Week 14 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.
The first week of the fantasy playoffs was a wild one! We saw some big time IDP performances, and unfortunately, some injuries as well. We still have one more game to finish off the week as the Ravens and Browns meet for a big divisional battle Monday night. 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 15 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.
Avery Williamson – LB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 14 stat line: 11 tackles (9 solos), 1 QB hit
The Steeler linebacker unit was without two important pieces this week. Robert Spillane was recently put on IR with a knee injury and Vince Williams was out after being placed on the Covid list. This meant Avery Williamson would be heavily relied upon to step up for the Steeler defense. Williamson got his first start since joining Pittsburgh and played 89% of the defensive snaps, which was his highest snap share as a Steeler. Collecting 11 tackles (nine solos), and one quarterback hit, Williamson produced a very solid IDP outing. With Spillane now out a while, Williamson will be a crucial part of Pittsburgh’s defense down the stretch. If he happens to still be available on your waiver wire, Williamson is a fantastic addition.
Duke Riley – LB – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 14 stat line: 6 tackles (5 solos), 1 interception, 1 pass defended
Philadelphia is another team with a banged up linebacker room. TJ Edwards was out this week with a hamstring injury and former starter Nathan Gerry had surgery on his Achilles meaning he won’t be back anytime soon. With Edwards out, this opened the door for Duke Riley to see more work. Riley played a season-high 90% of the defensive snaps and notched his first interception of the year to go along with his six tackles (5 solos). If Edwards was to be out again this week, Riley would again see extra opportunity. Riley is a fine waiver wire add, but make sure you monitor Edwards’ participation this week.
Todd Davis – LB – Minnesota Vikings
Week 14 stat line: 7 tackles (3 solos)
With Eric Kendricks out again in Week 14, Davis made his second straight start for Minnesota. Just like last week, Davis played every defensive snap for the Vikings defense. Kendricks’ practice participation will be one to monitor again this week. Should he be unable to go, Davis would draw a third consecutive start. If Kendricks puts in some practice time and is ready to roll, Davis would go back to his normal backup role. If you’re a Kendricks manager or in need of linebacker help, Davis is worth an add as a backup plan once again.
Bobby Okereke – LB – Indianapolis Colts
Week 14 stat line: 6 tackles (5 solos), 1 pass defended
Okereke made his return this week after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury. Back in the starting lineup, Okereke was second in linebacker snaps (74%) behind only Darius Leonard (78%). Okereke looks to be back to his old role before the ankle injury and is worth an add if he was dropped while unavailable. Okereke has some nice dynasty appeal and is more of a depth add in redraft in case you need a spot start.
David Long – LB – Tennessee Titans
Week 14 stat line: 5 tackles (2 solos)
Long was featured in last week’s waiver wire article after his role increase in Week 13. This week, Long’s role increased even more has he played every snap for Tennessee. While his IDP output has been modest thus far, the snap share the past two weeks has been there. Opportunity is what we look for in IDP and Long has been getting it lately. Long is only worth an add in deeper leagues where you have the room.
Jermaine Carter – LB – Carolina Panthers
Week 14 stat line: 5 tackles (4 solos)
I previously mentioned Carter in my Week 13 waiver wire article after he supplanted Tahir Whitehead in Carolina. Coming out of Carolina’s Week 13 bye, Carter made his third consecutive start and played a season-high 80% of the snaps. If you’re in a pinch in deeper leagues, Carter is a name to consider.
Azeez Al-Shair – LB – San Francisco 49ers
Week 14 stat line: 5 tackles (4 solos)
Fred Warner exited this week’s game at the start of the second half with a stinger. With Warner out, the 49ers turned to Al-Shair as his replacement. Al-Shair ended up playing 36 defensive snaps and turned in a five tackle (4 solos) performance. In deep roster leagues, Al-Shair is worth a preemptive waiver wire add as we keep tabs on Warner’s health this week.
Alex Highsmith – Edge/DE – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 14 stat line: 1 solo tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hit
I previously brought up Highsmith in last week’s waiver wire article as the Bud Dupree replacement in Pittsburgh. Highsmith has started the past two games and has seen snap shares of 83% in Week 13 and 91% in this week’s game. While he has been generating pressure off the edge, HIghsmith has yet to get home for a sack in his two starts. This week, Highsmith goes up against a weak Cincinnati offensive line that has surrendered 46 sacks on the year. With his spicy matchup and solid snap share, Highsmith is in a good spot to make a big impact for Pittsburgh this week. In leagues where he has an Edge/DE designation, Highsmith is a wavier wire option to look at if available.
Dion Jordan – DE – San Francisco 49ers
Week 14 stat line: 3 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Dion Jordan is a player who has given the 49ers pass rush a boost as of late. In Week 14, Jordan made his first start of the season and played a season-high 78% of the snaps after playing 46% in Week 13. Jordan has registered a sack in each of the past two games and has earned a steady role within the 49er defensive line rotation. This week, Jordan has a decent matchup against a Dallas offensive line who have allowed 34 sacks on the year. In deeper leagues where options are scarce, Jordan is worth considering as a streaming waiver wire option.
Javon Hargrave – DT – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 14 stat line: 4 tackles (2 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 QB hits, 1 fumble recovery
Javon Hargrave was an absolute nuisance for the New Orleans offensive line in Week 14. Hargrave turned in his best IDP performance of the year amassing four tackles (2 solos), two tackles for loss, two sacks, three quarter back hits, and a fumble recovery. Wreaking havoc all afternoon, Hargrave was key in helping Philadelphia pull off the upset against the Saints. Hargrave’s play is starting to ramp up and it’s just in time to help IDP manager’s in the playoffs. In defensive tackle required formats, Hargrave is a great waiver wire grab if available.
Jarran Reed – DT – Seattle Seahawks
Week 14 stat line:2 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 2 QB hits
Reed took advantage of his favorable matchup against the Jets in Week 14 and notched his fifth sack on the season. In Week 15, Reed once again finds himself with a juicy matchup against a Washington offensive line who have yielded 40 sacks on the year. Reed is a great addition in DT required leagues should he be available. In DL grouped formats where you start 3-4 players, Reed is also worth a look should you be in need of defensive line help.
Darnell Savage – S – Green Bay Packers
Week 14 stat line: 8 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Darnell Savage had his best IDP output of the year this week compiling eight solo tackles (season-high), one tackle for loss, one sack, and a quarterback hit. Savage, has been making impact plays for Green Bay’s defense as of late. This week, he notched his first sack of the year. In Week 12, he picked off two passes against Chicago and then added another interception in Week 13 against Philadelphia. It’s also noteworthy that Savage has been seeing a fair amount of snaps in the slot and up in the box. If you’re looking for safety help, Savage is an option to consider if available.
Amani Hooker – S – Tennessee Titans
Week 14 stat line: 7 tackles (5 solos), 1 tackle for loss
The Titans were without Kenny Vaccaro this week due to an illness. Amani Hooker started in his place and played every snap for Tennessee. Hooker turned in a solid IDP outing compiling seven tackles (5 solos) and one tackle for loss. Vaccaro’s practice participation will be one to monitor this week as he recovers from his illness. If he’s unable to go, Hooker would draw another start against Detroit this week.
Matthias Farley – S – New York Jets
Week 14 stat line: 7 tackles (3 solos)
The Jets’ secondary took a hit recently as talented rookie safety Ashtyn Davis was placed on IR with a foot injury. Farley, replaced Davis in Week 13 when he initially suffered the injury. This week Farley got the start next to Marcus Maye and ended up playing 70% of the defensive snaps. Farley should continue to start next to Maye with Davis out, but did get a little dinged up this week so keep an eye on his status. Farley is only really an option in deeper leagues where the waiver wire is bare.
Blessuan Austin – CB – New York Jets
Week 14 stat line: 7 solo tackles
Blessuan Austin returned to the Jets’ starting lineup this week after missing the last three games while on IR with a neck injury. Playing 93% of the snaps in his first week back, Austin collected seven solo tackles on the day. Austin is back in his starting role and should see plenty of action playing for a Jets defense that sees the field often. In cornerback required leagues, Austin is a solid waiver wire option.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s edition of the IDP waiver wire, you can check out all my previous IDP waiver wire articles here. Congratulations to everyone who survived the rugged first week of the fantasy playoffs as it was full of surprises both good and bad. With all the hurdles this year has brought us, it’s important to keep strengthening your IDP squad when you can. Hopefully the players above are some options for managers to do just that. Good luck to everyone in their playoff matchups this week!