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  • Waiver Wire Week 15 Pick-ups: IDP

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    Who are some names to know in your IDP leagues after a wild Week 14? Let’s take a look at a list of players who make for potential waiver wire Week 15 additions to your IDP squads.


    Week 14 brought us another action-packed week of football with plenty to digest. We still have one more game to cap it off, as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. The waiver wire Week 15 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 15 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.

    Linebackers

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    Damien Wilson, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Week 14 Stats: 10 tackles (6 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit

    After a couple of unspectacular outings in Week 12 and Week 13, Damien Wilson had a rock-solid Week 14 IDP performance. Wilson tied for the team lead with 10 tackles (6 solos) and also notched his second sack on the year. It’s also notable that Wilson played 67 defensive snaps (94%), after playing only 63% in both Week 12 and Week 13.

    Hopefully, the increased snap share continues for Wilson down the stretch. While a repeat performance of this caliber is unlikely, he should be serviceable as an LB4 type if he can hover around that 90% snap range. In leagues where you start 3-4 linebackers, Wilson is worth a waiver wire add as a spot start or depth piece. Keep an eye on his snap share week-to-week.

    Josh Woods, LB, Detroit Lions

    Week 14 Stats: 13 tackles (10 solos), 2 tackles for loss, 1 QB hit

    Josh Woods popped up in the box score last week after playing only four defensive snaps the previous 12 weeks combined. With Jalen Reeves-Maybin out, Woods played 43 defensive snaps (57%) in Week 13 and turned in a solid eight tackles (6 solos) and a QB hit. Reeves-Maybin was out again this week and Alex Anzalone suffered an ankle injury during the game. After Anzalone exited, Woods took over his role as the main man in the middle for Detroit.

    With the Detroit linebacker unit banged up, Woods got his first start this week and played 64 defensive snaps (94%). Woods out-snapped Derrick Barnes (69%) this week and could get the first shot at replacing Anzalone again if he’s out. If you’re looking for a dart throw linebacker this late in the game, Woods is worth a shot coming off a big game.

    Neville Hewitt, LB, Houston Texans

    Week 14 Stats: 4 tackles (2 solos), 1 tackle for loss

    Kamu Grugier-Hill suffered a knee injury this week and we’re still awaiting more news on the severity of the injury. Grugier-Hill was starting to make a name for himself and has been a waiver wire darling this year. Definitely feel for him and hopefully, we get some positive news on the situation.

    With Grugier-Hill out, Neville Hewitt got some extra run this week playing a season-high 32 defensive snaps (52%). Hewitt has been productive in the past for us IDP degenerates and could slide into a productive role if Grugier-Hill misses time. Pick up Hewitt where you have the room as we wait and see how this all plays out.

    Defensive Line/Edge

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    Randy Gregory, DE, Dallas Cowboys

    Week 14 Stats: 1 solo tackle, 1 sack, 2 QB hits, 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1 forced fumble

    After missing the last four games while on IR with a calf injury, Randy Gregory made his return in Week 14. Not only did Gregory return, but he made his presence felt in a big way. Gregory made big-time impact plays on Sunday, none bigger than his spectacular interception where he tipped a pass to himself at the line.

    Gregory played 31 defensive snaps (46%) in his return, only trailing DeMarcus Lawrence’s 47 snaps among the defensive end group. The Dallas pass rush unit is finally getting healthy and it’s just in time for the fantasy playoffs. If Gregory is available on your waiver wire, he’s a solid pickup if you’re in need of Edge/DE help for a playoff run. 

    Cameron Sample, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

    Week 14 Stats: 3 tackles (2 solos), 1 QB hit

    In important IDP news, Trey Hendrickson was unable to finish the game on Sunday after suffering a back injury in the first half. With Hendrickson out, rookie Cameron Sample saw extended work. The third-round rookie saw his most extensive playing time to date as he played a season-high 43 defensive snaps (61%) on Sunday.

    If Hendrickson were to be out Week 15, Sample would likely once again see a bigger role along the defensive line. Sample is only a deep league option with a decent upcoming matchup against Denver’s offensive line. If your waiver wire has been picked over, Sample is worth considering, but ONLY if Hendrickson is out.

    Justin Jones, DT, Los Angeles Chargers

    Week 14 Stats: 5 tackles (4 solos), 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 1 fumble recovery

    Justin Jones is a defensive tackle who has been making some noise lately. Jones now has sacks in back-to-back weeks, while also recovering a fumble this week. After missing time early in the season, Jones has been a key piece to the Charger defensive line since returning in Week 8.

    Jones injured his knee last week and was forced to exit early, but was back in the starting lineup this week. Holding a 61% snap share on the season, Jones’ role is solid and he’s playing well lately. Linval Joseph did return from the Covid list this week, but it appears they are easing him back in as he only played nine snaps. If you’re looking for help in your DT required leagues, Jones is worth a look off the waiver wire.

    Defensive Backs

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    Grant Delpit, S, Cleveland Browns

    Week 14 Stats: 11 solo tackles, 1 QB hit

    With Ronnie Harrison out this week nursing an ankle injury, Grant Delpit saw his role increase. Delpit played all 74 defensive snaps in Week 14 and his 11 tackles, all solos, led the team. This was Delpit’s highest snaps share since Week 4 (97%) and he produced an excellent IDP outing.

    When all the Cleveland safeties are healthy, Delpit has been tough to trust with his fluctuating snap counts. This makes it important to check on Harrison’s status for this coming week. If Harrison were to be out again, Delpit would again be heavily relied upon. If you have the room, Delpit is someone to grab off the waiver wire as we see how this shakes out. 

    Eddie Jackson, S, Chicago Bears

    Week 14 Stats: 9 tackles (7 solos), 1 pass defended

    After a quiet Week 12 where he returned from injury, Eddie Jackson has picked it up a bit recently. Over his past two games, Jackson has compiled a solid 14 tackles (11 solos), and his nine tackles this week tied for the team-high. Jackson’s utilization has also been encouraging over that two-game stretch as he’s played 83 of his 118 defensive snaps up in the box, slot, and DL, per PFF.

    Jackson is back to full health and his every-down safety role. The fact that he’s spending a good amount of time up near the line is also promising. If you’re looking for safety help, Jackson is worth a look off the waiver wire.

    Dean Marlowe, S, Detroit Lions

    Week 14 Stats: 7 tackles (2 solos)

    Over his last three games, Dean Marlowe has seen his role grow considerably in the Detroit defense. Marlowe’s been an every-down player over that stretch with snap counts as follows; Week 12 (100%), Week 13 (93%), and Week 14 (100%). He’s also been quite productive over that three-game span amassing 14 tackles (11 solos) and a pass defended. If you’re looking for a waiver-wire option in deeper leagues, Marlowe is worth considering.

    Conclusion

    It’s playoff time! After a long, grinding regular season, we’ve finally hit the fantasy playoffs. While it’s always good practice to roll with the players that got you there, sometimes we don’t have that option. Hopefully, the list of players above provides some options if you’re in a pinch or are looking for a little depth for a playoff run. Good luck in the fantasy postseason everyone and happy bidding!

    To get the low-down on everything IDP relevant from Week 14, 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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