You could really see the IDP trend change last year.
As you'd look through the box scores in 2008, you'd consistently see DBs/Safties getting 7-9 solos, plus pass deflections, an INT and the good ones force fumbles and get sacks.
The bottom line was your #2 & #3 LBs were getting you 14-17 points on good days and many DBs on the waiver wire were getting 24-27 points. You'd see guys in your league pick up these guys like a Kevin Payne from Chicago and they'd get 5 points out of him the following week.
The problem was how to "catch this lightening in a bottle". It's difficult to consistently predict when guys NOT named Winfield, Otogwe or Gibril Wilson are going to go off. For instance, Cortland Finnegan got 25 points the other night against the Steelers. We knew Finnegan was good, and is probably not even on your waiver wire, but #1 LB numbers good? Seriously, did anyone really think Big Ben would end up throwing for more yards than Drew Brees week 1?
So what do you do to get in on this trend on a "poor man's budget"?
This is not going to be easy for you to do, but my recommendation is to cut your riskiest draft pick to make room for a boom or bust guy you can pick up on a week to week basis. Playing matchups like this can be a lot of fun and very rewarding when your weekly research pays off.
Trust me, it was really hard for me to do what I'm suggesting. I get very attached to my secret sleeper draft picks and all summer I looked forward to sneaking Keith Rivers out from under everyone in my league. Well, I did, but I made the decision to drop Rivers to open this slot I'm suggesting to you. That's how much I believe in this strategy. Could Keith Rivers potentially get me 15 points a week? Maybe. But my gut says he'll be under 10 points a week and I want to win my league, not finish 3rd or 4th. If you want to be #1 and win your league, you have to swing for the fences from at least one slot on your team. Sure, you could get a fairly solid SS who consistently gets you 6 or 8 points a game or you can play the weekly matchups from that slot and get a 15 to 20 or even higher guy. Maybe you choose guys from the wire who are playing the Cardinals or New Orleans. Or maybe it's the week side DE for whoever is rushing Big Ben. You have to get aggressive early or you won't make it into the playoffs in competitive leagues.
Don't get me wrong, you must have a strong foundation first in order to attempt this strategy. I know I'm going to get consistent play out of my LBs Jerod Mayo, Curtis Lofton and Laurinaitis. And I obviously feel comfortable with my DB Otogwe, but I want to give myself the opportunity to have a potential "grand slam" pick each week.
So why should you trust my advice this year for waiver wire pick ups? Besides doing research for a living, I LOVE IDP & I've been playing and winning for a long time.