The third-ranked wide receiver from Week 11, Hakeem Nicks, will miss the next three games with a condition called Compartment Syndrome.
The syndrome is defined as “the compression of blood vessels and nerves in an enclosed area.” Nicks received a procedure that will alleviate the pressure from around the area this week and should be good going forward, but his fantasy value does take a massive hit from this news.
He falls 30 spots this week down to 33rd as fantasy owners are hoping to have him back in time for their playoff games at the end of the season.
With Nicks out and Steve Smith still nursing an injury himself, the giants turn to Mario Manningham and Derek Hagan to catch passes from Eli Manning.
Hagan, who was signed just a week ago, caught three passes including a touchdown in his 2010 debut, while Manningham has caught 13 passes over the past two weeks as he has received increased playing time while Smith has been out.
Manningham figures to be the team’s go-to receiver going forward, which gives him a huge boost up to 25th among wide receivers going forward while Hagan makes the list for the first time this season at 60th.
Anquan Boldin continues his slow slide back down the fantasy boards. Boldin shredded the Browns for three touchdowns in Week 3, but has only caught three in the seven games since that day while having not cracked 100 yards since.
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He remains the Ravens’ top receiving option, but Flacco has really begun to spread the ball around a lot more and Boldin may not be the fantasy stud that we all thought he was earlier this year.
The Saints seem to finally be getting back into the Marques Colston business. While the news comes a bit late for his fantasy owners, it’s always better late than never.
Colston had zero touchdown receptions and didn’t have a single 100-yard performance through the first six games of the season, but has turned it on with four touchdown receptions and three 100-yard games in his past five games.
Colston may not be as consistent as we hoped he would, but he has been a great second-half player. Let’s just hope that you didn’t sell low on him during his slump.
Buffalo’s Steve Johnson is finally getting a bit of love on this list. I have to admit that I wasn’t a believer before last week, but what Johnson did to the Bengals secondary has me singing a different tune.
Johnson absolutely exploded with 8 receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns—one of the league’s biggest fantasy days of the 2010 season—and he has now caught nine touchdown passes this season with no end in sight for that streak.
The Bills fall behind enough in games that Johnson remains an excellent fantasy play regardless of the matchup as he will have many opportunities to catch passes in almost every game he plays this season.
Johnson has had just one game with under nine fantasy points since Week 3 and moves up to 24th among wide receivers going forward.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson will make his 2010 debut after holding out for the first half of the season before serving a suspension.
Jackson was the team’s top wide receiver in 2009 and while Philip Rivers has been successful at spreading the ball around this season, he has already expressed excitement regarding Jackson’s return.
It will be interesting to see what Jackson is able to do in his debut this season, but if he’s in football playing condition, he could find himself in the top-20 as early as next week.