Week 14 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups (2021 Fantasy Football)
Week 13 is in the books, and IDP managers are furiously scouring the waiver wire for impact additions. The stretch run is here and it is time to add reinforcements in hopes of winning your league title. There are some new and some old options to consider, some of which will be impact IDP 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.
Kamu Grugier-Hill (LB – HOU): 11%
Kamu went absolutely bonkers in Week 13, racking up 10 solos, 10 assists, one sack, and three tackles for loss. His performance earned him LB2 overall honors for the week, making it four straight games with a top-15 finish. Kamu has been the LB1 in fantasy points per game in that timeframe. He is locked in as a starter despite the return of Christian Kirksey and needs to be taken seriously for the stretch run. Start him as an LB2 option going forward regardless of opponent. He will not always have great matchups like he did against the Colts in Week 13, but he has been rolling and is a must-start until he cools down. Count him as an LB2 with LB1 upside for the fantasy football playoffs.
Azeez Al-Shaair (LB – SF): 14%
Azeez was excellent in Week 13, recording 11 solos, five assists, 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble. The LB4 overall and LB10 in fantasy points per game since Week 9, Azeez is an LB2 option going forward. He needs to be rostered universally, even if it is just to block a rival from using him against you in the playoffs. Azeez has a tremendous Week 13 matchup against a Cincinnati Bengals team, allowing the most fantasy points per game to the linebacker position, and has two more plus matchups to follow with Atlanta and Tennessee on deck. Add Azeez if you happen to play in a league where he is still available.
Drue Tranquill (LB – LAC): 0%
Drue has been excellent for the Chargers this season and kept rolling in Week 13, racking up six solos, four assists, one sack, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended. He has been so good that he has kept former first round pick Kenneth Murray stuck in a reserve role. Drue looks primed to make an impact for the fantasy playoffs and should be added where needed as an LB3 or as a ready-made injury replacement. He is going to be inconsistent but is a strong option for plus matchups against the New York Giants in Week 14 and the Houston Texans in Week 16.
Nick Vigil (LB – MIN): 4%
Nick Vigil played every snap with Eric Kendricks, and Anthony Barr ruled out for Week 13, recording nine solos and six assists. He is not much of an option when Barr and Kendricks are in the lineup but could make an impact if only one of them is healthy, especially if Kendricks misses more time. Make the speculative add where needed and start him as an LB2 option if Kendricks misses more games and an LB3 if Barr misses more time.
Quincy Williams (LB – NYJ): 4%
Quincy Williams has started picking it back up for the New York Jets, recording an exciting seven solos and six assists in Week 13. Quincy has played at least 70 percent of the snaps in each of the last three weeks and figures to continue to see starters snaps throughout the fantasy playoffs. He should be inundated with tackle opportunities against the run for the rest of the season, making him a solid LB3 option with LB2 upside. Add Quincy where needed.
Ernest Jones (LB – LAR): 1%
Ernest Jones stepped it back up in Week 13, tallying five solos, four assists, 0.5 sacks, and one pass defended. He had been sputtering since his Week 8 breakout but could be ready to get back into the swing of things. He will be hard to trust as anything more than an LB3 for now but could put his name back in the LB2 ring with another strong performance. Jones has a pls matchup against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14, giving him LB2 upside. Add and start Jones where needed.
Christian Kirksey (LB – HOU): 4%
Christian Kirksey returned from injured reserve in Week 13 and was immediately back to a near every snap role due to the team suspension of Zach Cunningham. Kirksey was going to supplant him in snaps anyways, but we did not expect to see him play as much as he did in his first game back. Despite the long layoff, Kirksey racked up five solos, two assists, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery. He is back to his LB2 form just in time for the fantasy playoffs and should be an impact piece for those in the championship hunt. Add Kirksey where possible, even if it is just to block an opponent.
Willie Gay Jr. (LB – KC): 1%
Wille Gay flashed his upside in Week 13, racking up four solos, four assists, 0.5 sacks, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended. He has been frustratingly inconsistent since coming back from injury in Week 5 but could make some noise down the stretch. At this point, he is more LB4 stash than an LB3 you will want to start in Week 14. But with another strong performance or two, he could be ready to be plugged into lineups in time for the finals. Make the speculative add where needed.
Kwon Alexander (LB – NO): 1%
Kwon was excellent in Week 13, racking up seven solos and two assists. He has played at least 75 percent of the snaps in each of the last three weeks and put up six or more solos in two of those games. It took him a while to get going since his Week 7 return, but he seems to have found his sea legs right in the nick of time. Kwon is widely available and should be added wherever needed as an LB3 with LB2 upside. He has the New York Jets in Week 14, making him an LB2 option for those who find themselves in a bye week pinch. Add and start Kwon where needed.
Jaelan Phillips (DE – MIA): 11%
Jaelan went off again in Week 13, recording three solos, two sacks, and two tackles for loss. He is up to six sacks in his last three games and gets a Jets team he got a sack on back in Week 11 again in Week 14. Jaelan is rapidly becoming one of the top young pass rushers in the league and has cemented his name in the DL2 conversation for the rest of the season. Lock him in as a DL2 for a plus Week 14 matchup against the New York Jets.
D.J. Wonnum (DE – MIN): 0%
D.J. Wonnum is someone those in deeper leagues will want to consider adding. Wonnum has recorded a sack in each of his last two games and finished Week 13 with two solos, one sack, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended. He is nothing more than a deep league DL3/4, but he has DL2 upside as long as he is getting to the quarterback. He has a tremendous Week 14 matchup against a Pittsburgh Steelers team allowing the second-most fantasy points to the defensive end position, making him a plug and play option for deep leaguers.
Odafe Oweh (DE/LB – BAL): 7%
Oweh has been one of the most impressive rookie edge rushers in the league despite having ‘just’ five sacks. He was impressive again in the plus matchup against the Steelers, producing despite not adding a sack, tallying three solos, two assists, and one pass defended. Week 14 gives him a Cleveland Browns team he recorded a sack against back in Week 12, making him a solid DL3 option for the plus matchup. Add Oweh in deeper leagues where needed.
Ndamukong Suh (DT – TB): 1%
Ndamukong Suh is on a roll. The veteran defensive tackle has five sacks in his last five games, recording at least one sack in four of those five games. He tallied two solos, two assists, two sacks, and two tackles for loss in Week 13 and should be plugged into lineups as a DL3 option until he starts to cool down. He has a tough matchup in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills, but his matchups are tasty for the fantasy football playoffs with New Orleans in Week 15 and then Carolina in Week 16. Add Suh where needed as a streaking DL3 option.
Jayron Kearse (S – DAL): 9%
Jayron was excellent on Thursday night, tallying eight solos, one assist, two tackles for loss, one interception, and one pass defended. He has been producing at a DB2 level since Week 8 and is the DB1 overall and DB2 in fantasy points per game over that time due to consistency. Kearse has forced his way into the DB2 conversation for the stretch run and is a near must-start going forward. Jayron gets a Washington team surrendering the fourth-most fantasy points to the safety position in two of the next three weeks, making Jayron a must-add and start. The type of player you do not want lighting up the boxscore on your opponents’ roster, make the add even if it is just to pancake block your opponent.
Jalen Thompson (S – ARI): 9%
Jalen Thompson has found the consistency that has eluded him for so long, recording five solos in each of his last three weeks. It is his second hot stretch this season, and he will likely still run hot and cold but is worth the add while he is heating up. Thompson recorded seven solos, three assists, one interception, and one pass defended in Week 13 and is a matchup-based DB2 option for Week 14 thanks to a plus matchup against a Los Angeles Rams team relinquishing the third-most fantasy points to the safety position. Add Jalen where still available as you make your final push for playoff positioning.
Divine Deablo (S/LB – LV): 0%
Deablo played a season-high 57 percent of the snaps in Week 13 and could be an impact player down the stretch if Corey Littleton, Denzel Perryman, and Nick Kwiatkoski turn out to have injuries that will cause them to miss any time. The hybrid safety/linebacker recorded eight solos and three assists for the Raiders and could put up LB3/DB2 level numbers if he gets a role with starters snaps over the next few weeks. He is a speculative add for now but could provide a serious boost for those in all league sizes. Add Deablo and let the rest work itself out leading up to game time. He will be an LB3/DB2 option if he gets the start against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.
Tracy Walker (S – DET): 7%
Tracy Walker has been inconsistent this season but saw another one of his peaks in Week 13, recording eight solos and three assists in the Lions victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Walker is enjoying his best stretch of the season and is the DB7 overall since Week 10. Add Walker as a DB2 option with a DB3 floor for the fantasy football playoffs. Walker has a tremendous Week 14 matchup against a Denver Broncos team surrendering the second-most fantasy points to the safety position and should be viewed as a plug-and-play option for this weekend.
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