IDP Waiver Wire: Week 3
By Bob Miller
Week 2 is now behind us, and we're starting to see which defensive players are making an impact and which ones are not. I’m here to tell you which IDP players I'd target for week 3 moving forward. The players listed below are shown as “available” in at least 50% of IDP leagues.
These players fantasy points are according to the Dynasty Pros IDP scoring system below:
Brian Burns, DE, Carolina Panthers
What a Week 2 for Burns. Against the Giants he had 4 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 tackles for loss. That was good for 18 fantasy points. Burns was a player I was high on last season, and he’s picking up right where he left off. The problem is that he still remains on over 75% of waiver wires. If you are thin of the defensive line, go get Brian Burns now.
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo hoped they landed a stud when they drafted Gregory Rousseau in the 1st round last year. Well guess what.. it looks like they made the right choice. Rousseau has dominated these first two weeks of the season with a sack in each game. Right now he stands at 8 total tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, and a pass defended giving him a total of 25.50 fantasy points. That’s a fantastic start for a defensive lineman. If he is available in your league, go get him ASAP. At the age of only 22, he is even more valuable in IDP dynasty leagues. He could be the steal of the season for defensive lineman.
Kwity Paye, DE, Indianapolis Colts
Now here’s a guy I really like. In Week 1 against the Houston Texans, Paye had a monster game. He had 7 total tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. That was good for 20.50 fantasy points. This past week he had only 5.50 fantasy points. He only had 3 total tackles, including 1 tackle for loss. He was in the backfield a bunch, which is good. He does have a tough matchup in Week 3 as the Colts take on the Kansas City Chiefs. If is still on your waiver wire, I’d scoop him up. He will rebound, but hopefully you have better options for Week 3.
Other Defensive Lineman I like: Rashad Weaver (TEN), Jonathan Greenard (HOU), Christian Wilkins (MIA)
Frankie Luvu, LB, Carolina Panthers
Wow.. Gary Davenport was right about Luvu. Earlier in the week, on the Dynasty Pros IDP Show, Gary had Luvu as his Week 2 Sleeper. They don’t call him the Godfather of IDP for nothing. Anyhow, Luvu had a great game against the Giants putting up 10 total tackles with 4 of them being a tackle for loss. He also had a pass defended giving a total 23.00 fantasy points on the day. I see Luvu as a great pickup, as he is an excellent play against run heavy teams.
Myles Jack, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Myles Jack is back! After putting up 12.00 fantasy points in Week 1, he follows it up with 9.00 fantasy points in Week 2. Against the New England Patriots he played 87% of the team’s snaps racking up 13 total tackles including 6 solo. This is his second consecutive week with double-digit tackles. After recording over 100 tackles in three of his final four seasons in Jacksonville, he is well on his way to having another 100 tackle season in Pittsburgh.
Cody Barton, LB, Seattle Seahawks
Cody Barton is a player that is widely available on Waiver Wires. After a great performance in week 1 against Denver, He followed it up and week 2 with another solid performance against the San Francisco 49ers. He had 11 tackles (4 solo) which was good for 7.50 fantasy points. Barton is a smart player with his best seasons ahead of him. He took over the starting role following the departure of Bobby Wagner. That.. combined with a bad Seattle offense could make for a ton of fantasy points this season.
Other Linebackers I like: Kamu Grugier-Hill (HOU), Matt Judon (NE), Alex Highsmith (PIT)
Marcus Williams, S, Baltimore Ravens
Marcus Williams looks like money well spent in Baltimore. Through 2 weeks he already has 3 interceptions and leads all defensive backs in fantasy points (37.50). He’s a turn-over machine and racking up tackles as well. Against the Miami Dolphins, not only did he have 2 interceptions, he also had 10 tackles (7 solo), and 2 passes defended. That was good for 20.50 fantasy points. Obviously he’s not going to have an interception in each game, but he’s a playmaker. His tackling numbers alone make him a solid start every week. Pick him up immediately.
Talanoa Hufanga, S, San Francisco 49ers
Through the first two weeks “Huf” is racking up the stats. In Week 1 against the Bears, Hufanga had 11 tackles (9 solo), as well as 2 tackles for loss, a pass defended, and an interception. He followed that up in Week 2 against the Seahawks putting up 6 tackles (5 solo), 2 passes defended, and a tackle for loss. If, for some reason he is still available, you’d be crazy not to snatch him up. He could be a force for years to come.
Jonathan Owens, S, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have two great defensive backs for fantasy in Jonathan Owens and Jalen Pitre. Owens had a 14.00 point fantasy day in Week 1 and then followed it up in Week 2 by posting 10 tackles (6 solo). That was good for 8.00 fantasy points. Through the first 2 weeks he’s averaging 11.00 fantasy points per game. That’s fantastic for a defensive back in fantasy.
Other Defensive Backs I like: Julian Love (NYG), Tracy Walker (DET), Jaquan Brisker (CHI)
Bob Miller founded Dynasty Pros in 2019 after spending several years writing and ranking for various websites. Bob has been playing fantasy football for over 25 years. He is very experienced in a variety of different formats including Dynasty, Redraft, IDP, & Best Ball. Bob is especially passionate about IDP, as he has developed the Dynasty Pros IDP Scoring System that is used by thousands of IDP Leagues today. His sole mission is to help everyone win their Fantasy League’s Championship.