The Packers’ Jamari Lattimore has been impressive early in the season and is just one of my hot IDP targets for the waiver wire in Week 4.
I’m sure by now, your IDP Waiver Wire is bare. The dust has settled in on Week 3, and while a lesser path of destruction, the injuries wreaked havoc once again. The injuries aren’t just happening to 2nd or 3rd teamers. Nope. They are happening to top tier IDP studs, leaving those owners in their wake to scramble for replacements. Each week, I’ll give you my suggestions, and now with bye weeks upon us, it’s even more important to find the right defenders and keep you afloat.
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Here’s how last week’s suggestions panned out (took it on the chin with the DL):
William Gholston, DE, TBB: 2 tackles
Jason Hatcher, DE, WAS: 2 tackles
Michael Bennett, DE, SEA: 0 stats
Jason Trusnik, ILB, MIA: 9 total tackles
Preston Brown, OLB, BUF: 11 total tackles
Brandon Marshall, OLB, DEN: 12 total tackles
Corey Graham, CB, BUF: 5 total tackles/1 defended pass
Dashon Goldson, FS, TBB: 6 total tackles
Bradley Roby, CB, DEN: 5 tackles
Mario Addison, DE, CAR: He and Wes Horton were splitting snaps at right end, but it looks like Addison is better defender. He’s converting more of his pressures into sacks, producing 3.5 in his last two tilts. He’s taking advantage of the attention given to Charles Johnson and now that bye weeks are here, is worth looking at for depth, especially in bigger play scoring formats.
Corey Liuget, DE, SDC: Liuget has been on on 75 percent of the defensive snaps and has recorded sacks in two of his first three games. He’s generating pressure on nearly 13 percent of his rush snaps and his been solid up front, recording 13 tackles with no misses. Liuget appears to be producing DE1 type numbers in tackle formats, producing 0.24 points per snap.
Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, JAC: Marks is another defensive tackle that can fill the stat sheet. He’s producing just under 0.20 points per snap, with 13 tackles and two sacks. He’s been inconsistent with his pass rush, but Jacksonville continues to use him as he’s been in over 100 rush snaps. Bye weeks are here, and he’ll be a solid waiver addition in leagues requiring a defensive tackle.
Tahir Whitehead, LB, DET: Did Stephen Tulloch pull a Bill Gramatica? It does appear so. Whitehead is a versatile LB that can play all three spots and it looks like he’ll move to the weak-side. He was in on 43 defensive snaps, compiling a 9.3 percent tackle rate. He’ll have to fight for opportunities next to DeAndre Levy, but with the LB pool thinning weekly, he’s worth the roster add this week.
Jamari Lattimore, ILB, GBP: Lattimore was underwhelming in Week 2, while producing seven tackles, only two of them were solo. He had a much better outing Week 3, notching seven solo tackles (nine total) on his way to a 20 percent tackle rate. Granted, he was on the field for 45 snaps, but you can’t ignore the efficiency. As long as Brad Jones continues to bitten by the injury bug, Lattimore should be rostered in all formats.
Sean Spence, ILB, PIT: Spence came on in relief for the injured Ryan Shazier and was on the field for 35 snaps. Just the fact he’s playing football is remarkable in and of itself, after the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2012. Keep in mind Vince Williams could also see action, but he didn’t see any action against Carolina. Spence recorded four solo tackles and should be on your radar with Shazier expected to miss multiple games.
Kendrick Lewis, FS, HOU: Lewis has posted double-digit fantasy points in three straight games and is coming off a 12 tackle effort in Week 3. He’s either forced or recovered a fumble in three straight weeks, as well. He’s well on the IDP map, producing an 11.4 percent tackle rate, to go along with his 0.26 points per snap rate.
Aaron Williams, FS, BUF: The Bills defense has averaged 75 snaps in the first three weeks of the season. After producing a dud of a game in Week 1, he’s gone to post double-digit fantasy points and at least 7 or more tackles in two straight games. His tackle rate is up over 11 percent. With Da’Norris Searcy out, Williams is going to be called on to carry a heavy workload.
Tony Jefferson, FS/SS, ARI: Jefferson is another DB that’s now becoming hard to ignore. After posting back-to-back games of eight tackles, I thought Tyrann Mathieu might eat into his production. That did not appear to be the case. Jefferson was in on 52 snaps and recorded 10 tackles, good enough for a near 20 percent tackle rate. Jefferson also blew by Alex Boone on his sack. If you’re looking for depth at DB, grab Jefferson this week.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.