Not indestructible: Fantasy owners could now have an answer to why Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson hasn’t lived up to expectations this season. Johnson told WXYZ-TV’s Tom Leyden he experienced nerve damage down both arms after taking a hit over the middle in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4. Megatron said he battled numbness and tingling in his arms and hands from a concussion suffered in that defeat. It could explain why in the first three weeks, Johnson never scored less than nine points and topped out at 22.40 points. Since then, Megatron has topped out at 13.50 points and scored 5.40 or less in three games. However, after his 129 yard performance last week, the emergence of Titus Young seems to have Johnson facing better coverages now that defenses can’t focus solely on the veteran. The Vikings have allowed 14 touchdowns through the air, so consider Megatron a good play regardless of his lingering issues.
Extreme issue: Minnesota Vikings wideout Percy Harvin is not looking like he will be an option for fantasy owners in Week 10. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports, via a team source, that Harvin is “extremely doubtful” to face the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Minnesota is struggling to throw the ball even with Harvin, and this could be a crippling blow. The biggest impact is how it affects the play of Adrian Peterson. Harvin has been the lone bright spot in an anemic passing game, and allowing the Lions to stack the box with little consequence could limit A.D.’s fantasy potential. While you can’t bench him, temper expectations against a Lions front which has only allowed two rushing scores this season.
Payback time: As “Around the League” writer Kareem Copeland points out, Steelers OC Todd Haley could opt to give his former employer, the Kansas City Chiefs, all they can handle. “He wants to win every game, as we all do,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Kansas City Star Wednesday morning. “But without him saying it, you can see it … anytime you’ve got a guy on your team who used to play for another team, there’s always a little incentive that you want to win for that guy. For fantasy owners, this could mean big days for Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, presuming the latter is healthy enough to play. If not, fantasy expert Adam Rank lists Emmanuel Sanders as one of his Week 10 sleepers. Brown owners could snatch him up off the waiver wire and have him ready to go as an insurance policy.
– Adrian Mojica
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