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Atlanta Falcons' tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) catches a pass for five yards under coverage by San Francisco 49ers safety Taylor Mays (23) in the second half of their NFL football game in Atlanta, Georgia October 3, 2010.   REUTERS/David Tulis  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

This weeks IDP waiver wire pickups is all about a few players that have been waiting in the wings and are finally getting a chance to be IDP studs. The main potential star that is on the rise for IDP is 49ers rookie safety Taylor Mays as he is now a starter to stay after Michael Lewis bailed on the team last Friday.

It was time for Lewis to go as he’s never been a strong safety for pass protection and was failing to make an impact in run support. Mays has much to learn like any rookie in the NFL but his performance against the Falcons should show IDP fantasy owners, he’s ready to be a starter for your team. Below we have various options to go for this week.

Defense Lineman

DE. Osi Umenyiora: I’ve been bagging on Osi Umenyiora since the offseason as a player that wasn’t worth having, unless Kiwi sustained an injury. Well, that time as come as we found out on Friday that the Giants star pass rushing has a bulging disc and will be out for the next two to three months.

Umenyiora made a big time impact in his first game with Kiwi gone as he harassed the Bears’ quarterbacks all night. Look for Umenyiora to have a big run going forward as he is showcasing himself for potential new teams heading into next offseason. This makes Umenyiora an potential every week play if you need help at defensive end.

DE. Dave Ball: Sometimes a veteran player finds his way on the radar, and a fantasy owner has to wonder if his production is just a mirage. Dave Ball is getting an opportunity to start weekly this season with the Titans and has posted at least one sack in each of the past three weeks. Last week he got to Kyle Orton for two and a half sacks, and it’s time to get him on your team for at least bye week help.

Ball will get another pass happy team with a shaky offensive line this week when the Titans play the Cowboys. The veteran should find his way to another sack against Tony Romo. After that game he gets the Jaguars and Eagles, both teams have struggled in pass protection and Ball will post a career year.

DE / DT Chris Canty (DT League Sepecial): Fantasy owners need to find out if Chris Canty is available as a waiver wire in their league because he should continue to post good games this season. The Giants are starting to find their groove on the front line and Canty will benefit with opportunities to sack the quarterback.

Question is, whether Canty is available as a defensive end or a tackle in your league. He will be a worthy weekly starter if he is listed at tackle but at end he is just a bye week fill in.


Kevin Burnett: The Chargers’ defense had a couple linebackers put up big days against the Cardinals as they dominated all game long. Kevin Burnett is starting to pickup his play and is worth a look for a bye week fill in at this point. This week Burnett will play another team that is shaky at quarterback as the Chargers will travel to Oakland and face the Raiders.

Shaun Phillips (Big Play Leagues) : Last week was one of those career games that only comes around every so often as Shaun Philips posted four sacks against the Cardinals sorry quarterbacks. Still, Phillips has been making plays for more than just last week as he’s posted a sack in three of the first four games of this season.

In the next two weeks Phillips gets the Raiders and the Rams and should continue to rack up the sacks for your IDP fantasy team.

Defensive Backs

Taylor Mays: As written at the beginning of this article Mays is a starter for the 49ers and had a great game in his first expansive playing time. For the contest, Mays racked up eleven tackles and even had a special teams touchdown. Mays is a tremendous talent and will be tested early in his career by opposing offenses.

The bottom line with Mays is that the 49ers are a slow defense outside of Patrick Willis. That means Mays will probably be racking up a good amount of tackles this season and for seasons to come. If Mays keeps his work ethic strong, he could be one of the great defensive backs for the next ten years.

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