Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups (2021 Fantasy Football)
Week 2 is in the books, and IDP managers are furiously scouring the waiver wire for impact additions. The first few weeks of the season always provides some new options to consider, some of who will be impact starters for the rest of the season. The names below all seem to qualify and may very well be available in your leagues. Let’s take a look at some of the names that are worth some of your free agent budget.
Greg Rousseau (DE – BUF): 1% rostered on Yahoo
Rousseau played 66 percent of the snaps in Week 2, racking up two sacks against the Miami Dolphins. He tallied three solos, two assists, two sacks, and two tackles for loss. He is now playing starters snaps instead of the head of committee snaps he saw in Week 1 and should only see his role grow after his breakout performance. Rousseau is likely going to be remembered as one of the steals of the 2021 NFL Draft, and IDP rookie drafts, for that matter. The doubters have already been converted. Rousseau has proven that his elite freshman season for Miami was no fluke and is looking like one of the top young edge rushers in the league just two games into his career. Washington and Houston are up next for the pass rusher, so add him wherever possible.
Payton Turner (DE – NO): 1% rostered on Yahoo
Rookie Payton Turner was given a larger role with Marcus Davenport on short-term I.R., and he responded with an excellent four solos, one assist, one sack, and three tackles for loss. Suffice it to say that the Saints have themselves a gem in Turner. The Saints were thought to have a hole after losing the next man on this list this past offseason, but the shrewd addition of Turner at the end of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft looks like it is paying immediate dividends. Turner played 41 percent of the snaps in Week 2 after not seeing the field in Week 1 and should be up over 50 percent going forward, at least until Davenport returns. Turner should be added in deeper IDP leagues immediately.
Trey Hendrickson (DE – CIN): 3% rostered on Yahoo
Trey Hendrickson was one of the top IDP waiver adds of 2020 and somehow is rostered in just three percent of leagues despite landing a full-time starting gig with the Cincinnati Bengals. Try and figure that one out. Hendrickson was strong in Week 2, tallying one solo, two assists, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. He should continue to be a nuisance for opposing offensive lines and has a chance to be just that against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. Hendrickson is a known commodity coming off of a 13.5 sack season. Stop sleeping.
Grant Delpit (S – CLE): 0% rostered on Yahoo
Delpit made the most of the 43 percent of the snaps given to him in his Browns debut and reminded the world why he was such a highly regarded prospect ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. He missed his entire rookie season due to injury and was not on the field for Week 1, so he did his best to earn more snaps in his first NFL action. He racked up three solos, two assists, one sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Delpit is one of the top IDP waiver wire targets of Week 2 due to his elite DB1 upside. He showed off some of his goods in Week 1 and could be a legit DB2 starter by Week 4. Add him wherever possible.
Taylor Rapp (S – LAR): 4% rostered on Yahoo
Maybe IDP managers missed the memo; Taylor Rapp is a starter again for the Rams. A proven IDP asset when starting, Rapp proved it, yet again, racking up seven solos, two assists, 0.5 sacks, and one tackle for loss in Week 2. There is no excuse for him to still be on your wire, and there is absolutely no reason that he should only be rostered in four percent of Yahoo leagues. Add the weekly DB1 candidate where possible, even if it is just to block your rivals.
Josh Uche (LB/DE – NE): 0% rostered on Yahoo
Josh Uche looked excellent against Jacoby Brissett, racking up three solos, two sacks, and two tackles for loss against the career backup. Brissett looked absolutely awful in Week 2, so Uche’s breakout performance should be given context, but the fact remains that Uche may have finally successfully made his bid for an increased role in the Patriots defensive scheme. He is now up to three sacks on the season and should start to see more than 50 percent of the snaps going forward. One of our favorite pass rushers from the 2020 NFL Draft class, Uche should be an impact addition for any IDP roster now that he has earned a sizable role.
Solomon Thomas (DT – LV): 0% rostered on Yahoo
We had a Solomon Thomas sighting in Week 2. Now with the Las Vegas Raiders, Thomas racked up two solos, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and one pass defended in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. Thomas will be inconsistent but is a solid addition in deeper leagues or leagues that have one or more starters at DT. Add Thomas where needed.
Denzel Perryman (LB – LV): 1% rostered on Yahoo
Veteran linebacker Denzel Perryman appears to be locked into a starter’s role for the Las Vegas Raiders and has been a top deep league addition through two weeks of play. He recorded six solos, six assists, and one tackle for loss in Week 2 and had an even better fantasy stat line in Week 1. He is playing 75 percent of the snaps for the Raiders and needs to be started taken seriously in shallower formats. He has produced like an LB2 as a Raider, and there is no reason to think that it will stop anytime soon. Add the wily vet where possible.
Logan Wilson (LB – CIN): 5% rostered on Yahoo
Logan Wilson is the linebacker to roster in Bengal land, and he has made good on his starting gig. He continues to rack up the tackles and is starting to make more of an impact against the pass. In Week 2, he tallied three solos, six assists, one interception, and one pass defended on 95 percent of the snaps. His low rostered percentage is quite surprising for a player everyone knew was the starter in Cincinnati, but we often see some strange things at the start of any IDP fantasy season. Add Wilson wherever possible as an LB3 who should produce like a lower-end LB2.
Daniel Sorensen (S – KC): 6% rostered on Yahoo
Sorensen was excellent in 2020, and after a slow start to the season, he looks to be rounding back into the form that made him a difference-making IDP addition. He racked up seven solos, three assists, one sack, and two tackles for loss against the Ravens in Week 2 and should be a solid DB2 option going forward. His outing against the Ravens may prove to be one of his best outings of the season, but circle Week 4 as another proving ground for his matchup-based DB1 upside. Sorensen should be on rosters in all competitive IDP leagues.
Nick Bolton (LB – KC): 2% rostered on Yahoo
Nick Bolton continues to be an IDP force for the Kansas City Chiefs, most recently racking up eight solos, one assist, and one tackle for loss in a plus matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. Bolton jumped to 83 percent of the snaps in Week 2 and will not be relinquishing his role if he continues to play so well. With Micah Parson shifting to defensive end for the depleted Cowboys defensive line, Zaven Collins getting the Cardinals treatment, and Jamin Davis playing a part-time role, Bolton may very well be the top producing rookie linebacker in 2021. Add Bolton wherever possible as an impact LB2 option.
Nasir Adderley (S – LAC): 1% rostered on Yahoo
Adderley was excellent in Week 2, racking up eight solos, one assist, and one pass defended against the Dallas Cowboys. Adderley flashed last season, and it looks like he will still be able to be a viable IDP option when playing beside Derwin James. Add Adderley as a DB3 option with matchup-based DB2 upside.
De’Vondre Campbell (LB – GB): 5% rostered on Yahoo
One of the more underrated offseason additions, De’Vondre Campbell, went off for 10 solos, three assists, one interception, and one pass defended for the Green Bay Packers. Campbell made waves as a waiver wire addition in 2020 despite playing on one of the worst defenses in the league and should be even better on a defensive front with some top-level talent. Campbell is excellent in coverage and has proven consistency as a tackler. Add Campbell wherever possible, as this will likely be the last week that he is available in competitive leagues.
Alex Anzalone (LB – DET): 0% rostered on Yahoo
Anzalone has played every snap for the Lions in each of the first two weeks of the season and needs to be taken seriously. He racked up eight solos and two assists on Monday Night Football, showing off LB2 upside. We did not know what to expect from the former New Orleans Saints backup middle linebacker, but the early returns have been positive. He was quiet in Week 1, but his Week 2 performance should put him on fantasy radars in all but the shallowest of leagues. He is an LB3 option for now but could work his way into the LB2 conversation with another few strong performances. Add Anzalone where possible.
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