If you are an Antonio Gates owner, your worst fear on draft day came to fruition this weekend.
Gates was a scratch for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and now may miss as many as five weeks with a foot injury. It is the same injury he battled all of last year and it was revealed that he may have a tear in his foot.
That is bad news for Gates‘ owners, many of whom — myself included — went all in on Gates and did not draft a backup tight end. The only good thing this year is that there is a lot of tight end depth in the NFL. So there should be some interesting replacements available on the waiver wire, starting with these five players:
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions: If he is available in your league, this might be your No. 1 priority. In the Lions’ offense, Pettigrew probably is the third or fourth option in the passing game. On most teams, that would make him an afterthought — but not on the pass-happy Lions.
Randy McMichael, Chargers: For deep leaguers, McMichael will step into Gates‘ starting spot in the Chargers’ lineup. Not the same talent as Gates, obviously, but he had a decent game against the Chiefs last weekend and will continue to see plenty of looks from Philip Rivers.
Jared Cook, Titans: With Kenny Britt gone for the year, someone in the Titans’ passing game will see an uptick in targets. It could be Cook, who kind of has been the forgotten man in Tennessee early this year. Had some solid sleeper buzz this summer, perhaps now is the time for Cook to cash in on that.
Fred Davis, Redskins: Had a sub-par outing against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, so he could still be under-the-radar a little bit here.
Scott Chandler, Bills: I do not think he can keep up this pace of touchdown scoring (at least one per game so far), but there are worse options in deeper leagues. The Bills do throw the ball well and Ryan Fitzpatrick has spread it around, too.
Here are today’s great reads:
- Just when it looked like James Starks was taking over the Green Bay backfield, he had a pedestrian day while Ryan Grant ripped through the Bears’ defense. Back to the running-back-by-committee for the Packers. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he wants to get Grant the ball more going forward. [FFToolBox]
- One more look at the waiver wire adds for this week in fantasy leagues. If you missed out on claims for any of these guys but they slipped through waivers, go grab them today. Could be some difference-makers in there this week. [The Big Lead]
- Droppable players in fantasy leagues after the first three weeks of the season. If you are having trouble deciding who to cut for a free agent today, look to this list for some guidance. [Bruno Boys]
- A lot of players banged up around the league. My team in a work league took two big hits this weekend — Kenny Britt and Antonio Gates. Now I am scrambling for replacements in a 16-team league. Other injuries worth watching this week include those to Darren McFadden, Beanie Wells, Felix Jones and Michael Vick. [ESPN.com]
- Been a long time since Nate Washington was relevant in fantasy football. Oh, what’s that? He’s never been relevant in fantasy football? That’s right. But he certainly is now, especially with Kenny Britt lost for the season in Tennessee. Matt Hasselbeck has a new No. 1 wide receiver in Washington. [SI.com]
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