IDP Waiver Wire: Week 9

It's time to buckle down as we pass the halfway point of the fantasy season, and to help you keep things rolling, here are some IDPs worth picking up off waivers.

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of this season’s waiver wire claims. Hopefully, you have been active and adding players to your roster along the way to make your team a contender; or at the very least, adding value to your own lineup in case it’s time to hoist the white flag and trade away players for future assets.

This season, unlike seasons past, seems like it has been even more important to be active with the waivers. With the multitude of injuries and coaches rotating players in and out of various schemes, it’s been maddening—to say the least!

With that said, here are this week’s looks.

Defensive Line

Dean Lowry, Green Bay Packers

Dean Lowry is what Green Bay football is all about. Every bit of coach-speak about a player putting in the time and effort, first one in last one out, lunch pail guy, on and on—it all perfectly describes Lowry, who is making the most of his time this season.

The sixth-year pro is straight-up balling right now. Lowry is a top 10 DL over the past 3 games with 9 solos, 4 assists, and 2.5 sacks. With a huge matchup in Week 9 against Kansas City, look for Lowry to continue to rack up those stats.

Larry Ogunjobi, Cincinnati Bengals

Larry Ogunjobi is probably the least known D-Lineman on the entire Cincinnati Bengals roster. If he continues to play like he has, don’t expect it to stay that way much longer. Like Lowry, Ogunjobi has had a very productive past few weeks: 10 solos, 4 assists, and 2.5 sacks of his own. With a big conference game this week against his former team the Browns, expect Big O to play some Big D!

Defensive Backs

Rasul Douglas, Green Bay Packers

Whenever you play Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, your team is usually going to have to pass to keep pace… and that is just lovely for Green Bay corners. A few weeks ago, I mentioned Eric Stokes as an add. This week, we look to last week’s hero Rasul Douglas, who picked off Kyler Murray on Thursday night to end the game.

Douglas has been all over the league yet seems to finally have found a home in Green Bay (and maybe your roster). Douglas has been putting up solid numbers over the past three weeks so don’t think last week was just a flash in the pan kind of week.

Lonnie Johnson, Houston Texans

Since Week 2, Lonnie Johnson has been putting up respectable numbers for a team that has a long way to go to be a contender. Everyone is throwing on the Houston Texans and that gives Johnson plenty of opportunities for tackles and PDs.

Johnson has 30 solos and 11 assists to go along with 3 INTs on the season, which is good enough for solid DB3 numbers. Johnson should be available on your waivers as he is rostered in less than 5% of leagues.


Monty Rice, Tennessee Titans

It was Monty Rice who stepped in this week for an injured Rashad Evans, not Avery Williamson as some suggested. Rice, a former Bulldog and third-round pick this last April, lined up next to David Long Jr., who also was a waiver wire claim in these articles a few weeks ago. Rice was expected to be brought along slowly this season and be unleashed next season, but injuries have sped up that timeline. With the loss of Derrick Henry earlier this week, games will be closer, allowing more teams to run more often, which should result in more tackle opportunities for Rice. My one hesitation with Rice is if Evans is healthy and reclaims his starting spot.

Jarrad Davis, New York Jets

I really wanted to have Baron Browning here, but you all deserve someone more than another Denver Broncos linebacker. It seems like each week I was writing about one, only to see them be injured the following week. Instead, I am going to tell you to go pick up a player coming back from injury: Jarrad Davis.

Davis was ushered out of Detroit after a few disappointing seasons and was welcomed to New York to play alongside CJ Mosley. With a very underrated D-line playing in front of Davis, expect this LB to keep increasing his snap count as he comes back from injury. Davis had 3 tackles on about 60% of the snaps last week.

Well, there you have it: Week 9. What a crazy season we have had. I am sure we are far from seeing it come to an end anytime soon. With today being the trade deadline, expect a few players to change uniforms, which will send a ripple effect through teams in personnel, snap counts, and the packages players are used in.

Keep those trade offers and start/sit questions coming my way, as I greatly look forward to helping you win this season. Talk to you soon, kids!

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