It’s Week 1 and time for you to dust off those rosters, set some lineups and get your rosters in order. I have some waiver wire targets for you to play this week, pick up for the next few weeks, or stash. IDP can be a tough mountain to climb, and the waiver wire can be a great way to gain an advantage in your league.
DT – Danny Shelton, New England Patriots
Shelton was acquired via trade from the Browns early in the offseason, and he will be part of the rotation for the Pats along the front line. During the preseason he started a couple of games and collected a tackle and assist in each of the first three weeks. He was considered a bust for the Browns, but we know that if anybody can get the most of out Shelton, Bill Belichick would be the coach to do it. He wasn’t terrible in Cleveland in the tackle department for a DT he averaged just under two tackles a game but wasn’t much in the sack department. He’s owned in less than 3% of leagues on MFL, less than 1% of ESPN leagues and virtually 0% in Yahoo leagues.
DE – Bruce Irvin, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders will no longer have all-world DE, Khalil Mack. This is a next man up league, and Bruce Irvin has taken a spot on the line as a pass rushing defensive end for this defensive unit. Irvin had eight sacks last season and 37 over his six-year career and will look to concentrate on being a pass rusher in Paul Guenther’s defense. With it certain that Mack is gone Irvin could be a nice play for bye weeks and if injuries decimate your roster as he had 15 sacks in his two years playing alongside Mack.
LB – Skai Moore, Indianapolis Colts
Most of the rookie hype has been around Darius Leonard, but the real gem of this Colts defensive rookie class could be Skai Moore. Moore should be slotted as the starting middle linebacker for the Colts, especially with the trade of Antonio Morrison to the Packers. I’m a big fan of rostering middle linebackers in any defense and Moore has been a favorite sleeper of mine during the preseason draft season. Moore is not owned in many leagues unless I’m in the league with you.
CB – Ken Crawley, New Orleans Saints
When I look for cornerbacks to fill my starting lineups, I look for a shutdown corner; then I draft the guy across from him. Marshon Lattimore is the next shutdown corner. He earned his place with the likes of Jalen Ramsey and Patrick Peterson last season winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and a PFF grade of 87.9 in coverage. That leaves the door open for smart quarterbacks to look to the other side of the field and throw at Ken Crawley. Crawley graded out at 74.1 in coverage and will get plenty of opportunities for tackles and plays on the ball. Crawley is owned in a little over 2% of MFL leagues, 15% of ESPN leagues and virtually no Yahoo leagues.
S – Clayton Geathers, Indianapolis Colts
Most have forgotten how effective Geathers can be as a strong safety due to him missing the end of 2016 and beginning of the 2017 season recovering from surgery. He is back and has a forced fumble and six solo tackles in his preseason action. I like his chances to regain his form from 2016 before his injury and have been picking up Geathers when I can during the entire offseason. Geathers is owned in about 7% of MFL leagues, 1% of ESPN leagues and virtually no Yahoo leagues.
These are my top waiver options for Week 1 of the NFL season. Come back next Tuesday for more waiver gems after we get to see some REAL football action! You can follow me @seahawksdan8 and catch me on the IDP Edge Crushers every week for some IDP goodness!
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