2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire

by Andrew Barton
2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire

Welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire!

Football is officially back and week one provided plenty of huge performances from everyone’s favorite superstars. Patrick Mahomes, Justin Jefferson, and Cooper Kupp all justified their lofty draft day prices.

Yet, defensive players managed to have their time in the spotlight too, from Minkah Fitzpatrick’s pick-six to the ageless Von Miller racking up multiple sacks. In fact, 21 total individual defensive players scored over 20 fantasy points in week one according to Fantasy Pros.

As always, the key to having a successful fantasy season is managing the waiver wire and adding the right talent to your roster. Today we are going to take a look at some strong candidates who could provide season-long value to your defensive unit.

I will be using Fantasy Pros default IDP scoring format when calculating fantasy points scored by a player and Yahoo when discussing a player’s rostered percentage.

With that said, let’s take a look at some potential week one waiver wire adds!

2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 IDP Waiver Wire

Alex Highsmith, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: 2% Rostered

Week 1 Stats: 9 TOT Tackles, 3 Sacks, 4 QB Hits, 1 Forced Fumble
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Alex Highsmith is likely going to be the premier waiver wire add in IDP leagues after his performance against the Bengals. Pittsburgh fields one of the most talented defensive rosters in the NFL and it showed against their division rivals.

Last year, Highsmith was serviceable as he managed 76 total tackles and 6 sacks while seeing 76% of all defensive snaps. While he was a dominant force in the Steelers' overtime win, he only saw action on 83% of defensive snaps.

What makes Highsmith so intriguing is the unfortunate loss of reigning Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt, who was also having a strong opening game. Without Watt, Highsmith now looks to be Pittsburgh’s best edge rushing option.

With Cameron Heyward anchoring the interior and Fitzpatrick in the secondary there is plenty of talent around Highsmith. While you cannot expect him to replace Watt, the third-year linebacker could very well average double-digit fantasy points on a weekly basis.

Devin Lloyd, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars: 7% Rostered

Week 1 Stats: 11 Tot Tackles
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In a previous article, I ranked Devin Lloyd as my top IDP rookie for the 2022-2023 season. If week one is any indication, that prediction should hold up relatively well.

He played 90% and led the Jaguars with 11 total tackles. Arguably his best play of the day came during a Washington 2PT conversion attempt where he quickly sacked Carson Wentz during a blitz.

While his fantasy production saw him score 14.3 points and finish as the 21st linebacker on Fantasy Pros, there are some concerns in regard to his real-life impact on the field.

There were multiple possessions where he looked a step behind or hesitated. In order to continue to see a 90-plus snap percentage, he will need to refine his tackling.

In college, he had a 12.5% miss tackle rate and those issues plagued him in week one. Overall, Lloyd is worth the waiver claim for the volume he should see and the upside he possesses.

If Jacksonville continues to struggle on defense as a unit it could lead to a great opportunity for the rookie to continuously post double-digit tackles.

Johnathan Abram, S, Las Vegas Raiders: 7% Rostered

Week 1 Stats: 12 TOT Tackles
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In the past, I have been critical of defensive backs when it comes to IDP leagues. But, when a safety plays in a pass-heavy division, is on the field for 100% of his team's snaps, and is coming off 100 plus total tackles in 2021, he is worth a look.

Abram had his 5th-year option declined and had a middling 2021 Pro Football Focus grade of 56.9. Regardless, for our purposes, he has value as starting caliber IDP player with a safe floor.

As with most safeties in fantasy, they derive their value from the versatility and the ability to play both in coverage and drop down into the box. During the preseason Abram saw time both in the box and as a safety. If the Raiders commit to using him as a defensive Swiss army knife, he should provide enough weekly scoring to find his way onto your IDP rosters.

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