Week 4 has come to a close, and we have another mini-bye week coming up in Week 5. This week we have to go without the Bears and Bucs players this week. 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. Week 4 had some big games from some of the obvious names, but if you suffered an injury or just need a bye week fill in you’ve come to the right place. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 5.
DT – Da’Shawn Hand, Detroit Lions
This one is almost cheating since Hand plays a majority of his snaps at defensive end, but take him while you can get him out there. Hand recorded his first sack of the season Sunday but has provided a decent floor in 3 out of 4 games. His season stats through 4 games are 11 tackles, 4 assists, a forced fumble, and a sack, but this rookie could thrive while Ezekiel Ansah seems to be hurt every week, and the Lions need healthy rushers. Hand is out-scoring popular IDP teammate A’Shawn Robinson at the DT position, but Hand is the better play as he is out-snapped Robinson 70% to 52%. Some other options at the position include: Denico Autry (Monster Week 4: 2 sacks, 7 tackles, and 2 assists after missing two games); Jarran Reed (2 solid weeks in a row, Week 3: 2 sacks 3 tackles and Week 4: 1 sack 3 tackles); and Robert Nkemdiche (Very consistent production through 4 weeks: 11 tackles, 3 assists and 2 sacks over 4 games and no less than 2 tackles per game.)
DE – Takkarist McKinley, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons 1st round pick in 2017 is showing why the Falcons coveted him so much. While he didn’t do much outside of his 3 sacks Sunday, he had 3 sacks Sunday on 67% of snaps. Any owner would be grateful for 3 sacks from the defensive end position. Takk only has 1 tackle that is a non-sack. That may worry some owners, but defensive end has been a high risk-high reward position this year. Owners without Jason Pierre-Paul and Akiem Hicks could look for Takk for a bye week fill in or a multi-week play. McKinley as the Steelers, Bucs, and Giants are the next three opponents. Other notables: Henry Anderson (Last three games: 2.5 sacks and Week 4 had 3 passes defended); John Simon (We must be getting desperate here, did have a sack Week 4 with his new team); You should just start whoever is on your team; nobody is jumping out here.
LB – Anthony Walker, Indianapolis Colts
I’m a little late to this party, but Walker and Darius Leonard are the duo I was expecting in Indianapolis, I just wasn’t expecting Walker to be the second half. He has been brilliant at middle linebacker for IDP and had his best output in Week 4 with 9 solo tackles and a sack. Skai Moore was released over the weekend, so this is Walker’s job without a doubt. Some other notables Harold Landry (Week 4: 3 solos, an assist, a sack, and a forced fumble); Jatavius Brown (The roller coaster continues a nice Week 4: 7 solos, 2 assists, and a pass defended on 98% of snaps); and Jayon Brown (Took over for injured Wesley Woodyard and played 99% of snaps. Week 4: 6 solos, 4 assists and 1 sack)
CB – Malcolm Butler, Tennessee Titans
I mentioned Butler a couple weeks ago as a notable, but he has been an IDP dream. Take out the defensive struggle against the Jaguars and Butler has been great. He had 9 solos and a sack in Week 4 and has 23 tackles, 2, assists, a forced fumble, an INT, a sack and 4 passes defended on the season. Other notables: Rashaan Melvin (Week 4: 9 solos and 2 passes defended); Pierre Desir (Week 4: 5 solos, a pass defended and an INT); and Tre Flowers (Week 4: 6 solos and a forced fumble)
S – Damontae Kazee, Atlanta Falcons
With Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen out for the season, Damontae Kazee has stepped up in the secondary for the Falcons. The Falcons have been in shootouts all season and Kazee the past two games has been a high tackle guy. In Week 4 Kazee had 7 solos, an INT and a pass defended. Look for more of the same as teams are attacking the Falcon defense at will due to the injuries piling up for the Falcon defense. Other Notables include: Jessie Bates (Playing high snaps and consistently getting a nice floor. Week 4: 7 solos and an assist); Antone Exum (Keep an eye on Jaquiski Tartt’s status again, but Exum has been great in place of Tartt and worth the stash); and Matthias Fairley (Played 52% of snaps with Geathers and Hooker playing 100% and had 7 solos, an assist, and a pass defended.)
These are my top waiver options for Week 5 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 every week for some IDP goodness!