Week 11 was yet another action packed week of football. Let’s take a look at some players who make for nice potential waiver wire additions for your IDP squads.
Week 11 is just about in the books as we still have a Monday night match-up to cap it off. This article was written before the conclusion of that game so unfortunately, it doesn’t include those players. Now it’s time to dive into some potential Week 12 waiver wire additions.
Disclaimer: All league sizes and formats are different. Meaning some of these players may or may not be available in your league. Each week I’ll be doing my best to cover a wide enough base of scenarios. If you ever have any league specific questions, I’m always willing to help and so is our fantastic team here at IDP Guys.
Isaiah Simmons – LB – Arizona Cardinals
Week 11 stat line: 10 tackles (9 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Simmons finally had the breakout game us IDP managers have been waiting for in Week 11. He played his highest snap share of the year at 68% and put up a big time IDP performance (see stat line above). After being used sparingly in his first seven games, Simmons’ playing time has picked up over his last three outings. With his latest impactful showing and recent increase in playing time, things are trending in the right direction for the first round rookie. I doubt Simmons is available in any dynasty formats as he was one of the top IDP rookies off the board. In redraft leagues however, if Simmons is available on your waiver wire he is fine pickup. That being said, keep an eye on his playing time going forward.
Harvey Langi – LB – New York Jets
Week 11 stat line: 11 tackles (8 solos)
Since the Avery Williamson trade went down, it’s been Harvey Langi manning the spot next to Neville Hewitt for the Jets defense. Langi has started the last two games and played 95% of the snaps in Week 9 and 93% in Week 11. Over that two week span, Langi has been very productive from an IDP stand point collecting 21 tackles (17 solos) and one quarterback hit. While I thought Blake Cashman would be in the mix, he just can’t seem to get healthy as he was once again out Week 11 nursing a hamstring injury. Langi is a solid waiver wire addition while he is holding down the starting spot for the Jets.
Will Compton – LB – Tennessee Titans
Week 11 stat line: 6 tackles (3 solos)
The Tennessee Titans defense suffered a huge loss on Sunday as linebacker Jayon Brown suffered a season ending elbow injury. After Brown left the game, Compton was tasked with filling in his spot in the middle of the defense. Compton ended up finishing the day with six tackles (3 solos) and played 33 defensive snaps. While Compton isn’t a flashy talent by any means, he has had some productive IDP years in the past. Whoever replaces Brown for Tennessee will be worth grabbing, especially at this point in the year. Compton got the first shot at replacing Brown on Sunday, making him worth a look in leagues where managers are in need of linebacker help. However, it is a situation to keep close tabs on going forward.
David Long – LB – Tennessee Titans
Week 11 stat line: None
David Long was the Titans’ sixth round pick in the 2019 draft and has been mostly a depth and special teams player over his first two years. Coming out of West Virginia, Long had a big 2018 season as a junior amassing 108 tackles (79 solos) and seven sacks. So while he hasn’t had a chance to play much yet, there is some intrigue talent wise with Long. Last year, Long was the one who filled in for Brown when he was out. Unfortunately, Long has been out the past two weeks after being placed on the Covid/IR list. When Long is able to return, there is a chance he gets some run at linebacker next to Rashaan Evans. In deeper leagues or on rosters where you have the room, Long is worth an add as we see how the Jayon Brown replacement situation shakes out.
Derek Wolfe – DE – Baltimore Ravens
Week 11 stat line: 6 tackles (2 solos), 1 tackle for loss
With Calais Campbell missing the last two contests for Baltimore, Derek Wolfe has seen his role increase along the Ravens front. Wolfe has started the last two games and has seen his highest snap shares at 85% and 80% in Week 10 and Week 11 respectively. While he hasn’t recorded a sack, Wolfe has collected 13 tackles (5 solos), one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hit over that two week stretch. Campbell’s status for this weeks game is uncertain, so Wolfe could once again be a key contributor for Baltimore’s defensive line. In leagues where you need defensive line help Wolfe is a waiver wire option to consider.
Dorance Armstrong – DE – Dallas Cowboys
Week 11 stat line: 5 tackles (3 solos)
With all the changes along the Dallas defensive front this year, there has been a steady rotation of players being mixed in. This week Armstrong saw his biggest snap share of the year playing 58% of the defensive snaps. Armstrong also had his most productive outing of the year as he collected five tackles (3 solos) on the day. In Week 12, Dallas goes up against a Washington offensive line that is prone to giving up sacks allowing 32 on the year. This makes Armstrong an intriguing streaming option especially in deeper leagues as he should be available. At this point in the year the waiver wire is thin, so this is a potential matchup to exploit if your options are bleak.
Javon Hargrave – DT – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 11 stat line: 7 tackles (3 solos)
Coming off a career year in 2019, Javon Hargrave hasn’t had the year that Eagle fans and IDP managers had hoped for so far. He did however battle injuries to start the year which might have affected his play. In Week 11, Hargrave led all Philadelphia defensive tackles in playing time playing a season-high 73% of the defensive snaps. Hargrave made good use of those snaps as he recorded seven tackles (3 solos). Coming off a nice Week 11 performance, Hargrave draws a Seattle offensive line next that has allowed 33 sacks on the year. In defensive tackle required leagues, Hargrave is a good option if available. In deeper leagues that use a DL grouped format, Hargrave is worth considering as well where you start 3-4 players.
Ashtyn Davis – S – New York Jets
Week 11 stat line: 12 tackles (8 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 fumble recovery
After the Jets placed Bradley McDougald on IR with a shoulder injury, third round rookie Ashtyn Davis was inserted into the starting lineup. Davis had a bit a learning curve at first, but is starting to settle in nicely next to Marcus Maye. In Week 11, Davis produced his biggest IDP outing to date compiling 12 tackles (8 solos), one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Davis was one of my favorite rookie safeties in this year’s class and his talent is starting to show up on the field. With a full time roll and coming off a hot Week 11, Davis is a good waiver wire pickup if available.
Karl Joseph – S – Cleveland Browns
Week 11 stat line: 3 solo tackles, 1 fumble recovery
After starting safety Ronnie Harrison exited this week’s game with a knee injury, Joseph filled in as his replacement. Right now, it sounds like Harrison has avoided a major injury and is considered day to day. Should Harrison be unable to go this week, Karl Joseph would likely start as his replacement. Joseph has been productive when on the field, but has struggled with injury throughout his career. At this point in the season with the waiver wire picked over, Joseph is worth a look should he be tasked with starting if Harrison is out this week.
Juston Burris – S – Carolina Panthers
Week 11 stat line: 6 tackles (5 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 2 passes defended
Burris began the year starting at safety for Carolina, but unfortunately suffered a rib injury that landed him on IR causing him to miss three games. While he returned to the field in Week 10, he didn’t start or see a full time snap share. In Week 11 however, Burris was back to his starting spot and played every defensive snap. Burris had a nice IDP outing as he recorded six tackles (5 solos), one tackle for loss, and two passes defended. In deeper leagues where options are scarce, Burris is worth a look.
Kevin King – CB – Green Bay Packers
Week 11 stat line: 7 tackles (5 solos)
After missing the past five games with a quadriceps injury, King made his return to the starting lineup in Week 11 and played every snap. King had a solid IDP outing as he produced seven tackles (5 solos) on the day. Playing across from Jaire Alexander, King is a nice spot for IDP production as he should see plenty of targets going forward. If King can stay healthy, he could provide some solid production for managers in cornerback required leagues down the stretch.
Fist off, I want to give a big thanks to my dude @JoeyTheToothIDP for filling in for me while I was away last week. He wrote a fantastic waiver wire article that you can view here. At this point in the year options are getting slimmer and slimmer as the waiver wire has been picked over like a Black Friday sale. So finding players who could be spot starts or add depth to your roster is important, especially in this crazy year. Thanks for tuning in to this weeks addition of the IDP waiver wire and you can check out all my previous IDP waiver wire articles here. Stay safe everyone and have a Happy Thanksgiving!