Week 9 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Top 5 IDP Free Agents
Top 5 IDP Free Agents
It seems that each week everyone in the world is writing about the best offensive fantasy football free agents. For instance, last week there were thousands of articles out there about RB Mike James of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The previous week versus Atlanta Falcons starting running back, Doug Martin, injured his shoulder and was forced to leave the game. It later came out that Martin was going to miss the majority of the team’s remaining games, which would leave James to carry the load for Tampa.
There is just one problem with a post like this; it is too obvious. Every fantasy owner knew James was next in line to carry the rock and these type of articles seem to saturate the fantasy world every week.
With all of these offensive minded waiver wire articles, though, it seems that defensive free agents are constantly being overlooked. Not only team defenses, but also IDP formats. Fantasy owners in IDP formats still need to look for free agents and they still need help finding these hidden gems. Bye weeks have really picked up in recent weeks, and there is nothing worse than having to take a flyer on an unknown defensive player.
So to help you out in your IDP league, here are the top five IDP free agents to grab off the waiver wire for Week 9.
5. DT Desmond Bryant, Cleveland Browns
DT Desmond Bryant, Cleveland Browns – Bryant has been the main pass rusher on Cleveland's line this season and he is leading all linemen with 3.5 sacks. People may be deterred from adding a guy that was held without a tackle this past week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the d-lineman still hit QB Alex Smith three times. He is constantly getting pressure on the quarterback and there are much worse options to take a shot on for a bye week replacement.
4. LB Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears
LB Jon Bostic, Chicago Bears – In his first career start, Bostic racked up eight tackles and also ended up calling all of the plays on the defensive side of the ball. Chicago has lost two star linebackers (Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams) this month and Bostic will now be the main backer in Chi-town moving forward. Chicago is also coming off a bye week, which makes the chance of this middle linebacker being on the waiver wire much higher.
3. S Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys
S Barry Church, Dallas Cowboys – Church has been a hidden gem for IDP owners over the last month. The safety has racked up 43 tackles over his last five games to go along with an interception and a force fumble. He is the best DB in the free agent pool right now, so make sure to target him with an early waiver wire pick this week.
2. LB A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers
LB A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers – In the three games since LB Clay Matthews has been on the shelf, Hawk has been playing out of his mind. He has racked up 27 tackles and three sacks in the last three games alone. He is now the team’s number one IDP option and will get every chance to make plays on Sundays.
1. LB Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots
LB Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots – The loss of LB Jerod Mayo has left the Pats’ defense with a gapping hole at the second level, but Spikes has been quietly putting up LB2 numbers in his absence. Spikes has tallied 9.2 hits over his last four games alone and has even picked off a pass. He will be on the field every snap with Mayo on the sideline and he should have no problem posting 8-10 tackles per game.