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Entering week nine we were watching to see if Zaven Collins’ playing time would continue to grow. He played four snaps against the Packers, but there is more to the story. Collins landed awkwardly on his shoulder while trying to make a play early in the first quarter. He walked off the field in obvious discomfort with his arm hanging and did not return. As of Wednesday morning, there had been no update on his situation. If Collins is not fully healthy, it would almost certainly slow his progress and might be a nail in the coffin of our hope for his fantasy value this year. Jordan Hicks went on to play every snap versus the Packers, posting a strong 7-5.
Safety Erik Harris is coming off his most productive game of the season. His 5-2 with two pass breakups are not eye-catching but as we get deeper into the season and injuries continue to mount, Harris might be a decent option to restock your roster. He has not fallen short of seven and a half points in any game thus far and has reached double digits in two of his last three. Combine that with a schedule that includes New Orleans, Dallas, New England, Tampa Bay, Carolina, and San Francisco over the next seven weeks, and we have a player worth some consideration.
The Ravens are coming out of their bye week but when last we saw them, Patrick Queen played 27 snaps and Josh Bynes 46 against Cincinnati. It is generally assumed this was a result of the thigh injury Queen suffered in week six, but it is enough to make many managers second guess the situation, especially when considering how Baltimore has split up playing time at inside linebacker. One thing that could help Queen’s cause, is the loss of Malik Harrison who landed on IR this week after being shot in the calf. I expect Queen to have a near every-down role against the Vikings but there could still be some rotation with Bynes and Chris Board.
Back in week five, it looked like the Bills might slowly be working toward a youth movement at defensive end. Since that time, Carlos Basham Jr has been inactive for consecutive games with Gregory Rousseau working as the third man at the position behind Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison. Barring an injury, we might have to wait until next season to get real value from these promising rookies.
Shaq Thompson returned to action in week eight after missing three games with a foot injury. The 22 points he racked up were his highest total since week one. While that is not particularly noteworthy, it is interesting that his 8-2 with a pick came on 35 snaps. Thompson came through the game healthy, so maybe the big game will serve to kickstart an otherwise disappointing season.
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