Fantasy Football 2012: Week 3 Status Update for Injured Superstars

Lou RomContributor ISeptember 20, 2012

August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) stiff arms away Jacksonville Jaguars safety Dwight Lowery (25) during the first half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Week 3 is upon us and Fantasy fans need to know who to start and who to sit.

This week a lot of stars are on the bubble, suffering from injuries that may or may not keep them out of the lineup.

So, to a great extent, this is a gambler's weekend.

Here's a quick take on a Fab Four of questionables for the weekend.


Aaron Hernandez

Aaaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots No. 2 tight end, is the No. 1 tight end for many of you fantasy footballers.

Hernandez is expected to miss four to six weeks—a long stretch for some of you to give up, but if you can manage it might be best to hold onto Hernandez.

Hernandez was good for nearly 1,000 yards last season, with 79 passes and seven TDs, and no reason to believe he won't rack up the yards and TDs this year once he returns.

He's a good long-term investment if you can keep him.


Marques Colston

The New Orleans Saints' Marques Colston was limited in practice for a second straight day Thursday as he continues to suffer from a nagging foot injury.

Colston has put up decent numbers this year, with seven catches for 120 yards, but has yet to get into the end zone.

Still, that's pretty pedestrian for the Saints marquee receiver.

Fortunately for the Saints, they play the woeful Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, kind of a football panacea for struggling offensive units.

Colston is still a solid No. 2, maybe even a stretch at No. 1, for fantasy owners this week.


Matt Forte

Reports on the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte originally said he suffered a high ankle sprain but coach Lovie Smith won't address the injury specifically. 

But odds are that Forte won't get the start this weekend.

Forte didn't practice Wednesday, and that does not bode well for Fantasy owners, but bailing on him might not be smart either.

Forte has averaged 1,000 yards a year for the last four years, and while his yardage has dropped off year to year, his average per carry has improved each of the last four years.

Nonetheless, Michael Bush should get the nod this week.


Steven Jackson

Steven Jackson missed practice Wednesday with a groin injury and is considered day-to-day for the St. Louis Rams.

Fantasy owners should keep up with his progress. Even if he starts, it's unlikely he'll be at the top of his game against a tough Bears rush defense.

But Jackson is a beast, the kind of guy who can show up and deliver a great game when you least expect it—that's the kind of game to expect from a guy who has put together seven straight 1,000 yard seasons.

And, remember, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Jackson could have made it back in Sunday's game if Fisher so chose.