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Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13

by Walton Spurlin | @waltonspurlin | Featured Writer
Nov 26, 2019

Derwin James should make his return from injury this week.

With Week 12 firmly planted in our rearview mirrors, we can say goodbye to the dreaded bye weeks. So let’s all be thankful for that (see what I did there?). We will now have a full slate of players to choose from for IDP purposes as we set our lineups and surf the waiver wire.

Well, of course, we will not have the players that have been injured or suspended at our disposal, but that just comes with the territory at this time of the season. Yes, things can tend to get a little lean as we come down the stretch. Never fear. We have once again done the heavy lifting and found a nice group of Week 13 IDP waiver wire options.

Keep in mind that the owned percentages are from CBS Sports leagues. Oh yeah, and Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

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Sheldon Richardson (DL – CLE): 13% owned (2% FAAB)
With Myles Garrett serving an indefinite suspension for helmet swinging, we suggested that you pick up defensive end Chad Thomas before last week. He had a decent game with five solo tackles against Miami last week, but he failed to register a sack. After a nondescript first 10 games, in which he had 38 total tackles with one forced fumble, the veteran Richardson filled the pass-rushing void for the Browns’ defense. He was an interior force, as he racked up five total tackles, a tackle for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Even with the return of defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi from a one-game suspension, he is a great grab-and-start for Week 13. The Cleveland defense has put up eight sacks in the past two games and will continue to bring the pressure in Week 13.

Ezekiel Ansah (DL – SEA): 12% owned (3% FAAB)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Seahawks’ defensive line has suddenly been hit with a rash of injuries as a hip/core issue kept Jadeveon Clowney out last week, and Jarran Reed was forced from the game with an ankle injury. In a season that has seen him struggle mightily, partially due to having to recover from offseason shoulder surgery, the veteran defensive end stepped up and answered the call last week. Leading a depleted defensive front, he put up four total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble in his best game of the season. He’s got a favorable matchup this week, as the Vikings’ offense has struggled a bit lately to contain opposing defensive linemen. In the last three games, they are allowing an average of two sacks per game to the position.

Thomas Davis (LB – LAC): 19% owned (3% FAAB)
The veteran got off to a red-hot start in his first season as a member of the Chargers’ defense, as he amassed 38 total tackles along with a sack in the first four games. During that stretch, he was playing 94% of the snaps and posting top-24 linebacker totals in standard-scoring formats. Then a slump set in that saw him have a dip in production as well as snaps. In Weeks 5-8, playing just 77% of the snaps, he put up only 25 total tackles. In his past three games, he has returned to his early-season form and has seen his usage increase. In that time, he has put up back-to-back double-digit tackle performances while playing 98% of the snaps. Coming off of the bye week, he will be a great addition down the stretch beginning in Week 13 against division rival Denver.

Benardrick McKinney (LB – HOU): 25% owned (3% FAAB)
Playing in the shadow of teammate Zach Cunningham, McKinney is having a very productive 2019 campaign. Last week, he put up 11 total tackles, his second game with double-digit tackles this season. He has even logged 19 in the past two games. He is a three-down linebacker that has played consistently all season long, having posted at least seven total tackles in a game seven times. His big-play production has been decent, but not exceptional, as he has half a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 11 games played. He is on pace to record the third season with triple-digit tackles of his career, and he is a great late season get off the waiver wire.

A.J. Johnson (LB – DEN): 11% owned (4% FAAB)
In what has been a wholly disappointing 2019 campaign, it appears that the Broncos’ defense has found their starting inside linebacker of the present as well as the future in Johnson. Stepping in due to injuries earlier in the season, the second-year undrafted free agent out of Tennessee has been a revelation. Last week, he put up a whopping 15 total tackles, and he now has had two double-digit tackle performances in two of the past three games. Since taking on a full-time role in Week 5, he has been productive in all facets of the game. In that time, he has 61 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and a fumble recovery. In the Week 5 game against the Chargers’ offense, he put up eight total tackles along with an interception, and he should produce similar numbers in the rematch this week.

Adrian Phillips (DB – LAC): 2% owned (2% FAAB), Derwin James (DB – LAC): 25% owned (5% FAAB)
It’s a twofer! The Chargers’ safety position has been a bit of a musical chairs situation all season long due to a rash of injuries. Phillips has been out since Week 3 with a forearm injury, and he was designated for return from IR on November 14th. He has had two weeks, including the bye, to get into game shape and will be ready to roll in Week 13. Let’s not forget that in his first two games this season that he put up 14 total tackles. James (foot) is also likely to return this week and will cost a bit more than his teammate. Both are solid starts down the stretch, but of the two, I’m more partial to Phillips as he’s often lined up in a hybrid linebacker role.

Kenny Moore (DB – IND): 25% owned (4% FAAB)
Playing cornerback on a team that has struggled to put together a consistently healthy group of safeties has greatly benefited Moore. Last week, he put up eight total tackles and also added an interception. In his past five games, he has posted 35 total tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions. The matchup this week against the Titans’ offense isn’t ideal, but things do get easier moving forward. With a string of positive matchups against the likes of Tampa Bay, Carolina, and New Orleans on the horizon, he is a great add-and-start option for IDP purposes, especially in CB required leagues.

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