Week 11 IDP Free Agent Focus
Maxx Crosby, DE, Raiders
Crosby managed only a half-sack in Thursday night’s win over the Chargers. But that hid the fact that he logged an impressive 3 QB hits overall. The rookie now has 7 over the past 6 games and has settled in around 90% playing time on a weekly basis. That sets him up nicely for an upside matchup with Ryan Finley and the Bengals in Week 11.
Marcus Davenport, DE, Saints
Here’s 1 for deeper leagues. Davenport endured a quiet Sunday against the Falcons and sports just 3 sacks for the season. But 2 of those came in the first meeting with Tampa Bay, which has allowed 3+ sacks to 4 of its past 5 opponents. That included 6 total sacks to New Orleans in Week 5.
Benson Mayowa, DE, Raiders
Mayowa has been an impressively productive sacker so far, but he has done so on limited playing time and a low tackle floor. Oakland appears to have lost DE Arden Key for the season to his Week 9 injury, though. That helps the outlook for Mayowa, whose 43% snap share in Thursday’s win over the Chargers marked his 2nd-largest share and highest snap count of the season to date.
Can we count on more of that going forward? We’ll see. But high-upside games against the Bengals and Jets the next 2 weeks make it easier to bet on Mayowa in sack-friendly IDP formats.
Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Bears
We’re awaiting a full diagnosis on Danny Trevathan’s left elbow injury this week, but it certainly doesn’t seem like an injury he’ll bounce back from for Week 11 at least. That means we can go ahead and grab Kwiatkoski off waivers and expect him to start Sunday night against the Rams.
Kwiatkoski racked up 10 tackles, a sack and an INT after stepping in for Trevathan in Sunday’s win over the Lions. He also delivered 10 tackles and a sack back in Week 4, when he started in place of Roquan Smith.
Anthony Walker, LB, Colts
Walker has topped 70% playing time in 3 straight games despite Darius Leonard being back in the lineup. (Normally, Walker only plays that much when Leonard is out.)
The playing time didn’t help his numbers against the Dolphins — who haven’t provided a good tackle matchup all year — but Walker tallied 7 and 10 tackles the previous 2 weeks. Jacksonville in Week 11 provides a better tackle matchup and has supplied the 8th most points per game to LBs on the year.
Germaine Pratt, LB, Bengals
The 3rd-round rookie played a season-high 49% of the defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, passing Preston Brown for the 1st time in that category. Then Cincinnati waived the veteran on Tuesday, indicating the reeling Bengals might be ready to give Pratt a full tryout.
We'll still need to wait in most cases to confirm that Pratt's playing time will grow further before we can inject him into fantasy lineups. But if he gets starter-level snaps, Pratt would step into a strong situation for tackle production and bring the speed to get in on plenty of action -- even if his game still needs quite a bit of refining.
Drue Tranquill, LB, Chargers
The stats point to a breakout game for the rookie against the Raiders last Thursday night: a team-high 14 tackles in 100% playing time. But starter Denzel Perryman didn’t play a snap (knee injury) despite being active for the game.
Perryman didn’t practice at all last week. If he remains out leading up to this Monday night’s clash with the Chiefs, then Tranquill will be worth considering for IDP lineups. If Perryman returns, however, Tranquill likely would sink back to half playing time or less. Let’s keep an eye on the situation throughout the week.
Derwin James, S, Chargers
This one isn't for every league. But if you can afford to stash a DB on your roster for 2 weeks without using him, then now's the time to pounce on James.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported recently that James could return for the Chargers' Week 13 trip to Denver, following the team's bye. Even if we don't know about using James in IDP lineups that week, the stud safety would still have 3 potentially usable weeks on the other side.
There aren't many DBs worth grabbing on such speculation, but this guy ranked top-5 at the position as a rookie in a defense that has helped make 3rd-option Roderic Teamer IDP relevant this season.