Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups - NFL Fantasy Football

Immediate Pickups

Defensive Linemen

Jabaal Sheard (DE, Cle) – Sheard has the talent to put up Julius Peppers like stats and he proved that week 2. He started week 1 with 3 tackles and week 2 he got a sack, 5 tackles and fumble recovery. If you can get him, he’ll compete at a DL1 level.

Phillip Taylor (DT, Cle) – In defensive tackle required leagues, this is the guy you want to target off the wire. For the second week in a row, he put of 5 solos as a DT. You can get a huge advantage over fellow league-mates to have a DT on your team who can do this on a consistent basis.

Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE, Det) – Although he may not be a waiver wire guy in your league, perhaps he got lost in the mix of all that talent on the Detroit defensive line during your draft day. Now we are seeing that he is the main beneficiary with sacks and solid tackle numbers 2 weeks in a row. If you can get him in your league, he’s performing as a DL1.

Dave Ball (DE, Ten) – He put up 5 solos week 1 and 4 solos and a sack week 2. Those are numbers you’d be happy about from your linebacker and this is a defensive end that you should be able to sneak off the waiver wire.

Derrick Morgan (DE, Ten) – This was his first game back from injury and he got 3 solos and a sack. If this was his warm up, I’m excited to see what he looks like when he hits his stride. He’s a very special talent and a star on the rise. Catch him while you can.

Defensive Backs

Morgan Burnett (S, GB) – Last chance! We’ve been pushing him since before the season started, he headlined this list last week and his 7 solos, 1 sack and 2 pass deflections are your last call to go get him. He won’t be on this list next week as he is officially a “no brainer” starter and shouldn’t be on the wire after this week.

Jon McGraw (S, KC) –  We saw him come off the bench last week with 8 solos in place of Eric Berry, and now we saw what he can do “full-time” with 10 total tackles, 1 INT and 2 pass deflections. He reminds me of Bernard Pollard when he played safety for KC.

Lardarius Webb (CB, Bal) – Twenty one tackles in two weeks! However, we have to keep a close eye on the injury list because both him and Cary Williams are filling in for Chris Carr and Jimmy Smith. If he’s available in your league and you’re not happy with the way your cornerbacks are performing, Webb may be exactly what the doctor ordered.

George Wilson (S, Buf) – Wilson was dropped in a lot of leagues after the confusing situational package that Buffalo used week 1. They went back to their base package week 2 and Wilson had a solid day. The real reason he’s here though is because they face New England next week where they made a no name Miami strong safety look good and provided Eric Weddle with 12 tackles in week 2. Wilson should have a big week 3.

Jacob Lacey (CB, Ind) – Lacey put up 5 solos and a forced fumble week 1 and 9 tackles (6 solos) week 2 so I’m excited to add him as my CB2 when they face the Steelers next week.

Jarrad Page (S, Phi) – I’m getting the feeling he’s going to be solid all year. It only makes sense to throw the ball toward Page when your other choices are 3 pro bowl cornerbacks. Page should average 6-10 tackles a game all year.

Husain Abdullah (S, Min) – He’s been extremely consistent with 6 solos and a pass deflection in each of his first 2 games. He also picked up an interception week 2 vs. Tampa Bay. The big reason he’s on the list is he faces Detroit next, who has been very safety friendly in the box scores.


NaVorro Bowman (ILB, SF) – After starting week 1 with 7 solos, he follows up week 2 with 9 solos, an assist and a pass deflection. That makes him the second best breakout IDP linebacker this year, just behind Sean Lee of the Cowboys. Sneak him off your waiver wire and start him as your LB3 with LB1 upside. He’s outscored Patrick Willis two weeks in a row.

Rolando McClain (ILB, Oak) – Due to his horrid week 1, a lot of people dropped him. As I said in the Week 2 IDP Preview article, a weekly 32 team matchup preview published every Friday, McClain will be fine because we saw what he could do in the second half of 2010. He showed that this week with 10 tackles and 3 pass deflections. He’s a solid LB3.

Thomas Howard (OLB, Cin) – Week 1, he beat out Rey Maualuga in the box scores with 8 total tackles, 3 of them solo. Week 2, he does it again with 7 solos and 1 assist. It’s hard to tell if this trend will continue, but Howard had a lot of IDP value when he used to play for Oakland so he has enough pedigree to validate these performances.

Rey Maualuga (ILB, Cin) – I’ve seen a lot of people drop Maualuga, but my gut instinct is he’ll end up with the highest numbers for the Bengals by the end of the season. His next matchup vs. the 49ers should get him at least 7 solos. He had 6 solos, 1 assist week 2.


the 1 said...

hi monk love the site. my league scores like this. 3pt tackle, 5 int, 4 sack, 1 assist

my current dbs are E. Reed, D. Whitner, T.J. Ward,George Wilson.
on my waiver wire is sean jones,reshad jones,Tim jennings,jason mccourty, and husain abdullah.
im thinking of dropping tj who would you suggest?

we play 3 dbs

Anonymous said...

All good advice, but hard to tell who are the 'must-adds', and who is worth dropping for these guys. Do you have them in any specific order?

eli said...

Hey monk,
Help please.

Tillman or Lacey?? Who will be better?

Rudd or Sean Lee?? Rudd did nothing this week.

Rate these guys for me please:

Tj ward

Anonymous said...

Hey Monk man I watched the Jacksonville game just for POZ and he definately was better with Buffalo and Hawthorne didnt do much either whats your thoughts on them?? Here is my decisions this week to start thanks for the help.I can start 2 at each position. Is there anyone on this list i should drop and look for some of the people you mention on waivers besides Burnett and Lee they are gone.

DB-Chung,Whitner,TJ Ward,George Wilson

TK- Tackles 2 points
ATK - Assisted Tackles 1 point
DFR - Defensive Fumble Recovered 2 points
DFTD - Defensive TD 6 points
FF - Forced Fumble 2 points
Int - Interceptions 5 points
PDef - Pass Defensed 1 point
SK- Sacks 5 points

Forts said...

Stashed Jarret on my PS and picked up Coleman preseason. 5 Tackles in 2 Games. Looks like Page is the guy. Safe to drop Coleman?

Long.Live.The.Fade said...

Hi Monk,

2 questions.

1. Would you drop Kurt Coleman and add Jarrad Page?

2. Please rank the following DL. Morgan, Hardy and Sheard



Anonymous said...

What about Hawthorne, is he safe to drop at this point?


Anonymous said...

Hi Monk! Would you stick to the underperforming stud players such as D Ryan, Thomas Davis and Hawthorne for a few more weeks? Or drop one of them to pick up prospects such as D Butler, Weatherspoon, Bowman, Woodyard or T Howards?


Rev Macker said...

monk, love your insights. it's been very helpful to me as I learn the IDP side of fantasy football (and distracts me from a disastrous draft).

I had derrick morgan and dropped him in favor of shaugnessy, chancellor, weatherspoon, hawthorne, nick barnett, winfield and pouha. who would you recommend I cut from my team if I were to pick him back up?

Anonymous said...

Hey Monk. You're the man! Worried about Hawthorne at all after his start? Also...how would you rank these linebackers: Briggs, Maualuga, R. Mcclain? Thanks!

jyager said...

Hey monk great stuff here. Which de would you rather pick up?

1pt assist tackle
2pt solo
2.5pt tackle for a loss
3pt pass deflection
5pt ff
5pt fr
6pt sack
6pt td
6pt int

Of these three:
David Ball
Ryan Kerrigan
Derrick Morgan
Greg Hardy
Jabaal Sheard
Darnell Dockett

I know Dockett was supposed to be good and probably still will be but who else do you like in order on this list?

Mojo Elite said...

would you drop Roman Harper for Morgan Burnett?
Thank you for what you do and continue to let the Son shine.

ShakaKhan said...

Now that Thomas Davis is out for the season, are there any LB's in Carolina worth owning? Thank you Monk!

Xander said...

How does GB losing Nick Collins for the season effect the way they are going to play Morgan Burnett? Does his value go down? Do they start playing him farther off of the line? What are your thoughts, Monk?

Anonymous said...

Hey Monk,

Thanks for the hard work as always.

Whats your feeling on TJ Ward going forward? I looked at his schedule and I don't see any heavy pass teams asides from week 9 vs Houston to get him the tackles. Should I plug in T. Branch or should I pick up McGraw/ K Chancellor? M Burnett is snagged and I have L Webb.



Honest abe said...

Which one would you start out of these 3? P.Pos,Bowman Navorrow, B. Rudd.

And these 1 out of these dbs . D.Whitner,S.Jones,A. Rolle

3 pt tack,1 assist,5int,4sac

NJNJake said...

Monk, you do a great job thanks. Just lost Thomas Davis in a deep IDP league. Who do you like going forward out of Kavell Conner, Donald Butler, or Stewart Bradley(they gave him a big contract, have to play him eventually, maybe starts now)?


Anonymous said...

Hello Monk, Kam Chancellor or Morgan Burnett? Thanks

D said...

Hi Monk,
Would dropping Osi Umenyiora for Jabaal Sheard be a good idea. My other DL's are James Hall, Matt Shaughnessy, and Derrick Morgan. Should I drop one of these other guys and keep Osi on my bench and pick up Sheard?
Thanks as always.

RickHughart82 said...

I am in a 2 DB required league. Would you drop T.J. Ward for Reshad Jones moving forward or keep Ward and hope he pans out, as he did last year?

RickHughart82 said...

I'm in a league that requires you start 2 DB's.

Scoring is as follows:
2 pt - Solo
1 pt - Assisted
2 pt - Int
3 pt - Sack
1 pt - Pass Defended

Would you drop T.J. Ward for Reshad Jones moving forward or keep Ward and hope he pans out, as he did last year?

Michael Monk said...

everyone who has questions this week on who to start and in what order I'll be doing that long ranking list again here tonight or tomorrow so I apologize to those of you who wrote long questions but that's the best way to do it moving forward I will answer some of these unique ones now though so ill still want to check back and read these comments each week

I'm going to start with in overall statement on david hawthorne he is fine he was just coming off injury last week and is reps were limited he is still a stud and youll see it throughout the year as he gets more and more healthy

on kurt coleman from the eagles yes everyone is right I love the way he tackles but hes not getting opportunities and jarrett pages the way to go

regarding morgan burnett he will be moving to the free safety and charlie peprah will be starting at strong safety but don't panic honestly morgan burnett has been playing higher than thou you these last 2 weeks anyway so you're going to see a drop off charlie peprah has value but not as much as you may think he was good before because it was a poor free safety but morgan burnett is an athlete and packers will keep him in the action

Michael Monk said...

I understand your concerns about tj ward but he is 1 of the best Idp safeties in the league give it a couple more weeks if you can bench him for some other safety you feel better about I understand but do not drop him you'll end up regretting that big time

Michael Monk said...

Part 1
Desmond Bishop - GB at CHI
Sean Lee - DAL vs WAS
Jerod Mayo - NE at BUF
Ray Lewis - BAL at STL
Nick Barnett - BUF vs NE
DQwell Jackson - CLE vs MIA
Sean Weatherspoon - ATL at TB
Curtis Lofton - ATL at TB
Lawrence Timmons - PIT at IND
James Laurinaitis - STL vs BAL
Brian Urlacher - CHI vs GB
Brian Cushing - HOU at NO
Jonathan Vilma - NO vs HOU
Patrick Willis - SF at CIN
Lance Briggs - CHI vs GB
Chad Greenway - MIN vs DET
James Anderson - CAR vs JAX
Roman Harper - NO vs HOU
Rey Maualuga - CIN vs SF
Barrett Ruud - TEN vs DEN
Pat Angerer - IND vs PIT
Donald Butler - SD vs KC
James Harrison - PIT at IND
Mason Foster - TB vs ATL
Clay Matthews - GB at CHI
Rolando McClain - OAK vs NYJ
Morgan Burnett - GB at CHI
Navorro Bowman - SF at CIN
Charles Johnson - CAR vs JAX
Troy Polamalu - PIT at IND
Charles Woodson - GB at CHI
Patrick Chung - NE at BUF
Jamar Chaney - PHI vs NYG
Trent Cole - PHI vs NYG
DeMarcus Ware - DAL vs WAS
Justin Tuck - NYG at PHI
Quintin Mikell - STL vs BAL
Yeremiah Bell - MIA at CLE
Kevin Burnett - MIA at CLE
Lamarr Woodley - PIT at IND
Tyvon Branch - OAK vs NYJ
Antrel Rolle - NYG at PHI
Geno Hayes - TB vs ATL
Cameron Wake - MIA at CLE
Paul Posluszny - JAX at CAR
David Harris - NYJ at OAK
London Fletcher - WAS at DAL
Derrick Johnson - KC at SD
Dan Connor - CAR vs JAX
T.J. Ward - CLE vs MIA
Stephen Tulloch - DET at MIN
Thomas Howard - CIN vs SF
Jared Allen - MIN vs DET
Stewart Bradley - ARI at SEA
Wesley Woodyard - DEN at TEN
Jarrad Page - PHI vs NYG
E.J. Henderson - MIN vs DET
David Hawthorne - SEA vs ARI
Michael Johnson - CIN vs SF
Jon McGraw - KC at SD
Shaun Phillips - SD vs KC
Kerry Rhodes - ARI at SEA
Terrell Suggs - BAL at STL
Jason McCourty - TEN vs DEN
Kam Chancellor - SEA vs ARI
Antoine Winfield - MIN vs DET
Brandon Flowers - KC at SD
George Wilson - BUF vs NE
Jason Pierre-Paul - NYG at PHI
Brian Dawkins - DEN at TEN
Brian Orakpo - WAS at DAL
Rocky McIntosh - WAS at DAL
Von Miller - DEN at TEN
Justin King - STL vs BAL
Lardarius Webb - BAL at STL
DeAngelo Hall - WAS at DAL

Michael Monk said...

Part 2
Ndamukong Suh - DET at MIN
Haloti Ngata - BAL at STL
Jerraud Powers - IND vs PIT
Jacob Lacey - IND vs PIT
Tim Jennings - CHI vs GB
Antoine Bethea - IND vs PIT
Daryl Smith - JAX at CAR
Julius Peppers - CHI vs GB
Jason Babin - PHI vs NYG
Reed Doughty - WAS at DAL
Aaron Curry - SEA vs ARI
Justin Smith - SF at CIN
A.J. Hawk - GB at CHI
Matt Shaughnessy - OAK vs NYJ
DeMeco Ryans - HOU at NO
Michael Huff - OAK vs NYJ
Sean Jones - TB vs ATL
Michael Griffin - TEN vs DEN
Bob Sanders - SD vs KC
Bart Scott - NYJ at OAK
Ed Reed - BAL at STL
James Farrior - PIT at IND
Reshad Jones - MIA at CLE
Marvin Mitchell - NO vs HOU
Charles Tillman - CHI vs GB
Aqib Talib - TB vs ATL
Jabari Greer - NO vs HOU
Mario Williams - HOU at NO
Leodis McKelvin - BUF vs NE
Jairus Byrd - BUF vs NE
Kenny Phillips - NYG at PHI
Mathias Kiwanuka - NYG at PHI
Earl Thomas - SEA vs ARI
Greg Hardy - CAR vs JAX
Devin McCourty - NE at BUF
Glover Quin - HOU at NO
Brandon Carr - KC at SD
Eric Weddle - SD vs KC
Tamba Hali - KC at SD
Will Smith - NO vs HOU
Kavell Conner - IND vs PIT
Kyle Arrington - NE at BUF
Donte Whitner - SF at CIN
Ryan Kerrigan - WAS at DAL
Ray Edwards - ATL at TB
Chris Hope - TEN vs DEN
Charles Godfrey - CAR vs JAX
Amari Spievey - DET at MIN
Calvin Pace - NYJ at OAK
Tom Zbikowski - BAL at STL
Kyle Vanden Bosch - DET at MIN
Cortland Finnegan - TEN vs DEN
DeAndre Levy - DET at MIN
Matt Roth - JAX at CAR
Bradley Fletcher - STL vs BAL
Malcolm Jenkins - NO vs HOU
Josh Barrett - NE at BUF
Oshiomogho Atogwe - WAS at DAL
Chris Clemons - SEA vs ARI
Dave Ball - TEN vs DEN
Scott Fujita - CLE vs MIA
Cody Grimm - TB vs ATL
Joe Mays - DEN at TEN
Cullen Jenkins - PHI vs NYG
Justin Durant - DET at MIN
Bryan Scott - BUF vs NE
Brent Grimes - ATL at TB
Eric Smith - NYJ at OAK
James Hall - STL vs BAL
Dawan Landry - JAX at CAR
John Abraham - ATL at TB
Jacquian Williams - NYG at PHI
Andre Goodman - DEN at TEN
Rashean Mathis - JAX at CAR
Patrick Peterson - ARI at SEA
Joe Haden - CLE vs MIA
Kendrick Lewis - KC at SD
Husain Abdullah - MIN vs DET
Reggie Walker - ARI at SEA
Chris Long - STL vs BAL
William Moore - ATL at TB
Adrian Wilson - ARI at SEA
Marcus Trufant - SEA vs ARI
Brandon Meriweather - CHI vs GB
Robert Mathis - IND vs PIT
Chris Johnson - OAK vs NYJ
Ronde Barber - TB vs ATL
Cary Williams - BAL at STL
Eric Wright - DET at MIN
Quentin Jammer - SD vs KC
Joey Porter - ARI at SEA
Clark Haggans - ARI at SEA
Takeo Spikes - SD vs KC
J.J. Watt - HOU at NO
Darian Stewart - STL vs BAL
Anthony Spencer - DAL vs WAS
Stephen Nicholas - ATL at TB
Alan Ball - DAL vs WAS
Danieal Manning - HOU at NO
Philip Wheeler - IND vs PIT
Calais Campbell - ARI at SEA
Darnell Dockett - ARI at SEA
Ryan Clark - PIT at IND
Jay Ratliff - DAL vs WAS
Melvin Bullitt - IND vs PIT
Rob Ninkovich - NE at BUF
B.J. Raji - GB at CHI
Patrick Robinson - NO vs HOU
Will Witherspoon - TEN vs DEN
Leon Hall - CIN vs SF
Terence Newman - DAL vs WAS
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI vs NYG
Tarell Brown - SF at CIN
Ike Taylor - PIT at IND
Carlos Dunlap - CIN vs SF
Nate Clements - CIN vs SF
Sean Smith - MIA at CLE
Louis Delmas - DET at MIN
Corey Webster - NYG at PHI
Josh Wilson - WAS at DAL
Michael Mitchell - OAK vs NYJ
Geno Atkins - CIN vs SF
Muhammad Wilkerson - NYJ at OAK
Sedrick Ellis - NO vs HOU

Anonymous said...

I see you are ranking Reed Doughrty pretty high - What about Landry coming back and taking some of those tackles?

Michael Monk said...

your Question
I see you are ranking Reed Doughrty pretty high - What about Landry coming back and taking some of those tackles?

My Answer:
As I've mentioned before, I play IDP week to week and have found that's the best way to win so I'm not a believer in "rest of the year" guys as things change weekly in the IDP world. At this point, I still see Reed starting Monday night and I like the matchup vs. Dallas so that's why the ranking. We need to watch and see if Landry is ready instead, but I haven't seen that yet.

Thoracic Outlet said...

Hey monk, just a quick question if you have time
Should I drop garay for Darnell dockett for my DT position? DT required league, scoring tackle 1, assist 0.5 , sack 3, forced fumble 3, tackle for loss 1

Nick said...


Just read your comment about the tropical storm - hope you and yours are doing okay.

My Q:
According to your rankings, I should bench Terrell Suggs and start Posluzsny. I find this very hard to take, as Suggs is currently my #1 points-getter on defense, while Pos is dead last. I know we've only played two weeks of football, and if any opponent can get Pos back on track, Carolina is it... but you can see my hesitancy to bench Suggs. How do you justify ranking him so low? Also, it looks like Daryl Washington might play this week against Seattle - if he does, where do you see him in the rankings?

Rev Macker said...

Monk, considering your week-to-week approach. how long should I hold out hope for david hawthorne?

and along those lines, who would you start this week for DE: dave ball or matt shaughnessy?

thanks so much, and hope you guys are recovering well!

Tucker said...

How's it going Monk?

Tramon Wiliams is now listed as probable. He was listed fairly high on your ranking (first list) last week, but appears to be unranked this week. Will you be updating your rankings or his he really not expected to perform?
Thanks, love your blow

One918 said...

Hey Monk thanks for all the great advice. Just found your site. I can pick up Jason McCourty from FA but I would have to drop either P. Chung or T. Williams. Would you suggest dropping either and if so which one?

Thanks in advance!