Week 4 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups - NFL Fantasy Football 2011

Immediate Pickups

Defensive Linemen
(Some DLs to point out who were on this before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are Kyle Vanden Bosch, Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Derrick Morgan. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Jarius Wynn (DE, GB) – Wynn was a late add to this this waiver wire list based on his matchup with the Bears. He picked up 2 sacks and 2 solos Week Three and I’m happy that I not only write this stuff, but take my own advice because Wynn was the difference maker to help me win by 1.5 points in my IDP expert league. He’s here again because Denver has allowed 8 sacks in 3 games.

Brian Robison (DE, Min) – He looked fantastic vs. Detroit picking up 2 sacks and 3 solos and the best news is he gets the lowly Chiefs Week Four where he has a real good shot at another sack.

Jonathan Fanene (DE, Cin) – Full credit goes to staff member Tom Simons for this call. Filling in for the injured Geathers, Fanane picked up 2 sacks, 2 solos and an assist Week Three. Watch the injury report closely before you make this move, you can’t ignore a DE with this type of potential.

Defensive Backs
(Some DBs to point out who were on this list before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are Morgan Burnett, Sean Jones, Jon McGraw(if his injury isn’t serious) George Wilson, Justin King and Lardarius Webb. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Dashon Goldson (S, SF) – He was known as one of the more elite safeties coming into 2011 so perhaps a person in your league had enough patience to store him on their bench until he got over his injury that forced him to miss the first two games. However, I bet he was forgotten in some of your leagues and now is your chance to snag a high end safety off the waiver wire before his numbers in the box score speak for themselves. He’s a very solid tackler with the upside to make some big plays along the way. His next matchup vs. the Eagles may see a very unproven QB who just gave up 2 INTs in one quarter of play.

Eric Smith (S, NYJ) – Smith has been solid with 7 tackles/1 sack Week One, 5 tackles/1 INT Week Two and 8 tackles Week Three. Week Four he gets Baltimore and he should be solid again.

Rashean Mathis (S, Jac) – Mathis has a nice matchup vs. the Saints Week Four and he’s been at the top of his team’s box scores every week this year. His 15 tackles, INT & 3 pass deflections in 3 games are speaking for themselves.

Matt Giordano (S, Oak) – Michael Huff has been injury prone this year and he left Week Three with a head injury. Giordano has played solid through Week Three with an INT and averaging 6.5 tackles in both games he’s started. Most importantly, he takes on the Patriots Week Four where every safety who has faced them has significantly surpassed their average.

Reggie Nelson (S, Cin) – I’ve ignored this kid too long. This is the second time in 3 weeks that Nelson has posted 7 or more solos and 3 assists. He also had a sack Week One. Temper your expectations for him vs. Buffalo Week 4, but 5 solos are well within reach and if all you need is a solid guy with upside, then Nelson is a nice addition to your squad.

(Some LBs to point out who were on this list last week and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are NaVorro Bowman, Rolando McClain, Ray Maualuga and Thomas Howard. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Donald Butler (ILB, SD) – He is a definite starter and probably not on your waiver wire, but I never know how deep some of your leagues are or how knowledgeable your league members are so if Butler is available on your wire, he’s your top pick up. He was listed pretty high on most IDP cheat sheets coming into the season and his Week Three solidified his worth 8 solos. Combine that with his 8 tackles and a sack in Week Two and it’s nice.

Jason Williams (OLB, Car) – The injury to Thomas Davis pushed Williams into an every down role. It also proved just how poor Dan Connor must be in coverage that they would immediately hand the every down coverage to such an inexperienced linebacker as Williams. To the credit of Williams, he made some great tackles and finished with 7 solos and an assist. I don’t know about you, but those are better numbers than what my starting LBs put up this week.

Daryl Smith (ILB, Jac) – Smith appears to be the busier linebacker between him and Paul Posluszny so far.  His 5 solos, 4 assists and 2 pass deflections certainly would have helped out my team this week and he’s facing the Saints Week Four who have become much more linebacker friendly then they ever were in the past.

Joe Mays (ILB, Den) – Although he won’t post eye-popping numbers, he has been more consistent than a lot IDP linebackers I’ve seen this year. I’d feel better about having him over Paul Posluszny for instance.

Jo-Lon Dunbar (MLB, NO) – IF Jonathan Vilma can’t go in Week 4, pick up Dunbar and smile happily knowing his matchup against Jacksonville will yield you some very nice points. His numbers Week Three against Houston were better than any numbers Vilma has posted any game this year.  Dunbar had 6 solos, 4 assists and 2 pass deflections Week Three.

Jacquian Williams (OLB, NYG) – Williams 10 solos have to mentioned and, of course, the next question is if he can do that again. Unfortunately, that answer has to be “it depends”. This was a special “speed package” the Giants defensive coaches put together specifically to stop Michael Vick & contain LeSean McCoy in Week Three. They may use it again next week vs. Arizona to contain Beanie Wells and keep Kolb under constant pressure. If that is the case then Williams will be on the field a lot again.

Watch List
(Give them 1 more week, unless you’re in a deep IDP league)

Defensive Linemen

Jayme Mitchell (DE, Cle) While Clifton Geathers is out, it looks like you use Mitchell and he’s going to produce just as well, if not better. The key is to watch the injury report closely and make sure you start the correct Cleveland Brown defensive end.

Jarvis Moss DE, Oak) No, he didn’t retire as he’s only 27. Yes, it seems like a long time ago that he was so highly drafted from the Florida Gators. But what really matters is he was hustling hard Week Two and now his continued hustle paid off in Week Three with 2 sacks, a pass deflection and 4 tackles. I’m not totally ready to add him because of all the other amazing pass rushing talent that Oakland has in Seymour, Shaughnessy, Houston, Wimbley, Scott and Kelly.

Defensive Backs

Kyle Arrington (CB, NE) – Arrington has 3 interceptions in three weeks. He’s also had 6 tackles two weeks in a row. No matter who they face, New England is going to force the other team to throw in order to keep up with their offence and Jason Campbell is his next opponent. You’d be depending on his chances to pick up another INT in order to get your full “bang for the buck” out of him, but if you’re in a large league and need a second CB with upside, he may be your guy.

Charlie Peprah (S, GB) – As we mentioned last week, Peprah will still have less value then Morgan Burnett and we mentioned Burnett would be fine after the Nick Collins injury.  That absolutely proved true with Burnett’s two interceptions and all around amazing IDP numbers this week. However, even though Peprah will not impact Burnett’s value, it does not mean he won’t have IDP value moving forward.  The Packers are going to dominate many games this year forcing other teams to throw deep desperation balls late in the game to catch up. Peprah will benefit from this and it’s something to watch.

DeWayne Washington (S, KC) – If Jon McGraw is out next week, Washington looks like the real deal as he stepped in and got 7 solos and an assist in his place. Watch the injury reports.


Wesley Woodyard (OLB, Den) – OK, we’ve learned one thing for sure. Woodyard is to D.J. Williams what David Hawthorne was to Lofa Tatupa.  And that is an very good backup IDP linebacker that you want to plug into your lineup immediately if anything should happen again to D.J. Williams.  However, Williams should be back Week Four and this will greatly decrease the amazing tackle numbers that Woodyard has been posting.

Jovan Belcher (OLB, KC) – His Week Three performance looks like it was more based on situational play, but his 8 solos and 2 assists are something to watch moving forward.

LeRoy Hill (OLB, Sea) – I’ll make this short. Hill shows up in the box score once a year. The numbers look sensational, but it’s not even worth telling you what they were for Week Three because it’s not worth thinking about. He’ll be back to his usual 2 tackle performance next week and we can pretend it never happened. Don’t get me wrong, when a man puts up the numbers he put up, (like he does once a year) I’ll watch him for you and let you know if he’s finally turned the corner into a consistent LB.

Kavell Conner (OLB, Ind) – Conner is quickly becoming the “assist king” so if assists don’t count in your league then you can stop reading now. However, if your league counts assists, Conner has 16 in two weeks. Unfortunately, he only has 6 solos within that same time span. For now, he continues to be a watch until he can start getting to the ball faster than Pat Angerer who finished Week 3 with 12 solos and 9 assists. You saw that right. 21 total tackles. Oh, by the way, Angerer should NOT be on your waiver wire. If he’s there, drop your worst performer and pick him up immediately.


Anonymous said...

Holy cow Monk I am having a rough start to the defensive season. This has never happened before. I miss out on Barnett,Lee,Navaro,Angerer cause I have guys like Poz,Hawthore,Derick Johnson,and Bishop cause we start 2 LB. Please help me out, here is my team

LB-Bishop,Hawthorne,derick Johnson,Poz,Bruce carter( allowed 1 rookie keeper each yr) should i drop him and get a rookie late in the year??
DB- Ward,Chung,Polamau
DL- Shaugnessey,Vandebosh,Dockett,Rubin

I start 2 at each position and can only keep 12 on a roster here is my scoring

TK- Tackles 2 points
ATK - Assisted Tackles 1 point
DFR - Defensive Fumble Recovered 2 points
DFTD - Defensive TD 6 points
FF - Forced Fumble 2 points
Int - Interceptions 5 points
PDef - Pass Defensed 1 point
SK- Sacks 5 points

here are people available below on waivers should i drop any and add any?? let me know who i should start this week. thank for all you do and your insight...


DB-George wilson,Bryan Scott ( hes a DB ranking in my league) whats up with another big game from him?,Reggie Nelson,Goldshon,justin King

DL Garay,Greg Hardy,Fannene,Calais Campbell

Anonymous said...

I'm worried about Tuck's recurring neck injury, and I have limited roster space. KVB is available on my waiver wire. Should I drop Tuck?

Mario said...

Great advice last week and always.. SI'm searching for a longterm LB.. who would you rank longterm to keep out of this group. Navarro, Anger, Hawthrone, and sean weatherspoon.. thanks much appreciatedd

PawPaw said...

Monk, you are da Man. L.Webb, N Bowman together got me more points than B Marshall, N Burleson and S Holmes in a PPR league. (Fantasy Addicts). Unfortunately, my opponent had A Rodgers and J Finley. Uh, who thinks I lost? Anyway, keep up the good work. Cut-Throats

Anonymous said...

Hey Monk, please rank these DL's for week 4 and beyond: Long, Watt, Hardy, Morgan, Robison. They are all on my waiver wire. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Bowman(SF) versus Kerrigan (WAS), who to grab off the waiver wire?

Currently, Kerrigan is the sixth overall LB with 33.0 (Week 1: 14, Week 2: 8, Week 3: 11 points), while Bowman is 21st with 25.5 (6, 10.5, and 9 points by week)

I'm torn, because a larger proportion of Kerrigan's points have come from fluky plays (the INT for TD was worth 10 total points in one play).

Leaning Bowman for stable points (tackles worth 1, assists with 0.5)

Am I off?

Anonymous said...

Good job Monk!

I have a difficult and important matchup this week, defense can make the difference, please:

Pick 2 DB
L Landry
Y Bell

Pick 4
C. Johnson
T. Cole
D. Jackson (MLB Browns)

Scoring: 4 pts a sack, .75 a tackle, 2 pts FF or int. 1 pt. PD



The Chowfather said...

what about Rolle on the Eagles now that Matthews is out of equation?

Michael Monk said...

@ The Chowfather If you've got the room, what the heck. Who knows what the kid's got, but Jason Williams sure looked good in place of Thomas Davis in CAR as an unknown. In general Eagle LBs are not really set up for success due to their constantly changing packages, but neither are NYG LBs and again Jaquian Williams looked strong last week there for his first start. He was not a big tackler in college, but the worst thing that happens is you drop him for the next big thing next week.

Michael Monk said...

Just a quick bit of advise before I post my mid week rankings. Some guys on the rise to not give up on because they are just starting to heal and will be fine are Hawthorne, DJ Williams, LaRon Landry, Patrick Chung & Osi.
However, some of the bigger names like Poz needed to be traded a week or two again. There's only about 1 more name left that you still may be able to drop Poz for since you probably already missed out Barnett,Lee,Navaro,Angerer and those names are Rey Mauluaga Cin and Donald Butler of San Diego. If you can still get one of them, I would drop Poz for either of them.

Michael Monk said...

Part 1 ranks Week 4

Ray Lewis - BAL vs NYJ
Pat Angerer - IND at TB
Lawrence Timmons - PIT at HOU
Sean Lee - DAL vs DET
Donald Butler - SD vs MIA
DQwell Jackson - CLE vs TEN
Jerod Mayo - NE at OAK
Charles Johnson - CAR at CHI
Rolando McClain - OAK vs NE
Greg Hardy - CAR at CHI
D.J. Williams - DEN at GB
Nick Barnett - BUF at CIN
Rey Maualuga - CIN vs BUF
Daryl Washington - ARI vs NYG
Barrett Ruud - TEN at CLE
Brian Cushing - HOU vs PIT
E.J. Henderson - MIN at KC
Desmond Bishop - GB vs DEN
Chad Greenway - MIN at KC
Navorro Bowman - SF at PHI
Patrick Willis - SF at PHI
Stephen Tulloch - DET at DAL
Mason Foster - TB vs IND
Terrell Suggs - BAL vs NYJ
Derrick Johnson - KC vs MIN
Jared Allen - MIN at KC
Jamar Chaney - PHI vs SF
James Laurinaitis - STL vs WAS
Julius Peppers - CHI vs CAR
Brian Urlacher - CHI vs CAR
Von Miller - DEN at GB
Jason Pierre-Paul - NYG at ARI
Quintin Mikell - STL vs WAS
James Anderson - CAR at CHI
Tyvon Branch - OAK vs NE
Lance Briggs - CHI vs CAR
Roman Harper - NO at JAX
Jonathan Vilma - NO at JAX
Sean Weatherspoon - ATL at SEA
David Harris - NYJ at BAL
Curtis Lofton - ATL at SEA
James Harrison - PIT at HOU
Charles Woodson - GB vs DEN
Kam Chancellor - SEA vs ATL
Lamarr Woodley - PIT at HOU
Troy Polamalu - PIT at HOU
London Fletcher - WAS at STL
Trent Cole - PHI vs SF
Eric Smith - NYJ at BAL
Tim Jennings - CHI vs CAR
Brian Orakpo - WAS at STL
David Hawthorne - SEA vs ATL
Morgan Burnett - GB vs DEN
Shaun Phillips - SD vs MIA
Will Smith - NO at JAX
Antrel Rolle - NYG at ARI
Glover Quin - HOU vs PIT
LaRon Landry - WAS at STL
Ndamukong Suh - DET at DAL
Jovan Belcher - KC vs MIN
Devin McCourty - NE at OAK
James Farrior - PIT at HOU
DeMeco Ryans - HOU vs PIT
Justin Tuck - NYG at ARI
Charles Tillman - CHI vs CAR
Nate Clements - CIN vs BUF
Yeremiah Bell - MIA at SD
Jonathan Casillas - NO at JAX
Kerry Rhodes - ARI vs NYG
Thomas Howard - CIN vs BUF
Tramon Williams - GB vs DEN
Jason Williams - CAR at CHI
Rocky McIntosh - WAS at STL
DeMarcus Ware - DAL vs DET
Clay Matthews - GB vs DEN
Lardarius Webb - BAL vs NYJ
Jason Babin - PHI vs SF
George Wilson - BUF at CIN
DeAngelo Hall - WAS at STL
Chris Clemons - SEA vs ATL
Takeo Spikes - SD vs MIA
Jason McCourty - TEN at CLE
Reggie Nelson - CIN vs BUF
Aqib Talib - TB vs IND
Karlos Dansby - MIA at SD
Kevin Burnett - MIA at SD
Ahtyba Rubin - CLE vs TEN
Adrian Wilson - ARI vs NYG
Justin King - STL vs WAS
Jerraud Powers - IND at TB
Jarrad Page - PHI vs SF
Kyle Arrington - NE at OAK
Kyle Vanden Bosch - DET at DAL
Bart Scott - NYJ at BAL
Ryan Kerrigan - WAS at STL
Steve Gregory - SD vs MIA
Reshad Jones - MIA at SD
Calvin Pace - NYJ at BAL
Brent Grimes - ATL at SEA
Oshiomogho Atogwe - WAS at STL
Cameron Wake - MIA at SD
Jacquian Williams - NYG at ARI
Calais Campbell - ARI vs NYG
Justin Smith - SF at PHI
Kavell Conner - IND at TB
John Abraham - ATL at SEA
Sean Jones - TB vs IND
Kenny Phillips - NYG at ARI
Jairus Byrd - BUF at CIN
J.J. Watt - HOU vs PIT
Jon McGraw - KC vs MIN
Daryl Smith - JAX vs NO
Leon Hall - CIN vs BUF
Antoine Bethea - IND at TB
Antoine Winfield - MIN at KC
Donte Whitner - SF at PHI
Dashon Goldson - SF at PHI
Brian Robison - MIN at KC
Tamba Hali - KC vs MIN
Leodis McKelvin - BUF at CIN
Eric Wright - DET at DAL
Matt Giordano - OAK vs NE
Jameel McClain - BAL vs NYJ
Joe Mays - DEN at GB
Leroy Hill - SEA vs ATL
Darius Butler - CAR at CHI
Haloti Ngata - BAL vs NYJ

Michael Monk said...

part 2
A.J. Hawk - GB vs DEN
Rashean Mathis - JAX vs NO
Earl Thomas - SEA vs ATL
Darnell Dockett - ARI vs NYG
Justin Durant - DET at DAL
Josh Barrett - NE at OAK
Eric Weddle - SD vs MIA
Bradley Fletcher - STL vs WAS
Malcolm Jenkins - NO at JAX
Stewart Bradley - ARI vs NYG
T.J. Ward - CLE vs TEN
Louis Delmas - DET at DAL
Thomas DeCoud - ATL at SEA
Brandon Carr - KC vs MIN
Sean Smith - MIA at SD
Michael Griffin - TEN at CLE
Will Witherspoon - TEN at CLE
Ed Reed - BAL vs NYJ
Johnathan Joseph - HOU vs PIT
Joe Haden - CLE vs TEN
Jabari Greer - NO at JAX
Chris Houston - DET at DAL
Andre Goodman - DEN at GB
Dawan Landry - JAX vs NO
Brian Dawkins - DEN at GB
Paul Posluszny - JAX vs NO
Dunta Robinson - ATL at SEA
Captain Munnerlyn - CAR at CHI
Andre Carter - NE at OAK
Michael Boley - NYG at ARI
Brady Poppinga - STL vs WAS
Mathias Kiwanuka - NYG at ARI
Dave Ball - TEN at CLE
Robert Mathis - IND at TB
Cedric Griffin - MIN at KC
Philip Wheeler - IND at TB
Cullen Jenkins - PHI vs SF
Michael Johnson - CIN vs BUF
Phil Taylor - CLE vs TEN
Dwight Freeney - IND at TB
Erin Henderson - MIN at KC
Mario Williams - HOU vs PIT
Antonio Cromartie - NYJ at BAL
Ronde Barber - TB vs IND
William Gay - PIT at HOU
Chris Johnson - OAK vs NE
Terrence Johnson - IND at TB
Chris Long - STL vs WAS
James Hall - STL vs WAS
Jayme Mitchell - CLE vs TEN
Amari Spievey - DET at DAL
Scott Fujita - CLE vs TEN
Tom Zbikowski - BAL vs NYJ
Cortland Finnegan - TEN at CLE
Marcus Trufant - SEA vs ATL
K.J. Wright - SEA vs ATL
DeAndre Levy - DET at DAL
Anthony Spencer - DAL vs DET
William Moore - ATL at SEA
Rob Ninkovich - NE at OAK
A.J. Jefferson - ARI vs NYG
Kendrick Lewis - KC vs MIN
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI vs SF
Corey Webster - NYG at ARI
Drayton Florence - BUF at CIN
Travis Laboy - SD vs MIA
Joey Porter - ARI vs NYG
Clark Haggans - ARI vs NYG
Chris Crocker - CIN vs BUF
Brandon Meriweather - CHI vs CAR
Sedrick Ellis - NO at JAX
Brandon Spikes - NE at OAK
Sergio Brown - NE at OAK

Anonymous said...

again, thank you for the rankings monk. its an incredible help.

Unknown said...

I have Aqib Talib and Tramon Williams as my CB in my Head to Head league with IDP. Scoring is as follows:

Tackle Solo 1.5
Tackle Assist 0.5
Sack 2
Interception 3
Fumble Force 2
Fumble Recovery 2
Defensive Touchdown 6
Safety 2
Pass Defended 1
Block Kick 2

Both Justin King and Jason McCourty are available CB as FA. Should I drop Williams and/or Talib for McCourty and/or King?

I am a newb when it comes to tracking player stats, but trying to keep up none the less.
Thanks in advance!