The Titans’ Avery Williamson has been taking advantage of the snaps he’s been given and has, hopefully, earned more going forward.
There weren’t as many notable injuries this week, probably since everyone is still nursing their injuries and missing time. Heading into Week 5, there aren’t as many teams on bye, but Miami and Oakland will be off. As we look to the upcoming week, I offer my suggestions of names to add from your IDP Waiver Wire.
Here’s how last week’s suggestions panned out:
Mario Addison, DE, CAR: No stats
Corey Liuget, DE, SDC: 2 tackles
Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, JAC: 2 tackles/.5 sack
Tahir Whitehead, ILB, DET: 11 total tackles (4 solo)
Jamari Lattimore, ILB, GBP: 6 total tackles (2 solo)
Sean Spence, ILB, PIT: 3 solo tackles
Kendrick Lewis, FS, HOU: 6 total tackles (4 solo)
Aaron Williams, FS, BUF: 3 solo tackles/1 defended pass
Tony Jefferson, SS, ARI: Bye week
Cedric Thornton, DE, PHI: Outside of Week 1, Thornton has been a decent play in tackle friendly formats. Over the last three games, he’s recorded at least four or more tackles and has 16 solos. He has yet to record a sack and doesn’t generate much pressure, he’s more a run stuffer end and an asset in tackle leagues.
Derrick Shelby, DE, MIA: Shelby has been the more productive defensive linemen for the Dolphins. This is a line that has Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. Shelby has sacks in consecutive weeks. Along with his three sacks, he’s also generated 4 combined QB hits/hurries. Even though he’s appearing in fewer than half the snaps, he’s productive when he’s on the field. He’s worth adding for depth and match-up plays.
Jared Crick, DE, HOU: Crick has the distinct advantage of playing alongside one of the best defenders in the NFL. He recorded his first sacks of the season and has been decent against the run. He’s recording a tackle in nearly 9 percent of his snaps, and even though I wouldn’t consider him an every-week starter, he’s worth picking up if you need some bench depth.
Kony Ealy, DE, CAR: Charles Johnson owners might also want to look at Ealy this week. I mentioned Mario Addison last week, I’ll mention Ealy this week. Johnson’s dealing with a hip flexor, so he could miss some time. He and Addison, for the most part, split snaps so keep an eye on that.
Prince Shembo, ILB, ATL: If you watched HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” you could tell Shembo was ready to play this year. Shembo logged a season-high 59 defensive snaps and notched eight total tackles (four solos) on his way to a near 14 percent tackle rate. He also didn’t miss on an attempt either. It appears official that Shembo has over-taken Joplo Bartu at the ILB spot next to Paul Worrilow.
Geno Hayes, OLB, JAC: Keep in mind that he’s playing around 70 percent of the time, he’s been making plays over the last few weeks. Over the last two weeks, he’s recording 0.29 points per snap and a 16 percent tackle rate (16 total tackles). He’s also recording the solos, producing a 4:1 solo-to-assit ratio. With bye weeks and injuries, he’s a sneaky match-up play.
Avery Williamson, ILB, TEN: Although he only received 26 snaps, he was on the field more than Zaviar Gooden. Williamson is also getting to the ball carrier, recording six solo tackles leading to a 23 percent solo tackle rate. This situation is reminding me of the Atlanta LB situation with Shembo/Bartu. I’d get on Williamson sooner rather than later.
Malcolm Jenkins, FS, PHI: Jenkins now has three consecutive games with an INT and double-digit fantasy points and is on the DB1/2 radar. He’s being helped out with the big plays, as he’s making a play on the ball anytime it’s in his vicinity. With his tackle rate just under 7 percent, he’ll need to continue to make plays to keep him viable in tackle-heavy formats. A must-add in big play scoring formats.
Cortez Allen, CB, PIT: Allen has consecutive week of 10 or more targets and is making a play on the ball on nearly 25 percent of those targets. He’s also making tackles, producing a near 5:1 solo-to-assist ratio and has notched 23 total tackles on 264 defensive snaps. He’ll be worth owning in leagues requiring a corner.
Brandon Meriweather, SS, WAS: What you’ll have worry about with Meriweather when adding him: is he another helmet-to-helmet hit from another suspension? After missing the first two games due to suspension, he’s produced back-to-back weeks of double-digit points, leading to 19 tackles and two defended passes. There’s certainly risk with Meriweather, but he’s only of the only viable options at safety in Washington.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.