Week 5 IDP Waiver Wire Pickups - NFL Fantasy Football

Byes in Week Five: Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams, Redskins

Immediate Pickups

(Some LBs to point out who were on this list last week and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are NaVorro Bowman, Rolando McClain, Ray Maualuga, Donald Butler, Daryl Smith and Thomas Howard. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Kavell Conner (OLB, Ind) – Conner must have read our watch list last week. We told him he needs to start beating Pat Angerer to the ball so he could turn those 16 assists into solo tackles. He did just that Week Four with 14 solo tackles and 4 assists. Needless to say, 14 solos definitely earns him a roster spot on your team. Updated 10/6

Larry Foote (ILB, Ind) – James Harrison will be out a few weeks with a fractured orbital. Lawrence Timmons will be sliding outside into his spot and Larry Foote will be moving inside into Timmons regular spot. This increases playing time for both James Farrior and Foote as they were splitting time, but Foote is the main benefactor here as he sees the highest increase in value. (See the Watch List update below on how this effects Stevenson Sylvester.) Updated 10/6

Dan Connor (MLB, Car) – In Week Five, he’s facing the Saints, who have seriously boosted the numbers of every MLB who has faced them this year. The Saints were exactly what the doctor ordered for Connor’s former Penn State teammate Paul Posluszny in Week Four, as Puz had 9 solos, a sack, and 2 pass deflections. If there is ever a time to start Connor, it’s Week Five. He’s the perfect bye week fill-in.

Gary Guyton (OLB, NE) – It looks like Jerod Mayo who was carted off the field and did not return against the Raiders on Sunday, will miss at least a few weeks with an MCL sprain. Guyton is his backup and has produced with strong numbers filling in for him in the past. He could also be a nice bye-week fill-in even if you’re not a Mayo owner.

Jovan Belcher (OLB, KC) – His Week Three performance of 8 solos and 2 assists was followed up Week Four with 6 solos and 1 assist. In Week Five, he’s facing the Colts, who are not well known for being a LB friendly team, but these two atrocious teams could cancel each other out and the usual rules won’t apply in this one. Let’s face it, these might be the worst two teams in football right now, but both are showing signs of life on defense so turnovers might be the “theme” of this game.

Wesley Woodyard (OLB, Den) – That strong Week Four was all we needed to learn about Woodyard. Even with D.J. Williams back, Woodyard stayed on the field and still produced solid numbers. He’s another solid bye week or injury fill-in if you need him.

Will Witherspoon (OLB, Ten) – His numbers in Week Three were almost too good to be true with a sack and an interception in the same game, but now he followed up that performance with a more repeatable 7 solos and 2 pass deflections. This shows the consistency we wanted to see from him. Think of him as a Sean Weatherspoon lite, so he’s a good bye week fill-in for your LB5.

Defensive Linemen
(Some DLs to point out who were on this before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are Kyle Vanden Bosch, Phil Taylor, Ahtyba Rubin and Derrick Morgan. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Andre Carter (DE, NE) – Carter has been a consistent tackler since joining the Patriots, but the real reason he’s on this list is for his chance of getting a sack on Mark Sanchez in Week Five and that reshuffled Jets line. The Raiders put up 4 tackles on Sanchez in Week Three and most recently the Ravens absolutely destroyed the Jets’ line on every level possible. The Jets will get better if C Nick Mangold can play, but Carter should be able to exploit weaknesses off the edges.

Greg Hardy (DE, Car) – One of the lesser-known stats about Drew Brees is that he has been sacked this year almost as much as Ben Roethlisberger or Jay Cutler. Surprisingly, the Bears only allowed one sack Week Four, so Hardy did not get the sack we expected – his counterpart Charles Johnson picked up the only sack of the game. He has just as good of a chance to pick up his sack vs. the Saints in Week Five, though, so that makes him worth it.

Jason Jones (DE, Ten) –Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have given up an average of 4 sacks per game, and there hasn’t been one game in particular that skewed those stats. The fewest number of sacks in a game vs. Pittsburgh this year was 2.5 sacks and the highest has been 5. Based on those numbers, it’s almost a guarantee that Big Ben will be sacked at least twice in this game with the upside of 5 sacks. Jones has the ability to get to the QB multiple times if that’s the case.

Tyson Jackson (DE, KC) – This is a one week matchup play vs. the Colts where both interior linemen for Tampa Bay combining for 3 sacks and 9 solos Week Four. The other who could go off here is Glenn Dorsey, but I’ve been watching Tyson Jackson and his special skill set for a long time and he’s had huge breakout games in the past. I think this is the one for him. Updated 10/6

Defensive Backs
(Some DBs to point out who were on this list before and should no longer be on your Waiver Wire are Morgan Burnett, Dashon Goldson, Eric Smith, Sean Jones, George Wilson, Justin King, Husain Abdullah and Lardarius Webb. If they are still on your wire, pick up those guys before anyone listed below.)

Reggie Nelson (S, Cin) – He was on this list last week, but I’m leaving him on here because he’s probably one of those fringe names you may have passed on. But to make this simple, he’s tied with known fantasy stud Tyvon Branch in scoring after four games. So ask yourself: would you leave Branch on your Waiver Wire if he were there? How about Yeremiah Bell or Eric Weddle? Because he’s producing significantly better than both of those guys. He’s your number one DB pickup this week.

Kyle Arrington (CB, NE) – We had Arrington on the watch list last week with his 3 interceptions in three weeks and his 6 tackles two weeks in a row. Although he did not continue his interception streak Week Four, he did continue his solid tackle numbers with 5 solos and 3 assists. If you need a CB2 with some serious upside, he’s a solid pickup.

Charles Godfrey (S, Car) – In Week Five, Godfrey goes up against the Saints and all the IDP value they bring to strong safeties. The interesting observation I’ve made over the years is Drew Brees tends to throw INTs predominantly to strong safeties and linebackers, plus Godfrey is fresh off his first INT of the year. Brees is also vulnerable to the sack, but they may not blitz Godfrey as they’ll need him to help cover TE Jimmy Graham. Either way, he’ll have a shot for some nice numbers in this one.

Jordan Babineaux (S, Ten) – If Chris Hope is out again (and some reports suggest he’ll be out a while), Babineaux is a very nice add. He’s been extremely solid in place of Hope, and it’s not just because he had a 97-yard pick-six in Week Four. He’s had 13 solos and a couple pass deflections in his two starts as well.

Donald Washington (S, KC) – If Jon McGraw continues to be out with an injury in Week Five, he’s a solid play vs. Indianapolis.

Watch List
(Give them 1 more week, unless you’re in a deep IDP league)


Stevenson Sylvester (OLB, Pit) – Sylvester has flashed some awesome IDP potential in the past with limited snaps. He is the future of the LB core and the future replacement for Farrior when he retires. Pittsburgh will be rotating Sylvester in for Farrior on some plays, but we need to watch to see how many plays he gets. If he does enough with his snaps, you may see a changing of the guard sooner, rather than later. Updated 10/6

Brian Rolle (OLB, Phi) – He took over for the overmatched Casey Matthews, and Week Four was his first start. He got 5 solos and 1 pass deflection, which is not a bad start so he’s well worth a watch.

Omar Gaither (OLB, Car) – I have no idea what happened here. I saw Matt Forte juke past Jason Williams at one point in the game, but I’m not sure if Williams got injured or was benched. So this now a situation to watch this week, because Gaither made a nice open-field tackle.

LeRoy Hill (OLB, Sea) – He didn’t put up the incredible numbers that he did during Week Three, but we didn’t expect him to. However, he did exceed my expectations this week with 5 solos and 4 assists. I thought we’d see him drop back down to his usual underwhelming 2 solos, so he’s going to stay on this watch list for another week.

Defensive Linemen

Aldon Smith (DE/LB, SF) Smith is an incredibly athletic defensive end whom the 49ers are using as an outside linebacker. He got his first shot show off what he can do against the elusive Michael Vick, using his speed to sack him 1.5 times on 3 QB hits. In addition, he garned 4 solos on the day. I don’t know if they were experimenting with Smith because he’s the fastest of all their pass rushers and had the best shot to get to Vick, or if this is a true changing-of-the-guard and he’s officially taken over for Parys Haralson. Obviously, this is something to watch this week.

Marcell Dareus (DT, Buf) The rookie first round pick for Buffalo had a promising pre-season and then three disappointing weeks of the regular season (by IDP standards). It was bad enough that he was dropped in two of the leagues that I play in, but those owners might be regretting those moves pretty so. He had the game people hoped for in Week Four, with 4 tackles and a sack, and he’s been very close to the quarterback every game this year and has done an outstanding job by NFL standards. It was only a matter of time before his efforts showed up in the box scores and if you’re in a league that requires a defensive tackle, he’s one to watch very closely, if not pick him up immediately.

Shaun Ellis (DE, NE) He’s facing the Jets, his former team, in Week Five and he has a shot at a sack. However, he has not been producing for IDP so far this year. So he’s someone to watch on the Waiver Wire, and if you can’t find any better talent in your DE-required league, he may be a high-risk/high-reward play.

Defensive Backs

Bernard Pollard (S, Bal) – This former IDP stud played full-time in Week Four. However, he did not do anything special. Maybe it’s just IDP nostalgia, but I feel like he’s still got some magic left in the tank so he’s one I’ll be watching in case this is a permanent change.

Charlie Peprah (S, GB) – As we mentioned last week, Peprah is just a watch and he did just enough with a few solos and picking up a fairly lucky INT to stay on this watch list, but he hasn’t show enough to be worthy of a pick-up yet.


Long.Live.The.Fade said...

Hi Monk,

Who you do like on our team more.. Goldson or Abdullah moving forward.. basically I am looking for DB.


CB said...

DJ Williams is on my league's wire.He racked up 8 tackles in his first game back from injury. Lawrence Timmons was my top IDP pick but is underperforming badly. Should I drop him for Williams or stick with him one more week?


Anonymous said...

I have a chance to get one of the following players off of the waiver wire:
Paul Poz, George Wilson, DJ Williams, Woodward.

Which two would you take?

Cheese Fondue said...

Hi Monk,
I need to sub my defensive backfor Week 5

Here are the top 3 available for pickup from waivers I am considering for Week 5

1) George Wilson BUF @PHI
2) Roman Harper NOS @ CAR
3) Devin McCourty NEP @ NYJ

Also available:
Reggie Nelson
Eric Weddle
Eric Smith
Sean Jones
Hussain Abdullah

Thanks in advance

Michael Monk said...

@ Long Live the Fade
I like Goldson over Abdullah

Michael Monk said...

Out of Paul Poz, George Wilson, DJ Williams, Woodward, I like DJ Williams for the rest of the year.

Michael Monk said...

@ Cheese
Roman Harper would be my pick

Michael Monk said...

@CB James Harrison is out for 3 weeks and Timmons will move out to his spot with Larry Foote sliding into Timmons spot. I would definitely get DJ Williams over Timmons at this point.

Michael Monk said...

FA mean on bye

Desmond Bishop - GB at ATL
Pat Angerer - IND vs KC
D.J. Williams - DEN vs SD
Rolando McClain - OAK at HOU
Nick Barnett - BUF vs PHI
Curtis Lofton - ATL vs GB
Paul Posluszny - JAX vs CIN
Tamba Hali - KC at IND
Tyvon Branch - OAK at HOU
Daryl Washington - ARI at MIN
Mason Foster - TB at SF
Brian Urlacher - CHI at DET
Barrett Ruud - TEN at PIT
Jamar Chaney - PHI at BUF
Stephen Tulloch - DET vs CHI
Patrick Willis - SF vs TB
Navorro Bowman - SF vs TB
Rey Maualuga - CIN at JAX
Sean Weatherspoon - ATL vs GB
Antoine Winfield - MIN vs ARI
Von Miller - DEN vs SD
David Harris - NYJ at NE
Roman Harper - NO at CAR
Derrick Johnson - KC at IND
Jared Allen - MIN vs ARI
Leroy Hill - SEA at NYG
E.J. Henderson - MIN vs ARI
Jovan Belcher - KC at IND
David Hawthorne - SEA at NYG
Lance Briggs - CHI at DET
Jonathan Vilma - NO at CAR
Jason McCourty - TEN at PIT
George Wilson - BUF vs PHI
London Fletcher - WAS FA
Kerry Rhodes - ARI at MIN
Brian Orakpo - WAS FA
Jairus Byrd - BUF vs PHI
Daryl Smith - JAX vs CIN
Clay Matthews - GB at ATL
Shaun Phillips - SD at DEN
Brian Cushing - HOU vs OAK
Chad Greenway - MIN vs ARI
Donald Butler - SD at DEN
LaRon Landry - WAS FA
Patrick Peterson - ARI at MIN
Lawrence Timmons - PIT vs TEN
Troy Polamalu - PIT vs TEN
Cedric Griffin - MIN vs ARI
Devin McCourty - NE vs NYJ
A.J. Hawk - GB at ATL
Earl Thomas - SEA at NYG
Will Smith - NO at CAR
Morgan Burnett - GB at ATL
Ndamukong Suh - DET vs CHI
Jarrad Page - PHI at BUF
Charles Woodson - GB at ATL
Takeo Spikes - SD at DEN
Rocky McIntosh - WAS FA
Brandon Spikes - NE vs NYJ
Kyle Arrington - NE vs NYJ
Robert Mathis - IND vs KC
Charles Godfrey - CAR vs NO
Jason Pierre-Paul - NYG vs SEA
Jason Babin - PHI at BUF
Dashon Goldson - SF vs TB
Eric Weddle - SD at DEN
DeAngelo Hall - WAS FA
Jon McGraw - KC at IND

Michael Monk said...

Brian Rolle - PHI at BUF
DeAndre Levy - DET vs CHI
Kyle Vanden Bosch - DET vs CHI
Reggie Nelson - CIN at JAX
Michael Johnson - CIN at JAX
Mario Williams - HOU vs OAK
Antoine Bethea - IND vs KC
Ryan Kerrigan - WAS FA
Calvin Pace - NYJ at NE
Brandon Flowers - KC at IND
Bart Scott - NYJ at NE
Geno Hayes - TB at SF
Chris Houston - DET vs CHI
Cortland Finnegan - TEN at PIT
Oshiomogho Atogwe - WAS FA
Paris Lenon - ARI at MIN
Charles Tillman - CHI at DET
Tim Jennings - CHI at DET
Lamarr Woodley - PIT vs TEN
Dawan Landry - JAX vs CIN
Sean Jones - TB at SF
Antrel Rolle - NYG vs SEA
Kavell Conner - IND vs KC
Eric Smith - NYJ at NE
Tramon Williams - GB at ATL
William Moore - ATL vs GB
James Harrison - PIT vs TEN
Thomas Howard - CIN at JAX
Justin Tuck - NYG vs SEA
Marcus Gilchrist - SD at DEN
Justin Smith - SF vs TB
Patrick Chung - NE vs NYJ
Steve Gregory - SD at DEN
Louis Delmas - DET vs CHI
Dwight Freeney - IND vs KC
Captain Munnerlyn - CAR vs NO
John Wendling - DET vs CHI
Rashean Mathis - JAX vs CIN
James Anderson - CAR vs NO
Julius Peppers - CHI at DET
Brian Dawkins - DEN vs SD
Danieal Manning - HOU vs OAK
Rahim Moore - DEN vs SD
Aqib Talib - TB at SF
Leon Hall - CIN at JAX
Donte Whitner - SF vs TB
Charles Johnson - CAR vs NO
Greg Hardy - CAR vs NO
Osi Umenyiora - NYG vs SEA
Chris Clemons - SEA at NYG
Adrian Wilson - ARI at MIN
Cullen Jenkins - PHI at BUF
Calais Campbell - ARI at MIN
Will Witherspoon - TEN at PIT
Philip Wheeler - IND vs KC
Jabari Greer - NO at CAR
Leodis McKelvin - BUF vs PHI
James Farrior - PIT vs TEN
Omar Gaither - CAR vs NO
Husain Abdullah - MIN vs ARI
Dan Connor - CAR vs NO
Malcolm Jenkins - NO at CAR
Glover Quin - HOU vs OAK
Kenny Phillips - NYG vs SEA
Michael Boley - NYG vs SEA
Brandon Meriweather - CHI at DET
J.J. Watt - HOU vs OAK
Mathias Kiwanuka - NYG vs SEA
Major Wright - CHI at DET
Gary Guyton - NE vs NYJ
Jacquian Williams - NYG vs SEA
DeMeco Ryans - HOU vs OAK
Brandon Carr - KC at IND
Erin Henderson - MIN vs ARI
Ronde Barber - TB at SF
Shawne Merriman - BUF vs PHI
Darnell Dockett - ARI at MIN
Lamarr Houston - OAK at HOU
Brian Robison - MIN vs ARI
Tracy Porter - NO at CAR
Drayton Florence - BUF vs PHI
Darius Butler - CAR vs NO
Marcus Trufant - SEA at NYG
Thomas DeCoud - ATL vs GB
Nate Clements - CIN at JAX
Dane Fletcher - NE vs NYJ
Bryan Scott - BUF vs PHI
Eric Wright - DET vs CHI
Antonio Cromartie - NYJ at NE
Dave Ball - TEN at PIT
Dunta Robinson - ATL vs GB
Corey Webster - NYG vs SEA
Jerraud Powers - IND vs KC
Michael Griffin - TEN at PIT
Darrelle Revis - NYJ at NE
Adrian Clayborn - TB at SF
Cliff Avril - DET vs CHI
John Abraham - ATL vs GB
Sedrick Ellis - NO at CAR
Geno Atkins - CIN at JAX
Sione Pouha - NYJ at NE
Johnathan Joseph - HOU vs OAK
Atari Bigby - GB at ATL
Brent Grimes - ATL vs GB
Derrick Morgan - TEN at PIT
Jordan Babineaux - TEN at PIT
Ray Edwards - ATL vs GB
Scott Shanle - NO at CAR
Jurrell Casey - TEN at PIT
Quentin Groves - OAK at HOU
Quincy Black - TB at SF
Jonathan Fanene - CIN at JAX
William Middleton - JAX vs CIN
Asante Samuel - PHI at BUF
Tarell Brown - SF vs TB
Antoine Cason - SD at DEN
Sergio Brown - NE vs NYJ
A.J. Jefferson - ARI at MIN
Connor Barwin - HOU vs OAK
Raheem Brock - SEA at NYG
Elvis Dumervil - DEN vs SD
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - PHI at BUF
Andre Carter - NE vs NYJ
Michael Bennett - TB at SF

Thoracic Outlet said...

Hi Monk

Ray Edward has done nothing for me all year, is he droppable? I have Michael Johnson on my roster but not sure whether to drop him and persist with Edwards as I need a roster spot for the bye week
It's a deepish league, available DEs are Derrick Morgan, Robison, sheard, Wynn and Wilkerson
Always appreciate your advice

Anonymous said...

Eric Smith, Ny DB or your recommendation of Dan Connor? Reponse greatly appreciated!