2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

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2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Hello again! What. A. Week! The injuries and rotations continue to pile up on the defensive side which means we need to be looking even more at game results, snap counts and who is next up on some teams. Not all of the players we see week to week will be relevant, but knowing who they are in the event their snap share increases is a great advantage we can have.

As a reminder, these adds are mainly directed at redraft leagues, as dynasty leagues generally have deeper benches. Ownership percentages are listed for the sites listed at the time of publication and are subject to change when you check your leagues.

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Now then, let’s get into who we like for 2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds!

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Linebackers

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Nick Bolton

Nick Bolton, Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 2%

Bolton became a starter for the Chiefs when Willie Gay was placed on the IR pre-season with a turf toe injury. Willie will be out for at least one more week, and Bolton has played great so far. In Week 1 against Cleveland, he ended with 4 solos, 3 assists, and 1 TFL on a 76% snap share. Leading linebacker Anthony Hitchens played 80%.

In Week 2 against the Ravens, Bolton ended with 8 solos, 1 assist, and 1 TFL on an 83% snap share. Hitchens once again led with 86%. Week 3 is a divisional meeting with the Chargers who, like their first two opponents, have a strong run game. This bodes well for Bolton who is much stronger against the run than in coverage. We will have to see how long Willie is out for, and what his return changes when it comes, but for now Bolton is a weekly start in 10-12 team leagues where you start three or more linebackers.

Denzel Perryman, Linebacker, Las Vegas Raiders
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 2%

After signing with the Carolina Panthers this offseason Perryman was traded to the Raiders at the end of August. The Raiders needed (and arguably still do) linebacker help and Perryman has experience in Raiders Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley’s scheme, having played with him when they were both on the Chargers the past four years.

Perryman was second in linebacker snaps Week 1 with a 76% snap share (Corey Littleton led with 84%). He ended that game with 5 solos, 5 assists, and a fumble recovery. Perryman (6 solos and 6 assists) led the way with a similar 75% in Week 2 while Littleton fell to 70%.

With the Dolphins up in Week 3, and likely without starting QB Tua Tagovailoa (due to injury), I expect the Dolphins to lean more on the run game which suits Perryman much more than a pass-heavy game. As long as he remains the main guy in the middle for the Raiders, Perryman deserves to be rostered.

Justin Strnad, Linebacker, Denver Broncos
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 0%

Justin only played 21% of snaps as a back-up in Week 1 against the Giants, amassing just 1 solo. Week 2 against the Jaguars saw him play more when Josey Jewell (who played 100% of snaps Week 1) left with a shoulder/pectoral injury. Strnad ended with 4 solos and 2 assists on just a 41% snap share.

This will be one to watch as we think Strnad (who the Broncos had hope for before getting hurt in the preseason last year) will slide in next to AJ Johnson as a starting linebacker in the middle against the Jets in Week 3. The Jets are in the top 10 in points allowed to linebackers so far this year, so Strnad will have a great chance for production in Week 3 and going forward.

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Backs

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Quandre Diggs

Quandre Diggs, Safety, Seattle Seahawks
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 3%

Jamal Adams is the Pittsburgh safety option that everyone knows in the IDP world, but Quandre is having a nice year himself so far. The Week 1 win against the Colts saw him have a 100% snap share with 7 solos and 2 assists. Week 2 against Tennessee brought a 100% snap share again with 5 solos and 5 assists.

Week 3 brings the Vikings, who are in the top 10 in points allowed to safeties this year. Given that Minnesota would seem to need to throw a lot again to keep up with the Seahawks this week, Diggs looks to be in another great spot for fantasy production.

Rayshawn Jenkins, Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 1%

Rayshawn (6 solos, 1 TFL, and 1 PD) led the Jaguars’ safeties with a 100% snap share Week 1 (the next closest was Andrew Wingard at 71%). This was nearly exactly how Week 2 played out with Rayshawn (6 solos, 1 TFL, and 1 PD) getting 100% again and Wingard being next with 74%. The Jaguars play the high-flying Cardinals in Week 3, and the Cardinals have been kind to safeties so far this year for fantasy production.

We talked about Rayshawn this offseason when the Jaguars gave him a very nice contract in free agency, and he looks to be the main safety there this year. He is a great year-long pick-up if available in your leagues.

Darious Williams, Cornerback, Los Angeles Rams
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 0%

Starting opposite of Jalen Ramsey is nice place to look for IDP value, and Darious has backed it up with production so far this year:
Week 1: 5 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD on a 100% snap share
Week 2: 7 solos, 1 PD on a 99% snap share

His coverage grades have dropped compared to prior years, but he continues to excel as a tackler. The Rams play Tampa Bay in Week 3 in what would appear to be a high-scoring game with plenty of IDP scoring opportunities. Williams is firmly on the weekly CB starter radar.

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds: Defensive Linemen

2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
2021 NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Greg Rousseau

Greg Rousseau, Defensive End, Buffalo Bills
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 1%

It must be said that the Bills are going to have a major timeshare at defensive end this year. Week 1 saw Jerry Hughes lead the way with 57% (Rousseau had 52% and ended with 2 solo tackles). Week 2 was better for Rousseau with 66%, although it was a blowout win that saw him out there for a lot of garbage time. It was almost a 20% higher share than the next defensive end (Mario Addison with a 47% share) and Rousseau had 3 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFL, and 2 sacks.

Rousseau still has a lot to work on like run defense and tackling, but he knows how to get to the quarterback. He showed that in college, preseason, and now in the regular season. This is a high upside play for balanced to big play leagues, but you can see he is long in potential and the Buffalo offense is going to afford him many chances to pin his ears back and get to the QB. He likely isn’t available in IDP dynasty leagues, but the low ownership reflects a lot of availability in redraft.

Payton Turner, Defensive End, New Orleans Saints
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 0%

After not playing in Week 1, Payton showed up in a big way with Marcus Davenport out. He only played a 41% snap share, but that was the second most for a defensive end after Cam Jordan’s 84%. Payton graded out very well across the board on his snaps and ended with 4 solos, 1 assist, 3 TFL and 1 sack. The Saints have longed for someone to show production across from Cam Jordan and they may have just found it in Payton. A Week 3 game against the Patriots, who the Jets defense pressured a lot in Week 2, will be a good test to see if Turner continues to see his playing time and production increase.

Javon Hargrave, Defensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles
Ownership: Sleeper 0%, Yahoo 4%

Hargrave has cemented himself as the #2 DT on the team to start the season with 56% snap share in Week 1 and 71% snap share in Week 2. Fletcher Cox led the way with 57% and 73% each week. The Philadelphia defense has been much better than expected so far and has done well at getting pressure.

For his part in Week 1 against Atlanta, Hargrave had 3 solos, 2 assists, 2 TFL, and 2 sacks. In Week 2 against San Francisco, he had 2 solos, 5 assists, and 2 TFL. Week 3 brings a Monday night showdown with the Cowboys whose offensive line has been a mess, and I fully expect another nice game for Hargrave.

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