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    In offense-only leagues, the waiver wire can be a barren wasteland. When you roll with IDP, that is not the case. Who are some of the top undrafted IDP waiver adds to add to your roster?


    Top IDP Waiver Adds

    Cameron(Cam) Thomas, DL, Arizona Cardinals

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    Cam Thomas is my favorite guy to grab after the draft. He is capable of playing anywhere on the line — he has the speed and power he needs to rush the passer. It doesn’t matter if Thomas is playing as an edge or tackle, the guy gets to the quarterback. Two seasons ago, as a DT, he was second in QB pressures in all of college, second to only Christian Baramore.

    In Arizona, Thomas is behind the 31-year-old Markus Golden (OLB), who is in the last year of his contract, and J.J. Watt,(Defensive End). Watt is 33 years old and is in the last year of his contract. A year of playing alongside Watt will really help Thomas.

    DeAngelo Malone, DE, Atlanta Falcons

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    Malone was drafted to a talent-void Falcons line that put up the least QB pressures in the NFL last year. He has the opportunity to be a situational pass rusher in year one. Should he bulk up, Malone could be an every-down player for the Atlanta Falcons.

    Malone was a tackle machine his last two years in college, amassing 193 tackles combined and 19 sacks. If he can continue his high tackle numbers in the pros, he has the potential to give you a solid weekly floor.

    Micah McFadden, LB, New York Giants

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    McFadden is purely an opportunity grab. Last season, the Giants lost their top LB in Blake Martinez and struggled to fill the hole. They trotted out guys like Tae Crowder and Reggie Ragland, but neither of those guys deserved the starting roles they were thrust into last season.

    The addition of Kayvon Thibedox and the growth of Azeez Ojulari should help to keep blockers from getting to the second level, allowing McFadden to diagnose the play and find the soft spot in protection to exploit. McFadden is a capable tackler, with a high football IQ. He could very easily become a starter by midseason.

    Kerby Joseph, S, Detriot Lions

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    Joseph is a third-round draft pick for the Lions.  He was a stellar player in his final season at Illinois, though it was a total surprise. He led the nation with five INTS in 2021, and PFF graded him the top defensive back.  Joseph’s draft stock fell due to a hamstring injury that held him out of some activities.

    The Lions have Will Harris, and newly signed DeShon Elliot, and neither have the play-making ability that Joseph has. Elliot has struggled to stay healthy during his three seasons in the NFL, playing in only 22 games totaling 109 tackles and 1 interception. Harris has been nothing special totaling 171 tackles and 0 INT in 3 seasons. Both Elliot and Harris will be free agents after this season.

     

    IDPs that are worth a waiver add if you have an open roster spot.

    Sam Williams, DT, Dallas Cowboys

    Williams has a great chance playing alongside Demarcus Lawrance to give you viable weekly sack upside while defenses focus on Lawrence. We have seen several players have success opposite Lawrence, including Robert Quinn, and the new Bronco Randy Gregory.

    Trent McDuffie, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

    McDuffie is a great DB pick-up for your roster. He often goes undrafted in our mock drafts because we fade the DB position and take a streaming approach.  McDuffie is the type of talented CB that could be a weekly starter for your IDP roster.

    Nick Cross, S, Indianapolis Colts

    Cross’s draft stock has shot up since the retirement of Khari Willis. If, by some miracle, he is still on waivers, grab him. Cross is the presumed starter with Willis retired.


    Thank you for investing some time in my IDP waiver adds article. If you’d like to read more, you can visit my IDP Guys author page or follow me on Twitter at @FF_Skinnychef. If there is something you would like to see written, DM me. May the waivers be forever in your favor.

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