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Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups

Aug 14, 2010; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason (20) during the preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

Another week has passed in IDP fantasy football and the ups and downs continue for production in this style of fantasy play. Defensive ends tend to have their inconsistencies and for one of my leagues I’m being reminded why I should always go with a reliable option in this position.

Anyway, here’s to another week of the IDP waiver wire report as we look at some of the productive options that should give you help this week.

Defensive Lineman


Stylez White vs Steelers: I talked about Stylez White last week, and he posted a sack against the Panthers. This week White and the Buccaneers will face another team that is having major problems at quarterback in the Steelers.

Pittsburgh is finding ways to win but White should have a decent game as the Steelers offensive line is shaky.

Calais Campbell vs Raiders: All four teams in the NFC West are going to have their struggles on the road this season. The Cardinals won a close game against the Rams and then were crushed by the Falcons in Atlanta. Campbell hasn’t had a big game this season, but he has found ways to produce.

Week one he posted a sack and week two he racked up five tackles. The five tackle game isn’t exciting, but at least he showed some relevance. This week the Cardinals are back at home as they face the Raiders and their below average passing game. Look for Campbell to get multiple sack opportunities in this one.

James Hall / Chris Long vs Redskins: If your desperate Rams defensive end James Hall might be a decent roll of the dice for your team this week. Mario Williams posted three sacks on Donovan McNabb last week and the Redskins should be a throw first team all year. Hall posted a decent game against the Raiders last week with a sack.

As for Chris Long he is the one that should be a strong play but his performance in the first two weeks hasn’t been promising. Long was projected to be a sleeper IDP defensive end this year on many websites, and he’s failed to get the job done with only three tackles in two games and no sacks.

Hopefully, he can get things going this week against the Redskins.


Ahtyba Rubin vs Ravens: The Browns’ nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin had a good game against the Chiefs last week with six tackles and an interception. While the interception was more of a fluke Rubin did rack up a decent tackle total against a heavy run first team. This week Rubin will face the Ravens and should be a decent source of tackles.

Colin Cole: I’m starting to like Colin Cole as a player who is good to hold on your team for every week. The Seahawks are doing a good job up front so far and Cole is a big reason why. Just last week the Seahawks only gave up 51 yards rushing to Knowshon Moreno on 24 carries.

This means that this group is winning up front, and that should mean Cole will continue to rack up four or more tackles every week. In a tackle heavy league Cole makes for a bye week fill in option.


James Anderson: The Panthers have a very active linebacking core and James Anderson is the one least talked about in fantasy circles. Anderson produced his second solid game against the Buccaneers with 10 tackles. Look for Anderson as not just a waiver wire option for depth but a player you can start if needed.

Rocky McIntosh: The Redskins inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh is the one racking up big tackle totals as he’s out produced London Fletcher so far. McIntosh has posted two double digit tackle games and last week he had 14 tackles.

Sean Weatherspoon: The Falcons have a much improved linebacking core with the addition of first round pick Sean Weatherspoon. The rookie has posted two solid days, and it’s time to make sure you have him on your depth chart. This week he should see the field often as he faces the Saints.

Daryl Washington: Another rookie that is having a solid start to the season as Cardinals inside linebackers Daryl Washington is producing. Washington had ten tackles last week and teams will continue to attack this defense on the ground. This means Washington should get the football coming straight at him every week.

Paris Lenon: The other inside linebacker on the Cardinals is Paris Lenon, and he’s produced in IDP as well. Last week Lenon actually had a better game than Washington with his eleven total tackles. I like Washington much more for the long term but Lenon should be productive for now.

Defensive Backs


DeAngelo Hall: The Redskins corner should have been picked up in leagues last week, but I actually found him still on the waiver wire in one of my leagues. That league only starts one corner a week so if you’re in a league that doesn’t have a deep roster of starting IDP players he might be out there.

Get Hall right away if he is as he’s been fabulous so far in the Redskins 3-4 defense.

Antoine Cason: The Chargers’ corner Antoine Cason is starting to come to life now that he’s won as starting job with Cromartie gone. Cason has 11 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and five pass deflections in his first two games. He is worth starting right away.


T.J. Ward: The rookie strong safety T.J. Ward is coming out of the gates hot after winning a starting job this summer. In his first two games of the year, he has eleven tackles in both games. Expect Ward to have a fine rookie season as he should make plays in the Browns 3-4 defense.

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