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Week 12 Fantasy football waiver wire pickups: IDP

By Ross Miles
Nov 20, 2018

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Nov 11, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive end Jabaal Sheard (93) runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of the week as we head into Week 12 of the fantasy football season when we scour the waiver wire for the top IDP prospects. We’re closing in on the fantasy playoffs so it’s time to make these pickups count.

Defensive linemen

Jabaal Sheard, Indianapolis Colts

Over the last five gameweeks, Sheard has been a fringe DL1 for fantasy owners, hitting double-digit fantasy returns in three of those games. Although he can post some low-scoring performances (which defensive lineman doesn’t?), he does have 5.5 sacks on the season, getting a piece of the opposing quarterback in six of his 10 games to date, while averaging over three tackles a game. Don’t expect multi-sack weeks for Sheard, but he does offer a higher floor than many of his peers available on the wire at this stage of the season.

Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers

The 17-year veteran has been making an impact on the stat sheet in the last month, with four sacks in his last six games. He is certainly a one-dimensional player at this stage of his career, primarily used as a pass-rusher although he sees the field more than a typical pin-your-ears back edge-rusher. Having not recorded more than three total tackles in a single game this season, Peppers is a boom-or-bust play if you’re considering adding him to your roster.

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