Plenty of pick ups for this week's games, so without further ado, let's get to the advice.
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Lavonte David TB
O'Brien Schofield ARI
Luke Kuechly CAR
L. J. Fort CLE
Lawrence Timmons PIT
Von Miller DEN
Lance Briggs CHI
With Tampa Bay's bye week having already passed, David is a good LB to pick up if his owner dropped him. Strong tackle numbers are always welcome in IDP leagues. Schofield is another guy you can prolly find on the wire, but be advised that he is questionable for this week with a knee issue. Kuechly has been coming on strong, and with Carolina on a bye, he may also be available to scoop up this week. Fort may be starting this week with D'Qwell Jackson going out in Week 5 with a concussion, and his 9 tackles as a replacement merits a spot on your roster. Timmons was dropped by many who drafted him, but he is now making that decision seem rash. Timmons also put up 9 tackles last week, and you may want to take a chance on that trend continuing. Miller put up a great line against the Patriots, picking up 2 sacks, a forced fumble, one pass defensed and 7 total tackles (6 solo). He hasn't been receiving a lot of press this season, but if he is available you should grab him now. Briggs has filled the hole that Brian Urlacher has left on the Bears D, and has demonstrated a good nose for the ball, picking up an INT last week to go with a sack and a PD. If you have an under-performing LB on your squad, see if Briggs is available to fill that void.
Robert Quinn DE StL
Greg Hardy DE CAR
Bruce Irvin DE SEA
Cameron Wake DE MIA
Randy Starks DT MIA
Quinn teaming up with Chris Long in the desert gives the Cardinals a strong DE duo that has helped make their team a top D overall this fantasy season. He now has 6 sacks on the year, to go with nice tackle numbers. Hardy would be a good pickup if his owner drops him due to the bye week situation. Two sacks over the past two weeks makes him a tantalizing option, even if he can't help your team this week. Irvin can rush the QB, as evidenced by his 4.5 sacks on the year. While not an every down DE, his abilities make him a worthwhile addition to any IDP roster. Wake started slow, but that is all in the past now. Expect him to continue to roll up the sack totals as well as providing great tackle numbers from a DL. If you need to start a DT, you should consider Starks, as he is putting up sacks, PDs and even has an INT on the season.
Joe Haden CB CLE
Josh Robinson CB MIN
Dunta Robinson CB ATL
Haden returns from his suspension, and will draw the assignment of covering A.J. Green this upcoming week, which should give him ample opportunity to post some gaudy stats. Minnesota's Robinson filled in for Antoine Winfield last week, and acquitted himself quite nicely. Expect him to give his owner quality tackle numbers, most of them solo if the trend continues. The Robinson that roams the backfield for the Falcons benefited from the season ending injury to Brent Grimes. With the Atlanta offense putting up big numbers, you can expect their DBs to see a lot of action as teams throw the football in hopes of keeping the score close.
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Will Weatherspoon TEN
Brian Urlacher CHI
Weatherspoon lost his starting job when Colin McCarthy returned to action, and unless another injury pops up among the Tennessee linebackers, you would do well to drop Weatherspoon. Urlacher is gutting it out, but his knee is wreaking havoc on his production. There are too many better LBs to keep this former stud on your roster.
Mario Williams DE BUF
Trent Cole DE PHI
If you were like me, you drafted one or both of these guys, thinking your DL position was set except for bye weeks. Welcome to the painful reality that neither of these DEs is worth a bench slot, much less a starting role on your team.
No one of any special concern, this week at least.
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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.
Brian Cushing HOU (knee-out for the season)
Jon Beason CAR (knee-on a bye, but questionable for week 7)
D'Qwell Jackson CLE (concussion)
Lamarr Woodley PIT (hamstring)
Keith Brooking DEN (concussion)
Pat Angerer IND (foot)
Dwight Freeney IND (ankle)
Michael Boley NYG (hip)
B. J. Raji DT GB (ankle)
Ahtyba Rubin DT CLE (calf)
Haloti Ngata DT BAL (shoulder)
Darnell Dockett DE ARI (hamstring)
Jarius Byrd S BUF (chest & hip-he has a favorable match up this week, so check the injury report before the game)
Quintin Mikell S StL (concussion)
Richard Marshall CB MIA (back)
Troy Polamalu S PIT (calf)
T. J. Ward S CLE (surgically repaired broken thumb)
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