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IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 2

By Matt Schauf | Updated on Fri, 19 Apr 2024 . 6:46 PM EDT

 

This list of IDP waiver wire pickups is sorted by position, and then by priorty.

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Josh Allen, Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars

The other Josh Allen sat 13th in our preseason DL rankings, so you might already have him rostered. And if you played him in Week 1, you’re pretty happy.

Allen registered 3 sacks in the win over the Colts. His 10 total tackles led the team, and the 8 solos tied for second.

According to Pro Football Focus grading, Allen has been an even better run defender than pass rusher. He ranked third among all edge players in run-D grade last year, tops among full-timers at the position. Allen also tied for sixth most total pressures.

So he hit 2023 looking like a good bet for numbers. He wasted no time delivering on that promise.

Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami Dolphins

Phillips tied Josh Allen for sixth among all edge players in pressures last year. Phillips’ mere 7 sacks disguised his success in that area, though.

Phillips got started shedding that disguise with a half-sack among 2 QB hits in the Week 1 win over the Chargers. His 11 total tackles also made up 12.9% of Miami’s total.

That’s a strong share for a non-edge LB. It’s wonderful for an edge player.

Don’t be surprised if he quiets down against the Patriots. New England allowed Phillips just 1 QB hit across two meetings last year and held the Eagles to 2 total sacks in Week 1.

But Phillips could quickly prove to be an every-week starter in his third season.

Montez Sweat, Edge, Washington Commanders

Sweat delivered 1.5 of Washington’s 3 sacks in the opening win over the Cardinals. Only three players league wide beat his 2 tackles for loss in Week 1. Sweat also forced a pair of fumbles.

Arizona could prove to be the best matchup he’ll face all year, but we highlighted Sweat as a potential sleeper in our IDP draft guide.

He took a big leap to 28 QB hits last year, tied for fourth-most in the league. And PFF graded Sweat 16th in pass rushing among 133 edge players with at least 200 snaps.

He looks like a nice Week 2 option at Denver. We’ll see beyond that.

Denico Autry, DL, Tennessee Titans

Autry notched 1.5 sacks among his 4 QB hits in the loss at New Orleans on Sunday. That was his highest total since Week 7 of 2021, but Autry delivered 2+ QB hits in six of his 11 healthy games last year.

Three of his next four opponents this season – the Chargers, Browns, and Ravens – allowed 3+ sacks in Week 1.

Mike Danna, Edge, Kansas City Chiefs

Every DL/Edge player on this list had a productive Week 1. Danna beats the higher production of the next guy because of his strong playing time.

Danna played 86% of the defensive snaps in Thursday night’s loss to the Lions, setting a career high in that category and falling just 1 snap short of his personal best.

And the production:

  • 6 tackles
  • 4 solo tackles
  • 1 sack
  • 1 pass deflection

K.C. tallied a high 71 total tackles for the game, which helped. And Detroit’s 34 run plays presented tackle opportunities up front.

Danna likely faces a less-favorable spot with the Jaguars this week. But stronger matchups with the Bears, Jets and Broncos lie among the following four contests.

Drake Jackson, Edge, San Francisco 49ers

Jackson’s going to pop if you look at the top scorers from last week after he registered 3 of the 49ers’ 5 sacks against the Steelers. But be careful.

Jackson only played 44% of the defensive snaps for the game, fifth among San Francisco D-linemen. And we’re likely to see Edge Nick Bosa increase his snaps as he gets further removed from the holdout. Others might also have been impacted by a game the Niners led 27-7 a minute into the second half.

Jackson and the Niners get another upside matchup with the Rams this week. (We’re not totally convinced about that L.A. offense after just one game.)

Troy Andersen, LB, Atlanta Falcons

If you used our Draft War Room during your IDP draft, then you’re probably like, “Dude, I already drafted this guy.”

Well, I’m making one more call in case he’s still available.

Andersen opened with 10 tackles and a half-sack in Atlanta’s takedown of the Panthers.

The tackles merely tied S Jessie Bates for the team lead and included just 3 solos. But that 13.5% share of total tackles was good. And we’re betting Andersen stays highly active in tackle collection.

Expect more big plays to come as well for the top-shelf athlete who earned all-conference honors at three different positions (RB, QB, and LB) in college.

Denzel Perryman, LB, Houston Texans

Perryman is a funny case. He never plays well enough to stay with one team. But he keeps doing just well enough to land another starting gig.

His first regular-season game with the Texans found Perryman leading No. 2 LB Christian Harris in playing time. Perryman’s 95% snap share marked just the 14th time among 97 career games that he has reached 90%. Harris trailed him by quite a bit (72%).

Perryman racked up 11 tackles, a strong 17.4% of the team’s total. He has always been an efficient tackle collector when on the field.

Ivan Pace Jr., LB, Minnesota Vikings

It wasn’t clear who would start next to Jordan Hicks until Sunday’s opener. But this undrafted rookie managed to take the spot from Brian Asamoah.

Pace’s 68% snap share makes him not an option for all IDP formats. But his 8 tackles tied for second on the team – ahead of Hicks. Pace added a QB hit, one of just two the Vikings compiled as a team.

Smallish (5’11, 231 pounds) and just decent athletically, Pace proved highly productive across four college seasons. The past two years looked like this …

2021 at Miami (Ohio):

  • 125 tackles
  • 13.0 tackles for loss
  • 4 sacks
  • 3 passes defensed

2022 at Cincinnati:

  • 137 tackles
  • 21.5 tackles for loss
  • 10 sacks
  • 4 passes defensed
  • 3 forced fumbles

Pace trailed way behind Hicks’ 97% playing time in Week 1 and will likely need to improve that if he’s to produce regularly.

It’s worth noting that Hicks isn’t the sturdiest starter around. His playing time dipped late last year, to 67% or less in each of the final five games. Then he had to take a $1.5 million pay cut in the offseason to remain in Minnesota.

There’s room for Pace to increase his role as this year goes on.

Dax Hill, S, Cincinnati Bengals

This former first-round pick entered the starting lineup with the departures of Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates III in free agency.

Week 1 found him not playing in the box quite as much as fellow starter S Nick Scott, or their predecessor Bell. But Hill did see more time in that range than Bates generally did, along with some snaps in slot coverage.

Hill posted 6 tackles (5 solo) in the loss to the Browns. He included 2 tackles for loss in there and grabbed an INT.

That kind of cross-category effectiveness would be nice. And playing safety for the Bengals should keep opportunities coming, assuming the offense plays better than it did against Cleveland.

Julian Love, S, Seattle Seahawks

Jamal Adams is finally ready to practice for the first time since the Week 1 quad tear that ended his 2022 season.

The Seahawks seem to think Adams will be ready inside the first four games. Otherwise, they could have just let him open the season on the PUP list.

But Adams won’t play this week at Detroit. So that means at least one more start for Love, who tallied 9 tackles (7 solo) and the team’s lone pass breakup in the loss to the Rams.

Looking for Waiver Wire Options on Offense?

Matt and Jared talk through the top 5 RB targets of the week in this video. And check out our FULL Week 2 Waiver Wire Pickups article.

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