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Week 16 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Raju Byfield | @FantasyContext | Featured Writer
Dec 22, 2020

With Week 15 coming to an exciting and competitive conclusion on Monday Night Football, fantasy football managers have quickly set their sights on improving their rosters ahead of Week 16, fantasy football finals week. With waivers set to run tonight in some leagues, we will jump right into some of the top waiver wire adds for those of you that 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.

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Note: Rostered percentages provided via Yahoo! leagues

Defensive Line

Denico Autry (DT – IND): 1% rostered on Yahoo!
Defensive tackles do not get a lot of love in these parts, primarily because many IDP managers play in DL leagues and not leagues that separate the DE and DT positions. Autry is one of the rare defensive tackles that deserve weekly DL3 or even DL2 consideration due to his productivity against both the run and the pass. 

Autry recorded three solos, one assist, 1.5 sacks, and one tackle for loss in Week 15 and is now up to 7.5 sacks on the season. Want context? He is tied for second in the league with teammate DeForest Buckner for sacks among defensive tackles. Autry remains a strong DL3/DT1 option for a Week 16 date with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Pittsburgh is a horrible matchup on paper, but if you have watched them recently, you would know that they have struggled in all facets of their offense and are going to have a whale of a time trying to contend with the Colts front seven. Add Autry where possible with an eye on starting him for this ‘hidden’ plus matchup. 

Quinnen Williams (DT – NYJ): 9% rostered on Yahoo!
Speaking of sack leaders among defensive tackles, Quinnen Williams is trailing right behind Buckner and Autry and is now up to seven sacks on the season. He has quietly started to resemble the dominating force the Jets thought they were getting when they drafted him and has entered his name into the elite conversation at his position. Quinnen racked up three solos, one assist, one sack, and one tackle for loss against the Rams in Week 15. He has another plus matchup in store for Week 16 against a Cleveland Browns team surrendering the 15th most fantasy points to the defensive tackle position. The DL6 since Week 7, add and start Williams as a DT1/DL2 wherever possible. 

Romeo Okwara (DE – DET): 10% rostered on Yahoo!
Now tied for 12th in the league with eight sacks, Romeo Okwara has been excellent this season. He was playing at a DL1 level for a stretch during the middle of the season and appears to be rounding back into that form just in time for the finals. Romeo racked up four solos, one sack, two tackles for loss, and one safety in Week 15, and now has two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and safety in his last three games. Romeo is peaking again right when it matters most. Romeo can be trusted as a DL2 with DL1 for a plus matchup against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line that is much more vulnerable than their fantasy points against suggest. 

Trey Hendrickson (DE – NO): 7% rostered on Yahoo!
After a two sack performance in Week 15, Trey Hendrickson is now tied with Aaron Donald for second in the league with 12.5 sacks. He is just 0.5 sacks behind T.J. Watt. Henrickson’s breakout season has been one of the most impressive in recent memory, especially for a player who was not on many radars prior to the 2020 campaign. Hendrickson was strong again in Week 15, recording two solos, two sacks, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble. While he has proven that he does not do much when not getting sacks, you at the very least roster the player who is number two in the league in sacks. Whether you do so to start him or not is up to you, but every effort should be made to keep him off rivals rosters in the leagues where he is still available. Add the sack artist where possible. 

Linebacker

Alex Singleton (LB – PHI): 16% rostered on Yahoo!
Alex Singelton continues to be a standout IDP option. He was strong again in Week 15, recording seven solos, four assists, one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery. He has worked his way into weekly LB1 territory and will be just that for a tasty Week 16 matchup against a Dallas Cowboys team allowing the seventh most fantasy points to the linebacker position. He is somehow still available in 84 percent of leagues, so be sure to take advantage of your rivals sleeping at the wheel if you happen to play in one or more of them. 

Todd Davis (LB – MIN): 0% rostered on Yahoo!
Todd Davis will be a strong play for Week 16 if Eric Kendricks is ruled out again. He was rock solid in Week 15, racking up four solos, four assists, one sack, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended. Davis was a major disappointment this season due to the breakout of Eric Wilson but may have a chance to make an impact for IDP managers when it matters most. Kendricks missed practice all week leading up to Week 15, and will likely need to be able to practice in full by Friday for the Vikings to risk their star defensive player when they are all but eliminated from the postseason picture. Add Davis where needed as an LB3 with LB2 upside thanks to taking on a New Orleans Saints team surrendering the fourth most fantasy points to the linebacker position. 

Bobby Okereke (LB – IND): 2% rostered on Yahoo!
Okereke racked up five solos, two assists, and one pass defended in Week 15 and will be a strong LB2 option against the Pittsburgh Steelers for finals week. While Okereke hasn’t returned to the near every snap role he was enjoying prior to going down with an injury, he has recorded five solos in each of his games since returning and figures to have another high tackle count opportunity against a struggling Steelers offense. He continues to be one of the more unheralded IDP options at his position, but all he does is produce. Add and start Okereke where needed. 

Kenneth Murray (LB – LAC): 16% rostered on Yahoo!
Murray was strong again in Week 15 and is inching closer to providing IDP managers with some consistency. He recorded six solos, two assists, and one tackle for loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. Murray has a chance to finish the season out strong against a Denver Broncos team whose running game has finally started to gel over the second half of the season. Murray has 22 solos and three tackles for loss over the last three weeks and has been the LB6 overall and the LB7 in fantasy points per game. Murray has finally arrived and needs to be started in all competitive leagues as an LB2 option. 

Defensive Back

Donovan Wilson (S – DAL): 1% rostered on Yahoo!
Donovan Wilson returned from injury in style, racking up six solos, two assists, one interception, and two passes defended. Wilson has been a solid DB3 option since he took over as a permanent starter, but will once again boast DB1 level upside in Week 16. He has the good fortune of taking on a Philadelphia Eagles team allowing the 11th most fantasy points to the safety position for finals week, making him one name available in most leagues that is worth starting in all competitive formats. Wilson can be counted as a high-end DB2 with DB1 upside for fantasy football’s championship week. 

Vonn Bell (S – CIN): 11% rostered on Yahoo!
Vonn Bell was excellent in Week 15’s upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers recording five solos, two assists, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. He made the highlights for his narrative laden bone-jarring hit on JuJu Smith-Schuster but made a steady impact throughout the game. Bell has been the DB1 overall and the DB3 in fantasy points per game since Week 11 and needs to rostered, and started for Week 16. He gets the Texans for finals week and will be a DB1 option with a DB2 floor. He may slide closer to his floor for this matchup, but if the Texans commit to the ground game, he could be in for a big evening against Houston. Ignore Bell at your own peril. 

Adrian Phillips (S – NE): 12% rostered on Yahoo!
The former All-Pro safety continued to produce at a DB1 level in Week 15, racking up six solos, one assist, one sack, and one tackle for loss against the Miami Dolphins. Phillips is the DB6 overall on the season but IDP managers have been extremely slow to believe in the talented safety. He is finally up over 10 percent rostered but should be universally rostered by this point of the season. Phillips can be trusted as a DB1 option for a plus matchup against a Buffalo Bills team surrendering the 12th most fantasy points to the safety position. Get Phillips in lineups wherever possible. 

Kamren Curl (S – WAS): 8% rostered on Yahoo!
Consistency is king in fantasy football, and Kamren Curl has been just that. He has been a DB1 since he took over as a starter following Landon Collins being lost for the season and continued to produce in semifinals week. He has worked his way into the must-start conversation and should be able to produce at that level thanks to having a Carolina Panthers team allowing the 13th most fantasy points to the safety position on tap for Week 16. 92 percent of leagues have slept on Curl. Don’t make that mistake when it matters most. Curl has been a difference maker down the stretch and should continue to be one for finals week. 

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