The trade deadline is coming up, and there is movement going on the league that makes for some interesting developments, as players head to contending squads and potentially better chances to show off their skills. Plus, it is always a great plan to swap out those IDPs that are underperforming (or on the sidelines with injuries) for your fantasy team(s). To that end, below are a number of options to consider adding while they are still widely available.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 8-Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington; Week 9-Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia; Week 10-Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City, New York Jets

Elevator Going Up


Vince Williams PIT

No Devin Bush for the Steelers, and Williams stepped up big time, despite not seeing a huge uptick in playing time (PT). He collected double digit total tackles (10 TT), with nine of the solo variety and two for a loss of yards (TFL). Add in a sack and a QB hit/hurry (QH) and you have a superb stat line for any LB’s weekly output. He did this against a mid-level IDP point allowing team in the form of Tennessee, so no reason to think that he cannot be productive when Pittsburgh heads to Baltimore in Week 8.

Eric Wilson MIN

Wilson is coming off a bye week, so his ownership percentage makes him imminently available to snatch up off the wire. He is not the best in tackle production but is an excellent option in big play leagues. He does put up an average of six TT per week, so do not discount his value in hybrid leagues, though, but it is the INT/Fumble production (FF/FF)/PD/sack production that fuels his worth as an IDP.

Kamal Martin GB

The rookie is ramping up his PT as his health returns, and he had six solo tackles in Week 7 while on the field for just 43% of the defensive snaps. So long as Krys Barnes and Christian Kirk sey are not on the field, he is a great LB2/3 option.

Damien Wilson KC

Wilson is a LB whose PT is steady, and allows him to contribute in IDP leagues week in, week out. He has had at least seven TT in each of the last three contests the Chiefs have played, although he is only useful in tackle-heavy scoring systems.

Defensive Linemen

Brandon Graham DE PHI

Graham has been around long enough that he should be winding down his production, but this season has seen him breakout big time in 2020. Against the visiting Giants, he contributed four TT (three solo, one TFL), to go along with a sack, a QH and a FF. he has six sacks on the season, and now gets to face the reeling Cowboys’ offense and their third-string QB at home.

Romeo Okwara DE DET

Okwara picked up a pair of sacks in Week 7, and added some more big-play benefits with a trio of QH, a FF and three solo tackles with one of those a TFL. Note that while his production of late will make him enticing, the next two matchups are poor for DE fantasy production and there is the recent addition of Everson Griffen by the Lions. He is an option in deeper leagues at this point.

Brian Burns DE CAR

The second-year player has turned into an all-around DL to employ in your IDP leagues. He collected seven TT against the host Saints last week, tossing in a strip sack of Drew Brees , a PD and a QH. The Thursday night matchup against the Falcons looks extremely tasty in Week 8.

Marcus Davenport DE NO

Davenport is likely to see his PT increase as the season progresses. He collected a sack in this second game back on the field, and also had a couple of tackles after being shut out in the department in his Week 5 debut. He has three midrange matchups on tap in terms of team offenses allowing defensive point production.

Defensive Backs

Rayshawn Jenkins S LAC

Jenkins provides a steady source of tackles, and led the team with eight TT in Week 7’s game against the visiting Jags. He has a superb matchup in store this week, when the Chargers head to Denver. The Broncos has been the most generous offense in allowing points to opposing safeties.

Daniel Sorensen S KC

Sorensen’s versatility lends itself to his extensive PT. He collected nine TT in Week 7, to go along with an INT that he returned for a TD. Loads of defensive snaps, with good tackle numbers and the occasional big play make him a steady producer on defense.

Ronnie Harrison S CLE

Nine TT (six solo) would be a nice bit of production, but he also had a PD, a FR and a sack against the in-state rival Bengals on the road in Week 7. This kind of defensive work should secure him steady if not increased defensive snaps for the Browns, although be advised he is on bye after this week’s contest at home against the Raiders, a mid-level squad in terms of allowing opposing safety IDP points.

Adrian Phillips S NE

Phillips was on the field a ton with Kyle Dugger’s ankle putting him on the sidelines. He had seven TT (six solos, one TFL) in Week 7. He has a top-five matchup in store with the Bills hosting the Pats in Week 8, so if you need bye-week or injury replacement help at safety, take a chance on him.

Trayvon Mullen CB LVR

Mullen has become the top CB for the Raiders, and is racking up prodigious tackle numbers in that role. He has collected 19 TT over his past three games, including nine in Week 7’s contest against the Buccaneers. 

Malcolm Butler CB TEN

Another top tackle producing CB, Butler is averaging just over six solo tackles per contest through the six games he has played in 2020 (41 TT). He is coming up on a fantastic matchup against the Bengals, the most generous to opposing CBs this season to date. 

Escalator Going Down


Josey Jewell DEN

Jewell was highlighted in this article after breaking out big time in Week 4. Since then, though, he has been a major disappointment, and has a trio of sub-par matchups in store. Cut your losses and cut him.

Defensive Linemen

Geno Atkins DT CIN

Atkins has been relegated to backup duties in Cincy, and while it is possible he could be shipped out before the trade deadline arrives, he is certainly not useful in his current role.

Defensive Backs

Jaire Alexander CB GB

Alexander is a great real-life player, but awful for fantasy purposes as a shutdown corner. Teams are going to avoid him on the field, and thus, he is not a good source of fantasy point production.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Vikings, but certainly you will do well if you own a top DB on the Chargers that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Minnesota @ Green Bay

New Orleans @ Chicago

San Francisco @ Seattle

Defensive Ends

Philadelphia vs Dallas

New York Giants vs Tampa Bay

Atlanta @ Carolina

Seattle vs San Francisco

Defensive Tackles 

Cincinnati vs Tennessee

Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver

Las Vegas @ Cleveland


Denver vs Los Angeles Chargers

Atlanta @ Carolina

Indianapolis @ Detroit


Cincinnati vs Tennessee

Dallas @ Philadelphia

Denver vs Los Angeles Chargers

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


Vince Williams PIT

Eric Wilson MIN

Kamal Martin GB

Damien Wilson KC

Defensive Linemen

Brandon Graham DE PHI

Romeo Okwara DE DET

Brian Burns DE CAR

Marcus Davenport DE NO

Defensive Backs

Rayshawn Jenkins S LAC

Daniel Sorensen S KC

Ronnie Harrison S CLE

Adrian Phillips S NE

Trayvon Mullen CB LVR

Malcolm Butler CB TEN

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Jordan Hicks ARI ankle

Isaiah Irving ARI back IR

Matt Milano BUF pectoral

Tyrel Dodson hamstring IR

Jacob Phillips CLE knee

Sean Lee DAL sports hernia IR

Derrek Tuszka DEN hamstring IR

Jeremiah Attaochu DEN quadriceps

Austin Calitro DEN hamstring IR

Mark Barron DEN hamstring IR

Krys Barnes GB shoulder

Christian Kirk sey GB pectoral IR

Peter Kalambayl HOU hamstring

Kyle Emanuel HOU concussion

Dakota Allen JAX ankle

Myles Jack JAX ankle

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Asmar Bilal LAC calf IR

Drue Tranquill LAC ankle IR

Brandon Copeland NE pectoral

Josh Uche NE foot IR

Chase Hansen NO hip IR

Oshane Ximines NYG shoulder IR

Jordan Jenkins NYJ ribs

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

Devin Bush PIT knee-ACL

Kwon Alexander SF ankle

Mark Nzeocha SF quadriceps IR

Jadeveon Clowney TEN knee

Reuben Foster WAS knee IR

Montez Sweat WAS concussion

Defensive Linemen


Zach Allen ARI ankle IR

Jordan Phillips ARI hamstring 

Takkarist McKinley ATL groin

John Cominsky ATL illness IR-COVID

Jerry Hughes BUF foot

Myles Garrett CLE ankle

Everson Griffen DET undisclosed

Taco Charleton KC knee

Alex Okafor KC hamstring IR

Danielle Hunter MIN neck IR

John Simon NE shoulder 

Jabari Zuniga NYJ quadriceps IR

Kyle Phillips NYJ ankle

Dee Ford SF neck IR

Carlos Dunlap SEA undisclosed

James Smith-Williams WAS concussion


Quinton Jefferson BUF knee

Vernon Butler BUF groin

Zach Kerr CAR toe

Mike Purcell DEN foot IR

Tyler Lancaster GB shoulder

Abry Jones JAX ankle IR

Lawrence Guy NE ankle

Carl Davis NE concussion

Beau Allen NE undisclosed IR

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Hassan Ridgeway PHI biceps IR

Makik Jackson PHI quadriceps

Chris Wormley PIT knee

Defensive Backs


Jalen Thompson ARI ankle IR

Darqueze Dennard ATL hamstring IR

Micah Hyde BUF concussion

Darnell Strange GB quadriceps

Raven Greene GB oblique 

A.J. Moore HOU hamstring IR

Jarrod Wilson JAX hamstring

Terrell Burgess LAR ankle

Bobby McCain MIA ankle

George Iloka MIN knee-ACL IR

Kyle Dugger NE ankle

Cody Davis NE ribs IR

Adrian Colbert NYG shoulder

K’Von Wallace PHI shoulder

Jordan Dangerfield PIT quadriceps

Jaquiski Tartt SF groin

Jimmie Ward SF quadriceps

Jamal Adams SEA groin

Dane Cruikshank TEN groin

Landon Collins WAS Achilles IR


Anthony Averett BAL shoulder IR

Josh Norman BUF hamstring

Cam Lewis BUF wrist

Rasul Douglas CAR illness IR-COVID

Michael Joseph CHI undisclosed IR-COVID

William Jackson CIN concussion

Chidobe Awuzie DAL hamstring IR

Rashard Robinson DAL undisclosed

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring

Justin Coleman DET hamstring IR

Kevin King GB quadriceps

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Bradley Roby HOU knee

Sidney Jones JAX back

D.J. Hayden JAX hamstring IR

L’Jarius Sneed KC collarbone IR

Keisean Nixon LVR hip

Chris Harris LAC foot IR

Jamal Perry MIA foot

Ken Crawley NO illness IR-COVID

Darnay Holmes NYG neck

Arthur Maulet NYJ groin IR

Craig James PHI hamstring

Mike Hilton PIT shoulder

Shaquill Griffin SEA concussion

Johnathan Joseph TEN illness

Tye Smith TEN shoulder

Kristian Fulton TEN knee

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR 

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