Vontaze Burfict suffers yet another head injury while rookie CB phenom Kyle Fuller breaks his hand and suffers a hip injury. It was just another slew of injuries that IDPers will need to sift through while looking to add replacements from their waiver wire.
Before we look ahead to Week 8, let’s look how last week’s suggestions fared. I must say, my suggestions really took it on the chin this past week at both the DL and DB spots:
Jerry Hughes, DE, BUF: 5 total tackles/1.5 sacks
Damon Harrison, DT, NYJ: No stats
George Johnson, DE, DET: No stats
Brandon Marshall, OLB, DEN: 8 tackles/1 defended pass
Koa Misi, ILB, MIA: 6 tackles
Jamie Collins, ILB, NEP: 13 total tackles
Tyrann Mathieu, FS, ARI: 1 tackle
Jason McCourty, CB, TEN: 2 tackles
Jerraud Powers, CB, ARI: 1 tackle
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Now, here are the suggestions for your IDP Week 8 Waiver Wire:
Cameron Heyward, DE, PIT: Heyward has had one of the only semblances of a pass rush for the Steelers this season and has three sacks in the first six games of the season. He’s generating pressure on 8 percent of his blitzes and is producing a 5.6 percent tackle rate, which isn’t horrible for a 3-4 end not named J.J. Watt. He’s produced four games of eight or more fantasy points, so he’s DE3 worthy. We’re still in the heart of the bye weeks and with injuries and poor play, Heyward can make some nice depth on your defensive line.
Cory Redding, DE, IND: Redding notched his 3rd sack in four games and is on pace to match is career-high of seven set in 2006. The wiley veteran knows how to get to the QB, generating pressure on nearly 10 percent of his blitzes this season. He’s also seeing a fair amount of snaps, as he’s been on just under 73 percent of the total snaps. 3-4 ends can be inconsistent, but he makes for decent roster depth heading down the stretch of the season.
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, ATL: For Massaquoi, it all depends on how your league designates him. I know MyFantasyLeague as him as an LB, but if your league has him as a DE, he’s worth picking up. He saw a season-high 52 snaps and had his best grade of the season accoding to PFF. He generated pressure on 25 percent of his blitzes and is showing the pass-rushing skills he displayed last season. He’s produced consecutive weeks of 10 or more fantasy points and is worth acquiring if he has DE position eligibility.
Joplo Bartu, ILB, ATL: Please forgive us, Joplu, for throwing you to the trash a few weeks ago. What a difference a few weeks make. We were hailing Prince Shembo, but Bartu has seen 117 snaps over the last two games, notching 21 and a near 18 percent tackle rate. At least for the time being, Bartu appears safe to re-aquire, as Shembo has only seen one defensive snap in the last two weeks.
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Malcolm Smith, OLB, SEA: What a shake up in Seattle in the last few days. The Super Bowl MVP, who hasn’t been heard from this season, appeared in all 51 snaps at the weak-side and recorded 10 solo tackles while forcing a fumble. 53 percent of his total tackles in 2014 came in Week 7. Smith appears to be a good acquisition over the next few weeks while Bobby Wagner remains sidelined for an indeterminate amount of time.
Vincent Rey, OLB, CIN: With Rey Maualuga and Emmanuel Lamur inactive, Vinny Rey came on in Week 7, appearing in 82 of the 82 defensive snaps, producing a 19.5 percent tackle rate (16 total tackles with seven solos). Vontaze Burfict left the game with another head injury. The Bengals 6th round pick, Marquis Flowers, also came in to replace Burfict at weak-side, as well. Rey is the add here, as the Bengal LBs are a mash unit.
Buster Skrine, CB, CLE: Skrine has six defended passes in his last two games, as well as INTs in consective games. He’s seeing significant snaps at the outside and in the slot, while being thrown at 23 times in the past two weeks. He’s well worth adding in leagues requiring a cornerback starter.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, SS, GBP: The rookie has been producing the IDP digits over the last few weeks. He’s recorded 10 or more fantasy points in four consective games, which has led to an 11.4 tackle rate (27 tackles). He appears to have over-taken Micah Hyde as starting FS and is getting the majority of the defensive snaps. I’d imagine he’s already gone in dynasty leagues, but is well worth the flier in re-draft leagues over the next several weeks.
Patrick Chung, SS, NEP: Hard to believe, but Patrick Chung has become fantasy worthy. He recorded his third straight game of double-digit fantasy points and has notched 23 tackles in his last 188 defensive snaps, with just one missed tackle in that span. He’s been solid against the run and is playing nearly 63 percent of his run snaps near the line of scrimmage and will need to help out an ailing LB group.
Here are my previous week’s suggestions for reference:
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.