IDP Week 7 Waiver Wire: Beginning of Ramik

We’re fast approaching the fantasy playoffs already. Yes it’s coming for us way too quickly. Also, raise your hand if you’re a Cameron Wake owner and benched him in week six? (raises hand in disgust) BUT at the same time he hasn’t done anything up until week six to warrant any type of start, unless you absolutely had to. If you missed out on what Wake did, well let’s just say he put up 4 tackles, 2 FF and 4 sacks (FOUR SACKS!!!) and all of that production came in the first half against the Titans.  

On the count of three let’s welcome Cameron Wake to 2015; one, two, three – WELCOME TO 2015 WAKE! By now he’s probably been dropped in many leagues; now he’s worth picking back up but don’t be surprised if he puts up a zero in week seven (you’ve been warned).  There have been a few injuries to monitor as well heading into week seven and a few have a bye week so they’ll probably recover.  

Vincent Rey (CIN) had an ankle injury and late in the game had his helmet in hand and looking like he was coming back into the game; the Bengals have a bye in week seven so it’ll more than likely help him get healthy. Bobby Wagner (SEA) was out due to pectoral injury. There’s a chance he returns in week seven but prepare either way.  Everson Griffen (MIN) was a late scratch from the game due to illness and screwed everybody up, but he’s expected back in week eight. These where some of the notable injuries. If I missed anybody I apologize. Let’s take a look at some waiver wire pick-ups that could help you fill in your bye week starters.  

  • KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS (SEA, LB):  With Wagner out for the game, KJ Wright moved to MLB and KPL got the starting nod at WLB as I expected. I mentioned last week he’d be a spot pick-up if needed because this was a short-term fix. He didn’t disappoint. He put together 11 tackles (3 solo) and was pressed into covering Olsen a few times, and did well on some. I saw the growth of KPL though, he’s definitely taken the next step and hopefully his play earns him a few more snaps once Wagner gets back. KPL is worth consideration as another bye week filler against the 49ers in week seven, but if Wagner is back, all bets are off so we need to keep an eye on this.
  • DANNELL ELLERBE (NOS, LB):  Ellerbe with back-to-back solid performances, shocking to say the least. He racked up 14 tackles and 1 FF in week seven against the Falcons while seeing 71 percent of the snaps. He’ll see his fair share of snaps but don’t expect an every down role — that belongs to Stephone Anthony. Ellerbe is definitely worth a pick-up though if you’re hurting at LB and in need of a LB3. Think of the 14 tackles as his ceiling but his floor is around 7-9 tackles which gets him a LB3 tag at best.  
  • SHAQ BARRETT (DEN, LB):  Barrett has quietly been putting up numbers when he gets the opportunity, in week six he put up 9 tackles and 1.5 sacks. With DeMarcus Ware out for another week or two and no clarity yet on Shane Ray’s injury, Barrett gets on the radar. The Broncos do have a bye in week seven, but if you got the chance to add him now then I would as your LB4 with LB3 upside as a boom/bust play, but remember that Ware could be back after the bye week. So don’t go dropping anybody significant.  
  • JOSH BYNES (DET, LB):  Bynes has been a waiver pick-up once we heard the news on Levy (hip) in week one and now that he’s out for the season, Bynes is on notice again. If he’s still available and need that LB3 starter then he’s your guy as he should lead the Lions in tackles going forward.  
  • JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU (SDC, LB):  I mentioned Attaochu as a solid pick-up last week, once again he put together a strong week with 3 tackles and 2 sacks against the Packers. He’s arguably been the best SDC LB thus far and well worth an add, ride the hot hand and Attaochu gets a sweet match-up against the Raiders in week seven. Can Attaochu sustain this production? No, but I’m willing to find out if he can if I have someone I can drop (not needed).  
  • DENZEL PERRYMAN (SDC, LB):  With Manti Te’o nursing an ankle injury, Perryman got his first career start against the Packers and showed up. He racked up 8 tackles and 1 FF — not bad, rook. In dynasty he should’ve been owned everywhere and in re-draft he’s worth consideration in hopes his play earned him extra snaps when Te’o comes back; because Butler hasn’t been good either so the rook deserves some playing time. If he gets another start against the Raiders, he’s a solid LB3 option.  
  • LAWRENCE GUY (BAL, DL):  Lawrence once again puts up a solid outing (5 tackles, 1 sack) and seems to have found some consistency as of late. At this point in the season he shouldn’t be available right now if you’re in a league that starts at least 2 DL. If you’re still waiting for Kony Ealy to breakout, forget that and go pick up Guy as you’ll feel much better when you set your weekly lineups.  
  • ALLEN BAILEY (KCC, DL):  he’s been up and down the last few weeks but seems to have found his groove again in week six, 8 tackles and 1 sack. I bet someone dropped him and if so I’d make the move to pick him up as he’ll be a solid DL2 for the rest of the season. We’re already approaching crunch time in fantasy and you need production, get it while you can.  
  • RAMIK WILSON (KCC, LB):  is it the Ramik era in KCC already? It seems so as the past two weeks Ramik got the start for injured Mauga and has looked every bit the part as their franchise ILB. The one downfall right now is Ramik is only seeing about 75 percent of the snaps, not an every down linebacker just yet.  The Chiefs view him as their franchise ILB so that’s a plus but him getting reps now is building up his confidence. Will he continue to start when Mauga gets back? My answer is yes because he’s clearly earned it, worth the pick-up as your LB3 with high upside.  

Although Vincent Rey is battling an ankle injury, I wouldn’t rush out to pick up Paul Dawson. The Bengals could activate Vontaze Burfict off PUP during their week seven bye and expected to make his season debut in week eight against the Steelers.  Now, with Burfict we all know when he’s healthy he’s a legit top 5 option, temper expectations as he has battled multiple injuries the last two seasons and if you have dead weight on your roster you can cut bait with, he’s worth an add to wait and see how he responds. Ryan Shazier owners can rejoice as he’s expected to be back in week seven, Kuechly owners are glad he’s back as well and Panthers said they’ll put Luke on a snap count — didn’t think so, as he played every snap.  

Here are my DB streamers for Week 7:

  • BASHAUD BREELAND (WAS, CB):  he’s the #2 DB from weeks 4 – 6, thanks to his big playmaking.  He was at it again over the weekend posting 4 tackles, 2FR, 1FF and 1-int.  He’s the type of CB you’d have to rely on with his playmaking, ride the hot hand if he’s available as he draws Mike Evans and the Bucs in week 7.
  • GREG TOLER (IND, CB):  posted 13 tackles last couple games and draws the Saints in week 7.  He should have a busy day covering Snead/Cooks so expect at least 6 tackles and 1-2 PD’s makes him a solid CB2/DB2 stream.
  • PIERRE DESIR (CLE, CB):  had a career high 12 tackles (10 solo) last week against the Broncos, and if Joe Haden misses the game against the Rams, DeSir is as good as anyone to plug into your starting lineup.
  • TRUMAINE JOHNSON (STL, CB):  weeks 3-5 he’s put up 16 tackles, 1-int and 1FF and he draws CLE this week.  He’ll be in for another big week that could vault him into CB1/DB2 conversation.  Definitely a CB to target now and could help you next couple weeks.
  • JERRAUD POWERS (ARI, CB):  has 21 tackles, 1-int and 1 sack last 4 weeks – that’s good for a CB.  Cardinals get the Ravens on MNF and Powers could be in for a solid outing with 7-8 tackles and an interception which will make him a very solid play this week.


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