After back to back weeks of bye week “sips”, we get a full gulp for week seven when four teams – Green Bay, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle – all get the week off. When you factor in the bye weeks and injuries which occurred this weekend, it leads to an active IDP waiver wire this week. This is an opportune time to pick up underperforming rookies or dinged-up players as owners will often dump IDPs in order to not drop offensive players with “potential”. Keep an eye on who gets dropped in your leagues this week.
James Burgess, LB CLE
It looks like Joe Schobert is going to miss some time with a bum hamstring. What the Browns decide to do at linebacker during his absence remains to be seen.
They could shift Christian Kirksey to the middle and get Genard Avery and Jamie Collins on the field together. They could drop Jabrill Peppers down to dime linebacker, but they won’t because Gregg Williams is a stubborn old goat. The most likely scenario is to plug-and-play James Burgess into Schobert’s spot and move on. I actually like Burgess more than his ratings justify. He seems to show up when I watch the games and I think he’s a streaming option, especially during the upcoming bye weeks.
Eric is on Twitter @OlingerIDP.