Talk about bad luck! My first 3 top recommendations on the list below have a bye in week 9 so you can't use them right away, but they'll be important adds to your team for week 10 so look at your roster and start planning ahead. I would want any of these 3 guys below more than Paris Lenon and Jon Beason.
* Important to note: Arizona changed their defense to a format that will give LB Paris Lenon a lot less tackles and will give their safety Kerry Rhodes a lot more tackles. You need to drop Paris Lenon for guys like Gerald McGrath, Justin Durant or even Mario Haggan
Immediate Waiver Wire Pick Ups (all in order by priority)
(on bye) LB Gerald McGrath TEN might not be on your waiver wire, but he is available in my league and I need to go get him. I was deciding whether to keep Paris Lenon this week or jump to Durant or get McGrath this week. I ended up staying with Arizona's LB P. Lenon to see how things panned out with Arizona's new defense. Boy do I regret that decision considering how much I like Durant & McGrath and how well both of them did this week. McGrath had 10 solos this week vs San Diego, by the way.
(on bye) LB Justin Durant JAQs has shown us everything we need to see to add him to our rosters. Unfortunately, he is on bye week 9, but he's a smart add for week 10. He finished with 9 solos & 3 assists and is playing like a man posessed and appears to undertand that it's a priviledge and honer to be in the NFL. Good for him. I really believe his enthusiasm over the last couple weeks helped inspire that ass kicking of the Cowboys this week. He seemed to be the only player who cared during their "depression" weeks.
I wouldn't hesitate to drop Jon Beason for Justin Durant.
(on bye) LB Mario Haggan DEN stepped up again with 8 solos in week 8. He has his bye week 9, but he is one you'll want to add to your roster for week 10 with the Broncos new formation they've been using for the last 2 weeks on defense.
LB/DE Tamba Hali KC is such a consistent sack expert that I highly recommend taking a flyer on him vs. Oakland week 9. Especially if you're in a "big play" IDP league.
LB Scott Fujita CLE vs. NE week 9 is a nice matchup. Remember that he finished with finished with 10 solos, a sack and an INT against New Orleans week 7, but he has been a bit inconsistent this year so he's a little risky, but I feel he's the next best IDP option on the Cleveland D next to TJ Ward.
S K. Rhodes ARI is now "the man" on the Arizona D. They changed up their formation to a Tampa 2, which mean all traffic will filter to Rhodes. He will now start racking up even more tackles then he did before. Just look at his 9 solos and 1 assist this week for the proof.
CB Bryant McFadden PIT has been good for a bunch of weeks in a row now, including lots of big plays and real solid tackling. I highly recommend him vs. the Bengals week 9 on MNF.
(on bye) Jacksonville's SS Courtney Greene finished with his second strong week with 8 solos.
SS Eric Weddle SD finished with over 10 solos for the second time in 3 weeks. I'd be nuts if I didn't recommend him vs. Houston week 9. He is truly a boom bust guy though so beware. You can just as easily get the "3 solo tackle" version of Weddle as you could the "10 solo tackle" version, but if you're looking for a guy who has the potential to put up the same numbers as Redskins Landry while he's on bye, Weddle is your best shot at that off the waiver wire
CB Morgan Trent CIN finished with 9 solos, 2 assists and 1 INT week 8. He's never come anywhere close to this in the past, but because of the injuries in the Bengals DBs, he's been asked to increase his role and that is certainly what he did. This could be a mirage, but considering Cincy plays the Steelers next week on MNF and Ben throws the ball like crazy, I like this matchup. Keep an eye on this closer to next week though and make sure Morgan Trent is still filling in for the injured CBs. But this could be a sneaky last minute "big point" fill-in if you need it for week 9. I'm using him if CB Greg Toler is still injured next week.
DE/LB Tamba Hali KC - Some people brought it to my attention that Hali is a DE in some of your leagues. He's such an IDP stud, I'm recommending him as an LB also. But if he's a DE in your league and you can get him, he's the best DE in the entire league. Even better than Osi.
DT Colin Cole SEA is a tackle machine with the Hawks and damn consistent with sacks. Here's an important stat to know. The Hawks defensive line leads the league in the most tackles of any defensive line in the league. And it leads it's own team in "positional" tackles. The Hawks d-line has more tackles than any other position on thier team. So take your chances with Colin Cole. He's as good as a bet as there is out there.
DE Stylez White TB has been getting better and better each week with 4 solos, a sack and a forced fumble week 8. I'd make him a starter on your team vs. Atlanta.
DT/Nose Tackle Kyle Williams BUF has been a good/consistent tackler this year, but week 8 was his breakout week with 8 total tackles and 2 sacks.
S. Eric Berry KC finished with 10 total tackles and an INT. By far his best game of the year. So much better than any of his other games that I have to say this is a mirage and I wouldn't trust this.
DE K. Vanden Bosch DET finished with 5-1 and 2 sacks while fellow teamate DE C. Avril DET finished with 4-1 and 2 sacks. This tells you that this was a situational game because neither one of these guys have done this for a long time. Oh, by the way, Detroits Suh also had two sacks and a TD in this one. But Suh better not be on anyone's waiver wires for DT or DE required leagues. If he's on yours then he's the NUMBER 1 DE or DT on this weeks list. (unless Tamba Hali is a DE in your league)
SS Kareem Moore WAS with 7 solos and an assist is just a mirage this week.
FS Sherrod Martin CAR racked up a ton of tackles and a sack vs. Bradford, but this was just mirage and couldn't even be predicted.
Bishop is Rollin!!!
Tampa Bay's Ruud, Black & Hayes continue to all put up the exact same numbers every week. It's incredible how consistent they all are you can almost guarantee that each one will put up 5-6 tackles and guess that 1 of the 3 will have at least a sack or INT each week. Guessing which one is impossible. Ruud obviously has the biggest name, but Black & Hayes are solid fill ins anytime you're in a jame.
LB D. Levy DET came back for his first game vs. the Redskins with a whopping 4 tackles. Leave him on your wire until he gives us a reason to go get him.
LB Keith Rivers CIN was my only bad call of the week. He finished with 4 total taclkes and a pass defensed. Far from what he has done over the last 2 weeks. This was his problem in the past. Just when he looks solid, he lets you down.
I've seen LB Cameron Wake MIA on a lot of peoples lists when they ask me questions and I have to say that I continue to "not get it". He's a had a sack here or there, but I've never seen anything that made me want him on my roster.