Week 7 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups (2020 Fantasy Football)
With Week 6 coming to an exciting conclusion with another unexpected doubleheader, fantasy football managers have quickly set their sights on improving their rosters ahead of Week 7. With waivers set to run tonight in most leagues, we will jump right into some of the top waiver wire adds for those of you are lucky enough to play in IDP leagues. You truly don’t know what you are missing until you try it. Let’s dig in.
Note: Rostered percentages provided via Yahoo! leagues.
Tracy Walker (S – DET): 14% rostered on Yahoo!
I always knew IDP managers were a fickle bunch, but seeing Walker’s rostered numbers down at 14 percent because he had a Week 5 bye makes me question the competitiveness of the average IDP league. A weekly DB1 option through and through, Walker racked up five solos, one assist, and one pass defended, making it the third time in five outings that he’s produced at a DB1 like level. If Walker is somehow available in your league, make him the priority.
Josh Jones (S – JAC): 12% rostered on Yahoo!
Josh Jones has done nothing but ball out for IDP managers but is somehow still available in 88 percent of Yahoo leagues. All Jones did in Week 6 is deliver his fourth DB1 level performance in his five full games this season. There is no rationale I can think of for his low rostered numbers aside from the fact he plays for Jacksonville. The former second round pick is not short on talent and should be taken seriously. Jones racked up eight solos and one assist in Week 6 and needs to be added wherever available.
Vonn Bell (S – CIN): 7% rostered on Yahoo!
Vonn Bell had a monster outing against the Colts in Week 6, racking up nine solo tackles and one pass defended. He will look to keep the DB1 streak going in a plus matchup against the Cleveland Browns. He is worth a look as a bye week DB2 who can earn a spot on your squad as a DB3. Bell has been consistent this season in terms of total tackles with 7.5 per game but was down at 3.4 solos per contest before the nine solo explosion against Indianapolis. He is at a much more appealing 4.33 per contest heading into Week 7. Add Bell where needed.
Adrian Phillips (S – NE): 5% rostered on Yahoo!
Dropped in almost half the leagues he was rostered in with the Patriots on a surprise Week 5 bye, Phillips roared back into the bye week DB conversation with five solos, six assists, and two tackles for loss. He is a solid DB3 option during a week where four teams will be resting at home. An All-Pro just two seasons ago, Phillips was over the 75 percent snap mark for the third time in four games, so it should surprise no one if he has solidified himself as a DB2 by the end of the bye weeks. For those just looking to add him as a filler and to decide what happens next later, Week 7 gives him a plus matchup against a San Francisco 49ers offense relinquishing the 10th most fantasy points to the safety position.
Micah Kiser (LB – LAR): 12% rostered on Yahoo!
Dropped in another 10 percent of Yahoo leagues following being inactive last week, Micah Kiser is now rostered in only 12 percent of Yahoo leagues. If you happen to find yourself in one or more of those leagues, punish your rival managers for their impatience and short-sightedness. Kiser stepped right back into an every snap role in Week 6, recording seven solo tackles and six assists. Kiser has earned himself an LB1 tag due to sheer consistency. He had now recorded five or more solo tackles in four of his five games played. There is no reason for Kiser to be available in any competitive league, add him wherever possible.
Foyesade Oluokun (LB – ATL): 9% rostered on Yahoo!
I am not sure what has to be done to get Oluokun’s rostered numbers up over the 30 percent mark. Tyrell Adams was added in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues in one week, so it is obvious that there is a large enough IDP base that his rostered numbers should be much higher. Oluokun was added in just eight percent of leagues over the past seven days.
He was strong yet again in Week 6. Gameflow limited his snaps against the run, but the added work against the pass allowed him to pick up the first interception of his career. He finished the day with three solos, three assists, one tackle for loss, one interception, and one pass defended. He needs to be added in every single competitive league. If this is the last time I write about Oluokun in this column it would still be weeks too late. Double-check your wire to ensure that your league is not one of the ones that are sleeping.
Ja’Whaun Bentley (NE – LB): 0% rostered in Yahoo!
Ja’Whaun Bentley exploded for eight solos, four assists, 0.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits. He has earned himself a look in competitive IDP leagues as an LB3 bye week option with LB2 upside. He played 95 percent of the snaps in Week 6 and has played 80 percent or more of the snaps each week this season. This was only his second week with more than four solo tackles, but with bye week depth becoming an issue, he is worth an early add, rather than having to go hard for him if he has another strong week. He very well might as he will square off against a 49ers offense surrendering the second-most fantasy points to the linebacker position in Week 7. Add him in the deeper leagues where no one else on this list is available.
Rashaan Evans (LB – TEN): 8% rostered on Yahoo!
I thought about mentioning Avery Williamson or Anthony Walker here, but Rashaan Evans is someone who should be rostered universally in competitive IDP leagues. I would say there is no reason for him to be down to eight percent rostered, but we all know that the Titans bout with the coronavirus ended up affecting the number. Evans is as locked in an LB2 option those in competitive leagues should be able to find at this point of the season. He is depth chart impervious and is available in more leagues than two of the other top waiver targets this week in Micah Kiser and Foyesade Oluokun.
Jeffery Simmons (DT – TEN): 1% rostered on Yahoo!
Simmons was excellent again in Week 6. He racked up four solos, two assists, one sack, one tackle for loss, and two QB hits. He has sacks in two consecutive contests and has already reached his rookie season sack mark. Simmons flies under some radar’s due to slipping to later in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft due to an injury, but everything about his tape in college and in the pros screams DT1 in fantasy, and one of the top defensive tackles in the league. Simmons is a must-add in every single DT IDP league and is worth an add as DL3 with DL2 upside, especially during the byes. Sleep on Simmons at your own peril. It will not be long before he is in the national conversation as one of the top talents at his position.
Brandon Graham (DE – PHI): 4% rostered on Yahoo!
Longtime IDP stalwart, Brandon Graham racked up five solos, one assist, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits against the Ravens in Week 6. Graham has been inconsistent this season, but there is no excuse for him to be rostered in just four percent of leagues. He is now tied for fourth in the NFL with five sacks and has proved that sacks do indeed come in bunches, with four of his five sacks coming in two contests. He has three games with three or more solo tackles and has at least one QB hit in each game, with a tackle for loss in all but one. Graham may not be as exciting as some of the other names at defensive end, but for a player who recorded 8.5 sacks last season, and is one pace to set a new career-high, he is criminally under rostered.
Emmanuel Ogbah (DE – MIA): 5% rostered on Yahoo!
Ogbah has reached must-roster territory. He racked up three solos, two assists, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two QB hits in Week 6. Ogbah has now recorded a sack in three straight contests and is now at five straight contests with at least 0.5 sacks. He is tied for fourth in the league with five sacks and is now a weekly DE2 option. He is 0.5 sacks away from setting a new career-high and is visibly playing at a higher level than he ever has before.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is finally making good on his second-round pedigree and is shining in his return to a starter’s role. He is not going to be able to keep up his incredible pace, but at this point, it would be a surprise if he did not reach at least 9.5 sacks on the season. Ogbah is on bye so you may be able to swing bidding slightly less aggressively than you would have to otherwise, but be sure to weigh the risk of a rival landing him versus the reward of saving a few FAAB dollars.
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