Week 5 IDP – Waiver Wire Pickups
DE – Michael Bennett / Adrian Clayborn –
Both young Buccaneers defensive ends shined on the big stage against the Colts last week and have had sound success in recent weeks.Of the two I like Clayborn as the option to target first as he burst and strength are what made him a first-round pick this spring and after a few slow games, he’s playing aggressive, when rushing the passer.
This week both have a great matchup as the face Alex Smith and the 49ers suspect pass-blocking offensive line. San Francisco has a young group, and they are prone to mental mistakes throughout each game, so opportunities should arise throughout, as the 49ers won’t be running away with the game on the scoreboard.
DE – Derrick Morgan –
One of my favorite breakout IDP players coming into training camps, I was disappointed to see that Morgan was injured once again. After a few weeks back, Morgan continues to flash his play-making ability and is a good DL-3 play this week against a shaky Steelers offensive line. While Morgan is still working his way into more time on the field, he will be in on passing downs and should expand his role as the season moves along. Consider Morgan a nice play this week, and an upside stash for the future.
LB / DE Ryan Kerrigan –
In ESPN leagues, Ryan Kerrigan is only eligible as a defensive lineman and is owned in about 30 percent of leagues. He’s a must add at that position, but it’s likely that your league has him listed at his real position, which is linebacker. In big-play leagues, Kerrigan is still worth a stash for now as the Redskins are on a bye week. Kerrigan has played terrific opposite Brian Orakpo, and it appears Mike Shannahan was correct in tabbing Kerrigan as a difference making impact player, and that is exactly why they choose him in the first round.
With the Redskins off to a three and one start, this defense is playing solid, and I’m also impressed that for an outside linebacker in a three – four scheme, he’s had only line game under four tackles (three week two) thus far. At his current pace, Kerrigan will pick up 72 tackles on the year, and that’s not too bad for a player at his position.
LB – Kavell Conner –
With the Colts defense likely to be on the field often, it’s no surprise that some of the young linebackers on this team are rising up as IDP waiver wire gems. Kavell Conner has a chance to be a regular LB-3 as the weak-side backer for the Colts, and his double digit tackles in three straight games, is proof that he’s an option to use this week against the Chiefs. If you’re in need of starting help, or just looking for respectable depth for later bye weeks, keep Conner around until he starts to decline for a few weeks.
LB – LeRoy Hill –
Since taking over on the strong-side Hill has proven to be a worthy rester-able option and should be a helpful bye week fill-in against the Giants. While middle linebacker David Hawthorne has bounced back in recent weeks, the Seahawks defense gets a high number of opportunities to rack up the tackles, and especially when on the road. I’m not sure Hill will be a solid long term hold, but for now, he’s worthy of an LB-3 play.
DB – Chris Houston –
A trendy waiver wire pick up this week because of his touchdown last week, but Chris Houston is making some plays and has a chance to keep it going against Jay Cutler. I expect the Lions to start fast in this game as it’s basically a coming-out party for them after so many bad years.
The Lions front line will generate pressure throughout the year, and especially against a weak Bears offensive line, so Houston should have a few chances for interceptions, if Cutler is forced into predictable passing situations.