There is a real boatload of IDP options to consider this week. You don't wanna read my intro, you want me to get to the player analysis, I am certain. So, after a brief pause, let's get to it.
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If you are looking for a bye week or injury fill in, there are plenty of LB and DL options to make a move to acquire.
Sean Lee DAL
Mark Herzlich NYG
Spencer Paysinger NYG
Ahmad Brooks SF
Robert Mathis IND
Whitney Mercilus HOU
Lee really broke out with 18 tackles in Week 4, and he plays every snap on D. If he is available on your wire, grab him immediately. Herzlich and Paysinger have a great LB matchup in the Eagles in Week 5. If I had my druthers, I'd go with Paysinger at MLB, but either can help if your roster has need of a fill-in LB. Brooks also has a good matchup against Houston this week, and he's been a solid performer over the past few weeks. Mathis is the kind of LB you want to play especially at home, with the favorable Indy scorekeepers padding his stat line, but he's a nice steady option any week. Mercilius complements JJ Watt in the Houston D, and has been making his mark this season, albeit mighty quietly. Act now and stay a step ahead of your leaguemates by grabbing the second best pass rusher on the Texan D.
George Selvie DE DAL
Chris Canty DE BAL
Cedric Thornton DE PHI
Ezekiel Anash DE DET
Olivier Vernon DE MIA
Ndamukong SUH DT DET
Star Lotulelei DT CAR
Marcell Dareus DT BUF
Some tasty options at the DL postition are showing up in Week 5. Selvie is a guy I promoted early on, and he has not disappointed, especially now that Anthony Spencer is residing on the IR for the rest of the season. An example of a player taking advantage of an opportunity to shine. Canty return to the Raven lineup is a great sign for Baltimore's chances to be dominating on D again, and he puts up solid, across the board numbers for a DL, so as long as he is on the field, he should be on your roster. Thornton is a decent tackle producer, and while I am not urging you to grab just any Eagle IDP, he has bye week value. Anash, and Suh are now beginning to dominate on the D-line in Detroit, and the possibility of more sacks against Green Bay in Week 5 is good to great, given how poorly the Packer line protects Aaron Rodgers. Vernon is another DL that faces a good team for sack potential, when he gets to set his sights on Flacco in the current week. Lotulelei is coming off a bye, and faces another sack friendly O-line in Arizona. He ase listed as doubtful early in the week, but wasn't on the injury report on Friday. Dareus didn't look as dominating against the Browns on Thursday night as he did the week before against the Ravens, but he still is putting up decent tackle numbers and if you have to play a DT, he is well worth a spot in your lineup.
Charles Woodson S OAK
Duke Ihenacho S DEN
Louis Delmas S DET
Earl Thomas S SEA
Chris Clemons S MIA
Richard Marshall CB SD
Josh Robinson CB MIN
I will confess, as a Michigan alum, I have always had a special affection for what Woodson could do on the field. I wrote him off earlier this season, but he is proving me wrong as he fills in for Tyvon Branch. He is prolly available on your wire, and if you like tackles, grab him while he is starting for the Raiders. Ihenacho will not replicate his Week 1 results anytime soon (or ever), but he seems over his ankle injury and is again putting up very good tackle numbers in a defense that sees most teams desperate to keep up with the Denver offensive production. Delmas is generally an injury waiting to happen, but he has talent enough to shine when he plays. Facing the Packers in a rivalty game should get his mojo working this week. Thomas is racking up solos at a great pace, and his production should increase as the Seattle D comes back to full health, or at least as full as any NFL squad can hpe for over the course of a season. Clemons (one of two in this report this week) has a good INT matchup, facing Flacco in Week 5. His concussion scare was overblown, and he is listed as probable this week. Marshall is one of those CBs that fantasy owners forget about, but he is a solid tackling machine and could easily replace an underperforming CB that you drafted or picked up as a one week wonder. I don't usually promote players on bye weeks, but Robinson should be on your radar as a CB that Offensive Coordinators and QBs will target, resulting in good numbers fantasy-wise. Just consider this a heads up alert.
Brandon Spikes NE
Elvis Dumervil BAL
Spikes has seen a drastic downtick in playing time this season, as he no longer plays in the Patriot nickel package. Drop him ASAP. Dumervil, on the other hand, gets plenty of PT, but he is not getting to the QB, and he is putting up mediocre tackle numbers, to boot.
Justin Tuck DE NYG
Jeremy Mincey DE JAX
Tuck and Mincey are veteran NFL DLs that age seems to be catching up with this season. At least Tuck is playing most snaps, but I would suggest dropping them and finding help from one the names listed at the beginnig of this article.
Troy Polamalu S PIT
Ed Reed S BAL
Another pair of veterans that are disappointing thier owneres. Polamalu is stuck on a struggling Steller D, but facing the Jets in Week 6 may improve his numbers. Then again, maybe not if no other Pittsburgh IDP steps up to help out. Reed is just not the same player he was, and while he has name recognition, that don't put up fantasy numbers and you should search for a replacement instead of waiting for him to rouse himself from his stuppor.
Don't be the last to know. Read our weekly Fantasy Football Injury Report and know the latest status of your fantasy players throughout the week.
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.
Bjoern Werner IND (foot 4-6 weeks)
Vince Wilfold DT NE (torn Achilles, out for the year)
T. J. McDonald S StL (fractured leg-short term IR)
Cortland Finnegan CB StL (thigh)
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