Rarely do we see a week so overabundant in the injury department.  Millions of fantasy teams were brought to their knees (likely ‘cuz they have no ankles to support them) after the seemingly endless amounts of bones, ligaments and tendons that were demolished in Week 3’s slate of NFL games. Fantasy football owners are going to be racing to the wire this week to replace their fallen and it’s important that you are kept up-to-date with who to grab and who not to grab…

Jamaal Charles — X-rays came back clean, so there’s no break, but an MRI revealed the dreaded high-ankle sprain for the Chiefs’ running back.  For many owners, Charles was their No. 1 pick, and his backup in KC, Kniles Davis (no, not the guy from Frasier), should be your top add on the waiver wire this week.  Charles’ sprain could keep him out for up to 4-to-8 weeks, but there was some optimism in Chiefs camp that it could be sooner.  Either way, expect him to miss time, and Davis is the obvious choice as a replacement — if he isn’t already owned (61 percent owned on ESPN).  The second-year back rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos and it’s very likely we could see him as the Chiefs’ starter until after their Week 6 bye.  De’Anthony Thomas is someone deep-league owners may want to spend a buck on as well.

A.J. Green — Green came into the Bengals’ Week 2 game having already dealt with a foot issue.  He obviously rushed into it, and aggravated it, because he’s now looking at a multi-week absence.  There have been mixed reports as to whether the injury is indeed a ligament sprain, or worse, turf toe.  The two are actually quite different, as turf toe is an injury that directly affects the joint and cause persistent pain without a lot of rest, while a sprain could heal quicker.  Fantasy owners will huddle and pray in mass for it to be the the lesser evil of the two.  If we’re looking at the short term, I can’t really recommend spending a ton of FAAB on Mohamed Sanu, although he would probably be a better option at QB than a lot of NFL teams have right now.

Knowshon Moreno — After a rousing Week 1 performance (24 carries, 134 yards, TD), Moreno’s brief tenure in Miami was cut short for the time being.  After getting just one carry on Sunday, Moreno suffered a dislocated elbow, which doctor’s estimate could keep him out of the lineup for 4-to-8 weeks.  If tests also reveal a fracture, we could be looking at an even longer absence.  It’s really too bad, because the tandem of Moreno and Lamar Miller had looked quite good.  As a standalone back, I don’t think Miller is worth owning.  He’s shown he can’t play every down and be successful.  If you are a Miller owner, now is a great time to sell, and do so by enticing your trade partner using the “feature back” label.  Daniel Thomas was brought back after he failed to make the Fins’ final cuts.  Fantasy owners know him all too well as the man who kept Miller down last season.  Stay away from him, he’s not a good player.

Mark Ingram — Ingram looked like he was finally hitting his stride in 2014 — after three years in the league — before he injured himself on Sunday.  A nice start in a contract year (143 yards, 2 TD) will have to be put on hold for at least a month, as the Saints back broke his hand vs. the Browns.  Pierre Thomas should be owned in all leagues, which makes Khiry Robinson the best speculative add.  Robinson was one of my sleepers coming into the season after he flourished in the Saints playoff run last year.  He’ll likely see the early-down opportunities while Thomas handles third downs and passing plays.  Travaris Cadet is a name to keep your eye on in much deeper leagues.

Ryan Mathews — Ryan Mathews is just trolling us.  After three injury-plagued seasons, Mathews played all 16 games last year, rushing for a career-high 1,255 yards.  Last year, during fantasy drafts, owners avoided him like the plague.  But after a successful (and healthy) year, he stole back owners’ hearts — only to squash them yet again.  Mathews suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday and has been given a 4-to-5 week timetable to return.  “Take that, people who thought Mathews was over his injury woes!”  Owners should be buying Donald Brown, and I believe he’s worth 15-20 percent of your FAAB.  Unlike guys like Kniles Davis and Khiry Robinson, Brown has a chance to keep the feature-back role in San Diego even when Mathews does eventually return.  Danny Woodhead should maintain his change-of-pace and passing down roles, but Brown ran for 537 yards and 6 TDs on just 102 carries with the Colts last year.  Now, don’t we look stupid for questioning the Bolts’ when they signed him?

Robert Griffin III — It’s really sad to see RG3 get hurt like that again, but it’s not surprising.  He’s been injury prone throughout his career (in college, too), and just never seemed sure of himself on the field, i.e. his footing, acceleration, timing.  Owners who grabbed him in drafts were taking a risk and should’ve had a backup plan in place.  Kirk Cousins is an obvious choice to replace him if Griffin was a starter for you.  If he was a backup, it’s not gonna kill you, ‘cuz you probably don’t need two QBs anyway.  The real life outlook should actually be better for the Washington Football Team minus RG3.  Since Griffin went down at the end of his rookie year, I’ve felt Cousins was the better QB option in Washington.  Comments made on Monday by Skins’ coach Jay Gruden lend me to believe that he feels the same way, too.

 

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  1. 976dave says:
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    Doug Martin? Should i start Bobby “Saving for a” Rainey?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      I’m not loving Martins situation and I LOVE Rainey this week vs. a terrible Falcons run D

  2. Peaches says:
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    Is Mathews worth holding onto in a standard 12 team league? I’m new to FF and don’t know how injuries are dealt with…

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Peaches: It depends on who is available on the wire and how desperately you need the spot. If you are in a roster crunch, Im okay with dropping him, but if not, sit tight

  3. Nate says:
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    I fell victim to the Ryan Matthews MCL sprain. My RB1 is DeMarco Murray and I’ve got Sproles locked in as a flex play, but who should I roll with as my RB2 for now in a PPR league? Choices are Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen.

    My mind’s telling me that Brown is the smart play, but given how explosive Vereen can be at times in PPR leagues and also given the fact that we’re talking about “God Dammit” Donald Brown, I’m still leaning toward Vereen. Thoughts?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Nate: Vereen is easily the best play there.

    • mike durkee says:
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      @Nate: I wouldnt put my money on Vareen. Brown is the smart play here.

  4. DiRo says:
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    I sold on Miller to protect my RB issues since I own Ellington. In a standard 12 team league with a 0.5 PPR and a 2 keeper league.

    I traded Edelman, Wright, Miller, Clay for M Ball, Olsen, Cruz

    Thoughts on this?

    This is what my team looks like now.
    QB-Ryan, Romo
    WR-D Thomas, Marshall, Cruz, Benjamin
    RB-Ball, Vereen, J Bell, Ellington, Freeman
    TE-Olsen, Ebron

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @DiRo: solid trade and solid team. I love it

  5. Lou says:
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    in 1 pt ppr, Would you trade away Asiata & Michael Floyd to get A Jeffrey ? thx!!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Lou: Fair deal

  6. Nick says:
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    I was offered Ridley/Cruz for my Edelman in a 10-team non-ppr…I’m leaning against it as I have plenty of RB depth & not much WR depth..what are your thoughts?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Nick: If you’re not gonna play Ridley, it’s not worth making that trade

      • Nick says:
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        @SethDaSportsMan: @Jay: I have Cobb Edelman, Wallace, bowe & g Jennings at wr and Murray, Matthews, R Jennings. Rainey, k Davis, Hyde at rb & Witten/gates at TE..what do you think?! Trade or no?? 10team non ppr

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick: Hi Seth, so I just cant pull the trigger on the Ridley/Cruz for my Edelman trade but I want to counter, here are our rosters;

          My team;
          Rodgers
          Cobb, Wallace, Edelman, G. Jennings, Bowe
          Murray, R. Jennings, Matthews, Rainey, K Davis, Hyde
          Gates & Witten

          His team;
          Rivers
          Nelson, A Johnson, Cruz, Decker, Hopkins, J Jones
          McCoy, Stacy, West, Bell, Ridley, Ivory
          Olsen

          Whats are 1 or 2 counter offers you would suggest to strengthen my WR depth? Thanks in advance!

  7. Oliver says:
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    You are da man. Your advice won me my league last week.
    Now I have a few questions for you:
    1. Should I start Welker this week over Torrey Smith? I also have Sammy Watkins and Steve Smith.
    2. Bradshaw against Jacksonville or La’veon Bell against Carolina? I also have Rashad Jennings and Bernard Pierce on the bench.
    3. Am I crazy for wanting to bench my highly drafted Lacy and Gerhart for Bradshaw and Pierce? My fantasy patience is quite low and I want immediate results. I also have Jeremy Hill.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Oliver: Thanks, Oliver! Glad I could help!

      Id actually start Watkins there. Dont trust Welker in 1st game and def not vs. Seattle.

      Start your studs this week. Bell gets catches no matter what, so hes a guy you can start every week and Lacy should get on track vs Detroit. Hes had a couple of rough matchups thus far.

      I wouldnt be starting Gerhart over any of those guys unless you need to during a bye

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Oliver: won yr league in week 2, is that only in atheist’s leagues, cause i’d give up religions for that! just kidding i’m not into religions, but do find atheism as funny as any religion. At least you guys have such great people as de sade/celine.

  8. Dung says:
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    Pick 2/PPR

    Edelman, Cord Patterson, Veeren or Ellington

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Dung: Edelman and Patterson

  9. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    A couple of questions…1.Cam vs Pitt or Manning vs Sea?
    Pick 3 of 4…Ellington vs SF, Gore vs Ari, Knile Davis vs MIA or bradshaw vs Jax…

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: Manning… Ellington, Gore (Knile if Charles is OUT. He practiced today), Bradshaw

  10. Mike says:
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    Would u drop Vereen for Donald brown?
    Standard league
    Looking for upside
    Thx

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @Mike: not in a million years

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Mike: Definitely not

  11. Mike says:
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    Please rank Crabtree,keenan Allen,Cor Patterson
    10 team standard
    Thanks

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Mike: Patterson, Crabtree, Allen

  12. ashtray says:
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    What does it say if I own the first four guys on this list?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @ashtray: start prepping for fantasy basketball season…

  13. Wide Right says:
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    Hey! 0-2 and desperate!
    1) 0.5 PPR – pick 2 to start Week 3-> J Bell, Ridley, Maclin. I picked up Knile who is my RB1 now (had Doug martin, Mathews, Asiata)
    2) Brady has blown for me- should I drop him for kirk cousins? We only have 4 bench spots so hard to hold onto guys. Trying to pull off a trade for a better QB.
    THANKS!

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @Wide Right: Bell and Maclin… no I wouldnt drop Brady. Hell turn it around. Exploring a trade for a better QB is an option though

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