Linebackers (these are in pick-up priority)
LB Clint Session IND is not a waiver wire guy in most leagues, but I noticed many of you who write me only start 1-3 LBs so your selection of upper tier LBs is much more vast on your waiver wire. Session was injured in the beginning of this season, but had his first fully healthy game week 5 and is back to his level where he played last year. This week, it was 8 solos and 2 assists. I definitely like him more than Brackett for the rest of the year and I'd want him on my roster over Ray Lewis or David Harris the rest of the way.
LB Desmond Bishop GB had 6 solos, 7 assists and a sack vs. a Redskin team that basically abandoned the run. I know I always say to wait for a second week to see if this is a trend or mirage, but Bishop is a "Hawthorne" type. He's the kind of "back up" IDP guy that you love to see fill in because, just like Hawthorne (before he became a regular), Bishop has showed incredible IDP potential random times over the past couple years whenever he's filled in for both Barnett & Hawk. Word is that Barnett is potentially out for the season with his wrist injury and Bishop is well worth the snatch and grab. He is a bit of a risk because although he's a great fantasy LB, he's inconsistent as a "real LB" so Green Bay might pull him down the road, but with both Barnett & Brandon Chillar injured, you can trust enough to ride this wave while you can over the next month or maybe even the whole year.
This is the same time last year that I recommended Hawthorne and if Bishop had 13 total tackles and a sack against a team who didn't have their starting RB (Portis), and abandoned the run, imagine his tackle numbers against a running team like Miami in week 6. Mayo racked up 14 solos and 2 assists vs. Miami in week 4. Bishop will share tackles with Hawk beside him, but Bishop is as much faster player than Hawk and reads run plays faster so he'll be the one with the higher box scores at the end of the day.
LB G. McRath TEN looks great and with 7 solos and an assist, he's good to go for your roster.
SS Whitner BUF (on Bye week 6 though) is a guy to keep an eye out on your waiver. His bye week is next week and sometimes guys have to drop a good player in order to fill an obvious need on their team. This guy is IDP awesomness and needs to be on your team. This week he entered elite status with 10 solos and 1 assist.
FS M. Huff OAK has been the man in Oakland the last few weeks. Keep in mind that he's played pass heavy teams, but 9 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack and a forced fumble is officially playing at the "elite" level.
CB A. Verner TEN had another great week and is highly recommended in leagues that start CB and even in leagues that don't if you're not happy with your guy.
SS C. Ndukwe (on Bye week 6 though) with 10 total tackles and a fumble recovered and ready for someone's roster. He's been fairly solid all year and sometimes consistency beats out high risk, high reward guys.
SS P. Oliver SD is a "why not" play. Gregory was very productive as the SS for the Chargers and now Oliver steps in and puts up identical numbers with 6 solos and 2 assists.
DE I. Idonije CHI finished with 5 solos 2 assists and 3 sacks. Not any way to predict this one, but he did have a sack last week also so that's why he's now on the pick up list. Unfortunately, you've probably seen his best week all year come and go, but he's as good as there is out in the waivers right now as a DL. If you want the truth, I purposely avoid playing in IDP leagues that require DLs. I get zero enjoyment out of the position because I could literally have my 2 year old point at a name on a sheet and have the same chance as picking many of them. We'll keep trying, but your guess is as good as mine.
DE M. Shaughnessy OAK is an above average guy to get. He finished with 6 total tackles week 5 with sack and a forced fumble
DLs that "Fool the System"
DL T. Scott OAK is another linebacker listed as DL in most leagues and was a strong recommendation last year. This week, he finished with 5 solos and 2 assists and you'd be hard priced to find DL who can put up regular tackle numbers like that.
DL Chris Kelsay BUF (on Bye week 6 though) is a linebacker who's a nice middle of pack guy to have as he's always around 6 total tackles each week. If you don't get credit for assists then he's not worth it, but in tackle heavy leagues where you get credit for assist, you can count on him.
DL Ninkovich NE is actually a linebacker, but is listed as a DL in many people's leagues. If he is a DL in yours, he's worth a flyer in week 6.
LB J. Hunter DEN had a sack, 6 solos and 3 assists. This was mainly because Baltimore was so far ahead in this one very early in the game so they had very little reason to pass a lot so BAL kept it on the ground most of the game.
DT C. Williams DET had 6-1 and 1 forced fumble week 5. This is out of the blue for him so I have to say it's a mirage. That being said, he's with a "why not" recommendation in the wacky world of DTs.
LB J. Peterson DET had 7-4 and 1 sack. Awesome week and most probably his best of the year. D. Levy ended up being a scratch because of his groin and ankle so when he's back in the lineup, you won't see Peterson have production like this again.
SS S. Piscitelli TB is back with a 7 tackle and 1 INT performance. I'll have to do some research and see why he's back in there and if this is permanent or not.
Start whoever covers Roddy White each week. He's the highest targeted WR in football and thus that DB will be the highest targeted DB each week. Just look back at the box scores of each of the guys who covered him every week. He makes each CB into a weekly IDP star.
LB Brian Cushing HOU had a decent first game with 9 total tackles. It will only get better from here out. He will get sacks, pass deflections, INTs, forced fumbles. You'll like owning him. Remember that he finished a top 3 guy last year and it's not like he's coming off an injury so he's fresh and ready to explode.
LB P. Lenon ARI (on Bye week 6) not only played injured, but was on a team that was playing with a lead for once and it was against the Saints of all teams. So the Saints without any running game passed instead so Lenon's chances were reduced this week. Don't panic on him. He still got an INT this week to help his owners.
LB K. Brooking DAL - Anyone know what happened to Brooking in this one? Can't find any news why he's not in the box scores
LB DJ Williams DEN exploded in week 5 with 10 solos and 5 assists. All LBs had decent numbers in this game. A lot of it was beause Baltimore was ahead by a lot most of the game, but looking ahead to week 6, New England play BAL next. So Jerod Mayo, Ninkovich & Banta Cain get slight bumps up due to this matchup.
LB Jon Beason CAR (on Bye week 6 though) also looked really good this week with 10 total tackles.
SS L. Landry WAS finished with 13 total tackles, 1 INT and a forced fumble. I heard many doubting him this week. I kept him in my lineup and got my 29 points. He scored 4X better than my bye week QB Bradford did this week. Let's keep in mind starting our Safeties vs. Green Bay & Houston whenever possible. (that's Y. Bell & Eric Berry owners next week vs. GB & HOU)
LB S. Weatherspoon & LB S. Nicholas ATL split time and basically cancelled out each others fantasy points and ruined any IDP value for each other. So until one clearly starts again, neither should be owned.
This is the first time I've done this on my defensive blog, but I"M SO PISSED OFF ABOUT OWNING GREG JENNINGS, MARK CLAYTON, JOHNNY KNOX & MARIO MANNINGHAM THIS WEEK!!!! I dropped Mike Sims-Walker last week because of no catches and now the Giants play the easiest fantasy team to throw on, Houston, and Manningham gets no catches. Jennings gets 2 cathes for nothing, Clayton has 1 catch for 6 yards and Johnny Knox gets 1 catch for 14 yards. So frustrating to watch all my defensive guys get 20 points or more and lose because my 3 wide receivers combine for 6 total points. Feel free to bitch about your guys as well on here, but 6 points out of 4 wide receivers in a PPR has to be some kind of record. Thanks for letting me get that rant out.