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2023 NFL Week 9 IDP Waiver Wire Adds
This coming week will be nine times that we have had regular season NFL football this year, and that will be the halfway point for the season. Unless of course, your league forgoes playoffs and just plays all 18 weeks and has the best record/most points declared the winner Yes those exist, I was in one for close to a decade. They are just as fun, but a different kind of beast entirely.
On that note, I would urge you all to try different kinds of leagues. I was someone who stuck with one sort of league, with one set of scoring, for a number of years early on. Now 20 some years into playing fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner. I have played in IDP, devy, C2C, guillotine, best ball, transactional best ball, dynasty, redraft, keeper, etc leagues over the year and they all have positives and negatives. Try something new, you might just like it.
As always, 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!
Bye Weeks: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers
And now, let’s go to a clip.
2023 NFL Week 9 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Linebackers
Jack Sanborn, Linebacker, Chicago Bears
Rostered: ESPN .6%, Yahoo 1% Sleeper 7%
Tremaine Edmunds appears to have avoided a season-ending injury, but he is likely to be out for a few weeks. We have seen what Jack Sandborn can do in Weeks 9 -13 last year. If Tremaine misses any time Jack should be a priority add. He may not reach the heights of 2022 as TJ Edwards is there now for the Bears too, but Jack still be a worthy fill-in for most leagues and an easy starter in deeper leagues.
Christian Rozeboom, Linebacker, Los Angeles Rams
Rostered: ESPN 1.0%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 4%
Christian is second fiddle to Ernest Jones for non-edge linebackers on the Rams, but Christian has still been able to get us some production. Christian has a 57.77% snap share on the year to go with 30 solos, 13 assists, 2 pass deflections, and 1 QB hit. More importantly, he only has one game with fewer than 5 combined tackles. If you are looking for a few, almost certain, tackles and not much else in a bye-week play, see if Christian is available in your league.
Markquese Bell, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys
Rostered: ESPN .8%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 2%
Listed as as defensive back on some fantasy platforms, Markquese has been playing linebacker for the Cowboys with Leighton Vander Esch on IR. Markquese has averaged a 63% snap share in the two games Leighton has missed and has had 10 solos, 3 assists, and 1 pass deflection in those two games.
If you can play him as a DB when he is getting linebacker snaps, that is a great potential cheat code in those leagues. Caveat emptor, Rashaan Evans (11% snap share first game playing) could eat into his playing time a bit, so keep an eye on things going into the weekend.
Nakobe Dean, Linebacker, Philadelphia Eagles
Rostered: ESPN 3.6%, Yahoo 3%, Sleeper 12%
A starter going into the year, Nakobe got hurt in Week 1 against the Patriots. In the three games since coming back from injury Nakobe has had 49%, 61%, and 69% snap shares. Against Washington in Week 8 he had 11 solos, 1 assist, and 2 TFL. He should continue to see more snaps as he comes back from his injury, so grab him if you can. Please be aware he is unlikely to be available in dynasty leagues.
2023 NFL Week 9 IDP Waiver Wire Adds – Defensive Backs
Tony Adams, Safety, New York Jets
Rostered: ESPN .6%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 2%
Tony regained his starting safety spot opposite of Jordan Whitehead after being sidelined with a hamstring injury for several weeks that he suffered in Week 2. Over the past three games, he has had 98%, 100%, and 100% snap shares, with 5, 7, and 10 combined tackles. The Jets play the Chargers in Week 9, and the team formerly of San Diego is in the top 10 in tackles allowed to opposing safeties.
Ryan Neal, Safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rostered: ESPN 14.1%, Yahoo 4%, Sleeper 10%
Ryan Neal is not a favorite of the Buccaneers fans, but he produces for IDP teams. He holds an 84.44% snap share on the year, and has games with total tackles, in order, of 6, 8, 11, 2, 6, 10, and 13. He is tied for eighth in defensive backs with 38 solo tackles, and tied for seventh with 20 assists. Houston is middle of the road in terms of points and tackles allowed to opposing safeties, but as long as Ryan is on the field as much as he is, he should be rostered.
Keanu Neal, Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rostered: ESPN .3%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 2%
Minkah Fitzpatrick left the Week 8 game with a hamstring injury and looks to be out at least this week. Keanu filled in and had 7 solos and 1 fumble recovery with a 97% snap share. Keanu is a veteran who knows the role and should be a viable option this week if you need help at safety. Tennessee has not been a great matchup for safeties so far this year, but Will Levis has opened that up a bit and I think it is a better spot than with Tannehill there.
Mike Hilton, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals
Rostered: ESPN 2.2%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
Mike is a name that most of you cornerback savants will know well. His role on the Bengals has not been what it was when he was maning the slot for the Steelers, but he still has viability certain weeks. This should be one of those weeks as the Bengals play the Bills. Buffalo is in the top five in tackles allowed to opposing cornerbacks. Mike has a 78.26% snap share to go with 19 solos, 8 assists, 3 pass deflections, 2 TFL, and 1 interception. I except him to have a solid game, from a tackle perspective, this week.
2023 NFL Week 9 IDP Waiver Wire – Defensive Linemen
James Smith-Williams, Defensive End, Washington Commanders
Rostered: ESPN 0%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
When looking at his numbers for the year (4 solos, 7 assists, 1 TFL, 1 sack, and 5 QB hits) you would not expect James to be a guy you would want to look to. That changed when Montez Sweat was traded to the Bears today. James appears to be the next player up on the defensive line. He has a 34.68% snap share on the year, while all other edge players (aside from Sweat and Chase Young) are below 20%. I would not expect miracles with him, but being on a defensive line with Chase, Daron Payne, and Jonathan Allen has its benefits.
BREAKING NEWS! Ok you probably saw that Chase Young was traded by Washington to the 49ers now. This means there are two open edge/defensive end spots for the Commanders. Casey Toohill (ESPN .1%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%) has a 19.82% snap share on the year to go with 8 solos, 2 assists, 4 sacks, 3 TFL, and 5 QB hits. He is another player worth looking at, so take your pick of the two.
Tyree Wilson, Edge/Defensive End, Las Vegas Raiders
Rostered: ESPN .9%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 9%
Pure spot play here. The Raiders face the Giants this week, and Giants quarterbacks have been sacked 40 times in eight games (that is five times a game for those of you who are math-challenged). Maxx Crosby is not on waivers, and Tyree Wilson has the next best snap share among Raiders edge players. He has an unimpressive 5 solos, 8 assists, 1 sack, and 2 QB hits on the year, but this is the best matchup one can get outside of facing the Commanders. It should be noted that Tyree is likely not available in dynasty leagues.
Jonathan Greenard, Defensive End, Houston Texans
Rostered: ESPN 1.9%, Yahoo 4%, Sleeper 4%
Thanks in large part to an improved defense and playing across from Will Anderson, Jonathan is 2.5 sacks and 6 combined tackles away from having a new career high in both categories. He is sitting at a 66.18% snap share, which is right behind Will’s 68.27%.
Tampa Bay is not a great matchup this week, but Jonathan should be rostered higher in general. From Weeks 11 – 17, he faces six teams in seven games that are in the top 10 of points allowed to opposing defensive tackles. Get him while you can.
Dante Stills, Defensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals
Rostered: ESPN 0%, Yahoo 0%, Sleeper 0%
A 2023 6th round pick, Dante has been seeing more playing time lately, and has been producing. Week 7 saw his highest snap share of the year at 49% as Kevin Strong Jr was out. Dante ended with 3 solos, 2 assists, 1.5 sacks, and 1 TFL. I am not chasing the sacks here, but am looking at the playing time and recent general consistency in playing time and production.
Kevin is unlikely to play this week again after not practicing at all last week with a shoulder injury. Even with Kevin playing in the four weeks before Week 8, Dante has weeks of 4, 2, 6, and 2 combined tackles. Week 9 brings the Browns, who are third in fantasy points allowed to defensive tackles, and first in tackles allowed to opposing defensive linemen.
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