There are a handful of players still available that are worth adding to your IDP teams. Here are the top options available.
If you are reading this article than you made it to the second round of your IDP playoffs. If you are stuck with recently underperforming players, the likes of Devin Bush and Rashaan Evans, then you could be left scouring the waiver wire. There are a few options, though quite limited, available on waivers. Read along to see who the top IDP adds are following week fourteen.
Craig Robertson – Linebacker New Orleans Saints
2019 Stats: 18 tackles (13 solo), two tackles for a loss, one sack, one pass defended and one interception.
Craig Robertson was a nice fantasy asset the first four years of his career. Between 2012 and 2017 Craig Robertson was easily an LB3 and in 2016 he had a career year with 114 tackles. After 2016 Robertson had his playing time dialed back, though he still started 12 games in 2017. In 28 games between 2018 and 2019 Robertson has started a mere one game and that was in week fourteen of this season. Robertson took over for Kiko Alonso in week 13 and played on 54% of the teams snaps. During his short time on the field he posted seven tackles, one for a loss and a sack.
Robertson performed well and both Kiko Alonso and A.J. Klein sat out week fourteen. Robertson showed well and could have won himself a starting job for the remainder of the season. In his lone start since 2017 Robertson posted eight tackles, one pass defended and an interception. If Klein and Alonso miss the remainder of the season Robertson could be a quality add.
Darian Thompson – Safety Dallas Cowboys
2019 Stats: 33 tackles (20 solo), three tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three passes defended and one fumble recovery.
Darian Thompson was a disappointment for the Giants after they selected him 71st overall. They let him go after his rookie deal expired and he signed on with the Cowboys. In 2018 Thompson played in 10 games but did absolutely nothing. We all saw how poor Jeff Heath played last season, especially in the playoffs. I do not think that I am the only one that thought the Cowboys were going to move on from Heath and sign one of the prized free agent safeties, but they didn’t.
Heath has missed some games due to injury and Thompson has taken advantage of it. He started three of the last four games, playing 100% of snaps in all of those games. In those three games he posted 20 tackles, two passes defended and 1.5 sacks. Thompson could very well be starting next to Xavier Woods for the remainder of the season. If so then he could be a nice add especially given his recent strong play.
Sheldrick Redwine – Safety Cleveland Browns
2019 Stats: 19 tackles (13 solo) and two passes defended.
Redwine has been a special teamer for the Browns most of the season but with recent injuries to the secondary he has seen an uptick in playing time. He has been a starter the past two weeks and has been quite productive. During the past two games, he posted 15 tackles and two passes defended. Redwine was a coveted rookie prospect for the Browns and he could be very productive for the remainder of the season.
Kevin Pierre-Louis – Linebacker Chicago Bears
2019 Stats: Nine tackles (eight solo), one tackle for a loss and two passes defended.
Nick Kwiatkoski is the obvious add here for the Bears but I said that he was a priority add a couple weeks ago. That was with Danny Trevathan suffering through injury but now both starting linebackers are on the shelf. Roquan Smith has landed on IR with a torn pectoral. The next man up is Kevin Pierre- Louis who played well last game filling in for Smith. He posted five tackles, one tackle for a loss and two passes defended. When Trevathan and Smith were healthy, both of them were able to produce at a high level and put up solid IDP numbers. Now I am not saying that Pierre-Louis and Kwiatkoski are the same caliber but they showed last week that in this system they can be a productive ILB duo.
Hopefully for week fifteen, you will not need to be thumbing through the waiver wire for starters. If so, there are a couple of options at linebacker and safety that can finish the season on a very productive note. Key veteran injuries have allowed these players their opportunity so if you had the injured starters, be sure to pick up their replacement.