IDP Week 4 Waiver Wire

Jordan Hicks

Can you believe we’re already nearing the end of week three of the 2015-2016 NFL season? Injuries have taken their toll on a lot of big names and key role players which is why it’s good to know who the next man up is. Last week it was Jordan Hicks (LB, PHI) when Kiko and Mychal both went out with injuries and with Luke Kuechly battling a concussion, there’s AJ Klein (LB, CAR). There have also been a few IDPs who are off to a slow start and you’re wondering what to do with them already as we’re approaching week four.

If you’re a Mario Williams (DE, BUF) or Cameron Wake (DE, MIA) owner and tired of their goose eggs they provided week in week out so far, I’d say it’s safe to replace them with someone else (it’ll be a tough drop, but let’s be honest here: you want production, you want points.) There are a few DLs worth targeting if they’re available in your league (others could be too). There are guys like Allen Bailey (DE, KCC) Robert Ayers (DE, NYG) that I mentioned before that are worthy pick-ups and if they’re available I’d make the switch here.

There are a few more notable Defensive Linemen to consider especially as the bye weeks start in week four.

  • STEPHON TUITT (PIT): I mentioned to pick Tuitt up in prior waiver articles. He’s here again because he should be close to 100 percent owned as your DL2 with upside. Tuitt put up 6 tackles (5 solo) and 1 sack against the Rams in week three. He has 6 QB pressures and a 5.1 pass rush rating via PFF while playing 87 percent of the snaps (this is good). I’d heavily consider dropping Mario or Wake in favor of Tuitt with no hesitation because there’s little boom/bust potential with Tuitt, he’ll always at least give you 2-4 tackles each week.
  • JARVIS JENKINS (CHI):  Jenkins had himself a career day against Seattle in week three; piling up 10 tackles (4 solo) and 2 sacks. Another positive note is his snap count increased from 27 to 55, will it continue to increase or float around 75 percent of snaps? If it continues to stay the course then Jarvis becomes a decent add for your bye week fillers and possible spot starts. I wouldn’t drop Wake/Mario type DL for Jenkins but if I’m a Ealy or Tank type of owner then we’re talking a possibility, unless you have an open roster spot and need a filler. Jarvis seems to be one of the bright spots for that Bears defense, would have DL2 days but value is a DL3/4 type.
  • BRANDON WILLIAMS (BAL):  Williams is a NT/DT so it’ll depend where your need is and if you play in a DT-required league. He’s flying under the radar right now yet he’s being productive. Brandon racked up 8 tackles (4 solo) in week three and sports a 10.1 overall rating at PFF (3rd behind Geno and Aaron), has 13 stops while only playing 61 percent of the snaps. If you’re a Gerald McCoy owner I’d look hard at Williams as a replacement for now and should be owned just about everywhere in DT-required leagues right now.  He’s playing great and you might as well get on for the ride, in DL leagues I’d grab Williams as a filler DL3 option with spot starts.
  • DEVIN TAYLOR (DET):  if you stream  your DL2 I’d give Taylor a hard look in week four as the Lions face the Seahawks (they just let Jarvis Jenkins get 2 sacks) and it seems that anybody and everybody is getting after Russell, so why not Devin?  In week three he had 2 tackles and 1 sack against the Broncos while playing 40/65 snaps.

There are a some linebackers who are worth selling right now, some still have value and others are riding a hot streak but could come back down to earth real quick; with that being said here are some names to try and shop around to see what you can get in return.

  • Paul Worrilow (ATL):  being outplayed by newcomer Justin Durant, and it seems his “glory” days are gone. The fact of the matter is Worrilow is not a good linebacker, graded the worst MLB via PFF last year and it’s showing again this season. Sure, being a terrible linebacker can mean putting up numbers (see: Curtis Lofton) but more times than not it’s because the team doesn’t have anybody else to throw out there and at the same time he will get replaced real quick. Time to sell now and see what you can get, if you can get a Jelani Jenkins or Lawrence Timmons then I’d make the switch immediately.
  • Uani Unga (NYG):  the flavor of the week once again, keep this in mind though as Beason made his way back from injury is that Unga didn’t start but seemed like he went in on sub packages. I’m sure somebody will bite on him and you can get someone like Telvin Smith or Khalil Mack, if so I’d make that switch in a heartbeat. Unga just isn’t a good LB as well he’s still raw and developing but could also turn into another Worrilow as Unga is already graded out with a -11.0 rating on PFF.
  • Nigel Bradham (BUF):  this breaks my heart but he’s a sell right now, I thought he was in store for a career year but instead Rex thought it’d be a good idea to drop him back into coverage about 90 percent of his snaps therefore leaving him little opportunity to get after the QB or stop the run.  He still has name value and you could probably move him for a solid piece so I’d test waters and see.

Some Linebacker Adds:

  • JORDAN HICKS (PHI):  I’m mentioning him again in case you’re not a believer, he was the lone LB playing every snap in week three and when Kendricks comes back I’m expecting both Hicks and Kendricks to play inside because DeMeco has looked horrible and I don’t think Kiko will be back anytime soon.  In dynasty leagues he’s a must add and in re-draft leagues I’d give him a hard look if you need a top 25 LB with tremendous upside (10 tackles 1 FR and 1 INT in week three) as he can pretty much do it all.  I’ve dropped guys like Avery Williamson, Christian Jones and Gerald Hodges for him in all my leagues I didn’t own him but he was a rookie LB I liked coming in with Kwon Alexander so the time is now — go now!
  • PERNELL MCPHEE (CHI):  quietly having a solid season as the starting OLB for the Bears, has 16 QB pressures through 3 games to go along with 2 sacks while playing at least 75 percent of the snaps.  He’s a must grab in big play leagues as a LB2 and in balanced scoring leagues he has some LB3 appeal as a LB4, his big weeks will help you prevail in a weekly match-up; definite boom/bust potential but has been contributing in the tackle department too (had 7 tackles against the Seahawks in week three).  If you’re looking for spark as your LB3/4 then take a look at McPhee.

If you’re into streaming Defensive Backs like some do then here are a couple to look after in week four and possibly a couple more weeks after.

  • Corey Graham (BUF):  put up 12 tackles (10 solo) as the SS against the Dolphins in week three, normally the FS but since Aaron Williams suffered a neck injury Graham moved on over.  This sort of production should continue and is definitely worth a pick-up if you have a DB2 who isn’t producing.  Graham will get you tackles and pass deflections, anything else is a bonus and you’ll gladly take it.
  • Janoris Jenkins (STL):  Janoris has a nice match-up against the Cardinals in week four, more than likely he’ll be facing Fitzgerald too and we know Carson loves targeting him. He already put up 9 tackles and 1-int against the Steelers in week three, he was once a top five CB, maybe it’s his time again? Either way he has the potential to put up a big week at anytime, whether it’s a pick-six or a fumble returned for a TD, it’ll happen.

One Comment

  1. Zach

    September 30, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Is Tyrann Mathieu a good pick up as a DB2?

    I have M. Burnett but he just hasn’t gotten on the field enough to start and I need a good back-up. We only start a LB, DB, DL <– so really he's just going to play in place of Burnett if he can't go this week.

    Thanks!

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