On Monday night, the story broke that Green Bay Packers OLB Clay Matthews will have to miss at least the next month of the 2013 season with a broken thumb. Matthews is one of the most coveted IDP options in fantasy football and the injury will certainly leave many holes in lineups across the country.
Matthews broke his thumb in Sunday’s 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions. The 2010 Defensive Player of the Year ironically broke the appendage sacking quarterback Matthew Stafford and Matthews was having another monster fantasy performance before the injury. He had five total tackles in the shortened-game, and including the sack, he was on his way to having the best fantasy showing of the season. Unfortunately, his performance was cut short and the linebacker will be forced to watch from the sideline for a couple weeks.
Matthews won’t be playing football for at least four weeks after the surgery to repair the thumb, so if you aren’t in an IDP dynasty league, it would be better to simply cut ties with the four-time Pro Bowler. If you are in an IDP dynasty league, it still may be a good idea to let Matthews go for a week or two.