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This week I’ll address the prominent injuries from week 2 and what the ramifications can look like down the road. It’s week 3 and already some notable injuries have guys on the bench and fantasy teams struggling. If you haven’t hit the waiver wire already you need to at least have a plan to get by until these players can recoup.
Atlanta Falcons Steven Jackson
Steven Jackson has a thigh injury and the Atlanta Falcons are being vague about the nature of the extent of the injury. Initial reports say that Jackson will be out 2-3 weeks meaning that he may not be back until week 7, after their bye in week 6. Jaquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will take over in the meantime. Both are low end options but Rodgers will be more valuable in ppr formats and Snelling should get most of the goal line duty.
Atlanta Falcons Roddy White
Two weeks in a row Roddy White has played decoy on a bum ankle. He has five receptions for 40 yards combined. It’s probably time to sit him until he proves he’s past the ailment. Harry Douglas has caught eight passes for 136 yards while White has been hobbled. Douglas will only be relevant in the deepest leagues as a fill in.
San Diego Chargers Malcom Floyd
Malcom Floyd is out indefinitely with the neck strain from a hit he took last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen will line up on the outside with Eddie Royal in the slot. Royal is a hot waiver-wire pickup this week as he caught a career-high three touchdown passes last week, but I don't see his torrid pace continuing this week.
Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice
Ray Rice is listed as day to day and probably won’t practice all week. Rice will most likely be a game-time decision against the Houston Texans. Bernard Pierce will get the start if Rice can’t go. Even if Rice should start, he may see limited playing time, so owners should plan on not having him and grab Pierce instead.
Detroit Lions Reggie Bush
Reggie Bush received positive news from the MRI on his injured left knee that showed that he had no structural damage. Bush also sent a tweet on Monday morning with four thumbs-up icons. Despite the positive signs, Bush remains listed as day-to-day and should be treated similar to the same situation as Ray Rice in regards to a game-time decision. Add Joique Bell to your line-up as insurance just in case Bush can’t play.
Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald says he’s going to play against the Saints this week with a hamstring injury, but how effective he’ll be is the real question. Last week Fitzgerald played sparingly in the 4th quarter. It would be best to have an alternative option at receiver like Andre Roberts or Michael Floyd. If Fitzgerald plays it would be a bit risky to start him.
Jacksonville Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew
Maurice Jones-Drew’s injured left ankle is feeling better, but it is not sure if he will play against Seattle. Given the foot injury and the match-up, it’s probably best to sit Jones-Drew this week and find running back another option.
Cleveland Browns Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden is out for this week and 3rd in line at the quarterback position. Filling in for Weeden will be Brian Hoyer. Compounding matters is the trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday. Former Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee was signed by the Browns this week, but it’s hard to believe he’ll play on Sunday. Tight end Jordan Cameron may be a high risk, high reward play this week without Weeden at QB. Young quarterbacks have a tendency to lean on the tight end position to bail them out. Whether Hoyer can get the ball to Cameron is the gamble you’ll take by placing him in the starting lineup.
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy
Eddie Lacy took a concussion test on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. While Lacy could be on the shelf, pick up fellow Packer running back James Starks who ran for over 100 yards in last week’s game. Stark’s makes for a decent fill-in as it the first time a Packer ran for over 100 yards in nearly three years. It may be hard pressed to expect Starks to rush for another 100 yards against the 9th ranked run defense, but a touchdown is always possible once he gets inside the red zone.
Week 3 Defensive Ranks - From Best to Worst Against Run and Pass
AGAINST THE RUN --- AGAINST THE PASS