The Thursday Night game is in the books, and Dontari Poe was a real no show. Guess I overstated his value when I promoted him last week. But then again, that's football. Just take a look at some of the notables whose stock has been falling in the first two weeks of the season.
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We have some IDP that are putting up good results, and we need to get to them first. Then we talk down some veterans and note the major injuries that took place between week 2 and the upcoming games.
Alec Ogletree StL
Philip Wheeler MIA
Kiko Alonso BUF
DeAndre Levy DET
Akeem Dent ATL
Joplo Bartu ATL
Quite a few LB candidates this week. Ogletree built upon a solid opening week by adding another 8 solos and 2 PDs in week 2. Being a rookie, you may still be able to snag him off the wire but act soon. Wheeler had an excellent performance in the second week with 12 tackles, one sack and a PD. If you can grab him, do so, or explore a trade possibility if he ever has a down week. I like a lot of what we are seeing with the Buffalo D this season, especially in the secondary, but Alonso has been making waves as a rookie phenom, putting up an INT, a sack and 10 combined tackles against the Panthers. Levy has had an INT for a TD in each of the first two weeks, although a stupid penalty in Week 1 by Suh nullified that spectacular play against the Vikes. He is finally getting his feet under him and putting up solid play, so if you need a LB3/4, he would be a good addition to your team. The injury to Sean Weatherspoon opens the door for Dent to start, but keep an eye out for Bartu, an undrafted rookie who flashes speed and an has demonstated himself to be a solid tackling LB.
Mario Williams DE BUF
Jason Hunter DE OAK
Desmond Bryant DT CLE
Mario Williams is back big time. Remember what I said about the Bills/ D above? It covers every aspect of the defense from the line to the backfield. 4.5 sacks versus the Panthers has put him on everyone's radar, and if you are lucky enough to own him, he could be a valuable trade chip. Hunter has a sack in each of the first two games, and this is related to a renewed determination by the Raider D to pressure the QB. Look for him to keep the pressure up and if you play in a big play league, he's well worth a roster spot as your DE2. Bryant has 4 sacks in the first two weeks to go along with 3 PDs. The move to Cleveland seems to agree with him, and facing Ponder could allow him to add to his big play totals in Week 3.
Tyrann Mathieu S ARI
Quentin Mikell S CAR
Jamarca Sanford S MIN
Mark Baron S TB
Usama Young S OAK
Robert McClain CB Atl
"Honey Badger" Mathieu makes the list again, and I really like him facing the Saints this week. Mikell has long been a favorite of mine, and the move to Carolina in no way diminshes his value as a stud IDP. He is potentially available on the wire, and you should pick him up ASAP. Sanford is a solid tackler, and he makes for a good reserve DB or in deeper leagues, your DB3/4. Baron, a second year player, is gaining confidence, and with Revis and Goldson able to provide pass coverage, he should rack up a godd bunch of tackles week in, week out. Young will fill in while Branch is on IR, and managed 1.5 sacks in that role in Week 2. At lot of performance is based on opportunity, and he is prolly not owned yet in your league, so take a chance on him right now. McClain is not a great corner, but as I have noted before, that generally leads to tackle and PD/INT opportunities as QBs tend to test these kind of DBs. So long as he fills in for Asante Samuel, he should post good numbers.
Nigel Bradham BUF
London Fletcher WAS
Instead of Bradham getting a big opportunity to star for the Bills, he saw only one snap in week 2. Cut him if you own him. He is one of the disappointments on the Bills' defense. Fletcher, it seems, is feeling old. I had expected him to be able to keep performing for one more year, The home scorekeeper for the Redskins will pad Fletchers stats, so keep that in mind if you cannot cut him due to lack of better waiver wire options.
Muhammad Wilkerson DE NYJ
Julius Peppers DE CHI
I drafted Wilkerson in a number of leagues, and he is no longer on any of those squads. You shold follow suit. Age, as with Fletcher above, seems to be catching up with Peppers. I would wait before cutting him, and starting him against Pittsburgh is a worthwhile chance to take, but if you can get one of the rising stars in the upper section of this post, I could see my way to dropping him now.
Louis Delmas S DET
Delmas has all the talent in the world, but he cannot stay healthy. I wouldn't be willing to waste a roster spot on him, and I live in Detroit and am a Lions fan. The risk is too high to waste a roster spot on him.
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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.
Sean Weatherspoon ATL (sprained foot)
Kroy Bierman DE ATL (torn right Achilles tendon)
Charles Godfrey S CAR (torn Achilles tendon)
Tyvon Branch S OAK (fractured fibula)
Morgan Burnett S GB (hamstring)
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