As unbelievable as it might be, we are in Week 16, which is Championship Week for most of you and you might be looking for IDP Waiver Wire help, thanks to some untimely injuries. Hopefully, you are reading this for some sneaky IDP Waiver Wire adds for some depth and are in your title game. If you’re out of your league’s playoffs and are reading this for fun, I thank you and welcome you to the family of hardcore IDPers. Here are my suggestions for the IDP Waiver Wire Week 16.
Before we get to Week 16, here’s how my suggestions from last week fared:
Malik Jackson, DE, DEN: 2 tackles/2 defended passes
Damontre Moore, DE, NYG: 5 tackles/.5 sack
Jaye Howard, DE, KCC: 2 tackles/.5 sack/1 defended pass
Will Compton, ILB, WAS: 9 tackles
Gerald Hodges, OLB, MIN: 9 tackles/2 defended passes
Elvis Dumervil, OLB, BAL: 1 tackle/1 sack
Orlando Scandrick, CB, DAL: 1 tackle
Pierre Warren, FS, NOS: 2 tackles/2 defended passes/2 INT
Bene Benwikere, CB, CAR: 3 tackles/2 defended passes
Now, here are the suggestions for your Week 16 IDP Waiver Wire:
Chandler Jones, DL, NEP: Jones came up huge in his return to action in Week 15. I still stand by not playing him as there was no predicting his near two sack onslaught on a usage rate of less than 70 percent. If he’s on your wire, feel free to grab and play him safely as he generated pressure on nearly 18 percent of his blitzes.
Jason Jones, DE, DET: Jones now has sacks in two of his last three games and has a usage rate of near 62 percent this season. The Bears offensive line has seemingly packed it in, allowing Jay Cutler to get sacked seven times Monday night. Jones is generating pressure on nearly 9 percent of his blitzes and makes a sneaky match-up play if you need DL help this week.
Frostee Rucker, DE, ARI: He seems more like a dessert than a DL. Don’t look now, however, has he has sacks in consecutive games. He has a tougher match-up; however, the Seahawk offensive line is grading negatively as a whole, according to PFF. Rucker is generating pressure on nearly 10 percent of his blitzes and has a usage rate of nearly 46 percent on the year, however, he’s been under 50 percent just once since Week 9.
Sam Barrington, ILB, GBP: Barrington appeared in 85 percent of the snaps in Week 15 and looks to have the trust of the defensive coaches. Barrington produced a 17 percent tackle rate, which led to 10 tackles. With all of the uncertainty at LB heading into Week 16, Barrington makes for a decent plug and play LB3.
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Brandon Graham, OLB, PHI: For those in big play scoring leagues, Graham is going to get the start for Trent Cole this week. Graham, who’s seen a 40 usage rate, has managed 6 sacks and is generating pressure on over 23 percent of his blitzes. If they can move him around and play him on Washington’s right side of the offensive line, Graham should be able to abuse Tom Compton, who’s allowed six sacks in the last five games.
Nick Moody, ILB, SFO: If you’re a Chris Borland owner, you might want to dial him up first on your priority list. The 49’ers signed Desmond Bishop, so that’s an indication to me that Borland’s status is doubtful. Moody appeared in just 25 snaps and recorded five total tackles. It appeared Borland was going to come back in, but missed on a tackle and looked to re-aggravate the injury. Borland owners will want to grab him as a handcuff.
Manti Te’o, ILB, SDC: Donald Butler will miss the remainder of the season, so Te’o becomes an option in San Diego. Te’o saw 86 percent of the snaps in Week 15 and recorded six tackles. He’s not a terrible LB3 option in leagues that require three or more LB starters this week.
Bradley McDougald, SS, TBB: McDougald has seen a 92 percent usage rate over the last three weeks and is coming off a huge 15 tackle (11 solo) performance against Carolina. Another favorable match-up awaits him in Week 16 against Green Bay, who are allowing the 8th most tackles to opposing DBs.
Desmond Trufant, CB, ATL: Trufant will be in play in CB-required leagues as he now has four straight games with double-digit fantasy points and has five straight games with a defended pass. He’s seen at least five or more balls thrown his way in seven straight games and is facing a Saints team that is allowing the 5th most points to opposing DBs.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, STL: Jenkins is a solid CB-streamer this week against a Giants team allowing the 2nd most points to opposing DBs this season. Jenkins has been somewhat inconsistent, but does have two INTs in his last four games and has seen five or more balls thrown his way in three straight games. Jenkins should draw Odell Beckham, so he should see plenty of chances at a defended pass or two and some tackles.
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Mike Woellert is an IDP Contributor for FakePigskin.