It seems like the waiver wire is pretty bare this week. While there were definitely some injuries around the league which shook up some depth charts and even a trade involving an upper-mid level talent, there seem to be fewer breakout players on the defensive side of the ball than usual.
Here are the players I’m looking to acquire this week.
Kendell Beckwith, LB TB
Beckwith broke his ankle in a car accident back in April and has been rehabbing ever since. Last week, when asked when he would be able to return to the field, he responded: “sooner than anyone thinks”. With Kwon Alexander and Jack Cichy both going on injured reserve with ACL injuries, the Bucs will need that to be very soon.
When Alexander missed time last season, Beckwith put up consistent LB1 numbers in his absence. While he might be a week or two away from returning, he is better than any of the other fill-in options currently on the Bucs’ roster, including Adarius Taylor and the newly signed Kevin Minter.
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Eli Apple, CB NO
The Saints acquired Eli Apple from the Giants on Tuesday for a 2019 fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick in 2020. Cornerback is easily the most streamable position in IDP but it’s also the least predictable and the most volatile. Personally, I like to find a cornerback who is across from an elite player at the position and, if possible, on a team with a high-scoring, high-octane offense.
Check and check.
Marshon Lattimore will continue to shadow opposing teams’ number one wide receivers which will send a ton of targets Apple’s way. More targets mean more tackle opportunities along with more chances for big plays since the Saints find themselves in weekly shootouts.
Chris Long, DE PHI
With Derek Barnett being placed on injured reserve Tuesday with torn rotator cuff, it opened up an opportunity for increased playing time. Long, Brandon Graham, Michael Bennett and Barnett have all put up similar fantasy points this season – in nearly all of my IDP leagues, they are separated by less than three points.
While the injury will likely cause Bennett and Graham to play a few more snaps per game, it will undoubtedly catapult Long into the top reserve defensive end. Long is most likely the only one who still available on waiver wires as well.
D.J. Reed, FS SF
It’s amazing how awful the 49ers secondary is. When Adrian Colbert went down with an ankle injury against the Rams, Reed was inserted into his spot. He should keep that role for the remainder of the year as Colbert was placed on injured reserve.
Reed is undersized at 5’9” and 188 pounds but the 49ers offense is as putrid as any in the league right now, especially with C.J. Beathard at quarterback and Marquise Goodwin and Matt Breida at less than 100%. If nothing else, he’ll be a no strings attached bye-week filler you can cut in a week or two with zero regret.
Dorian O’Daniel, LB KC
Another player who benefits from an injury to a player in front of him on the depth chart, O’Daniel is a third-round rookie out of Clemson who definitely stood out after Terrance Smith left the game with a knee injury. Smith was the team’s top passing nickel linebacker, coming on the field for Reggie Ragland in passing situations. Now O’Daniel has the first crack at filling that void.
He might not be on your league mates’ radar just yet but if you play in a deep league, he’s worth a speculative add to get you through the bye weeks.
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