IDP Waiver Wire: Week 5

Injuries are piling up. Guys are losing playing time. Where can you turn on waivers to stay afloat? Let us help you find some diamonds in the rough.

Tis the season in many leagues to be offering trades to other managers for under-performing studs and guys working their way back from the IR, especially in those redraft leagues where a few more weeks of losses will have many managers forgetting their lineups completely.

Before they do that, be sure to throw some offers their way for a guy like Chase Young, Zach Cunningham, Dre Greenlaw, Anthony Walker, or Jeremy Chinn who haven’t quite lived up to their preseason hype and maybe “clogging” their rosters.  

Defensive Line

Deatrich Wise, New England Patriots

I almost included Wise in last week’s column because of his steady weekly snap percentage, which is currently just a shade under 70% over the last two weeks.

Wise is a crafty vet who is playing well alongside Matt Judon, who has seen increased attention his way, which has allowed Wise to rack up tackles as well as some QB pressures. Wise has really come on strong in the stat column the last two weeks and gets a premium matchup this weekend with the Houston Texans, who are going to feel the wrath of New England’s D after a tough loss to The GOAT this past weekend at home.  

Charles Harris, Detroit Lions

With the loss of Romeo Okwara this week for the rest of the season to an Achilles, the Detroit Kittens need someone to step up and soak up the tackles: enter Charles Harris. Before the Okwara injury, Harris was already performing well and seeing his snap percentage increase every week, including 90% this last weekend!

With a sack in three straight games, Harris will be needed to anchor that defensive line this weekend against division foe Minnesota, who I expect to have back a fully healthy Dalvin Cook, who should be running the ball early and often. I like Harris for three or four tackles this weekend and for him to continue his sack streak. Not bad for a guy basically not rostered in any league!  

Defensive Backs

Eric Stokes, Green Bay Packers

I should start calling this the streaming cornerback adds of the week, but with the league really shifting to being a passing league, it only makes sense that the guys trying to stop these wideouts are the IDP studs you want in your lineups. Speaking of stud, Green Bay has one in Jaire Alexander. The dude is quickly becoming this generation’s Revis Island. Opposing QBs are game scripting away from his side of the field and targeting the wideout away from Alexander, which is wonderful news for the rookie from UCLA, Eric Stokes.

Stokes is raw, and that is even better for his tackle and PD opportunities. Stokes has played 100% of the snaps the last two weeks and put on a great show this last weekend against Little Ben and the Steelers, when he racked up 8 tackles, 2 PDs, and an INT. He should be in consideration for defensive player of the week. If Alexander misses some time this week for an AC injury he picked up this last week, look for Stokes to have a huge day against the pass happy Cincinnati Bengals. Beyond this weekend, I like Stokes to benefit from opposing teams being behind and needing to throw to keep pace with a lethal Green Bay offense. Remember, someone’s negative game script is another’s positive!  

Patrick Surtain, Denver Broncos

I know, I know: another rookie cornerback, but hear me out. Patrick Surtain is truly living up to the hype that made him a top 10 pick back in April’s NFL Draft. Surtain has been living the football life since before he could walk. After Ronald Darby went down in Week 1, Surtain established himself as a true presence on a very solid defense.

Surtain exited this last weekend with a chest injury, but he is fully expected to be fine to play this week against Pittsburgh, and he might even pick off a wounded duck “deep” ball from Little Ben.

Surtain has been racking up tackles, which has been great to give him a very high floor week in and week out.  


Jamin Davis, Washington Football Team

If for some reason someone drafted Jamin Davis and dropped him after a sluggish start to the season, do yourself a huge favor and spend some substantial FAAB dollars or make a decent trade push to acquire Davis this week. The Washington Football Team did not draft Davis in the first round not to give him snaps.

This week the WFT lost Jon Bostic, who had been stealing snaps from Davis, to a torn pectoral muscle. With Bostic out of the way, Davis should see a huge increase in snap percentage behind that defensive line that has got to start living up to the hype at some point this season.

Davis has not seen more than 50% of the snaps yet the season, but with Bostic out, expect that to change this weekend!  

Kyzir White, Los Angeles Chargers

Seems to be a big theme this week with players on the add list coming in and getting significant playing time due to another players injury, but that is the nature of IDP: it is all about opportunity.  Kyzir White was already the snap leader for the LAC linebackers and scoring decently well, but this week with Kenneth Murray going down on Saturday during a practice, White is expected take over as leader of the defense.

White has only played 70% of the snaps so far this season, but that number should be closer to 90% with Murray out for an unknown amount of time. As this article is being typed, White is all over the field making plays and being an emotional lift against the Las Vegas Raiders.  

With the season nearing the quarter mark, many teams are at the breaking point of being buyers and sellers. Now is the time to throw some offers to teams that are 0-4 or 1-3 and maybe looking to acquire some picks for next year for some guys that can help improve your starting lineup.

Maybe you can get a Bobby Wagner or a Denzel Perryman as the final piece to make a playoff run from a team that is ready to sell an aging vet before they hoist the white flag! Have a great first full week of October, kids. See ya next week!

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