Most weeks, writing this column is easy, as my list of players who had breakout performances or increased playing time is much longer than the space I have. It’s usually a pare-down process.
This week was not one of those weeks. There were some standout performances to be sure, but there are not many players I’d be happy to run to the waiver wire to get, especially if I had to drop a prospect or active player I’m excited about.
So although I’m always going to give you my best recommendations of waiver wire pick-ups, please don’t drop your studs to get one of these guys. It’s playoff time, people. Dance with the ones who brought you.
Denico Autry, DT IND
It’s only one performance, but oh boy did Denico Autry have a day on Sunday. The 28-year-old defensive tackle turned in a spectacular performance, with six solo tackles, an assist, three sacks and two forced fumbles. He did all of this while playing 43 of 58 snaps. While the Colts defense was impressive all day, holding the Jaguars to only six points, the offense did nothing, and the team lost 6-0.
Autry would be a fine pickup if you’re out of other options at defensive tackle (in DT-required leagues), but he’s more of a watch-list player based on one performance alone. If you’re in a very deep league where you need to anticipate and be one step ahead of your competitors, you could do worse than Autry. But it’s really the one and only breakout performance of his career so far, so he’s not a must-add.