Week 6 had some surprises and injuries on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look at some players who make for nice potential waiver wire additions for your IDP squads.
Week 6 is just about in the books as we still have two games to cap it off on Monday night. 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 seven 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.
Dre Greenlaw – LB – San Francisco 49ers
Week 6 stat line: 8 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss
Greenlaw had a stellar rookie season in 2019 filling in for an injured Kwon Alexander. He’s been the odd man out to start the year as far as playing time goes, but this week played every snap while Alexander was out with a high ankle sprain. Greenlaw had a solid Week 6 performance and is a good start while Kwon is out. If Greenlaw is available on your waiver wire he’s a great add while he’s getting a full snap share.
Tyrell Adams – LB – Houston Texans
Week 6 stat line: 8 tackles (6 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 2 passes defended
I previously mentioned Adams in last week’s waiver wire article. With Bernardrick McKinney now out for the rest of the year I just wanted to mention Adams again. Adams has lit it up in his first two weeks replacing McKinney and is a fantastic add if he’s still available on your waiver wire.
Week 6 stat line: 10 tackles (7 solos)
In Week 4, with Christian Kirskey out, the inside linebacker snaps were distributed in this fashion Krys Barnes 54% and Ty Summers 74%. In Week 6, we saw a definite change as Barnes played 88% of the defensive snaps compared to Summers’ 34%. It appears the Packers are favoring Barnes as Kirksey’s replacement while he’s out. Barnes produced well from an IDP stand point this week and his 10 tackles (7 solos) led the team. Barnes is a good add while Kirksey is out as the three-down linebacker role in Green Bay is a productive spot for IDP. In dynasty, Barnes makes for nice taxi squad stash if available.
Robert Spillane – LB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 6 stat line: 6 tackles (5 solos), 1 tackle for loss
The Pittsburgh defense suffered a huge loss on Sunday as Devin Bush tore his ACL and is now out the rest of the season. Spillane was the next man up after Bush went down and played well filling in. Spillane even stayed on the field as the lone linebacker in the Steeler’s dime package. While Spillane looks to be the one to get the first shot at Bush’s spot, Coach Tomlin did mention they might use multiple players to fill the role. It’s also possible Vince Williams sees an uptick in usage. This is definitely a situation to watch going forward, but Spillane looks to be worth a waiver wire grab in deeper leagues.
Alex Singleton – LB – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 6 stat line: 9 tackles (4 solos)
With Duke Riley out this week, Alex Singleton got his first start of the year and played a season-high 89% of the snaps. Another thing to note is Singleton wore the green dot calling the plays this week instead of Nate Gerry. Philadelphia’s linebacker unit has been rough to say the least, so maybe Singleton has earned himself some added looks going forward. Singleton is worth a pickup in deeper leagues as we see how his role develops in the coming weeks.
Week 6 stat line: 2 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 QB hits, 1 fumble recovery
Okwara has had a good start to his 2020 season and has seen his playing time increase to 74% snaps in Week 4 and 75% in Week 6. While he didn’t register a sack this week, Okwara did get home in both Week 3 and Week 4. Even though he didn’t record a sack this past week, Okwara had a productive game and made a few plays behind the line as his tackle for loss and two quarterback hits show. With bye weeks and injuries hitting, Okwara is a solid waiver wire addition for teams looking for pass rusher help.
Week 6 stat line: 5 tackles (3 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 OB hits
Malik Reed has started the past two games for Denver and saw his biggest snap share of the year this week playing 86% of the defensive snaps. Reed made excellent use of those snaps compiling five tackles (3 solos), two tackles for loss, two sacks, and three quarterback hits. Rushing off the edge opposite of Bradley Chubb is a nice place to be and Reed registered his first sacks of the year this week. In leagues where Reed has Edge eligibility, he’s a nice pickup coming off a big Week 6 performance.
Dalvin Tomlinson – DT – New York Giants
Week 6 stat line: 8 tackles (1 solo), 1 QB hit
Tomlinson has quietly had a very nice start to the year and is among the top scorers from the defensive tackle position so far. Over the past two weeks he’s amassed 14 tackles (5 solos), two tackles for loss, one sack, and two quarterback hits. In defensive tackle required leagues Tomlinson is a fantastic waiver wire add and he also could be used in leagues that start 3-4 DL in a grouped format. It’s also noteworthy that Tomlinson plays Philadelphia this week who just surrendered six sacks to Baltimore in Week 6.
Larry Ogunjobi – DT – Cleveland Browns
Week 6 stat line: 5 tackles (4 solos), 1 tackle for loss
In Week 6, Ogunjobi saw his highest snap share of the year playing 85% of the defensive snaps and produced a solid IDP output. Ogunjobi is a talented interior pass rusher as he has averaged 51 combined tackles, 10 tackles for loss and five and a half sacks the last two seasons. After a slower start to the year, hopefully Ogunjobi is back on track. Ogunjobi is a good pickup in defensive tackle required leagues as he draws a weak Cincinnati offensive line in Week 7.
Adrian Phillips – S – New England Patriots
Week 6 stat line: 11 tackles (5 solos), 2 tackles for loss
With Phillips having a lackluster Week 4 output and a Week 5 bye, there is a chance he was dropped by a frustrated manager. Phillips had a very productive Week 6 and his 11 tackles (5 solos) were second on the team. Phillips also saw his season-high in snaps at 80% this week. If he can stay around that 80% snap range, Phillips has a solid tackle floor at safety as he does his best work up in the box. Managers looking for safety help should look to see if Philips is on the waiver wire to help out.
Tre Boston – S – Carolina Panthers
Week 6 stat line: 8 tackles (5 solos), 1 pass defended
Tre Boston isn’t the flashiest safety name in the IDP game, but he is out there every snap which is a big plus, especially in this crazy season. Boston plays every down and had his highest tackle output of the year in Week 6 producing eight tackles (5 solos). In deeper leagues where managers play 3-4 defensive backs, Boston is someone who can be used with bye weeks and injuries hitting.
Deshazor Everett – S – Washington
Week 6 stat line: 6 tackles (3 solos), 1 pass defended
Washington made a change at the free safety position this week as Everett started over fellow safety Troy Apke. Everett played 96% of the defensive snaps and produced six tackles (3 solos) and one pass defended in his first start. Everett is more of a deep league waiver wire pickup for teams looking for safety depth.
Malcolm Butler – CB – Tennessee Titans
Week 6 stat line: 8 solo tackles, 1 pass defended
Malcolm Butler has been on a tear the past two weeks. In that time, Butler has amassed 15 solo tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions, and three passes defended. Butler also possesses a solid snap share as he has played 93% of the Titans defensive snaps on the year. In the event he’s available in cornerback required leagues, Butler is definitely worth a pickup. Butler could also be used in DB grouped formats should the waiver wire be thin.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s edition of the IDP waiver wire. This is as crazy of a year as we have seen so it is definitely important to continue to keep up with the trends and add depth to your roster. As always, remember to follow the snaps.