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Week 4 IDP Waiver Wire

The Bye weeks are upon us and it’s time to juggle. I’ve already taken a look at Week 4 Waiver Wire ¬†Targets for standard and PPR formats. This week I’m going to start handling the IDP Waiver Wire separately. Going into Week 4 here are some IDPs to target.

Jelani Jenkins (LB, Miami Dolphins)

Jenkins has been plugged into a Miami linebacker corps decimated by injury, and he’s been solid. In his two games starting he’s piled up 29 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. At this point there isn’t much competition for the job, and he has great upside for as long as he’s getting the start. He’s an LB2 who’s sneaking into LB1 territory. He’s only owned in 7.1% of ESPN leagues, so he’s probably available. Go get him.

Preston Brown (LB, Buffalo Bills)

The rookie has been filling in for an injured Keith Rivers, and he’s performed very well. In two and a half games of play time he’s piled up 31 tackles. He’s certainly making a case for himself as a starter on the Buffalo defense. Rivers could return to action in Week 4, but the situation is worth monitoring. If he can’t go again, Brown will definitely be a worthwhile start and he could be a good pick up in deeper leagues anyway.

Bruce Carter (LB, Dallas Cowboys)

Carter’s status as a viable IDP has suffered over the last year, but injury could spark opportunity. He’s going to be used in a variety of ways on the weak side or strong side depending on how injury situations play out for the Dallas linebackers. In Week 3 he amassed 12 tackles and an interception. He won’t be as worthwhile of an option in Week 4 if Rolando McClain is on the field, but he could be worth an addition.

Jameel McClain (LB, New York Giants)

McClain will be a worthwhile start as long as Jon Beason is out with injury. He got the start at middle linebacker in Week 3 and piled up 11 tackles and a half sack. Beason’s status for Week 4 is worth keeping an eye on, and McClain could be a nice start if Beason can’t go again.

Donald Butler (LB, San Diego Chargers)

Butler has been underperforming thus far in 2014, but he could see some greater opportunities in the next several weeks. Fellow linebacker Manti Te’o suffered a broken foot in Week 3 and will be out multiple weeks. With Te’o out, Butler stands to see a bump in production since he’ll be asked to play bigger and could potentially have less competition for tackles.

Tony Jefferson (S, Arizona Cardinals)

Jefferson has taken over starting duties at strong safety for Arizona and has had a solid few weeks. He’s piled up 26 tackles and a sack so far in 2014. Oddly, he was benched for poor production in Week 3 despite having 10 tackles and a sack. It’s that fantasy reality versus perception schism again. He should retain the starting job and should be a decent option going forward. The Cardinals are on bye in Week 4, so he won’t be of use this week. But, he could be a nice addition if you need safety help.

Kyle Fuller (CB, Chicago Bears)

Fuller is a hot name recently as he’s come on strong filling in for Charles Tillman. He’s had two hot weeks in Weeks 2 and 3 piling up 14 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles over that stretch. He’s not going to produce monster numbers every week, but he’s showing that he’s a very good cornerback worth consideration.

Antoine Cason (CB, Carolina Panthers)

Cason has had a big start to 2014. In three games he’s piled up 26 tackles, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. Of course, predicting consistency in terms of fantasy production for cornerbacks is very difficult, so temper your expectations. But, he’s a great addition in leagues that require a CB slot and he’s only owned in 28% of ESPN leagues.

Willie Young (DE, Chicago Bears)

Young is leading the league in sacks despite playing a rotational role for the Bears defensive line. Big names like Lamar Houston and Jared Allen get all of the attention while Young gets the production. He’s been hot lately, and you can’t really expect him to keep it up given his number of snaps. But, he could be a sneaky addition if you need DE help.


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