IDP Injuries of note:
- William Hayes (STL DE): Hayes went down in last week’s game with an injured ankle. The Rams defensive line was on a roll as the put up 7 sacks in the game and Hayes got one of them. Anytime you play opposite Robert Quinn you are going to be one on one and if you can win that battle you have the chance for some nice IDP upside.
- Greg Hardy (CAR DE): It doesn’t look like he will be back anytime soon. Hardy’s trial has been pushed back to 2015 and he will not be taken off the exempt list until the legal process plays out. If you were still holding out hope you can move away now as he isn’t coming back this year.
- CJ Mosley (DET DE): Sticking with the suspension theme, Mosley has been activated after his London fiasco and team imposed suspension. He was sent home and missed the London game. It is unclear if there will be any league sanctions at this time. He has a chance to be a nice play with the injury to Nick Fairley but at this point it is wait and see.
- Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): Kendricks returned to action this week but only played in 31% of the snaps. He is far from healthy and should remain on your bench until he gets a full complement of snaps.
- Lance Briggs (CHI LB): Briggs is expected back this week and should be fine moving forward. He was out with a rib injury and has missed the last 4 weeks. Continue to monitor reports but if he is playing he should be fine.
- Nate Irving (DEN LB): Irving injured his MCL and should be out 2-4 weeks. The Broncos haven’t had good luck with both Danny Trevathan and now Irving out for multiple weeks. He is safe to drop and should lead to an uptick in playing time for Brandon Marshall who should continue to be a solid every week start.
- DeMeco Ryans (PHI LB): This continues the run of Achilles ruptures in the NFL. It is ridiculous how many players are being lost to this injury. Take it from someone that has torn their Achilles, it is not a fun injury to come back from. I am sure these guys will have a much better rehab program, but still, it takes a while.
- Aldon Smith (SF LB): Unfortunately for his owners, Smith’s suspension has not been reduced so he won’t be seeing the field until week 11. He does return with a nice matchup against the Giants though.
- Ryan Shazier (PIT LB): Shazier suffered another leg injury. This time he got rolled up on, injuring his ankle. He has already been ruled out for week 10 and his frustrating rookie season continues. However, he might be a nice buy low target in dynasty leagues.
- Prince Amukamura (NYG DB): Amukamura tore his bicep and has been placed on injured reserve. His season is done.
- Troy Polamalu (PIT DB): Polamalu sprained his knee on Sunday night against the Ravens. He was injured making a tackle as his leg got twisted under a Ravens player. He has already been ruled out for week 10. This will really hurt the Steelers defense as Polamalu allows the unit to settle in and attack. This is a huge blow to gamers who own the unit.
- Kareem Jackson (HOU DB): Jackson injured his knee (MCL) and will likely to miss multiple weeks. They do have a bye in week 10 but he is expected to miss more time.
Who’s on the wire?
- DeMarcus Lawrence (DAL DE): Lawrence was finally active and played about 40% of the snaps. Some of this could have been due to the injury to Tyrone Crawford (sprained MCL) but he is expected to miss a couple weeks so this could be a chance for Lawrence to shine. In his short time on the field he was solid but put up only 2 tackles. He is more of a dynasty stash at this point but if you need a big play flyer he has a shot to do something.
- Sharrif Floyd (MIN DT): In tackle required leagues Floyd is a must own. He is excelling in the Zimmer defense and putting up strong numbers. I list him here because the Vikings are going on a bye and he might have been dropped. If he has then you should go pick him up. He has 3.5 sacks over the last 5 games and is wreaking havoc on opponents.
- Cameron Jordan (NO DE): Don’t confuse this guy with the concussed tight end in Cleveland. The Saints defensive end is finally starting to come on as he has three sacks over the last two games. He is worth a start this week going against the 49ers who just gave up 7 sacks to the Rams.
- Chris Borland (SF LB): Borland is the talk of the IDP community after his week 9 performance. He put up 15 solos while filling in for the injured Patrick Willis. As amazing as that line it isn’t happening again especially when Willis comes back. At this point he has probably earned some more playing time and if Willis goes down again he might be worth a play. For week 10, even if Willis misses the game, don’t expect this kind of production against the Saints. They won’t run as much as the Rams did.
- Mychal Kendricks (PHI LB): If by some chance he was dropped you need to pick him up. Kendricks was back to being all over the place and put up 5 solos and a sack last week. He must be owned and in your lineup as an LB1, especially with the injury to DeMeco Ryans.
- CJ Mosley (BAL LB): Mosley has certainly lived up to his draft stock. He is a high floor tackle guy with 84 combined tackles so far on the year. I assume he is owned in all leagues at this point but I wanted to point out that the sky is the limit and he will be stud for years to come. Go get him in dynasty if you can.
- Whitney Mercilus (HOU LB): Mercilus hasn’t really lived up to his draft stock coming into the NFL. Big things were expected as a rush linebacker putting pressure on the quarterback. It has taken some time but it looks like he might be turning a bit of a corner. He is a high risk/high reward rush linebacker. This is demonstrated nicely by his two 2-sack games surrounding a game with zero tackles. In big play leagues this is a guy that should be on your radar but also realize his two big games came with Clowney out of the lineup.
- LaRon Landry (IND DB): Landry was finally activated so he should be good to go coming out of the bye.
- Donte Whitner (CLE DB): Whitner has put together a nice string of games in the tackle department and has a low of 2 and a high of 12 solos on the year. He is averaging about 5 solos a game over his last 4 games and should continue that.
- Harrison Smith (MIN DB): Smith put up 10 solos in week 9 against Washington. He was all over the place making plays. He is a must start now that his injury concerns are winding down.
Shane Gallimore is a fantasy football contributor for The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Gally4!