2012 Fantasy Football Week 4 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Fan’s Take

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In Week 3 of the 2012 fantasy football season, Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway, Tennessee Titans CB Alterraun Verner, and Seattle Seahawks DE Chris Clemons all had great individual performances. For Week 4, here are five IDPs likely available on the waiver wire who should be considered for use.

The following players are all owned in under 25% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues as of September 27, 2012.

LB Akeem Ayers, Tennessee Titans (at Houston Texans, 22% owned)

Statistics: 24 solo tackles, 12 assist tackles, 1 sack

After averaging 10 tackles over the past two weeks, Ayers upped the amount with 16 total tackles and a sack in a game against the Detroit Lions that featured plenty of snaps. As Colin McCarthy continues to sit out with injury, he'll continue to receive many tackle opportunities. Up against a Texans offense featuring Arian Foster and Ben Tate on the ground, Ayers should be a very strong linebacker IDP option.

S Atari Bigby, San Diego Chargers (at Kansas City Chiefs, 6% owned)

Statistics: 22 solo tackles, 5 assist tackles

A decent tackler in the first two weeks of the season, Bigby broke out with a 15-tackle performance against the Atlanta Falcons. Playing alongside Eric Weddle, who handles more of the deep coverage, Bigby is able to play closer to the line of scrimmage and be in on more plays. Up against a Chiefs offense that produced with a career game on the ground by Jamaal Charles, he should be able to provide another solid number of tackles as a DB2 in Week 4.

LB Russell Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 6% owned)

Statistics: 22 solo tackles, 9 assist tackles

Like Ayers, Allen is in a great opportunity on a struggling team with Daryl Smith and Clint Sessions out. With back-to-back double-digit tackle games, he is already close to surpassing his tackle numbers from past seasons and has been more than a fill-in for the Jaguars. Allen is a solid LB2 against the Bengals in Week 4.

DE Michael Bennett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Washington Redskins, 3% owned)

Statistics: 5 solo tackles, 2 assist tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

Bennett is coming off a solid Week 3 performance against the Dallas Cowboys with two sacks on Tony Romo and four total tackles on the game. While his tackle numbers are low, he'll need to be a bigger force on the Buccaneers defensive line now that Adrian Clayborn is out for the year with an injury. Up against a mobile Robert Griffin III, he could continue his sacking success in Week 4.

CB Josh Norman, Carolina Panthers (at Atlanta Falcons, 1% owned)

Statistics: 16 solo tackles, 7 assist tackles

Norman's not the greatest cornerback in the world, which actually goes to his advantage in his fantasy matchup against the Falcons in Week 4. With Chris Gamble opposite of him, Matt Ryan will prefer to target Norman, giving him plenty of work. With a great passing attack featuring Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez, the rookie cornerback could be in line for a great fantasy season.

Other Week 4 IDP waiver wire adds of interest:

Green Bay Packers S Morgan Burnett (vs. New Orleans Saints, 19% owned)

Oakland Raiders LB Philip Wheeler (at Denver Broncos, 14% owned)

Miami Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett (at Arizona Cardinals, 10% owned)

Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap (at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1% owned)

Detroit Lions S John Wendling (vs. Minnesota Vikings, 0% owned)


Akeem Ayers Profile, Yahoo! Sports

Atari Bigby Profile, Yahoo! Sports

Russell Allen Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

Michael Bennett Profile, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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