Week 1 – IDP Waiver Wire Pickups
While I can understand if you want to keep the roster you drafted for the open week of the season, it’s still a good idea to keep some names in mind as we go through week one. These players below are worthy of paying attention to this week, and if your looking to add someone, they are options to pick up.
Von Miller - Word is getting around that the Broncos top selection in the spring is looking like a force in the pas rush. If Miller is ready to make an impact for IDP fantasy owners, he should have a big game against the Raiders on this week.
Oakland is retooling their offensive line, and Jason Campbell is one of the better quarterbacks to face if you’re hoping to pick up sacks. This should be a breakout performance for Miller as he will play on Monday Night Football.
Daryl Washington – The Cardinals seem happy with the progress that second year inside linebacker Daryl Washington has made in camp, and he’s going to be a full-time starter this year. Washington is worthy of a LB-3, but you can keep him on your bench until he proves he’s ready to start.
George Wilson - I can’t believe George Wilson is available in many IDP leagues, but it looks like he’s out there to have based on his percentage owned on ESPN. Wilson should have a great year and is a must add before the season starts. I will have Wilson mentioned in our start’em section for IDP this week as well, with a tasty matchup against the Chiefs.
Reed Doughty – Look for LaRon Landry to miss multiple games this year, and he’s likely not to play week one. The Redskins are thin at safety so Reed Doughty should stay on the field on passing downs.
Both Doughty and free safety O.J. Atogwe stand to benefit if Landry should miss time and both are respectable DB-3 options this week, if Landry is out.
Kurt Coleman – The battle for the Eagles strong safety job was a close one to watch this preseason, but it appears that veteran Kurt Coleman has beaten rookie Jaquawn Jarrrett for now. Look for Coleman to be a decent backup option for your team, as the Eagles are likely to keep him on the field for awhile with youth at the linebacker positions.
Patrick Peterson - I can’t be said enough but if Patrick Peterson is still hanging around on your league, he’s a fine addition for IDP leagues. Teams will test Peterson because he’s a rookie, and that is good news for his IDP value. The Cardinals have had productive IDP corners in the past as is evidence from Greg Toler’s numbers last year.
Lamarr Houston – The Raiders have a strong front line and Lamarr Houston’s passion for the game will help him produce as a steady DL-3 this season. Houston is eligible for defensive tackle in some leagues so consider him a possible start in leagues where you’re required to start a tackle.
Chris Clemons – While Chris Clemons may not reach his sack total from a year ago he should at least be on IDP rosters. If for some reason, you need an option for the first few weeks (maybe you have Osi Umenyiora) then give Clemons a shot as he plays the 49ers poor offensive line this week.