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Eyes of the Guru: Week 5

IDP news, notes, analysis and speculation for Week 5.

We have arrived at that point in the season when attrition it taking a heavy toll on our rosters. While there is never anything good about a player getting hurt, it is part of the game. Just like players who have an opportunity to emerge when the guy in front of them goes down, there is an opportunity for fantasy owners to fill holes left by lost players and/or improve their teams by snagging the next breakout star. Often this is where the fantasy season is won or lost.

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals took a big hit when they lost Marcus Golden for the season with a torn ACL. The next man up might be Kareem Martin but don't be surprised if Haason Reddick gets a look outside now that Deone Bucannon is working his way back. Reddick was a defensive end/outside linebacker at Temple, posting 9.5 sacks as a senior. The Cardinals want him to eventually pair with Deone Bucannon at inside linebacker but Reddick has not exactly looked like a natural at that position so far. With Bucannon back on the field and Karlos Dansby playing well, Reddick might best help the team as an outside pass rusher for the remainder of this season.

Buffalo Bills

With Shaq Lawson sitting out Sunday, Eddie Yarbrough made the start at end. Yarbrough looked good during the preseason and has been working as the third end since Week 1. Lawson is not expected to miss much more time and may even go this week against Cincinnati. This is a situation worth keeping an eye on if you are hurting at end. The Bengals have allowed 14 sacks already so whoever gets the call is going to have a great matchup. Obviously, Jerry Hughes is a great start in this one.

Micah Hyde was high on a lot of draft boards this summer but was dumped by many owners after a horrible first two games. He was 6-1-0 with a pair of interceptions in Week 4 and has 11 solo tackles in the last two games. Hyde is starting to look like the player I and many others thought he would be. If some inpatient owner gave up on him too early in your league, grab Hyde and play him this week. The Bengals have been a solid matchup for safeties.

Buffalo has lost Ramon Humber to a broken hand for at least the next few weeks. The Bills say he is out indefinitely with a broken hand and is a candidate for injured reserve. Rookie Matt Milano stepped in on Sunday and is probably going to be the next man up. Humber totaled 25 solo tackles over the first three games from the position with he and Milano combining to go 6-4-0 in Week 4. I do not see Milano as much of a drop off talent-wise so he could prove to be an excellent add.


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