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IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 4

By Matt Schauf | Updated on Tue, 26 Sep 2023 . 4:32 PM EDT

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

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Rashan Gary, Edge, Green Bay Packers

Gary played just 34 total snaps through Green Bay’s first two games, staying on the field for 16% in the opener and then 27% in Week 2. That’s not a big enough role for us to count on a player in IDP lineups.

But in Week 3, he proved it can be enough to put up a strong stat line.

Gary played just 23 snaps in Sunday's win over the Saints. That marked his largest share so far this season (38%). But it also beat Week 2 by just 1 snap.

He racked up 3 sacks, though, plus a fourth QB hit.

Gary has been building up to that. Pro Football Focus had him ranked 10th among all edge players in pass-rushing grade heading into Week 3.

Expect him to remain a boom-bust producer. But Gary’s worth a pickup in sack-friendly formats. Don't overpay for him, though. Matchups with Detroit and Vegas the next two weeks look just OK.

Terrel Bernard, LB, Buffalo Bills

Bernard moved up our rest-of-season rankings last week. And he's moving again this week.

Bernard racked up 2 sacks, an INT, and a fumble recovery to go with a team-high 7 tackles in Sunday’s blowout win at Washington.

After spending August locked in a battle for the starting job, Bernard has solidified his status through three games.

Cody Barton, LB, Washington Commanders

Barton opened the season with a quiet 5 tackles against Arizona. But he has tallied 10 and 13 in the two contests since, leading the team each time.

Fellow LB Jamin Davis added 11 tackles in Sunday’s loss to the Bills. But Barton’s the bet to continue leading because he has easily out-paced Davis in playing time.

Even Week 3, which seemed to find Davis bouncing back, still had Barton beating him 100% to 78% in snap share.

Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB, Carolina Panthers

Grugier-Hill tallied a team-high 10 tackles (7 solo) in his first start since Shaq Thompson went down for the season. That Seattle game also saw LB Frankie Luvu leave early with a hip injury.

Grugier-Hill should be in for full (or near-full) playing time against the Giants in Week 4, even if Luvu returns. If Luvu remains out, Grugier-Hill would be an even stronger tackle bet.

He’s also mixing in a few blitzes at times. KGH went from five pass rushes in Week 2 to just one last week. So we can't bet on production in that category. But it's another area of potential upside.

Just be careful not to over-commit to Grugier-Hill. He played his way off Houston's roster last year after opening the year in the starting lineup. And PFF graded him poorly in just about every category last week.

Nate Hobbs, CB, Las Vegas Raiders

The Chargers followed a predictably pass-leaning Week 2 (against the Titans) by going even more pass-heavy in Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

They dropped back on 75.8% of offensive plays and completed 40 passes. That led to 11 and 10 tackles for Minnesota’s top two CBs.

Already the best bet for fantasy production among Raiders DBs, Hobbs looks like a strong Week 4 play.

He's averaging 8 tackles and a pass breakup per game through three weeks.

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