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 AlonsoUani’ 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:


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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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  1. HELLA WAITS says:
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    Nice write up as always. Grabbed Jerry Hughes off waivers last week to replace Cam Wake and he won me my game. This week at DE I have to start two out of Hughes, JPP or Pernell McPhee. Unfortunately Bills play tonight and McPhee is questionable. He will probably play but after watching him at SD he was def half speed. Hughes against Jets seems good for tackles perhaps but they dont give up sacks. JPP is boom or bust still it seems. Advice? Thanks!

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @HELLA WAITS:

      McPhee has been held out of practice this week, so I wouldn’t risk him not playing. I’d start Hughes tonight and then figure out the other spot on Sunday depending on what happens with McPhee.

  2. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    B-Marsh has a concussion and Trevathian had a big game when he got hurt, do you think Trevathian will get more snaps if b-marsh sits? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist:

      I didn’t see the Marshall concussion info, and there’s no report of him missing practice, but if he doesn’t play then I would expect Trevathan to get 100% of the snaps at MLB and become a top 20 option this week.

  3. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    is parker getting enough snaps at CB over the year to count as one of those for next year in yahoo? from snap counts where i see with them it only shows % played, not at which spot, at least from outsiders.
    2. is the lack of ranking breeland and hall being ranked due to you think hall takes breeland’s snaps rather than culliver’s? i have all of breeland/hall/parker for CB. play 2.
    3. also, why so low on parker this week, often you’re higher on him than consensus?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: 4. and sounds like even if e.kendricks plays i should go with anthony anyway.

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        I’m honestly not sure how Yahoo/ESPN/etc. determines player eligibility, and I haven’t seen anything clearly published on it. But in my experience with dynasty leagues, trying to predict how situations will develop in future seasons can often be a waste of time because it’s so out of your control. I would bet that they lean towards status quo and keep him at CB eligibility.

        I have both Hall and Breeland in a league and I’m waiting to see Hall’s status before making a decision. If Hall plays, I’m going with him because I assume he gets the most snaps of the trio.

        KC has a rough matchup for DBs in general, outside of CB1, as Denver has been pretty unpredictable offensively. They still throw it to Demaryius a lot, but Sanders moves all over the place (and might not play), and their TEs are a mystery right now. Combing that with KC’s fluid DB situation doesn’t leave me confident about anyone individually, but it’s just a one week dip based on matchup.

        I’d definitely go Anthony over Kendricks this week until we see him get a full game’s worth of snaps.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: i just noticed last week blackmon outsnapped all other WAS CB’s. other weeks since hall’s been out that wasn’t the case, did breeland have some sort of injury maybe?

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: as good and simple as yahoo is for baseball with player eligibility (you can easily just look up how many games a guy needs at any time to get new position) for football/hockey we all appear to be in the dark. I’m betting it’s similar in basketball too.

          • Kevin Kumpf

            Kevin Kumpf says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

            Breeland was nursing a hamstring injury and they played it safe with him apparently (Culliver was also banged up). He’s been a full practice participant all week (Hall has been limited), so to me it’s still a choice between Hall and Breeland.

  4. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    and it is so nice to find a DT every week once c.mcdonald went out, breaking up my all donald DT group. crawford last week, now jenkins.

  5. Blake says:
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    so Jamie Collins is out ( I had picked him up based on your rankings) – who is the NE player to own? why so high on both TB LB’s? I lost sean lee so I picked kwon based on your rankings however Tulloch and lauranitis are available in my league

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @Blake:

      The Collins situation is weird and a little bit scary given that he’s been out with a mysterious “illness” for over a week now. Hightower is the LB to own in New England, but I wouldn’t pick him up over the other guys you listed. Both Tampa LBs are capable of huge games on any given week, and they have a nice matchup this week. I’d lean towards them over Tulloch/Laurinaitis.

  6. JD says:
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    I have a CB/S spot to fill this week. Who would you start this week? Alford, H Smith, Will Moore, Trufant, Jonathan Joseph, J McCourty, Griffin, Newman? I have Woodson and L Collins (PS should I drop Collins for one of these guys?)

    • Kevin Kumpf

      Kevin Kumpf says:
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      @JD:

      I have Harrison Smith as the highest rated from this group, despite a rough matchup this week, followed by Moore. If you’re going to drop Collins and stick with one for the rest of the season, I’d go with Smith, who I have as slightly higher than Collins ROS.

      • JD says:
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        @Kevin Kumpf:

        Is Talib worth a pickup at all? I noticed he returns this week.

        • Kevin Kumpf

          Kevin Kumpf says:
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          @JD:

          Definitely not for a DB slot. For CB specific slot, you can probably do better this week with a guy like Ricardo Allen or Kyle Fuller.

  7. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    this week, with collins/anthony/heyward/jenkins (DT) out (last week i last second grabbed mauti (NO) when i saw he was getting snaps AND a whole bunch of NO LB were out. didn’t do terrible.had to replace k.robinson and e.kendricks out with injuries. I also did the same as you with Hall over Breeland, and that sucked as culliver/blackmon both outsnapped Hall and Breeland had a big game (20 pts on bench). good call on m.edwards since you told me he was best DE add. this week with
    LB – david and 2 ? guys in kendricks/robinson again
    DE – campbell/edwards
    DT donald and unknown guy
    S – bucannon/parker (moved to S for this week as i’m not sure i have enough LB, if i do i can grab another S (gilchrist) later and move parker to Hall’s spot)
    CB hall/breeland
    1. i’ll come back and ask in new post about which DT for this week after i see Fantasy pro’s (or it’ll already be in your rankings like last 2 weeks), but for now i grabbed Orakpo to possibly use if Kendricks/Robinson are out. (orakpo averaging 12.5 per week on season, 15.2 over last 5 weeks). go with him or any of

    WTF happened to Mayo?! he’s been so bad he’s out here in 20 team land.
    mauga/cole (IND)/brooks (SF)

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: should read orakpo or any of cole/mauga/brooks, got inverted there somehow with the Mayo surprise exclamation.

      • Kevin Kumpf

        Kevin Kumpf says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

        SMH about the Breeland/Hall situation, it burned me as well.

        Given how thin you are at LB, I’d go Orakpo just because his ceiling is the highest if he gets to the QB. None of the guys you listed will be in my top 50, and when that’s the case I always go for highest ceiling and accept a goose egg if it happens.

        The Mayo situation is a shame because he would have been able to step in the last couple weeks if healthy, but all reports indicate that his knee is just not where it needs to be. I might pick him up in the offseason if you have the roster spot, but he’s likely not going to contribute this year.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Kevin Kumpf: that’s another thing about orakpo this year these are his scores over last 6 weeks going backwards
          18, 22, 12, 9, 15, 5, and before bye they were 9, 10, 2. that’s with 5 sacks over last 5 games, but they are favoring williamson or something to let anybody in that much.

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