In Week 9 of the 2012 fantasy football season, Chicago Bears CB Charles Tillman, New York Giants LB Michael Boley and New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan all had great individual performances. For Week 10, here are five IDPs likely available on the waiver wire who should be considered for use.
The following players are all owned in under 25% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues as of November 8, 2012.
LB Brian Urlacher, Bears (vs. Houston Texans, 24% owned)
Statistics: 32 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown
One of the many excellent individual performers of the Bears defense in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, Urlacher capped off his great week with a pick-six. Limited at the start of the season due to knee issues, he has found his niche and has recently seen an increase in his production. With a favorable matchup in Week 10 against the Texans, he’ll receive plenty of opportunities to produce as a reliable IDP option.
CB Patrick Robinson, Saints (vs. Atlanta Falcons, 5% owned)
Statistics: 28 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 touchdown
Robinson was one of the Saints’ defensive starts in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. While he’s a weak source for tackles, his activity around the ball has been one of the bright spots on the Saints defense this season. Up against an elite Falcons’ passing game featuring Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, Robinson will be busy in Week 10, making him a nice option in deeper IDP formats.
DT Linval Joseph, Giants (at Cincinnati Bengals, 4% owned)
Statistics: 19 solo tackles, 10 assist tackles, 4 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Despite just 19 solo tackles on the year, Joseph has been one of the more consistent defensive line IDP options this season. Easily forgotten among the defensive end mix consisting of Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, he has scored at least five fantasy points in each of the last four games. View Joseph as a solid DL2 against the Bengals.
CB Nolan Carroll, Miami Dolphins (vs. Titans, 3% owned)
Statistics: 38 solo tackles, 5 assist tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Since filling in for injured Richard Marshall in Week 4, Carroll has been a productive and reliable option in Miami. Recording six or more solo tackles in four of his last five games, he is a relatively unknown IDP. With no set return date for Marshall and an excellent Week 10 matchup against a Titans team that gave up huge fantasy points to the Bears, Carroll could provide owners with another nice output
LB Zach Brown, Titans (at Dolphins, 1% owned)
Statistics: 34 solo tackles, 17 assist tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Brown, the Titans’ second-round draft pick out of North Carolina, had a breakout game in Week 9 against the Bears. Now playing a majority of the Titans’ defensive snaps, he has looked like a more efficient tackler as of late and has benefited from the increased playing time. A nice surprise value available in nearly all leagues, he could be a decent LB2 by the end of the season.