2023 IDP Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

by Steve Hungarter (IDPHunter)
2023 IDP Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2023 IDP Football Week 9 Waiver Wire! As Halloween approaches, the fantasy football season is in full swing, and it's time to put a spooky twist on your roster. Whether you're looking for some "thriller" players to add to your team or seeking to exorcise the underperforming ghouls haunting your losing records and lineup now, this Halloween-themed fantasy football waivers article should have you covered.

We'll explore the top picks for each position, focusing on players who have either been consistently spooky-good or those with the potential to deliver monstrous performances in the coming weeks. In this article, we'll embark on a ghoulish journey to assemble the ultimate Halloween fantasy IDP squad. We'll select players based on the least frightening matchups and their ability to haunt opponents on the field. So, put on your favorite costume, grab some candy, and let's dive into the world of Halloween fantasy football.

As the moon rises on Week 9 of the 2023 fantasy football season, it's time to delve into the eeriest depths of the waiver wire. With a little luck from some dark magic spells, we conjure waiver wire spirits to spook your league rivals. The dark and mysterious world of IDP  features three primary positions to choose from: Haunted Defensive Lineman, The Phantom Linebackers, and The Ghostly Safties can all be both thrilling and chilling. Hopefully, that is enough as we unearth some underappreciated players who can haunt the competition and take your team to the next level. So, grab your flashlight and join me on this spine-tingling journey through the waiver wire abyss.

In this spooky article, we'll delve into the players who are ready to haunt your competition and help you secure that coveted fantasy football championship. So, whether you're sitting down to watch a game or handing out candy, remember that this spine-tingling lineup is out there, lurking in the shadows, waiting to make your Halloween football experience unforgettable. Happy Halloween and may your fantasy team bring home the treats, not the tricks!

2023 IDP Football Week 9 Waiver Wire

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Blake Cashman, LB, Houston Texans (19%)

This linebacker has been lurking in the shadows, but his bone-chilling ability to accumulate tackles and big plays is ready to haunt your opponents. Cashman appears to have secured a consistent role and substantial usage within the defense, making him the preferred linebacker to have on your roster in Houston,  The only Texans linebacker who saw full-time action, logging 90% or greater snap share the last three weeks.

Baron Browning, DL/LB, Denver Broncos (17%)

This Halloween week, the Broncos just might have crawled out of their graves of mediocrity and haunted the Chiefs with a signature win.  In the upset win against the Chiefs, the Broncos finally figured out their pass rush, providing 11 pressures. Four of those pressures came from Baron Browning, who notched two sacks and one forced fumble on his way to four tackles. He is only rostered in 4% of leagues. His snap count should only increase from here.

Tre'von Moehrig, DB, Las Vegas Raiders (3%)

This Interception Incubus has been steady the entire year but waited for Monday Night Football to put together one of his better performances. The Pumpkin Pass Defender ended up with ten tackles on the night and was credited as a Zone-Zombie, never yielding a single touchdown. Owned in just a few leagues, pick yourself up this defensive back of the unknown, and the Phantom Prowler is set for good stats again next week with a matchup against the New York Giants.

Denico Autry,  DL, Tennesee Titans (16%)

Looking for another defensive line demon? Why this player continues to get buried and forgotten about is beyond me. Autry, in the last four weeks, saw action in 72, 70, 76, and 74% of the defensive snaps achieving 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks. While he's only rostered in the most competitive and deep leagues, he's been quite impressive, tallying eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in his last two games. He is a definite strong candidate to fill a roster spot if you need DL. Fun fact: for those playing on MFL, he has DT eligibility.

Michael Hoecht, DL, Los Angeles Rams (12%)

Here is another Spectre, as mentioned, yet another cursed defensive lineman.  The Undying Defense of the Rams features an unknown player of the abyss, Michael Hoecht.  This ghostly apparition is starting to prove to be a valuable backup option for your defensive line during bye weeks. Don't rule out the possibility of using him as a linebacker as well. In the last two games, he tallied nine tackles and three sacks while getting 80% or greater of the snap share. This is rare but awesome to see. He isn't owned many places, perhaps because he is unknown, but due to his solid consistency, he is a definite ass during the bye weeks.

Boye Mafe, DL, Seattle Seahawks (18%)

Mafe is a haunting presence on the field and can be a terrifying addition to your lineup. Having been in a mad scientist laboratory,  Mafe currently still leads the league in pass rush win rates at 31%, according to ESPN analytics, outperforming more widely recognized superstars in his position. We predicted the breakout here at the Fantasy Six-pack and were only waiting for playing time. Well, that happened in week 9! On 74% of snaps, he achieved eight tackles, one sack, and one fumble returned. Torment your league mates and pick him up off waivers.

Mafe was one of the players involved in the trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Broncos. It's quite ironic that Denver ended up on the losing side of the same deal twice.

Damone Clark, LB, Dallas Cowboys (5%)

If he's haunting your waiver wire, grab him quickly for a monstrous boost in production. This week, Damone Clark was in an every-down role, yet he ended the game with six tackles.  He will continue to be leaned on for an 80+ snap share.

Leo Chenal, LB, Kansas City Chiefs (19%)

This beastly linebacker held the green dot and went off here in week eight and growled in the moonlight. Chenal saw the second-highest number of snaps among the off-ball linebackers, accounting for 69% of the plays. This significant playing time translated into solid production, as Chenal recorded eight tackles and contributed a sack, outperforming Willie Gay, who only saw 29 snaps.

DaRon Bland, DB, Dallas Cowboys (7%)

Cornerback Crypt-Keepers: Cornerbacks are often overlooked in IDP leagues, but some can be true game-changers. This is the case for Bland, who plays on a top defense. He benefited with a seven-tackle, one-interception performance, but more importantly, is the fact he continues to get heavy snap counts, and that is usually rare at this point in the season. The Cowboys clearly trust him, and with matchups against the Eagles, Giants, and Panthers upcoming. I expect him to remain busy and seek out turnovers, as cornerbacks are the creepiest to figure out week to week. This guy should be fairly consistent.

D.J. Wonnum, DL, Minnesota Vikings (9%)

This player's career just might have been resurrected from the coffin. Rising from the grave, Wonnum now has recorded four sacks in his last five games. This Blitzing Banshee is getting 60-90% of the snaps share. Looking ahead to the upcoming weekend, he is set to take on the Atlanta team, which is the 2nd best matchup for defensive ends and is yielding three sacks per game average. Fire him up in sack-heavy leagues.

Micah McFadden, LB, New York Giants (28%)

A  Doctor Jeckly Mr. Hyde player, McFadden is good but incredibly inconsistent. A speculative stash due to his role, in the most recent game, McFadden was on the field for 58% of the snaps, resulting in four tackles. It seems that a good baseline for McFadden is around 70%. When he participates in at least 70% of the snaps, he averages just over eight tackles per game.

Bryce Huff, DL, New York Jets (8%)

As the leaves fall and the shadows grow long, the spirits of Jet's past evoke special ghosts this time of year.  We have been talking about Huff for some time now. In the last three games, he has 3.5 sacks and is starting to show the coaching staff he can be trusted. That's 38 total pressures on just 127 pass rushes, despite playing less than idea snaps (under 37-50%). Expect that number to change only a matter of time.

Christian Rozeboom, LB, Los Angeles Rams (16%)

The specters of the linebacker corps beckon yet another unknown Rams player. Another solid option during the bye weeks, Rozeboom logged 62% of snap shares and logged in seven tackles. He generally averages 5 per week, so consider the extra playtime and added incentive.

Nate Landman, LB, Atlanta Falcons (12%)

The ghosts and goblins might be out on in Atlanta, as injuries have torn this team's linebacker corps apart. Many wondered if Landman was more trick than treat. So far, it has been the latter. Landman has been playable each start he gets if not for the tackles.  So, dive into the waiver wire and unearth the spooky surprises Landman had a full-time role again, appearing in 86% of the snaps. Landman finished with eight tackles of his own. This is a pretty good flex play between the bye-weeks.

Charles Omenihu, DL,  Kansas City Chiefs (7%)

During his suspension, Omenihu must have drank a potion and turned himself into a wolfman as he growled the last two weeks on the field. Omenihu was expected to be a starting player at the beginning of the season but had to serve a suspension early on, so leagues may still have him off waivers. Kansas City's defense, on the other hand, has been exceptionally strong this season, consistently ranking near the top in various metrics such as success rate, EPA (Expected Points Added) per play, and points allowed, both on a per-game and per-drive basis. He enters back in the fold, generating around 50-55% snaps, and could do damage down the stretch for teams needing players during the bye weeks.

Jermaine Johnson, DL/LB, New York Jets (27%)

Over the past three games, Johnson has produced three sacks and a snap share increase. During this season of the witch, the Jets get an easier matchup against the Chargers, who have been among the top ten teams in terms of allowing points to opposing defensive lines this season. Expect some hocus-pocus and Johnson to continue with his 2nd year supernatural ways.

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