IDP Streaming – Week 9
October 29, 2014 | Nathan Miller
There are plenty of variable positions in your standard leagues, but with most managers hoarding offensive talent on a short bench, IDP is an area that is easily streamed from week-to-week due to the sheer talent available. Common are the times in which a team can find a top 5 performer for that week on the waiver wire. We’ll take a look at some free agents to stream each week that can turn in comfortable returns.*availability based on balanced 12 team IDP leagues on Yahoo! with less than 40% ownership in fantasy leagues.
Robert Quinn, STL @ SF (70% availability) – Quinn woke from his season-long slumber last week and delivered numbers many expected when drafting him as the 2nd DL off the board in the preseason. Up against San Francisco in a divisional matchup, Quinn should continue his hot streak against Kaepernick and company. The 49er QB is allowing over 2 sacks a game and is 4th for yards lost on sacks. The Niners are in the top half of the league in rush attempts, allowing plenty of room for Quinn to produce.
Everson Griffen, MIN vs. WAS (73% availability) – The Gruden offense in Washington has struggled mightily this season. Injuries, inconsistencies, and inexperience at QB have dismantled this team. Griffin is expected back in week 9, but should his return be delayed another week, Colt McCoy may find his second start of the season. Regardless, Griffin and McCoy have both shown a propensity for allowing sacks and providing turnover opportunities.
Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ @ KC (70% availability) – Wilkerson is a welcoming option at a position that is sporadic at best. On the road against Kansas City, Wilkerson should continue to find comfortable production against a Chief’s team that has been kind to DEs. Giving up nearly 3 sacks a game and a top 10 rush attempt offense, Wilkerson will see plenty of action in his time zone.
Jerrell Freeman, IND @ NYG (90% availability) – Fully recovered from a hamstring injury, Freeman has kept his floor up from week-to-week. Facing a New York team that runs often and uses a short pass attack, Freeman will be heavily leaned on to get Indy back on track defensively.
Mychal Kendricks, PHI @ HOU (90% availability) – Returning from a calf injury after missing 4 weeks, Kendricks was limited in his duties. Kendricks walked away without a setback, and is shooting for full-time work against a Houston Texans team that leads the league in rush attempts. Houston has been able to stay competitive with the combination of a deadly defense and formidable rush attack. As long as he doesn’t experience a late week flare-up, Kendricks will find plenty of room to work this weekend.
Daryl Smith, BAL @ PIT (62% availability) – Quite simply, Smith has produced at a reasonable level all season. He’s up against division foe Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football. Pittsburgh did a lot of things well last weekend, but one thing they’ve consistently done well is run the ball with the help of Le’Veon Bell. Smith will find tackle opportunities galore on Sunday night.
Prince Amukamara, NYG vs. IND (75% availability) – The Colts have a potent offense and lead the league in offensive plays run from scrimmage. Coming off a beatdown in Pittsburgh, expect the Colts to continue to produce on offense and spend a good deal of the night with their offense on the field. Amukamara will continue his great season and come out with fantasy numbers that delight.
Kenny Vacarro, NO @ CAR (86% availability) – Vacarro continues to refine his game and has been a productive option at DB this season. On a short week and on the road, the Saints will need their defense to play big against Cam Newton and the Panthers. While the Panthers have been middle of the road for points given up to the safety position, Vacarro should finish with comfortable numbers in what should be a close match-up that pushes the Saints on defense.
Reggie Nelson, CIN vs. JAX (85% availability) – Reggie’s having himself a nice season and the Jags make every defensive unit seem to be superhuman. The emergence of Denard Robinson will help the level of production for Nelson, keeping the JAX offense on the field and offering an increase in tackle opportunities. Enjoy.