05 Oct Injuries Keep Mounting, Supplementary Waiver Adds: Week 5
Sammy Watkins (BUF)- Put on IR by the Bills, and will visit well renewed foot specialist Robert Anderson. All arrows pointing to him being shut down for the season, making Robert Woods Buffalo’s number one wide receiver moving forward. If you are a Watkins owner, it would be best advised to drop him as similar foot fractures to WR Dez Bryant and Julian Edelman caused them to make multiple trips to the operating room.
Eric Decker (NYJ)- The Jets wide receiver is dealing with a partially torn rotator cuff that is threatening his season. He did not play in Week 4 and is a major question mark against the Steelers. While the injury is limiting in nature, the primary concern is Decker aggravating the area and increasing the severity of the tear. The fact that the Jets consider the issue a “week to week” problem and have kicked around the idea of placing him on the injured reserve is a good indicator the injury will linger for the remainder of the season. Decker owners should stash him until a final decision about his long-term availability is made and actively search for a replacement.
Dwayne Washington (DET)– With starter Ameer Abdullah already on the IR with a sprained foot, the Lions running back corps continues to get thinner. Washington suffered a sprained foot and ankle in Week 4, and the team is unsure if he’ll be ready for Sunday. While the rookie running back has been Detroit’s most consistent running threat since Abdullah went down, the injury solidifies Theo Riddick’s spot atop the depth chart. Zach Zenner is the only other running back currently on the roster.
Tevin Coleman (ATL)- Unlike the others on this list, Coleman in fact does not actually have an “injury.” Nevertheless, the Falcons will travel to Denver where the high-altitude causes complications to players that hold the genetic disorder Sickle cell disease (SCD). In 2007, Steelers safety Ryan Clark was forced to have his spleen and gall bladder removed after becoming extremely ill following the game in which he participated at the high-altitude of Mile High Stadium. Coleman and the Falcons staff are well aware of the perils of playing in this dangerous atmosphere for those who hold the genetic disorder and currently are weighing their options.
Carson Palmer (ARI), Cam Newton (CAR)- Both players suffered concussions in their respective games on Sunday and are now in the league’s concussion protocol. Seeing as the process of being cleared to play are very complex due to the concussion issues of years past in the NFL, it would be very hard pressed to see either of the two suit up for Week 5. Palmer, who plays on Thursday night looks especially gloom as he is in a rather short time-crunch. Keep an eye on the status of both QB as the week progresses forward, but for now expect Drew Staton to start for the Cardinals, and Derek Anderson to start for the Panthers.
Dez Bryant (DAL)- Originally thought to be an MCL sprain, turned out to be a fracture to his tibia, but after Dez’s whole MRI skipping debacle it seems as if the injury is not a true fracture; yet, a bone bruise or bone contusion of the knee. Nevertheless, the best treatment for this injury is time, and if Bryant were to come back prematurely there is a risk of aggravating the injury and displacing the current stable injury site. With Dallas having a bye in Week 7 do not be surprised if they hold him out until then to let the knee fully heal. Although, the fiery wideout could have his say and push for a sooner return to action, so keep a look-out on the status of Dez moving forward.
Carson Wentz (PHI)- Featured on this piece last week, and surprisingly his ownership did not climb like I had envisioned. This was most likely due to the Eagles having their bye-week, but they return to action in Week 5 with a great match-up at Detroit. Wentz has been spectacular throughout the infancy of his rookie campaign and look for him to build on his solid start against a porous Lion’s defense. This will probably be the last time Wentz will be widely available, so you should take advantage especially if you are dealing with the aforementioned injuries to Carson Palmer or Cam Newton.
Brian Hoyer (CHI)- Smoking Jay Cutler has missed the past two contests with a thumb injury, and Hoyer has certainly taken advantage by eclipsing the 300-yard mark and two touchdowns in both games. There also has been word out of Chicago that even with the impending return of Cutler, that Hoyer may still own the starting duties following two solid performances while committing only one turnover via a fumble. Hoyer will have one of the best match-ups you could ask for as an offense going up against the beaten down talent-less defense of the Colts. Furthermore, with the Bears defense not proving to be much better than the Colts, Andrew Luck should be able to have his way meaning the Bears and Brian Hoyer may be playing catch-up early and often. Garbage-time is often the best time folks.
Terrance West (BAL)- The Ravens sat Justin Forsett in Week 4, opening the door for West to take the job onto himself. After managing just 119 yards on 33 carries (3.6 average) through the first three games, West piled up 113 yards on 21 carries (5.4 average) on Sunday. Yes, Kenneth Dixon is going to figure into this backfield at some point soon, but for now, West is a must-add and top-25 back for Week 5.
James White (NE)- Besides the debacle versus the Bills, where the Patriots were shut out at home for the first time since 1993, New England has been in control for the other three games running the ball with a lead effectively with Leg Blount. That being said, White has not had any role through the first four weeks of the season, but this should all change in the wake of Brady’s return. Over the final four games of last season, White racked up 28 catches and four total touchdowns. If you play in PPR scoring, White’s ceiling could reach as high as an RB2 with Brady back. Obviously, if you play in standard scoring (which you should get your league to change) White holds less value; nevertheless, he should be added in all formats given the injuries and volatility of the running back position.
Bilal Powell (NYJ)- This is not just a move aimed at Matt Forte owners. Moreover, anybody playing in a PPR set-up should look to add the very versatile back. Powell’s workload finally vamped up in Week 4, playing just three fewer snaps than Forte, while out-gaining him by 37 total yards. Forte is dealing with a knee injury and already has seen his practice reps decline, as his workload to start the season for the Jets was greater than any touch totals he saw with the Bears. That in itself is a scary proposition, add in the fact that he is over the deadly age for RB of 30, and we may be starting to see the wear and tear from such a large workload. Forte owners should snatch him up immediately, and others can as well.
Kenneth Dixon (BAL)- This may seem as an odd selection following Terrance West’s solid performance after being named the starter for the Ravens in Week 4. He showed his ability in the preseason, and seemed to be in line for a major piece of this struggling RB core before he suffered a knee injury. Dixon is getting healthy and we know the coaching staff believes in his talent. With the RB position being harder than ever to have multiple viable options, Dixon should be an add who offers a ton of upside when fully healthy. We mentioned West’s breakout performance, but the Raven’s cut Justin Forsett in what seems to be a move to clear space for Dixon.
Dontrelle Inman (SD)- There were some positive indicators heading into Week 4, as Inman led the Chargers WR in snap count through the first three weeks. He finally was able to turn that into solid production as he led the team in targets (11), turning in a 57-yard touchdown that helped him finish with a solid 7/120/1 stat-line. With the injuries to Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, Inman looks to be a crucial part of the high-upside San Diego aerial attack. He should be added in all 12-team leagues, obviously with emphasis in PPR scoring formats.
Robert Woods (BUF)- The Bills will be without Sammy Watkins for at least seven more games, meaning Woods will assume their top-receiver duties during that stretch. He had his way with the New England secondary in Week 4 (seven catches for 89 yards on 10 targets) and is a player very much worth adding in PPR leagues of 12 teams or more. Woods is a former second-round pick who many believed would make a seamless transition to the NFL.
Cameron Brate (TB)- With Austin Seferian-Jenkins now out of the picture, Winston has looked to Brate often and most importantly a ton in the red-zone. Brate has averaged five catches on nine targets and 56 yards over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago he caught a pair of touchdowns versus the Rams, and should be able to build off his two recent performances in a match-up with the Panthers who have given up four touchdown passes to the tight-end position over the last three weeks. With the rapid decline of Vincent Jackson and lack of other talented options, Brate has become Winston’s second favorite target behind Mike Evans. The tight-end position has actually become a fairly deep position, but Cameron Brate has the upside that can win you a week.
Hunter Henry (SD)- Another player featured in this article last week. Henry was able to put forth another solid effort in the wake of Gates in Week 4. The status of Gates for Week 5 looks uncertain to say the least so with some major TE having bye-weeks (Graham, Fleener, Kelce, J. Thomas) he once again he could be a viable play in the very voluminous San Diego passing attack.
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