With four teams on a bye this week, more IDP managers will be going to the waiver wire to replace their defensive positions. Karl Joseph, Tahir Whitehead, Khalil Mack, Jordan Poyer and Trumaine Edmunds will need to be switched out of lineups. Here are my favorite waiver wire pickups for week six and moving forward for the rest of the season.
Uchenna Nwosu, DE, Los Angeles Chargers
Nwosu replaced Melvin Ingram last week and was able to rack up seven combined tackles and a sack on 93% of the team’s defensive snaps. Nwosu is now in his second year with the Chargers and could be in line for more work if Ingram misses an extended amount of time with his hamstring injury. Last season, Nwosu started three games and while he didn’t record a sack in said games, he was still able to record 3.5 sacks total on an average of only 25% of the defensive snaps. He’ll face the Pittsburgh Steelers who’ve given up the eighth least fantasy points to the defensive end position, but will most likely be rolling out rookie, Devlin Hodges this week.
Notables: Grady Jarrett, DT, Atlanta Falcons
Cole Holcomb, LB, Washington
He was a pick up a few weeks ago, but might’ve been dropped after his week four performance with only four combined tackles (one solo, three assists) on just 54.5% of the defensive snaps. He’s now lead the team in tackles in three out of five weeks and recorded 75.8% of the defensive snaps last week. The tackle opportunities should be there this week with Washington’s offense holding the fourth highest percentage of their drives ending in a turnover as well as having the third lowest average time of possession so far this season.
Deionte Thompson, S, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals surprisingly cut D.J. Swearinger before week five and was replaced by Thompson who finished with a very pedestrian defensive day only recording three combined tackles on 64% of the snaps. The matchup wasn’t the best last week with the Cincinnati Bengals only giving up the fifth lowest fantasy points to the safety position, but Thompson and the Cardinals’ secondary get the Falcons who just gave up 10 solo tackles to Texans safety, Jahleel Addae, who only played on 47% of the snaps last week. Thompson’s snap count should increase this week and should be in line for a solid day against the Falcons who’ve given up the second most fantasy points to the safety position.