Injury Woes Make Fantasy Pros

David BresslerContributor ISeptember 11, 2008

Jim Valvano could not have said it better.

"Don't give up, don't ever give up".

If you have, or should I say had Tom Brady on your fantasy team, Jim Valvano's famous quote should be posted on a yellow sticky note in the corner or your computer monitor.

What's there to do when your first round pick is out for the season?

Meet Matt Cassel.  Cassel spent his collegiate career at Southern California backing up Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and this guy.  This Sunday will be his first start since his high school years.  Think of Cassel as that rich snob who didn't amount to anything successful in his life, but became wealthy because he inherited millions from his late great, great grandmother.  Cassel is inheriting Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and a solidified offensive line.

Cassel's next three match ups are the Jets, Dolphins, and the 49'ers who each have a suspect defense.

As well, Laurence "I split time with Sammy Morris" Maroney should benefit from Tom Brady's injury in hope of Bill Belichick having a more balanced offense.

Then there's the former sleeper pickup of the year, Marquis Colston.  Who would have thought a wide receiver picked late in the seventh round out of Hofstra would put your fantasy team is panic mode?

Jeremy Shockey will be the new go-to-guy on third-down and red zone passes that would usually go Colston's way. 

David Patten and Devery Henderson will be two viable options to take place in Colston's absence. 

Week 2  Stud List

RB Sammy Morris, NE- Should get more touches, especially near the goal line.  Which makes Maroney owners, like me, go crazy!

RB Tim Hightower, Ari- See Sammy Morris.  Change Maroney to Edgerrin James.

TE Dante Rosario, Car- Who would have thought Rosario would finish the week with the most fantasy points for a tight end?

Anthony Fasano and David Martin, Mia- Okay, this might be a homer pick because I'm a huge Dolphin fan, but they're decent tight ends in the Tony Sparano offense.  With Chad "Weak arm, but I have the highest completion percentage ever" Pennington being the quarterback, look for dump off passes to these tight ends.

Week 2 Dud List

Tom Brady, NE- Obvious Reasons.

Eddie Royal, Den- Sunday against the Charger's wont be a very "Royal" ride.  Royal's receptions will dwindle because of Brandon Marshall's return. 

The Entire St. Louis Ram's Team- Going against the New York Giants.  Enough said.  "Defense wins championships," which is how they won it last year.  If they can only produce a total of 166 yards versus the Philadelphia Eagles, I won't even both flipping over to this game on my television.  The over-under shouldn't be based on the score, it should be based on the amount of times Bulger will be laying on his ass after a play.