IDP Week 2 Waiver Wire
Well ladies and gentlemen, there’s Christmas in September, the NFL 2015-2016 Season just kicked off. I’m going to be honest, I have and will miss all of week one so I haven’t watched much of anything, but I read and I look things up while I’m deployed here in Iraq so if I’m missing anything I apologize. There has been a lot of action throughout week one from the opening game between the Steelers and Patriots to Romo and the Cowboys pulling off another comeback victory on Sunday Night Football. That’s half of the excitement though, the real excitement is submitting your lineup with your IDP’s you’ve put together all off-season, and it’s time to unleash. A few injuries, risers and shockers happened in week one and I’ll get to that in a minute as I go over some waiver wire IDP’s and whether or not you should hurry up and grab them or keep them on your watch list.
First off we take a look at some IDP’s who should be on a milk carton because they disappeared in week one:
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- Cameron Wake (MIA)
- Olivier Vernon (MIA)
- Lawrence Timmons (PIT)
- Mario Williams (BUF)
I’m sure they’ll all bounce back, they’re seasoned veterans. Do not hit the panic button, we still got at least 12 weeks left before fantasy playoffs start, we got time.
Five DL (DT/DE) Waiver Adds
- Henry Anderson (IND): The rookie put up an impressive debut piling up 9 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Even when Jones gets back, it’ll be hard for the Colts to sit Anderson, has a high motor and as you saw; capability to rack up tackles. I’d add in 12-16 team leagues as depth move DL3 and a must add in tackle heavy formats.
- Allen Bailey (KCC): had Bailey pinned as a breakout candidate in 2015, he flew under the radar in 2014 and looks even better in 2015 – time to take notice. Bailey racked up 4 tackles and 2 sacks against the Texans in week one. Will he do this often, no but he’s bound to have a career year in QB Sacks. Bailey is a must-add for me in 12-14 team leagues and I’d feel comfortable starting him as a DL2 going forward.
- Mario Addison (CAR): it was Addison and not Ealy who put on a show in week one. Addison piled on 3 tackles and 2 sacks, numbers I thought Ealy would achieve. He gets put on radar now early on, seemed to have no problem taking advantage of his opportunity like William Hayes (STL) and Wallace Gilberry (CIN). Doesn’t see full-time snaps but makes every snap count. Addison is an add in 14-16 team leagues as depth, can be a nice spot play or bye week filler.
- Damon Harrison (NYJ): Harrison piled on 5 tackles and 2 tackles for loss on Sunday, and in DT required leagues I’d give him a hard look because that’s been his norm; he’d average around 4-5 tackles per game eating up the interior and that’s all you can ask for from a DT (Not all can be Aaron Donald).
- Justin Tuck (OAK): Tuck is a savvy vet and he’s been pretty much free this off-season or forgotten about on draft day. He still has some left in the tank and with the addition of Aldon Smith to team up with Khalil Mack; Tuck’s job just became a little easier. He’s still capable of getting tackles (5 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 PD) and a handful of sacks for the season. If he’s still available I’d give Tuck a hard look if you need some depth or a solid DL3 that can put up top 20 games at any given week.
Five LB Waiver Adds:
- Uani Unga (NYG): Unga was spectacular on Sunday in his first start as he filled in for Beason. He put up 12 tackles and had 1 interception, solid job. Unga was a buy low in deep leagues that just became a hot add, I’d definitely consider picking him up if you need some LB depth and you start 3-4 LB’s. Once Beason comes back he is the starter but Unga’s play could earn him some snaps (see Kennard last year). As of right now he’s the #1 LB in most formats, if you have dead weight on your bench he’s worth a shot. If you’re a Lofton owner, I’d make this switch as quick as possible.
- Kyle Emanuel (SDC): Continuing his momentum from his impressive pre-season, Emanuel made his presence known on Sunday against the Lions. He racked up 3 tackles, 2 tackle for loss, 1 interception and 1 sack (very impressive) as he got the start for Jeremiah Attaochu (who may not have a starting job when he’s back). The impressive thing here is how he got his interception, after Ingram sacked Stafford the ball flew up and Emanuel disengaged the block and jumped for it. Emanuel is a must add in big play/sack heavy leagues, he’s going to be around the QB often and create turnovers.
- Preston Smith (WAS): Another rookie had an impressive NFL Debut, I was all for Preston in rookie drafts as he was such a steal and the opportunity to thrive in WAS. He did just that on Sunday, putting up 2 tackles, 1-Fumble Recovery, 2-Forced Fumbles and 1 QB Sack. He’s another big play LB to own in IDP with a high upside each week for BOOM! But I’d only roster him if I needed a LB4 with LB3 upside that can mix in LB2 games with his big plays. Keep Preston on your watch list if you don’t want to drop anybody right now, otherwise make that move.
- Josh Bynes (DET): DeAndre Levy owners are a little saddened right now because they don’t know when Levy will return. Bynes filled in quite nicely and surprised me, I thought he’d be behind Tahir but I was wrong here and therefore Bynes becomes a decent short term add (racked up 8 tackles against the Chargers); wouldn’t expect anything else out of him. If you’re adding him, I hope you have deep rosters and start at least 4 LB’s, not an every week starter (yet) but if you need a fill in, get em!
- Alex Okafor (ARI): Okafor was a beast on Sunday against the Saints, put up 5 tackles and 2 QB Sacks. The Cardinals are going to need all the pass rush they can get, Okafor is arguably their best edge rusher next to Kareem Martin. As long as he can stay on the field and stay out of trouble off the field, he’s a solid bet for at least 10 sacks this season. Could have a Suggs-like IDP Profile at seasons end, Okafor should definitely be looked at in both big play and balanced leagues as a high end weekly upside LB3.
(Honorable Mention: David Mayo (CAR): if Kuechly is to miss any time, Mayo is next man up BUT as a Kuechly owner you’d want Thomas Davis or Shaq Thompson. Mayo would be a deep league add, definitely a shot in the dark flier)
Five DB (CB/S) Waiver Adds:
- Josh Norman (CAR): the nation is starting to figure out who Josh Norman is, I wrote about him this off-season on how he will be a top 10 Corner in the league (if he already isn’t). He has shut-down capability, held off-season hype-train Allen Robinson to 1 reception for 27 yards in week one. Norman was excellent, 5 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 PD’s and 1 pick-six. This isn’t a fluke, he’s a solid CB1 option going forward and I’d feel comfortable starting him as my DB2 – grab him now!
- Larry Asante (OAK): Larry led the Raiders defense in tackles in week one (8 total) while filling in for Nate Allen (suffered a knee injury). If Nate is to miss any time, Asante steps right in and goes right into a role where opportunity rises. If you’re looking for a high floor DB3 with DB2 upside I’d give Asante a shot and I’d probably pick him up over guys like Duke Ihenacho or Darian Stewart. Choosing between DB’s are a wild card but with this opportunity I’d take a flier on Asante, especially if you’re looking for a short term fill (if you’re a Kam owner or Burnett owner).
- Jimmy Smith (BAL): The Ravens are glad to have Jimmy back and healthy, completely had a dominant game for his IDP owners. He racked up 8 tackles, 1-interception, 1-touchdown and 1PD. You can expect this sort of numbers from Jimmy, back when he was healthy in 2013 he racked up 59 tackles 16PD’s and he’s totally capable of beating that if not matching it in 2015. In CB required leagues I’d be confident starting him as my CB1, especially in week 2 against OAK, could be another busy day.
- LaMarcus Joyner (STL): The nickel corner in STL turned in a fine game on Sunday against the Seahawks; totaling 7 tackles and 1 sack. The Rams have suffered injuries to Gaines and Trumaine, although Joyner got banged up in the game he returned and going forward his role should increase. In CB required leagues, I’d definitely go grab Joyner if you like to stream or hang onto for a few games as a CB2 and Joyner makes a nice DB3 option with DB2 upside if he continues to pile up tackles.
- Cary Williams (SEA): Cary had a solid debut for the Seahawks, put up 3 tackles and had a strip sack, recovered his forced fumble to return it for a touchdown. Will this happen week in week out, of course not but Cary is capable of making some big plays. I mentioned he’s capable of a bounce back season; he’ll have his moments for sure and makes a solid CB2 option.
Hope you survived in week one, your studs will perform (if they haven’t yet) so don’t go hitting the panic button. There’s a lot of ballgame to be played, it was just a fluky week one but nonetheless I’m just glad football is back as it takes my mind off my surroundings. Please feel free to hit me up on twitter @IDPwithBEE_8o8