Three weeks into the NFL regular season now, fantasy owners already are scrambling for waiver wire pick-ups and injury replacements.
And we still have two weeks to go before the first NFL bye weeks hit, people!
Hopefully you were able to grab some relief off the wire this week. If not, there still is time and should be some options in your league. Unless you play in a 16-team league like I do. Then, there are no options.
When it comes to my quarterback’s bye week in that league (Sam Bradford, Week 5), I probably will be starting Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. Ouch.
Watch these players closely in practice Friday/over the weekend:
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles: Vick still needs to pass his post-concussion tests before he is cleared for contact. If he can do something — anything — on Friday, I think his chances of playing in Week 3 improve. But this looks like a game-time decision for fantasy owners, so prepare other options.
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys: Romo finished the game against San Francisco in Week 3 despite fracturing a rib and having a punctured lung. Those things seem like injuries that would sideline Romo, but then again he did finish the game with the injuries. So I think his chances of playing on Monday night are better than expected. Still, it might not hurt to have Jon Kitna or Rex Grossman at the ready just in case.
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Romo will be without Miles Austin for a few weeks with a hamstring injury but Bryant should return this week. He was scratched for the 49ers game last weekend but there was speculation that he might have been able to play. Check his practice status on Friday.
Felix Jones, RB, Cowboys: Week 2 was not kind to the Cowboys. Jones separated his shoulder but expects to play on Monday night. Separated shoulders do not seem conducive to productivity at the running back position, and Jones has a propensity for injury. Proceed with caution, fantasy owners.
Arian Foster, RB, Texans: Foster did not practice Wednesday and looks unlikely to play Sunday against the Saints. If the Texans had not used him in Miami last Sunday, they would have had him closer to full strength this weekend. Instead, Houston has Foster and Derrick Ward banged up and will roll with Ben Tate and Steve Slaton as its running backs. Something tells me Gregg Williams and the strip-happy Saints’ defense are licking their chops.
Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills: Johnson has a groin injury and has been very limited this week. It is part of the reason why David Nelson has become a very trendy waiver wire addition after his 10-catch outing last Sunday. He could be in for similar work this weekend.
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans: Bad news, Britt owners. His hamstring tightened up on him during practice yesterday and there is some slight concern from the coaching staff. They maintain right now that he will not miss any playing time, but he could be very limited in practice the rest of the week.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Just two weeks after cutting starting quarterback David Garrard, the Jaguars are making another quarterback change: Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert will take over this weekend against the Panthers. Gabbert vs. Cam Newton this weekend could actually be entertaining. [ProFootballTalk]
- More injury news on Romo, Vick et al. Just in case you wanted to read more about what ails them heading into Week 3. You know, for research. [ESPN.com]
- Several wide receivers beasted in Week 2, led by Miles Austin’s three-touchdown performance. Looking at target data is hindsight, sure, but you also should be able to glean some information from it that can help you going forward. Look for trends among unowned players. [RotoProfessor]
- Do not try to out-think the room, Ryan Fitzpatrick is for real and the Bills’ offense is legit. That is why you need to start Fitzpatrick and several of your Bills (Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson, David Nelson) this weekend against New England. The Patriots’ defense is not going to keep these guys off the scoreboard. [Roto Arcade]
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