IDP Waiver Wire: Week 6

Bye weeks are starting to hit and some managers are checking out. Now is the perfect time to separate from the pack with smart waiver wire additions like these.

What a crazy year we are witnessing! With injuries piling up, underperforming studs still stinking up our lineups, and more and more coachspeak every week driving all of us IDP managers insane, it is time to remind yourself it is only Week 6. Even if you are 2-3 or 1-5, you still have time to right the ship and make a playoff run.

This year more than ever, it’s about matchups and snap counts—not just the name on the back of the jersey. With that said, let’s dive into this week’s waiver wire targets!

Defensive Line

Sebastian Joseph-Day, Los Angeles Rams

Sebastian Joseph-Day is having himself a season. This fourth-year pro and former Scarlet Knight has 19 solos, 11 assisted tackles, and 2 sacks on this young season.

SJD also is seeing a healthy snap count week in and week out. He has yet to see a snap share south of 60%. Combine that with the fact that there is another Rams D-lineman you probably have already heard of drawing double and triple coverage on just about every play, which makes SJD’s job much, much easier!

Austin Johnson, New York Giants

Austin Johnson was on the cusp of making the waiver add list last week but got edged out. This week, he wanted to make sure that he was not overlooked again.

Johnson is not flashy and will not blow you away with his measurables (I only say that in comparison to other NFL D-linemen), but Johnson gives you consistency each week. In a league where you start 3 or 4 DL, you may want to consider him.

Johnson has himself 12 tackles, 12 assisted tackles, and 3 sacks. I really like how much the New York Giants are trailing in games, which leads to many teams in clock-killing, running mode and that can lead to some easy stat-stuffing each week.

Defensive Backs

Anthony Brown, Dallas Cowboys

How about dem Cowboys? Well, we all know that fellow corner Treveon Diggs is having an all-pro season, but very quietly Anthony Brown is right there with him.

Brown has more tackles and assisted tackles than his running mate and has also added 6 PDs and 2 INTs on the season of his own. With Brown possibly being seen as the #2 CB on the team, offensive coordinators and opposing quarterbacks may look his way more and more, which is great for IDP production. Brown is top 5 in weekly scoring in most leagues and still only rostered in less than a quarter of them.

Time to change that, folks!

Quandre Diggs, Seattle Seahawks

Quandre Diggs is one of the bright spots on an underperforming Seattle defense looking to find its identity in a very tough NFC West. Not too many years ago, we had the Legion of Boom, which struck fear in the hearts and minds of opposing receivers.

Those days are long gone. Diggs has been performing very well—as a converted cornerback, he possesses the ball-hawking skills needed to play deep center field, grabbing 2 INTs already this season. With the linebackers aging and getting dinged up in front of him, expect Diggs to add to his tackle totals this season.

Diggs is even less rostered than Brown, which is just criminal.

Linebacker

Pete Warner, New Orleans Saints

The rookie from The Ohio State University has seen his snap shares skyrocket over the last few weeks! In Week 3, he played just under 50% of the snaps. In Week 5, he played 82 of 83 snaps and rewarded managers with 8 solos and 5 assisted tackles.

With the Saints on a bye this upcoming week, that may scare some managers away from adding Warner, as they would like to see some immediate impact on their lineups. But you, my friend, are willing to wait another week and have a linebacker with his bye week out of the way for the rest of the season.

David Long, Tennessee Titans

David Long was going to be one of my favorite late-season adds going into next season with the Tennessee Titans LB room going through some potential changes in personnel, with Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans moving on or moving over.

Alas, that late-season add has come to be an add in Week 6. Long has been at or near 100% snaps over the last few weeks and has been wearing that coveted green dot, which means he does not leave the field. Long finally had that huge breakout game last weekend, racking up 10 solos and 2 assists.

Look for him to continue his success during the next three games as he plays three offenses that are at or near the league lead in plays per game.


Thank you again, kids, for stopping by and reading this write-up. Hope you find it helpful, and that you can land a few of these guys for your squads. Have a great week and feel free to send start/sit questions or trade ideas my way. I’d love to help!

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