Impact of missing Seattle CBs

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At this time of year, fantasy football owners are normally on the lookout for upgrade opportunities afforded by the injury bug. But this week more upgrades might be found via the suspended player route.

It starts with the recent news that Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner may be facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

As of now, it looks as if the appeals process will allow these two to play against the Chicago Bears in Week 13, so fantasy owners wishing to stock their rosters to take advantage of these potential losses should focus on the opening week of the fantasy playoffs.

The big questions are: Which players would benefit from this? And how much would they benefit?

Let's start with the latter question. Sherman and Browner have both posted stellar coverage metrics (6.5 YPA for Sherman, 5.8 YPA for Browner), something that has helped Seattle rank second in the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers.