Not that many downside players this week, but on the other hand, plenty to target if you need a injury or bye week replacement.
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Nothing much to shout about from the rooftops, just some decent options. Let us go through them now.
Robert Mathis IND
Shaun Phillips DEN
Terrell Suggs BAL
Nick Perry GB
Brandon Spikes NE
Mathis has been a sack machine in Indy so far this season. Never would have anticipated that, but he is prolly available for a pick up if you like big play players. Phillips gets to face off against the Jaguars this week, and if you are ever in need of a IDP, figure out who is facing the lackluster Jacksonville offense and plug them in. Sugs had three sacks last week to go with 8 total tackles, Facing the Packers prolly won't boost his sack totals, but he should be a long term pickup in any case. Perry will see some decent PT with clay Matthews out a month or so, so move to add the youngster while he gets the opportunity to shine. Spikes was one I wrote off as recently as last week, but it seems he has regained his starting role and is therefore worth your attention.
Wallace Gilberry DE CIN
Bruce Irvin DE/LB SEA
Ahtyba Rubin DE CLE
Michael Brockers DT StL
Gilberry racked up 2 sacks in Week 5, and with his nice performance, expect him to become more than just a back up from this point on. He is undoubtedly available, so if you are week at DL, he is a good bench option. Irvin may have DL eligibilty, and it is always a good idea to play a LB at DE. He is listed at DE in both Yahoo and ESPN, and facing off against the Titans carries nice potential. Rubin is coming on strong, finally, 8 total tackles and 1 sack in Week 5 make him a worthy roster addition from this point forward. Brockers makes for a nice DT option in leagues where the position is mandatory. He should be good for a sack this week against the Texans, too, if not two.
Devin McCourty S NE
Steve Gregory S NE
Will Hill S NYG
Rahim Moore S DEN
Jonathan Cyprian S JAX
Morgan Burnett S GB
Reed Doughty S WAS
Darius Butler CB IND
McCourty and Gregory are both nice options at safety, especially since McCourty is not being relegated to deep coverage any longer. Hill is a good tackler, and is a welcome addition to a Giant D following his suspension over the first 4 weeks of the season. Target him for next week since he has already played this week when he faces the Vikings. Moore has been consistent in the tackle numbers and facing Jacksonville should help him keep up his trend of 7 tackles per week. Cyprian is a youngster you should try to get in a keeper league, as he is the best thing on the Jaguar defense (not that that says a whole lot). 13 tackles in Week 5 makes him a must add if you need to fill in a DB slot. Burnett, after sitting out the early part of the season, is looking again like the top DB we all drafted in August. I really like his chances to shine vs Baltimore. Doughty is a solid player and can be counted on for 5-6 tackles a week, if that excites you. Butler is the lone CB I am recommending. Facing the Chargers, expect him to have good PD and INT chances as Rivers will likely be throwing the ball around plenty.
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Bobby Wagner SEA
Wagner may sit out this week, so check the injury report on Sunday. His numbers are being affected by his ankle problems, and if you have a better option, I would suggest plugging him in.
Desmond Bryant DE CLE
Jason Babin DE JAX
Nick Fairley DT DET
Bryant's production will suffer with Rubin's return to the starting Cleveland D. I would avoid using him until we see his PT increase. Babin has been on a downward spiral since his signing with the Eagles last season, and I see no reason to roster him unless you like mediocre stat production. Fairley seemed poised to breakout as a dominant force on the Detroit D line, but despite his early success, he is being overshadowed by Suh, and by a large margin. I amy have suggested dropping Suh earlier, but now I would suggest getting rid of Fairley until he steps up his play.
Reggie Nelson S Cin
Nelson could be benched soon, and you would do well to act in advance of that move by the Bengals. His production has been worse than middling, and I cannot find any reason to roster him right now.
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.
Zack Brown TEN (knee)
Wesley Woodward DEN (shoulder)
Clay Matthews GB (thumb)
Patrick Wills SF (groin)
Jabaal Sheard CLE (knee)
Donald Butler SD (groin)
Tommy Kelly DT NE (knee)
Jeremy Mincey DE JAX (concussion)
LaRon Landry S IND (ankle)
Roman Harper S NO (knee)
Tyvon Branch S OAK (ankle)
Richard Marshall CB SD (groin)
Nmandi Asomugha CB SF (knee)
Carlos Rogers CB SF (knee)
Cortland Finnegan CB StL (thigh)
Brandon Flowers CB KC (knee)
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