Well it’s nice to have week 1 in the books but we lost a lot of good men out there.
Just kidding, but not really. The injuries have already started to pile up in just one week of regular season play and it does makes one ponder just how the NFL really expects players to survive an 18-game season in 2012?
Oh well, we can cross that bridge when we get there, it’s time to replace these injured bums with some decent match-ups and IDPers that might help you survive the next few weeks.
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First, we’re going to get to the finer points of what went down in week 1 and how it impacts the defensive side of the ball in the quick hits.
â€¢ It looks like Bob Sanders is done for the year with a torn biceps tendon in just the first quarter of play against the Texans on Sunday. It’s a sad thing to see his season end early for another year but this is a big reason why we value Antoine Bethea so highly in our rankings.
â€¢ Kris Jenkins is also going to be out for the year after tearing the ACL in his left knee again, so the Jets will have to duplicate what they did last season playing without one of the best defensive tackles in the game.
â€¢ Probably the worst injury of the week, especially for the IDP Report crew here that had Paul Posluszny ranked as our 2nd LB in tackle heavy formats, the Bills LB sprained his MCL and will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks. Get well soon Poz… I mean it!
â€¢ Capping off the injury report, Connor Barwin got his right leg rolled up on and dislocated his ankle, surprised it wasn’t worse watching this one live. It’s too bad because he was on our radar as a sleeper this year, adapting to the defensive side of the ball well after only playing the DE position three years. He was actually a tight end recruit at Cincinnati. Better luck next year CB!
â€¢ Week one highlights and game balls go out to Patrick Chung who racked up a fat stack of 16 total tackles against the Bengals. The second year player has clearly adapted to the speed of the game and makes me feel a lot better for reaching on him in a lot of drafts.
â€¢ One of our rookies to target in the IDP Rookie Top-50, Sean Weatherspoon, finished Sunday’s game with 8 total tackles and drew a lot of praise from head coach Mike Smith.
It’s time for THREE & OUT… four IDP players to target on your waiver wire.!
Anthony Smith – S – Jacksonville: Out with the bad and in with the good. Jacksonville finally traded away first round bust Reggie Nelson and they also cut ties with last year’s starter Gerald Alexander, leaving journeymen Sean Considine and Anthony Smith as the best remaining starters. While Considine started out hot with six solo tackles, Smith wasn’t far behind with 5 total tackles in the game. Both should be serviceable since teams will go after Jacksonville’s struggling secondary as the most efficient way to move the ball against the Jags. I look for Smith to be the more consistent source of tackles and a solid depth pickup right now.
CC Brown – S – Detroit: Yes, I know that Louis Delmas is the main man in this secondary but the Lions appear to have plenty of tackle opportunities to go around. The Lions play in a pass heavy division and should thrown on quite a bit with QBs like Favre, Rodgers, and Cutler tossing the pigskin against them. Brown is one of those guys that’s just god enough to keep his job on a bad team. Brown is pretty much a stiff but he did notch 6 total tackles on Sunday and is making the best of his stint in Detroit. He should be a busy bee against the Eagles in the Lions’ week two match-up.
Cameron Wake – LB – Miami: Well the Cameron Wake/Koa Misi combo tallied two sacks against the Bills offensive line and while that’s not a terribly impressive feat, Wake has looked to be the more imposing pass rushing threat of the two LBs in Miami. With new coordinator Mike Nolan dialing up blitzes for the Dolphins, Wake would be an ideal waiver pickup in deep leagues because of the time he’ll be on the field and his difficult schedule coming up. I’m thinking poor man’s Elvis Dumervil.
Zach Diles – LB – Houston: With “The Cush” out of the lineup for week one, Diles had a great performance with 12 total tackles against the Colts and really did a good job in coverage with the rest of the Texan defense. This really does give a lot of credence to the notion that the Texans have one of the most deep linebacker corps in the entire league with DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing, Zach Diles, Xavier Adibi, + Daryl Sharpton in the wings. I expect Zach Diles to turn in great tackle numbers until Cushing gets back in the line-up, if you’re hurting at LB this might be the best option for the month of September.
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