Jaguars’ Telvin Smith One of the Pickups IDP Waiver Wire Week 13

Telvin Smith is one of the suggested pickups for the IDP Waiver Wire Week 13

In looking at the IDP Waiver Wire this week, for most of us, the end of the fantasy regular season at hand in Week 13. I hope you have found these waiver suggestions useful and that you are either, in, or contending for a playoff spot. It’s been quite the tumultuous season for injuries, so your waiver wire has probably been your supplemental draft partner this season. As we head into the week, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank everyone who has read my articles this year. On to the wire, so here are my Week 13 IDP Waiver Wire suggestions.

Before we get to Week 12, here’s how my suggestions from last week fared:

Jacquies Smith, DE, TBB: 2 tackles/1 sack/1 defended pass
Vinny Curry, DE, PHI: 1 tackle
Benny Logan, DT, PHI: 1 tackle/1 defended pass
Christian Kirksey, LB, CLE: 5 tackles
Devon Kennard, OLB, NYG: 5 total tackles
Michael Wilhoite, ILB, SFO: 4 tackles
Ron Parker, CB, KCC: 7 tackles
Johnthan Banks, CB, TBB: 3 tackles
Mike Adams, FS, IND: 5 tackles/1 defended pass


Now, here are the suggestions for your Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire:

Defensive Line

Aaron Donald, DT, STL: He’s someone that I’m surprised hasn’t appeared in this piece. Since appearing in just 34 percent of the snaps in Week 5, his usage rate has been near 74 percent and has recorded sacks four sacks in his last six games. He’s already seen 300 blitzes and is generating pressure on nearly eight percent of his blitzes. He’s a solid DT and if he’s available in your DT-required league, pick him up.

Olivier Vernon, DE, MIA: Vernon has had an up and down year; however, he’s notched 3.5 sacks since the bye week and if he picks up his pace, could reach double-digit sacks. As of now, he’s on pace for eight sacks while generating pressure on nearly 9 percent of his 330-plus blitzes. I’m really eyeing the match-up with the Vikings in Week 16 against the turnstile that is Matt Kalil.

Ray McDonald, DE, SFO: McDonald now has sacks in consecutive games, in fact, his first two of the season. His usage rate has been near 82 percent, so he’s not leaving the field often. He’ll be a boom or bust DE play, but if you’re in a deeper league, looking for DL help, McDonald could make for some depth down the stretch, as he’s getting to the QB on nearly 9 percent of his blitzes.



Telvin Smith, OLB, JAC: Smith played the weak-side against the Colts and saw 100 percent of the defensive snaps. If this continues, he makes for a nice pick up. He finished with the game with a 17 percent tackle rate and recovered two fumbles. In limited snaps, he’s producing 0.31 points per snap and a 13.6 percent tackle rate, so the metrics show he can be productive when he’s on the field. He’s got some great match-ups over the next three games:

Giants – 5th in points allowed to LBs
Texans – 6th in points allowed to LBs
Ravens – 7th in points allowed to LBs

As long as the usage rate can get up over 85 percent, he’ll be worth using as an LB3.

Aaron Lynch, OLB, SFO: Staying in the Bay Area, Lynch has been a big play specialist. I know I’ve mentioned him before in my weekly pieces, but he’s never made a waiver wire suggestion. Too bad it took 13 weeks. I still don’t know why he had 21 snaps in Week 12, after seeing a 95 percent usage rate over the last two weeks. Lynch recorded a sack on one his 13 blitzes and has produced pressure on 13 percent of his blitzes. He has sacks in consecutive weeks and four in his last six. Well worth an add in big play scoring formats.

Craig Robertson, ILB, CLE: Robertson has double-digit fantasy points in three straight games and has recorded six or more tackles in that time span as well. Robertson was in on 100 percent of the snaps in Week 12, and overall, has a usage rate of around 46 percent. With Karlos Dansby out for the next few games, Robertson should be owned in most formats and has a points per snap rate of 0.22 with a 13.2 percent tackle rate.


Defensive Back

Louis Delmas, SS, MIA: Delmas now has double-digit fantasy points in five of his last six games, producing a 0.22 points per snap rate and has recorded at least five or more solo tackles in his last three games. If you’re looking for DB help for the next few weeks, you might want to consider Delmas with some decent match-ups over the last few games of the season.

Marcus Gilchrist, SS, SDC: Since the bye week, Gilchrist has recorded an 11 percent tackle rate and double-digit fantasy points. He’s still competing for tackles and plays with Eric Weddle, but his usage rate is near 98 percent, so he’s on the field and opportunities are there.

Micah Hyde, FS, GBP: Hyde’s usage has been up near 77 percent over the last four games and has 15 or more fantasy points in consecutive games. He produced both an INT and a sack in Week 12, so he has the upside for the big plays. Hyde has 2 INTs and five defended passes to go along with his 51 total tackles. He’s producing a near 10 percent tackle rate, good enough to be on the DB radar.


Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.

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