Well that was…something.
Week 1 of the NFL season tends to be weird. Or at least surprising. An annual exercise in the realities of a new season in the league as opposed to what we think we know.
This year was no exception. As a matter of fact, 2018 may have been weirder than normal. The highest-scoring defensive back of Week 1 didn’t start. The highest-scoring player overall is on the waiver wire in more leagues in not.
It’s enough to make you bang your head against the wall.
However, it’s important not to overreact to one week’s games – good or bad. Take that defensive back, for example. Clayton Fedejelem of the Cincinnati Bengals had a huge afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts – 10 total tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown that sealed the game. But Fedejelem was only in the game because Shawn Williams was ejected for a shot on Andrew Luck. His IDP value moving forward is nada.
There’s a flip side to that coin, too – studs who open the season with a dud. Yes, Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley had a quiet Week 1. But that had a lot more to do with a God-awful Bills offense than Mosley. He’s going to get his, and dropping him for one of the flavors of the week sails right past unwise into downtown dumb.
No one likes opening the season with a loss. And you should always be on the lookout for players who can make your team better. But there’s a balance to be struck. The last thing you want is an opponent beating you like a drum a month from now with a player you panic-dropped.
With that annually issued warning out of the way, here’s a look at some of the top IDP waiver wire adds in Week 2.
IDP PICKUP OF THE WEEK
Cory Littleton – ILB, Los Angeles Rams
Veteran cornerback Aqib Talib told Myles Simmons of the team’s website ahead of Monday’s opener that Littleton was ready to serve as the Rams signal-caller in the middle of the defense. “Cory’s been doing a great job. Just from OTAs until now, I feel like he improved a lot,” Talib said. “It’s a new position for him, so I think he’s got it down right now. Calling things, making the checks — he’s leading the show right now. So he’s comfortable.”
Talib wasn’t kidding even a little. Littleton was all over the place against the Oakland Raiders. In addition to 11 solo tackles and two assists, Littleton had a second-half interception of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. If you are a regular reader of my IDP articles here at Fantasy Sharks you may already have rostered Littleton. If you haven’t, do so post-haste. And if you aren’t a regular reader shame on you. How can I ruin your team if you won’t let me “help?”
WEEK 2 IDP WAIVER WIRE TARGETS
Mario Addison – DE, Carolina Panthers
Per Brendan Marks of the Charlotte Observer, Addison said before last week’s opener that he wasn’t about to rest on his laurels after a career year in 2017. “Every year, you’ve gotta grow. I’m not getting any younger,” Addison said with a laugh. “If you don’t grow, you’ll find yourself left behind. You’ll be outside the fence, outside the shield, so to say. All the things we did last year or the year before, don’t mean nothing. You’ve got to build it back up from the ground up.”
Addison was a man of his word, piling up his first 1.5 sacks of the 2018 season and forcing the fumble that sealed the win for the Panthers. I’ve been beating the drum all summer long for Addison as an underrated IDP option after he had at least half a sack in 13 of 16 games a year ago. I’m not going to say I told you so though, because I have class.
But I totally told you so.