Week 8 IDP Waiver Wire

IDP Waiver Wire

Shane Ray looks to make his 2017 debut this week against divisional rival Kansas City

We’ve made it through seven weeks of the NFL season and injuries are continuing to pile up for teams throughout the league. Jordan Hicks (LB, PHI), who tore his Achilles tendon last night against Washington, and Malik Hooker (DB, IND), torn ACL, are the biggest IDP players to have gotten injured this week and will both miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

On a more positive side of things, many teams have players who will soon be coming off the PUP-list and will see their first action of the year. We’ll make sure to keep you updated here weekly for the best IDP waiver wire adds to help improve your team.

Before we start off, we can highlight some top pickups featured in last week’s articleDeone Bucannon (LB, ARI) lit up the stat sheet against the Rams with 11 solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one TFL, and a pass defended for an outstanding day. He was the only Cardinals linebacker to play 100% of snaps. In the same game, David Irving (DL, DAL) recorded a nice day as well, making three total tackles, one sack, and 1.5 TFL against the Cardinals.

Now let’s move on into our top IDP waiver wire pickups for week 8!


Brandon Williams (DT, BAL)

Brandon Williams was able to make major contributions to the Ravens defense in his first game back this past weekend after missing four games due to a foot injury. Williams was second among all Ravens in solo tackles, tallying up five and finishing just behind C.J. Mosley for the team lead. Look for Williams to have his best games against teams who have run-oriented offenses, and could jump out to an early lead against Baltimore. 

Henry Anderson (DE, IND)

Henry Anderson was a potential candidate for this list before his great performance against the Jaguars in week 7, but his stats in that game just did more to back up his case for a pickup heading into a week 8 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Anderson’s four total tackles, sack, and forced fumble against Jacksonville garnered attention, and owners would be pleased with a similar performance against an even less talented Bengals offensive line.

Christian Jones (ILB, CHI)

It seems as though almost every time Bears reporters and fans are close to writing off Christian Jones as a career backup in the NFL, he comes out with a good performance to silence those who are questioning him. In last week’s article I wrote about how I thought fellow Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski would come back to the team after healing from injury and surpass Jones on the depth chart, but that did not prove to be the case as Jones played 58 of 72 snaps and Kwiatkoski did not get on the field at all.

Mychal Kendricks (WLB, PHI)

This may seem like a curveball recommendation after Kendricks was inactive for the Eagles Monday night game against the Redskins, but with Jordan Hicks now out for the remainder of the season with a torn Achilles, Mychal Kendricks will have the opportunity to play almost 100% of snaps next to Nigel Bradham. Philadelphia linebackers Najee Goode and Joe Walker did nothing to impress in Hicks’ absence, and Kendricks should take over as the full-time starter when he becomes healthy.

Shane Ray (OLB, DEN)

Third-year Broncos pass rusher Shane Ray looks like he fully healthy and ready to start his 2017 season this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ray returned back to practice last week and hopes to be activated for the Broncos game on Monday night. The 2015 first-round pick has recorded 12 sacks in his first two seasons in the league and is the best pickup in big-play leagues heading into week 8.

Eric Reid (DB, SF)

While Eric Reid seems to have lost his starting strong safety spot to Jaquiski Tartt, San Francisco coaches shifted the 49ers veteran defensive back up to linebacker this past weekend, where he played 48 of the teams 75 defensive snaps. Reid appears to have taken Ray Ray Armstrong’s linebacker position, as he only was on the field for only 27 snaps. It is a position battle to watch, and you might want to snatch up Reid before someone else in your league does first.


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