This is weekend is the most important one of my life. Not because I’m 0-1 in 4/6 leagues, but because I’m getting married. So before I use and abuse this topic as a gimmick for my article this week, I also want to stress the importance of this weekend to all of you. Not because your resident IDP writer is about to have his own Mrs. IDP, er, forget I mentioned that, but because Week 2 is the time to make moves! Week 1 had countless injuries and disappointments, but it also had breakouts and stud performances.

So using my impending nuptials as a theme, let’s take a look back at last weekend…


To Have

Top Waiver Wire picks by position:

DL: Wallace Gilberry, Corey Liuget, Willie Young

LB: Josh Mauga/James Michael-Johnson (more on them in a minute), Brandon Marshall, Larry Foote

DB: Deone Buccanon, Troy Polamalu, Leodis McKelvin


To Hold

These players had a subpar Week 1, but there is no reason to give up yet:

DL: Robert Quinn, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ziggy Ansah

LB: Brian Cushing, Alec Ogletree, Kevin Minter

DB: Eric Weddle, Antrel Rolle, Bernard Pollard


For Better

The all-out studs of the season’s first week:

Gerald McCoy – Already owned in all DT-required leagues, McCoy wreaked havoc against Carolina. He makes for a great DL2 to pair with a big-play threat like Cameron Wake or Jared Allen, as he’ll rack up tackles every week (though 8 solos might be difficult to repeat weekly).

Sio Moore – With Nick Roach injured, Moore stepped up in a big way with 13 tackles and a sack. The Oakland LB corps is crowded even without Roach as Miles Burris and Khalil Mack had decent days as well. I think Moore is worth a speculative grab, but I wouldn’t count on this type of performance again any time soon.

Eric Berry – When one of your safeties puts up 15 tackles, you know it’s been a bad game. Granted, Berry is more of an LB in Safety’s clothing at this point, but really the Chiefs were terrible on Sunday. If you grabbed my #3 DB as a value draft pick in August, then well done. If you grabbed Weddle over Berry, have some patience.


For Worse

These seemingly reliable starters laid an egg:

Chandler Jones – Four tackles isn’t all that bad, but this was a guy who was supposed to destroy Tannehill and company. Watching this game, it’s amazing how quickly Miami picked up Bill Lazor’s keep-it-moving system, so Jones never even had a chance to get a sack. This will likely be a theme against the Fins this year, so be wary of starting pass rushers against them.

Brad Jones – I guess it wasn’t all that hard to keep up with the Joneses in Week 1, amiright? Sorry. This Jones was a sleeper for some heading into the season, and a matchup with the run-heavy Seahawks seemed to set him up for a big day. Alas, Jones got repeatedly shaken up (like he always does), and when he was on the field, he wasn’t blowing me away (he never does). I have no problem moving on for greener pastures here. Or less green pastures if you want to be literal about it.

Jairus Byrd – Ticker Tease! When I saw that Matt Ryan lit the world on fire, I assume Byrd had at least 10 tackles plus some deflections. Only 5 tackles and a forced fumble? I think the Saints’ secondary will be difficult to figure out this year, so I’d be wary of relying to heavily on Byrd or Vaccaro.


In Sickness

I dont’ really want to talk about this, but the following players went down (replacements in parentheses):

Derrick Johnson (Josh Mauga, James Michael-Johnson) is out for the year with a torn Achilles, which is the worst news I’ve heard since I got the bill for the wedding. Zach Brown (Zaviar Gooden) has his toes in the water and his arm in a sling, as he’ll be out for the year as well.

Vontaze Burfict (Vincent Rey/Emmanuel Lamur) got a concussion that’s worth monitoring, as did Jonathan Cyprien (N/A).

Jadeveon Clowney (Whitney Mercilus) tore his meniscus and is slated for a 4-6 week recovery, however based on what I know about Clowney, he’ll be back next week (Note: The previous sentence was based on YouTube clips and not on actual science).

The entire Miami LB corps seemed to get hurt, making their win over the Pats and Gronk even more impressive. It’s unclear how this will all shake out, but for now it appears that Jelani Jenkins is the guy to own. I have no idea how to rank him.


In Health

These guys are recovering from big-time injuries in 2013:

Brian Cushing – Didn’t play every snap, and looked a bit tentative when he was on the field, but still managed to be a part of 5 tackles. It might take a couple of weeks, but he’ll be back to the way he was a few years ago. Minus the juice. I think.

Tyrann MathieuMathieu didn’t end up playing on MNF, punishing owners who had their hopes up. Honey Badger giveth and Honey Badger taketh away. I’d like to see him get through a game before starting him, but he’s absolutely a must-own DB if you have the bench room.

Vince Wilfork – Big Vince was never much of an IDP factor, but he does open up space for those around him. Jerod Mayo (12 tackles and a sack) owners are thankful that he’s back in the lineup.


That concludes the longest and weird gimmick I’ve done in this space. For obvious reasons, I’ll be a bit off the grid this weekend and most of next week. If I can’t get to every comment, I’m more accessible through Twitter, though if I truly want this to be my one and only wedding, I’ll likely be staying away from that as well. Best of luck in Week 2. [Jay’s Note: Congrats!]


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  1. Roger Rabbit says:

    Thanks for the post! I have Jerrell Freeman, whom I like a lot, but I can’t find any recent news of his hamstring injury.. a little nervous.

    I’m scouting Anthony Barr hard – had a decent first game with 6 solos…

    I’m rooting for a Calais Campbell rebound this weekend too!

  2. Cafuné

    Maxi says:

    I dropped Wilkerson for Gerald McCoy solely based on the matchup vs STL….thinking of picking Wilkerson back up the week after though, thoughts?

    • goodfold2 says:

      @Maxi: damn, must be cool to effectively stream nearly yr whole lineup in that league. sort of kidding, but compared to deep leagues this is comparatively true.

  3. Clint says:

    Congratulations Kevin! Enjoy the nuptuals and may yours last forever!

  4. goodfold2 says:

    now that i stashed 3 useless WAS players: jerry rice jr/cofield/sharpton and 1 possibly useful player later (c.sims), i have some leeway to drop my worst WAS players for other people. It appears Donald DT STL did actually start, so i may not need backup DT now (but there are so few good ones maybe i should keep) in ratliff, at least till week 4. I do need a TE this week with ASJ/Reed both out. I can grab that Donnell guy, dropping Ratliff (these DT’s seem very replaceable, at least the low level ones, the any warm body works idea).
    Liuget/the other Brandon Marshall/Michael-Johnson were all added since monday night in this league. only Foote/Bucannon left out of hot pickups.
    1. any value to william hayes (Long’s replacement)?
    2. i’m guessing if i already have David/Riley Jr/Foster/Minter i don’t have a drop for Foote? (we start 3 LB). Bartu/Cole/Butler also available from earlier rankings
    3. drop Clark or Meriweather for Bucannon (from earlier rankings this seems like small upgrade, but Bucannon may have moved up)? other safety is William Moore.

    Also, at CB i have Hall/Verner/Cox, and in two twists, one weird (one you mentioned likely at some point), Cox both started at CB (i had him in for returns only), but didn’t get any returns, and now is listed as backup return man and backup CB, so i’m not risking double backup status, and will play Verner.

    • goodfold2 says:

      @goodfold2: oh yeah, and try yr best not to get drunk like it’s somebody else’s wedding. I would try that anyway if it was my wedding. Although it is very much fun to drink a lot at others wedding’s.

      • goodfold2 says:

        @goodfold2: i’m guessing after foster’s injury to still hold him since i can still slide in minter? other options butler/b.jones/cole/carter/orakpo/bartu/foote/barrow/robinson/t.smith. dynasty, so i probably don’t want to overreact to 2 games and rotoworld saying he’s playing bad. I dropped Clark for Bucannon, and had to reaquire Tuck to replace injured M.Johnson.

  5. phatboy71 says:

    How about Jamie Collins…..anything to see moving forward?

  6. Brett says:

    Need help we get 1 point per tackle so looking for best tackle source.

    Pierre Paul


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