If you haven’t already, it’s time to start looking to the playoffs, as they begin Week 14 in most leagues. I hope you’re all poised for a championship, but even if you aren’t, I hope you’re trying your best to play spoiler for your league mates. This week is yet another instance of four teams on bye, including the Browns, Packers, Panthers, and Titans. There is some real star power missing this week, such as Myles Garrett, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, De’Vondre Campbell, Adrian Amos, Brian Burns, Shaq Thompson, Jeremy Chinn, Harold Landry, Jayon Brown, and Kevin Byard, among others. Let’s take a look at a couple players who can provide a lift down the stretch.

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Ten weeks in the books, and it’s time to really start making that playoff push! Week 11 features only two teams with byes: the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos, meaning we’ll be without Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Troy Reeder, Jordan Fuller, Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson, and Kenny Young, among others. If you’re in a pinch this week or just looking to add some depth, here are a few name to consider.

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Nine weeks down, nine to go! The season is absolutely flying by, and I hope that 9 weeks from now, you’re all hoisting trophies as the champion of your leagues. We’ve still got work to do though, and no matter your record, you always need to keep an eye on the waiver wire. Week 10 sees four teams on a bye, including the Bears, Bengals, Giants, and Texans. If you’re looking to replace Roquan Smith, Jessie Bates, Leonard Williams, or some Texan (Kamu Grugier-Hill? Jonathan Greenard?) then I’m here to help. Let take a look at some worthy pickups this week.

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How is it possible that we are already heading into Week 9? Time flies when you’re decimated by injuries I guess. Only 4 teams on bye this week: Detroit, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington. Even though this isn’t a bye-maggedon, you’ll still be without some IDP stars like Bobby Wagner, Jamal Adams, Chase Young, Devin White, and Shaq Barrett. My job is to help you find some waiver wire replacements, so let’s get to it!

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Welcome to Bye-mageddon! Week 7 sees six teams on bye, including the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers, Vikings, and Steelers. This means that our IDP rosters will be missing a slew of studs this week, such as Tremaine Edmunds, Micah Parsons, Rayshawn Jenkins, Derwin James, Eric Kendricks, and TJ Watt. Even if you’ve had one of the top teams this year, you’re still probably looking to the waiver wire this week to fill some starting spots. Read on to find see my top add at each position for Week number 7. 

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Bye weeks are upon us in the NFL, and this week fantasy managers will be without any Falcons, Saints, Jets, or 49ers. Over the next several weeks, depth becomes critical, and navigating the waiver wire appropriately is a necessity. Finding plug and play options can keep your team as close to full strength as possible, even when your typical starters are out. Read on to see my favorite waiver add at each position for IDP heading into Week 6.

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Hard to believe we are already one third of the way through the regular season in most of our fantasy leagues. By now, you can really start to see which leagues you have a legitimate chance to win, and those in which you’ve donated your entry fee to someone in the accounting department who doesn’t even watch football. It’s ok, it happens to the best of us. Regardless where you are in the standings though, never stop trying. Work the waiver wire, continue to make trades, etc. because you just never know what could happen. Read on to see my favorite waiver add at each position for IDP.

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The season is moving right along, and three weeks in, it is time you can pretty much leave 2020 in the past, and focus solely on what is happening in 2021. Much of our analysis early in the season is colored with what players and teams did last season, but the more information we get coming in, the past has less and less bearing how we should value players for this season. After all, those 2020 points can’t help you anymore. Let’s take a look at the top waiver wire target at each IDP position heading into Week 4.

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Another week down, and with twice the information as we had last week, we can start to see which IDPs are for real and which were one-week fool’s gold. Two weeks in, and unfortunately injuries are already starting to take a toll on IDP rosters. You never like to see injuries, but there’s no doubt that they provide opportunities for new players to step in, which can make a big difference for your IDP leagues. You know what they say, “next man up!” Let’s dig into my top waiver wire target at each position heading into Week 3.

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Week 1 is in the books, and it sure felt good to have meaningful football games again. On the defensive side, we finally broke away from the vanilla packages we saw throughout the pre-season, and with some teams, we got our first look at the starters on the field together. With meaningful football comes meaningful fantasy games as well. Did Chandler Jones’ monster day propel your fantasy team its first win of the season? Did you suffer a crushing defeat because your IDPs didn’t get the snaps you expected? Whether you experienced the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, there is always room for improvement, so I’ve put together a list of waiver wire darlings that will make an instant impact on your rosters.

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Well folks, preseason games have come and gone, and we are inching ever closer to Week 1 of the NFL regular season. Even though these exhibition games don’t count toward teams’ win-loss records, they are far from meaningless for fantasy football managers. New coaches, new players, and a new year present a great deal of uncertainty for IDP rosters, but preseason games can give us a glimpse of what to expect for the next 18 weeks. Keeping a close eye on which players are playing, and perhaps more importantly who isn’t playing in preseason games allows us the opportunity to piece together how defensive coordinators plan to use our IDPs and helps us deduce just how large of a role they’ll have.

“But wait, I haven’t been watching these glorified practices! What am I supposed to do now?!” Don’t worry, my friend, I knew you’d be busy enjoying the last few weeks of summer, so I went ahead and paid all the attention for you! Take a look at my Top 100 Overall IDP Rankings below, and read further to see my biggest winner and biggest loser from Preseason 2021.

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If there’s one buzzword that coaches absolutely love to use this time of year, it’s “competition.” Hey coach, how’s your first round rookie looking? “He’s competing every day, and that’s all we can ask of him.” Wow, thanks… Or how about this one? “We love the additions we made through free agency and the draft, it’s added some great competition to our locker room, and it’s pushing everyone to be better.” Blah, blah, blah. These guys really know how to say something without saying a thing don’t they? In all honesty, most of the competition happens on the back end of the roster, as teams have to decide who to keep and who to cut as they trim the roster to 53 players. Most of these decisions don’t have a major impact on fantasy football, as we already have a good idea who the impact players are. There are always a few legitimate competitions, however, that WILL make a difference for your IDP rosters. Since coaches rarely tell us exactly what their plans are, I’m here to help you read the tea leaves for one of the top defensive battles in the league, the Dallas Cowboys linebackers.

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