IDP Week 5 Waiver Wire Article

Well ladies and gentlemen of this fantasy football world we live in, week four has come and gone and all I got to say is, when are the injuries going to stop or at least slow the hell down? Damn, guess its part of the game. I apologize if I miss any injury but from what I’ve got: Sean Lee (DAL) has a concussion, Jerrell Freeman (IND) had a groin injury, Justin Durant (ATL) got injured and left the game and Alec Ogletree (STL) will be out for the season; oh yes and Luke Kuechly (CAR) going on his third week of concussion protocol (hmm…)

Now, if you’re a Sean Lee owner this isn’t news to you but at least it’s a concussion and not a knee. I’m hoping he makes it back after a week off (doubt he plays in week 5).  Kuechly owners should’ve picked up AJ Klein in the meantime unless the waiver had other options and Ogletree owners are about to hit the panic button and at the same time screaming “WHAT THE F#*$!” Luckily it’s early enough in the season that you should find a viable replacement. The fill-in may not match his production but will still get you points.

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What to do now with Alec Ogletree? Well if you’re in dynasty, it’s an obvious hold unless you can trade him and get good value in return. But in re-draft feel free to drop and replace. Fellow teammate, James Laurinaitis, should see an increase in his stats across the board but he’s not the athlete Ogletree is so there’s a gap in liability on what each other can do. Cameron Lynch and Daren Bates figure to be in a rotation filling in for Ogletree. Lynch is an UDFA who made the 53-man roster this off-season and is part of the core on the special teams unit. Coaches like his toughness. Bates on the other hand got too see the field a little bit and produced 2 tackles and 1 FR. Would I recommend picking up either Lynch or Bates? No, unless you’re in a 20+ team league and could use some depth but temper expectations as it could get ugly; don’t let the Dunbar signing haunt you neither as he’s nothing but depth.

I’ll be going over some viable linebackers that could be an added piece to your squad to help you win your match-ups during the bye week(s).

  • ANTHONY HITCHENS (DAL):  with Sean Lee possibly out for a week or two, Hitchens should handle majority of the work and he produced fine in week four by putting up 11 tackles and 0.5 sacks. He’s currently sitting at LB22 and is as cheap as you’ll get as a LB3 looking for production. He’s also worth an add if you’re rostering dead weight or someone who your still waiting on to produce. Hitchens is a solid replacement for Ogletree or even Freeman owners in need.
  • ROLANDO MCCLAIN (DAL):  McClain will be a welcome sight for the DAL defense this coming week, especially with Sean Lee out. How will McClain look though? Will he still show us shades of 2014 McClain or 2012 McClain? He could be rusty his first game back, but worth an add for depth and bye week filler week six on. Once Sean Lee returns though, his value could take a hit but that’ll depend how the rotation goes or if McClain stays on the field during sub packages too.
  • AJ KLEIN (CAR):  Kuechly has been on concussion protocol since week one, missing the last three games. Red flag? Klein has done an OK job filling in, I mean he’s currently the LB24 with 29 tackles (20 solo) and 1 forced fumble. Who knows how long Kuechly will be out but AJ worth a shot; only downfall is he doesn’t have the consistency of Thomas Davis and the upside of Shaq Thompson (who is carving up a role in his own way right now).
  • ZA’DARIUS SMITH (BAL):  put up 2 sacks against PIT in week four and is a big play LB, he should be getting more looks as he’s out playing Upshaw at this stage and Ravens need all the help they can get off the edge with the loss of Suggs.  If you want to roll the dice with Smith as a bye week filler, he’s worth it as a LB4/Flex with boom/bust potential as a LB3 with another 2 sack upside.
  • BRANDON GRAHAM (PHI):  is the breakout candidate for 2015 finally busting out? He put up 7 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in week four and by far his best game of the young season.  Owners who kept their patience with him were rewarded, I’d keep him on the watch list and if he puts up another stat line like this in week five, it’ll be time to roster him and ride the momentum.  He has the talent to do this, but like a few others there are LBs who are off to slow starts then pick it up as season rolls along – you want to be there when this happens.  If you’re unfamiliar with Brandon Graham, I wrote about him this off-season (here) and you can see what he’s about.
  • NATHAN STUPAR (ATL):  Are we witnessing the fall of Worrilow and rise of Stupar? I think so.  Stupar has seen his snaps increase over the first 4 weeks of the season, played about 35 percent of the defensive snaps in week four but made it count, as he led the team in tackles (6) and also had a fumble recovery returned for a TD (highest scoring LB in week four too).  It would be of no surprise if he slowly took over for Worrilow because Worrilow is a horrible MLB, brings zero athleticism to the defense and seems lost at times.  Stupar brings energy to the defense and a lot more athleticism than Worrilow for sure, the more playing time Stupar gets the better his value and better to grab him now in deep leagues before it’ll be too late; especially now that Durant suffered an elbow injury too.
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Time to dive into some defensive linemen now:

  • RYAN DELAIRE (CAR):  talk about making your presence felt and impressing your new team in the right way.  Delaire was just recently signed off of Washington’s practice squad and was an underrated rookie signing too after the Bucs released him in September (oh bummer, they could’ve used him).  He played 51 percent of the snaps in his debut and didn’t disappoint. He put up 5 tackles and 2 sacks against the Bucs in week four.  Let’s just say that Delaire should be picked up as soon as your waiver opens as this could be a sign of things to come. Temper expectations a little bit though as it’ll be a rotation in Carolina between Jared Allen, Kony Ealy and Mario Addison.  I’ve already picked him up and rostering him as my DL3 with DL2 upside – you should do the same.
  • STEPHON TUITT (PIT):  He should be 100% owned as I stated last week before he went off for 10 tackles against the Ravens.  He’s going to sustain production as a DL2 rest of the season, also faces the Chargers in week five as he should eat up that OL.
  • JARVIS JENKINS (CHI):  Jarvis is at it again, after putting up 2 sacks in week three he went ahead and piled on 4 tackles and 1 sack in week four against the Raiders.  He’s clearly got the momentum and seems to be the lone bright spot for the Bears in the IDP world, solid bye week filler. Oh yeah he plays KCC in week five, worth a start as your DL2 because KCC OL is terrible and gives up the most sacks; another 2 sack performance could be had.
  • RYAN DAVIS (JAC):  Has 2.5 sacks last two games, strictly boom/bust DL but if you need a bye week filler he’s worth a shot as he’s known to rack up points in bunches.
  • KERRY WYNN (NYG):  put up 8 tackles (7 solo) and 2 TFL in week four, currently sitting pretty at DL17 as he racks up tackles (22 on the season) but once the sacks come along he could pay off.  If you need a DL2 tackle machine, Wynn is your guy for as long as Ayers and JPP are out.
  • XAVIER COOPER (CLE):  Keep Cooper on your deep league radar. The Browns like him and if he continues to perform he should continue too see snaps increase.  Put up 2 tackles and 1 sack in week four against the Chargers.  Has solid DL3 appeal once he gets at least 55 percent of snaps.

Some DB’s to consider to stream in week four, if you’re into that sorta thing.

  • Aaron Colvin (JAX):  had 6 tackles and 1 interception in week four, faces Winston in week five and he just threw four INTs against Carolina – you know at least one is coming his way!
  • Sean Smith (KCC):  should be getting comfortable being back on the field, expected too see some rust in week four as he was coming back from injury now he faces Cutler and the Bears in week five and he could easily out-perform his 3 tackle performance by doubling his tackle numbers and possibly getting an interception.
  • LaMarcus Joyner (STL):  has 22 tackles and 2 sacks on the season, has been one of the better CBs to target this season. Who doesn’t love a CB that’ll rush the passer? Joyner gets a sneaky start this week against the Packers as he could get a 6 tackle 1 sack game and would make a nice DB2 start/CB2 start.

Now, all leagues will differ on whose available so feel free to reach me via Twitter @IDPwithBEE_8o8 for any suggestions and recommendations in search of the next gem or bye week filler.

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