Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2
The first week of the season is in the books and it was a wild ride for IDP owners. Amazingly both Kwon Alexander and Myles Jack were disqualified from their respective games. Can’t remember that happening in a very long time if ever since I’ve covered IDP football.
Also, I like to remind folks that it’s only been one week so do not begin to panic. Keep riding your studs even if they had a slow Week 1 (I’m looking at you Aaron Donald), It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Stay the course. Let’s take a look at the Week 2 IDP waiver wire options.
Raven Greene (DB – GB) 2% FAAB
This could be more of a short term add depending on how long LB Oren Burks continues to sit out due to a pectoral injury. With Burks out, there were questions as to who would line up alongside Blake Martinez at linebacker for the Packers. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the newly added B.J. Goodson or Ty Summers who had filled during the preseason, it was Greene. The undrafted free agent Greene, who carries a DB designation, played 56 snaps in Week 1 and lined up in the box on 40 snaps. Greene finished with a modest 5/1/6 stat line, but anytime IDP owners can get a defensive back that lines up at linebacker, it’s a very good thing.
Juan Thornhill (DB – KC) 7% FAAB
There is a chance that the rookie Thornhill made it through the draft without being selected or was dropped during the preseason, as he was playing behind veteran Daniel Sorensen at safety for the Chiefs. In a bit of a surprise move in warmups prior to Week 1 kickoff, Thornhill was working with the starting unit. Thornhill not only started the game, but also played 100% of the defensive snaps, finishing with six total tackles, five of which were of the solo variety. A converted cornerback before his senior year at Virginia, when he moved to safety, Thornhill brings big-play potential, having put up six interceptions in his final college season.
Tracy Walker (DB – DET) 8% FAAB
The second-year player is proving to be the perfect compliment alongside Quandre Diggs to give Detroit a productive pair of safeties for fantasy purposes. Walker played all 89 snaps Sunday against the Cardinals and was all over the field in a 27-27 tie game. He finished with nine solo tackles while also being a big-play producer, posting an interception. The Week 2 matchup with the Chargers should put Walker in line for another big week as he will be tasked with helping to cover TE Hunter Henry as well as RB Austin Ekeler out of the backfield. Don’t just snag Walker off the wire. Get him in IDP starting lineups this week.
Neville Hewitt (LB – NYJ) 9% FAAB | Blake Cashman (LB – NYJ) 1% FAAB
It’s a twofer! With the uncertainty as to the availability of C.J. Mosley for Week 2 after he was forced from the opener with a groin injury, it’s always advisable to be proactive on the waiver wire. There is a good chance that Neville Hewitt was scooped up on draft day as he was tabbed as the injury replacement for Avery Williamson (ACL) during the preseason. If Hewitt is available, then jump on him, as he put up a 4/4/8 line with an interception while playing 99% of the snaps.
Once Mosley exited the game, it was the rookie Cashman that came in to replace him. Playing 22 snaps, Cashman managed to post two total tackles with a tackle for loss. Likely available on the cheap, Cashman is a nice grab and stash option that can easily be released if Mosley is good to go for Week 2.
Damien Wilson (LB – KC) 4% FAAB
There were questions throughout training camp and the preseason as to which linebacker would be lining up alongside Anthony Hitchens. The Chiefs acquired Darron Lee in a trade with the Jets and there was also the presence of Reggie Ragland. As it turns out, it would neither be Lee or Ragland, but rather Hitchens’ former teammate in Dallas, the recently signed Wilson.
After four years as a part-time linebacker with the Cowboys, Wilson played 80% of the snaps in Week 1 while Lee played just 10 snaps and Ragland was inactive. Wilson made the most of his playing time, racking up five solo tackles and forcing a huge third-quarter fumble by Leonard Fournette. Wilson is definitely worth a roster spot, even if it’s just as depth for IDP teams for the time being.
Sam Hubbard (DE – CIN) 10% FAAB
There were signs towards the end of Hubbard’s rookie season that the Bengals had finally found an edge rusher to ease some of the workload for bookend Carlos Dunlap. Hubbard posted three sacks in the final five weeks of the 2018 season and would finish with seven for the year. The monster Week 1 performance for Hubbard only further supports the notion that Cincinnati now has two above-average pass rushers off the edge. Against Seattle last week, Hubbard put up 10 total tackles (six solo) with two sacks, while also being credited with four quarterback hits and 2.5 tackles for loss. While those are impossible numbers to expect on a weekly basis, Hubbard should easily surpass double-digit sacks in 2019.
Quinton Jefferson (DT – SEA) 1% FAAB
There’s “slim pickens” along the defensive line waiver-wire wise heading into Week 2, so let’s take a shot with an interior player that is coming off a big week. The 6’4″ and 290-pound Jefferson, is capable of playing multiple positions along the Seahawks’ defensive line and is coming off a huge performance. With Ziggy Ansah (shoulder, groin) once again sitting out, Jefferson was the defensive lineman to benefit from newly acquired Jadeveon Clowney drawing the lion’s share of the offensive line’s attention. Jefferson finished with six total tackles, two sacks, and a pair of passes defended while playing 65% of the snaps. With the likelihood that Ansah sits out again, Jefferson could once again step up big.
Robert Quinn (DE – DAL) 1% FAAB
Let’s get really proactive here and buy low on Quinn a week before he comes off a two-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances. Quinn will also have had time for the broken hand he suffered in early August to have improved. While Quinn is no longer the dominant player that he once was, Quinn is still just 29 years old, and he did put up 5.5 sacks in the final seven games of the 2018 season for Miami.
The Cowboys are short on edge rushers and lining up opposite DeMarcus Lawrence will benefit Quinn as he’ll face a lot of single blocking. One more reason to get ahead of the curve by grabbing Quinn now is the Cowboys’ opponent in Week 3. The Miami Dolphins come to town and that should be an IDP fantasy bonanza for Dallas defenders.