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2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire

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Football is finally back and after Week 1 it’s time to dive into some Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire Targets! With no preseason and little camp news to work with, we were able to get our first glimpse at who’s starting and what players will hold meaningful roles this season.

I have compiled a list of players that I’ve seen available in leagues that I am in myself. These are players that I will be targeting this week no questions asked.

I have one big piece of advice I’ll lend before I get into it. It is only Week 1. Don’t tilt or overreact because your studs didn’t go nuts Week 1. It happens every year where studs come out as duds, and not so great players show out early and then fade away because the rest of the league caught back up and is back in shape and ready to roll.

Obviously you’ll need to cut players to grab these IDP waiver wire targets. Before you do, be sure to analyze the context of the players you’re considering dropping. If they didn’t get the start you thought they would ask yourself why they didn’t. If your studs just didn’t stuff the stat columns, give it time. I know the tilt is real, but have faith in yourself and who you drafted.

Let’s get down to business!

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2020 Fantasy Football: IDP Waiver Wire Targets for Week 2

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Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, New Orleans Saints

Week 1 Stats: 10 Tackles (9 solo), 1 Pass Defensed

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The man they call Chauncey Duce is a second-year man out of Florida who I was pretty high on coming into last season. He didn’t get much run as a rookie except when filling in for injuries. However, he didn’t disappoint when he got an opportunity.

Gardner-Johnson is a sure tackler and decent in coverage. With a totally healthy secondary, he seems to have carved out a valuable role as a hybrid safety/nickel corner. He’ll likely see most of if not all of his snaps from the center half of the field, which is where most traffic runs in NFL offenses these days. This leaves him with ample opportunity to rack up tackles and force turnovers here and there.

Adrian Phillips, S, New England Patriots

Week 1 Stats: 9 Tackles (8 Solo), 1 Pass Defensed, 1 INT

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Adrian Phillips had a great first week all while in a new home as well as a new system. However, it should have been expected. Whenever Phillips has started or filled in he’s always been a sure-fire IDP asset.

You may look at his snap percentage and see that he only played 69% of snaps. While that is true keep in mind that is very common for a Bill Belichick defense. Limited snaps keeps players fresh and sets a precedent for players to make the most of every snap.

If you’re hurting at DB, Phillips can likely shore up that spot for you long term. He may not blow up every week since he doesn’t play every snap, but he does offer a great baseline.

Joe Thomas, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Week 1 stats: 5 Tackles (2 Solo)

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No, Joe Thomas didn’t stuff any stat columns. The reason he makes this list is thanks to injury. Leighton Vander-Esch LB of the Dallas Cowboys broke his collar bone in Sunday Night’s game and is going to miss six to eight weeks. Vander-Esch comes as a big loss for this team and leaves quite a hole to fill alongside LB Jaylon Smith.

Now don’t expect Vander-Esch numbers, but Thomas can likely fill a hole for you if you lost Vander-Esch or if you’re weak at the position. If he can match even 75-80% of Vander-Esch’s production you’ll be glad you placed your waiver claim.

Germaine Pratt, LB, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1 stats: 12 Tackles (7 Solo)

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Germaine Pratt was a guy I held onto all year last year waiting for his breakout and I think his time has finally come. I’m a big tackle guy. I believe you really need tackles to give yourself a baseline in IDP scoring and then all the splash plays and turnovers are extra on top. I guess I just prefer players that are less volatile.

Pratt didn’t top 12 tackles at any point last season. He had a week with 10, and followed it with an 11 tackle week late in the 2019 Season. However, he’s no longer in a limited role and is taking all the defensive snaps.

I don’t see the Bengals being competitive in many games this season, leading to positive game scripts for the opposing teams. This will lead to opponents running heavily for Pratt to rack up tackles.

Chase Winovich, DE, New England Patriots

Week 1 stats: 6 Tackles (4 Solo), 1 Tackle For Loss

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Chase Winovich excites me because even on only 68% of snaps (48 total), he still managed to make an impact. Over his entire rookie season he only played 29% of the defensive snaps, and never played more than 38% in any one game.

What’s wild is last year he totaled 291 snaps, 20 tackles, and 5.5 Sacks. Now, if you extrapolate those numbers out with his current pace of 48 snaps a game, his stats average out to 52.5 Tackles, 14.5 Sacks over 768 snaps. It’s absolutely a small sample size but that’s the kind of potential Winovich possesses.

He has the pedigree as an elite pass rusher going back to his college days. I think his ceiling is well worth the add now that we know he’s getting the playing time. Plus he might have the best hair in the NFL, which as we all know is an important step to being Fantasy relevant. He’s one of my favorite IDP waiver wire targets this week.

Christian Wilkins, DE, Miami Dolphins

Week 1 stats: 6 Tackles (5 Solo), 1 Sack, 2 Passes Defensed

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Christian Wilkins was a forgotten man down in Miami after being a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. After a relatively quiet rookie season as a pass rusher, it was encouraging to see him get in the sack column early this season, especially tracking down a mobile quarterback in Cam Newton.


He’s always had a decent baseline as a run defender, but if he can increase his sack numbers he’ll be a solid IDP asset all year and possibly someone who needs to be on rosters in all leagues.


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About Bob Van Duser

Here to shed some light on the IDP side of Fantasy Football. With years of experience I intend to expand the horizons of players and show them how exciting IDP can be in their leagues, as well as providing a reputable source to those who play in IDP leagues already but may want to see a differing opinion or may be looking for further details and research

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