Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11 (2019)
The clock is ticking on the regular season in IDP fantasy football leagues as we head into Week 11. Here’s hoping that if you are still reading this article it means your IDP team is still alive in the playoff race. There is nothing like the excitement of chasing down that elusive playoff spot as we head down the stretch of the 2019 season. With injuries continuing to rear their ugly heads, it remains critically important to work the waiver wire wisely (say that three times fast).
At least the end of the byes is in sight as there are just two more weeks to put up with them. After being handcuffed with six teams on a bye last week, there are just four in Week 11. Keep in mind that the owned percentages are from CBS Sports leagues. The teams on their bye this week are Green Bay, Seattle, Tennessee, and New York Giants.
Clelin Ferrell (DL – OAK): 12% owned (4% FAAB)
The rookie duo of defensive ends, Maxx Crosby and Ferrell, had a field day last week against the Chargers’ offense. They combined for 11 total tackles, three sacks, 15 quarterback pressures. It was Ferrell leading the way as he put up his first sack since Week 1 and finished the game with 2.5 to go with three quarterback hits. He is hitting his stride at the right time and played 73% of the snaps in Week 10. Look for his hot streak to continue in a positive matchup at home against the Bengals’ offense. They allowed two sacks to defensive linemen last week and have allowed 19.5 to the position on the season.
Matt Ioannidis (DL – WAS): 20% owned (5% FAAB)
Apparently, folks didn’t get the hint when we suggested Ioannidis as a Week 9 waiver wire add as he is still just 20% owned. All he did that week was finish with top-10 defensive linemen scoring with four solo tackles and a sack. Over his past five games, he has put up 25 total tackles, five tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks. In that time he was credited with six quarterback hits and he leads the team on the season with nine. Following the bye week, he has a great matchup to keep things rolling. In the past five games, the Jets’ offense has allowed 18 sacks and a forced fumble to opposing defensive linemen.
Myles Jack (LB – JAC): 26% owned (3% FAAB)
Once Telvin Smith announced he would be sitting out the 2019 season, there was much anticipation of a breakout year from the fourth-year linebacker out of UCLA. It has not worked out that way to date. While he has played 100% of the snaps from Week 4 onward, the tackle production has not been there. His 50 total tackles on the season are actually less than the 55 he had at this point last year.
He is coming off a solid Week 9 performance in which he had seven total tackles and he has a very nice matchup this week. In the past four games, the Colts’ offense has given up 103 total tackles and 14 big plays to the linebacker position. If he is ever going to get things on track, this divisional matchup is the game to jump-start his season for the stretch run.
Benardrick McKinney (LB – HOU): 20% owned (2% FAAB)
While teammate and fellow linebacker, Zach Cunningham, gets most of the attention, McKinney is quietly having a solid 2019 campaign. He has been productive in all facets of the game and is playing an average of 88% of the snaps. Through nine games, he has 60 total tackles, half a sack, one forced fumble, and two recovered fumbles. He has posted at least eight total tackles in four games and has been credited with four tackles for a loss along with three quarterback hits.
The matchup this week is a positive one. In the last four games, the Ravens’ offense is allowing 29 total tackles per game to opposing linebackers and have given up seven big plays to the position. In that time there have been three separate linebackers that have posted 13 total tackles against Baltimore.
Anthony Hitchens (LB – KC): 26% owned (3% FAAB)
The veteran linebacker has not had the most productive 2019 campaign through his first 10 games. He is currently sitting outside the top-50 linebackers in balanced scoring formats. That being said, he has been having a decent run of late. In his last four games, he has put up 24 total tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Those are top-20 linebacker totals and things are trending upwards for Hitchens. It’s all about the matchup against a Chargers’ offense that allowed 23 total tackles to the Raiders’ linebacking duo of Tahir Whitehead and Nicholas Morrow last week.
Rodney McLeod (DB – PHI): 2% owned (1% FAAB)
With most of the attention focused on his better-known teammate Malcolm Jenkins, McLeod is a sneaky good, cheap defensive back waiver option this week. On the season, he has quietly put up 48 total tackles and has had at least six total in five games. He has also chipped in an interception as well as three passes defended. This week he has a great matchup against a Patriots’ offense that averages 40 pass attempts per game. They are also allowing an average of 31 total tackles per game to opposing defensive backs and have given up 13 big plays to the position.
D.J. Swearinger (DB – OAK): 6% owned (2% FAAB)
I will admit that my “stay ahead of the curve” selection from last week was a swing and a miss. The Cardinals released Zach Brown just five days after signing him. That being said, we have another proactive selection lined up for Week 11. With Lamarcus Joyner (knee) likely out multiple weeks and Karl Joseph suffering what appears to be a season-ending foot injury, the Raiders’ defense has brought Swearinger on board to step in as the likely starting strong safety. Before being released, he was averaging seven tackles per game for Arizona. He is just two years removed from a top-15 defensive back finish in balanced scoring formats.
Tre’Davious White (DB – BUF): 13% owned (3% FAAB)
The third-year cornerback is having an outstanding season in both fantasy and reality. Having been targeted 43 times, he is allowing just a 51.2% completion rate and has yet to allow a touchdown catch into his coverage. Those are nice totals from an NFL standpoint. His ability to do a bit of everything in the secondary helps for IDP purposes as well. In the last four games, he has put up 20 total tackles, one sack, one interception, and a forced fumble. In the Week 7 meeting between the Bills and Dolphins, he finished with five total tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble. Look for a repeat performance this week in South Beach.