Before we begin the waivers, Rest in Peace, Paul Allen. His contributions to technology and the greatest owner the Seahawks have had will leave a lasting legacy in the world.
In a week with a record-setting defensive effort and seemingly no defense being played in multiple games, we have some IDP players that have proved themselves worthy of being waiver adds. Week 7 brings more bye weeks, and those teams include the Packers, Steelers, Seahawks, and Raiders. 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. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 7.
DT – Corey Liuget, Los Angeles Chargers
Liuget served his four-game suspension and has come back after a very disappointing first game back with a sack and a half performance. Liuget has always been a bye week or injury fill-in player for me in the past, and he is on my radar again this season. While his true value may have to wait until Joey Bosa returns from injury, any DT that can grab a sack is worth checking out especially with some of the injuries at the position. Some other notables include Corey Peters (Week 6: 2 solos, 3 assists, and 2 sacks); Javon Hargrave (3 sacks this season, but on bye in Week 7); and David Irving (Week 6: 2 tackles in his first game action of the season)
DE – Arden Key, Oakland Raiders
Key was a phenomenal prospect coming out of LSU. The only downsides were his red flags that followed him throughout his college career. He has been a model NFL citizen thus far despite playing for the dysfunctional Raiders. He had his best game as a pro with 4 solo tackles and a sack and will see plenty of playing time moving forward. I can’t report on the Raiders without mentioning the outstanding sound bite from Bruce Irvin:
Some possible personal perspective from #Raiders DE Bruce Irvin? "We lost, but I've got a beautiful wife I get to go home to, boy. I'm going to try to make some babies, man."
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) October 14, 2018
Key is on bye this coming week, but snatch him up. Some other notables include: Jerry Hughes (4.5 sacks on the year. Check availability); Randy Gregory (Week 6: 3 solos and a sack); and Markus Golden (Week 6: half of a sack, a pass defended, and 2 solos)
LB – Breeland Speaks, Kansas City Chiefs
With Justin Houston’s injury history, Speaks has taken over one of the pass rushing linebacker spots for the Chiefs albeit until Houston’s hamstring heals. It looks like Speaks will get another week to prove himself and was a rookie mistake away from sacking Tom Brady and changing the game on Sunday Night. Speaks did get one sack along with 2 solos and 4 assists on the night. I’m not the biggest fan of OLB for your lineup, but this is one dynasty player that may not be on any taxi squads or teams still. Other notables: Za’Darius Smith (I don’t really buy the consistency, but 3 sacks is a nice boom week); Barkevious Mingo (On bye next week, but has a consistent floor); and Jordan Evans (Vigil and Burfict may be out Week 7, so somebody has to play LB for the Bengals)
CB – Mackensie Alexander, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have had injuries in their secondary to deal with all season. Mike Hughes is the latest to have issues, so look for Mackensie Alexander to be a bigger factor with Hughes out of the lineup. Alexander had a sack, 2 passes defended an assist and 4 solos in Week 6. Other notables include: Troy Hill (7 solos and was attacked all game); Morris Claiborne (2 straight top 12 CB performances); and Pierre Desir (Buy all the Colts CBs)
S – Jordan Lucas, Kansas City Chiefs
It looks like the Chiefs have “hope” that Eric Berry may play football for them at some point this season. In the meantime, Lucas played nearly every snap Sunday night and collected 4 solos, 6 assists, and a pass defended. Not Earth-shattering numbers, but KC safeties are normally good IDP producers. Other notables: D.J Swearinger (Week 6: 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble, and a sack); Jessie Bates (This one is for DWIN, he’s been consistent all year); and Kareem Jackson (I wasn’t a believer at first, but has been productive all season except 1 game).
These are my top waiver options for Week 7 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!