The Steelers on Saturday placed LB Robert Spillane on IR with his knee injury. That means he'll miss at least the next 3 games. Spillane's absence also moves Avery Williamson into the starting lineup. Williamson led Pittsburgh with 9 tackles (6 solos) in just 53% playing time vs. Washington last week, the game Spillane left early. Williamson looks like a nice IDP option over the final 3 weeks of most fantasy seasons.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers LB Robert Spillane won't need surgery on the left knee he injured Monday night against Washington. But Spillane is expected to miss time. Avery Williamson got a playing-time boost vs. Washington with Spillane leaving early. He managed a team-high 9 tackles (6 solo) on just 53% of the defensive snaps. Expect Williamson to climb at least into the 70-80% range of snap share and deliver solid-to-good tackle numbers for as long as Spillane is sidelined.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets are "working toward a trade" that would send LB Avery Williamson to the Steelers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed the report. The NFL trade deadline looms Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, so we'll see whether the move gets finalized. If it does, Williamson would likely take over the ILB spot vacated by Devin Bush's injury, which Robert Spillane has filled the past 2 weeks. The Jets figure to go back to Blake Cashman to fill in Williamson's spot, as soon as Cashman is ready. He was inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury.
Update: The deal will be Williamson and a 2022 seventh-rounder for a 2022 fifth-rounder, according to The MMQB's Albert Breer.
Jets ILB Avery Williamson (hamstring) is active. He missed Week 1 and arrived to this weekend questionable. Williamson will be tough to bet on in IDP lineups in his first action since a preseason 2019 ACL tear. But he's likely to at least take playing time from either Neville Hewitt or Harvey Langi -- and perhaps both in rotation. None makes for a strong fantasy option, though we'd play Hewitt first among them.
Jets ILB Avery Williamson (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers. He sat out Week 1, saw limited activity throughout training camp and remained limited in practice this week. That all makes Williamson a high-risk IDP option even if he's active and starting. If Williamson is back, then LB Harvey Langi would be tough to use in IDP lineups. We'll see what the team reveals about the situation Sunday morning.
Jets LB Avery Williamson put in a limited practice Wednesday. He did the same to begin Week 1 but then missed Thursday and Friday workouts before sitting out the opener in Buffalo with his injured hamstring. We'll see about his participation the rest of this week. If Williamson can't go, Harvey Langi would start next to Neville Hewitt.
The Jets have ruled LB Avery Williamson out for Sunday's opener at Buffalo. Williamson is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice Thursday and Friday. S Marcus Maye is questionable for the game. He's listed with calf and ankle injuries. Maye missed practice Thursday before returning to a limited Friday workout. We'd try not to use him in IDP lineups even if he's active Sunday.
Jets ILB C.J. Mosley has opted out for the upcoming season, according to multiple reports. That removes the Jets' big free-agent addition from last offseason for the 2nd straight year. Mosley missed basically all of 2019 after suffering a groin injury in the 1st half of the opener. The defense does get back ILB Avery Williamson from the ACL tear that cost him last season. Neville Hewitt, Blake Cashman and offseason addition Patrick Onwuasor figure to compete for Mosley's role. Williamson gets a big boost to his fantasy ceiling. He finished top 15 among fantasy LBs in 2018 and certainly has that potential again.
Jets ILB Avery Williamson tore his right ACL in Thursday night's preseason game against the Falcons and will miss the season, according to multiple reports. Neville Hewitt sits next on the current "unofficial" depth chart, though rookie Blake Cashman could compete for the spot. The injury leaves C.J. Mosley as the only draftable Jets LB in most IDP leagues.
Titans ILB Avery Williamson is inactive for today's game against the Dolphins because of a hamstring injury. That should leave Wesley Woodyard and Zach Brown starting in his place. Neither makes for a strong IDP starting option, but both bring some upside in deeper fantasy football leagues.
Titans LB Avery Williamson is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury that limited his practice time this week. “It’s progressing a little each day,” Williamson said Friday, according to The Associated Press. "I guess we’ll find out tomorrow. I’ll have to see how I feel after today, but it’s still a little sore.” We'll update his status Sunday, but you can probably find a better option for your IDP lineup.
Titans LB Zach Brown missed some tackles in Friday night's game against the Chiefs. Afterward, HC Ken Whisenhunt called them "unacceptable," according to Jim Wyatt of Titans Online. Brown has the physical ability to deliver strong numbers to IDP lineups, but he entered the league with concerns about his tackling and will likely come off the field before fellow ILB Avery Williamson in some sub packages this season. That chips away at his fantasy upside. Brown's an upside reserve, but Williamson's a better IDP bet.
Titans rookie LB Avery Williamson took over play-calling duties from veteran LB Wesley Woodyard for Sunday's loss to the Browns. Williamson still played 2 fewer snaps than Woodyard for the game but was on the field in some sub packages, a few times as the only LB out there. It's the 2nd straight week his role has grown significantly after a Week 3 debut. Week 5 also gave us a 2nd straight 7-tackle outing with 6 solos from Williamson, who added 2 passes defensed against Cleveland. Williamson makes for an interesting waiver option in moderately deep IDP leagues. His profile's clearly on the rise in the middle of a bad defense with reason to try to usher in the future. We'll see whether Wesley Woodyard's playing time starts to decrease, though it's not time to panic if you own him in your IDP league.
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