2014 In-Season Accuracy: 59.3% (4th out of 20 Experts, 61.9% Highest, 43.9% Lowest).
I hate to start off with yet another injury, but the loss of Paul Posluszny for the season with a torn pectoral muscle (along with the same injury to Brian Orakpo, do you guys even lift?), leaves the IDP world with yet another stud down for the count. I’ll talk replacements in a second, but I want to take a second to talk about the brilliance of Poz. He’s played on terrible teams for his entire career, yet he’s been an IDP stud ever since he cracked the starting lineup. And by terrible teams, I mean really, really terrible. Like his teams have never even been .500 and their winning percentage during his career is .305, including this year. This is yet another reason why playing in IDP leagues is fun, because even when you’re forced to watch Blake Bortles literally learn the game of football in front of your eyes, you still can enjoy a ball hawk linebacker destroying opposing RBs and giving your team valuable points. Get well soon Poz.
J.T. Thomas – With Poz down, the IDP world is turning its eyes to… Thomas apparently. Much like New England last week (more on that shortly), there are a lot of unknowns to sift through. Geno Hayes has had his (4-H club!) moments but doesn’t figure to dominate, so Thomas and Jeremiah George should fight over the scraps left behind by Poz. I’d rather avoid the situation entirely until we see how it pans out, but if you want to make a speculative move, I’d go with Thomas.
Dont’a Hightower/Jamie Collins – Wowie wow wow wow! There are apparently new sheriffs in town for the Pats. Albeit in a favorable matchup, Hightower and Collins combined for 26 tackles and a sack, with their tackle distribution favoring Hightower slightly. I’d be fine starting either of these guys moving forward, and if they’re somehow on the waiver wire, make a move now (especially Poz owners).
Vontaze Burfict – Here we go again. After barely being cleared to play following several head injuries, Burfict left the game early on Sunday with a cervical strain, which I thought was anatomically impossible for men, but apparently means “neck injury”. Combining that with his apparently joy in twisting ankles, I’m just about ready to bail on one of my favorite IDPs. Vincent Rey had a big week in Burfict’s absence, which he has been known to do, so I’d rather take my chances with him for a few weeks than deal with Burfict’s shenanigans, self-inflicted or otherwise.
Robert Quinn – A sack at last! A sack at last! Thank God Almighty a sack at last! While Quinn’s performance will obviously not have the lasting impact of MLK’s speech, Quinn’s owners certainly must have felt like they were dreaming when last year’s DL2 had his first startable game of the 2014 campaign. I’d like to say that this was the breakout that Quinn needed to get back on track, and it could be, but if you can get anything of value for him after his first sack, don’t hesitate to make the move.
Reshad Jones – One of Razzball’s own JFOH’s favorite IDPs, Jones has looked great since returning from injury in Week 6. His versatility allows him to excel against both run- and pass-happy teams, so he provides peace of mind that other DBs do not. Jones picked off Jay Cutler last week, and will travel to Jacksonville this week to face Bortles in the least hyped intra-state rivalry in the league. I’ve seen him on the waiver wire in some leagues, likely due to him missing the first month of the season. If that’s the case in your league, scoop him up and reap the benefits.