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Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers
- MIN DE Jared Allen had a couple more sacks, giving him 10
in the last five games, and increasing his league lead in the
category to 11.5 sacks this season.
- After ending a streak of 11 consecutive games with a sack
in the previous contest, CAR DE Charles Johnson had a sack for
the second straight game, and his sixth of the season. With
the team showing some 3-4 fronts, tweener Antwan Applewhite
has found a niche on his new team and got his first sack for
them, forcing a fumble on it and also posting 5 tackles (3 solo).
The situation appears a bane for the fantasy production of DE
- PHI DE Trent Cole practiced over the bye week and is expected
to play this week after missing a couple of games with a calf
- NYG DE Justin Tuck said he "hopes" to play this week, which
alarmingly seems to be backing down a bit from his promise to
play after the bye two weeks ago. He has returned to practice,
after not playing since Week 3, still battling a neck stinger
and groin strain.
- ATL DE John Abraham got his third sack of the season and
first since racking up a pair in the season opener. returned
from a hip injury that kept him out of the previous game and
had 2 solo tackles and a QB hit. After back-to-back games with
sacks, DE Ray Edwards was held sackless. DT Corey Peters had
his second sack of the season. He has both in the last three
- SEA DE Chris Clemons had a pair of sacks for the second straight
game (sandwiching their bye last week). On the other side, run-stuffer
Red Bryant had 4 tackles (3 solo), half a sack, batted down
a pass and blocked two field goals, but was ejected with about
a minute left in the game after head-butting CLE TE Alex Smith,
erasing the third-down sack by Clemons and any chance for a
comeback by Seattle.
- DET DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Cliff Avril both had their third
sack of the season. Suh also had 5 tackles (4 solo).
- DEN DE Elvis Dumervil left the game in fourth quarter with
an ankle sprain that will be evaluated further this week. He
is not expected to practice and looks doubtful for Sunday. After
four games, he missed two with a shoulder injury, Dumervil is
still looking for his first sack.
- After missing three games for a team with playoff aspirations
hoping he could recover, OAK DE Matt Shaughnessy was placed
on the IR last week due to a shoulder injury. It appears DT
Desmond Bryant will continue replace him at LDE in the base
package, while SLB Kamerion Wimbley will move up with his hand
on the ground or DE Jarvis Moss will replace Bryant in pass
packages. The only fantasy potential there is if Wimbley begins
to be recognized as a DE for your league.
- WAS DE Adam Carriker had a sack and share another with S
LaRon Landry. He is up to 4.5 sacks on the season, tied for
the team lead, a new career high. A collegiate DE who had 16.5
sacks in his last two years at Nebraska, the former first-round
pick of the Rams was miscast as a three-technique DT in St.
Louis. He has begun to emerge as a five-technique DE in Washington's
3-4 since moving to it last season.
- NYJ DL Mike DeVito did not play due to a knee injury. Rookie
space-eater Kenrick Ellis, who was active for the first time
in the previous game, got his first career start in place of
DeVito on Sunday, but it didn't last long. He sprained his ankle
on the first series of the game and did not return. Marcus Dixon
replaced him the rest of the game.
- TB DT Gerald McCoy remained inactive with a high-ankle sprain
as the team heads to a bye this week. Rookie DE Adrian Clayborn
notched his team-leading third sack of the season.
- CHI reserve DT Amobi Okoye had his third sack of the season,
giving him one in back-to-back games, as well. The role of the
former first-round pick continues to grow and while early season
breakout UT Henry Melton has been unspectacular lately, his
backup in Okoye has been flashing playmaking ability.
- PIT LDE Aaron Smith needs neck surgery and was placed on
the IR for the third straight season. It is a disappointing
ending to the career of the prototype 3-4 DE. Former first-round
pick Evander Hood is now locked in as a starter for the rest
of the season after spending most of the first half filling
in as one with injuries to Smith and RDE Brett Keisel. This
year's first-round pick, Cameron Heyward, is now the third DE.
With NT Casey Hampton missing his third straight game with a
shoulder injury and back up Chris Hoke also inactive with a
stinger, Steve McLendon got the start at NT and posted 5 tackles
(4 solo). Hampton is expected back this week.
- BUF NT Kyle Williams isn't over his ankle injury, reported
as a bone spur hitting his Achilles' tendon, after the bye and
has already been ruled out for this week. Kellen Heard will
continue to replace him.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
If someone gave up after the slow start by ATL DE Ray Edwards,
he's worth a look in deeper leagues. JAX DE John
Chick replaces PHI DE Phillip Hunt as my Ex-CFL Pass Rush
Specialist Flavor of the Week for the deepest of dynasty leagues.
- For the second straight week, CAR SLB (ILB in their 3-4 looks)
James Anderson led the team with 12 tackles (10 solo), he also
had a sack, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass. He leads
the team with 59 tackles on the season. MLB/ILB Dan Connor posted
double-digit tackles for the first time this season with 10
(8 solo). Claimed off the waivers from the Ravens last month,
Jason Phillips replaced the unproductive Jason Williams at WLB
in their base 4-3. With their ends playing OLB in 3-4 looks
and reserve LB Thomas Williams playing in the nickel with Anderson,
Phillips has little value. Anderson is the only fantasy-relevant
LB in most leagues, with Connor having some value in deeper
tackle-heavy leagues. Omar Gaither missed his second game with
a left MCL sprain.
- WAS ILB London Fletcher left Sunday's game in the fourth
quarter with a hamstring injury. It will have to be a serious
one to keep him out this week, the iron man has never missed
a game in his career. He led the team with 9 tackles (7 solo)
and broke up a pass. Keyaron Fox replaced him to finish out
the game. OLB Brian Orakpo had a sack, tying for the team lead
with 4.5 on the season.
- ATL MLB Curtis Lofton led the team with his fourth double-digit
tackle game of the season, posting 10 (5 solo). He is third
in the league in tackles with 64. WLB Sean Weatherspoon had
6 tackles (5 solo), broke up a pass and had his second sack
of the season. He is fifth in the league in tackles with 60
- DEN WLB D.J. Williams had a strip sack and recovered the
fumble himself, giving him 2 sacks on the season and his second
in as many games. He also had 5 tackles (3 solo). Rookie SLB
Von Miller had his sixth sack of the season and has at least
one in every game except the season opener. The team continues
to use Joe Mays at MLB in the base defense and Wesley Woodyard
replacing him in the nickel, cannibalizing the fantasy value
- CHI MLB Brian Urlacher broke up 2 passes, grabbing his third
interception of the season on one of them, and had 5 tackles
(3 solo). WLB Lance Briggs got his first pick of the season
and almost took it to the house, getting dragged down at the
TB one-yard line after a 35 yard return (although a penalty
on the play took them back to midfield anyway). Briggs also
had 6 tackles (5 solo) and broke up another pass.
- CLE SLB Scott Fujita was inactive after suffering a concussion
in the previous game. Kaluka Maiava replaced him and posted
just 1 solo on defense and another on special teams. WLB Chris
Gocong had 4 solo tackles and a sack. MLB D'Qwell Jackson had
just 5 tackles (4 solo) and recovered a fumble. The low tackles
numbers can be attributed to just 17 minutes of possession for
- DET WLB DeAndre Levy posted double-digit tackles for the
fourth straight game, leading the team with 11 (6 solo, including
1 on special teams). SLB Justin Durant returned from a concussion,
after missing three games, and was back in the starting lineup,
pushing Bobby Carpenter, who played well in place of Durant,
back to a reserve role. Durant had 4 tackles (2 solo) and broke
up a pass.
- SEA MLB David Hawthorne filled up the box score, leading
the team with 11 tackles (7 solo), his first sack of the season
and his first pick of the season. He has plenty of opportunities,
with Cleveland dominating possession for almost 43 minutes in
- PIT OLB James Harrison remained inactive with fractured right
orbital socket and Lawrence Timmons continues to replace him
on the right side and be a fantasy disappointment. Timmons had
3 solo tackles and a QB hit. On the other side, OLB LaMarr Woodley
led the team with 7 tackles (6 solo) and a pair of sacks. He
had 5.5 sacks in the last three games and is tied for fourth
in the league. Harrison's back up, Jason Worilds, remains inactive
with a groin injury. ILB James Farrior had a quite game for
the first time since his role increased after Timmons was injured.
Farrior had 3 solo tackles and broke up a pass.
- BUF OLB Shawne Merriman was placed on the IR over the bye
week, unable to overcome lingering issues with his surgically-repaired
Achilles' tendon. Arthur Moats should move in to the starting
lineup across from Chris Kelsay, who should be back from a calf
strain this week. More snaps for sixth-round pick Danny Batten,
as well. The team signed LB Antonio Coleman off the practice
squad to take Merriman's roster spot.
- TB MLB Mason Foster left the game in the first quarter after
aggravating an ankle injury. He was replaced by Adam Hayward,
who posted 5 solo tackles. SLB Quincy Black was back in the
starting lineup, coming off his own ankle injury, sending Dekoda
Watson back to the bench.
- On the first series of the game Sunday, SDC ILB Donald Butler
forced a fumble on NYJ TE Dustin Keller after a catch, recovered
it and returned it 37 yards for a score. Butler also led the
team in tackles with 9 (6 solo, including 1 on special teams).
With a pick in the previous game, the 2010 third-round pick
is starting to flash the playmaking ability he exhibited in
college at Washington. OLB Shaun Phillips had a pair of sacks,
giving him three on the season. Reserve OLB Larry English suffered
a broken foot in the game and could be done for the season.
- MIA OLB Cameron Wake had a pair of sacks and is now up to
five on the season after a slow start. Another South Beach LB
whose fantasy performance has been disappointing so far this
season, ILB Karlos Dansby, had his best game of the season.
Dansby had his first double-digit tackle game of the year, leading
the team with 13 tackles (8 solo).
- Two games after his breakout performance in his first career
start, NYJ OLB Jamaal Westerman fell off the radar. Josh Mauga
got the start in his place, opposite OLB Calvin Pace, and Westerman
didn't come in until ILB David Harris left with a twisted ankle
in the second quarter. Mauga slid inside and Westerman was on
the edge. Harris returned in the third quarter and was fine
to finish the game. With a bye this week, he should be fine
for their next game. Westerman wasn't even the first choice
as pass rush specialist, as Aaron Maybin had a sack, 2 QB hits,
and 2 tackles (1 solo). It may be time to reconsider Maybin's
value in sack-heavy leagues. In four games as a Jet, he has
3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. He is tied with Pace for the team
lead in sacks. HC Rex Ryan said Maybin's production has earned
him more snaps. Harris finished with 3 tackles (2 solo), as
did ILB Bart Scott, and Mauga had an assist, while Westerman
put up a goose egg.
- Despite New Orleans dominating the time of possession, IND
MLB Pat Angerer had only 7 tackles (2 solo). He still leads
the league in tackles with 80. WLB Kavell Conner had just 3
tackles (1 solo) and fell to fourth in the league in tackles.
- HOU rookie OLB Brooks Reed began filling the big shoes of
Mario Williams with his first career sack on Sunday. Reed also
had 4 solo tackles. ILB Brian Cushing led the team with 6 tackles
(5 solo) and broke up a pass. Not a lot of opportunities for
the defense with the offense dominating time of possession.
- TEN MLB Barrett Ruud left Sunday's game in the third quarter
with a right shoulder stinger. He had 10 tackles (8 solo) before
leaving. Tim Shaw replaced him, but Ruud is expected back this
- KC ILB Derrick Johnson led the team with 13 tackles (12 solo),
his first double-digit tackle game of the season. Johnson leads
the team with 44 tackles on the season.
- OAK MLB Rolando McClain aggravated a left ankle sprain and
left the game in the first half, returning after half time.
LB Darryl Blackstock replaced him and played most of the game
in the middle, posting 5 tackles (2 solo). McClain has been
battling the ankle for a few weeks and the athletic Blackstock
would be an interesting option in deep leagues if McClain can't
go this week. WLB Aaron Curry had 4 tackles (1 solo). He now
has just 7 tackles (3 solo) in his two games as a Raider.
- GB ILB Desmond Bishop led the team with 8 tackles (6 solo).
He is now second in the league with 65 tackles on the season.
OLB Clay Matthews made it back-to-back games with a sack and
is now up to 3 on the season. OLB Frank Zombo returned as a
reserve in the previous game after missing the first five games
with a shoulder injury, but suffered a knee injury in that game
and was inactive again on Sunday. He's expected to miss another
few weeks, so a starting role at ROLB remains safe with Erik
Walden for now.
- MIN MLB E.J. Henderson continues to be the less productive
Henderson brother as he battles left knee soreness. WLB Erin
Henderson had 5 tackles (2 solo) as he continues to work in
the nickel package in place of E.J. With a lot of nickel packages
against GB QB Aaron Rodgers, E.J.'s work was limited. He finished
with 3 assists. SLB Chad Greenway shared the team lead with
11 tackles (5 solo).
- STL SLB Brady Poppinga left the game in the second quarter
with a calf strain and did not return. Bryan Kehl replaced him.
Chris Chamberlain remains the starting WLB. Since he doesn't
contribute on special teams, veteran Ben Leber was a healthy
- DAL OLB DeMarcus Ware had another sack, forcing a fumble
on it. He is second in the league with 8 sacks on the season.
- New Orleans showed some 3-4 looks against the Colts on SNF
with Jonathan Vilma and Jo-Lonn Dunbar inside and Scott Shanle
and Jonathan Casillas inside. With the game out of hand by the
fourth quarter, some starters were rested, giving Dunbar work
in the middle in place of Vilma and Casillas at WLB in place
of Shanle. Both contributed to Casillas leading the team in
tackles with 5 (2 solo). He also had his third sack of the season.
- The cast on the foot of CIN MLB Rey Maualuga for his lateral
ankle sprain was removed over the bye, but it still sounds like
he is doubtful to play this week and won't return until Week
9. WLB Keith Rivers was not activated from the PUP. His wrist
apparently isn't ready yet. The team has a couple more weeks
to make a move.
- HC Bill Belichick said NE LB Jerod Mayo "might" be able to
return this week from a reported MCL right knee sprain.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
Oakland is on a bye this week, but LB Darryl Blackstock becomes
interesting if Rolando McClain's recurring left ankle injury
- After just starting to get his fantasy production on track,
WAS FS Oshiomogho Atogwe was inactive with a knee injury. With
O.J. out, Reed Doughty returned to starting lineup, posting
8 tackles (7 solo) and forced a fumble. A week after getting
his first pick of the season, DeAngelo Hall had a sack, along
with 4 solo tackles and a pass defensed. His fantasy production
is picking up.
- MIN CB Chris Cook was arrested for suspicion of domestic
assault on Saturday and charged with domestic assault strangulation
on Tuesday. He was inactive on Sunday and couldn't have played
if he was, as he remained incarcerated while the team played
awaiting a decision from authorities to officially charge him.
Cook has been suspended without pay by the team and further
punishment could be coming from the league, not to mention the
law. Cook was gaining responsibility for covering the opponents'
best big receiver to get a better match up for CB Antoine Winfield.
He is now derailing his career with a second violence-related
arrest this year. Back in March he was arrested for brandishing
a firearm in an altercation, but eventually found not guilty
for lack of evidence. The situation at CB was desperate against
the best QB in the league, as Winfield missed his third straight
game with a muscle strain in his neck and SS Jamarca Sanford
was out with a concussion. Asher Allen got the start at corner
opposite Cedric Griffin and, like the rest of Minnesota's secondary,
was picked on successfully. Allen shared the team lead with
11 tackles (9 solo) and broke up a pass. Former UDFA Marcus
Sherels was pressed in to duty as the nickel CB. Tyrell Johnson
replaced Sanford at SS.
- DET SS Amari Spievey had a pick for the second straight game,
his third overall on the season. CB Eric Wright had his second
pick of the season. CB Chris Houston left the game with a back
injury in the second half, but said after the game he expects
to play this week. The team signed S Don Carey, who started
part of last year for Jacksonville, for depth with Erik Coleman
done for the season.
- NYJ CB Darrelle Revis came up just short of his second pick
six in as many games. Revis took a pick from the Jets' red zone
back 64 yards. Revis broke up 3 passes in the game. He has three
interceptions in the last two games and four on the season,
moving him in to a tie for second in the league. S Eric Smith
led the team with 10 tackles (8 solo).
- The benching of CHI SS Chris Harris didn't last long as Major
Wright was inactive with a hip injury suffered in practice before
leaving for London. Harris had 3 solo tackles and broke up a
pass that should have been an interception. Harris had requested
to be traded after being benched the previous game and the fragile
Wright presumably regains the starting job when healthy. Rookie
Chris Conte remained the starter at FS and grabbed his first
career pick. Nickel CB D.J. Moore once again flashed his playmaking
ability with a game-saving pick on Tampa Bay's final drive late
in the fourth quarter. It was the third pick of the season for
Moore, who is locking down his role as the nickel. CB Charles
Tillman led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) and broke up a
- TB S Tanard Jackson was knocked out of Sunday's game with
a hamstring injury in the second quarter and didn't return.
He had his second pick in as many games before leaving. Corey
Lynch replaced and grabbed an interception of his own.
- The secondary was shaken up in Denver where second-round
pick Rahim Moore was replaced by a combination of fourth-round
pick Quinton Carter and reserve CB Jonathan Wilhite at FS. Moore
only saw work in the dime package. Wilhite also bumped CB Cassius
Vaughn from the nickel role, covering the slot in that package
with Carter at FS. The game plan brought the blitz and dared
MIA QB Matt Moore to beat them, as SS Brian Dawkins had a pair
of sacks and 3 QB hits.
- HOU FS Danieal Manning broke his left fibula on Sunday and
is out indefinitely. He not only has been key in the secondary
on coverage, but is one of the top kick returners in the league,
so on a team with deep playoff aspirations this year, Houston
will probably try to hold off putting him on the IR. Troy Nolan
should take over FS. With only rookies, Shiloh Keo and CB Brandon
Harris, behind Nolan on the depth chart, the team brought back
veteran Quintin Demps for depth.
- CLE CB Joe Haden returned to the lineup earlier than expected
from what was believed to be a MCL knee sprain, as he was active
- TEN SS Chris Hope remains inactive with a broken left forearm
and Jordan Babineaux continues to replace him. Babineaux posted
double-digit tackles for the second straight game with 11 (9
solo). There were plenty of tackle opportunities with the Texans
dominating the time of possession. Breakout fantasy star CB
Jason McCourty led the team with 12 tackles (8 solo).
- OAK corners Chris Johnson (groin and hamstring) and rookie
Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) remained inactive, so rookie DeMarcus
Van Dyke continued to start opposite CB Stanford Routt. Routt
led the team with 10 tackles (9 solo) and broke up a pass. Already
battling a concussion, reserve S Matt Giordano left the game
with a neck injury. As FS Michael Huff is also coming off a
concussion, the Raiders signed former Cincinnati S Chinedum
Ndukwe for depth last week.
- The hits keep coming to the Seattle secondary. After losing
CB Marcus Trufant to the IR with a back injury the previous
week, his replacement, CB Walter Thurmond III suffered a broken
fibula on Sunday and was place on the IR. Rookie Richard Sherman
replaced him and the raw fifth-round pick is forced in to a
- MIA FS Reshad Jones was inactive with a right knee sprain
suffered in the previous game. Although Chris Clemons was active
for the first time since the season opener as he's battled a
recurring hamstring, it was Tyrone Culver who got the start
at FS. Jones replaced Clemons as the starting FS. The team signed
S Gerald Alexander last week for insurance with their top two
free safeties dinged up. SS Yeremiah Bell had 7 tackles (6 solo),
his first sack of the season and recovered a fumble. Bell leads
the team with 52 tackles on the season.
- KC DBs were treated to balls flying indiscriminately around
the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday as OAK QBs Kyle Boeller and Carson
Palmer each threw 3 picks. FS Kendrick Lewis returned his first
of the season 59 yards for a TD and CB Brandon Flowers returned
his second of the game 58 yards for a TD. Flowers now has 4
picks on the season and moved in a tie for second in the league.
CB Brandon Carr and SS Jon McGraw both had their second pick
of the season and nickel CB Travis Daniels had his first of
the year. CB Javier Arenas got in on the scoring parade too,
but on offense. Arenas ran for a 7-yard TD as a Wildcat QB.
- GB CB Charles Woodson gave MIN QB Christian Ponder a crash
course on why he is one of the best in the league in the rookie's
first career start. Woodson broke up three passes and picked
off two. He now leads the league in interceptions with five.
Nickel CB Sam Shields was inactive with a concussion and was
replaced in his role by Jarrett Bush. Shields is expected back
after the bye this week.
- After getting abused by NYJ WR Plaxico Burress on Sunday,
SD CB Antoine Cason may have lost his starting job to rookie
- A secondary devastated by injury in St. Louis took another
hit on Sunday. CB Justin King, the de facto top corner, left
early on Sunday with a groin injury and did not return. Josh
Grody replaced him opposite Al Harris. The team has three corners
on the IR, including their Week 1 starters.
- IND CB Kevin Thomas drew the start on SNF opposite Jerraud
Powers and Terrence Johnson returned to the nickel role. Former
starter Jacob Casey has now been demoted to fourth corner.
- BAL rookie CB Jimmy Smith (ankle sprain) was active for MNF,
but only used on special teams. CB Chris Carr remained inactive
with a hamstring. SS Tom Zbikowski remained inactive due to
a concussion. Bernard Pollard continues to replace him and posted
5 solo tackles and 2 forced fumbles on Monday night.
- JAX CB Derek Cox returned from a groin injury and looked
good on MNF.
- Waiver Wire Recommendations:
TB FS Tanard Jackson has had a pick in both of his first two
games back, but he tweaked his hamstring on Sunday, so check
on his status before picking him up. WAS CB DeAngelo Hall is
heating up. He can fill up the box score when he's on.