SS R. Doughty WAS has been very solid since starting for Landry. For the second week in a row, he had 7 solos and 3 assists. He faces Tampa Bay week 14 and last year he had 10 solo tackles and an assist vs. the Bucs. I'm picking him up on my team with the hopes that he posts similar stats.
CB Cortland Finnegan TEN vs. the Colts. Hey! Guess what! Peyton Manning throws a lot of intereceptions. It's beyond surprising at this point, but simply a fact. Finnegan is a good IDP play vs. Manning this week. Finnegan also has 70 tackles on the year so far so if he doesn't get an INT, you're still good with a 6 tackle performance.
SS Craig Dahl STL and Oshiomogho Atogwe STL vs. New Orleans are both solid this week. Here's a hidden stat for you. Atogwe has faced the Saints 2 times in his career. He had an INT in both of those games. You're not looking at more than a 5 solo tackle game from Atogwe, but he did record a sack last week so that's a possibility too. Dahl is the tackler out of the two. He's had 7 solos in his last 2 games and registered his first INT of the year last week vs. ARI. He has a swollen knee so he'll be day to day this week. Hopefully he'll be fine though.
CB Brent Grimes ATL gets Carolina. Carolina is not a passing team so this doesn't sound like a good matchup on paper. But my thinking is Atlanta will be so far ahead of the Panthers in this one that Carolina will have no choice, but to throw a lot in the second half and this will pad Grimes stats. It also makes the possibility of an INT much greater. He had an INT last week and has 4 INTs this year. He had 6 pass deflections last week and you can put him down for 4-6 solo tackles. Again, just a solid guy to feel safe about.
SS Abram Elam CLE vs. Buffalo. So far I've named safe plays, but Elam is more of your Boom or Bust guy facing Buffalo this week. Here's why I say that. The last time he faced Buffalo, he had 1 solo and 1 assist and he's averaged 2 tackles a game in his 4 career starts vs. Buffalo. But in those 4 games, he's had a INT that he returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and a sack. Players remember when they have big games against certain teams. And this is a different Buffalo team since last time they faced each other so anything can happen. So if you're looking for a "swing for the fenses guy", here he is.
LBs (not a lot of great options off the waiver wire this week, but McClain does have a nice matchup)
Before I start this write-up on the LBs, I need to address LB Takeo Spikes SF 17 tackle game vs. Green Bay. I have to call that a mirage at this point. Considering he had a 3 tackle week before this, has to compete with Patrick Willis for tackles and his next matchup vs. the Seahawks is not very good, I cannot reccomend him as a pick up this week. Let's see it again.
LB Rolando McClain OAK put up his second 7 solo game in a row and I would not have expected it vs. Miami or San Diego so now that he faces the Jags, who understands they need to get MJD lots of carries in order to win, I'm excited to see what McClain can do against a good matchup. Oh, and by the way, Tulloch put up 14 solos and 3 assists vs. the Jags last week so if McClain doesn't get 8 solos, I'll be shocked. Is this going to be the game when McClain finally gives us a preview of why so many had him pegged as the next Patrick Willis? Could this be his breakout game? I'd love to see a 10 solo 2 assist type of game out of him!
LB Shaun Phillips SD faces the double headed monster of KCs running game week 14. My guess is 6 solos and a sack which makes him the best pick off the waiver wire in my book.
LB Clint Session IND is a possibility week 14. Keep an eye on his injury near the end of this week. You could be sneaking a top 15 LB back onto your roster and pull one over on the rest of your league. Think of him as the Kenny Britt of defense. Risky being fresh off an injury, but his upside is worth the roster spot.
LB Mario Haggan DEN has a sack in each of his last 2 games and I see that continuing vs. Arizona. However, I also don't see more than 3 or 4 tackles for Haggan in this one so if he doesn't get that sack, he leaves you with low points at the position.
LB Banta-Cain NE vs. Chicago is almost guaranteed a sack and maybe even 2. But he's far from a tackle machine and may only get you 2 or 3 solos.
LB Shanle NO is still a good player despite a slow game and he's a decent flyer vs. the Rams if you need a fill in.
DLs (again, not a ton here so if you feel pretty good with what you have going into the playoffs, don't reach for any of the guys below)
DE Charles Johnson CAR got another sack and 4 tackles. Keep riding him while he's hot.
DE Carlos Dunlap CIN has 3.5 sacks over the last 2 weeks and he gets Big Ben week 14 to continue his hot streak. You won't get a bunch of tackles out Dunlap so you have to put your faith in his sacking ability to get your points.
DE J. Pierre-Paul NYG is coming off his second 2 sack game in a row and he faces the Vikings next. IMPORTANT: If Farve is QB, Paul gets the GREEN light, but if Jackson is QB, look somewhere else because he's hard to catch.
DE T. Suggs BAL & DE Haloti Ngata BAL do not have as good of a matchup as last week, but they are such good athletes, they deserve a mention if you're out of other options this week. Especially Suggs, who will get his no matter what.