Immediate Waiver Wire Pick Ups (all in order by priority)
I put DEs first this week to tell you to go get both MIN Jared Allen and Ray Edwards right NOW! Seriously, get both on your team right now. Don't even bother waiting for the explanation . I'll wait while you go check your wire and add them. I'm dead serious, go check now and add one or both...
... OK now that you did that, I'll tell you why. Not only did both of those guys get 2 sacks a piece week 9 vs. Arizona, but now both of them get Jay Cutler and the Bears week 10. You won't get anything closer to a guarantee than this. If both Jared & Ray don't each get a sack vs. the Bears, I will be extremely surprised.
DE Tamba Hali KC got another sack. The guy is money if you can get him.
(on bye) DT T. Kelly OAK finished with 3 solos, a sack and a forced fumble. He has been a great d lineman to own
(on bye) DT Richard Seymour OAK has had 3 sacks in the last 3 weeks and finished with 7 solos in week 9 so when he comes off bye, he's worth an add.
LB Gerald McGrath TEN vs. Miami is your first choice off the waiver wire this week.
LB Stephen Nicholas ATL is my matchup pick for week 10 vs. Baltimore. Baltimore has been making linebackers look like IDP all-stars all year and Nicholas has been a solid fill in for Sean Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon has been out since week 3 so no reason to think he'll be back in week 10. It's safest to check that out later in the week, but in all probability it will be Nicholas, who just finished with 8 tackles vs. Atlanta.
LB S. Fujita CLE vs. NYJ week 10 is my other matchup pick. You've seen Fujita put up big games, but it's hard to predict when and where. He has a very nice chance of doing so vs. the Jets. I'm going out on a limb and guessing an 8-10 tackle week for him.
Re-Reviewing LB Paris Lenon ARI and the change of the Cardinal defense. Lenon had a solid game vs. the Vikings with 5 solos and 2 assists, but all linebackers have had good games against the Vikings. Lenon has been slowly fading like we predicted. He's still a fine low end LB that I still like, but no longer the guy you turn to for "big points". I'm still feeling Gerald McGrath TEN more than him this year and I look at Justin Durant JAQS as I guy I'd want just below Lenon, but it's really close and I think Durant has a higher point potential, but might not be as consistent as Lenon.
LB Justin Durant JAQs is ready to be added to your team.
LB Mario Haggan DEN vs KC week 10 has the potential of putting up another 8 solos facing Thomas Jones & Jamal Charles.
LB DeAndry Levy DET had a really big game with 9 solos and an assist against the Jets. Keep in mind that the Jets give up an incredible amount to IDP points to LBs, but this is a great sign for things to come for Levy. Unfortunately, week 10 vs Buffalo is not going to be one of those weeks. I'm guessing he comes back down to earth with 4-5 solos. If not though and he shines again, then he is the real deal and will be really high on the list next week. He's definitely worth a snatch and grab if you have the roster space because his potential is as big as anyone on this list.
IS LB Quincy Black TB on your wire? He is a guaranteed 5-7 solos a week guy so keep that in mind whenever need a guy like that from week to week.
LB P. Angerer IND finished with 6 tackles in week 9. It should be noted that all of his tackles came after he took over MLB for Gary Brackett when Gary went off the field with a lower leg injury. So even though Clint Session was out for this game, Angerer did not get any extra tackles until Brackett was out. The Eagles are an odd running team so keep it in mind that Philly is not friendly to LBs as well. Indy takes on Cincy next week who have also abandoned the run a bit because they are behind so often. So only pick up Angerer if Brackett is out for that game.
CB G. Toler ARI continues to stay on this list because the %s in the leagues I keep seeing say he is still only owned in 40% of teams out there in FF leagues. He is literally the #1 CB out there and potentially the best all around IDP guy. He plays Seattle week 10 where he had 10 solos and 2 assists against just 3 weeks ago during week 7.
S E. Weddle SD had done it enough this year to prove himself again. He should be the number one pick up for you if you can get him. If you need to make some bold moves on your teams to make the playoffs than I'd start Weddle over the likes of TJ Ward for the upside opportunity.
SS Courtney Greene JAQs is coming off bye and facing Houston where Eric Weddle just racked up 8 solos. Greene racked up 8 tackles 2 weeks in a row going into his bye and as long as he's still in the lineup going into week 10, I think he has a good chance of doing it again.
S Eric Berry KC has become a better football player week after week and even though his tackle numbers against Oakland (besides his 2 rare sacks) do not knock your socks off, the trend is pointing to him putting it all together for the rest of season. He's a good athlete and he gets pass happy Denver week 10. He had 10 total tackles vs. Buffalo week 8 I like him for 7 solos and some pass deflections vs. the Broncos. He had an INT vs JAc & BUF and now 2 sacks vs. OAK. He's worth the risk in my opinion if you have T Branch or R. Harper on bye.
LB D. Hawthorne SEA had 9 solos and 3 assists vs. the Giants who were so far ahead that they starting running for most of the game. Hawthorne's numbers where nowhere close to this prior to this game so we can't get our hopes up. Let's see it again.
The linebackers for Miami went OFF vs. Baltimore. Linebacker have had HUGE tackle numbers vs. the Ravens all year so instead of trying to figure out if you should pick up any of the Dolphin linebackers who all had rare games, look at the guys who get Baltimore next.
Don't worry about Z. Diles for Houston. San Diego has a very odd running game so that was about the worst matchup for LBs as you can have.