Coming into Week 3 of the 2012 NFL regular season, injuries are playing a key factor in the fortunes of NFL franchises, as well as the fortunes of fantasy-football owners.
You could have drafted Matt Forte, Fred Jackson and Aaron Hernandez and are now left to wonder what to do to keep your team competitive. Well, all three players are expected to be back sometime during the month of October, but you need to find somebody to plug into their place now.
After reviewing the Week 3 injury report at ESPN.com and NFL.com, we are looking at a total of 38 players—ranging from quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs to tight ends and kickers—that could have an impact on your fantasy team this weekend, depending on how deep your fantasy-football league is.
Unfortunately, this report is slated for publication Saturday morning, or else we could have looked like geniuses by telling you to plug in New York Giants RB Andre Brown for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw and WR Ramses Barden for the injured Hakeem Nicks. The Thursday Night Football game just goes to show you that you never know who is going to step up at a moment's notice to help your fantasy team out when you have lost key players.
As for those 38 players, we will place them into a group of four or five players per position (whenever it is applicable) and offer advice as to whom to start and whom to sit for Week 3.
Since some of these injuries are looking like they will be game-time decisions, you are advised to check in for updates either Saturday night or Sunday morning to see if the player will dress for the game or if he has suffered a setback.