NFL Week 3 IDP Waiver Wire Adds

Each week in fantasy football there are surprise performances and there are injures. When looking at these, along with evolving team situations, we can find players it would make sense to add to your roster if you have room to wait and see (as we know these are often fluid situations), or are looking for a positional boost.

*Please note: Players listed are in no particular order for add preference.

Below are the RotoHeat IDP Team’s IDP waiver wire add suggestions going into Week 3.

3. Linebackers

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 17: Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a defensive stop in the second half during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field on September 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

BJ Goodson, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
Ownership: Fleaflicker 14%, Yahoo 1%

If you are looking for a nice floor for a linebacker this year, BJ Goodson may be your guy. He had 5 solos and 4 assists in Week 1, and 6 solos with 1 assist and 1 pass defensed in Week 2. He played 83% in Week 1, and that moved up to 100% in Week 2 when Sione Takitaki received reduced playing time due to poor on field performance. I’m not expecting a huge year from him, but if you are looking for a solid floor week to week, I think he will give that to you this year, at least until Mack Wilson returns.

Kwon Alexander, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers
Ownership: FleaFlicker 56%, Yahoo 80%

As you can see, he has high ownership, but if he is available on the wire, get him; he should not be available in any sort of league with a respectable amount of defensive starters. There were a lot of questions about Kwon’s health going into this year, but so far this year he has shown himself recovered. Week 1 ended with 8 solos, 2 assists, 1 TFL and 1 forced fumble with 98% of the snaps. Week 2 he played 100% of the snaps and had 3 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL. His pre-season competition for the second linebacker in San Francisco, Dre Greenlaw, has played 43% and 26% of defensive snaps (respectively) the first two weeks, so I think we have our answer on this one.

Vince Williams, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ownership: FleaFlicker 20%, Yahoo 1%

After a Week 1 with 4 solos, 1 assist, 3 TFL and 1 sack, Vince got 6 solos and 3 TFL in Week 2. He isn’t as big of a name as others on his defense, but that may be working in his favor as teams focus more on TJ Watt, Devin Bush and even Bud Dupree. On the flip side, he isn’t playing as much either (59% Week 1 and 83% Week 2), but the increase from first to second week is encouraging. I wouldn’t be throwing a bunch of FAAB at him, but he is worth an add as he is THE LB1 through two weeks; just don’t expect him to end the season there. A LB2 overall season would be fantastic for him, but that is probably his ceiling.

Kevin Pierre-Louis, Linebacker, Washington Football Team
Ownership: FleaFlicker 4%, Yahoo 1%

Similar to Bostic on this list last week, KPL has been around awhile. Drafted in 2014 in the 4th round by Seattle, he signed with Washington this offseason. In Week 2 Thomas Davis was out again, and Cole Holcomb is still injured, so after playing 99% of the snaps in Week 1 (ending with 3 solos and an assist), KPL played in 97% the snaps and ended with 10 solos, 5 assists and a forced fumble. Cleveland (their Week 3 opponent) has been very kind to linebackers so far this year, and if Davis and Holcomb are out again, he could be a very nice Week 3 play.


2. Defensive Backs

TAMPA, FL – SEP 20: Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) of the Bucs in coverage during the regular season game between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 20, 2020 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DeShon Elliott, Safety, Baltimore Ravens
Ownership: Fleaflicker 4%, Yahoo 2%

Baltimore plays Kansas City in Week 3 and I think Elliott is going to have a chance a big day. He’s been in for 99% and 100% of defensive snaps the first two weeks. Elliott taken over for Earl Thomas upon the latter’s release. He had 2 solos and 3 assists Week 1, and 4 solos, 1 TFL and 1 sack Week 2. The consistent playing time and shootout potential for Week 3 makes him a nice spot start if needed.

Xavier Woods, Safety, Dallas Cowboys
Ownership: Fleaflicker 24%, Yahoo 1%

He’s played in 100% of Dallas’ defensive snaps, and Dallas’ defense is just not good right now, with lots of questions and linebacker in front of him. He had 6 solos and 3 assists in Week 1, and 4 solos, 2 assists and 1 TFL in Week 2. I don’t think he will sniff DB1 status, but he has a chance to sniff DB2 by the end of the year, given his playing time and the lackluster (other than Jaylon Smith) linebackers in front of him.

Antoine Winfield Jr, Safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ownership: Fleaflicker 43%, Yahoo 32%

One of the higher owned people we have featured so far, and if you paid attention to our pre-draft and preseason shows, you know I am high on him (I know for a fact he’s not available in any leagues I am in, mainly because I got him everywhere I have been able to). Coming into the draft he was viewed as a playmaker, much like his father, and the Tampa Bay coaching staff had nothing but great things to say about his coming into the season. He’s played in 100% and 99% of the snaps so far this year, with 3 solos and 3 assists Week 1, ad 8 solos, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble and 1 sack Week 2. I think he will only get better as he gets more game experience, and I feel we are looking at a long term DB1.

Holton Hill, Cornerback, Minnesota Vikings
Ownership: Fleaflicker 5%, Yahoo 0%

Minnesota’s secondary is a mess, and they have a bunch of young corners, with Hill being on. He played in 76% and 96% of the snaps so far, and has ended with 7 solos and a PD Week 1, and 7 Solos with 1 sack Week 2. Consistently production and playing time for a young cornerback is what I look for when I am having to play a cornerback, and Hill fits the bill here.

1. Defensive Linemen

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 19: Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after the Bears recovered a fumble in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on November 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Detroit Lions defeated the Chicago Bears 27-24.(Photo by Kena Krutsinger/Getty Images)

Josh Sweat, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
Ownership: FleaFlicker 8%, Yahoo 0%

A 2018 fourth round pick by the Eagles out of Florida State, Sweat played little in 2018, and then in all 16 games (in a back-up role) in 2019. So far in 2020 he’s played in 70% and 57% of snaps this season, and has produced 2 solos, 1 assist, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble in Week 1. Week 2 had 2 solos, 1 assist and 1 TFL. Philadelphia plays Cincinnati in Week 3, and they haven’t given rookie QB Joe Burrow much protection so far. If you are looking for a future stash with some immediate production, I like Sweat in Week 3.

Kerry Hyder, Defensive End, San Francisco 49ers
Ownership: FleaFlicker 1%, Yahoo 1%

So far Hyder had 3 solos and 1 sack Week 1 with only 40% of the snaps, and 2 solos and 6 assists in Week 2 with 80% of the snaps. The 49ers defensive front has been depleted with Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas out for the year, and DeForest Buckner traded in the offseason. Dion Jordan is being brought up and Ezekiel Ansah is being signed. Dee Ford should be back soon after sitting out Week 2, and Ronald Blair is expected to be coming back later this season, but Hyder knows the system and has performed well so far. If I am taking a flyer on any of them, right now it is Hyder.

Mario Addison, Defensive End, Buffalo Bills
Ownership: FleaFlicker 26%, Yahoo 8%

Addison had 3 solos, 2 TFL and 1 sack in Week 1 on 62% of the snaps, and 2 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 sack Week 2 on 59% of the snaps. Buffalo has a strong all around defense, which is letting Addison operate without a ton of focus on him, and this has resulted in nice early season production. With the overall rotation he is in it is doubtful he ever explodes for a huge week, but if he’s your third defensive linemen, and you are spot starting him this year, I’d be alright with that.

Akiem Hicks, DE/DT, Chicago Bears
Ownership: FleaFlicker 35%, Yahoo 26%

71% and 78% snap shares in Week 1 and Week 2 have led to 4 solos, 1 assist, 1 TFL and 1 sack in Week 1 and 1 solo, 2 assists, 1 TFL and 1 sack in Week 2. His position varies by site, but he’s a nice defensive end option and a great defensive tackle option if he has that eligibility on your site. Chicago plays the Falcons in Week 3, which should lead to plenty of opportunities for production for Hicks this week.

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