IDP Week 8 Waiver Wire: Do You Even Barron Bro?

Week seven came at us with blazing speed, with a lot of high scoring games early on and the Texans continue to waste Watt’s prime but that’s neither here nor there. Some headlines as we approach week eight will be: are we going to see Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict make his season debut, and will Broncos LB Shaq Barrett continue his recent tear? There has been one major injury though as the 49ers lost Antoine Bethea to a pectoral injury, a big blow to the secondary.  

Let’s take a look at some IDPs that could help you now to get you that title. We’re already going into week eight and playoffs are right around the corner.

  • ERIC KENDRICKS (MIN, LB):  if for some unknown reason Kendricks is still available on your waivers, please do yourself a favor and pick the rook up because he’s been on a tear since he got the starting MLB job. Kendricks has been everything and more, 16 tackles, 4 TFL and 3 sacks during his last two games.  He’s become an every week starter, I’m talking a top 10 starter ROS.  
  • DONTA HIGHTOWER (NEP, LB):  he’s back and if anybody dropped him I’d make a pick-up as your LB3 with LB2 upside especially in high tackle leagues. Hightower dropped 10 tackles and 1 FR against the Jets in week seven, and should definitely help you down the stretch.  
  • MARK BARRON (STL, DB):  with Ogletree out for the season, the Rams have moved Barron to starting WLB and it paid dividends for IDP owners in week seven as he posted 16 tackles! Do I expect him to sustain this? No, but he’s going to be a good bet for at least 8-10 tackles going forward which will move him into top 10 DB discussion (as long as he keeps the DB tag). As much as it hurts me to say but I’d drop someone like Eric Berry for Barron, even if you’re a William Moore owner you got to make this switch; Moore also got injured during the game. If you’ve lost Bethea, put Barron on your radar as a replacement.  
  • AARON LYNCH (SF, LB):  Lynch posted 5 tackles and 2 sacks against the Seahawks in week seven, it was just a matter of time because Lynch kept getting QB pressures but couldn’t get the sack.  In his last 4 games he has 22 tackles and 4 sacks, he has the Rams and Falcons next and he could easily add another 3-4 sacks to his yearly total. If you’re in need of a bye week filler, give Lynch a hard look this week.  
  • KAWAAN SHORT (CAR, DT):  Short had a monster game against the Eagles in week seven, 8 tackles 3 sacks and 1 FF. He also has 5 sacks in his last 2 games to go along with 25 tackles on the season. He should already be owned in DT-required leagues but I’d make a move as a DL2 in mixed leagues. Short has a prime matchup against IND coming up.  
  • CHRIS KIRKSEY (CLE, LB):  for as long as Robertson will be out, Kirksey will have his spot safe next to Dansby. He has 17 tackles in his last 2 games, will be facing ARI-CIN-PIT in his next 3 games and could definitely carve himself a full-time role even when Robertson returns. Kirksey has some LB3 appeal, but is better as a bye week filler if you’re looking for a high tackle upside play.  
  • CLIFF AVRIL (SEA, DL):  Avril has been one of the better DEs in the league this season, and he put up a superb 5 tackle, 1.5 sacks and 1 FF performance against the 49ers in week seven. Avril will be tested against the Cowboys OL in week eight but worth finding out as your DL2; strictly a boom/bust play though yet he’s been booming so make the call.


Living the DB Stream life but there’s a couple worth having on your roster for the rest of the season.  

  1. JAQUISKI TARTT (SF):  with Bethea out for the season, Tartt gets his opportunity to shine. Tartt racked up 9 tackles against the Seahawks in week seven and should continue to sustain production ROS to make him a viable DB2 start going forward.  Heading into the draft I deemed him a poor man’s Kam Chancellor. Tartt can definitely lay the wood and the Niners will need all the help they can get in the secondary. If you miss out on Barron, Tartt is a solid fall back option.
  2. GREG TOLER (IND):  since making his season debut in week 5, Toler has been solid. Toler posted 20 tackles, 1 FF and 4 PD’s last 3 weeks. He faces CAR and DEN next two weeks and should continue to get his 4-6 tackles which will make him a solid CB2/DB2 option.  
  3. TRUMAINE JOHNSON (STL):  Trumaine racked up 8 tackles against the Redskins in week seven and has been solid throughout the season.  He gets Kap in week eight, a juicy matchup for Trumaine and that makes an upside CB1 play this week.  
  4. MARCUS GILCHRIST (NYJ):  If Pryor is to miss any time, Gilchrist becomes a viable option at DB for however long Pryor is out. He had 10 tackles against the Patriots in week seven and has always been a quiet performer here and there.  
  5. JORDAN POYER (CLE):  has quietly been putting up numbers since Gipson has been out, he had 11 tackles and 1 FR in week seven and if he gets the start again in week eight he should have another superb day against the Cardinals.  

If you can afford to pick up these guys who are on bye right now I’d do so: Aaron Colvin (JAC) as I stated a couple weeks ago that he’s a solid CB to pick up whether you’re streaming or not. Colvin leads all CBs in sacks (3) and is coming off a 6 tackle, 1 FF, 1 sack game against the Bills. Nolan Carroll (PHI) is another CB to target if he’s available as he’ll be coming off a 9 tackle, 1-int performance against the Panthers.  


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