2019 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 10

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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.

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Let's start things off by going through some IDP news, notes, and commentary from Week 9 of the NFL season.

Injuries
Kwon Alexander will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Rookie Dre Greenlaw will slide over from strong side linebacker to fill Alexander's starting spot on the weak side with Mark Nzeocha bumping up to starting strong side linebacker.

Jayon Brown appeared to injure himself near the end of the first half and didn't seem to play at all during the second half. Owners will need to monitor his status heading into this week's game against the Chiefs. If Brown can't suit up, it will be veteran Wesley Woodyard slotting into an every down role next to Rashaan Evans.

General Player Notes
Joe Walker is now the starter in base packages for Arizona with Haason Reddick coming in for subpackage looks. This resulted in a fairly equal time split between the two players with neither guy seeing more than 60% of the defensive snaps in Week 9.

Patrick Onwuasor was back in the starting lineup but only played 42% of the snaps as the team eased him back as he returned from injury. He should be closer to his normal, every down role next week.

Now onto The Guru's IDP waiver wire selections for Week 10! 

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

Defensive Linemen
(Previously recommended DLs: Sam Hubbard, Nick Bosa, Quinton Jefferson, Denico Autry, Chase Winovich, Robert Quinn, Brian Burns, Stephon Tuitt, Josh Allen, Robert Quinn, Ezekiel Ansah, Vic Beasley, Takkarist McKinley, Nick Bosa, Robert Quinn, Matt Ioannidis, Mario Addison, Jarran Reed, Jerry Hughes, Jarran Reed, Taco Charlton, Jabaal Sheard, Jeffery Simmons, Jason Pierre-Paul, DeMarcus Walker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Bruce Irvin, Yannick Ngakoue)

DE Frank Clark (KC) - Clark has missed the Chiefs last two games with a neck injury but he did get in a limited practice last Friday, so there's a chance he may be able to return this coming week. If that's the case, I would fire him up as a starter against a Tennessee team that leads the league in sacks allowed and is giving up a lot of points to opposing defensive ends. If he's inactive, then Emmanuel Ogbah becomes the sneaky DL2- play of the week.

DE Jabaal Sheard (IND) - Sheard had just two tackles last week but I'll give him a reprieve as the Steelers have only allowed 8 sacks all season (lowest in the league). Pretty much the exact opposite can be said about Sheard's opponent this week - the Miami Dolphins. They've allowed the most QB hits in the NFL and third most sacks. This is a matchup Sheard should be able to take advantage of. Consider him a DL2 for Week 10.

DE Leonard Williams (NYG) - Williams has done next to nothing this season from a fantasy perspective. However, he's squaring off in a big NY rivalry game against the team that just traded him last week. Additionally, the Jets have one of the worst pass protecting lines in the NFL as they have given up the second most sacks (37) and QB hits (65). He's already seeing a high volume of snaps with his new team and I think he's due for his first sack of the season. For owners in very deep leagues, he's worth a look.


Linebackers
(Previously recommended LBs: Jordan Hicks, Shaq Thompson, Josey Jewell, Kyzir White, Blake Cashman, Zach Cunningham, Quincy Williams, Mark Barron, Kevin Minter, Anthony Walker, Bobby Okereke, Shaq Barrett, Mack Wilson, Ryan Connelly, Todd Davis, Devondre Campbell, Nicholas Morrow, Nick Kwiatkoski, Vince Williams, A.J. Johnson, Ben Niemann, Troy Reeder, Rashaan Evans, Wesley Woodyard, A.J. Johnson, David Mayo, Nate Gerry, Najee Goode, Bernardrick McKinney, Lorenzo Alexander, Blake Cashman, Rashaan Evans, Blake Cashman, Austin Calitro)

WLB Sean Lee (DAL) - With second-year player Leighton Vander Esch unable to suit up due to a neck injury, the Cowboys turned to their veteran, and former fantasy LB1, Sean Lee to start in a near every-down capacity on the weak side. Although he's an injury risk and doesn't possess the same speed or agility as he was did, he's still one of the games smartest defenders which allows him to always be around the ball. He paced the team in tackles on Monday Night with 12 (9 solo) and will make for a LB1- option against the Vikings next week if LVE is once again unable to suit up.

ILB Wesley Woodyard (TEN) - Jayon Brown seemed to suffer another injury in last week's game against the Panthers. Wesley Woodyard took over Brown's every down inside linebacker role and posted 8 tackles (2 solo) in about a half's worth of work. The matchup this week against Kansas City isn't an appealing one, but he's shown a strong enough nose for the ball to warrant low-end LB3 status still. 

WLB Dre Greenlaw (SF)
- With the season-ending injury to Kwon Alexander, Greenlaw will slide over from the strong side to the weak side and be the new every-down presence there next to Fred Warner. He played in that role in the second half after Alexander left with an injury and posted his best stat line of the year (4 tackles and a sack). I don't expect Greenlaw to be a world-beater, but he should see enough opportunity to provide LB3 value in the right matchups.

ILB Brandon Copeland (NYJ) - With the Jets embarrassingly thin at linebacker due to the slew of injuries to that unit, Brandon Copeland was forced into starting at ILB and came through with a big performance in the box scores: 8-1-1, 2 TFL. The Jets are one of the league's worst teams and their defense sees a ton of field time, so Copeland has the opportunity to rack up boom/bust LB3 numbers for as long as C.J. Mosley, Neville Hewitt, and Blake Cashman are all out.


Defensive Backs
(Previously recommended DBs: Juan Thornhill, Jordan Whitehead, Xavier Woods, Ronnie Harrison, Terrell Edmunds, Tracy Walker, Darnell Savage, Kemal Ishmael, Roderick Teamer, Tre Flowers, Reshad Jones, Khari Willis, Dre Kirkpatrick, Eric Weddle, Isaiah Oliver, Eric Reid, Byron Murphy, Maurice Canady, Jermaine Whitehead, Taylor Rapp, Marquise Blair, Ken Crawley, Morgan Burnett, Darnell Savage, DeAndre Baker)

S Taylor Rapp (LAR) - Rapp made an appearance in this column in Week 8, but I wanted to mention him here again since he was on bye last week and may have been forgotten about in many leagues. He's coming off a 12 tackle performance (9 solo) in his last contest and is quickly shaping up to be the best fantasy option in the Rams' secondary. He'll likely have some inconsistent performances still given he's a rookie, but the upside makes him worth rostering as a DB3+ in most leagues.

S Tavon Wilson (DET) - With starting free safety Tracy Walker inactive due to injury and Quandre Diggs traded to the Seahawks, Wilson saw a season-high number of snaps last week (94% of defensive snaps played) and posted a 6-1 tackle stat line against the Raiders who allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing safeties. If Walker remains out for Week 10, Wilson becomes one of the best waiver wire options for tackles at the position playing behind a suspect linebacking core and against the Bears who are a top 4 matchup for opposing fantasy safeties.

CB Patrick Peterson (ARZ) - Peterson missed the season's first handful of games due to suspension but has had two very nice fantasy outings out of the three games he's played so far this season (7-0-1 FF and 5-1-0, INT, 1 PD). He squares off against Jameis Winston this week who throws a ton of interceptions which is a big reason why the Bucs give up the most points to opposing fantasy corners by a fairly wide margin. Peterson's typically not a guy I recommend much, but given his strong play leading up to the best matchup he will see all season, he's worth a start in a good amount of CB-required leagues this week.

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Last Updated: November 5, 2019
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