Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 10: Players Coming off Injured Reserve
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 10: Injured Reserve Players to Add
November 7, 2013
Players Coming off Injured Reserve
1. Andre Brown - Brown might be the missing piece that helps many fantasy owners catch fire down the playoff stretch. Brown could give fantasy teams the same late season burst that Knowshon Moreno gave last year. Brown does not have a solid track record to fall back on, but he did score eight touchdowns and average 5.3 yards per carry in 2012. During the preseason, the Giants never named a starting running back and they called Wilson '1a' and Brown '1b.' The coaches showed lots of confidence in Brown before he broke his leg, and now that David Wilson still has no estimated timetable for a return, Brown looks poised to take over as the lead back for the Giants for the rest of the season. The Giants have a very nice schedule remaining with the only stout defense being the Seahawks in week 15. That game is in New York, and we have learned that Seattle likes to let running backs run wild when they go on the road. Brown has the best chance to be a solid fantasy contributor of the the star players coming off injured reserve, and eventhough he is an injury risk, he should be picked up in all leagues.
2. Percy Harvin - Many fantasy owners have already made moves to get Harvin, but he still has not taken the field for the Seahawks. Many people are speculating that Harvin will return in week 13, and that seems very reasonable. The Seahawks are in no rush to get Harvin in the lineup since they are 8-1 and cruising toward home field advantage in the playoffs. The Seahawks just need Harvin to get in "football" shape down the stretch run so he will be in top form when the playoffs start. The Seahawks need an explosive playmaker on offense, but they are not desperate for wins. There is every reason to believe the Harvin will be worked back into the offense at a slow pace, and that is why fantasy owners should be a little wary of trusting Harvin in his first few games back. Harvin is well worth and an add, but his progress should be monitored before you trust him to help your team win in the fantasy playoffs.
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3. Shane Vereen - Vereen was reluctantly dropped by many fantasy owners after his breakout game to start the season. It appeared Vereen was going to be the lead dog in the New England backfield after the first week of the season, but then it was stated that Vereen had broken his wrist and he would miss at least the next ten games. Well this is week 10 on the NFL season, and Vereen has gotten back to practicing with the Patriots. Vereen could easily be the best player to grab that is coming of the IR list, but it is too early to tell how much playing time he will get. The Patriots have added new depth to the phrase "running back by committee" and this is why Vereen should be added with some skepticism. Vereen was well on his way to dominating the Patriots backfield before his injury, but Belichick may want to ease him in the lineup and not push him too hard. The Patriots are in a similar situation as the Seahawks, and there is no real urgency to rush Vereen back to the lineup. Stevan Ridley has been playing well and Brandon Bolden has also done a decent job filling in for Vereen. Vereen is worth adding if he was dropped in your league, but he should also be monitored before you trust him to win you a fantasy championship.
4. Dennis Pitta - Pitta is a long forgotten about man, but he is getting very close to returning to the practice field. Pitta injured his hip back in the preseason, and much like Percy Harvin is getting ready to return, Pitta is getting close to being back on the field as well. Pitta had some big games down the stretch for the Ravens last year, and he was expected to have a breakout season this year before his injury. Pitta and Flacco have a great relationship on the field, and Pitta could jump right in and be the go-to guy Flacco has been missing all year. There is still no definite return date for Pitta, but if the Ravens can somehow stay in the Playoff hunt, then getting Pitta back on the field asap would be a top priority of the Ravens. Pitta has the chance to be a great play at the tight end position for the fantasy playoffs, and fantasy owners should start to monitor his progress.
5. Michael Crabtree - Crabtree is also getting close to returning to action, but fantasy owners should greatly temper their expectations before adding him to their lineups. Crabtree's injury was very serious and it will probably take him longer to get back to his old self then the other players on this list. The 49ers are also in a great playoff position, and they would rather have Crabtree for the playoffs and not the regular season. Fantasy owners should expect Crabtree to be slowly eased back into the lineup. Crabtree is worth a stash if you have an extra spot on your roster, but he is the least likeliest of the players coming off of injured reserve to have a big fantasy impact.
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