All of the suggested players are assuming you’re using IDP123 scoring or something very close to that.
Week 6/7 Waiver Recap
Life came at me fast last week, and we weren’t able to put up an article. That being said, I’ll cover the players mentioned in the Week 6 article, as well as a player I should’ve mentioned last week!
- Tranquill/White – Hopefully you snagged White because Tranquill was out with the chest injury he picked up in Week 5. He’s trending towards playing in Week 8 after his bye. White played extremely well (8 TKL, 2 INT) in Week 6, and is still a viable option as a flex coming off their bye week! He’s like a diet Isaiah Simmons, in that he plays all over the field.
- Everson Griffen – He had a quiet Week 6, only registering three points. He did, however, play 85% of the snaps. With a Week 7 bye, and Dallas on the slate, look for him to have a decent week.
- Pete Werner – Werner had a Week 6 bye, and just played last night. He played 71% of the snaps, and had six tackles. He can be a viable bye week filler moving forward until we see more consistent production.
- Anthony Averett – After scoring a seviceable 14 points (6 TKL, 1 PD) in Week 6, and a solid 23 points (7 TKL, 3 PD) in Week 7, Averett has shown some consistency from the CB position. He’s on bye this week, but is currently outscoring Jamal Adams and Budda Baker…
Week 7 – Who I should’ve written about…
After a quiet rookie season in 2020 behind other pass rushers, Greenard wasn’t on many people’s radar as a breakout candidate for 2021. I think most of us knew someone had to fill Watt’s shoes in Houston, and we just weren’t sure who.
Greenard started the season by missing the first two weeks but then came out against Carolina with a solid performance. He suffered a chest injury against the Bills in Week 4 but then came back in Week 5 with another DL2 worthy outing. His snap counts were still a bit low to assume he’d keep up this trend, but then Week 6 came, and he dropped a whopping 30 points (6 TKL, 2 Sacks) against the Colts. Now we might be onto something… but I didn’t want to jump the gun. Then, news came through that Houston was dropping veteran pass rusher Whitney Mercilus. Houston believed in what Greenard was doing and trusted him to fill Mercilus’ shoes.
Throughout the week, I hyped Greenard up to anyone who would listen. That paid off on Sunday with another stellar outing against the Cardinals (28 points, 4 TKL, two more Sacks). That makes six sacks in effectively four weeks of playing.
Week 8 Adds!!!
Jon Greenard – LB,DL – Texans
If you haven’t done so already, do it NOW!!!! See above!!!
Kenny Young – LB – Rams/Broncos
Week 7 Stats: 55% Snap Share; 7 TKL (3 solo), 1 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH – 19 points
Hopefully, for Young’s sake and the injury-riddled Broncos LB corps, the “third team is the charm”. Young started his career in Baltimore but found his way to LA in 2019. After two years and a rocky start to 2021, he was traded to the Broncos, who have been decimated at linebacker this season. They’ve lost Josey Jewell, Alexander Johnson, and Micah Kiser (also from the Rams) to injury. Their 2020 third-round pick, Baron Browning, has also been dinged up most of the season. This leaves Justin Strnad (2020, fifth round) as their most veteran inside LB. Hopefully, Young can bring some experience to a very young LB group and some solid/consistent playmaking. I would avoid starting him this week unless you’re desperate, but he might have been dropped after a few dud weeks, so double-check those wires, and stash him if you can.
Ashtyn Davis – DB – Jets
Week 7 Stats: 100% Snap Share; 11 TKL (10 solo) – 21 points
A 2020 third-round pick, Davis was highly viewed as a potential starter coming out of college. Injuries have kept him from being relevant in fantasy. He might have been someone on your taxi last year but probably didn’t make your team this year after your rookie drafts. Davis started this year on PUP and played in his first game of 2021 in Week 4 but saw the field for less than 50% of defensive snaps. In Week 7, however, the Jets are dealing with several injuries to their defense, much like other teams. This opened the door for Davis to start in Week 7, and he made the most of it. His speed and athleticism allow him to make tackles all over the field. He’s worth adding to your team because I guarantee you have some underperforming DBs you want to bench/drop. I know I do… looking at you, Jamal Adams!!!
DeAndre Houston-Carson – DB – Bears
Week 7 Stats: 100% Snap Share; 11 TKL (7 solo), 1 PD, 1 FR – 24 points
If you’re depleted at DB, or you’ve got several players on bye, then Houston-Carson might be worth looking at. He’s starting for the injured Tashaun Gipson, who has a hip injury. Gipson could be sidelined for another week so that Houston-Carson could fill a gap in your starting lineup for a week. He doesn’t have much upside outside of that, though.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you think I missed anyone! Follow me on Twitter @IDP_Baumer for more IDP content or me putting my foot in my mouth.
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