IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 13
Impact of Jaelan Phillips Achilles' Injury
This list of IDP waiver wire pickups is sorted by position, and then by priorty.
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Calijah Kancey, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
We highlighted Kancey’s play in our Week 11 IDP Hits, with an eye specifically toward his long-term dynasty upside. But Kancey makes sense for even redraft leagues right now.
The rookie delivered his third sack of the season Sunday against the Colts. He also reached 2+ tackles for loss for the third time in the past four games. He’ll now get high-upside matchups with the Panthers and Falcons the next two weeks.
Andrew Van Ginkel, Edge, Miami Dolphins
Van Ginkel should be in for a starting role the rest of the way after Miami lost Edge Jaelan Phillips to an Achilles’ tear Friday.
Edge Emmanuel Ogbah might seem like the target after hitting up the Dolphins for 1.5 sacks. But he played just 24% of the snaps vs. Van Ginkel’s 50%. And it was AVG filling in when Phillips missed time earlier this season.
Van Ginkel delivered a QB hit or more in seven straight games from Week 2 through Week 8 and tallied 4 sacks in that stretch. His playing time dipped over the past four weeks, though, and he’s likely sitting on many waiver wires.
Miami’s next three opponents feature significant sack upside: Commanders, Titans, and Jets.
Cody Barton, LB, Washington Commanders
Barton proved fairly quiet in his Thanksgiving Day return from an ankle injury, posting just 6 total tackles (4 solo) in the loss to Dallas. But Washington totaled only 42 tackles for the game, about two-thirds of the normal amount for a defense.
His shares were fine. And Washington’s defense is bound to be busier against the Dolphins in Week 13. Miami hasn’t been a terrific scoring matchup for LBs on the year, but they have supplied 13+ tackle lines to an opponent LB in two straight games.
Barton won’t be a must-hold through Washington’s Week 14 bye. But he does get a high-upside matchup with the Jets in Week 16.
Christian Harris, LB, Houston Texans
Harris has become a full-time player the past two weeks, logging his two largest snap shares of the season. His Week 11 vs. Arizona was a little quiet (5 solo tackles), but Harris racked up 12 tackles (7 solo) in Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars.
Denzel Perryman is due back from his suspension this week. We’ll see what his return means to the playing time of the other LBs. But Perryman played just 65% and 86% of snaps in his past two outings.
Harris joined him as the LB2 in weeks 9 and 10, playing 62% and 64%. If Harris sinks back to that level, he’ll have trouble helping your IDP lineup. But Houston has played two full-timers (Harris and Blake Cashman) each of the past two weeks. And Harris was working ahead of Cashman last time Perryman played.
So we’ll take a shot on Harris here, especially against a Broncos offense supplying more points per game to LBs on the season than any other.
Harris also has 4 passes defensed over his past five games, which makes him look like a better bet than Perryman to stay on the field across situations. Pro Football Focus grades Harris way ahead of Perryman in coverage.
Nicholas Morrow, LB, Philadelphia Eagles
This is one to wait on rather than bid on, unless we get word before waivers run that Zach Cunningham is likely to miss Week 13.
Cunningham left Sunday’s win over the Bills in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. That left Morrow to play 92% of the snaps, his largest share since Week 5.
Morrow racked up 12 tackles, but he got help from Buffalo running 92 offensive plays. (The league average for team plays in a game this year is 63.3.)
So don’t overrate Morrow as a Week 13 IDP option. And if Cunningham’s ready, you probably won’t even want to use Morrow. He played just 70% and 72% of snaps the previous two games, totaling 7 tackles.
About Last Week
Let's see who among our Week 12 IDP waiver suggestions still makes sense ...
- Brian Burns should be on a roster in pretty much any league with DL requirements. He has tallied 5 QB hits and 3 tackles for loss over his past two games.
- Tuli Tuipulotu has seen his two largest snap shares of the season the past two weeks -- 92% and 90% -- following Joey Bosa's foot injury. His production has been limited, but he gets upside matchups with the Patriots and Raiders among the next three games. A decent matchup with the Broncos sits in between.
- Blake Cashman could drop to third among Houston LBs with Denzel Perryman's return this week. He's worth holding to see what happens if you can. Houston's LB usage has varied wildly throughout the season.
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah isn't for every league. But he's playing well and his increased his playing time over the past three weeks. That included a season-high 90% snap share Sunday at Denver.
- Josh Woods is OK to keep in a deeper league. He did take over full playing time (100%) in the first game after Kyzir White's biceps tear. But he also logged just 5 total tackles and has exceeded 4 solos in a game just once all year. He's no lock to rank as a fantasy starter the rest of the way.
- Markquese Bell is similarly OK to hold in deeper spots. His variable playing time combined with merely decent tackle production makes him potentially frustrating, though. Bell has cracked 80% playing time just twice all season.
- Jabrill Peppers was a play for the Week 12 Giants matchup. He did fine, including his first sack of the season and a fumble recovery. But he also tallied just 3 total tackles. Peppers ranks outside the top 50 DBs in fantasy points per game for the year.