This has been a bear of a year on injuries. This past week, we saw Bernard Pollard fall victim to an Achilles’ injury that will cost him the rest of the season. We’re heading into Week 6, where teams can start separating themselves from the pack. Here are the names to look for on your waiver wire that can help keep you afloat from injuries and the bye weeks.
Before we look at this week’s names, here’s how my suggestions from last week panned out:
Cedric Thornton, DE, PHI: 2 assists/2 fumble recoveries/1 TD
Derrick Shelby, DE, MIA: Bye (and now arrested)
Jared Crick, DE, HOU: 3 solo tackles
Kony Ealy, DE, CAR: No stats
Prince Shembo, ILB, ATL: 14 total tackles (7 solo)
Geno Hayes, OLB, JAC: No stats
Avery Williamson, ILB, TEN: 5 tackles/2 defended passes
Malcolm Jenkins, FS, PHI: 5 solo tackles
Cortez Allen, CB, PIT: 7 solo tackles/3 defended passes/1 INT
Brandon Meriweather, SS, WAS: 7 total tackles/1 sack
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Now, on to the IDP Week 6 Waiver Wire suggestions:
Mike Daniels, DE, GBP: Daniels has been a solid linemen and has been more of a sleeper than Datone Jones has been. He’s coming off a game that saw him appear in 40 snaps and produce pressure on nearly 27 percent of his blitzes. He’s notched 2.5 sacks
so far on the season and is producing tackles at a 7.8 percent rate, which isn’t bad for his position. He’s worth looking at for bench depth.
Kawaan Short, DT, CAR: Short is looking like a decent addition in leagues requiring a defensive tackle as he’s out-producing Star Lotulelei on the interior line. In most tackle-heavy formats, he has three games of seven or more fantasy points and registered his first sack in Week 5. Defensive tackles can be inconsistent producers, but he’s the DT9 in overall scoring.
Jonathan Hankins, DT, NYG: Hankins should be another target in DT-required leagues. He’s a DT3 in overall scoring and has two games of double-digit fantasy points in tackle-heavy scoring. He’s producing a tackle rate over 10 percent, even though he’s appearing in 55 percent of the total snaps. He has the upside to finish and produce as a DT1 this season.
Philip Wheeler, OLB, MIA: Wheeler has been under the radar, dealing with an injury. He appeared in 84 percent of the snaps in Week 4, just before the bye week. In his last two games, he’s produced double-digit fantasy points and has produced five or more tackles in that span. I like his early 6:1 solo-to-assist ratio, and remember, has produced 100 or more tackles in the last two seasons.
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Demario Davis, ILB, NYJ: He might be gone already, depending on your league size. However, if he’s out there, this is the time to pick him up now, especially if David Harris out for a few games. Davis anchors an LB group for a defense that’s going to be on the field a lot. Davis has four straight games of double-digit fantasy points and is producing a tackle rate of 11.9 percent. He should be an LB3 the remainder of the season.
Justin Tuggle, ILB, HOU: Houston has struggled to find a capable ILB opposite Brian Cushing. Right now, they’re rotating between Tuggle and Mike Mohamed. Even though Tuggle is seeing less snaps than Mohamed, he seems to be making more plays on the
field. In just 118 snaps, he’s producing 0.25 points per snap. If he can receive more than 50 percent of the snaps, there’s some sleeper appeal here the remainder of the year. He’s worth the roster stash in deeper leagues.
Danny Lansanah, OLB, TBB: Lansanah is starting to open some eyes at the strong-side. He’s big play dependent, as he’s recorded a pick-six in two of the last three weeks. Those are plays you can’t depend on weekly, and he has gone over five tackles once. If you’re in a league that is more big-play heavy, he’s certainly worth an add. In tackle heavy formats, it depends on the league size. If you’re in a deeper league, playing three or more LBs, he’s worth a claim.
Kemal Ishmael, SS, ATL: William Moore is expected to be sidelined for the next several weeks, with an expected return in Week 13. Ishmael came in and appeared in all 71 snaps, racking up 14 tackles (9 solo). He’s produced two games of 20 or more fantasy
points, and while the 0.29 points per snap rate might be unsustainable, he’s well worth picking up for his big play ability and tackles. He should carry DB3 value, especially if he holds off William Moore.
Dawan Landry, FS, NYJ: Calvin Pryor received the attention, but Landry has been more productive from an IDP standpoint. Landry’s averaging 8 tackles per game and a near 2:1 solo-to-assist ratio. He doesn’t miss a snap and is producing a 0.22 points per snap. His current pace puts him at around 120 tackles and should continue to be a DB2.
George Wilson, SS, TEN: Wilson is the must-add this week with Bernard Pollard on the shelf for the rest of the season. Wilson will likely be installed as the new SS and he has a track record of IDP production. Wilson saw just 28 snaps in Week 5, but that number is expected to go up. He’s only a few seasons removed from his last 100 tackle campaign and has DB2 upside going forward in Ray Horton‘s defense.
Michael Griffin, FS, TEN: I thought I wrote about Griffin in a previous piece, but apparently not. 22 of Griffin’s 37 tackles have come in the last two weeks, including 14 against Cleveland. He also threw in a sack and an INT. He’s averaging over seven total tackles per game, good for a tackle rate of 10 percent. If he’s available, he’s well worth the pick-up. He could be more dependent on the big plays, but certainly has value in tackle-heavy formats also. Griffin and Wilson are definitely two of the top adds this week.
I try not to repeat names, so if there are some names you’re looking, here are links to my other waiver suggestions:
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.