2023 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Do any of you have those players in fantasy they just refuse to give up on? I know many of us do, although how far you take it varies by person. I have had my share over the years, although oddly not many on the IDP side. Josh Gordon I kept on some teams until he went to Kansas City in 2021 when I finally let go of him in a trade. Zach Sudfeld I held onto through his entire two years in the league despite never flashing in a game during my “find the next Gronk” phase.

Of all of them though, Jamison Crowder is my guy. Got him all over the place in his rookie year and have held onto him in every dynasty league I could get him. I looked past his lackluster 2021 and not playing in 2022 due to injuries. And sure enough, he was relevant for a game (or two, if we are being kind) this year. Will I move on from him? Probably not. Most dynasty leagues I am in are deep enough that I have room to keep him for sentimental reasons. I acknowledge that it is weird, but this is a game after all. If I am not having fun with this game, I won’t be playing anymore.

Speaking of fun and playing games, these waiver additions are mainly redraft-focused and looking at deeper leagues; if you have questions for shallow leagues, where you start 2 DL/2 LB/2 DB many of these are likely a bit deeper than you need. All statistics are courtesy of Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted, and the base scoring we go off of you can find here. Please feel free to reach out to us for questions on any specific league; the more info you have the better!

And now, let’s go to a clip.

Bye Weeks: None!

2023 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire AddsLinebackers

Josh Woods, Linebacker, Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN 1.0%, Yahoo 0% Sleeper 0%

Kyzir White went out with an elbow injury against the Texans and will be out for the year. Josh Woods was the next man up. Josh has a 70.9% snap share in games he has played already, and that will likely go up with Kyzir out. Outside of Week 1 against Washington when he was injured, Josh had 4 – 6 combined tackles every week before Week 11. In Week 11 he had 7 with increased playing time.

If Josh is not available in your league and Kyzir is out, Krys Barnes (ESPN .6%, Yahoo 0% Sleeper 0%) is the next man up to be the second linebacker on the field for Arizona.

Ivan Pace, Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings
Rostered: ESPN 3.4%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 3%

I wrote about Ivan back in the Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire Adds. He has had a great rookie year for an undrafted free agent. Jordan Hicks was put on IR by the Vikings last week, and in Week 11 Ivan had his first game with a 100% snap share. He ended that game with 6 solos, 3 assists, and 1 forced fumble. He is the likely man in the middle for the Vikings until Hicks is healthy, and possibly the rest of the reason if they fall out of the playoff picture. He’s a great addition in leagues where he is available.

Isaiah McDuffie, Linebacker, Green Bay Packers
Rostered: ESPN 2.0%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 2%

De’Vondre Campbell left the game against the Chargers with a shoulder injury/stinger, and with the short turn around it would not be a surprise to see De’Vondre out this week. In games where either Quay Walker or De’Vondre Campbell don’t play, Isaiah has an 80.8% snap share average. In those five games, he has 31 solos, 15 assists, and 3 TFL. If De’Vondre sits Campbell is a good bet for some tackles for you.

Kaden Elliss, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons
Rostered: ESPN 5.0%, Yahoo 5%, Sleeper 11%

Kaden is a top-25 linebacker in terms of combined tackles for 2023, with 73 so far. He has a lower rostership on some sites than Nate Landman (ESPN 6.4%, Yahoo 8%, Sleeper 5%) who is filling in for the injured Troy Andersen. The Saints are a great matchup this year for linebackers, being in the top five in tackles allowed those on the opposing team. Kaden has a higher rostership than the other three listed this week, but worth looking for in your league in case he was dropped for the Falcons’ bye week.

2023 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire AddsDefensive Backs

Ji’Ayir Brown, Safety, San Francisco 49ers
Rostered: ESPN 0.1%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 2%

This one makes me sad. I have liked Talanoa Hufanga since he was drafted and he has been an amazing find for IDP leagues. Unfortunately, he appears to have torn an ACL and is likely out for the year. That leaves Ji’Ayir Brown as the next man up. If you followed any of the RotoHeat IDP rookie coverage this past offseason you know he is one of our favorites. He played every snap once Talanoa went out against Tampa Bay and ended with 2 solos, 2 assists, 3 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Of these safetys he is the priority add this week.

Anthony Johnson Jr, Safety, Green Bay Packers
Rostered: ESPN .2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%

Deep cut here. The Packers play the Lions in the first Thanksgiving game on Thursday. Anthony started at safety next to Jonathan Owens as Rudy Ford and Darnell Savage were out, with Anthony taking the place of Rudy. This was the third game in two weeks that Rudy has missed and with the short turn around we may see more of Anthony against Detroit. He did not do a lot (3 solos, 1 assist) in Week 11 against the Chargers, but Detroit is a top-five team in tackles allowed to opposing safeties. Thankfully we will know early this week if Anthony will start or not.

Isaiah Pola-Mao, Safety, Las Vegas Raiders
Rostered: ESPN 0%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%

Marcus Epps is believed to have suffered a stinger when he left Week 11 with a neck injury. That led to Isaiah getting his first meaningful reps of the year in a regular season game. In Week 11 he played 54 snaps (77%), compared to 33 snaps in all other games he has played this regular season. He had 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 pass deflection, and 1 interception in those 54 snaps against the Dolphins. The Chiefs aren’t a great matchup for safeties to get tackles, they are in the bottom third of teams, but if Marcus is out and you need safety replacement this is a deep cut that most managers won’t be aware of…yet.

Derek Stingley Jr, Cornerback, Houston Texans
Rostered: ESPN 1.3%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 6%

The third overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft returned in Week 10 and got a full snap share in Week 11. On the year he has played in four games and has a 91% snap share to go with 11 solos, 4 assists, 2 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Week 12 has the Texans facing the Jaguars, who are a top-five team in tackles allowed to opposing cornerbacks. When these teams met in Week 3, the Texans had three cornerbacks combine for 15 tackles. Derek is a talented cornerback with lower rostership due to the injury, and this is a great spot to play him.

2023 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire – Defensive Linemen

Tuli Tuipulotu, Defensive End, Los Angeles Chargers
Rostered: ESPN .9%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 10%

Joey Bosa was carted off with what appears to be a serious foot injury against the Packers in Week 12. Tuli was already getting a lot of playing time; he is second for Chargers edge rushers at 458 snaps, which is below Khalil Mack (555) but above Joey Bosa (320). He has been productive too, with 23 solos, 8 assists, 8 TFL, 4 sacks, and 1 pass deflection. Tuli would end up with even more snaps if Joey is out, as evidenced by the games where Joey left early or did not play. We’re waiting on official news about Joey, he will at least miss some time by all indications which makes Tuli a great add.

Dayo Odeyingbo, Defensive End, Indianapolis Colts
Rostered: ESPN .2%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 2%

Fellow 2021 NFL Draft pick Kwity Paye left the Colts’ Week 10 game with a hamstring injury. The Colts were on a bye for Week 11 and Paye may be recovered and play. If so, this would be a damper on an already less than ideal matchup. But Dayo has improved each year thus far, is having a very solid season, and the matchups get much better after this week.

2023 NFL Week 12 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

After limited play in his rookie year, as he recovered from an Achilles tendon tear that he suffered while preparing for the draft, Dayo had a nice sophomore season. He has already surpassed, or will surpass, his season highs in all categories this year. If Kwity sits in Week 12 he is a decent fill-in for injuries this week.

Kyle Van Noy, Defensive End/Edge/Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
Rostered: ESPN .3%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%

Position varies a lot by league but in any league, this is a sack-based play, so better for big-play leagues. Kyle’s first game with the Ravens this year was Week 4, and since then he has averaged a 47.6% snap share. He only has 9 solos and 6 assists, but he also has 6 sacks and 5 TFL over eight games; he has at least one sack in half his games this year. The Chargers are a middle-of-the-road matchup, with Herbert being sacked 22 times in 10 games.

D.J. Jones, Defensive Tackle, Denver Broncos
Rostered: ESPN .2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 1%

We are going to keep going back to the prosperous well that is the Cleveland Browns for opposing defensive tackle stats. D.J. has just a 46.25% snap share on the year, but over the past two weeks that is up to 61.5% to go with 4 solos, 3 assists, 1 TFL, and 1 forced fumble. Deep play, as most of these are, but I like D.J.’s chances to get us some tackles and possibly a TFL in there.

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