IDP Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 11
Good Week to Find a DB
This list of IDP waiver wire pickups is sorted by position, and then by priorty.
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Osa Odighizuwa, DT, Dallas Cowboys
I mentioned three Cowboys among last week’s Pickups, but the Giants proved so bad that it lowered the scoring floor for just about everyone on the Dallas defense.
- Edge Demarcus Lawrence played just 40% of the defensive snaps.
- LB Damone Clark played just 53%.
- S/LB Markquese Bell 39%.
All marked significant dips vs. previous weeks. Bell has varied enough that keeping him out of Week 11 lineups makes sense. Lawrence and Clark should be worth using again.
And we’ll add Odighizuwa to the list for strongly positive matchups the next two weeks – at Carolina and vs. Washington – that should stay at least a little more competitive.
Candidate for DT-Specific Slots
The DT certainly isn’t for all formats. He doesn’t have a sack since Week 2. And his 7 QB hits for the year tie for 81st in the league. But Odighizuwa’s had five games this year with 3+ total pressures.
The Panthers head into Week 11 having allowed the fifth-most sacks, including 17 over just the past four games.
The Commanders have yielded their three lowest sack totals the past three games but still rank second-worst for the year in that category (ahead of only the Giants).
Elandon Roberts, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh lost Kwon Alexander to an Achilles’ tear Sunday, just a week after losing LB Cole Holcomb to a season-ending knee injury. That leaves Roberts as the likely playing-time leader among Steelers LBs the rest of the way.
We highlighted in last week’s IDP Waiver Wire Pickups that Roberts has produced stats efficiently this season. There’s at least a chance that he delivers more fantasy value the rest of the way than Holcomb did in his turn as the position leader and than Alexander would have.
Roberts played 96% of Pittsburgh’s snaps against Green Bay.
Jamin Davis, LB, Washington Commanders
Davis has been far more meh-to-poor than good this season. But he posted arguably his best game of the season in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, tying a season high with 11 tackles and doubling his season total in tackles for loss. Davis notched a pair of those, his first since Week 4.
Next Sunday brings a matchup with the Giants, who have more than doubled opponent LB scoring so far, according to our adjusted fantasy points allowed.
Davis gets a particular ceiling boost from the sack upside. The Giants have now allowed 7 more sacks than even the Commanders. Davis sits tied for 18th in pass-rushing snaps among non-edge LBs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jevon Holland, S, Miami Dolphins
Holland has gone quiet over the past five weeks and is coming off his bye, which has him available in plenty of IDP leagues.
Now’s a good time to buy, though, with three straight strongly positive matchups ahead. No team gets a better set of DB-scoring matchups over the next three weeks than Miami, which faces the Raiders, Jets and Commanders.
Brian Branch, DB, Detroit Lions
Branch’s playing time has rebounded the past two games. He played just 50% in his Week 7 return from a two-game ankle injury, but that climbed to 100% the next game and then 93% in Sunday’s win over the Chargers.
That rebound probably would have happened in his first game back, but the Baltimore matchup found Detroit keeping more LBs on the field (unsuccessfully) much more often than usual.
Branch primarily serves as the slot CB but adds a few snaps in deep coverage and a few more than that “in the box.” He has been a boom/bust fantasy scorer through six non-injury games, tallying more than half of his total points between Week 1 (INT return for TD) and Week 3 (11 solos, 2 passes defensed, 3 tackles for loss).
The rookie carries upside the rest of the way, though. His team gets the third-best DB schedule over the next six weeks, according to our adjusted fantasy points allowed.
Byron Murphy, CB, Minnesota Vikings
Murphy has grabbed an INT in two straight games and defensed five total passes across those matchups with the Falcons and Saints.
The fifth-year corner remains a weak tackle bet, averaging just 2.9 solos and 0.9 assists per game this year. But he has added a tackle for loss each of the past two games and already matched his career high for the season (3) in that category.
Murphy will remain a boom/bust fantasy option, but he gets boom matchups the next three games. Minnesota heads to Denver in Week 11, hosts Chicago in Week 12 and then visits Las Vegas after the bye.
All three teams stand as top-10 DB matchups for the year by our adjusted fantasy points allowed.
Looking for Offensive Waiver Wire Targets?
Jared and Matt talk through some top Week 11 waiver wire options in this video.