This article is meant to be a quick recap of news from the last week, thoughts going into each week’s games, notes on injuries, guys to put on your radar, etc. It’ll be a quick article every week because we’re all busy Sunday mornings.
Thursday Night Massacre
I write this from a raw, emotional place Friday morning. The wound is still fresh. Thursday night’s game will have implications in all #IDP leagues. Going into Thursday, Colts IDP were winning a lot of leagues. Second Round rookie Darius Leonard was far and away LB1, Margus Hunt was DT1, and Clayton Geathers was a Top 10 safety. Leonard and Geathers were both questionable going into the game, but both were Limited Participants at Wednesday’s practice. The Colts are so decimated by injury; they made Leonard active with no intention of him playing simply because they didn’t have another body to replace him. If you got the news in time that Leonard wouldn’t play, you likely jumped on Anthony Walker. Walker spent more time in the concussion protocol than on the field Thursday night.
Geathers played but left with a neck injury after a tackle on Sony Michel. Geathers missed a chunk of 2016 and almost all of 2017 with a neck injury, so there is a serious concern here. Michel becomes the villain in this act as he lowered his head to initiate contact, a move that would have drawn a flag had the roles been reversed.
Hunt left with a knee injury. Maybe you picked up Denico Autry and started him after his monster game in Week 4. Guess who left the game with a hamstring injury? Denico Autry… This is one of those games that reminds you that fantasy football is a mix of skill and luck. If you started Hunt, Autry, Leonard, Walker or Geathers on Thursday night, I feel your pain. If you started three or more of them, maybe we should start a support group.
Tweet of the Week
Earl Thomas 😳pic.twitter.com/DoJRZJBtZi
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) September 30, 2018
Just Earl Thomas waving to Seattle’s sideline as he’s carted off with his leg in an air cast. This is the worst possible scenario for Thomas and exactly why he held out for so long. He didn’t want to play without a long-term commitment from a team, because he knew if he suffered a serious injury, it would potentially cost him millions of dollars. Well, he came back to play and suffered a serious injury, which will cost him millions of dollars…
On the Radar
Kendrick Lewis – The Titans are onto their third SS of the season. Kenny Vaccaro dislocated his elbow and should miss 2-4 weeks. Lewis came in for Vaccaro. He’ll be band-aid if you need help at safety.
Matthew Thomas – Vince Williams is trending towards not playing on Sunday. The Falcons/Steelers game should have one of the highest point totals for the week as neither team plays defense. Last week, when William’s left early, it was trusty vet L.J. Fort coming replacing him. But Thomas and Tyler Matakevich were working with the first team in practice this week. Pittsburgh has seen Matakevich in games. It’s time to see if the UDFA rookie can play.
Maurice Alexander – Some people call him the Space Cowboy. Some call him the gangster of love. Some people call him Maurice. Cause he speaks of the pompitous of love… Alexander is just a high-upside stash at this point. The former 4th Round pick was released by the Rams midseason last year after losing his job to John Johnson III. Alexander joined Seattle in the offseason but was released at final cuts. Thomas breaking his leg leads to a lot of moving parts around this defense. The likely scenario is Bradley McDougald staying at SS and Tedric Thompson coming in to play FS. Another possible scenario is McDougald moving to FS and Alexander playing SS. Of course, K.J. Wright is still out and Mychal Kendricks has been suspended indefinitely, so Alexander could come in and play WILL, which he did at times during the preseason. Alexander is one of those stashes where 9 times out of 10, nothing will happen, and you’ll drop him in a few weeks. But that 10th time, he could turn into something productive.
Good luck in Week 5. Hopefully, all of you win your games, unless you’re playing me. Watch for my Snap Count articles midweek, and we’ll see you next Sunday. Follow me on Twitter at @Ben_Glaser