Week seven is in the books, and we’re a week closer to the fantasy playoffs. Are you ready for that championship run? We’re getting a lot of IDP guys back that were placed on IR-R (Injured Reserve-designated to return) for that stretch run and we just have to get through the bye week(s). Waivers are getting thin during this time of year but take another look as you might find someone who was placed on IR earlier in the year and are about to make their return.
Let’s take a look at some injuries and those returning to the field.
BJ Goodson, LB NYG
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Goodson got hurt once again. It seemed like he just got back from his shin injury, then he goes and gets an ankle injury against the Seahawks. Monitor this, as it could keep him limited or force him to miss a game or two.
Rueben Foster, LB SF
We just can’t have nice things, apparently. Foster made his return to the field against the Cowboys after missing the last five games then he suffered a rib injury but he was cleared to return. He didn’t. But with the departure of NaVorro Bowman; Foster should in store for a monster second half of the season.
Duke Riley, LB ATL
He suffered a knee injury against the Patriots and didn’t return to the game. He hasn’t really been a contributor in IDP this year, but remains on dynasty radars/taxi squads.
Todd Davis, LB DEN
He suffered an ankle injury against the Chargers and walked out of the locker room in a boot. His status remains questionable for the near future.
Malik Hooker, FS IND
Hooker took a blindside hit to the knee and looks to be serious.
(Update: it was.)
#Colts S Malik Hooker suffered a torn ACL and MCL today, sources say. The impressive rookie season for the first rounder is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2017
Kwon Alexander, LB TBB
After missing a month, IDP owners rejoiced when Kwon took the field against the Bills in week seven. He goes back to an every week starter for the rest of the season.
Denzel Perryman, LB LAC
Perryman was placed in IR-R to start the season and looks to make his return after the bye week against the Jaguars in week ten.
Keenan Robinson, LB NYG
With BJ Goodson and Jonathan Casillas battling injuries, we’re looking at Keenan being relevant once again and I have mentioned him in prior articles. He led the team in tackles against the Seahawks with nine, and will continue to do so if one of both continue to miss time. Robinson will make a solid LB2 in plug and play options.
Antonio Morrison, LB IND
He has averaged about 54 snaps each game and played pretty well as of late, racking up 27 tackles in the last three games compared to 17 tackles for Jon Bostic. Morrison recorded 13 tackles against the Jaguars in week seven and look for it to continue against the Bengals in week eight. He makes a solid LB3 plug and play option if you need it.
Elijah Lee, LB SF
Get him on your dynasty radar if you haven’t already. With the departure of Bowman, and Foster banged up there’s a shot for Lee to get some snaps in. He’s a natural WLB that the Vikings will regret letting go of as the Niners will appreciate his athleticism and quickness. In due time he’ll get his and it’s already good to jump the ship and stay ahead. If nothing else he’s a drop if it doesn’t work out, but the upside is there in SF.
DJ Reader, DT HOU
He has averaged around 34 snaps per game and with Watt out the last two games, he has put together nine tackles and one sack. He’s worth a look in DT-required leagues only, and will be serviceable when needed.
Brandon Williams, DT BAL
He had made his return to the field and remained the force he is in the middle. He’s a run-stuffer and piled up five tackles against the Vikings in week seven. Check to see if someone dropped him due to his injury.
Chris McCain, DE LAC
McCain had a solid performance against the Broncos in week seven by putting together 4 tackles and 2 sacks, and he has 5 sacks on the season so far. He’s only a situational pass rusher though, and played a season-high 23 snaps this past Sunday, so keep that in mind. McCain is a boom/bust option going forward but in deep leagues I’d pick him up if you got an open roster spot or need a DE as he has taken advantage of his opportunities.
Muhammad Wilkerson, DE NYJ
He was available in one of my leagues (dynasty) and I was able to pick him up. Like I always say, you never know who you’re going to find on waivers. Yes, he’s having a down year big time but could be turning it around with his 4 tackle, 1 int game against the Dolphins. He has the talent to do so at the very least and he’s one of those IDPs you make room for when you have bottom feeders on your roster who aren’t doing much or may not do much.
TJ Green, S IND
With Malik Hooker suffering a knee injury, Green is the next man up. He recorded 5 tackles against the Jaguars and could be a decent flier in plug and play situations as your DB2/DB3 option.
Justin Evans, S TBB
I’ve mentioned him before and I’ll mention him one more time. He looks to have earned the majority of the snaps at FS for Tampa going forward ever since his stellar play against the Patriots a couple weeks ago. It’s time to unleash Evans and he was one of my favorite safeties in this draft class. He shouldn’t be on waivers in dynasty leagues but if he is he’s the top add outside of Eddie Jackson in Chicago.
Clayton Geathers, S IND
There’s a chance he’s available because his previous owner didn’t have space on IR or just flat out dropped him thinking he’d be out for the season. He’s back practicing and could make his season debut soon. He’s worth the pickup if you need an upside “Cyprien-like” DB2 going forward so long he stays healthy. Prior to the season he was a top 15 option, and he remains that high in dynasty because of the volume he can put up in tackles by playing in the box and because the Colts really don’t have ILBs to pose any threat.