Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Week 4. Byes. Injuries, Rankings and Sleepers.

     Week 4 brings with it the first round of Byes for NFL teams. The Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks will all sit this week out and prepare for their week 5 match-up and the rest of the season. This also means that if you have some key players from these teams, you might be able to drop their back-ups in week 5 to clear some roster space for players that could help your team. For example if I have Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco, I'm probably dropping Flacco after this week as Manning should be able to get you through the rest of the season. You're not going to bench him anyway, are you? 

     I said last week that Denis Pitta was the man in Baltimore.. Now, he's the (other) man in Baltimore who's career could be over. Pitta suffered an injury to the same hip that left him side-lined last season and underwent surgery on Monday. He is done for the season, and has a very tough road ahead of him in order to play again in the NFL. We could very well be hearing news of a retirement sometime soon. 
Kyle Rudolph will miss at least 6 weeks but could be done for the season per league sources. Ruldolph had surgery on what is being called a "sports hernia". This could be the same injury that has been nagging him since the preseason. Drop. Replace. Repeat as necessary. In the same game, Quarterback Matt Cassel "fractured multiple bones" in his foot and is unlikely to return this year. Enter Teddy Bridgewater (Didn't I mention him last week?).
Danny Woodhead suffered a gruesome looking injury to his right ankle that is being considered a severe high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula. It is very likely that he misses the remainder of the season leaving former first-rounder Donald Brown to carry the majority of the workload. But, keep an eye out for the Chargers making an addition to their roster with fellow RB Ryan Mathews already slated to miss some time. 
M. Tolbert and J. Stewart were both banged up in that atrocious Carolina loss on Sunday night. Both could miss a month or more leaving a once crowded backfield looking awfully scarce. Meaning, If D-willy is coming back and can stay healthy, he becomes an interesting RB2/Flex option in all leagues for the next month or so. Cam isn't being Cam with his legs, and this rushing offense looks just awful. Stay away from Carolina running-backs till further notice. 
T.Y. Hilton Suffered a slight ankle injury in a blowout win against the Jaguars on Sunday. From what I'm told, he will be able to suit up this weekend as the colts take on the Titans. Which, isn't really a great match-up for him, anyway. 
Vincent Jackson fractured his wrist Sunday. BUT, is expected to play through the injury. I knew the man was tough, but DAMN. His team needs him right now and he knows it. 

     There are still plenty of players that remain on the injury report from last week that you need to keep an eye on. Also, there were plenty of other injuries on defense as well. But, I don't play with IDP's so I can't really help you there. 

Jordan Reed remains doubtful and has no timetable for his return. Frustrating to all his owners, myself included. Niles Paul should be owned in his absence.

Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson are both a little banged up but both are practicing. Keep an eye out for ALL Redskin players as they all have the Thursday night game. 
WR Odell Beckham Jr did not practice Monday, but that really doesn't have much in the way of fantasy implications.  Again, Monitor all NYG and WSH players prior to the Thursday night kickoff. 

Jake Locker is banged up. Stay away from his replacement, too, if he doesn't play.
Josh McCown says he might play, but I am not buying it. Also, stay away from Mike Glennon, too.

Arian foster is still sore as well with a nagging hamstring injury. He is my #12 running-back this week, so I think he plays. Keep an eye out for his status leading up to the early round of kick-offs Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski... yeah. He'll be on the injury report all year so don't buy too much into this. 
Jamaal Charles' status is still up in the air. Which is even more frustrating with him playing in the Monday night game against the Patriots. If you have him, you're going to want to have Knile Davis as well.
Brandon Marshall was able to play on Monday night but looked, not right. Alshon Jeffery played as well and looked better. Both remain on the injury report this week but I think both play, and play well. 
Vernon Davis sat out on Sunday, and of course, the 49ers lost. They don't win often when he isn't in the line-up. The team is optimistic that he plays this week.

Other players to keep an eye on, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Eric Decker and Sammy Watkins. 

I am doing rankings this week, and I am doing them early. Things could change as Sunday approaches. I'll be on Twitter (@Ryanknowledge) all the way up till kickoff. 


WEEK 4 RANKINGS
QB
  1. Drew Brees
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Matt Ryan
  4. Aaron Rodgers
  5. Matthew Stafford
  6. Phillip Rivers
  7. Jay Cutler
  8. Kirk Cousins
  9. Nick Foles
  10. Colin Kaepernick
  11. Ben Rothlisberger
  12. Tony Romo
Pretty straight forward, I think. It kills me to rank Rivers so high but he has been pretty good this year and has a good match-up. 

RB
  1. DeMarco Murray                                                                                                   
  2. Le'Veon Bell                                                                                                          
  3. Matt Forte                                                                                                              
  4. Alfred Morris                                                                                                         
  5. Knile Davis/Jamaal Charles                                                                                
  6. Eddy Lacy                                                                                                             
  7. LeSean McCoy                                                                                                     
  8. Ahmad Bradshaw                                                                                                 
  9. Donald Brown                                                                                                       
  10. Rashad Jennings                                                                                                 
  11. Lamar Miller                                                                                                          
  12. Arian Foster                                                                                                          
Again, A lot of these are based on match-up. I am nerveous about the Knile Davis Jamaal Charles ranking and honestly hope Charles is ruled out just so I know for sure who is going to get the majority of the work. Lacy and Forte have not been good this year but am hoping for a breakout week from both. Bradshaw and Jennings have the workload and are looking very good. Miller and Brown have the match-ups and should get the workload, as well. 

WR
  1. Calvin Johnson
  2. Antonio Brown
  3. Julio Jones
  4. Dez Bryant
  5. Jordy Nelson
  6. Brandon Marshall
  7. Jeremy Maclin
  8. DeSean Jackson
  9. Micheal Crabtree
  10. Pierre Garcon
  11. Alshon Jeffery
  12. Steve Smith Sr.

      TE        
  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Rob Gronkowski*
  3. Antonio Gates*
  4. Greg Olsen
  5. Delanie Walker*
  6. Vernon Davis*
  7. Zac Ertz
  8. Martellus Bennett
  9. Larry Donnell
  10. Niles Paul
  11. Travis Kelce
  12. Dwayne Allen
Lots of uncertainty with Tight-Ends this week. Those little * mean their availability is in question. I am ranking them because I think they play. Again, pay attention.

KICKERS
  1. Shaun Suisham
  2. Stephen Gostkowski
  3. Adam Vinatieri
  4. Matt Bryant
  5. Nick Novak
  6. Graham Gano
  7. Alex Henery
  8. Mason Crosby
  9. Kai Forbath
  10. Cody Parkey
  11. Dan Bailey
  12. Dan Carpenter
D/ST
  1. Chargers
  2. Dolphins
  3. Patriots
  4. Lions
  5. Falcons
  6. Bears
  7. Colts
  8. Panthers
  9. Ravens
  10. 49ers
  11. Steelers
  12. Texans

    SLEEPERS
  • RB- I Like Fred Jackson this week. He's been getting the work, and is viable Flex or an RB2 in a PPR league. Lorenzo Taliaferro looked better than any other Ravens running-back so far this year. Also, I think Khiry Robinson has the breakout game I've been waiting for all season.
  • WR- Jordan Matthews is a rising star and looks to gain that second WR role behind Jeremy Maclin. Brandon Cooks continues to get looks from Brees, and could have a good game against a weak Dallas secondary. 
  • TE-Owen Daniels should be getting some more work with the absence of Pitta. And if Gates is out this week, I think Ladarious Green would make his way into my top 12. Could get some extra work either way.
  • K- If you're desperate for a kicker this week, you could probably do worse than Calib Sturgis or Robie Gould
  • D/ST- I know they are a bit banged up, But the Redskins could put a hurting on the Giants. Especially if Eli struggles, again. 
That's it folks. I hope this helps someone. Please, comment, ask questions and follow me on Twitter!

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