We’re just past the half-way point of the season and heading into the home-stretch of your fantasy season. With Week 9, playoffs are looming for hopefully a lot of you. It’s time to make some moves and shore up your depth for the final weeks. Here are the defenders to look for when making your picks from your IDP Waiver Wire for Week 9.
Before we look ahead to Week 9, let’s look how last week’s suggestions fared.
Cameron Heyward, DE, PIT: 1 defended pass
Cory Redding, DE, IND: 6 tackles
Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, ATL: 1 tackle
Joplo Bartu, ILB, ATL: 5 tackles
Malcolm Smith, ILB, SEA: 7 tackles
Vincent Rey, ILB, CIN: 5 tackles (1 solo)
Buster Skrine, CB, CLE: 6 tackles/1 defended pass
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, SS, GBP: 8 tackles
Patrick Chung, SS, NEP: 6 tackles
Now, here are the suggestions for your Week 9 IDP Waiver Wire:
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Demarcus Lawrence, DE, DAL: Lawrence is a sneaky, speculative add. He turned heads and is coming off IR and looks to be ready for Week 9. He’s been dealing with a foot injury, so there’s some risk, but some definite upside, as well.
Brandon Williams, DT, BAL: Williams is worth a look in deeper leagues that require a defensive tackle. He’s making tackles up front and has now recorded 25 total tackles, with 15 coming in the last three games. If you need the depth at DT, Williams is productive enough and is a match-up play.
Allen Bailey, DE, KCC: Bailey has appeared in 80 percent of the teams’ snaps and is seeing enough of the field to be worth IDP consideration. He’s recorded four sacks, with three coming in the last three games. He’s efficient with his rushes, when it comes to sacks, he’s getting to the QB on 7 percent of his blitzes.
Mike Mohamed, ILB, HOU: Brian Cushing‘s knee injury could of the multi-week variety and Mohamaed has been getting most of the snaps at left-side. Akeem Dent received snaps, but I think Mohamed is the better player, all-around. Over the last two games, Mohamed has recorded 16 total tackles (13 solos) and a 19.8 percen tackle rate. He’ll be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Miles Burris, ILB, OAK: Burris has logged over 500 snaps this season, and though he’s graded poorly among ILBs, he’s producing solid IDP numbers. Since the bye week, Burris has recorded 21 tackles, good for a 10 percent tackle rate. Burris and the defensive unit have averaged nearly 73 plays. He’s averaging nearly seven tackles per game, and with them having the bye, could be a decent LB2/3 going forward.
J.T. Thomas, ILB, JAC: Thomas will settle in as an every-down LB the remainder of the season and appeared in all 61 snaps in Week 8. Thomas recorded six tackles and an INT and has recorded double-digit fantasy points in two games. He’s worth adding for bench depth.
Rashad Johnson, FS, ARI: Depending on league size, he could be on a roster. If not, now’s the time to grab him. Cardinals have had their bye and makes a solid DB2 starter for the rest of the season. He’s appeared in nearly 100 percent of the snaps and played in all 94 snaps in the Week 8 win, so his durability is not in question. Since the Week 4 bye, he’s averaging seven tackles per game and has six defended passes in the last three tilts. He’s producing a near 10 percen tackle rate and 0.24 points per snap.
Marcus Gilchrist, SS, SDC: Gilchrist has been averaging around five tackles per game over the last five games and has appeared just a shade under 100 percent of the defensive snaps. He’s produced 12 or more fantasy points in the last two weeks to go along with a near 9 percent tackle rate in his last 145 snaps.
Corey White, CB, NOS: White’s been thrown at more than five time in the last four games, producing 14 or more fantasy points in the last two games. He hawked his first INT in Week 8, thanks to a tipped pass, but defended two others. For those in deeper leagues requiring a CB, he’s recording tackles, 10 since the bye and has some decent match-ups coming up over the next few weeks. He’s a decent waiver target in CB-required leagues.
Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.