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IDP injuries of note:
- Michael Johnson (TB DE): Johnson played in week #4 and had a nice game. It appears his ankle injury is behind him and is safe to insert back into the lineup.
- Jared Allen (CHI DE): Allen was a scratch this week with pneumonia. I would probably hold off on starting him until he gets back in for a week or two and shows he has recovered from the illness.
- Chandler Jones (NE DE): He was listed on the injury report with a shoulder problem. I don’t expect it to slow him down but he does have a bad matchup this week against the Bengals as they have yet to allow a sack.
- Corey Liuget (SD DE): He suffered a concussion in week 4. He has practiced this week so he does look ready to go for the upcoming week.
- Charles Johnson (CAR DE): Johnson has a hip flexor injury and may not play this week. This is probably good news for his owners because he has been horrible thus far on the season. I think he is safe to drop at this point.
- Kyle Williams (BUF DT): Williams went out with a possibly significant knee injury. This may be a multiple week injury. Keep an eye out.
- Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Injured his knee in week 3 and appears to have a sprained MCL. This should be a multiple week injury. In re-draft leagues he may be worth dropping.
- Clay Mathews (GB LB): Surprise, surprise! Mathews has a muscle injury and missed part of the game in week 3. He played in week 4 so he should be fine for the Thursday night tilt. He is a stud on the field but he just can’t stay there.
- Chad Greenway (MIN LB): Broke a rib to go along with his broken hand. 2014 hasn’t started well for Greenway and he is worth dropping at this point.
- Jarvis Jones (PIT LB): Injured his wrist on a sack of Cam Newton in week 3. The injury requires surgery and he has been placed in IR (designated to return). He hasn’t lived up to his potential so probably safe to drop at this point.
- Bruce Carter (DAL LB): Was off to a great start to the season but pulled up lame chasing Khiry Robinson in week 4. He is expected to miss a few weeks. Anthony Hitchens is worth a look in his absense.
- Vontaze Burfict (CIN LB): Appears in line to start this week after his second concussion of the year. I would be leery of starting him with the chance of recurrence.
- Morris Claiborne (DAL CB): Clairborne tore his patellar tendon and is done for the year. He may have played his last game for Dallas.
- Tyvon Branch (OAK S): Broke his foot and it required surgery. He has been placed on season ending IR. Drop him like a sack of potatoes.
- DeAngelo Hall (WAS CB): Hall has suffered the injury of the year; the torn achilles. He is done for the year so drop him now.
- LaRon Landry (IND S): Was popped again for failing a league drug test. This time he gets four games. He is not a great NFL safety but does put up tackle numbers. Probably safe to drop for now.
- Dashon Goldson (TB S): Left last week’s tilt with an ankle injury. He is considered week-to-week.
- William Moore (ATL S): Left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury and looks to be out for some time. He was placed on IR (designated to return). He is out 8 weeks, minimum. Drop him now.
- Eric Berry (KC S): Berry missed another week with the dreaded high ankle sprain. I wouldn’t have an issue dropping him if you really need a roster spot. He is great when he plays but there are always flavor of the months out there for the defensive backfield.
Who’s on the wire?
- Willie Young (CHI DE): Young leads the NFL in sacks with four. I just added him in my big play league as some depth. He performed well in place of Jared Allen and even blocked a kick for those leagues that give a bonus for that.
- Andre Branch (JAC DE): Branch was highly touted but has never lived up to that. So far in 2014 he is playing much better in a part-time roll and should start to see more snaps soon.
- Derrick Shelby (MIA DE): Has made the most out of his chances and had 3 solos and 2 sacks in week 4. Miami is on a bye this week but if you have a stash spot in a deep league he might be worth the spot.
- Danny Trevethan (DEN LB): The Bronco linebacker is practicing in full and should be a go for this week’s tilt. Hopefully you jumped on him going into his bye week but if by some chance he is still on your waiver wire he needs to be owned. He broke a bone early in preseason and is expected back this week.
- James Harrison (PIT LB): The Steelers signed him out of retirement last week. Don’t be fooled, he should stay retired. I wouldn’t waste the roster spot.
- Anthony Hitchens (DAL LB): The rookie had 10 solos in week 3 as he was getting a shot with Rolando McClain out with injury. Now with Bruce Carter on the shelf he should continue to get some playing time. He did the job and nobody else is there in Dallas so the opportunity should stick. Take a flyer and see if it continues but don’t hang on if he falters in the coming weeks.
- Tahir Whitehead (DET LB): In his first real chance with Stephen Tulloch out for the year he put up 4 solos and 8 assists. He played in 100% of the snaps and should get the opportunity. I think he is worth a flyer and see if he sticks.
- Anthony Barr (MIN LB): Nobody was sure how Barr was going to convert to the NFL but so far so good. He is being used all over and on delayed blitzes (2 sacks so far). Jump on him if by some chance he is available. He will only get better as the year goes on.
- Reshad Jones (MIA S): Jones is coming off of suspension and should be good for week 6. If you have a spot you may want to pounce now before people are thinking about him since the Dolphins have a bye this week.
- Brandon Meriweather (WAS S): The former Patriot put up good numbers in his return from suspension. He has 6 solos and 7 assists (boosted by the Washington scorers). He is a nice play when at home.
- Byron Maxwell (SEA CB): When you are on the opposite side of Richard Sherman you can expect a lot of opportunities, especially against Denver in week 3. He made the most of them with 9 solos. Expect this to continue on shear volume alone and could be a nice pickup coming out of his bye week.
- Kendrick Lewis (HOU S): Lewis had a huge game with 11 solos in week 3 and followed that up with a typical 4 tackles in week 4. The 11 tackle outburst was a bit of a fluke. He has never topped 6 solos in his 3-year career prior to this so make him do it again before jumping on him.
- Sergio Brown (IND S): Brown will be replacing LaRon Landry. I wouldn’t expect big numbers out of him but he will get the opportunity. As with most DB’s the opportunity usually is key in being a factor in the IDP world.
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