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  • Waiver Wire Week 13 Pick-ups: IDP

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    Who are some names to know in your IDP leagues after a wild Week 12? Let’s take a look at a list of players who make for potential waiver wire Week 13 additions to your IDP squads.

    Week 12 brought us another action-packed week of football with plenty to digest. We still have one more game to cap it off, as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Football Team on Monday night. The waiver wire Week 13 IDP 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 waiver wire Week 13 IDP 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.


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    Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Cleveland Browns

    Week 12 Stats: 12 tackles (6 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1/2 sack, 1 QB hit

    Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah played his highest snap share this week (84%) since returning from his ankle injury in Week 10. The rookie linebacker made his presence felt with the added snaps, producing his biggest IDP output of the year (see stats above). The 68 defensive snaps were a big jump from the previous weeks as he played 21 snaps and 14 snaps in Week 10 and Week 11, respectively. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.

    This is more of a redraft waiver wire add as Owusu-Koramoah is certainly rostered in dynasty formats. Due to his injury and scarce playing time among returning, there’s a chance he was dropped in some formats. I thought it was worth mentioning in case someone reading indeed checked the wire and his name was there. 

    Cleveland does have a Week 13 bye, but I’m grabbing Owusu-Koramoah where available for the stretch run. Oh and he squares off against Baltimore again in Week 14 after the bye, could another big game be in store? Let’s Go!

    Mykal Walker, LB, Atlanta Falcons

    Week 12 Stats: 12 tackles (6 solos), 1 pass defended, 1 QB hit

    With Deion Jones out in Week 12 nursing a shoulder injury, Mykal Walker was tasked with stepping up for Atlanta and he did just that. Walker played a season-high 72 defensive snaps (99%) this week, his previous high was 23 snaps (30%) in Week 10. Putting those added snaps to good use, Walker had himself a day posting a team-high 12 tackles (6 solos). It was a promising showing for the second-year man out of Fresno State.

    Walker’s value this coming week will depend on whether or not Jones is able to go. If Jones is forced to miss time, Walker looks to have a prominent role alongside Foyesade Oluokun. If you’re a Jones manager, picking up Walker is a solid move to solidify that spot if you have the room. I also recommend picking up Walker if you’re not a Jones manager as we see how this all shakes out. Walker is a young player with some game who could inherit a nice role if Jones is unable to go.

    Alec Ogletree, LB, Chicago Bears

    Week 12 Stats: 5 tackles (2 solos)

    The Bears linebacker unit has suffered some unfortunate injuries lately. Danny Trevathan was recently placed on season-ending IR, but more importantly star Roquan Smith suffered a hamstring injury on Thanksgiving. If Smith were to miss any time it would be a big blow to the Bears and IDP managers alike.

    After Smith left, Ogletree filled in as the lead man and play caller for the Chicago defense. If you're a Smith manager and have room, Ogletree is worth considering as insurance in case he misses time. In deeper leagues, Ogletree is worth a waiver wire add as he has some stand alone value with Trevathan out. 

    Nick Vigil, LB, Minnesota Vikings

    Week 12 Stats: 8 tackles (4 solos), 1 tackle for loss

    With Anthony Barr suffering a hamstring injury this week, Nick Vigil saw added reps against San Francisco. Vigil ended up playing 57 defensive snaps (81%) and turned in a solid eight tackle (4 solos) performance. If Barr were forced to miss any extended time, Vigil would slide into a full-time role as he did earlier in the year. Vigil is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues as we monitor Barr's practice participation this week.

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    Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys

    Week 12 Stats: Did Not Play

    It sounds like the Dallas pass rush is about to get a big boost this week and so could your IDP squads. Everything coming out of Dallas points to Demarcus Lawrence making his much anticipated return this week. Lawrence has been out since Week 1, after he suffered a foot injury that placed him on IR.

    When healthy, Lawrence is an impact player at the defensive end position from both an IDP and NFL perspective. Dallas may choose to ease him in initially, but I expect him to get back to his 60-70% snap share once he's ready to rock. If Lawrence happens to be sitting on your waiver wire, he's a priority add this week as he makes his return.

    Bradley Chubb, Edge, Denver Broncos

    Week 12 Stats: None

    Bradley Chubb is another pass rusher who recently returned from injury. Chubb has been out since Week 2 after he required ankle surgery and was placed on IR. In his return, Chubb played 30 defensive snaps (42%) as the Broncos seemingly lightened his workload in his first game back. 

    While Chubb didn't record any stats this week, I certainly think there will be better days ahead. Chubb has struggled a bit with injuries, but there is no denying his talent when he's healthy. In leagues where he has Edge/DL eligibility, Chubb could be an impact waiver wire add down the stretch where available. 

    Jacob Martin, Edge, Houston Texans

    Week 12 Stats: 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit

    After a quiet start to the year, Jacob Martin is making plenty of noise as of late. Martin has now recorded a sack in three straight games and has also forced two fumbles over that stretch. Martin has definitely been making his presence felt off the edge as of late.

    Snap share wise, Martin has a solid role as he's played 45 snaps (60%) in Week 9, 65 snaps (80%) in Week 11, and 47 snaps (70%) this week. Week 13 will be a tougher task for Martin against Indianapolis, but in Week 14 he has a nice matchup against a weaker pass blocking Seattle offensive line. If you're looking for Edge/DL help, Martin is definitely worth a look.

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    Jordan Whitehead, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 12 Stats: 8 tackles (6 solos)

    While he doesn't get talked about as much as teammate Antoine Winfield, Jordan Whitehead has been stringing together some solid outings lately. While he had a stinker in Week 11 (3 tackles), Whitehead produced 10 tackles (9 solos) in Week 9, nine tackles (5 solos) in Week 10, and another eight tackles (6 solos) this week. That's three pretty solid IDP outputs in his last four games.

    Also encouraging, is that Whitehead has been seeing a good amount of snaps up in the box, slot, and DL lately. This week, Whitehead played 50 of his 68 defensive snaps up in the box, slot, and DL, per PFF. His snap shares have also been ideal as he played every defensive snap in Week 11 and all but one defensive snap this week. If you're looking for safety help, Whitehead is a fine waiver wire target.

    Marcus Williams, S, New Orleans Saints

    Week 12 Stats: 9 tackles (4 solos)

    For IDP purposes, Marcus Williams plays the less than ideal free safety role in New Orleans. While his role isn't necessarily ideal, Williams is on the field a bunch as he boasts a 97% snap share on the season. He's also been pretty productive as of late with 16 tackles (9 solos) and three passes defended over his last two games. 

    With four teams on bye this week, you could find yourself in a pinch. Williams has a solid matchup against Dallas this week, so he's worth considering in deeper leagues where the wire is thin.

    Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Week 12 Stats: 5 tackles (2 solos), 2 passes defended

    Sean Murphy-Bunting made his return last week after being out on IR since Week 1 with an elbow injury. Murphy-Bunting has been solid in return as he has 12 tackles (9 solos), 1 forced fumble, and two passes defended in his last two games. In cornerback-required leagues, Murphy-Bunting is a solid pickup if he's sitting your waiver wire.


    We are entering the home stretch of the regular season and viable options become harder to find. Some of the names mentioned are repeats and I also try to mix in some new ones as well each week. Injuries happen, situations change. and then they change again. The fantasy season is a grind and it's important to stay active and find any edge you can if you're competing.

    Hopefully, the options above as well as previous weeks provide you with enough options to fill any voids in your roster. If you ever have any specific questions, feel free to hit me up as I'm always happy to help. Good luck this week everyone and happy bidding!

    To get the low-down on everything IDP relevant from Week 12, make sure you check out Johny The Greek’s “The Monster”!

    Thanks for taking the time to read my article, I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful. You can find my work here at idpguys.org and follow me on Twitter @KBellf54. I’m always available for any questions or feedback you may have and my DMs are always open.

    Kyle Bellefeuil

    Long time football and Packer fan. I've been playing redraft since 2001 and Dynasty/IDP since 2010. You can find my writing here at IDP Guys and remember, defense wins championships!!
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