IDP Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 12
We are entering Week 12 - Thanksgiving week. I'd like to thank you all for following along this season - whether on Twitter, reading this weekly article, or listening to the podcast. We're heading into the final weeks of the fantasy regular season and I hope everyone is on the cusp of making their fantasy playoffs.
Heading into Week 12, it does look like Myles Garrett is going to miss this week, as well. So, that's a huge name to be without this week. We've also lost Jayon Brown for the year. Who do we replace these defenders with?
There are still some names available who you can add to your roster that could have an impact.
As we look ahead to Week 12, here are the IDPs I'm suggesting to target on your waiver wire this week.
Will Compton, LB, Tennessee Titans
A shake-up in Tennessee. It appears as if Jayon Brown will miss the remainder of the season with a dislocated and fractured elbow - which sounds just awful. Compton has a track record of producing as an injury fill-in, just think of him as that RB handcuff. He hasn't appeared in more than 24% of his team's defensive snaps since 2016. Compton has appeared in just 545 snaps over the last four seasons, but he could be in the mix for more snaps for the remainder of the season. When Brown exited, Compton came in and wore the dot - not Rashaan Evans. He was patient and waited for lanes to open. He'll take on contact when necessary and hit the gaps with the big boys. Compton played appeared in 33 snaps and produced an 18.2% tackle rate, resulting in six tackles. If he calls the plays for the defense, he'll be the one I want to target from the wire.
Rashaan Evans, LB, Tennesee Titans
Evans is my secondary target from Tennessee. Evans appeared in 88% of the snaps against Baltimore and produced in a favorable matchup - recording nine tackles. His snaps have settled over the last few weeks, as there's only been one game where he appeared in fewer than 84% of the snaps. With Brown out, I do project Evans and Compton as the full-time linebackers, but Evans is the one who comes off the field in certain packages. Evans did a solid job on Lamar Jackson, limiting his big plays in the run game. Evans has a relatively low floor, as he hasn't had that huge double-digit tackle game yet. He's recording an 11.4% tackle rate and his current pace has him near 95 tackles. For the remainder of the season, he's an LB3 in deeper leagues.
Harvey Langi, LB, New York Jets
With Blake Cashman still inactive, Langi has taken advantage of his playing time. Langi has consecutive weeks of 19 or more fantasy points, resulting in 21 tackles and a 13.7% tackle rate. Langi hadn't done much, well nothing at all, since Week 1. He's been a special teamer for the majority of the season. The Avery Williamson trade opened up snaps and he appeared in 95% of the snaps in Week 9. After the bye, his role in the defense remained. Langi did a solid job getting to the ball carrier and limiting any yards after the catch in coverage. As long as Cashman remains sidelined, Langi is worth the add in most formats.
Alex Singleton, LB, Philadelphia Eagles
I wrote up Singleton back in Week 7 and if he's still available, I ask, "what are you waiting for?" He's taken reigns of the linebacker role, and even if Nate Gerry comes back, I don't see him overtaking Singleton's snaps and playcalling duties. I don't see him caught out of position and the game isn't moving too fast for him. He's not afraid to mix it up or take on contact and uses his hands to shed off blocks. In the tackles he was responsible for, he limited the Cleveland runners to minimal gains, including two tackles for loss. Over the last five games, he's producing a 16.7% tackle rate, resulting in 51 tackles.
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