Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire

The time has come ladies and gentlemen, the 2016 NFL season is here and our Sunday’s are booked for the next five months.  I’m probably a bit more excited than you though because this time last year I’d be in the desert; going to the MWR for the night to watch an NFL game and now I’m home for good and able to watch NFL in the comfort of my own home.

Now, there have been some standout performances in week one (not counting NEP/ARI – SF/LAR – PIT/WAS) but if someone stands out from those games and worth considering I’ll be tweeting it out.

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Need to remember this is just week one, studs that usually get theirs so don’t panic if you own the likes of Derrick Johnson (5 tackles), Anthony Barr (2 tackles), Denzel Perryman (4 tackles), CJ Mosley (2 tackles) as these are either steady vets or rising studs and you don’t want to make the mistake of dropping them after week one.  JJ Watt only had 1 tackle; are we thinking about dropping him? I sure as heck hope the answer is no – you didn’t spend a draft pick on these guys to waste em in week one; patience is a virtue and things can turn around real quick.

Some standout IDP’s today were (NYJ) Leonard Williams and (TBB) Kwon Alexander as both dominated their games this week with Leonard racking up 2 sacks and Kwon piling up 17 total tackles (15 solo)!!


Now, I’ll take a look at a bunch of IDP’s worth considering to either pick-up or put on radar if you’re thinking about dropping a player or you have some space.


  • CARL NASSIB, DE (CLE):  his impressive pre-season play has transferred over to the regular season as he put up 3 tackles & 1 sack.  There is lack of depth and playmakers at DE for the Browns so Nassib gets a nod as he could return some solid value.  With BAL, MIA and WAS coming up I could see him be a solid DL2 starter and a good sign that he played 2nd most snaps at DE (54).  
  • STEVE MCLENDON, DT (NYJ):  newly acquired DT for the Jets has put on an impressive performance in his debut.  McLendon racked up 5 tackles and 2 sacks – he only had 1 sack last season and 5 for his career and the player he took over (Harrison) only had 1/2 sack last season so it’s looking like a pass rushing upgrade.  I’d give him a hard look in DT required leagues, not fully there yet to get him in DL leagues (I’ll wait another game or two) but definitely worth a grab in DT required leagues. 
  • LEONARD WILLIAMS, DE (NYJ):  if he’s available in your league at this very moment, go to your league page and pick up this rising beast!  Leonard was a complete monster against CIN today and it’ll be a trend to continue all season long, he put up 6 tackles and 2 sacks.  He’s flashing a high ceiling (Top 10 is definitely a strong possibility) 
  • KERRY HYDER, DT (DET):  Hyder definitely got on the radar after his impressive week one game against the Colts.  Although he only played 23 snaps he racked up 3 tackles and 2 sacks that set the tone, won’t be stealing anybody’s job soon but he’s earned some snaps.  I’d give Hyder a look in deep leagues where you’re able to roster at least four DL’s to have some potential depth, now he could face plant but he’s looked hungry so got to hope momentum maintains.  Either way put him on your watch list for now (if you can’t make a move). 


  • MAX BULLOUGH (HOU):  He’s the next man up filling in for Cushing; who is now out at least 6 weeks.  Is Bullough anything special; no but he stepped up and played pretty well.  If you’re a Cushing owner and your waivers are slim pickings then make a move for Bullough; otherwise unless you’re in a deep league that starts 4+ LB’s that makes Bullough worth a look for depth as bye weeks are fast approaching.  He did put up 5 tackles in relief and should continue around that number for the time being.  
  • ZACH BROWN (BUF):  he put up 8 total tackles (4 solo) in his BUF debut and has out-snapped Brandon Spikes (60 to 8) and I don’t see why this shouldn’t continue as Brown is a much better LB than Spikes.  With the lack of depth at ILB for BUF there’s going to be a bunch of chances for Brown to shine, he’s well worth a look as your LB3/4 and possibility of a LB3/4 or flex play.  
  • NIGEL BRADHAM (PHI):  Bradham has burned some bridges with last seasons poor play but he has a chance to make it up to you as he’s familiar with Schwartz scheme (had his best year under him) and seems to be an every down LB with Hicks.  Although he did put up a pedestrian 5 tackles, it was an ugly game for most of the IDP’s on the Eagles as the Browns offense was hot garbage.  If Bradham continues to be an every down LB, there’s a solid chance he returns borderline LB2 value (Top 30).  I’d give him a hard look if you have some deadweight to drop or got an injured player needing to replace (Cushing).  
  • SIO MOORE (IND):  look whose back?! Sio put together 13 total tackles (10 solo) against the Lions in week one.  Is this a sign that he’s back and healthy? I sure hope so because this is the Sio I thought I was getting when he was a Raider.  If he is indeed fully recovered then that explains why they released Irving therefore from here on out it should be Sio getting the ILB duties next to Jackson.  He played 47 of 65 snaps and that’s more than I’d expect so I’d be seeing if I can make room for Sio on my roster.  A healthy Sio has serious LB2 appeal and could find himself in the top 25.  
  • MANTI TE’O (SDC):  there’s definitely a chance he’s still available whether you’re in a dynasty or redraft league and Manti can provide a good return investment.  I admit, I’ve been down on him dynasty wise (Joshua Perry waiting in the wings) but in redraft and actual production, he’s not flashy but he’ll get the job done and for now has the Chargers trust alongside Perryman.  He’s good against the run at times and won’t play every down but in the right matchup he gets you points such as in week one against the Chiefs where he led the team in tackles with 10 (8 solo).  If you got some rookies you’re waiting for, give Manti a look for now to keep you competitive each week. 


There are a few that I dig in dynasty but are gaining redraft value already, these guys are

  1. KEVIN BYARD (TEN) he’s made some plays against the Vikings in week one, racked up 5 tackles and did well on special teams.  Byard is a future DB stud and he’s just starting his engine, although he only saw 20 snaps that’s more than I expected.  The arrow should continue to point up so keep Byard on your radar as he could provide solid impact within next couple games.  
  2. DERRICK KINDRED (CLE):  another rookie who I grew to like in dynasty, aggressive hard hitting safety for the Browns.  He’s currently in a rotation with Jordan Poyer but flashed what he’s capable of against the Eagles in week one.  Kindred racked up 6 tackles while playing 23 snaps – so it’s not much yet but it’s a start and definitely worth keeping an eye on for the foreseeable future but in dynasty I’d be trying to make room for Kindred too.  
  3. XAVIEN HOWARD (MIA):  normally the thing to do is stream CB’s (even in dynasty) but Howard has definitely progressed all throughout camp and pre-season to get the start outside with Maxwell.  Howard showed out in week one as he put together 11 tackles (6 solo) against the Seahawks.  He’d be considered to grab for a couple weeks and see what he do; could turn out to be a solid stream play.  
  4. TRAE WAYNES (MIN):  a last minute start for Rhodes (scratched during warmups) and piled up 10 tackles.  He was targeted often as it was looked to be his responsibility was Tajae Sharpe.  Will he repeat this? hard to say but he’s definitely worth a look for as long as Rhodes is out and it’d be a good thing for MIN if Wayne actually put it all together.  Vikings meet Packers next week so Trae could be an intriguing stream option.  
  5. ISA ABDUL-QUDDUS (MIA):  Quddus put together a solid game against the Seahawks in week one as he got 8 tackles, 2 PD’s and 1-int.  He’s been on my sleeper list this off-season and is off to a great start, if he’s still available in your league I’d make a move that could turn into a steady DB2 option going forward.  




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