- Each with 3 sacks in their last two games, Tennessee DE Jason
Babin and Atlanta DE John
Abraham are gaining on the league lead. Both are at 12 sacks
on the season, 2 off the pace. It is the first double-digit
sack season for Babin, who has shattered his previous career
best of 5 sacks and has finally found a home with the Titans.
The Titans lost DE Dave
Ball, who also had a breakout season with 7 sacks, to the
IR with a concussion. Jacob
Ford replaced him in the starting lineup and gets a slight
bump the rest of the season.
- Giants DE Justin
Tuck had a sack and shared another with emerging rookie
Pierre-Paul. Tuck is up to 10 sacks on the season after
recording just 4 in the first nine games. He shares the team
lead with DE Osi
Umenyiora, who has just 2 in the last eight games as he
battles knee problems. As Pierre-Paul's role has increased the
last four games, he's posted 15 tackles (11 solo), 4.5 sacks,
4 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles.
- With rookie DL Brandon
Graham done for the season with a torn ACL, Darryl
Tapp saw more reps and the team brought back Derrick
Burgess to fill Graham's roster spot. Burgess was inactive
on Sunday and has yet to play this year after being cut by New
England in the preseason. Tapp is a better bet than Burgess
to have value the rest of the season.
- Minnesota DE Ray
Edwards returned on Monday night after missing two games
with an ankle sprain. He had a 4 solo tackles, including a sack.
- A lingering calf injury has already ruled out Green Bay DE
Jenkins this season.
- Oakland DT Richard
Seymour is questionable with a hammy this week.
- After tallying 16 tackles (10 solo) on Sunday, his tenth
double-digit tackle game of the season, New England ILB Jerod
Mayo has 164 on the season and all but wrapped up the league's
tackle title. With rookie Brandon
Spikes suspended for the rest of the regular season, Gary
Guyton continues to benefit from more snaps. He tied a season
high with 9 tackles (5 solo).
- He won't get you many big plays, but Tennessee MLB Stephen
Tulloch continues to be one of the most consistent tackle
producers in the league. He hasn't had less than 8 since Week
Two and is second in the league with 145 on the season.
- With Stewart
Bradley out with a dislocated elbow, rookie Jamar
Chaney took advantage of his first career start at MLB,
leading the team with 16 tackles (12 solo) and forcing a fumble.
He was limited in pass coverage, but a tackle machine.
- Back-to-back games with 11 tackles have Washington ILB London
Fletcher up to fifth overall in the league in tackles. Fellow
McIntosh left early on Sunday with a hamstring and was replaced
by rookie Perry
Riley, who looks to be in line to start if McIntosh can't
go. OLB Brian
Orakpo is questionable this week after suffering a groin
and hamstring injury on Sunday. He's concerned about missing
the rest of the season, which isn't a good sign. Chris
Wilson replaced him and gets a bump if Orakpo is out.
- Oakland first-round pick MLB Rolando
McClain returned to the starting lineup after missing the
previous game with a left foot injury that was originally reported
as arthritis, then rebranded tendinitis. It was a bit alarming
to hear a young player already battling arthritis, so if true,
the adjusted diagnosis is more hopeful. Regardless, McClain
has not been the impact player he was expected to be. He doesn't
have more than 8 tackles in any game this season and typically
hovers between 6 or 7. The speed concerns about him coming out
of pre-draft workouts have proven accurate and while there's
still more upside for him as he learns more, he doesn't look
like a guy who'll ever be an elite real or fantasy player.
- Miami OLB Cameron
Wake was held without a sack for the first time since Week
10, but retained his overall league lead with 14 sacks, 1.5
ahead of Green Bay OLB Clay
Matthews, who was also sackless on Sunday.
- ILB is among the many concerns due to injury for Dallas this
week. Veteran Keith
Brooking is battling a left foot sprain and rookie Sean
Lee, who has been taking snaps away from Brooking, left
early Sunday with a concussion. Lee passed his initial tests
this week and has one more before he'll be allowed to play this
- Arizona awaits results on the triceps injury suffered by
Porter that the team is concerned about. O'Brien Schofield
will replace him if Porter can't go this week.
- The bevy of injuries at linebacker in Buffalo has given sixth-round
pick tweener OLB Arthur
Moats an opportunity he has taken advantage of. In the last
two games, since joining the starting lineup, he has10 tackles
(6 solo), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. ILB Paul
Posluszny had just 6 tackles (5 solo) on Sunday, but has
set a new career high for a season with 126, remaining fourth
in the league overall in tackles.
- San Francisco ILBs Patrick
Willis and Takeo
Spikes are both playing with broken hands. Barring a surge
the last few games, Willis looks like he'll end with a career
low in tackles, although not far off his 2008 numbers. No picks
and just 1 forced fumble also hurt his IDP owners, although
his career high 5 sacks have offset some fantasy impact. Not
sure there's one thing to point to for the mild disappointment
in tackle production by Willis, but he has been used more as
a pass rusher this year and Spikes had a rejuvenated season,
playing in every game and breaking 100 tackles for the first
time since 2003, stealing more opportunities than usual from
Willis. Bottom line is there's nothing to panic about with Willis.
He'll still be my #1 LB and overall fantasy player again next
year, even over Jerod
Mayo who may have just had his career season and has less
big-play potential than Willis.
- Cleveland placed OLB Scott
Fujita on the IR, officially ending his season. He missed
five games with ligament damage in a knee and hoped to return
- Chicago SLB Pisa
Tinoisamoa remained inactive after getting his knee cleaned
out a few weeks ago. Nick
Roach continues to replace him. He had a nice forced fumble
on MNF when he put his head right on the ball and knocked it
free from Minnesota RB Toby Gerhart, but the SLB isn't much
of a fantasy value in Chicago regardless of who plays there.
- Philadelphia second-round pick FS Nate
Allen is done for the season after suffering a torn patellar
tendon in his right knee on Sunday. Seventh-round pick Kurt
Coleman replaced him and will be the new starter. Special
teams ace and former UDFA Colt Anderson will also an increased
- Following SS LaRon
Landry finally having his season officially ended due to
his left Achilles' tendon, solid fantasy replacement Reed
Doughty suffered a concussion on Sunday. CB Kevin
Barnes replaced him and could get the start this week if
Doughty can't go, with a nice match-up against Jacksonville.
- After there being concern last week Pittsburgh SS Troy
Polamalu could be done for the regular season with an Achilles
and ankle problem, he returned to practice Monday on a limited
basis, but the results weren't positive. He was back out on
Tuesday and is now expected to miss their Thursday night game.
Ryan Mundy will continue to start in his place if he remains
- Detroit rookie SS Amari
Spievey was a late scratch after hurting his neck in pre-game
Brown returned to the starting role in his place. FS Louis
Delmas left early with a concussion and was replaced by
- Green Bay FS Nick
Collins will attempt to play through a rib injury this week
in a crucial game to the team's playoff hopes. Charlie
Peprah could move to FS and Atari
Bigby get his first start of the season if Collins can't
- A concussion knocked Dallas SS Gerald
Sensabaugh out of Sunday's game in the second quarter. In
a thin Dallas secondary, it was UDFA rookie Barry Church who
replaced him and could be in line for his first career start
if Sensabaugh can't go this week. Sensabaugh passed his initial
test this week, but will have to do so again this week before
being allowed to play.
- After finally sorting through his issues with HC John Fox
and his hamstring, CB Chris
Gamble appeared to be in line to return to the starting
lineup, but apparently an ankle injury in practice late last
week left him inactive on Sunday. He sounds unlikely to play
this week too.
- New Orleans CB Jabari
Greer left early with a left knee injury on Sunday. Back-up
Torrence and FS Malcolm
Jenkins worked in opposite Tracy
Porter in his absence. Tests were negative on his knee,
but Greer remains a question mark this week.
- Already without Jim
Leonhard, who is on the IR, the Jets were without Eric
Smith (concussion) on Sunday and needed reserve corner Dwight
Lowery to start with Brodney
Pool at safety.
- A concussion knocked Minnesota FS Madieu
Williams out of MNF. Eric
Frampton replaced him and should start in his place if he
can't play this week.
- Former fantasy stud Cleveland CB Eric
Wright was placed on the IR (knee) this week. Before the
knee wound down his season, first-round pick Joe
Haden had already replaced him at LCB.
- Seattle placed reserve DB Roy Lewis on the IR (knee). The
special teams ace developed a more significant role in a Pete
Carroll defense that was heavy on nickel and dime. Lewis is
an emerging young player to remember if he earns a full-time
starting role next year. CB Marcus
Trufant left the game early with back spasms, a lingering
problem. Seattle has no remotely appealing depth behind him.