Second week of byes, and things are getting sticky, ain't they? The good news is some of our sleepers are coming awake, as their early pre-season and season injuries are resolving themselves. Now is the time to pounce on guys that have been sitting on the wire since the season started.
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Vortaze Burict CIN
Donald Butler SD
Russell Allen JAX
Pat Angerer IND
With a season ending injury to Thomas Howard, Burict is now the starter and putting up numbers across the stat sheet. Roster him now for future fantasy goodness. Butler put up an INT for TD, 5 sacks, a PD and 6 total tackles in his week 4 start. Now do not go off expecting this every week, but you can expect a worthwhile IDP performance so long as he is on the field. Allen is becoming a tackle machine, as he put up 11 TT in week 4, with 8 of those of the solo variety. If Angerer is playing this week, he is a definite add to your IDP roster. Because of his lengthy absence from the Colts' D, he may be available on your wire, and even if he doesn't start this week, pick him up for the long haul.
Charles Johnson CAR DE
Everson Griffin MIN DE
Robert Quinn StL DE
Jurrell Casey TEN DT
Charles Johnson is a top flight DE, despite his slow start to the 2012 season. Check out your league's wire and see if he is available and laugh all the way to the bank if you can add him as he heats up. Griffin playing opposite Jared Allen (who may be out this week) has led to him taking the sack leader title for the Vikings. Expect that to continue as teams fail to account for his presence. Quinn picked up his third sack in week 4, coming after a 0 point performance in Week 3. Look for the goose egg to be the aberration, not the norm. Casey is a great option in leagues that require a DT slot, having put up 7 TT in the last week, only one being an assist.
Matt Giordano OAK S
Rahim Moore DEN S
Adrian Wilson ARI S
George Wilson BUF S
Devin McCarthy NE CB
Dimitri Patterson CLE CB
Morgan Burnett GB S
If you've read my articles before, you know I prefer to roster safeties as my DBs over CBs, and that is reflected in this week's recommendations. Giordano is on a bye, and that makes for an opportunity to snag him now, and use his tackles to boost your team's stats from this point on. Moore faces off against the Pats this week, and the Buffalo DBs feasted in that match up last week, so take the chance. After dissing Wilson as washed up last week, he made me eat my words. I was wrong, he still has gas in the tank. George Wilson is coming off the aforesaid big week against New England, and with him taking a more predominate role in the backfield, I expect good things, especially if Jarius Byrd sits out. McCourty is a CB with a nose for the ball, and with the Pats' offense putting up big numbers, expect him to have plenty of opportunity to shine. Patterson is now the top CB on Browns' D, and you can expect him to see plenty of action when his squad faces off against Eli and the Giants. Burnett is coming off a huge week with 14 TT, and I don't see that trend stopping when the Pack faces off against the Colts this week.
London Fletcher WAS
Fletcher has been disappointing, and that's rare, as he has been as steady as an atomic clock in his career. I wouldn't drop him, instead I would look to add him if another owner gets dissatisfied with his production.
Chris Clemons SEA DE
Clemons is another guy that, while not steady, has consistently performed for his owners. The problem with him is consistency, and if you can put up with the occasion clunker like Week 4, he's worth a bench spot to fill in on bye weeks or cover for injuries.
Brandon Browner SEA CB
Michael Griffin TEN S
I drafted Browner where ever I could, and he's not made me happy to this point. I attribute that to his improved play, and thus, teams scheming away from him. I still would hold onto him, but play him in match up situations. Griffin, with a move to FS as Babineaux has reclaimed the SS spot, is less desirable. His tackle totals will suffer at the expense of Babineaux's increased production.
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All the injury reports below need to be evaluated at kickoff. Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. The list below is intended as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.
Erin Henderson MIN (concussion- questionable...always worry about concussions)
David Hawthorne NO (Hamstring)
Paris Lenon ARI (Knee)
James Harrison PIT (Knee-looks good for him to take the field on Sunday)
Michael Boley NYG (hip-keep an eye on the injury report since he could be a major factor this week given the match up)
Randy Starks MIA DT (knee will prolly play)
Darnell Dockett ARI DE (hamstring) Dockett is probable for the Thursday night game as of this afternoon. Check out the pregame reports if you are thinking of starting him.
Isaac Sopoaga SF DE (ankle and knee, not a good combo platter for fantasy)
Jared Allen MIN DE (groin)
Kenny Phillips NYG S (knee)
Leon Hall CIN CB (hamstring)
T J Ward CLE S (thumb, not sounding good)
Roman Harper NO S (hip, not sounding hopeful, and the NO D is horrible anyway, so expect the SD offense to feast)
Vontae Davis IND CB (ankle)
Jarius Byrd BUF S (hip, questionable so keep your eyes on the injury list as the game comes closer to being played. If he plays, he is a definite pickup.)
As ever, good luck and godspeed in your fantasy efforts. If you have a specific IDP question, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
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