Welcome back, ID people. If you didn't notice, IDP Waiver Wire didn't come out this week. Fear not, we'll be looking at players on the rise for leagues of all shapes and sizes. I've added a "Start of the Week" for those owners that are in shallower formats and can just pick up some guys that I feel are not owned in enough leagues. Obviously we have deep leagues covered with the deepest rankings on the internet. This guide should be all you need.
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Linebackers on the Rise
Jacquian Williams- I suggested adding Williams after Week 2's seven-tackle game and he's paid some nice dividends with an eight-tackle average over his last three. He's playing more snaps as the USF rookie learns the 4-3 system. He's definitely a guy that should garner more attention.
Jamar Chaney- After a battle with Casey Matthews for the starting Mike, Chaney has ran away with the gig in the past couple weeks. He leads to worst tackling team in tackles and is coming off back-to-back eight-tackle performances. He had the ILB job last year and didn't do much, but he is showing improvement and could be an asset in most formats.
Joe Mays- Mays is on a bye this week, so you won't see him in the rankings. D.J. Williams (a must-own guy) was thought to impact Mays negatively after Mays totaled just two tackles against the Packers in Week 4. It appears it might have just been a result of the matchup since Mays rebounded with nine tackles on Sunday against the Chargers. He's locked in as the Mike, might be getting more looks on passing downs and should have some decent value with Denver's opponents looking to run the rock more against them.
James Farrior- The Virginia alum had 13 tackles against CJ2K on Sunday. On the flip side, Lawrence Timmons owners were probably a bit perturbed since their elite backer has seen his value fall slow like confetti. Farrior is really only for deeper leagues and don't overreact from the big game.
Brian Rolle- In my opinion, Brian Rolle has been the best Eagle on the team in stopping the run. He has been adept at getting off blocks and has met the running back in the hole a few times on the weak side. He is getting several more snaps on nickel sets and has clearly improved as the season progresses. Teams are going to be running a lot on the boys from the 2-1-5 and Will linebackers certainly benefit in the tackle category.
Start of the Week
James Anderson- The Falcons will reportedly be pounding the rock against the Panthers. Carolina has been ravaged by injuries with two of their Week 1 starters, Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, both on IR. Now Will linebacker Omar Gaither is going to miss close to a month with a Grade 2 (partial tear) MCL sprain. Anderson has been a very productive player and is 29th in tackles despite just three in the opener. He is coming off a 10-tackle game against the Saints, usually a sub-par match-up. He should be a safe bet for double-digit tackles.
|5||Stephen Tulloch (Q)||DET|
|24||Rolando McClain (Q)||OAK|
|27||Mason Foster (Q)||TB|
|32||Daryl Smith (Q)||JAC|
Defensive Backs on the Rise
George Wilson- It was pretty easy to see that Wilson was going to bust out in Buffalo (I must have tweeted about him five times in the preseason). The Bills are using him all over the field and he is thriving in the role as a player that played linebacker in a 4-3 scheme a couple seasons ago. He is a legit safety and do not sell high.
Charles Godfrey- Godfrey tallied nine tackles against the Saints and looked better than advertised in pass coverage. He did an admirable job of recognizing the play and found himself around the ball quite a bit. He's a guy that should be owned and is on the cusp of being in the top-20 neighborhood for defensive backs.
Nate Allen- Allen had a team-high 13 tackles in his best game as a pro. His former sidekick, Jarrad Page, has been benched and Allen should be left with the brunt of tackles in the secondary. It's really going to be tough to count on Allen as a free safety on a team that projects to see a lot of running plays though. 13 tackles are 13 tackles and he should be scooped in deeper leagues.
Charlie Peprah- Nick Collins is out for the year and Peprah should get some seasoning as the new strong safety. Yes, I'm aware of how lame that pepper pun was. Well, Peprah had a nice game on Sunday Night Football with his pass coverage helping him account for eight tackles. Owners in deep leagues could do worse and he could have a decent day against Sam Bradford.
Kurt Coleman?- I'm Ron Burgurdy? Coleman slides into the strong safety spot for the Eagles and is actually in a very nice position to have some value in IDP. If your league is really deep, then go ahead and grab him. Rest assured, I will be watching him very closely on Sunday and I'll be back here to report next week. Rookie Jaiquawn Jarrett also took reps with the first team and could be a factor as well. Once again, you had better be in a really deep league to add Kurt Coleman.
Start of the Week
Sean Jones- Jones gets to take on Drew Brees at home in the later games on Sunday. Jones is coming off nine tackles last week in the ugly loss to San Francisco and is looking like Sean Jones circa 2006 (had 111 tackles) this year. Brees allowed Charles Godfrey to log a season-high nine tackles last week and Jones should at least flirt with those numbers. Jones ranks 16th in tackles among defensive backs and could be in the top 10 after Sunday.
|14||Antoine Winfield (Q)||MIN|
|19||Charles Woodson (Q)||GB|
Defensive Linemen on the Rise
Brian Robinson- Did he get a dream matchup against the Cardinals? Yes. Is he not even the best DE on his team? Of course. Howeva, Robison is making Rick Speilman look prettay, prettay good for letting Ray Edwards go. Robison has 4.5 sacks on the season and is clearly taking advantage of Jared Allen being on the other side. He's a DL1 in most formats until he hits the wall, but I don't see it happening.
Osi Umenyiora- He's back. He'll likely have quite a few questionable tags for the season though. He had four tackles and 1.5 sacks in the loss to Seattle. He should be owned in just about every league.
Start of the Week
Ryan Kerrigan- He gets Mike Vick and his blind side.
|2||Ryan Kerrigan (DL eligible)||WAS|
|4||Julius Peppers (Q)||CHI|
|5||Terrell Suggs (DL eligible)||BAL|
|12||Osi Umenyiora (Q)||NYG|
|15||John Abraham (Q)||ATL|
|23||James Hall (Q)||STL|
|24||Antonio Smith (Q)||HOU|
Thanks for reading! You can post your questions in the comments sections and I'll get back to you in a timely manner.