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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 11 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Week 11

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Need to pick up an IDP for Week 11 action? Looking for an IDP with a favorable Week 11 matchup? If you said yes to either or both of these questions, the waiver wire can be your best asset for improving your roster and finding an IDP who can contribute to your Week 11 victory.

Week 11 of the 2012 fantasy football season is the eighth and final week where teams are on bye. With four teams (Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans) not playing this week, picking up IDP options that can fill in this week will be necessary for success. With the playoffs just a few weeks away, winning these last few matchups of the fantasy football regular season could be the difference between making the cut and missing fantasy playoff action.

In Week 10, players like LB Derrick Johnson, CB Devin McCourty, LB Lavonte David, S Bernard Pollard and DE Charles Johnson all had great individual fantasy performances. As top defensive players, they are likely unavailable in most fantasy leagues. To succeed in IDP format, owners seek the most productive IDP options.

Here’s a list of the key players unavailable due to Week 11 byes:

Defensive linemen: Jason Pierre-Paul, Jared Allen, Chris Clemons, Brian Robison, Brandon Mebane

Linebackers: Chad Greenway, Michael Boley, Akeem Ayers, Bobby Wagner, Chase Blackburn

Defensive backs: Antoine Winfield, Stevie Brown, Alterraun Verner, Richard Sherman, Jason McCourty

Here’s a look at some IDPs that are likely available on the waiver wire and can be played for Week 11 action. These players have favorable matchups this week, find themselves in an improved situation on their team due to an injury or playing time, or possibly have good long-term potential.

* The following players are all owned in under 25% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and player season statistics are accurate as of Thursday, November 15, 2012.

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Antoine Bethea-Indianapolis Colts

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S Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis Colts (at New England Patriots, 18% owned)

Week 10 statistics at Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 solo tackles, 1 sack

Season statistics: 42 solo tackles, 16 assist tackles, 1 sack

Bethea has been a consistent tackler for the Colts all season long, as seen by his seven solo tackles against the Jaguars. Averaging 110 tackles in each of his last four seasons, he has been a productive IDP since joining the league in 2006. Up against a Patriots’ running game featuring Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen, he should have another nice fantasy showing in Week 11.

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Jason Babin-Philadelphia Eagles

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DE Jason Babin, Philadelphia Eagles (at Washington Redskins, 15% owned)

Week 10 statistics vs. Dallas Cowboys: No statistics

Season statistics: 15 solo tackles, 5 assist tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

An underperforming fantasy option all season, fantasy owners who drafted him before the start of the season were expecting big things from Babin. After 40 total tackles and 18 sacks last season, he only has 20 total tackles and 3.5 sacks after 10 weeks. A matchup against the Redskins could help Babin, as he’ll be one of the defensive ends responsible for containing Robert Griffin III in the pocket and stuffing starting running back Alfred Morris.

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Dannell Ellerbe-Baltimore Ravens

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LB Dannell Ellerbe, Baltimore Ravens (at Pittsburgh Steelers, 10% owned)

Week 10 statistics vs. Oakland Raiders: 6 solo tackles, 5 assist tackles

Season statistics: 48 solo tackles, 15 assist tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Since taking over the starting spot for Ray Lewis, Ellerbe has been a dominant linebacker for the Ravens. Collecting tackles and sacks at a consistent rate, his Week 11 matchup against the Steelers is looking even better now that Ben Roethlisberger is out and Byron Leftwich is in at quarterback. With a lesser quarterback behind center, the Steelers may stick more to their running game trio of Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, making Ellerbe an even nicer play this week.

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Muhammad Wilkerson-New York Jets

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DE Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets (at St. Louis Rams, 7% owned)

Week 10 statistics at Seattle Seahawks: 4 solo tackles, 3 assist tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

Season statistics: 25 solo tackles, 18 assist tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

Last week, Wilkerson was one of the top IDPs with the Jets’ only touchdown of the game. Improving recently, particularly as a run stopper, he has stepped up for fantasy owners with tackles from a defensive lineman. Up against the Rams in Week 11, his growth this season has him a potential DL2 option.

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Casey Hayward-Green Bay Packers

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CB Casey Hayward, Green Bay Packers (at Detroit Lions, 2% owned)

Week 10 statistics: Bye week

Season statistics: 23 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 forced fumble

Since replacing the injured Sam Shields in the lineup, Hayward has accomplished a lot in his rookie season. Collecting 15 total tackles in his last two games against the Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals, he has been tested often by opposing offenses. Up against the Lions’ pass-heavy attack this week, Hayward will be busy covering Calvin Johnson and Titus Young all game long, giving him a chance to produce plenty of fantasy points once again.

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D.J. Williams-Denver Broncos

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LB D.J. Williams, Denver Broncos (vs. San Diego Chargers, 1% owned)

Week 10 statistics at Carolina Panthers: No statistics

Season statistics: No statistics

Williams missed the first nine weeks of the season, for he was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s PED policy and three addition games for a DUI conviction in August. Away from the team for such a long time, he could be back in time for the Broncos’ Week 11 matchup against the Chargers. Even with Wesley Woodyard in his way as the team’s starting middle linebacker, Williams was a solid IDP option in past seasons and has the potential opportunity to return in a good situation.