Byes: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston
(Some LBs to point out who were on this list before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are NaVorro Bowman, Rolando McClain, Ray Maualuga, Donald Butler, Daryl Smith, Wesley Woodyard, Thomas Howard, Gary Guyton, Brandon Spikes, James Farrior, Brooks Reed, Kevin Burnett. If they are still on your Wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below)
Omar Gaither (ILB, Car) – Gaither is an every down linebacker for the Panthers that is a must start for Carolina from now to the end of the season due to the amount of injuries they’ve had to their LB core. His 7 solos and 2 assists show that he will get the opportunities.
Rob Ninkovich (OLB, NE) – For the second week in a row, he was at the top of his team’s box scores. Only this week, he added two interceptions to his 5 tackles. He gets Kansas City next during another night game on the “big stage” we he seems to excel the most.
Lawrence Timmons (ILB, Pit) – It’s very weird to have his name listed as a waiver wire pick up, but the truth of the matter is that he has been dropped in a lot of leagues for his complete lack of production up to this week. The thing about Timmons is we know how good he can be. He’s only one year removed from being an elite IDP linebacker. His 4 solos and an INT is not incredible production, but if it’s the beginning of something, he’s worth a “snatch and watch” to see what he does next week.
Joe Mays (ILB, Den) – We’ve said this before, but whenever Wesley Woodyard is out, Mays is always very productive and his 8 solos and a pass deflection proved that again.
Adam Hayward (OLB, TB) – Hayward started in place of the benched Geno Hayes and led his team in the box score with 7 solos tackles. This is a development to watch next week.
(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, Jabaal Sheard, Ahtyba Rubin, Derrick Morgan, Andre Carter, Aldon Smith, Jeremy Mincey, Brian Robison, Greg Hardy, Carlos Dunlap, Chris Long, DT Phillip Taylor, DT Antonio Garay. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below)
Lawrence Jackson (DE, Det) – He was on here last week because he’s been on a hot streak for sacks, but he’s not only on here because he picked up another sack this year. This is the fourth time in 5 games that he’s put up 4 or more tackles a game. This week, it was 4 solo tackles a sack.
Israel Idonije (DE, Chi) – He’s been dropped in a lot of leagues, but his Week Eleven game could be the game he gets back on track with a sack. He’s facing San Diego, who just gave up 6 sacks to Oakland. Idonije is a good athlete who started off the year with 3 sacks, but has gone quiet over the last 3 weeks or so.
Linval Joseph (DT, NYG) – In tackle required leagues, Linval is a guy to try as he’s been building steam with the Giants. He picked up his 2nd sack in three weeks and he’s consistently getting 3 tackles again. There isn’t much more to ask out of a DT2.
Geno Atkins (DT, Cin) – He’s been coming on with both tackles and sacks the last few weeks. Consistent defensive tackles tend to give you more “zero” weeks than you’d prefer, but I have yet to see Atkins post a goose egg this year.
(Some DBs to point out who were on this list before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are Morgan Burnett, Kam Chancellor, Dashon Goldson, Jon McGraw, Eric Smith, Sean Jones, George Wilson, Reggie Nelson, Charles Godfrey, Jordan Babineaux, Justin King, Husain Abdullah, Charlie Peprah, Terrence Johnson, Tanard Jackson, Ryan Clark, and Lardarius Webb, Chris Harris. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)
Jaiquawn Jarrett (S, Phi) – The rookie finally got his long awaited first start. And his numbers look solid with 6 solos and an assist. Get as a DB3 with DB2 upside.
Tim Jennings (CB, Chi) – He was dumped in a lot of leagues for going through a stretch where he only had a few tackles for a few weeks in a row. But he also had a stretch in the beginning of the season where he had 8-9 tackle a week. This week, he went 9 solos and INT and a fumble recovery. WOW! Do I wish I would have started him.
Kendrick Lewis (FS, KC) – He’s been consistent and Week Eleven, he faces the Patriots who automatically bump up the numbers of all safeties..
Reed Doughty (S, Was) – I know I just said this last week, but repetition is important in this case. Anytime LaRon Landry or O.J. Atogwe are out for the Redskins, ALWAYS get Doughty into your line up. He’s a sure thing every time. This week, it was 9 solos.
Chris Carr (CB, Bal) – He’s been one of the most consistent Raven corners on the team and faces the rival Bengals next week in a tough contest. He’s coming off a 5 tackle week and he picked up a sack when they played Arizona two weeks ago.