2014 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2

Hello and welcome back to the IDPGuru.com's most popular in-season article, IDP Waiver Wire Pickups, which will be releasing every Tuesday of the regular season.

Let's start things off by going through some IDP news, notes, and commentary from Week 1 of the NFL season.

Week 1 saw a litany of IDP injuries, the most notable being perennial IDP stud Derrick Johnson going down for the year with a torn Achilles. This is a big blow for the Kansas City Chiefs and fantasy owners alike as Kansas City is paper thin depth-wise at the linebacker position.

2012 2nd round selection Zach Brown is likely out for the season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. Zaviar Gooden will take his spot and has a chance has snagging an every down role next to Wesley Woodyard. I'll be tracking his progress during practice this week, so stay tuned for further updates in the Every Down Linebacker thread.

An already uncertain Miami linebacking group got even more suspect as starting WLB Dannell Ellerbe was placed on IR Monday with a hip injury. Additionally, MLB Koa Misi appeared to suffer a high ankle sprain, which would put him out 4-6 weeks. This potentially leaves the Dolphins without any of their typical starting linebackers as Phillip Wheeler missed last week due to a thumb injury. Suffice to say, this situation is a complete mess. In the short-term, Jelani Jenkins figures to be the main every down candidate and have better than expected value, at least while Misi is out. We should hopefully have more information on this situation come mid-week.

#1 overall draft pick Jadaveon Clowney has a torn lateral meniscus and could miss 4-6 weeks. Whitney Mercilus will assume the starting OLB position until Clowney returns, but isn't worth a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.

Jonathan "The Crypt Keeper" Cyprien left Sunday's game early with a concussion and did not return. He will have to pass the league mandated concussion test before getting back on to the field. His injury status is something fantasy owners should pay attention to closely as Cyprien was primed to launch himself into DB1 status this year.

Vontaze Burfict was another concussion victim in Week 1. He managed to rack up 4 solo tackles, a FF, and a FR before exiting the game in the 2nd quarter. IDP darling Vincent Rey will take the snaps on the weak side should Burfict miss anytime.

Fantasy DL2/DL3 Chris Long rolled his ankle in the third quarter of Sunday's game and did not return. Eugene Sims/Williams Hayes could be worth a spot start against Tampa Bay if Long is unable to suit up.

Bills Safety Aaron Williams suffered a possible concussion in the opening week. Buffalo is calling it a "head injury" as of right now, but that could change as more details emerge. Duke Williams would be his replacement if he missed anytime and could possess some decent fantasy value in deeper leagues.

General Player Notes

In somewhat of a surprise, Christian Kirksey played in a majority of the snaps over Craig Robertson. If he can continue to increase his playing time, he's worth keeping an eye on.

Despite playing every down, Brad Jones had a disappointing game in the NFL season opener against the Seahawks. He still appeared to be a bit hampered by his quad injury. It's not time to give up on him yet (especially with a very nice matchup against the Jets next week), but proceed with caution.

Brian Cushing did not play every down as the team was easing him back into a full-time role. This hurt his box score numbers. I still really like his upside, but owners may want to think about other options next week depending on what the coaching staff says  about his expected playing time for Week 2. 

Despite playing every down in the preseason, Brandon Spikes found himself on the sidelines for a good portion of the Bills' sub-package snaps against the Bears. If this continues to be the trend moving forward, it's a killer to his value. Mark this one as a situation to monitor.

In a bit of a twist, Michael Wilhoite played every down next to Patrick Willis. Many thought Chris Borland would see some rotation snaps in the game at the expense of Wilhoite, but that never happened.

Now onto The Guru's IDP waiver wire selections for Week 2!

(Please note that a majority of these pickups are long-term, rest of season pickups as opposed to matchup-type recommendations. As the season progresses and the waiver wire becomes more thin and matchup information becomes more reliable, the focus of this article will shift more towards recommendations based on weekly matchup.)

Defensive Linemen

DT Gerald McCoy (TB) -
McCoy was a player I was very high on coming into the season. In my draft guide, I called him out as having a very good chance at finishing the year as fantasy's #1 defensive tackle. Well, he got off to a good start against the Panthers putting up 8 solos and a sack. He's a must grab in DT-required leagues if he's somehow still out there.

DE Willie Young (CHI) - Young was on my preseason watch list and he started the season off on a good foot with 3 tackles (2 for a loss), 1 assist, and 1 sack. Although not a dominant performance, he's important to take note of it as he could provide a steady level of contribution for owners as a DL3 in 12-14 team leagues.

DE Cameron Heyward (PIT) - Heyward didn't get much love this draft season despite being a top 10 fantasy lineman the 2nd half of last year. Playing in Pittsburgh on a defense that hasn't traditionally churned out solid fantasy linemen has probably turned people off to him, but that is a mistake. Heyward has the skill set to be a solid, high floor DL3/DL2.

DT Sen’Derrick Marks (JAX)  - Similar to Young, Marks was a player I thought could have sneaky value heading into the season. A 4-1-1 (2 TFLs) is a good start and enough for me to trust he'll be a worthwhile DT2 add in a majority of leagues.

DE Wallace Gilberry (CIN) -
Gilberry found his way onto many a sleeper list this preseason as his per snap production last year forecasted a potential breakout season in 2014. To put things in perspective, he averaged the same amount of PPS as Chandler Jones. Admittedly expecting that same level of production is a stretch, but a 35-20-10 stat line is definitely within reach.


WLB Sio Moore (OAK) -
Moore carried over his fantastic preseason play into Week 1 of the regular season against the Jets where he posted the gaudy stat line of 11-2-1. Granted, Oakland's defense was on the field a ton and there were several players with above average tackle numbers, but I expect that to be the norm rather than the exception. Now is the time to grab Moore, who could be this year's Von Miller.

WLB Jamie Collins (NE) -
Collins was a player that continually moved up my draft board as the preseason progressed. I was a bit concerned that there wouldn't be enough tackles to go around to feed both him and Jerod Mayo, but I came out of Sunday's game against Miami feeling confident that shouldn't be the case. Mayo is still the player to own of the two, but don't slouch on Collins as he could put up LB2+ numbers moving forward.

MLB Josh Mauga (KC) -
Mauga, an undrafted free agent out of Nevada, won the starting linebacker spot next to Derrick Johnson in Week 1 after largely being a special teams player throughout his career. Now with Johnson on IR and Joe Mays not slated to return to Week 10, Mauga will likely be the every down linebacker in KC by default. He had 8 solos last week and I wouldn't be surprised to similar type of production continue. He's worth a pickup as your LB3. Just don't expect more than 10 or so assists out of him as the Chiefs stat keeper is the very stingy in regards to handing them out.

MLB Rolando McClain (DAL) -
McClain still has to work on conditioning and remains an overrated on-the field player. However, the Cowboys defense was as bad as advertised to begin the season and he should see a ton of tackle opportunity if he can stay on the field. Teammate Justin Durant is also worth a look in deeper leagues as a LB3/LB4.

WLB Brandon Marshall (DEN) -
Marshall, not Nate Irving as many anticipated, was the lone every down ILB for the Broncos to start the season. He should hold decent LB3 value for as long as Danny Trevathan is out.

SLB Emmanuel Lamur (CIN) -
While most of the off-season attention was given to Vincent Rey, it really should have been on Lamur has he secured the other every down linebacker spot next to Vontaze Burfict fairly early in the preseason. He had 11 total tackles in the season opener and with  Burfict working through a possible concussion, he's in line to continue that production in Week 2.

ILB Larry Foote (ARZ) - Foote is an old and a non-flashy fantasy option, but he gets the job done when given the chance. He led the team in tackles on Monday night with 8 solo tackles, which is a trend I expect to continue throughout the season.

Defensive Backs

SS Donte Whitner (CLE) -
I was a bit surprised to see how low Whitner's ADP was this draft season. I suspect his recent stint in San Francisco didn't do much to improve his perceived value. However, he's always been an above average in-the-box safety who should get plenty of tackle opportunities in Cleveland, playing the same role that made T.J. Ward a DB1. If he's still available in your league, go out and grab "Hitner."

SS D.J. Swearinger (HOU) -
Swearinger is a player I targeted in nearly all my drafts. Houston's defense should be on the field more than they have in the last several seasons and outside of Brian Cushing, Swearinger in the team's main tackle threat. He was relied on to rush the passer on safety blitzes on a few different occasions against Washington and came up with a sack. Solid DB2 with DB1 upside moving forward.

CB Leodis McKelvin (BUF) -
McKelvin's willingness to tackle has made him a semi-intriguing fantasy prospect in years past, but he's never stayed healthy long enough to string together enough solid games to entice fantasy owners into rostering him. His 13 solo tackles against the Bears were over double that if the next nearest Bills defender. He obviously won't put up those type of numbers every week, but I don't necessarily see his production as a complete fluke. He's worth a roster spot as your CB2 in shallow leagues and possibly a CB1 in deeper leagues pending matchups.

S Ryan Mundy (CHI) -
Coming into the season, we knew somebody in the Bears safety corps was going to be a viable fantasy starter. Back at the start of training camp, that guy was shaping up to be Brock Vereen; however, he failed to impress enough to garner a starting role. That being said, Ryan Mundy (who's seen fantasy success in small stints when he was with the Giants) is emerging to be the player to own in that secondary outside of Charles Tillman. He led the team in tackles with 6 this past Sunday and with a weak set of linebackers in front of him, it's reasonable to expect that type of production on a week-to-week basis. 75+ solos is within reach.

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Last Updated: September 9, 2014
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woj326 said...

Hey guru, I have a few players you like on waiver wire. Whitner, Cyprien, Sio Moore. It's a standard scoring system solo =1pt int2 sack 2pts.etc. Every 5 tackles 1pt. I can roster 3 LBs play 2. Same with DBs. I have Greenway, Cushing, and Woodyard currently, and Barron, and Branch as DBs. Watt and Dunlap as DL. Are you still down on Barron ?as most of above DBs are available I released him last year and kicked myself for it. Would you make any changes? Thanks for your input love the site. I

ultimatewarriorz1 said...

no mention of eric berry to pickup , he had a bunch of tackles & he plays pass happy broncos this week

Devin said...

What do you think of Derrick Morgan as a DL (I am thinking DL2-/DL3+)? Also would you rather have Sio Moore or Lamur going forward for the rest of the year?

Marc said...

Hey guru, I have a waiver question. I currently have Derrick Johnson and Cyprien so it's a big waiver week. Points in my league are 1 for solo tackle, .5 for asst., 2 for sack, 3 for int., 2 for FF, and 2 for FR. Players available that I am considering are:

-Bobby Wagner (playing SD)
-Sio Moore
-Robert Quinn (playing TB)
-Eric Berry (playing Den)
-Barry Church (playing Ten)

In addition to Cyprien, I have Harrison Smith, Brian Cushing, and Ogletree on my roster. What do you recommend?

Thank you!

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I'm still down on Barron a bit as Mason Foster and David are going to suck up a lot of tackles in front of him. Additionally, he's been playing further away from the LOS than I would like. That said, he's still a top 20-25 DB. However, I would rather own a healthy Cyprien(1st priority) or Whitner (2nd priority) at this point.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Only reason I didn't mention Berry was because he should have been drafted already in virtually every league as he's a sure-fire top 7 DB.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I agree with your assessment of Morgan. I'd rather have Sio Moore.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I'd go with Wagner and Berry.

Mike Wood said...

Hey Guru,

Love the articles, read them religiously. Week 1 was heartbreaking for me as I lost by 1 point do to the no show performance of Sheldon Richardson and Calais Campbell. I am thinking of dropping one or both of them for Wallace Gilberry and/or Gerald McCoy. Am I reacting to soon?? Thoughts...

Tom Piccinni said...

What about Attaochu? He was everywhere Monday night and racked up double digit points

ricky p said...

Would u start one of the waiver wire dB's over Morgan Burnett? And do I start Wesley Woodyard over Brian Cushing? Thanks.

SinVin said...

Same question...

Whitner or other waiver DBs over Morgan Burnett?

Philip Sperling said...

Hi. Great site! You really know your stuff. Would you prefer Swearinger over Mark Barron rest of season? Standard scoring. Thanks!

Fantasy Gangster said...

Gerald McCoy is available on my league, but my current DL's are: Hardy, Campbell & L. Houston, should I be making any moves here? DT position isn't required, just 3 DL's.

Tyson said...

Drop Chandler Jones for Sio Moore, Jamie Collins or Lamur? Drop either of Pollard or Rolle for Whitner, Swearinger or McKelvin? Scoring is Solo 1 pt/ Sack 3 pts/ FF&FR 2 pts/ INT 2 pts/ PD 1 pt/ NO PTS awarded for assists. Thanks. You da man!

Unknown said...

Who would you rather have for rest of season: Sio Moore or Brian Cushing?

Nick Barnett said...

A better question is.... why is Eric Berry even available in your league??

Leon Vining said...

Looks like I'm not the only one with major Sio Moore questions. How much did his success have to do with Roach being out? Do you like Moore or Riley better ROS? Thanks.

Matt Walsh said...

Hey guru! Quickie......I have Pollard and S. Brown rostered. Whitner, T. Branch, and Swearinger are available. Which two do you like? Thanks!

Matt Walsh said...

Clarification Guru....I need 2 of the 5 I mentioned above. Thoughts? Thanks.

Jonny B said...

is it too early to drop Vaccaro? Looking at picking up Whiter......

Kroy a Kousin said...

How do you feel about a healthy Kroy Biermann who is getting every down snap at LB but is DL eligible? I'd be looking to sell Jared Allen for a 2012 price tag to a Bears fan

FFB User said...

I currently have Brandon Spikes and Brad Jones rostered. Would you drop them in favor of Marshall, Mauga, Lamur, Foote or Burris?

I also have Stevie Brown and Bucannon. Would you drop them in favor of J. Joseph, Swearinger, Cason, Nelson or Roby?

Sarah said...

Hey Guru, Any other deep league DTs you can recommend for Week 2? The usual suspects plus McCoy and Marks are already taken in our 16 team DT required league. Thanks!

Ben Strauss said...

If you were to put a FAAB bid in on Sio Moore what would it be. $100 budget for Offense and Defense 1.5 Solo 1 AST 5 SCK 3FF 5 FR 3INT 10TD

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Mike Wood
I'd drop Richardson for McCoy.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Tom Piccinni
As a LB or DL? Not much value as the former, but could possess some DL4+ in deeper leagues.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@ricky p
Whitner and Swearinger I like over Burnett moving forward.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Philip Sperling
Barron is a safer option but I'm a bit concerned about David and Foster sucking up all the tackles. That said, I'd go with Swearinger.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Fantasy Gangster
McCoy and Houston are close and could swing back and forth depending on matchups. So it's probably a lateral move either way. McCoy has the slightly higher upside though.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Cushing for me.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I'd hold steady on your current roster.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Leon Vining
I think his big numbers had more to do with the high tackle opportunity provided by the Jets rather than Roach being out. I don't think his performance was a fluke though. I have some concerns about Riley as I think Keenan Robinson is going to steal more tackles away than people think. I'd take a bit of a chance on Moore.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Matt Walsh
I'd stick with Pollard and Brown.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Jonny B
I'm not ready to give up on Vaccaro. He had the tackle opportunity, just missed on SIX tackles (he missed three all of last season).

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Kroy a Kousin
DL3 range

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@FFB User
I'd drop Bucannon for Swearinger.I'm a bit concerned about Spikes and Jones from what I saw in Week 1. That said, I'd drop Spikes for Foote. Marshall is probably a better short-term option than Jones, but I'm not ready to give up on him yet as he's still getting all the subpackage snaps.

Curt David said...

Who's a better play for sacks for the full season - Ziggy Ansah or Everson Griffen? (Are they limiting Ziggy's snaps at the beginning of the season?) Or would you take McCoy over either of these two?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Curt David
He played in 65% of the team's snaps, so he really wasn't that limited. Although I own Griffen in a few leagues and am high on his value, I think Ansah's JPP-like upside gives him the edge.

Sigg said...

Question: With the bills staff handing tackles out like candy it seems to me nigel bradham coming back from suspension and most likely getting 90 to 100% of the snaps seems to me as a sure fire lb2 start. Any reason hes not a waiver wire pickup for week 2?

Dave said...

Is Duron Harmon totally droppable? He barely played. None of the DB's you listed are available but Rahim Moore and Robert Blanton are.

Harmon was on my bench anyway as a DB5 but I definitely liked his upside. What happened??

James J. Hamilton said...

Looking for help on who to start at LB. It's too early for me to tell on some of my guys. Which 3 of these LBs should I start:

Wesley Woodyard (vs. DAL)
Mason Foster (vs. STL)
CJ Mosley (vs. PIT)
Rolando McClain (vs. TEN)
Brandon Marshall (vs. KC)

Thanks for any help!

JD said...

Guru, it was brought up earlier but what do u think about Attaochu? He put up great pts on MNF but Im curious about ur take on him? Ive got him on my bench with Shazier and Mason Foster as my LBs. I'd like to pick up Aaron Donald but hesitant to drop Attapchu....ur thoughts?

Joshua Ruff said...

Hi guru, if you could add Sio Moore or Mychal Kendricks for the year, which would you recommend? Thanks!

Herb Rockwell said...

Moving forward who would you eliminate at each position?
DB- William Moore, Swearinger or Whitner
DL- Ansah or Vernon
LB- Woodyard, Kendricks, Ogletree or Sio

Thank you Guru!

Greg Francesca said...

Should I drop Shazier or P. Riley for:
M.Burris, Jaime Collins, Bartu, Foote, Durant, Lofton, B.Marshall? Rank please.
Drop Burnett for Whitner?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I think Bradham could very well have the most value of all the BUF LBs as they seem hesitant to play Spikes in the nickel given his chronic knee issues. LB3 value for me with more upside than that if he proves himself.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

Typical Belicheck changing things up on us. Pat Chung started over Harmon. That said, he's probably safe to drop at this point (although who knows with the Patriots).

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@James J. Hamilton
Woodyard is out so don't start him. I'd refer to my weekly rankings here: http://www.idpguru.com/2014/09/2014-weekly-idp-rankings.html

Ryan Sitzmann said...

I'd pick up Donald. I'm not putting a ton of stock into Attaocchu's Week 1 performance.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Joshua Ruff

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Herb Rockwell
Tough since they are all good. But if I had to choose:


Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Greg Francesca
I'd stay put.

LB Rank: Collins, Foote, Marshall (only short-term though), Lofton, Durant (hurt), Bartu

Adam Deb said...

Ward or whitner ROS? I am in a tackle heavy league and not sure about Wards production in Denver. thx and sorry if this double posts

Brent Deangelis said...

woodyard is out?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Brent Deangelis
Sorry my mushy brain was confusing Woodyard and Trevathan. Apologies on that.

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@James J. Hamilton
Woodyard, Foster, Marshall

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Adam Deb
Despite a poor performance, I am still banking on Ward being a DB1 especially since Irving and Marshall along the linebacker core aren't exactly the most stout of run defenders. But Whitner is close.

Brendan N said...

I locked up Willie Young last week. Now he has the best points per snap for a DL in the league. I only wish I started him. How do you see Chicago using him moving forward? With Houston's 35 mil contract, I expect they will continue to start him, but Houston and Young are getting close to splitting time 50/50. Is Young a viable starter? What do you think about Kyle Fuller?

Ryan Sitzmann said...

@Brendan N
He's not likely to take over the starting stop from Houston. If he continues his strong play, the may bump Houston inside more often so that Young can get more snaps, but he's more likely to stick as a situational pass rusher. I have Fuller has a DB3 with upside.

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