We’re through the second week of the 2019 NFL season, and your fantasy football team is slowly coming into focus. Whether you’re 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2, there is room to improve your roster. Every week we’ll look at the previous week’s production, injuries, snap counts and news to make the best waiver wire additions in your IDP leagues.
Defensive Line: Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints
Jordan played close to 100 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and a solid amount in Week 2 at 82.9 percent; this trend is here to stay especially against Seattle who’s now given up 21 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks in the first two weeks to the defensive end position. Seattle was tied for the second most plays run last week and it looks like Germain Ifedi might be in for a long day going up against Jordan, who got a defensive touchdown taken away on a blown call last week. Jordan has averaged 12.5 sacks over the last two seasons and could add a couple more this week in a plus matchup.
Notable(s): Sam Hubbard, DE (CIN)
Linebacker: Quincy Williams, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
One of my favorite preseason sleepers — the older brother of Jets rookie defensive lineman, Quinnen Williams — finally recorded a 100 percent snap count in Week 2 and the production followed with nine combined tackles. The Jaguars used a third round pick in this year’s NFL Draft to scoop up Williams and with Telvin Smith leaving the position vacant this year, Williams will look to make a case for the starting job moving forward starting against the Titans who rank as the ninth highest team in run-play percentage (46.43 percent) over the first two weeks.
Notable(s): Thomas Davis (LAC), Kyzir White (LAC), Kiko Alonso (NO)
Defensive Back: D.J Swearinger, S, Arizona Cardinals
The game flow for the Arizona Cardinals will be fast and uptempo the entire season, which should be beneficial for fantasy production on both the offense and defense. The Cardinals ran a season-high 82 plays (with OT) against the Lions in Week 1 and have averaged the fifth most plays run in the league over the first two games. Swearinger has been great guarding the Tight End position in his career, but has gotten torched by T.J Hockenson and Mark Andrews both recording over 100-plus yards receiving. There’s going to be production when lining up against the Cardinals, we just didn’t think it was ALSO going to be on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Notables(s): Juan Thornhill, S (KC)