IDP Waiver Wire: Week 10
Jeff Pomazal gives you the week’s best waiver targets.
What a strange Week 9. We had several great performances by the usual cast of characters, but also some clunkers by some big names in great matchups. As we roll into the second half of the season, your league's playoffs begin to take shape. You have those teams who are clearly in (hopefully yours), those teams who are clearly out, and then a few teams scrambling for a few wins to make it in.
Regardless of which team you are, I am going to give you some names that can help you in the coming weeks as we still have 16 teams with their bye weeks remaining. Let’s dive into Week 10’s IDP waiver wire targets.
Previous Weeks: Carl Granderson, Drake Jackson, Harrison Phillips, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Jonathan Cooper, Jarran Reed, David Onyemata, Nik Bonitto, Josh Uche, Tuli Tuipulotu, Yetur Gross-Matos, Zach Allen, Justin Madubuike, Darrell Taylor, Mike Hoecht, George Karlaftis, Jermaine Johnson
Kyle Van Noy, Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Van Noy has been a name in IDP leagues for almost a decade. He’s had a great career and a nice resurgence in the last few weeks. Over the last 5 games, Van Noy has been averaging 10.14 points per game. In Week 9, he posted 2 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble, good for 18.5 points in Big 3 scoring.
The entire Ravens DL is playing well right now, and with a division matchup with the Browns this weekend, they’ll need that to continue. Oh, and those Browns? They’re the best team for opposing DL to score on through 9 weeks of the season
Kentavius Street, Atlanta Falcons
Sometimes all you need is a new setting and it makes all the difference in the world. This just might be what Kentavius Street needed after getting traded from the Eagles to the Falcons last week before the trade deadline. Before Week 9, Street had played just a handful of snaps on a very loaded defensive unit and had 4 tackles on the season. On Sunday, Street played 47 of 75 snaps (63%) and racked up 5 tackles and a forced fumble. The Atlanta Falcons needed some pass-rushing playmakers and they may have struck gold when they traded a 7th-round pick for Street. Street and the Falcons play Arizona in Week 10, who just gave up 7 sacks to the Browns this past weekend. I think Street gets his first sack as a Falcon this weekend.
Previous Weeks: Reed Blankenship, Christian Gonzalez, Camryn Bynum, Jason Pinnock, K’Von Wallace, Jordan Whitehead, Daxton Hill, Rudy Ford, Juju Brents, Devon Witherspoon, Marcus Maye, Darious Williams, Sam Franklin Jr., Jaylon Johnson, Cam Taylor-Britt, Sydney Brown, Xavier Woods
Nate Hobbs, Las Vegas Raiders
Nate Hobbs might not be a free agent in your league, but he is worth the look to see if he is. Hobbs has always scored very well in his 3 seasons in the NFL; the problem is he plays so physically that he is often missing games. Hobbs finally returned to the lineup this past week and piled up 7 tackles and had an interception. Typically playing the slot corner position, Hobbs increases his tackle floor by being a strong tackler in the run game. On Sunday, 37 of his 50 snaps came in the sweet spot. When Hobbs plays, he produces. He’s scored double digits in the last 5 games and is averaging 15.9 PPG. In cornerback-required leagues, Hobbs is in an auto start every week.
Johnathon Owens, Green Bay Packers
What do Packer fans and Simone Biles both have in common? The answer is: they both LOVE Johnathon Owens. When Owens isn’t cheering on his spouse at the Olympics, he is making a name for himself on the almost frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. Owens has played 100% of snaps over the last 2 games as the Packer secondary is dealing with injuries to Rudy Ford and Eric Stokes, and the loss of Rasul Douglas, who was traded to the Bills last week. Owens had a huge game on Sunday, racking up 7 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble, good for 17 points and a top-10 finish among DBs this week. The Packers travel to Pittsburgh this week and Owens should continue playing a large share of snaps.