More COVID news floods the world of the NFL and fantasy football. Below in the Injury Report, you may note that some of the damaged warriors have a COVID designation following their IR status notice. Now is the time to fill your rosters with players from teams that are likely to suit up and play. Take a gander below to see which IDP to add from free agency or the wire.

Bye Weeks coming up: Week 5-Detroit, Green Bay; Week 6-Las Vegas, New England, New Orleans, Seattle; Week 7- Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Tennessee

Elevator Going Up


Josey Jewell DEN

Jewell has been close to an every down LB for the Broncos this season, and filled up the stat sheets against the Jets in Week 4: 10 Total tackles (TT), eight of those solos and two for a loss of yards (TFL), two sacks, a pair of QB hits/hurries (QH) and a pass defended (PD). This week’s matchup is not as tasty when the Broncos head to Foxboro, but the opponent has not seemed to matter so far this season for the third-year player, who leads the team in tackles to date. 

K.J. Wright SEA

Wright has been coming on of late, rebounding from his shoulder surgery, and put up an eight TT effort in Week 5 in Miami (six solo). He also contributed a trio of PDs and also forced a fumble (FF). He has a good matchup against the Vikings on tap prior to a Week 6 bye.

Kyler Fackrell NYG

The Giant defense is spending significant time on the field, which means that if Fackrell can continue to see increased playing time on defense, his stat line should continue to improve. He has two sacks and 10 solo tackles over the last three weeks.  Note that Fackrell is listed as a DE only in the ESPN system.

Roquan Smith CHI

Smith may not be available in your leagues, as he is the rare player this week with 50% or better ownership in ESPN and Yahoo leagues. He is taking advantage of his opportunity to collect tackles, coming off double digit TT in Week 4: 11 solo, two TFL, two assisted. He should continue to produce with Tampa Bay coming to visit this coming week.

Anthony Walker IND

Walker saw an increase in defensive snaps played due to injuries in the linebacking crew for the Colts last week, and made the most of his chance, collecting 11 TT (nine solo). He has the run-heavy Browns on the schedule in Week 5, and that bodes well for continued value in tackle-oriented IDP schemes.

Defensive Linemen

Yetur Gross-Matos DE CAR

The rookie is starting to show his value, picking up a strip sack in Week 4, to go along with three solo tackles. He is not seeing significant playing time, but expect that to change as he demonstrates his pass rushing skills going forward.

Yannick Ngakoue DE MIN

The Vikings have a couple of good to great matchups for Defensive End production on the slate, with the team heading to Seattle and then hosting the Falcons prior to the Week 7 bye. Ngakoue is coming off a five solo tackle effort (one TFL), where he collected a sack and a QH to pep up his big play value.

Arik Armstead DE SF

The first of our duo of 49er DEs profiled this week, Armstead is now going to be a target on defense for opposing offenses now that Nick Bosa is sidelined. Does not seem to be impacting his performance, though, as he racked up five TT (four solo, one TFL) against the visiting Eagles in Week 4, to go with a half a sack and six (!) QH. On the schedule is a good DE point production matchup against the visiting Dolphins. 

Kerry Hyder DE SF

As noted just above, Hyder has a great matchup this coming week, and he has accumulated sacks in three of the first four games this season. He also has 18 TT on the season, making him a dual production threat on defense for his fantasy owners. He is worth a second mention, having been profiled last week, too.

Leonard Williams DE NYG

Williams is another DE that is providing value in both tackle-heavy and big play leagues. He has two sacks on the season, and has collected five TT in three of the four games he has been in this year. The Cowboys are a good matchup in Week 5 to boot.

Defensive Backs

Delonte Thompson S ARI

The surgery that sidelined Budda Baker opened up a starting role for Thompson, who immediately demonstrated his value. He had nine TT against the host Panthers in Week 4 (four solo) and also added a PD to his stat line. He is a short-term pickup while Baker is out, and/or new signee T.J. Ward graduates from the practice squad.

Donovan Wilson S DAL

Wilson stepped up in Week 4’s loss to Cleveland after the team sat Darian Thompson on the bench, and he responded with double digit TT (six solo, one TFL). Add in a sack and a QH, and he immediately becomes a valued IDP going forward. 

Jeremy Chinn S CAR

The rookie leads the Panther defense with 35 TT to date, and has not collected fewer than seven tackles in a contest yet. He is strictly of value in tackle-oriented leagues, though, as his stat line has not yielded a big play so far.

Josh Jones S JAX

Jones has collected the third most solo tackles at his position this season. With the injuries to top DBs mounting, he is a low-owned option to snag off the wire. 

Juan Thornhill S KC

Thornhill has been an every down DB for the Chiefs, which is playing out well for his owners, limited though they be so far. He snagged his first INT in Week 4, with a PD, and also had six solo tackles in the contest. Week 5 shows up with a good matchup against the Raiders, who rank 10th on the season in terms of points allowed to opposing safeties.

LeShaun Sims CB CIN

Our lone cornerback in this week’s IDP Report, Sims stepped in when starter Mackensie Alexander took a seat with a rib injury, and in full time action, collected eight TT (six solo) and a PD against the visiting Jags. It will be tougher to come by points this coming week, as the tilt against the host Ravens will not be as promising for production, but full-time action holds promise. 

Escalator Going Down


Alec Ogletree NYJ

Despite playing significant snaps on defense in Week 4, he came away with just one solo tackle, albeit one for a loss of yards. He is due to see a reduction in playing time with that level of production, and is not worth a roster slot.

Tahir Whitehead CAR

Whitehead is another LB that is seeing his PT drop as the season progresses. You want to find the IDP that are seeing more time on the field, not less. Look elsewhere for linebacker depth.

Jerome Baker MIA

The Dolphins are cutting back on his time on the field, and thus Baker is losing cachet as a useful IDP. He had a mere two TT in Week 4’s contest at home against the Seahawks, and Elandon Roberts looks to be the beneficiary of Baker’s declining usage.

Defensive Linemen

No one to talk about in depth, just those who appear on the Injury Report below.

Defensive Backs

Julian Love CB NYG

Apologies for profiling Love as a rising DB last week. If you took the advice to turn to him, you ended up with a big fat goose egg on the stat sheet. Playing just 30% of the snaps on defense undoubtedly contributed to his sad stat line, but his short-term value has run its course.

Matchups to Exploit

Remember, the first team listed is the one to use your IDPs against. Do not go crazy, and play a LB5 against the Washington Football Team, but certainly you will do well if you own a top LB or CB on the Cowboys, or a Raven DL or CB that you can plug in this week, for the most part.


Washington vs Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants @ Dallas

San Francisco vs Miami

Defensive Ends

Philadephia @ Pittsburgh

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Seattle vs Minnesota

Defensive Tackles 

Las Vegas @ Kansas City

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Dallas vs New York Giants

Minnesota @ Seattle


Atlanta vs Carolina 

New England vs Denver

Buffalo @ Tennessee

Arizona @ New York Jets

Carolina @ Atlanta


Dallas vs New York Giants

Cincinnati @ Baltimore

Minnesota @ Seattle

Denver @ New England

Chicago vs Tampa Bay

Waiver Wire Targets

This section is intended to serve as a shortened cheat sheet listing those waiver wire targets you should be considering if you need to plug a hole in your starting lineup. All these players are spotlighted above, and you can read my comments about them in the "Elevator Going Up" section of this article. Not all the players commented on are here, however, as there is no need to waste your time searching for players that are heavily owned. This group consists of those that you may have a chance of locating on your league's waiver wire in that they are owned in significantly less than 50% of leagues. Happy claiming for your weekly matchups.


Josey Jewell DEN

K.J. Wright SEA

Kyler Fackrell NYG

Anthony Walker IND

Defensive Linemen

Yetur Gross-Matos DE CAR

Yannick Ngakoue DE MIN

Arik Armstead DE SF

Kerry Hyder DE SF

Leonard Williams DE NYG

Defensive Backs

Delonte Thompson S ARI

Donovan Wilson S DAL

Jeremy Chinn S CAR

Josh Jones S JAX

Juan Thornhill S KC

LeShaun Sims CB CIN

Ouch (My Aching Roster)

All the injury reports below need evaluation prior to kickoff.  Teams are notoriously sketchy about injury reports, and we often do not know a player's status until just before game time. Consider the list below as a "heads up" as to what is going on early in the week, and should not be considered definitive.


Devon Kennard ARI calf

Matt Milano BUF pectoral

Del’Shawn Phillips BUF quadriceps

Khalil Mack CHI knee

Logan Wilson CIN concussion

Tae Davis CLE elbow

Jeremiah Attaochu DEN quadriceps

Krys Barnes GB shoulder

Rashan Gary GB ankle

Kamal Martin GB knee-meniscus IR

Christian Kirk sey GB pectoral IR

Peter Kalambayi HOU hamstring

Bobby Okereke IND thumb

E. J. Speed IND elbow

Darius Leonard IND groin

Myles Jack JAX ankle

Quincy Williams JAX abdomen IR

Tanner Muse LVR toe IR

Micah Kiser LAR groin

Chase Hansen NO hip IR

David Mayo NYG knee-meniscus IR

Oshame Ximines NYG shoulder

Patrick Onwuasor NYJ knee IR

T.J. Edwards PHI hamstring

Dre Greenlaw SF quadriceps

Jordyn Brooks SEA knee MCL

Jason Pierre-Paul TB knee

Derick Roberson TEN knee

Kamalei Correa TEN illness- IR COVID

Cole Holcomb WAS knee

Reuben Foster WAS knee IR

Defensive Linemen


Takkarist McKinley ATL groin

Derek Wolfe BAL elbow

Adrian Clayborn CLE hip

Chris Jones KC groin

Michael Danna KC hamstring

Shaq Lawson MIA shoulder

Marcus Davenport NO elbow

Jordan Willis NYJ ankle

Jabari Zuniga NYJ quadriceps IR

Ezekiel Ansah SF biceps

Dee Ford SF neck IR

Chase Young WAS groin


Justin Madubuike BAL knee

Geno Atkins CIN shoulder

Mike Daniels CIN elbow IR

Larry Ogunjobi CLE oblique

Kenny Clark GB groin

Sheldon Day IND knee IR

Daniel Ekuale JAX ankle

Maurice Hurst LVR illness IR COVID

Maliek Collins LVR shoulder

Daniel Ross LVR foot IR

Beau Allen NE undisclosed IR

Michael Barnett NE undisclosed IR

Steve McLendon NYJ knee

Jeffery Simmons TEN illness IR COVID

Defensive Backs


Budda Baker ARI thumb

Chris Banjo ARI hamstring

Keanu Neal ATL hamstring

Ricardo Allen ATL elbow

Damontae Kazee ATL Achilles

Jaylinn Hawkins head

Sherrick McManis CHI hamstring

Deon Bush CHI hamstring

C.J. Moore DET calf

T.J. Carrie IND hamstring

Lamarcus Joyner LVR ribs

Jordan Fuller LAR shoulder

Kavon Frazier MIA shoulder

Kris Boyd MIN hamstring

Myles Dorn MIN undisclosed IR

Cody Davis NE ribs IR

Jabrill Peppers NYG ankle

Adrian Colbert NYG neck

Ashtyn Davis NYJ groin

Will Parks PHI hamstring IR

Marcus Allen PIT foot

Jamal Adams SEA groin

Lano Hill SEA back

Neiko Thorpe SEA hip

Chris Jackson TEN hamstring

Dane Cruikshank TEN undisclosed IR


A.J. Terrell ATL illness IR COVID

Levi Wallace BUF ankle

Eli Apple CAR hamstring

Mackensie Alexander CIN ribs

Greedy Williams CLE shoulder

Davontae Harris DEN hamstring

Desmond Trufant DET hamstring

Mike Ford DET leg IR

Kevin King GB quadriceps 

Chandon Sullivan GB concussion

Kabion Ento GB undisclosed IR

Rock Ya-Sin IND undisclosed

C.J. Henderson JAX shoulder

D.J. Hayden JAC hamstring

Damon Arnette LVR thumb IR

Byron Jones MIA groin 

Mike Hughes MIN neck

Stephon Gilmore NE illness IR COVID

Marshon Lattimore NO hamstring

Janoris Jenkins NO shoulder

Biessuan Austin NYJ calf

Avonte Maddox PHI ankle

Trevor Williams PHI ribs IR

K’Waun Williams SF knee-ACL

Emmanuel Moseley SF concussion

Ahkello Witherspoon SF hamstring

Dontae Johnson SF groin

Quinton Dunbar SEA knee

Kristian Fulton TEN illness IR COVID

Adoree’ Jackson TEN knee IR

Greg Stroman WAS foot 

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