IDP Week 3 Waiver Wire

IDP Week 3 Waiver Wire


Another fun filled Week 2 of the 2015 NFL Season, and once again the injuries pile up.  Bills Safety Aaron Williams got carted off and into an ambulance for a neck injury, Eagles Linebackers Kiko Alonso (knee) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) both left the game; Giants Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion); Falcons Linebacker Paul Worrilow (calf).  


Now I take a look at some waiver options that you may find helpful for you for this upcoming week and more, maybe.  It also depends on your league size, this is coming from all my 12-team leagues I play in and lot of these guys are still available in 14-16 team leagues as well.  I’ll be taking a look at five DL, LB and DB’s that you could pick up for depth or short term starter, bye weeks are approaching too so time to plan now.



    1. Jacquies Smith (TBB):  he’s the definition of boom/bust but will provide more boom.  He was one of my top DL Ibreakout’s this season and it showed in week 2 as he had a monster game of 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.  He won’t get you tackles but provides a weekly upside that’s tough to sit as your DL2 option.  If he’s still available i’d grab him as soon as you can; I’d drop players like Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy or any DT not named Donald, Dareus, Geno in a non-DT required league.
    2. Jaye Howard (KCC):  The DT that came out of nowhere has arrived throughout the first two weeks of the season.  Howard has been impressive both weeks scoring 9 and 10.50 as he racked up 1 sack in week one and bullied the Broncos running game with 7 stops/tackles on his own.  He does all this while playing just under 50% of the snaps, can this production maintain? I’m willing to find out and take a flier.  In DT required leagues he’s a must grab and in DL leagues he’s worth a flier as depth with matchup starts here and there.  
    3. Robert Ayers (NYG): Ayers once again put up a solid performance (3 tackles 1 sack and 2 batted passes).  If he’s still available, what are you waiting for? He may not get all the sacks like some but he’s solid elsewhere; especially against the run so he can pile on tackles.  Ayers is a great pick-up to get you depth for the upcoming bye weeks or if you have an injured player.  Has a decent match-up in week three against the Redskins, but it’s a Thursday night game.  In redraft leagues I’d definitely grab him and drop anyone not performing right now and if you have dead weight on your roster in dynasty, he’s worth a flip.  
    4. Stephon Tuitt (PIT):  The Steelers may have something here with Tuitt, he put up a strong performance in week two against the 49ers (4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 4 QB Pressures) and he’s another breakout in 2015.  He’s basically unheard of right now, unless you’re in a 20-32 team league he’s available and worth grabbing as your DL3 going forward.  He’s also starting and playing at least 80% of the snaps, production will be there.  
    5. Jabaal Sheard (NEP):  if you’re in search of a solid floor DE, give Sheard a look.  He’s playing just around 65% of the snaps but is being productive with it, already has 9 QB pressures and 1 sack.  Although Patriots have a week four bye, he’s worth a spot start in week three against the Jaguars.







    1. Justin Durant (ATL):  To no surprise, Durant has been ballin’ in his first stint in ATL.  He was a tackling machine against the Giants in week two as he put up 10 tackles.  Seems to be an every down LB in ATL, and with Worrilow nursing a calf injury – Durant is a buy right now.  Has some appeal to him, will help you as your LB3 but not someone to depend on, rather plug and play with your studs.  If he’s available and you picked up Unga last week, drop Unga and pick up Durant.  
    2. Jordan Hicks (PHI):  The Hicks era is about to start sooner than expected in Philly as injuries to Kiko (knee) and Kendricks (hamstring) forced Hicks into action but he didn’t disappoint.  He put up 7 tackles and 1 sack, he’s just getting started.  In dynasty leagues I’d expect his ownership to be high already, especially if you had a rookie draft but if he’s somehow available you need to go pick him up once waivers open, or throw in 10-12% of your FAAB well worth it if he’s going to get nearly full-time snaps.  One of my favorite LB’s to have targeted this off-season; has LB2 ceiling (top 30) but for now plug him in as a LB3/4 with upside.
    3. Nate Palmer (GBP):  With Barrington out for the season and Jake Ryan not ready yet, it’s Palmers time at ILB next to Clay.  Palmer is a solid pick-up in deep leagues or if you start 3-5 LB’s, decent flex play going forward.  May not offer much in other categories but should be a solid bet to get you 5-8 tackles a game, short term fix for now.  
    4. Devon Kennard (NYG):  if he’s available, I would jump on it as soon as you can.  Kennard was one of my many LB breakouts this season, time to get him now before his big game (it’s coming) but for now he’s the lone NYG LB playing majority of the snaps and just piled up 10 tackles in week two.  Has top 25 upside as he floats around LB37 right now in leagues, value is only going to go up.  He’s like Anthony Barr-ish, a SLB that can do just about everything.  
    5. DeMeco Ryans (PHI):  he’s been overlooked all off-season, he could still be available in your league too.  With Kiko and Kendricks banged up, it leaves Philly with Ryans and the rookie Hicks to man the middle, Ryans is a savvy vet who can put up solid numbers.  He’s already a starter in the base unit, so as long as Kiko is out he’s going to be very serviceable as a LB3 going forward.  





Note: Khalil Mack owners, be patient, don’t go dropping him as his weekly upside is too good to pass up and he has a nice match-up against the Browns in week three (see Derrick Morgan’s stat line in week two – 5 tackles 1 sack 3 hurries) I’d go nudge the Mack owner and see if you can buy because no better time to buy than now.




  • Marcus Peters (KCC): Peters has done it again, he’s definitely showing what he can do in just two games.  He already has 2 interceptions, 1 pick-six and 7 pass deflections – 7! if he’s still available, what’s your excuse? he should be owned everywhere in CB and DB leagues as he’s already been targeted 27 times through 2 games so the opportunities will always be there.  In fact stop reading right here and go to your waivers, put a claim for him or bid anywhere between 10-15% of your FAAB (worth it).
  • Tony Jefferson (ARI):  Jefferson has quietly put together two strong weeks as he currently sits as the DB5 overall.  In week two he put up 9 tackles and 1 pick-six, he’s not starting but he’s playing nearly 80% of snaps still.  His numbers will be inconsistent though as he’s on the field with Mathieu, Bucannon and Johnson so for the time being the luck is on his side.  I’d grab him while he has momentum and well worth a stream if you do that.  
  • Corey Graham (BUF):  With Aaron Williams being carted off (neck) the secondary belongs to Graham now, I had him in my top 25 but now he’d move into top 20 territory with high upside (top 12).  
  • Duke Williams (BUF):  Looks like Duke may get a shot here with Aaron being injured, if there’s ever a time for him to take advantage of the opportunity it’s now.  He can definitely pile on the tackles and all, a little of what Searcy used to do and has DB3 appeal with DB2 upside.  
  • Kenny Phillips (NOS):  With Rafael Bush out and Byrd not yet healthy, Phillips becomes a serviceable DB3 option for the time being.  The Saints defense is a mess in general but Phillips can string together some good games as he should continue to get snaps next to Vaccaro.  He was more than serviceable back when he was a Giant, good too see him back on the field.  


Lastly, I was big on Bradley Roby entering the season, too much coach speak though.  You can safely and quickly drop Roby in every league and pick up a replacement, especially if guys like Jimmy Smith or Marcus Peters are still available.


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    Andy Gamisou

    September 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    What’s your take on Landon Collins?

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      Bee Salamat

      September 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm


      Dynasty wise he has top 10 appeal, slow start but once the game comes to him and he continues to grow the stats will be there. Not much competition in NYG too at the safety spot, if it’s redraft though i’d be looking to flip Collins and start streaming DB’s.

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    September 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Jacquies Smith, Ezekiel Ansah and Jaye Howard – are all currently available on waivers right now… we play a LB, DL and DB in this league.

    My DL are: M. Wilkerson and C. Dunlap – would you drop either for any of the three players listed above and if so who?

    Scoring for DL is:
    3 points per blocked punts/field goals/extra points
    2 points per fumble
    12 point per special team TD
    2 point per interception
    6 point per sack <—
    4 point per safety
    4 point per tackle <—

    Still new to IDP – Thanks a ton for your insight!

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      September 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Oh and Henry Anderson is still out there (available)…

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        Bee Salamat

        September 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm


        I’d hold Dunlap, one of the better DE’s to want in IDP but although Wilkerson is a proven vet i’d drop him for Jacquies for Jacquies boom/bust high ceiling effect – Jacquies is on a hot streak, he can have donuts here and there but that’s where Dunlap comes in to balance it out. If you lose out on Jacquies go ahead and make Henry Anderson your alternative pick-up looking like a monster out there piling up tackles and all.

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