IDP Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4
While Week 3 wasn't as brutal as Week 2, we had injuries and some standout play you need to take advantage of.
This week, we saw Chase Young leave early, and Christian Kirksey leave with a shoulder injury. While we're waiting on the severity of these injuries, Kirksey appears to be doubtful for the week - so this certainly opens the opportunity door for others.
As we look ahead to Week 4, here are the IDPs I'm suggesting to target on your waiver wire this week.
Mack Wilson, LB, Cleveland Brown
Wilson returned to the field and made his 2020 season debut - much earlier than I expected. However, he appeared in just a handful of snaps. It looked like they were easing him as they continued to play Sione Takitaki and Malcolm Smith. Wilson is going to be one of those pre-emptive pickups, as he could be slated for a three-down role when fully ready.
Mykal Walker, LB, Atlanta Falcons
Foyesade Olukuon may be another victim of, "Never let them see your backup." Olukuon missed Week 3 and Walker looked good on the field - especially in coverage. He limited yards after the catch and finished off tackles. He looked like one of Atlanta's better defenders this week. If Olukuon continues to miss time, even upon his return, I don't see how he supplants Walker. Crazier things have happened, but I like Walker's upside. Walker finished with six solo tackles - eight total - for an 11.1% tackle rate.
Ty Summers, LB, Green Bay Packers
Summers's value will rest on the shoulder of Christian Kirksey. As of now, we may not know the severity, but Summers replaced Kirksey and took over his role in the defense. He even called the plays. It wasn't a pretty game, including a missed key tackle of Alvin Kamara. From an IDP-standpoint, he produced. Summers finished with nine tackles resulting in a 20.5% tackle rate. If Kirksey is out for an extended period of time, Summers could be a short-term option. I'm not sure I'd invest too much FAAB or a top waiver priority, as Green Bay could look to bring in someone off the streets. Plus, we still don't know if Kirksey will miss time, however, Summers should be on your radar if you are a Kirksey owner.
Avery Williamson, LB, New York Jets
It looks like Williamson returned to the field in Week 3. Not only did he produce, but he was on the field for 95% of the snaps. Williamson recorded a 15.8% tackle rate - resulting in nine tackles. He didn't look hampered by his knee and took on contact. He shed blocks and was quick to the ball. Neville Hewitt is still calling the plays, but Williamson looks to be the three-down LB opposite. Williamson is shaping up to be a potential LB2 the remainder of the season.
KJ Wright, LB, Seattle Seahawks
With Bruce Irvin lost for the season, Wright came in and played 100% of the snaps in Week 3. If Wright has a three-down role, there's definitely IDP appeal here. Although he may have a tough time recording 100 tackles this season, he's an efficient tackler when on the field and there's still a familiarity playing alongside Bobby Wagner. Wright finished with 10 tackles and a 12.2% tackle rate.
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