Fantasy Football: Dealing with NFL Week 7 Injuries

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 20: Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts is tackled by Duke Ihenacho #33 of the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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It was a brutal weekend for injuries in the NFL, as quite a few big-name players were hurt. Let's pick up the pieces and see how fantasy owners should adjust.

Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams

Nick Wagoner of writes that Sam Bradford is done for the year with a torn ACL. Kellen Clemens is not the answer for fantasy teams. In fact, there aren't any reliable options on the Rams.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears

Michael C. Wright of reports that Jay Cutler tore a muscle in his groin, which will sideline him for at least four weeks. Hopefully, he was your QB2. Josh McCown is not an ideal option unless you are in a two-quarterback league.

You can downgrade Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett. Brandon Marshall takes a slight dip and Matt Forte gets a slight upgrade.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

According to, Jermichael Finley suffered a neck injury after being hit by Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson. I wouldn't be surprised if Finley doesn't return this year. Football is a secondary concern to his health right now.

From a fantasy perspective, look for Aaron Rodgers to move on with the weapons that remain healthy. That means more of Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans's Tania Ganguli reports that Arian Foster was limited to four carries on Sunday because of a hamstring injury. The Texans are on bye next week, which could help Foster avoid missing any time. If he can't go, Ben Tate gets a huge bump. Otherwise, it's status quo in Houston.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There is some debate over whether or not Doug Martin's shoulder injury is season-ending or not.'s Pat Yasinskas reports that head coach Greg Schiano believes the injury isn't season-ending. Conversely, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Martin suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder, which could sideline the back for the rest of the season.

Either way, he will be on the shelf for a while. He's been a flop this year. Add Mike James, but you only have a borderline play.

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts reports that Reggie Wayne also tore his ACL and is out for the year. T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey should see more looks. Hilton moves to WR2 status and DHB is a borderline WR3. Coby Fleener should also see more looks. Andrew Luck shouldn't lose too much value. He'll adjust.

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