Weeks like this are the worst. Injuries are a daily occurrence in the NFL, but a week with so many big injuries to players who had been feel-good stories makes you want to reset your XBox and start the week over. We can start at the top with Jordan Hicks, a trendy DROY pick who’s now out for the year, but still managed to finish as LB2 for the week. Next is Henry Anderson, who cooled off after a hot start but was still a solid weekly DL option, now done for the year with a torn ACL. Despite the surprisingly successful return of JPP, the Giants lost two IDP contributors for the year in Jonathan Hankins and Jon Beason, who can unfortunately never stay healthy enough to be a reliable contributor. Finally, though he’s not done for the year, Sean Lee, got yet another concussion and is likely to miss this week’s game. Injuries can sometimes open up opportunities for clutch waiver pickups (and I would definitely look closely at Kiko Alonso, Uani’ Unga and Anthony Hitchens), but it’s never fun to say goodbye to players like this.
Here’s what I’m looking at heading into what will hopefully be a much healthier Week 10:
John Jenkins – Defensive tackles don’t get a lot of love in this space, so I want to call out Jenkins this week. His season-long stat line won’t blow you away, but after 10 tackles in Week 9, he gets a great matchup this week against Washington. Unless you have a guy like Aaron Donald or Geno Atkins, DT can easily be a streamable position. I like Jenkins a lot this week, especially if you just lost Hankins.
Danny Trevathan – If you’ve been aboard the Trevathan rollercoaster this year, my condolences. His points per game look like an EKG chart, with 3 games of 3 tackles or less, 4 games of 7-10 tackles, and then a whopping 19(!) tackles on Sunday. His stats have been dictated almost entirely by his playing time, which is just as inconsistent. He out-snapped Brandon Marshall for the first time this season on Sunday, but that was likely due to the Colts’ running the ball down Denver’s throat for most of the game. When the Broncos go to their sub-packages, Trevathan usually goes to the bench, so he is really a matchup play at this point. Luckily for his owners, he has a top-5 matchup this week against Kansas City, so I have ranked him accordingly.
Chad Greenway – Continuing with the theme of “IDP names from 2013”, Greenway had 10 tackles as he stepped in for an injured Eric Kendricks. Rib injuries can be tricky, and Kendricks is a rookie, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings kept him out or at least played it safe with him for another week. If Greenway gets the start, he has a nice matchup against Oakland, and is a cheap LB2 option.
Eric Weddle – Both of the DBs I’ll highlight this week were in my top 10 before the season, so there is a good chance that they’ll be owned. Having said that, it’s common practice to stream DBs and owners typically hate wasting bench spots on them during byes and injuries. So if someone dropped Weddle after 4 weeks of subpar production and injuries, with a bye this week, go ahead and scoop him up if you have room. His 13-tackle Week 9 shows the type of stats Weddle can put up, so despite a rough schedule for the rest of the season, he’s a top 5 DB for me.
Prince Amukamara – We live in a “what have you done for me lately” world, and holding onto an injured cornerback for over a month is a lot to ask of IDP owners. If anyone in your league forgot the top 10 DB numbers that Amukamara was putting up before his injury, I would absolutely pick him up, even if he does end up missing another game, with a bye the following week. Amukamara, like Weddle, is typically matchup proof and is a great option to have at DB during the playoffs.
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