A lot has happened through the first five weeks of the NFL season as there’s been plenty of ups and downs. Let’s take a look at some players who make for nice potential waiver wire additions for your IDP squads.
Week 5 is just about in the books as we still have two games to cap it off on Monday and Tuesday. This article was written before the conclusion of those games so unfortunately, it doesn’t include those players. Now it’s time to dive into some potential week six 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.
Week 5 stat line: 14 tackles (12 solos), 1 tackle for loss
After missing Week 3 with an injury, Oluokun has been on fire the past two weeks. In that time frame he has amassed 22 tackles (17 solos) and one tackle for loss. He also has been playing a healthy snap share since coming back as he’s been on the field for 97% of the snaps in both Weeks 4 and 5. In deeper roster leagues there is a good chance Oluokun is already rostered. If by chance he is available in your league Oluokun is a priority waiver wire add.
Week 5 stat line: 7 tackles (5 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hit
With Myles Jack out this week with an ankle injury, Dakota Allen stepped up to fill Jack’s role at weakside linebacker. Allen did a solid job filling in and his seven tackles (five solos) tied for the team lead. If Jack were to miss another week Allen is someone you can plug into your lineup. Once Jack returns and shows he’s healthy, Allen will go back to the bench. Keep an eye on the situation as practice reports come out this week.
Week 5 stat line: 13 tackles (7 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble
Duke Riley saw his highest snap share since Week 1 playing 75% of the defensive snaps this week. He made good use of those snaps as his 13 tackles (7 solos) were a team-high. With fellow linebacker T.J. Edwards recently put on IR, Riley could continue to see added usage going forward. Coming off a big Week 5, Riley is worth a waiver wire grab in deeper leagues as we see if his snap share continues to grow.
Note: Riley left the game with an undisclosed injury, but checked out fine after the game. Coach Doug Peterson expects him to practice this week, but we know how forthcoming coaches can be. If you do pick him up, monitor his status throughout the week.
Week 5 stat line: 13 tackles (7 solos), 1 tackle for loss
Adams got the start this week subbing in for Bernardrick McKinney who was out with a shoulder injury. Playing 89% of the defensive snaps, Adams did fine work with his opportunities and led the team with 13 tackles (7 solos). Should McKinney miss any more time, Adams should continue to be usable as his replacement. Keep an eye on practice reports as they come out this week.
Week 5 stat line: 11 tackles (8 solos), 2 tackle for loss, 3 sacks, 3 QB hits
Troy Reeder was another linebacker who filled in due to injury. With Micah Kiser out nursing a groin injury, it was Reeder who got the most run at linebacker playing 89% of the defensive snaps. Reeder turned those snaps into a massive IDP output (see stat line above). While I wouldn’t expect a game like this again, if Kiser were to be out again Reeder looks to be his replacement. This is another situation to keep an eye on during this week of practice.
Week 5 stat line: 5 tackles (2 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 QB hits
Coming out of Pittsburgh’s unexpected Week 4 bye, Stephon Tuitt had himself a nice game along the Steeler front. Tuitt doesn’t get talked about as much as some of the other Pittsburgh defenders, but he is off to a nice start to the year collecting three and a half sacks through four games. Tuitt is a fantastic waiver wire pickup should he be available with his solid start to the year and steady snap share in the 70-80% range.
Week 5 stat line: 7 tackles (3 solos), 1 tackle for loss
After a disappointing Week 4 performance where Autry didn’t record a single stat, he bounced back very nicely this week. Autry tied for third on the team in tackles with seven (3 solos) and even added a tackle for loss. Playing 76% of the defensive snaps on the year, Autry is seeing a nice snap share through five weeks. Depending on your platform Autry may be labeled a defensive tackle or a defensive end. In defensive tackle required formats where he has that tag, he’s a solid add if available. He also is a good waiver wire pickup in DL grouped formats as this week he gets a Cincinnati offensive line that just gave up seven sacks in Week 5.
Week 5 stat line: 2 solos, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 3 QB hits
With defensive end Josh Allen out this week with a knee injury, it was Smoot who got the start. Smoot ended up playing 69% of the defensive snaps and registered a sack and three quarterback hits on the day. Smoot is worth a waiver wire add in deep leagues for managers in need of pass rusher help should Allen sit again. Watch Allen’s practice participation as the week unfolds.
Week 5 stat line: 4 tackles (1 solo), .5 sack, 1 QB hit
It’s been a slow start to the season for Hargrave as he battled a pectoral injury that caused him to miss Week 1. Coming back his snap shares have increased each week and Hargrave played a season-high 65% of the defensive snaps in Week 5. He also had his best IDP output so far this season in Week 5 producing four tackles (1 solo), half a sack, and one quarterback hit. In defensive tackle required formats, Hargrave is worth a pickup if you have the room as the hope is he is getting back to his pre-injury form.
Week 5 stat line: 4 solo tackles
Gipson has been holding down the safety spot next to Eddie Jackson in Chicago and has played every defensive snap through five games. That type of reliability is a welcomed sight to us IDP managers. While Gipson had a modest Week 5 producing only four solo tackles, his overall IDP output has been solid to start the year. In leagues where you need safety help, Gipson is a fine waiver wire add if available.
Week 5 stat line: 5 tackles (2 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit
After the Ravens released veteran Earl Thomas before the season they turned to Elliot to fill his role in the defense. Elliot has started all five games so far and has played 97% of the defensive snaps on the year. Elliot had a nice Week 5 performance and even made plays behind the line as his two tackles for loss and one sack show. With a steady role and respectable production, Elliot is worth a look if available on the waiver wire.
Week 5 stat line: 3 tackles (2 solos), 1 interception, 1 pass defended
After being placed on IR and missing Weeks 2-4, Wilson returned to the starting lineup and played every snap in Week 5. Wilson didn’t produce a big tackle total but did end up snagging an interception in his first game back. In deeper leagues, Wilson is a solid add if you need help at the safety position as he should be back to his every-down role going forward.
Week 5 stat line: 11 tackles (8 solos)
Pierre Desir has been lighting it up from an IDP standpoint in the past two weeks. Over that time frame, he has compiled 19 tackles (15 solos), two interceptions, two passes defended, and one touchdown. That’s a pretty productive two-week stretch. Desir has started the past three games for the Jets and has played all but one snap during that time. In cornerback required leagues, Desir is a great pickup if available. Desir is also usable in leagues that use a DB grouped format if the wire is thin.
As I stated in the article, some of the players listed above were filling in for injured starters at their respective position. While they had productive weeks, they could be relegated back to the bench should said starter show they’re healthy enough to return. So it is important to watch the practice reports coming out this week and on top of that always remember 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.