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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 13 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups

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Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Week 13

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Need to pick up an IDP for Week 13 action? Looking for an IDP with a favorable Week 13 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 13 victory.

Week 13 of the 2012 fantasy football season is here, meaning the start of the fantasy football playoff season is just moments away. With the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons playing on Thursday night, owners need to set rosters and make moves soon for this week of action, for picking up great IDP options that can perform this week will be necessary for success. 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 12, players like CB Janoris Jenkins, S Steve Gregory, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB James Laurinaitis and DE J.J. Watt 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 look at some IDPs that are likely available on the waiver wire and can be played for Week 13 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 Wednesday, November 28, 2012.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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DE Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills

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DE Mario Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 23% owned)

Week 12 statistics at Indianapolis Colts: 3 solo tackles, 3 sacks

Season statistics: 27 solo tackles, 6 assist tackles, 8.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

After a disappointing first half of the season, Williams is starting to heat up for the Bills. Recording three sacks against Andrew Luck last week, he and the rest of the Bills defense have a nice stretch of games ahead against the Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks, making him a nice potential long-term play. With concerns regarding the Jaguars offense, especially in the backfield with Jalen Parmele now out for the season, Williams could be great in Week 13.

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DT Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens

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DT Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 17% owned)

Week 12 statistics at San Diego Chargers: 2 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle

Season statistics: 28 solo tackles, 12 assist tackles, 4 sacks

Just two weeks ago, the Ravens faced the Steelers. In the game, Ngata recorded five total tackles and his fourth sack of the season. While his production has been inconsistent as of late, a rematch against Pittsburgh, this time with Charlie Batch starting at quarterback, should only generate good results for the dominant defensive tackle. Another sack, a forced fumble and a good number of tackles could be coming soon for Ngata.

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S Danieal Manning, Houston Texans

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S Danieal Manning, Houston Texans (at Tennessee Titans, 9% owned)

Week 12 statistics at Detroit Lions: 8 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 1 forced fumble

Season statistics: 43 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 defensive touchdown

Manning has been a huge playmaker for the Texans as of late. From racking up tackles to forcing turnovers, he has played a huge role in Houston’s defense in his first season with the team. Up against a Titans squad that has struggled recently, Manning could be a solid choice at defensive back this week in any IDP format.

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LB Zach Brown, Tennessee Titans


LB Zach Brown, Titans (vs. Texans, 2% owned)

Week 12 statistics at Jaguars: 9 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle, 2 sacks

Season statistics: 47 solo tackles, 18 assist tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

The rookie out of North Carolina has been a solid IDP option all season long. From his 65 total tackles to his sacks and forced turnovers, he has earned an every-down role on the team and has out produced other linebackers on the team, including Colin McCarthy. In the past three games, Brown has recorded 24 tackles, two sacks and one interception, which are very solid numbers for an IDP.

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LB Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys


LB Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 0% owned)

Week 12 statistics vs. Washington Redskins: 3 solo tackles, 1 assist tackle

Season statistics: 16 solo tackles, 6 assist tackles

Only with the Cowboys for a little more than a month, Sims’ role will likely change significantly after the season-ending injury to starter Bruce Carter. Both Sims and Dan Connor will see time in his absence, yet Sims may be in a better position for more playing time as the team’s every-down middle linebacker. Sims could easily emerge as a viable IDP option, especially with this week’s favorable matchup against the Redskins.

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CB Drayton Florence, Detroit Lions


CB Drayton Florence, Lions (vs. Colts, 0% owned)

Week 12 statistics vs. Texans: 5 solo tackles

Season statistics: 14 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles

Recently activated from the short-term injured reserve list, Florence had a solid outing last week in his return against the Texans. Likely up against the Colts’ top receiver in Reggie Wayne this week, Indianapolis will likely pass the ball early and often against Florence and the Lions secondary. While he’s an added boost to the Lions defense, Florence will likely be targeted, especially since he recently returned from injury, and could be in line for plenty of tackle opportunities.