IDP Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 14
We're headed into Week 14 and, hopefully, the fantasy playoffs. With everything going on, we've made it through most of the season and not one single game has been canceled. There are a few injuries to monitor, and unfortunately, it's bad timing—Blake Martinez and Eric Kendricks—are the two biggest names to keep an eye on. Even with these injuries, below you will find suggestions on who to add from the IDP waiver wire for Week 14.
Todd Davis, LB, Minnesota Vikings
A familiar, albeit boring name, makes his triumphant return to IDP relevancy—potentially. Eric Kendricks suffered a freak calf injury and was ruled out before kick-off. He wasn't declared inactive on the report, as it happened minutes before the game started. According to reports, his jam came on and he injured it dancing. The extent of his injury is yet to be determined, but if you are a Kendricks owner, you might want to grab Todd Davis—or prevent Kendricks owners from adding him. Davis looked fine and made solid tackles on James Robinson throughout the game—limiting him to gains of between three-to-four yards. He also chased down the ball-carrier and looked fresh doing it. Davis finished with a 15.5% tackle rate, resulting in 11 tackles.
Tae Crowder, LB, New York Giants
Another potential injury replacement here. Blake Martinez suffered a back injury, which caused him to miss the last series. It would be a blow to the Giants' defense if they were to be without Martinez. Tae Crowder ended up playing 39 snaps and wore the dot after Martinez exited. Will the Giants trust the final pick of the 2020 draft to do the heavy lifting? We'll have to see. He made an immediate impact in the first quarter with a sack on Russell Wilson. It came on an interesting package with just two down linemen. Crowder acted as if he was going to rush, allowed the linemen to take on a double-team, and then shot the opening to get to Wilson untouched. He also caused Wilson to scramble and leave the pocket. Crowder finished with a 17.9% tackle rate, resulting in seven tackles. If Martinez is out for this week, or beyond, Crowder looks to get the snaps.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks went three linebackers on the majority of their defensive packages in Week 13—allowing Brooks to see 77% of the snaps. He was solid against the run and held his own in coverage, allowing just one catch for nine yards to Golden Tate. He clogged the middle and set the edge well. Wayne Gallman did beat the defense on a long run and Brooks was one of the defenders chasing him down. Jamal Adams caused him to shift and Brooks chased him down and made the tackle. Brooks finished with a 25.6% tackle rate, resulting in 11 tackles. It'll be an unsustainable rate, however, he will be worth adding if he's going to get more than 75% of the snaps. He played the majority of the snaps on Bobby Wagner's right side.
Avery Williamson, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Robert Spillane suffered a knee injury against Washington. This allowed Avery Williamson to get some snaps alongside Vince Williams. He also wore the dot and called the plays. He had a solid outing and was active up near the line of scrimmage, especially on J.D. McKissic out of the backfield. He also had a nice tackle for loss, where he blew up a play on Cam Sims. Williamson finished with a 23.7% tackle rate, resulting in nine tackles. If Spillane is going to miss some time, Williamson should slot in opposite Williams and receive about 80% of the snaps. This is one of the reasons Pittsburgh acquired him ahead of the deadline, giving them solid depth.
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