This Veteran's Day weekend has now passed, as the nation comes together to honor and express gratitude to our brave veterans on this special day, fantasy football enthusiasts can also pay tribute in their own unique ways this week. In the spirit of camaraderie and competition, let's explore how fantasy football and Veterans Day intersect in the 2023 IDP Football Week 11 Waiver Wire article.
In this Military Edition, we shall explore the world of fantasy football, assembling a winning team requires strategic planning. In fantasy football, the draft may be a war room, but your waiver wire is the battleground, and each player selected becomes a key piece in our quest for victory.
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So let's reimagine assembling a team off waivers, to accomplish our mission with a military twist. Choose players with exemplary leadership, an impressive statical resume, discipline, and dedication on and off the field. Imagine having a lineup of players who embody the values that our veterans hold dear. You could accomplish any mission out there.
Also, this Veterans Week, take a moment to appreciate the real-life heroes who have selflessly served our nation. Veterans Day offered a wonderful opportunity to infuse your fantasy football experience with a sense of gratitude and honor. So, add your team players with pride, while taking a moment to honor the real-life heroes who walk amongst us.
This Veterans weekly waiver dive pays special attention to individual defensive players who embody the qualities of a military unit.
2023 IDP Football Week 11 Waiver Wire
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Elandon Roberts, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers, 25%
This Decorated Veteran in the league now stands as a symbol of resiliency and dedication. Much like a seasoned military general, Roberts run stopping ability akin to strategic prowess Even as the years pass spending his entire career with the Patriots and the Dolphins, Roberts's commitment to his team has shown as a rotational player and as a locker room presence.
Now that Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander are both out for injuries. This is the Steeler's last man standing due to injuries 96% snaps with eight tackles. He also leads the entire league in run stops and run stop percentage. Owned in just 39 % of leagues. Get him if you still can.
Elandon Roberts leads the league in run stops and run stop percentage. Owned in just 22% of leagues, and gets an amazing opportunity in GB with Holcomb out.
— Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter) (@IDPHunter) November 7, 2023
Nate Landman, LB, Atlanta Falcons, 21%,
This consistent commander is a model of consistency and professionalism since starting games due to injuries. Like a high-ranking Soldier, he leads by example, displaying unwavering commitment and reliability for the Falcons in times of need and when called upon by notching 38 tackles, and 2 sacks, int in the last four games. He is now the top gun in this linebacking corps.
Top-5 #Falcons PFF Defensive Grades vs. Cardinals (Week 10)
1. CB AJ Terrell - 78.7
2. DL Ta’Quon Graham - 65.7
2. LB Kaden Elliss - 65.7
4. CB Mike Hughes - 65.3
5. LB Nate Landman - 62.9
— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) November 13, 2023
Josh Metellus, DB, Minnesota Vikings, 4%
We have not talked to Metellus in a few weeks now and looks like the leagues have forgotten about him. On the season, he is ranked 6th in tackles at DB with 65 combined tackles (yes as a DB) a sack, FF, FR, and Int. If you could acquire this player in a tackle-savvy league he gives great value at the DB position every week. Pick up this battle-tested stalwart defender, as he provides excellent leadership for his defense to excel.
Just for fun trivia time: Who is ranked 6th in combine tackles at the DB position?
Nope. It’s not Derwin James, Jevon Holland, Dax Hill, or even Grant Delpit. It’s this guy. ?
— Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter) (@IDPHunter) November 14, 2023
Dayo Odeyingbo, DL, Indianapolis Colts, 2%
Colts Kitty Paye's went down with a hamstring injury and we all know those could be lingering for a defensive lineman, his replacement Odeyingbo produced 7 tackles on next-man-up duty.
Odeyingbo stands proud as the Resilient Soldier. The season continues to become adversity head-on, but he is up for the task displaying the resilience and determination that veterans are known for. Whether he's battling opponents or a scheme change in his third season, Odeyingbo is a salute to his enduring spirit and is worth the add.
Dayo Odeyingbo accounted for a career-high 3 of the @Colts’ 5 sacks in a Week 10 win against the Patriots.
Odeyingbo has now recorded multiple pressures in four straight games, and has since doubled his pressure rate (15.3%) compared to Weeks 1-6 (7.1%).
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 12, 2023
Ivan Pace, LB, Minnesota Vikings, 20%
This Battle-Tested Warrior is the next man up and wears the green dot in week 11, as Jordan Hicks will be out due to shin surgery. On Sunday he logged 84% of the snaps and produced 5 tackles. Expect this player to be trending up in the next few weeks so get him while you can. Pace's odd journey through the NFL and popular pre-season performance is reminiscent of a battle-tested soldier. Despite facing numerous challenges, has emerged as one of the most reliable and consistent fantasy tacklers and produces in this scheme when given the chance. His ability to navigate the harsh terrain of the football field, as a rookie, showcases the true spirit of a gridiron warrior.
Ivan Pace Jr. runs through not one, but two offensive linemen, knocking both down on his way to Heinicke. Hicks cleans up for the sack.
Awesome stuff from the undrafted rookie. pic.twitter.com/QQIT2P2uA9
— Matt Fries (@FriesFootball) November 8, 2023
Keanu Neal, LB/ DB, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3%
With a career that spans nearly a decade, Neal has a flawless record and he deserves the longevity medal. In the spirit of Veterans Day, honor this gridiron warrior for his enduring commitment to excellence. Stepping up when the team needed him to, in three games now, has achieved 22 tackles, providing a solid tackling resume. His military file here possesses dual eligibility. As the Steelers gear up for a crucial divisional matchup against the Browns, who rank in the top 5 for opposing linebackers, Neal could be an excellent option, especially if he retains eligibility at DB. Utilize Neal in achieving the week's mission.
With or without Minkah, the Steelers still have to do what they have to do.
So I hope that Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee step up and make plays like they did yesterday.
And JPJ, Peterson, Wallace, Darius Rush, and others will have to be excellent in Minkah's absence. https://t.co/wnNe0d0yOF
— Bernard Oliver (@boliver36) November 13, 2023
BJ Ojulari, DL, Arizona Cardinals, 4%
At just 52% of snaps, rookie Ojulari is now finding his rhythm on the defensive end with a military cadence. In the recent three games, Ojulari has secured 14 tackles and recorded 3 sacks. His week 10 performance of 8 tackles and two sacks may be his breakout party. I expect he will get more snaps as this season continues. This fearless fighter played the game with fearlessness. Known for his physicality and determination. Add him to your lineup and watch him battle for every yard.
BJ Ojulari : Season-high 8 tackles & 2 sacks pic.twitter.com/UqhzET9cjX
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) November 13, 2023
Justin Madubuike, DL, Baltimore Ravens, 28%
This Tactical Defensive Tackle commonly leads the Ravens in pressures and hurries throughout this season. Much like a skilled military tactician, Madubuike has helped change the landscape of fantasy football tactics on how we could stream this position in recent seasons. Currently has four sacks in the last four games and could be played in leagues with DT requirements.
Justin Madubuike treats 5-time Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio like a blocking sled for sack No. 8.5. pic.twitter.com/2noFfGosoG
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) November 13, 2023
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