Week 3 was another action-packed week of football full of surprises and unfortunately injuries. Let’s take a look at some players who make for nice potential additions for your IDP squads.
Week 3 brought us even more exciting football and we still have a heavyweight Monday night matchup to cap it off. This article was written before the conclusion of the Monday night game so unfortunately, it doesn’t include those players. Now it’s time to dive into some potential week four 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 – New York Jets
Week 3 stat line: 9 tackles (5 solos)
Williamson is likely owned in most leagues with any kind of significant roster size. I just wanted to include him in case you run into the instance where a frustrated owner dropped him due to his slow start to the year while coming back from injury. Williamson returned to his starting role this week and played 95% of the snaps. If he happens to be on your waiver wire, he’s a priority add.
Week 3 stat line: 8 tackles (6 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hit, 1 forced fumble
With fellow linebacker Foye Oluokun out this week with a hamstring injury, it was rookie Mykal Walker who drew the start. Walker ended up playing 88% of the defensive snaps and his eight tackles (six solos) led the team. Walker will man the spot next to Deion Jones while Oluokun is out and has looked good with his new opportunities. In dynasty leagues, Walker is a great addition should he be available on your waiver wire and he could continue to push for snaps even when Oluokun returns.
Week 3 stat line: 9 tackles (7 solos)
With Nick Kwiatkoski out the past two weeks, it’s been Nicholas Morrow as the other three-down linebacker next to Cory Littleton. Morrow has played every snap the past two weeks and has been productive from an IDP standpoint. Should Kwiatkoski continue to miss time, Morrow is usable in leagues that start 3-4 linebackers. However, Morrow doesn’t offer much potential as a long term asset in dynasty leagues.
Week 3 stat line: 9 tackles (6 solos)
Christian Kirksey exited this week’s game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and is going to miss next week’s game and possibly even a few more. Second-year man Ty Summers replaced Kirksey as the man in the middle for Green Bay. Summers played the final 44 snaps of the game and wore the green dot calling the plays. Summers looks to get the first shot at replacing Kirksey and is a great waiver wire addition because of the role he inherits.
Week 3 stat line: 2 solos, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
While Williams isn’t a full-time player, he generally averages around the 70% snap mark, which is what he played this past week. Williams has shown well so far this year and even has two sacks already through three games. If he’s on your waiver wire, Williams is a solid pickup as an LB4 type.
Week 3 stat line: 4 tackles (3 solos)
Things seem to be changing in Indianapolis as Bobby Okereke has been passing fellow linebacker Anthony Walker in playing time. Okereke played 85% snaps in Week 2 and 81% in Week 3, compared to Walker’s 56% Week 2 share and 44% in Week 3. While Okereke hasn’t had a big IDP output thus far, that time may be coming with his new opportunities. Okereke is a good dynasty waiver wire addition if available and could be a nice preemptive grab in deeper redraft leagues should he start putting up solid tackle numbers.
Week 3 stat line: 4 solos, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 QB hits
While Barnett didn’t start the game, he did play the same amount of snaps as Josh Sweat at 53%. Barnett had a nice Week 3 performance making the most of his snaps and collecting two sacks. Barnett will likely be in a rotation with Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat going forward, but when healthy Barnett is a solid pass rusher. If he was dropped due to his slow start, Barnett makes for a nice waiver wire addition to add some depth to your pass-rushing unit.
Week 3 stat line: 8 tackles (4 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 2 sacks, 2 QB hits, 1 forced fumble
Carl Lawson is off to a really nice start to the season and had a big Week 3 as you can see in his stat line above. While he only plays in the 50% plus snaps range, he has made the most of his opportunities as his three sacks on the year show. In leagues where you start 3-4 DL/Edge players, Lawson is a fine waiver wire pickup.
Week 3 stat line: 3 tackles (1 solo)
Chase Young left this week’s game with a groin injury, although it has been said not to be serious. Should Young miss any time, Kerrigan’s role will be increased. Kerrigan had a big Week 1 gathering two sacks, but only played a combined 45 defensive snaps in the first two weeks. Kerrigan played 41 snaps this week with Young out and will be relied upon if Young were to be unavailable.
Week 3 stat line: 3 solos, 4 QB hits
Odenigbo was pegged by many as a potential breakout candidate during this offseason. After the Vikings traded for Yannick Ngakoue it seemed Odenigbo’s role took a significant hit. Recent news has come out that Danielle Hunter’s training camp “tweak” is more serious than it was initially led to be. Hunter has a herniated disc in his neck and they aren’t exactly sure when he will return. It sounds like Odenigbo could continue to start for a while and makes for a good waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues if he was dropped due to his role uncertainty.
Week 3 stat line: 4 tackles (3 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 4 QB hits, 1 pass defended
Shelby Harris is off to a solid start to the year and was a disruptive force in Week 3. Harris created all kinds of havoc against Tampa this past week as his 2 sacks and four quarterback hits show. Only playing in the 50% plus snap range each week, Harris has been making good use of his opportunities. Harris is a solid deeper league waiver wire add with a nice Week 4 matchup against the Jets.
Week 3 stat line: 5 tackles (3 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 QB hits
Mills has been manning the strong safety role for the Eagles and has been pretty productive from an IDP perspective. In Week 3, Mills was making plays behind the line producing 1.5sacks and three QB hits. Should Mills be available on your IDP waiver wire he should be viewed in the DB 3/4 range.
Week 3 Stat line: 11 tackles (10 solos)
While Love didn’t get the start this week, he was heavily relied upon after Jabrill Peppers went down with an ankle injury. At the moment, it only looks like Peppers will miss a couple of weeks with a low ankle sprain. Love filled in for Peppers and his 11 tackles (10 solos) paced the team. Love should be plenty busy while Peppers is out and makes for a solid waive wire option for teams in need of safety help.
Week 3 stat line: 9 tackles (3 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
Jenkins exited the Charger’s Week 2 game with a groin injury but was back to his full snap share in Week 3. Not only did he return to playing every defensive snap, but Jenkins had a big Week 3 as you can see in his stat line above. If Jenkins is available on your waiver wire he is a nice safety addition coming off a very productive Week 3 performance.
Week 3 stat line: 8 solos, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass defended
Mike Hilton has been on a tear to start the year amassing 21 tackles (19 solos), two sacks, and an interception through three games. Hilton plays the slot corner role for the Steelers and has seen his playing time increase each week. He appeared in a season-high 79% of the defensive snaps in Week 3 and is a must-add in CB-required leagues – if available. Mike Hilton is also worth a waiver wire add in leagues that use a DB grouped format.
While Week 3 wasn’t near as brutal as Week 2 from an injury perspective, we still, unfortunately, saw some notable IDP players go down. Listed above are some players who could help bolster your IDP squads whether you’ve been hit by the injury bug or are just looking to spice it up. As situations and roles change it’s always important to follow the snaps.
**Be sure to check out Morgan McLane’s offensive waiver wire article over a Dynasty Football Digest which you can view here.