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IDP waiver wire wonders

IDP waiver wire wonders
For those of you in IDP leagues, this waiver wire report highlights players that have moved into potential fantasy prominence this week. Some have played their way into a role; others have gotten there by taking advantage of an injury. But whatever the reason, you can't win a league by ignoring waivers.

Waiver Wire Gems

Defensive Linemen

Kevin Williams MIN DT
The often inconsistent Mr. Williams can be maddening to stick in your lineup, but you can't argue with the weeks in which he hits on all cylinders. Over the years he has proven to be a rare DT that can not only collect tackles, but can compete with the big boys when it comes to sacks. So far this short season Williams has seven solos, five assists and a couple of sacks, despite giving his owners a nice zero in Week 2. He's a tough guy to count on every week, but at the end of the year his numbers will be among the top DTs in the NFL.

Fred Robbins, NYG DT
And another DT makes the list. In fact, he's third in scoring among all DL. Robbins has been nothing short of amazing so far this year, with four, four and three solos in his first three games, and he has added four sacks in the last two games. It's particularly impressive when you consider the Giants have lost so many pass-rushing cogs. Robbins and Coefield in the middle are creating pressure, and Tuck and Kiwanuka are taking off some pressure.

Chris Long STL DE
I like to follow guys that show continued improvement, and that's just what Long has done through three games. In Week 1 Long had two solos, in Week 2 he collected three and a sack, and this week he managed six. Not sure what he will do for an encore in Week 4, but I do like the direction he is headed. He could be a pleasant surprise moving forward this season.


Thomas Davis CAR WLB
Davis may have had a very nice matchup in Week 3, but you can't discount what he has done the last two weeks. Thirteen solos and four assists bode well for his future at WLB this season. The move from SLB to WLB seems to be going very well, and he has actually matched MLBs Jon Beason's point totals the past two weeks.

Dhani Jones CIN MLB
I was a fan of Jones going in (he was on the preseason waiver list), but even I did not expect him to be this dominant through three weeks. Nineteen solos and 13 assists pegs him at No. 2 for the season. With this struggling Cincinnati team, he should see lots of snaps and opportunities. He should not last another week on waivers in any league.

Nate Webster DEN ML
Like Jones, everyone knew he was stepping into a beneficial spot for fantasy production; the bigger question was if he could take advantage of the opportunity, while holding off Napolean Harris. He has relegated Harris to inactive status, and through three weeks he is ranked 4th among LBs in the NFL. And like Jones again, he should not be on any waiver wires after this week. He's for real.

Defensive Backs

Marvin White CIN FS
Most of the discussion revolving around Bengal DBs this preseason was about Dexter Jackson and Chinedum Ndukwe, and which one would win the starting SS job and be the top fantasy option on the Bengals roster. But as it has worked out, it's White who has stolen the show. Through three games White has 17 solos and five assists. If he could just start getting some big plays, he could move into the top 10.

Michael Griffin TEN FS
Griffin has put on an impressive show so far this season, with four solos and a sack in Week 1, four and an interception in Week 2, and two and two interceptions in Week 3. He is really starting to turn into a big play defender, and he and phenom CB Cortland Finnegan have really energized the Titan defense. I would expect Griffin to put up a few weeks in which he will disappoint, but overall he should be an effective starter in most fantasy leagues.

Quntin Mikell PHI SS
I assumed Mikell would be taken in most leagues, but in a cursory examination, I noticed he was still open in quite a few. But after a fine 6-2 in Week 3, coupled with his 10-4-1 in Weeks 1 and 2, he will likely be snapped up in most remaining leagues.

Should be on waivers

Marques Douglas BAL DE
It may be just two weeks, but Douglas has four total tackles. Even with Suggs opposite, Douglas can't seem to make any impact.

Tommy Kelly OAK DE
Many expected Kelly to blossom at the end spot opposite Derrick Burgess, but five solos and four assists through three weeks is not cutting it.

Ray Edwards MIN DE
Again, many felt Edwards would become a potential top-15 fantasy option playing opposite Jared Allen, but six solos and three assists are hurting many teams.

Elvis Dumervil DEN DE
A top-20 player in the preseason, Dumervil has managed just one solo this season. None of the Denver DL is putting up numbers, but Dumervil is the biggest shock.

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila GBP DE
"KGB" is not following up on his terrific '07 season where he excelled as a situational player. In fact, in one solo and half sack make him an impossible player to hold on a roster.

Donnie Edwards KCC WLB
If you have the room and time, why not hold onto him and see what develops? But in Week 1 his two solos were his worst production in five years, and Week 2 was just average. In Week 3 he settled into a new low with just one solo. In a competitive shallow-roster league, you just don't have time to fool with him.

Derrick Brooks TBB WLB
Is Father Time finally catching up to Brooks? Four solos are the most he has managed this season, and that was with a very good matchup. Brooks has earned his keep with big plays over the years, and this season he's not even getting those.

Akinola Ayodele MIA ILB
The move from Dallas has not improved Ayodele's fantasy status. Nine solos in three weeks makes him fantasy fodder.

Michael Huff OAK FS
By all appearances, with the arrival of the Gibril Wilson show, the Muff show has retreated back into coverage. Three weeks, seven solos, no game. He should not be on a fantasy roster at this time.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 30, 2008

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