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NFL Week 14 IDP Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (42) reacts after recovering the fumble the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 14 is likely the last chance to add some depth to IDP rosters before the fantasy playoffs begin. 


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If you need a potential star to come in off the waiver wire to help you make a push for the playoffs, then check out the list of names below to consider heading into the final week of the fantasy regular season.

NAMES THAT BEAR REPEATING

To avoid repeating arguments for players previously mentioned in this piece, I'll list anyone who is still relevant who I have mentioned in the past three weeks with a link to that article and information.

Dorance Armstrong, EDGE, DAL (Week 11)
James Smith-Williams, EDGE, WAS (Week 11)
Christian Barmore, DI, NE (Week 11)
Trevis Gipson, EDGE, CHI (Week 12)
Tyus Bowser, EDGE, BLT (Week 12)
Preston Smith, EDGE, GB (Week 12)
DeMarcus Walker, EDGE, HST (Week 12)
Demarcus Lawrence, EDGE, DAL (Week 13)
Carl Granderson, EDGE, NO (Week 13)
Bradley Chubb, EDGE, DEN (Week 13)
Quincy Williams, LB, NYJ (Week 12)
Alex Singleton, LB, PHI (Week 12)
Drue Tranquill, LB, LAC (Week 13)
Juston Burris, S, CAR (Week 11)
Elijah Riley, S, NYJ (Week 12)
Julian Love, S, NYG (Week 12)
Jaquiski Tartt, S, SF (Week 12)
Eric Rowe, S, MIA (Week 13)
Eric Murray, S, HST (Week 13)

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DEFENSIVE LINE

DI GREG GAINES, LOS ANGELES RAMS

Ever since starter Sebastian Joseph-Day was lost for the season after Week 7, Gaines has filled in admirably, and DT-required IDP leagues should take notice. Gaines has played over 80% of Los Angeles' defensive snaps in each of his past four games, finishing with over 90% in three of those games. Gaines is playing enough snaps to be productive, especially since he aligns next to Aaron Donald, who creates many opportunities for teammates due to the attention he demands on a play-by-play basis.

Not only has Gaines played enough snaps, but he has been an effective pass-rusher and run defender since Joseph-Day's injury. Gaines has contributed a sack in three of his past five games while also accumulating 19 total tackles during that stretch. If playing in a DT-required league, Gaines is well worth a roster spot, and considering the scarcity of the position, he could even start going forward.

Greg Gaines before and after becoming a starter in 2021:
Weeks Snap share Pressures Tackles Sacks
1-7 36% 10 16 0.5
8-13 88% 17 23 2
EDGE UCHENNA NWOSU, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Nwosu is currently playing the best stretch of football of his NFL career, earning an 82.5 overall grade (seventh among EDGEs) and an 87.7 pass-rush grade (fourth among EDGEs) since Week 10. He’s also amassed an impressive 15 pressures and three sacks in that time, which should raise more than a few eyebrows in IDP circles. Nwosu's playing time has increased since Week 10, as he starts across from Joey Bosa.

True position IDP leagues, or leagues where he will have “DL” eligibility, are the best places to take a shot on the former second-round pick, but he’s been playing well enough to roster regardless of positional designation. The Chargers have made Nwosu a starter, and he could be decent spot-start in the fantasy playoffs. 

Nwosu’s splits this season:
Weeks Snap share Pressures (EDGE rank) Pass-rush grade (EDGE rank)
1-9 59% 14 (T-64th) 54.9 (T-110th)
10-13 71% 15 (7th) 87.7 (4th)

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