The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 8

All records are meant to be broken. On Sunday, Peyton Manning broke the record for the most passing touchdowns by any quarterback in NFL history. After the game Peyton was interviewed on NBC and gave one of the most selfless interviews I have ever seen. He spoke of his teammates and coaches that he has had over the years. He gave credit to everyone except himself. I have my own opinions on Peyton Manning that I will save for another article, but no one can deny the fact that he is great. Through neck surgery and beyond, Peyton has faced adversity and done so while succeeding on the field week after week.

Many of you probably don’t know this but something else ended in the NFL on Sunday. The Jacksonville Jaguars finally won a game. Not only that, the opposing defense failed to score double-digit fantasy points against them like it had done every week prior this season.

Overall, week 7 was crazy, but we are just getting started.

Last week’s results:

  • Cleveland Browns: 8 fantasy points. Eight. Against the Jaguars. I watched some of this game and the Browns defense actually looked pretty decent at times. Three interceptions and two sacks on Bortles made for an impressive showing. In the end though, the Jaguars racked up 24 points on the way to their first victory of the season.
  • Dallas Cowboys: America’s team played the struggling New York Giants at home and I thought for sure they would give us a better a performance. Although they only allowed 21 points, the only points they put up were two fumble recoveries. 3 fantasy points is all the Cowboys were worth. I thought they had a chance to finally hit double-digit fantasy points but while they got the win, the defense’s best weapon continues to be their explosive offense.

NOTE: The Cowboys do get Washington this upcoming week, so if you own them they may be worth another shot.

Week 8 Targets:

Denard Robinson was a big reason why an opposing defense failed to record double-digit fantasy points for the first time against the Jags in 2014

Denard Robinson was a big reason why an opposing defense failed to record double-digit fantasy points for the first time against the Jags in 2014

Cleveland Browns: If you read last week’s article you know how excited I was for the matchup against the Jaguars. Although I was a little disappointed by their performance, the matchup wasn’t the only reason that I picked up the Browns off the waiver wire. The Browns get to fly home and take on the Raiders this week. Although Oakland has kept opposing defenses away from huge point totals thus far, a home matchup still seems prime for the Browns. Pick ‘em up and use them.

NOTE: Cleveland takes on Tampa Bay in week 9 to close out their trio of great matchups for streaming!

Miami Dolphins: Miami’s defense is improving from week to week. The Dolphins have played six games and have scored double-digit fantasy points in four of them. Who do the Dolphins get in week 8? You guessed it, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The battle of Florida should be a great matchup for Miami on the defensive end of the ball. I believe the Dolphins take care of business in Jacksonville.

Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills are owned in more leagues than the teams I usually include in this column. Still, Buffalo is unowned in 40% of leagues and should be streamed in week 8. The Bills have been playing really well, keeping opposing tailbacks out of the end zone, and putting up good fantasy numbers along the way. This week Buffalo gets the New York Jets. The Jets are wacky, but they are almost always good for a few sacks on Geno and a pick or two. I think this Bills unit is in for a big week.

Good luck in week 8!

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!

Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 8

Quarterback:

Joe Flacco (63% Y!): Over the last two weeks, Flacco has thrown for 7 touchdowns compared just 2 interceptions. Yes, they were against weak defensive units (Tampa and Atlanta), but Flacco is showing that he has strong connections with his bevy of hands in Baltimore. Involving Torrey Smith more, along with using Steve Smith and Owen Daniels, Flacco definitely has options to utilize in the passing game. He also has a strong run game with a 3-headed monster led by Justin Forsett. He has a 14:5 TD:INT ratio on the season and is an upper-tier QB2 with potential to be a low-end QB1 on a weekly basis. He gets the Bengals, Steelers and Titans over the next three weeks, all of which are beatable. He’s a great bye-week filler in the near future.

Carson Palmer (42% Y!): Palmer seems nearly recovered from a shoulder issue that plagued him for most of the season. Since his return, he’s thrown 4 touchdowns to just 1 interception. He has done a nice job of spreading the ball around to his plethora of weapons and has been complimented nicely by stud running back Andre Ellington. Palmer should be owned in more leagues due to his matchups to come (Eagles, Cowboys, Rams) and the ability of his weapons to make plays. Palmer throws the ball down-field quite a bit, and that’s what we fake gamers want to see!

Running Back:

Tre Mason (17% Y!): The Auburn rookie has been inactive more often than he has been in uniform this season. Yet he’s now one of the most intriguing running back adds of the year. He had a breakout game on Sunday (18/85/1) against Seattle and is now likely the top tailback for the Rams. Last season’s surprise star Zac Stacy has just not been able to get it going this season and saw no touches on Sunday. The only other back in the mix is Benjamin Cunningham, who looks to have established a role as the change-of-pace option. Easily the most talented runner in the St. Louis backfield, the job should be Mason’s so long as he produces in the weeks to come. While Mason is not likely to be a PPR-maven, the Rams like to run the ball enough for him to be a weekly FLEX option should he succeed with the gig. Pick him up in all formats.

Ronnie Hillman (58% Y!): Last call! Add in all leagues. Hillman had a big game on Sunday, tallying 103 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against a stingy San Fransisco defense. Given the lack of burst with which Montee Ball played before his injury, Hillman is a candidate to keep this job for the remainder of the season. At the very least, he’s carved out a major role in this offense once the former returns. There is still no definitive timetable for Ball’s return, so continue to use Hillman with confidence in the weeks ahead.

With Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller out indefinitely, look for Bryce Brown to take over as Buffalo's lead back

With Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller out indefinitely, look for Bryce Brown to take over as Buffalo’s lead back

Bryce Brown (6% Y!): Both Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller are out indefinitely with injuries, leaving Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to handle the backfield touches in their absence. Dixon has been active all year due to his special teams appeal but Brown is the more talented back and should be given a larger share of the touches between the 20’s. Brown is also the superior pass protector and that should only help to keep him on the field. Dixon will likely sub in when Buffalo gets close to the goal line. Brown has great stats in his young career, with over 4.6 YPC and 6 touchdowns. The only downside to Brown’s immediate future prospects are the tough matchups which Buffalo faces. Let all the noobs put in claims on Dixon, my money is on Bryce Brown taking the job and running with it.

Wide Receiver:

Doug Baldwin (23% Y!): With Percy Harvin out of the picture, many are predicting the ball distribution won’t change much since the former Viking wasn’t seeing many looks to begin with. The most logical beneficiary of the Harvin trade to the Jets is obviously Doug Baldwin. He’s been Russel Wilson’s favorite target all year long and Sunday it showed, as Baldwin broke out for a 7/123/1 line. Baldwin is now a clear-cut WR3 option in the coming weeks as he should be getting plenty of looks for a Seattle team that will be looking to get out of their funk. Fantasy owners in need of wide receiver help should put a considerable FAAB bid in on Baldwin this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. (50% Y!): After the Victor Cruz injury last week, the biggest beneficiary had to be Beckham, who slid right into the starting lineup. He posted a 4/34/2 line in week 7. Beckham is quickly becoming a favorite of Eli Manning and is arguably the best receiver on the team. His athletic ability and red zone use should help continue to lift his stock in the weeks ahead. He’s probably more of a WR3 right now, but upside remains. If he has another big game in week 9 (Giants are on a bye coming up), this is probably the last call to hop on the bandwagon.

Allen Robinson (15% Y!): As I stated last week, Robinson is Blake Bortles’ favorite target and considering how much the Jaguars are forced to throw the ball, he’s worth an add. The biggest problem with Robinson was that before Sunday, he hadn’t found pay dirt yet this season. I said he would find the end zone soon and voila! He finished with a healthy 7 targets and a touchdown as well and will continue to rack up the looks each week and can be safely deployed as a mid-tier WR3. He needs to be owned more than 15% of leagues. Anyone with a free spot on their bench needs to put Robinson there.

Tight End:

Owen Daniels (49% Y!): Overall, Daniels has disappointed fantasy owners ever since becoming the starting tight end for the Ravens after Dennis Pitta’s season-ending hip injury. He scored his first touchdown since his 2-score performance in week 2 and was targeted 9 times as well. Joe Flacco has been above average this season and in such a tight end-friendly scheme, Daniels is going to be a threat to provide gamers a healthy dose of points weekly. Don’t mistake Daniels for a game-changer, but he is more than serviceable considering the current pool of available tight ends.

Charles Clay (40% Y!): Whether it was a struggling offense or being hurt, Clay has been an utter disappointment so far after his breakout 2013. He finally had a good game on Sunday (4/58/1) and given his talent, this could be all Clay needs to get back on track. The key to his success is the progression of Ryan Tannehill. After Mike Wallace, Clay could easily become Tannehill’s #2 target with Miami’s lack of depth at the running back position. The Dolphins are forced to rely on their passing attack a lot and that could help Clay get back to last season’s form. If you need a tight end this week, he is definitely worth a look.

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Doug Moore is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @DMM0822!

The Fantasy Forecaster: Week 7 Start/Sit

Ricky was joined by fellow TSS writer Doug Moore and they discussed their Must Start/Must Sit for week 7

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The Weekly Stream: Defense; Week 7

Have you ever watched a horse race? Unless you are hardcore fan of the “Sport of Kings” you don’t watch most of the race. You wait until the horses come around the final turn and then watch for your horse to pull ahead and hopefully cross the finish line ahead of the others. You look at your ticket and depending on what you bet, you head to the cashier and collect your winnings. Over the last couple years I have met some people on Twitter who love horse racing. You might even say they obsess over it. They dedicate hours looking at past performance sheets, watch race replays, and look for anything that might get them an advantage against the other players. I have been on Twitter long enough to know that the horse racing community is maybe the nicest group of people on the internet. Some people I have barely met have become good friends, while others I enjoy following for their insight and humor that stretches beyond the track.

Why am I talking about horse races? On Twitter, the community of horse handicappers has a universal tweet that comes out when someone hits big. It might be an exacta, a trifecta, a superfecta, a big win bet, or a pick 4 or pick 6 win. The tweet is simple, the tweet is beautiful.

BOOOOOOOM!

If I see that word come up on my Twitter timeline I know something good happened to one of my horse betting buddies. Sometimes the person might have won $50, while other times, (no kidding), it might be a 50k hit on a pick 4 or pick 6 ticket. This terminology might not mean much to you, but I promise, it will all come full circle quickly.

I have been writing this article for a 6 weeks now, and I finally had my BOOOOOM moment over the weekend. Below you will find the three defenses I said were worth streaming this weekend. In horse racing, when you pick three horses and they come 1st, 2nd and 3rd, you have hit the trifecta. While my three defenses weren’t the three highest scoring defenses this weekend, they were up there. Going 3/3 for the first time is close enough to a trifecta for me, so I am going to call it a big win.

Last week’s results:

  • Tennessee Titans: The Titans were my sleeper pick of the week and showed once again why facing the Jacksonville Jaguars is fantasy gold! The Titans were owned in 1.1% of leagues when last week’s article went live. On Sunday they held the Jags to 14 points, while recording a fumble recovery and an interception. They also sacked Bortles six times, giving them 12 fantasy points in ESPN standard scoring. If you were lucky enough to grab the Titans last week, they have another great matchup ahead when they travel to Washington this weekend. I wouldn’t drop them yet.
  • Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens were unreal this weekend. One minute into the 2nd quarter and they were up 35-0 against the Buccaneers, once again proving that Tampa Bay might want to bring in more CFL competition if they want to see any wins in 2014. The Bucs did score 17 points, mostly in garbage time, as Baltimore recorded an interception and 5 sacks en route to a 7 point showing. Not bad.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: 14, 4, 1, 23, 18 and 17. No, these are not tonight’s lottery numbers. Instead, this is the number of fantasy points that the Eagles have scored from week to week in 2014. Currently ranked as the number 1 fantasy defense, the ownership of the Eagles D/ST is only 22.8%. Amazing, to be honest, especially after their primetime beating of the Giants on Sunday night. The Eagles are on bye this week, and face a much tougher schedule after the week off. That being said, it is hard to stay away from a defense that has 7 touchdowns in 6 games.

Week 7 Targets:

Joe Haden and the Browns get the lowly Jaguars this week. Stream city!

Joe Haden and the Browns get the lowly Jaguars this week. Stream city!

Cleveland Browns: I apologize if you are a Jaguars fan, I really do. Each week I feel like I am picking on you because I always recommend the defense that plays against your squad. It isn’t personal, I promise. Let’s look at the fantasy totals of the defenses that have played the Jaguars so far, shall we?

  1. Week 1: Eagles; 15 fantasy points
  2. Week 2: Washington; 18 fantasy points
  3. Week 3: Colts; 17 fantasy points
  4. Week 4: Chargers; 10 fantasy points
  5. Week 5: Steelers; 16 fantasy points
  6. Week 6: Titans; 12 fantasy points

This gives us a grand total of 88 fantasy points. That is eleven more points than the leading fantasy defense in ESPN standard scoring right now. The stats don’t need to get more complex than that. Find the defense that plays the Jaguars and start them. They allow sack after sack, and struggle to get anything going as an offense. This week the Browns are the lucky team that gets to face the Jaguars. Currently 4.8% owned on ESPN, the Browns have a prime schedule for the next three weeks. They start with Jacksonville but then get the Raiders and Buccaneers at home in back to back weeks. Picking up the Browns defense this week can keep your team set at the position for the next three weeks!

NOTE: In case you want to think ahead, the Dolphins face a tough Bears team this week but then get the Jaguars next!

Dallas Cowboys: Which Giants team are we going to see? Which Eli Manning shows up? Victor Cruz is one of my favorite players, but from the recent reports, it doesn’t look like 2014 is going to be one to remember for him. What will that do to the Giants offense? While no one can be quite sure, I do believe that the Cruz injury does help out any defense who is playing against them. This week that is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys came into the year ranked potentially as one of worst defenses in the league. Injuries mixed with lack of depth brought about many questions. The Cowboys have proven that they deserve much more credit, currently 5-1 with a nice schedule ahead of them. After the Giants come into town, Washington and Arizona follow. Dallas then heads to Jacksonville before their bye, giving the Cowboys four straight fantasy match ups that make my mouth water. Currently 4.6% owned, I would consider them a must add with a schedule that is juicer than the first watermelon of summer.

Before we go: Two defenses that should be picked up this week (for this week and for future weeks) are listed above, but what about those defenses that are 85%+ owned? The ones that you had to waste a draft pick on early in your draft. The defenses that you picked before DeAndre Hopkins or Brian Quick? Currently on ESPN there are 6 units that are 85% owned or higher. How do they rank amongst the 32 teams in fantasy points?

  • Carolina Panthers are 85.7% owned and currently are the 7th highest scoring fantasy defense. Not bad at all!
  • Arizona Cardinals are usually hyped up and their defense usually lets people down. Currently ranked 25th in fantasy scoring.
  • Denver Broncos are currently 93.2% owned on ESPN and rank next to the Cardinals at 26th in fantasy points! Why are you starting them every week?
  • Cincinnati Bengals are 95.9% owned and currently rank 18th in the league in fantasy points. The top three fantasy defenses combined aren’t even owned in that many leagues.
  • San Francisco 49ers are 81.8% started and 98.2% owned right now in fantasy leagues. They currently rank number 15 and are a middle of the pack fantasy defense in 2014. 15th is also inflated because of their week one performance against the Cowboys. They have also scored single digit fantasy points three weeks this year as well.
  • Seattle Seahawks are still 81.8% started and 100% owned. The “Legion of Boom” currently rank 29th out of 32 teams in fantasy scoring this year. While you assume they will pick it up eventually, it is hard to start a defense that might get you single digit fantasy points and the Seahawks have helped you accomplish that 3 times. If you own them you are just holding them and hoping for their BOOOOOOM moment soon. Pick up another unit until the Seahawks prove to you that they are willing to start again.

Good luck in week 7!

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!

Waiver Wire Wizardry: Pickups for Week 7

Quarterback:

Derek Carr (4% Y!): Going into this game, San Diego had given up the 4th fewest points to opposing quarterbacks. However, Derek Carr threw for over 280 yards and 4 touchdowns. A fluke or the ability to perform even in a bad matchup? For owners who are going to be without Nick Foles (or Mike Glennon) this week due to the bye, Carr could be worth a look. Oakland has a very nice matchup against the Cardinals in week 7. Carr has shown that he can make the tough throws, set up long plays and break down even the toughest of defenses. I expect that again on Sunday.

Carson Palmer (30% Y!): He finally returned after missing over a month with a nerve condition in his throwing shoulder. Not only did Arizona’s offense improve, but every weapon in Arizona got a boost fantasy wise as well. Andre Ellington continues to put up points while Michael Floyd put up a line that we all are expecting him to have on a weekly basis (4/47/1). Even Larry Fitzgerald got in on the action with almost 100 yards and a score! When Carson Palmer is on the field the entire Cardinal offense gets a boost. Over the next month, Palmer has a favorable schedule with facing Oakland, Philadelphia, Dallas and St. Louis. With the bulk of the bye weeks ahead, Palmer is a nice option to consider. Palmer should be owned as a QB2 in the majority of leagues.

Running Back:

Jerick McKinnon (37% Y!): Talent prevails! McKinnon finally got the start over Matt Asiata and was on the field for 48 snaps as opposed to Asiata’s 15. Against a very strong Lions run defense, McKinnon ran for 40 yards on 11 carries, catching 6 passes for another 42 yards as well. McKinnon is by far the best tailback in Minnesota and should continue to see his usage increase. He didn’t have the flashiest of weeks, but he is the Viking you want to own for the remainder of the season.

Isaiah Crowell (19% Y!): Crowell is just so darn good. He’s blown past Terrance West on the depth chart. In fact, West was a healthy inactive on Sunday. Ben Tate is the unquestioned bell cow in this offense, but the Browns run the ball so much that Crowell is worth owning. He finished Sunday’s game with 11 carries for 77 (6 YPC) yards with a touchdown. Between Crowell and Tate, the Browns ran the ball 36 times. This was also against a rather stingy Pittsburgh run defense as well. Given Tate’s injury-plagued past, Crowell is a must-own in a clicking Cleveland offense. Grab him now.

Hillman

You want the running back who takes the ball from Peyton Manning. Ronnie Hillman impressed on Sunday and is the tailback to own in Denver.

Ronnie Hillman (45% Y!): After the injury to Montee Ball, there were many questions surrounding the status of the Broncos backfield moving ahead. In the end, Ronnie Hillman was given 24 touches. He rushed for 100 yards while hauling in 3 catches for 16 yards. Hillman is the man to own in Denver in the immediate future. He thrived against a stout Jets defense and should be trusted again in week 7 to produce. With Ball out for a few more weeks, Hillman should continue to carry the mail and has RB2 upside. Denver gets the tough 49ers defense this week though. A considerable FAAB bid is warranted on Hillman, as it is entirely possible he keeps the job for the remainder of the season if he continues to play well. Add away!

Wide Receiver:

Andre Holmes (6% Y!): Derek Carr’s favorite target is suddenly an appealing fantasy option. Over the last two games, Holmes has 20 targets and 9 catches for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is the deep threat that the Raiders needed to expand their offense. He out-snapped every other Oakland pass-catcher and you can expect this to continue moving forward. With Jeremy Maclin and Vincent Jackson byes this week, Holmes is a great plug-and-play option as he faces a weak Arizona secondary.

Allen Robinson (12% Y!): Another favorite target of a rookie signal-caller, this one in Jacksonville. Over the past 4 weeks, Allen Robinson has no fewer than 7 targets and 5 catches per contest. He continues to be looked at heavily in the passing game, considering how often they are behind. He has not scored a touchdown this season, but considering the looks he is getting, that should change soon. Facing a very beatable Cleveland secondary, Robinson is another great plug-and-play wideout who should provide a solid point total.

Odell Beckham Jr. (37% Y!): After having a 4/44/1 line in his NFL debut, Beckham took a step back on Sunday night with only 2 catches for 28 yards. The big news here though is that Victor Cruz will miss the remainder of the season and Beckham should step right in and take his spot in the lineup. The Giants offense as a whole sputtered on Sunday, but should rebound against Dallas in week 6. With his new gig, Beckham is an immediate add in all formats and should see an increased workload in the coming weeks. He’s a very athletic and electric player with the chance to provide big time numbers.

Tight End:

Jordan Reed (59% Y!): The very talented tight end was projected to be a top 10 option coming into this season but another injury derailed that as he missed 4 games with a hammy. Returning on Sunday and playing in a just over 50% of the snaps, Reed had 11 targets, 8 catches and 92 yards. No matter who the quarterback is, Reed is going to be targeted heavily in the Redskins’ offense because of his play-making ability and matchup advantage. Reed needs to be owned in every fantasy league while healthy. Pounce on him if he was dumped in your league.

Clay Harbor (3% Y!): A Jaguars’ tight end? Say it ain’t so. Clay Harbor is worth an add after recording 14 catches (16 targets) for 183 yards and 3 scores since taking over for the injured Mercedes Lewis. Harbor showed off his athleticism, catching a 59-yard pass and touchdown on the same drive. Blake Bortles isn’t afraid to toss the rock his way and Harbor is an option to consider if you are losing your starter to the bye in the coming weeks. As long as Lewis remains sidelined, Harbor is going to be a threat to put up a score every week. You could do a lot worse at the position.

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Eight In The Box: IDP Waiver Wire Week 6

Now we are at a point where players start settling into their roles. This means you can start to believe the guys that have put up strong games thus far and roll with them. IDP is a lot about matchups and opportunities but the cream should start rising to the top, especially in the DB and DL play.

IDP injuries of note:

  • Calais Campbell (ARI DE): Campbell was cut down by an illegal chop block and sprained his MCL. He is expected to be out the next three or four weeks.
  • Phil Taylor (CLE DE): Taylor had to undergo a scope on his knee but he has been horrible with his switch to DE that he isn’t worth your time anyway.
  • Tom Johnson (MIN DT): The Viking was arrested over the weekend but was at practice this week. He has had a solid start with 2 sacks so for those in DT required leagues just be aware that a suspension may be looming.
  • Chandler Jones (NE DE): Jones was limited all week with a shoulder injury and it showed on Sunday. He played in only passing situations and posted no tackles. This was a very disappointing game for a consensus top 5 DE. I expect he plays this week but will be limited again. Risky play.
  • Kyle Williams (BUF DT): Williams missed week 5 with a knee injury but has practiced this week. Watch for reports on Sunday about whether he is active or not. He is a stud in DT required leagues and has some value in all leagues.
  • Mychael Kendricks (PHI LB): Kendricks missed week 5 and is not looking good for week 6 either. He practiced earlier in the week but was held out on Thursday. I would hold off on using him until he plays a full game and shows he is back to full health.
  • Vontaze Burfice (CIN LB): Burfice has been cleared from his concussion and is practicing in full. He should be back in the lineup after missing two games but is a high risk/reward guy at this point. There are safer LB plays out there.
  • Bruce Carter (DAL LB): Carter missed week 5 and is most likely out for week 6 with his pulled quad.
  • Perry Riley (WAS LB): Riley sprained his MCL on Monday night. He was out and came back in for a couple of plays but eventually left for good. It would not be surprising if he missed a game or two. Will Compton replaced Riley in the game on Monday but he is not worth a pickup. Look for Keenan Robinson to gain some tackle opportunities.
  • David Harris (NYJ LB): Harris injured his shoulder. It appeared to be minor but he sat out practice on Thursday placing his week 6 in doubt.
  • Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): The Steeler linebacker is starting to practice so a return to the lineup may be near. Keep an eye on practice reports. He might be worth a preemptive add if you have the roster space.
  • Bernard Pollard (TEN S): Pollard succumbed to the injury of the year; the torn achilles. Obviously he has been placed on IR and is done for the year. George Wilson will take over for the Titans.
  • Chris Conte (CHI S): Conte suffered another concussion and could be on the shelf for awhile. I wouldn’t expect him to be back in week 6.
  • Joe Haden (CLE CB): Haden as a hip injury and may not play in week #6 against Pittsburgh. This would give Antonio Brown a bit of a bump in value (like it could get any higher).
  • Patrick Peterson (ARI CB): Peterson is dealing with an ankle injury but it doesn’t seem to be a big concern. He is listed as day-to-day and should be available on Sunday.
  • Darrelle Revis (NE CB): Revis Island missed some of the game with a twinge in his hamstring. He returned to the game so it doesn’t appear to be serious. He should be fine for Week 6

Who’s on the wire?

DL:

  • Willie Young (CHI DE): I have had Willie here a couple times in the early going but he came out with another sack. He should be owned in all leagues at this point as he is outperforming both Jared Allen and Lamar Houston.
  • Kareem Martin (ARI DE): With the injuries to Campbell and Shaughnessy, Martin may get a chance to play quite a bit. He was in the majority of snaps last week and gets Washington this week.
  • Ezekiel Ansah (DET DE): Ansah is putting pressure on the QB even if it’s not translating to sacks. They will come and I am guessing in bunches once it starts.
  • Everson Griffen (MIN DE): Griffin has three sacks but two of them came in week 1. There is a chance he was dropped with the lack of sacks over the last 4 weeks. If he has been go get him and play him this week against the Lions. I expect a big day.

LB:

  • Danny Trevethan (DEN LB): Trevathan made his debut and didn’t leave the field much. If by some chance your league forgot about him he should be added.
  • Danny Lansanah (TB LB): Lansanah made big plays while filling in for the injured Mason Foster. He has a couple of pick-sixes over the last few weeks and was on the field a lot. If Foster is back that will go down some but he is turning into a playmaker and should stay on the field.
  • James-Michael Johnson (KC LB): Finally put up a big number with 9 solos for the week. He is getting the opportunity with Derrick Johnson on IR but it may not continue. He isn’t used on passing downs so unless a team is run heavy (like San Francisco) he gets pulled off the field. He is worth a start against run-heavy teams but otherwise leave him be.
  • Jelani Jenkins (MIA LB): He was out on bye and had a poor game against Oakland (bad matchup for LB in IDP because of lack of chances) but expect a bounce back against Green Bay this week. He has been dinged up but practiced full on Thursday. Get him in  your lineup.
  • CJ Mosely (BAL LB): Highly touted coming out of college and has definitely lived up to those expectations. I caution you for this week as Tampa Bay hasn’t been an LB friendly team this year.

DB:

  • Reshad Jones (MIA S): I mentioned this last week before his bye but he is playing this week and is a good pickup.
  • Kyle Fuller (CHI CB): I have a feeling he will be picked on this week against the Packers and comes up with an interception. Call it a gut feel.
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (GB S): Clinton has been productive in his limited snaps. He is always around the ball and makes the most of his opportunities. Great pickup in dynasty leagues at this point.
  • Dawan Landry (NYJ S): Landry has been solid all year and that should continue. He isn’t flashy but he puts up solid tackle numbers. He gets Denver this week so he should get plenty of opportunities to make plays.

Shane Gallimore is a fantasy football contributor for The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Gally4!