IDP Waiver Wire Report Week 2: T.J. Watt Replacement

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Although we are heading into Week 2, this is my first IDP waiver wire report of the 2022 NFL season. So I want to first lay bare my outlook for this league format before we begin.

For a full deep dive into IDP strategy, you should start with my IDP 101 article, which is a couple years old but still applicable. I’ll give you the highlights:

A tackle-focused scoring system is the key to any quality IDP league. They are the most consistent stat. Big-play leagues, which award more points for sacks, interceptions, fumbles, etc., are notoriously inconsistent since very few players reliably make big plays on defense. Plus, more dependable scoring adds value to the position. For example, if your league’s best running backs and wide receivers are scoring 200-plus points, what good is an IDP if the best defenders only score 100? So be sure to not handicap the IDP positions by allowing them to score points at a similar clip to your league’s RBs and WRs. Lastly, I recommend having 10 IDP starters (3 DL, 3 LB, 3 DB and 1 D-FLEX). If you want to go above and beyond, I really like 1 DT, 2 DE, 3 LB, 1 CB, 2 S and 1 D-FLEX.

I’m going to go a little deeper this week since there’s always that tendency to want to jump on the hot Week 1 player or cut-and-run from a guy after a disappointing start. With that foundation in mind, let’s get into this week’s IDP waiver wire pickups. Please note that the variety of IDP leagues makes it difficult to pinpoint roster percentages, so not every recommendation may be a good fit for your league. For specifics, it’s always best to consume a lot of IDP content to get a feel for the landscape from multiple points of view. At the end of each writeup, I will rate each player with a positional rank and grade. For example, Derwin James would be a S1+, meaning a high-end top 12 safety. 

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