Week 4 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups
New names keep moving into the top thirty options at defensive back as player like Eric Smith, Tim Jennings, Reggie Nelson, Justin King, Kyle Arrington and Glover Quin are making their presence felt in IDP leagues. Just another reminder as to why I recommend that you draft down at the defensive back position after grabbing your first DB-1 option, because so many players can drop out or into the top thirty on a yearly basis.
Not as much action is going to in changing of the guard for defensive linemen and linebackers, so I have just a few options to target outside of the candidates discussed in recent articles. One linebacker I have on our week four waiver wire that was on last week is Buccaneers’ rookie Mason Foster.
As I pointed out last week, Foster is likely to play all three downs going forward, and it looks like he can still be had in many standard IDP leagues. Make sure you target him this week, if he’s still around.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar –
With Jonathan Vilma down because of a knee injury, look to Jo-Lonn Dunbar as a decent option to target. Last week Dunbar was a three down linebacker and picked up six solo tackles (10 total) against the Texans.
This week will be a different type of game for Dunber as the Texans are a much better passing offense than the Jaguars. I still expect Dunber to have a top forty performance, but probably won’t produce the same numbers as last week. Still, knee injuries can be problematic and if Vilma should have problems getting back on the field, Dunbar could easily turn into a LB-3 play going forward.
E.J. Henderson –
The Vikings veteran backer has come on in recent weeks and should have an effective game against the Chiefs. Look to Henderson as a LB-3 option this week, and a player worth holding for depth through the bye weeks.
Brian Robinson –
Only one option at this position this week, but Brian Robinson should be a good bet for some big-play opportunities against the Chiefs shaky offense. Who knows, maybe Matt Cassel will throw one of those thank you interceptions his way like he did with Eric Weddle when the game was on the line last week. In all seriousness, Robinson may not be a weekly starter, but he’s worth a go this week.
Tim Jennings –
The Bears cover-2 defensive scheme always seems to produce respectable defensive backs and Tim Jennings is seeing active work playing opposite Charles Tillman. At this time, Jennings is worth considering as a weekly starter, and could perform as a DB-2 throughout this season.
Justin King –
The Rams will be thrown on this year, and Justin King is going to have targets thrown his way as an average corner in the league. That’s not a bad thing for IDP as long as King keeps a starting job, and his 22 tackles thus far, help him move into our top thirty defensive backs this week.
With the Redskins coming to town, expect Rex Grossman to test a Ram secondary that has been torched through the first three weeks of the season.