Injuries….that little three syllable word that strikes fear into the hearts of fantasy football owners. This past week was a sobering one for many in the fantasy football world. Let's take a moment to analyze a couple of the big injuries and what we can do about it.
Donovan McNabb – The year's biggest injury occurred to McNabb this weekend. McNabb tore his right ACL and is out for up to 12 months. HC Andy Reid is going to have to choose from Jeff Garcia or AJ Feely. Whichever quarterback Reid decides on won't be able to put up the kinds of numbers that McNabb did. In fact, we think that this injury downgrades the Eagles receivers but it also means that the Eagles will rely heavily on RB Brian Westbrook. Last week, Westbrook's production increased when McNabb went down and we think that trend will continue throughout the year.
Marques Colston, Kevin Jones – Both players suffered ankle sprains and are
considered questionable going into this week's game. We consider it
unlikely that they will play this week and they both could be out a couple of
weeks. You might want to grab their backups as there could be some points
to be had from them. Devery Henderson filled in superbly last week when
Colston went down grabbing 9 passes for 169 yards. Arlen Harris looks to
be the guy to fill Jones spot and although we don't like the Lions schedule
Here are a few players that you might want to take a look at plugging into your starting lineup this week to either turn around your luck or keep your success going! They may not be the top names in fantasy football, but most are the ‘in between' guys that you might have to make a tough decision on. The good fantasy owner is able to pick these players out from a crowd and stick them in their lineup for fantasy success!
QB – Eli Manning – Manning and the Giants travel to
RB – Frank Gore – Gore has been on fire this year and he now ranks as the 6th fantasy running back. He has over 1000 yards already and he looks to add to that total this week against the Rams. The Rams rank 31st versus the run giving up an average of 153.2 yards a game. We think that Gore might get 153 by himself and we think that he could find the endzone this week, something that he needs to do more if he wants to be considered one of the greats.
RB – DeAngelo Williams – Williams is back from an injury that sidelined him
for a couple of weeks. He got a chance to be the feature back when DeShaun
Foster suffered a hyper extended elbow and he didn't look back. Williams
rushed for a season high 114 yards. Foster may not play this week, but
even if he did we think that Williams is ready to handle a full work load
WR – Joe Horn – Mr. Horn has been on a tear lately. He has 4 touchdowns
in his last four games. The Saints are going to need him more than ever
with the injury to Marques Colston. The Saints travel to
WR – Braylon Edwards – Braylon has quietly moved up the fantasy rankings this
season to now rank 25th for wide receivers. In his last three games he has
either 100 yards or he's scored a touchdown. This week the Browns
entertain the Bengals and their high octane offense. Expect to see plenty
of passes being tossed about and if week two is an indicator, Edwards should be
very involved. Edwards had 110 receiving yards in that game. Oh by
TE – Jeremy Shockey – Shockey was the lone bright spot Monday night against
the Jaguars. He was able to catch 7 passes for 82 yards on 13 targets.
We expect the Giants to get back on track against