Aaron Hernandez Injury: Ankle Issue Will Force Fantasy Owners to Scramble

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 17, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 16:   Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots is taken from the field after suffering an injury against Arizona Cardinals in the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots are one of the few—if not only teams—in the NFL with two tight ends worth carrying in fantasy football. That could change depending on the severity of Aaron Hernandez's ankle injury.

Jeff Rowe of The Boston Herald indicated the ankle is not broken.

The Patriots lost to the Arizona Cardinals 20-18, but more importantly they may have lost Hernandez for an extended period.

The injury did not look good as Hernandez had to be helped off the field.

Because of his 2011 season, many fantasy owners took Hernandez very early in the draft. He had 19 receptions for 910 yards and seven touchdowns last season. His speed and versatility is a huge piece in the Patriots' diverse passing attack.

Fantasy owners will now have to scramble to find a replacement for Hernandez, as deep leagues aren't likely to have a solid tight end available. 

One option to consider is Dennis Pitta from the Baltimore Ravens. Through two games Pitta has 13 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. You may have an opportunity to grab him if your fellow owners didn't take him initially, and if they didn't buy into his solid Week 1 performance (five receptions, 73 yards).

Oakland Raiders fourth-year tight end Brandon Myers is another solid, but lesser-known tight end. He has 11 receptions for 151 yards through two games.

Neither of these options have the potential pay-off that Hernandez has, but they are both decent options as a fill-in.


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