Curse has been the word for running backs this season, but it looks like the bad mojo that plagued backs is now spreading to other positions. The most notable injuries this week are Aaron Rodger’s concussion, Calvin Johnson’s mysterious shoulder injury and Jermichael Finley's knee ligament damage.
Let's take a look at who will suit up Sunday and who you can fill in for those who don't.
Clayton went down with a season-ending knee mashing. His season was unfolding into a "from-the-doghouse" to a "to-the-penthouse" type of story.
Calvin Johnson’s story follows the same plot: earlier in the season he was vilified by owners for his poor performances, only to throw down three touchdowns in two weeks.
However, this week Johnson landed awkwardly on his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Rams. Lions coach Jim Schwartz, according to Yahoo, is very concerned about the injury.
Johnson and Clayton owners are left to their wit and wile to find a sleeper to take their place. Owners can look for Danny Amendola, Mike Thomas and Steve Johnson.
St. Louis’ Amendola had a tremendous PPR game Sunday, catching 12 passes for 95 yards. Owned in 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues, he is St. Louis' top receiver now and you should scramble to pick him up.
The Jaguars’ Mike Thomas (17 percent in Yahoo! leagues) gets four to six catches a game and somehow garners a few rushing yards every contest. He doesn’t have any touchdowns this season, but his 21 receptions put him ahead of the better-known Mike Sims-Walker.
The Bills’ Steve Johnson (18 percent in Yahoo! leagues), featured in this week’s Fantasy Football Gold, has four touchdowns in his last three games. The drawback with Johnson is that Buffalo has a bye this week. However, it may be worthwhile for you to snag him before anyone else does.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers
Finley’s injury is a sad one. He heard his knee pop as he was making a tackle during an interception return.