There is a growing list of players on the mend, ranging from bumps and bruises to more severe injuries that are hampering their ability to play and contribute to your fantasy team.
This week the list is bigger than ever, and it’s only Week 3.
But lucky for many, there are some rising player sprouting up through the waiver wire, so while your player may be licking their wounds for now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any options out there.
Let’s take a look at who could have the biggest fantasy impact this week, which will include all league formats.
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The Band-Aid Brigade: Players who are dinged up, but will probably play
Batman and Robin enter Week 3 a little dinged up, but ready to go. Owens was dealing with a tight back, and Ocho claims to have a cracked rib, but Carolina is about as weak of an opponent as it gets, so expect a big day from the duo and Carson Palmer.
Hines Ward was dealing with a tiny calf issue earlier this week that limited him in practice, but is ready to go this Sunday.
“Parking the caddy” might be a good idea against a stingy Pittsburgh defense, with Williams dealing with a tight hamstring, and Kareem Huggins also a doubtful play. TE Kellen Williams is also a probable start despite dealing with a knee injury.
Linebacker Paul Posluszny is not going to play for Buffalo this week, for those of you in IDP leagues, as he is dealing with a sprained MCL. Keith Ellison is NOT a quality fantasy backup for him.
Quarterback Tom Brady and and running back Fred Taylor are both fine and expected to play, and with Posluszny out, and the Bills’ horrible run D, Taylor is primed to have a nice day.
Down For The Count: Players who are out indefinitely or will not have any fantasy value in Week 3
Cleveland just rented another floor in the infirmary ward as their list of injuries keeps expanding at an exponential rate. Quarterback Jake Delhomme (ankle), running back Jerome Harrison (thigh) are both doubtful plays, and receiver Joshua Cribbs is a probable play despite not doing much in practice this week. Against Baltimore, I don’t know that anyone on Cleveland is set to have a good day.
In Detroit, the Lions have a couple of sick cubs in the den with receiver Nate Burleson being listed as OUT, and Matthew Stafford also not playing this week. The coaching staff did play coy this week saying they weren’t going to rule out Stafford, but that’s a bunch of malarkey.
The Indianapolis Colts will enter this week’s matchup with the two players on their offensive roster that were supposed to be fantasy gold, but have so far, have been nothing but a fantasy headache. Receiver Anthony Gonzalez is OUT as well as fellow receiver Pierre Garcon, who is being outplayed by Austin Collie anyway; Collie is a great start this week, by the way.
Receiver Laurent Robinson is listed as doubtful this week against the Washington Redskins with a foot injury
Receiver Steve Breaston is listed as questionable this week against the Raiders (knee) and is unlikely to play opening the door for youngster Stephen Williams to see some action.
Running back Knowshon Moreno is OUT with a nagging hamstring injury that won’t seem to heal opening the door for Laurence Maroney.
And finally, RB Ryan Mathews is listed as doubtful, but don’t believe the hype of him playing, even if he does he won’t be all that effective, as I explain here.
I hope this helps everyone this week and remember to check out my Week Three WR Start Sit Advice!