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Week 3 Fantasy Football Injuries

This morning, Bleacher Report published an article stating that 15% of all NFL Players have suffered an injury of some sort in the first two weeks of the season. That is an alarmingly high number and while some of these injuries go above and beyond the scope of fantasy football but still, us fantasy guys need to know who is on the shelf and who we can look to replace them. Just take a look at the rankings on ESPN.Com this week, it is like a game of Minesweeper with all the red status tags. With a starters loss comes an opportunity for cheap fantasy help and for an unproven player to make a name for themselves. Here are a few notable injuries and their replacements for the week, not all of these backups will be recommended starters but at least you have an idea of where to look for cheap players. I will also show some questionable players to keep an eye on.

Quarterbacks

Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden

If you have been living under a rock for the last week, you would not have heard that Romo is sidelined for what looks like 8 weeks after he took a hard hit into the turf last week. His back-up is Brandon Weeden who has at times been proven as serviceable but he will now need to take a huge step to keep the Cowboy’s on track for a playoff birth. They get the Falcons who are also 2-0 and weirdly enough have beaten the same two teams as the Cowboy’s. I expect the Cowboy’s to use that O-line and run the ball all weekend. For $6,500, Weeden is not worth the start IMO, but Joseph Randle should be considered.

Drew Bree’s and Luke McCown

Initial reports on Bree’s said that he was going to be side-lined for 2 weeks or so but now he is considered questionable for Sunday against a 2-0 Panther’s team. If he can’t go, Luke McCown will direct the offense and at a FD price of $5,200, I do not hate that play as I feel New Orleans will need to throw in this game quite a bit. If Bree’s goes, we can’t expect him to be at 100% and for his price tag of $8,400 has me thinking avoid him this week.

Running Backs

Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell

Ivory, who has been a pleasant surprise for everyone this season is all sorts of beat-up this week but according to reports, he was in uniform for practice on Friday, which bodes well for his chances of playing. However, I would wait for further confirmation before relying on him this week. I love the match-up against the Eagle’s this week and if Ivory can’t go, you can bet Bilal Powell will be in my line-ups for the mere price of $5,200.

Eddie Lacy and James Starks

This is tough. With a Monday night game, it’ll be tough to rely on a game-time decision to let us know whether Starks is going to get the nod or if Lacy will take the field. He was a non-participant at practice Thursday. At Stark’s price of $6,500, he will be a very popular play if Lacy doesn’t go and if Lacy doesn’t go, I am avoiding him against KC, even if it’s at home, a less than 100% Lacy does not get my attention against that defensive front.

Other’s to Look For

Jonathon Stewart (Questionable, $6,500) and Cameron Artis Payne ($5,300)
Lamar Miller (Questionable, $6,500) and Damien Willaims ($5,700)

Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins and Nate Washington

On Wednesday of this week, it came out that Hopkins was battling a concussion and is in the league’s protocol program. As of today, he is still not cleared by the NFL but reports say he is looking, “Pretty Good.” I expect a lot of balls in the air against Bucs and if he is 100%, for his price of $7,800, he is worth a look. If he can’t go, Nate Washington would benefit from the targets and his price of $5,300 could pay off in a big way.

Alshon Jeffrey and Josh Bellamy and Eddie Royal

Alshon missed last week with a hamstring issue and he has yet to practice this week as of Thursday. If he can’t go, then it comes down to Josh Bellamy and Eddie Royal who is also questionable. Regardless, don’t start any Bears, please. (Josh Forte, sure)

Keep an Eye on:

Davante Adams (Questionable, $6,400) and James Jones ($5,700)
Julio Jones (Questionable, $9,200) and Leonard Hankerson ($5,700)

GRFF Staff

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