Week 3 is over and bye weeks are starting! Oh, wait, that’s terrible news. Good thing it’s only two teams: Carolina and Washington. Each week I’ll give you one player from each position to pick up for your squads and some bonus players if you need multiple options. This week we lost another Falcons safety, saw 100% of snaps for Jarrad Davis and Devon Kennard, and two upsets that nobody in their right mind saw coming. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 4.
DT – Clinton McDonald, Oakland Raiders
Jon Gruden once again went to the aging veteran pool and grabbed Clinton McDonald off the street. McDonald was released from the Broncos on cut down day and has performed well for the Raiders. Last week he had 4 solos and this week he had 2 solos, an assist, and a sack on 77% of snaps. McDonald is owned in virtually no leagues. Had you taken my waiver advice the last few weeks you could have Margus Hunt and Larry Ogunjobi dominating your DT slot, but fear not, here are a few other options that had some nice weeks. Vincent Taylor (Week 3: 3 solos, 4 assists, and a sack on 51% of snaps) Brandon Mebane (Week 3: 6 solos, 1 forced fumble, and 1 sack on 57% of snaps)
FYI: Week 2 Waiver Wire Add Margus Hunt: 4 solos, 1 forced fumble and recovery, and 1 sack (Still only 3.4% owned!)
Week 3 Waiver Wire Add Larry Ogunjobi: 4 solos and 4 assists. (Owned in 8.5% of leagues)
If these two are still available they take priority over the rest.
DE – Allen Bailey, Kansas City Chiefs
Bailey isn’t the sexiest of waiver adds but is a solid 3-4 defensive end that provides a decent floor for your team. He has a sack in two straight games. With Patrick Mahomes slinging the rock all over the yard, Kansas City has faced teams who are forced to throw to keep up with the high octane offense. Bailey was able to collect 3 solos and an assist to go with his sack and played 71% of snaps. Some other choices… well these are pretty ugly, but if you’re desperate: Kerry Wynn (Week 3: 5 solos, 1 assist, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass defended on 65% of snaps); Trent Murphy (Week 3: 2 solos, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, and 1 pass defended on 55% of snaps); and Deatrich Wise Jr. (Week 3: 3 solos, 1 assists, and a sack on 42% of snaps).
LB – Josey Jewell, Denver Broncos
The Outlaw is creeping his way into the lineup and I can’t wait to see him play 100% of snaps. He didn’t quite get there in Week 3, but played 53% of snaps and collected 4 solos and 4 assists. His snap counts have gone from 7 to 14 to 38. The Broncos must be impressed or they would not send Brandon Marshall to the bench for most of the game. One of the keys to winning in IDP is being ahead of the curve and Jewell could be the next rookie to make a splash from this loaded rookie linebacker class. He is barely owned and a perfect stash for the upcoming bye weeks. Other notables: Mychal Kendricks (Week 3: 6 solos and a sack on 62% of snaps); Ja’Whaun Bentley (Week 3: 3 solos, 2 assists, 1 INT, and 1 pass defended on 78% of snaps); and Ramik Wilson (Week 3: 6 solos, 3 assists, and a pass defended on 67% of snaps)
CB – Bobby McCain, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are the top team in the AFC East by a full 2 games and Bobby McCain has been a bright spot for the team. Opposite of Xavien Howard, McCain has been getting some work with 5 solos and 4 assists this past week. He played 95% of snaps for the Dolphins and should continue to get work. He is barely owned if at all and should have a solid floor. Other notables: Brian Poole (Week 3: 10 solos… Wow! And a pass defended on 89% of snaps); Tavon Johnson (Week 3: 5 solos, 2 assists, and a pass defended on 68% of snaps); and Terrance Mitchell (Week 3: 4 solos, 1 assist, 1 INT, and 1 pass defended on 90% of snaps)
S – Tre Boston, Arizona Cardinals
Last week’s waiver add is already done for the season, so you may be in need again. Despite my own beliefs, Arizona seems to be able to support three safeties that are functioning since their linebackers are a train wreck. Budda Baker and Antione Bethea are still relevant though as the three safeties are playing a ton. (Baker – 99%, Bethea – 99%, and Boston 97%) Boston collected 5 solos, 2 assists, an INT, and 2 passes defended on 99% of snaps in Week 3. He is owned in 3.1% of MFL leagues. Other notables: Damontae Kazee (Week 3: 8 solos and 2 assists on 92% of snaps); Antone Exum (Week 3: 9 solos, a forced fumble, and a sack – Check later in the week for Jaquiski Tartt’s status as if he is out Exum is a great play); and whoever the Falcons bring in to play strong safety. I don’t know that this player is on the roster right now, but Keith Tandy is the backup on the depth charts currently.
These are my top waiver options for Week 4 of the NFL season. Come back next Tuesday for more waiver gems! You can follow me @seahawksdan8 and catch me on the IDP Edge Crushers each and every week for some IDP goodness!