Congratulations to all who survived last week's games and those that earned a bye. Now let’s see if we can take the next big step into the championship round. There are a number of big-time defensive contributors battling injuries and a lot of quality options emerging to possibly replace them if needed.
If you were riding with Deone Bucannon in Week 4teen and survived his 1-1-0, consider yourself very fortunate. Bucannon played 58 of 60 snaps in the game so his low numbers were not a matter of lacking opportunity. Instead it was a combination of his not being completely healthy and the flow of the game going away from him. Against the Titans, Bucannon seemed a bit sluggish when changing directions and was not as aggressive or physical as normal. Even so I think the Tennessee game plan had a lot to do with his stat totals. The big question is do we trust him to rebound this week against Washington? If you have other quality options I am going to say no. Another week will go a long way toward his being healthy but ankle injuries are easily aggravated; then there is the matchup. Anthony Hitchens had a huge game against the Redskins in Week 13 but no other linebacker has more than 5 solo stops against them since October.
Haason Reddick finally made a box score impact in Week 4teen, going 2-1-1. The big question with Reddick comes down to has the team given up on making him the starter on the inside next year? Dynasty owners invested fairly high draft picks on him so we have to sit tight and see. That said, if he is not working inside next summer I will not be stubborn about moving on and cutting my loss.