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NFL Week 16 IDP Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter (59) celebrates a sack against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations on making it to this point in the fantasy football season. It’s playoffs time, which means we are looking for IDPs who we can insert into our starting lineups, as we don't have much use for depth pieces this late in the season.

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Because of that,  there aren't going to be many defensive linemen mentioned this week. However, the linebacker and safety positions are littered with capable contributors. Barring injuries and COVID-19 exposure, only use the waiver wire to fill in holes in your fantasy starting lineup. 


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.

EDGE Demarcus Lawrence, DAL (Week 13)
EDGE Carl Granderson, NO (Week 13)
EDGE Bradley Chubb, DEN (Week 13)
DI Greg Gaines, DAL (Week 14)
EDGE Uchenna Nwosu, LAC (Week 14)
DI Chris Wormley, PIT (Week 14)
EDGE Randy Gregory, DAL (Week 15)
DI Roy Robertson-Harris, JAX (Week 15)
LB Drue Tranquill, LAC (Week 13)
LB Divine Deablo, LV (Week 14)
LB Christian Kirksey, HST (Week 14)
LB Germaine Pratt, CIN (Week 14)
LB Neville Hewitt, HST (Week 15)
S Eric Rowe, MIA (Week 13)
S Eric Murray, S, HST (Week 13)
S Ryan Neal, SEA (Week 14)
S Khari Willis, IND (Week 14)
S Trey Marshall, LAC (Week 15)
S Will Harris, DET (Week 15)
S Jaylinn Hawkins, ATL (Week 15)

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Carter played a significant number of snaps on the edge for the Giants until rookie Azeez Ojulari, whose snap share has increased since the start of the year. After missing a few games midway through the season, Carter played his highest snap share (69%) since returning to the lineup in Week 12 and recorded his biggest game of the year as a result.

Carter managed two sacks, a forced fumble, three QB hits, a pass breakup and four tackles against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, making for a massive fantasy day, which will put a lot of eyes on him as a waiver-wire add this week. Carter earned an 86.1 pass-rush grade on Sunday, forcing seven pressures, en route to a team-high 90.8 overall grade.

Again, there aren’t a lot of defensive line waiver options who should be considered, but Carter is viable, especially if your fantasy team is in need of a Week 17 spot start, as Carter will face the Chicago Bears in a plus matchup.


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