With Week 2 now in the books and some significant injuries on the defensive side of the ball, let’s go over some IDP assets you should be targeting in your leagues!
All of the suggested players are assuming you’re using IDP123 scoring or something very close to that.
Week 2 Waiver Recap
- Kenny Young – ejected for touching a ref. He’s still “the guy” in LA, as far as I know.
- Maxx Crosby – came back to earth a bit (11 pts) but was still in on 93% of snaps.
- Bobby McMain – I don’t want to talk about it…
- Rasheem Green – despite Seattle being on the field for 88 defensive snaps, and Green taking 64% of them, he laid an egg in Week 2. I thought for sure he’d be able to get to Tanny after what happened in Week 1.
- Justin Hollins – Here’s another waiver dud in Week 2. He only put up 2 points, despite an increase in snap share. He’s still worth monitoring and is worth starting on a bye week if you need a boom week. Keep an eye on the matchups, though.
- John Franklin-Myers – Tallied another sack and added a forced fumble. Another DL2 worthy outing for JFM (72% snap share)
- Nick Vigil – see below
- Michael Pierce – Laid an IDP egg (2 points) in Week 2.
Nick Vigil – LB – Vikings
Week 2 Stats: 4 solo, 4 assist, 1 PD, 1 INT, 1 TD (IDP123 Points: 30.8, 59.8 YTD)
Vigil got the start again this week for the injured Anthony Barr. Last week I had him as an honorable mention, but I couldn’t do that to him again this week after another stellar performance. He returned a huge pick-six and had respectable tackle numbers yet again. If Barr continues to be sidelined, Vigil is a must-add and start!
Justin Strnad – LB – Broncos
Week 2 Stats: 3 solos, 2 assists, 1 ST tackle (IDP123 Points: 10)
It’s “next man up” time in Denver. Josey Jewell tore a pectoral muscle and is out for the season. A 2020 5th round pick, Strnad stepped for the injured Jewell and turned in a humble 10 points. Strnad performed well in camp and preseason. Look for him to make the most of this opportunity, as Baron Browning is breathing down his neck.
Malcolm Smith – LB – Browns
Week 2 Stats: 4 solos, 4 assists, 1 TFL, 1 PD, 1 INT (IDP123 Points: 21)
Anthony Walker went on IR this week with a hamstring injury. I’m assuming most people thought that Jeremiah Onwusu-Koramoah (JOK) would take over as the team’s 3-down linebacker. The Browns coaching staff must not have thought he was ready because veteran LB Malcolm Smith got the start and performed well in Walker’s stead. He had 10 combined tackles and a pick that helped his team beat the Texans. Smith will be a solid flex option while Walker is out for at least the next two weeks.
Odafe Oweh – DE,LB – Ravens
Week 2 Stats: 3 solos, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR, 1 QBH (IDP123 Points: 15)
Every CEH owner and KC fan is frustrated with his late-game fumble, but do you know who caused that fumble? Rookie 1st rounder Jayson Oweh. Oweh has now turned in two solid performances for the Ravens. He notched a sack in week 1, and now a forced fumble in Week 2. Oweh seems to have an ability to make his presence known. He was also on the field for 75% of the Ravens defensive snaps in week 2 (56% in Week 1), which is more than adequate to give him consideration as a DL on your roster. His tackle numbers could be a little higher, but that’s true for most pass rushers.
Taron Johnson – CB – Bills
Week 2 Stats: 3 solos, 1 assists, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 2 PD (IDP123 Points: 25 Wk 2, 45 YTD)
Every year, a handful of cornerbacks make a name for themselves as a weekly fantasy starter. It’s looking like Taron Johnson, who put up respectable numbers in 2020 (~14 PPG), will be one of those players this year. After putting up 20 points in Week 1, he put up 25 this week by scoring in almost every IDP scoring category (no INT this week). Johnson has some enticing matchups in the coming weeks (WFT, HOU, @KC) and could continue his fantasy relevance throughout the season.
Grant Delpit – DB – Browns (Week 2 IDP123 Points: 20; 3 solo, 2 assist, 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH, 1 FF)
Grant Delpit was a highly anticipated rookie drafted in 2020, but an injury in camp delayed his NFL debut. He didn’t manage to play last week but was able to see some respectable playing time in Week 2 (46% snap share). Despite a less than ideal snap share, Delpit could still put in a solid performance and give his coaching staff something to consider moving forward. Hopefully, you kept Delpit on your IR/Taxi last year and didn’t cut him like I did (SILLY BAUMER). If he is available in your league, he’s definitely worth adding to your bench now while you can. I imagine Ronnie Harrison is feeling pretty nervous about his playing time right about now.
Andrew Wingard – DB – Jaguars (Week 2 IDP123 Points: 22; 5 solo, 3 assist, 1 TFl, 1 Sack, 1 QBH)
I didn’t really want to put Wingard in this article, but our very own Jon Glosser (@Glosser13) mentioned we should list him despite “being terrible at football.” He’s one of those guys who could be a desperation play during a bye week. He’s getting decent playing time and putting up decent numbers.
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