Fantasy Football IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 14 (2019)
This is it. In most IDP fantasy leagues, Week 14 signals the beginning of the playoffs, there are exceptions of course. If your league playoffs started last week and you are still tuning in then I believe congratulations are in order. Either way. It is time to get serious and work the waiver wire relentlessly to get the proverbial leg up on your opponent. This is no place for a nervous person.
In a win or go home situation it’s advisable to keep a close eye on the weekly trends and not be afraid to make bold moves. That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the league to find the best possible waiver wire options to keep teams alive for at least one more week. Keep in mind that the owned percentages are from CBS sports leagues. Let’s get to it.
Ed Oliver (DL – BUF) 7% owned (2% FAAB)
There certainly has been no hitting of a rookie wall for the ninth overall pick from the University of Houston. If anything, he has been getting stronger and more productive as the season has played out. In the Thanksgiving Day win over Dallas, he had one of his best games of the season. He finished with four total tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Over his past three games, he has put up top-10 defensive linemen numbers, in balanced scoring formats. In that time, he has put up eight total tackles, three tackles for a loss, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Interior linemen have had success against the Ravens’ defense over the past two weeks and he is a great plug and play start.
Carlos Dunlap (DL – CIN) 22% owned (4% FAAB)
The veteran defensive end was instrumental in leading Cincinnati to their first victory of the season. He manhandled the Jets’ offense putting up seven total tackles, three tackles for a loss, and three sacks. He was credited with a total of six quarterback hits. After a slow start to the season, he has been one of the most productive defensive ends over the past three weeks. In that time, he has put up 19 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, and has totaled nine quarterback hits. He is a top-5 defensive lineman over that time. Look for another strong game against a Browns’ offense that allowed five sacks in their loss to Pittsburgh last week.
Mario Addison (DL – CAR) 29% owned (4% FAAB) and Bruce Irvin (DL – CAR) 3% owned (1% FAAB)
It’s a twofer! The duo took care of business last week in a positive matchup against Washington, combining for 10 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a total of five quarterback hits. Over their last four games, they have combined for 25 total tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles, which are top-25 defensive linemen totals. The matchup this week is a prime one for both to have very productive outings. In the last two games, the Falcons’ offensive line has struggled mightily allowing 15 sacks. The defensive line position has accounted for 10 of those 15 sacks. Spend a little more on Addison, but both are must adds, as well as must starts this week.
Anthony Walker (LB – IND) 10% owned (2% FAAB)
Playing in the shadow of teammate and stud IDP linebacker Darius Leonard has left Walker as an overlooked commodity this season. He has quietly been on a nice run having racked up 12 total tackles, half a sack, and a forced fumble last week. He has gradually seen an uptick in snaps as the season has played out and has averaged 83% over his past three games. In that time, he has amassed 25 total tackles, half a sack, and a forced fumble. He now has 82 total tackles through 12 games and is on pace to post his second consecutive triple digits tackles season. Over their last three games, the Buccaneers’ offense is allowing an average of 25 total tackles per game to opposing linebackers and have given up seven big plays to the position.
James Burgess (LB – NYJ) 6% owned (2% FAAB)
There remains a strong likelihood that C.J. Mosley, who failed to practice once again last week, misses another game due to his groin injury. That will lead to Burgess continuing to be the every-down man in the middle for New York and continue the hot streak he has put been on. Over the past three games, he has played 100% of the snaps and has been consistently productive. In that time, he is putting up top-12 linebackers totals, with 26 total tackles, three tackles for a loss, and a fumble recovery. The matchup is a solid one this week in a division showdown against Miami. In their past three games, the Dolphins’ offense has allowed two opposing linebackers to post 12 or more total tackles against them.
Khari Willis (DB – IND) 1% owned (1% FAAB)
The ankle injury suffered by cornerback Kenny Moore last week will open up more tackle opportunities for the secondary. He had put up eight or more total tackles in three of his past five games and someone will need to step up. One of the main beneficiaries should be the rookie strong safety, who returned last week after missing time due to a concussion. In a negative matchup against Tennessee, he finished with just three total tackles. More importantly, he played 77% of the defensive snaps, which is a very good sign. Stepping in for an injured Malik Hooker, from Weeks 4-6, he put up 14 solo and 17 total tackles while playing 100% of the snaps in each game. That helped him earn the full-time strong safety role that will help him this week against a Buccaneers’ offense that is a top-5 unit in allowing production to opposing defensive backs.
Chuck Clark (DB – BAL) 0% owned (1% FAAB)
At this crucial point in the IDP fantasy season, it is always advisable to follow the player usage of defenses as well as the weekly matchup. Both work heavily in favor of the Ravens’ strong safety who is flying under the radar. He had a productive Week 13, putting up seven total tackles, a sack, and forced a fumble. Over the past four weeks, he has quietly averaged 5.75 tackles per game and has put up three big plays. He has played 100% of the snaps in seven straight games and often lines up in a hybrid linebacker role on the defense. That bodes well against a Bills’ offense that has allowed four linebackers to post at least 12 tackles against them in the past two games. It also works in his favor that Baltimore does not employ a true every-down inside linebacker in their defense. Last week Patrick Onwuasor played just 40% of the snaps and Josh Bynes played only 49%.