Thorpe SEA sports hernia

Tye Smith TEN shoulder

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR

Kristian Fulton TEN knee IR

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