It was another bloody Sunday for defenders in Week 6. A couple of stud LBs in the AFC have gone down with significant injuries. The bye weeks also continue, to let’s look ahead to the suggestions for the IDP Week 7 Waiver Wire.
Before getting to the names, here’s how last week’s suggestions fared:
Mike Daniels, DE, GBP: 1 tackle
Kawaan Short, DT, CAR: 4 total tackles
Jonathan Hankins, DT, NYG: 4 tackles
Philip Wheeler, OLB, MIA: 1 tackle
Demario Davis, ILB, NYJ: 11 total tackles
Justin Tuggle, ILB, HOU: 9 total tackles/2 defended passes/1 INT
Kemal Ishmael, SS, ATL: 6 tackles
Dawan Landry, FS, NYJ: 13 total tackles
George Wilson, SS, TEN: 2 total tackles
Now, on to the suggestions for the IDP Week 7 Waiver Wire
Jerry Hughes, DE, BUF: Hughes has been a big play specialist for Buffalo over the last few weeks. He had been generating pressure over 13 percent of his blitzes and that continued in Week 6. Hughes got to Tom Brady for a sack and also racked up seven tackles. He’s now posted three sacks in his last two tilts with some decent match-ups coming up. It doesn’t hurt playing alongside Mario Williams, leaving him with plenty of one-on-one opportunities.
Damon Harrison, DT, NYJ: He’s not going to get you sacks, as evidenced by his 1 total QB hurry on the season. He’ll be a decent acquisition in tackle-heavy formats that require a defensive tackle starter. Over the last two games, he’s notched 12 tackles and eight fantasy points or more. Keep in mind, he’s not three-down player, but has been productive enough to warrant an add in DT-required leagues.
George Johnson, DE, DET: Even though Johnson is grading negatively overall, he’s still been a decent pass rusher for the Lions. He’s recorded a sack or more in consecutive games, producing eight fantasy points or more in the last two games. Johnson saw 35 snaps in Week 6, recording 1.5 sacks and three hurries on 26 blitzes.
Brandon Marshall, OLB, DEN: Might be my first repeat of the season, but he’s worth mentioning again. Danny Trevathan suffered what looks to be a severe leg injury. Trevathan went back to the three-down role. How quickly things can change. Marshall will assume the every-down role and he’s more than capable. In three starts he had racked up 30 tackles and a sack, good for a 12.4 percent tackle rate. He also produced three stright games of more than 17 fantasy points. If someone dropped Marshall, it would be wise to pick him up, as he has LB2 upside for however long Trevathan is on the shelf.
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Koa Misi, ILB, MIA: Misi’s season got off to a rough start, suffering an ankle injury in Week 1. He has missed the last three games and made his return in Week 6. Misi returned to notch 9 tackles (8 solos). He appears healthy, as the bye week seemed to do him some good. Misi has some favorable match-ups over the next several weeks, making him a solid pickup.
Jamie Collins, ILB, NEP: Jerod Mayo suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6 and Dont’a Hightower is nursing an injury himself. Collins has been underwhelming thus far, averaging just over four tackles per game. When looking at his numbers, he does have three games of double-digit fantasy points. He’s going to be leaned on for the rest of the season, so if someone dropped him earlier in the season, time to scoop him up. There is LB2 upside with Mayo off the field.
Deontae Skinner, ILB, NEP: I’m also going to put the other Pats LB, Skinner, on here. Even though he saw 36 of the 69 snaps, he’ll be someone to keep an eye on, especially if Hightower’s injury is a season-long issue. Skinner recorded six total tackles and a sack. The undrafted free agent has a chance to take advantage of an opportunity.
Tyrann Mathieu, SS, ARI: Unfortunately for Tony Jefferson owners, Mathieu appears to be back in the starting lineup and in the base. Mathieu had done nothing over the last few games since returning from his knee injury. It’s no fault of his own; Arizona was limiting his snaps. He recorded 4 solo tackles and made two big plays; a fumble recovery and defended pass. Mathieu is getting nickel snaps as well. Jefferson owners in deeper leagues and benches will need to hold at this point. If Mathieu is on your wire, now’s the time grab him.
Jason McCourty, CB, TEN: More than likely, he’s gone in CB-required leagues. However, it’s time to look at him in DB leagues where you can start either an S or CB. McCourty is seeing, on average, eight balls thrown his way. Although he hasn’t had an INT, since his two pick game in Week 1, he’s gone on to defend four passes and record 32 tackles. He’s produced four straight games of double-digit fantasy points and will rack up the points if he starts turning those defended pass into picks.
Jerraud Powers, CB, ARI: Staying in the desert, Powers has been a solid corner and has produced consecutive weeks with an INT (three total) and 11 tackles since the bye week. Powers has favorable match-ups over the next few weeks, so those in CB-required leagues, should look to add him as a match-up play corner. Powers has also produced back-to-back weeks of 15 or more fantasy points. There’s upside here, as he’s seeing more than 8 targets per game.
Quintin Demps, SS, NYG: Demps has taken over SS duties for Stevie Brown and has been on all but a few snaps over the last three games. He’s produced three consecutive games of 12 or more fantasy points, leading to a 0.23 points per snap rate. He’s also notched four or more solo tackles in two straight games, as well. Not only is Demps contributing tackles, but the big plays, as well. He’s hawked two INTs, while defending three others. There will be DB3 upside the rest of the season.
Here are my previous week’s suggestions for reference:
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.