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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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