Crunch time is here, and now is no time to cease your efforts to bring home a fantasy football championship. If there is any opportunity to make your league’s playoffs, you need to adjust for the second six-team bye experience this week, and populate your roster with the IDP that give you the best opportunity to prevail in these last couple weeks before most leagues begin the drive for the trophy. Injuries and underperforming players must be addressed, and thus, we present the following rising defensive options to consider, all of which are available in most leagues (only a couple of exceptions, but not one of the IDP profiled below are owned in 50% of leagues). Keep competing and good luck to all our readers as you check out this NFL Week 13 IDP Report.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 13-Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants; Week 14-Arizona Cardinals, Washington Commanders


Fantasy Football IDP Risers - Elevator Going Up


E.J. Speed, Indianapolis Colts

Speed was an early-rising profile but deserves further commendation. He steps in as an every-down LB with the release of Shaquille Leonard by the Colts, and that alone merits attention as a LB3 at a minimum.

Cody Barton, Washington Commanders

Barton was back on the gridiron last week after missing four weeks on the IR with an ankle issue. He was averaging double digit tackles prior to being sidelined, and in his return, he racked up six total tackles (TT), four of those being of the solo variety, one for a loss of yards (TFL). He is another solid LB to pick up if he is sitting on the wire in your league.

Jeremaih Owusu-Koramoah, Cleveland Browns

Stepping in for the injured Anthony Walker, he had a huge Week 12 output with twelve TT (seven solo, two TFL) to his credit. He also picked up a sack against the Steelers. If Walker is out in Week 13, and he is currently listed as questionable, look for the third-year player to be worthy of at least a short-term addition to your roster.

Nicholas Morrow, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are not alone in dealing with banged up and sidelined IDP, but Morrow capitalized on his increased playing time (PT) to collect 12 TT (seven solo) against the visiting Buffalo offense. He was also able to toss in a pass deflection/defense (PD) while on the field. This week’s matchup is not ideal against the 49ers, but it gets more enticing in Week 14 against the Cowboys.

Christian Harris, Houston Texans

Another LB that put up 12 TT/seven solos against the opponent last week, he has the opposite situation re: matchups over the next two weeks as the Eagle LB profiled immediately above, with a superior tilt against the visiting Broncos on tap and then a less that desirable trip to New Jersey to face the Jets. Hmmmm….maybe a planning opportunity to pick up Harris and then swap in Morrow? Especially since Denzel Perryman’s suspension ends after this week, which may limit Harris’s snaps after Week 13.

Defensive Linemen

Michael Hoecht, DE Los Angeles Rams

Hoecht has been a steady and reliable source for tackles all season, but has stepped up his sack production recently, with four sacks over his last five contests. This week’s opponent is a good source for DE fantasy production, so consider using him against the Browns in Week 13.

Samson Ebukam, DE Indianapolis Colts

Ebukam had been shut out in the sack category for the four games prior to the Week 11 bye, but came back strong in Week 12 with a pair of sacks against the visiting Buccaneers. He now has the Titans and their less than stellar offensive line on tap.

Carl Granderson, DE New Orleans Saints

The Saint edge rusher has 5.5 sacks on the season, and is coming off a 10 TT effort (four solo) effort against the Falcons. He now has a couple of favorable matchups on the schedule with the Lions coming for a visit to the Big Easy, and then a nearly equally enticing match against the Panthers in Week 14.

Denico Autry, DE Tennessee Titans

Speaking of the Carolina Panthers and their tantalizing presence for DE production, Autry had a fine effort against that team in Week 12, collecting a pair of sacks and three solo tackles (two TFL). He has some added attractiveness in leagues where he has DT eligibility, such as Yahoo.

Christian Wilkins, DT Miami Dolphins

The Dolphin DL is definitely qualified for DT status and he has a superb matchup this current week against the Commanders who have allowed 55 sacks to opposing defenses through the first twelve weeks. He is generally good for three or more tackles per game as well.

Kobie Turner, DT Los Angeles Rams

Another DT for those of you playing in DT-mandatory formats, Turner is fresh off a four TT (three solo) and two sack effort against the host Cardinals. He was a constant presence in the opponent’s side of the field, generating five pressures on the QB in Week 12. This week’s opponent, the Browns, are the most generous to date with handing out fantasy points to opposing DTs.

Defensive Backs

Amani Hooker, S Tennessee Titans

The veteran safety will be relied upon by the Titans to patrol the backfield, and he racked up a team-high 11 TT (eight solo) in the Week 12 victory over the visiting Panthers. This week is a so-so matchup, but Week 14 has the Dolphins on the calendar and that is extraordinarily potentially good for safety point production.

Justin Reid, S Kansas City Chiefs

Reid has a great matchup this week, facing the Packers who are guilty of handing out the second-highest fantasy point totals to opposing safeties. Over the last two weeks since the bye in Week 10, he has accumulated 16 TT (12 solo). No big play value, but steady tackle numbers.

Jessie Bates, Atlanta Falcons

Speaking of strong tackle numbers, Bates has snagged 25 TT (18 solo) sandwiched in the two games surrounding the Week 11 bye. He also contributed on the big play front last week with a pick-six INT, a PD and forced fumble (FF). Sub-par matchups over the next two weeks, but he has been strong force on defense all season, no matter the opponent.

Jonathan Owens, S Green Bay Packers

Owens has been playing every defensive snap for some time now (five games), and he has amassed 37 TT (24 solo) over the last four contests played. He has also contributed big plays in limited fashion over that stretch of games.

P.J. Locke, S Denver Broncos

Locke is seeing more time in the defensive backfield with Kareem Jackson on a four-game suspension. In Week 12, he had seven TT (five solo), while also producing a fourth-quarter sack and forcing a fumble (FF) against the Browns. Denver is surging but be advised he has two road games against less-than-optimal offenses in terms of fantasy points allowed on the season.

D.J. Reed, CB New York Jets

Our sole cornerback profiled this week, he has provided high-level fantasy production while covering a pair of top WRs the past two weeks in the form of Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill. The next two weeks are tough matchups, so temper expectations if you add him to your roster.

Fantasy Football IDP Fallers - Elevator Going Down

Willie Gay Jr., LB Kansas City Chiefs

Despite seeing significant PT for the Chief defense, he was held to just five TT over the past two contests (four solo), which is not sufficient for a starting LB on your IDP roster. Cut him loose and find some other linebacker to provide tackles and/or big play production.

Chase Young, DE San Francisco 49ers

Things have not worked out quite as anticipated when he came over from the Commanders, with just three TT over his three games as part of the San Francisco defense. He does have 1.5 sacks with his new team, so that is hopeful. As he settles in, things could get better for his owners, but Philly this week and then Seattle in Week 14 do not project out as ideal contests to break out.


Week 13 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 Browns or Jaguars, but certainly you will do well if you own a top DL playing on either side of the Falcon/Jet contest or a Washington defensive back going against the Dolphins that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cincinnati

Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Rams

Houston Texans vs Denver

Denver Broncos @ Houston

Defensive Ends

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Jets

New York Jets vs Atlanta

Washington Commanders vs Miami

Detroit Lions @ New Orleans

Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Rams

Defensive Tackles 

Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Rams

Washington Commanders vs Miami

Houston Texans vs Denver

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Jets

Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee


Miami Dolphins @ Washington

Green Bay Packers vs Kansas City

San Francisco 49ers @ Philadelphia

New Orleans Saints vs Detroit

Philadelphia Eagles vs San Francisco


Los Angeles Rams vs Cleveland Browns

Miami Dolphins @ Washington

Los Angeles Chargers @ New England

Washington Commanders vs Miami


Week 13 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.


E.J. Speed Indianapolis Colts

Cody Barton Washington Commanders

Jeremaih Owusu-Koramoah Cleveland Browns

Nicholas Morrow Philadelphia Eagles

Christian Harris Houston Texans

Defensive Linemen

Michael Hoecht DE Los Angeles Rams

Samson Ebukam DE Indianapolis Colts

Carl Granderson DE New Orleans Saints

Denico Autry DE Tennessee Titans

Christian Wilkins DT Miami Dolphins

Kobie Turner DT Los Angeles Rams

Defensive Backs

Amani Hooker S Tennessee Titans

Justin Reid S Kansas City Chiefs

Jessie Bates Atlanta Falcons

P.J. Locke S Denver Broncos

D.J. Reed CB New York Jets

NFL IDP Injury Report – 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.


Nate Landman Atlanta Falcons lower body

Malik Harrison Baltimore Ravens groin

Trenton Simpson Baltimore Ravens concussion

David Ojabo Baltimore Ravens knee-ACL IR

Tyus Bowser Baltimore Ravens knee NFI-R

Malik Hamm Baltimore Ravens ankle IR

Marquis Haynes Carolina Panthers back

DJ Johnson Carolina Panthers neck

Yetur Gross-Matos Carolina Panthers hamstring IR

Noah Sewell Chicago Bears knee

Logan Wilson Cincinnati Bengals ankle

Anthony Walker Cleveland Browns hamstring

James Houston Detroit Lions ankle IR

De’Vondre Campbell Green Bay Packers neck

Jake Hanson Houston Texans hand

Nick Bolton Kansas City Chiefs wrist IR

Kana’I Mauga Las Vegas Raiders knee IR

Jaelan Phillips Miami Dolphins Achilles Ir

Marcus Davenport Minnesota Vikings ankle IR

Carter Coughlin New York Giants hip

Sam Eguavoen New York Jets hip

Zach Cunningham Philadelphia Eagles hamstring

Devin White Tampa Bay Buccaneers foot

YaYa Diaby Tampa Bay Buccaneers ankle

SirVocea Dennis Tampa Bay Buccaneers illness

Lavonte David Tampa Bay Buccaneers groin

Defensive Linemen


Carlos Watkins Arizona Cardinals biceps IR

L.J. Collier Arizona Cardinals biceps IR

DaQuan Jones Buffalo Bills pectoral IR

Yannick Ngakoue Chicago Bulls undisclosed 

Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns should 

Dylan Horton Houston Texans personal NFI-R

Isaiah Foskey New Orleans Saints quadriceps

Payton Turner New Orleans Saints toe IR

Cameron Jordan New Orleans Saints shin

Arik Armistead San Francisco 49ers foot

Leonard Williams Seattle Seahawks ankle

James Smith-Williams Washington Commanders hamstring


Kevin Strong Arizona Cardinals knee

Justin Madubuike Baltimore Ravens concussion

DeForest Buckner Indianapolis Colts shoulder

Daniel Ekuale New England Patriots biceps IR

Dexter Lawrence New York Giants hamstring

Jordon Riley New York Giants finger

Milton Williams Philadelphia Eagles concussion

Jordan Davis Philadelphia Eagles undisclosed

Fletcher Cox Philadelphia Eagles groin

Montravius Adams Pittsburgh Steelers ankle

Bryan Mone Seattle Seahawks knee-ACL PUP

Mike Green Tampa Bay Buccaneers calf

Defensive Backs


Joey Blount Arizona Cardinals knee

Ar’Darius Washington Baltimore Ravens chest IR

Taylor Rapp Buffalo Bills neck

Vonn Bell Carolina Panthers shoulder

Jeremy Chinn Carolina Panthers quadriceps IR

C.J. Gardner-Johnson Detroit Lions pectoral IR

Rudy Ford Green Bay Packers biceps

Jimmie Ward Houston Texans hamstring

Eric Murray Houston Texans knee IR

Brandon Facyson Las Vegas Raiders shin IR

Marcus Epps Las Vegas Raiders 

JT Woods Los Angeles Chargers illness NFI-R

Quentin Lake Los Angeles Rams hamstring

Jevon Holland Miami Dolphins knee

Justin Hardee New York Jets hamstring IR

Justin Evans Philadelphia Eagles knee IR

Minkah Fitzpatrick Pittsburgh Steelers hamstring

George Odum San Francisco 49ers biceps IR

Jerrick Reed II Seattle Seahawks knee-ACL IR

Jamel Dean Tampa Bay Buccaneers ankle

Terrell Edmunds Tennessee Titans shoulder

Darrick Forrest Washington Commanders shoulder IR


Antonio Hamilton Arizona Cardinals groin

Starling Thomas V Arizona Cardinals ankle

Marlon Humphrey Baltimore Ravens calf

Trayvon Mullen Baltimore Ravens toe NFI-R

Camarion Williams Baltimore Ravens ankle IR

Dane Jackson Buffalo Bills concussion

C.J.Henderson Carolina Panthers concussion

Jaycee Horn Carolina Panthers hamstring IR

Tyrique Stevenson Chicago Bears ankle

Cam Taylor-Britt Cincinnati Bengals quadriceps

Denzel Ward Cleveland Browns shoulder

Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers shoulder

Eric Stokes Green Bay Packers hamstring IR

Julius Brents Indianapolis Colts quadriceps

Tyson Campbell Jacksonville Jaguars hamstring

Christian Braswell Jacksonville Jaguars hamstring IR

Duke Shelly Los Angeles Rams hamstring IR

Akayleb Evans Minnesota Vikings calf

Marcus Jones New England Patriots shoulder IR

Christian Gonzalez New England Patriots shoulder-labrum IR

Marshon Lattimore New Orleans Saints ankle IR

Aaron Robinson New York Giants knee-ACL/MCL PUP

Michael Carter II New York Jets hamstring

Avonte Maddox Philadelphia Eagles pectoral IR

Carlton Davis Tampa Bay Buccaneers ankle

Caleb Farley Tennessee Titans back PUP

Emmanuel Forbes Washington Commanders elbow

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