I don’t know how many of you own Maurice Jones-Drew but I’m sure that you must be as disappointed as I am about his injury in the first quarter against Oakland this past Sunday. He went down with a foot injury but later appeared on the sidelines with crutches and a walking boot. MJD went to the press conference and spoke as well.

So the lyrics of Pink’s hit song perfectly describes what it was like when MJD went down.

 “White knuckles and sweaty palms from hanging on too tight
Clenched shut jaw, I’ve got another headache again tonight
Eyes on fire, eyes on fire, and they burn from all the tears
I’ve been crying, I’ve been crying, I’ve been dying over you
Tie a knot in the rope, tryin’ to hold, tryin’ to hold,
But there’s nothing to grasp so I let go.”

MJD has been ruled out for Sunday at Green Bay and might be lost for the season with the dreaded Lisfranc injury. You may remember this was the same one last season that knocked out Darren McFadden about this time in 2011. Houston QB Matt Schaub went down in Week 9 with the same injury and didn’t return. I’ll give a further description about what the injury is in Friday’s edition of Sawbones Scribings.

It doesn’t look good, but don’t drop him quite yet until an official word comes down that he’s going to the IR. With it being at this point in the season the recallable IR doesn’t look like an option for a Jaguars team that is going nowhere fast. It’s all-or-none on MJD right now.

It’s also disappointing from a fantasy standpoint that we’ve seen players going down hurt early in games and torpedoing teams. Danny Amendola’s clavicle issue was early second quarter. Jimmy Graham’s ankle was in the first quarter. Nate Burleson of the broke his leg in the second quarter of last night’s loss to Chicago and is done for the year. Injuries happen but it seems like this year they’re coming so early they’re really damaging fantasy teams.

Now, on to the waiver wire pick ups. The percentage available is based off ESPN.com leagues and FAAB values are based on $100 budgets. This week has Houston, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Buffalo on the bye.

Rashad Jennings RB JAX (86.3%, $30-40 based on your FAAB) is the pickup of the week. Jennings looked sharp in relief of MJD with 44 yards and a rushing touchdown to go with seven catches for 58 yards. There’s no doubt the Jaguars have little offensive firepower. They will also be potentially without Blaine Gabbert this week at Green Bay so Jacksonville will be relying on the ground game even more than they already do. (If that’s even possible.)

Jennings will be toting the rock and is that free agent to go big on because of the situation he’s in and the team he plays for. I’d go towards the higher end of the FAAB number if you play in a PPR league since he will give you that extra boost on the short dump-offs.

Montario Hardesty RB CLE (91.5%, $5) is worth a pickup if you own Trent Richardson. The Browns’ big rookie back has been dealing with rib injuries that appear to be more serious than what’s been let on. Richardson sat on the sidelines for the second half and Hardesty looks to be in line to get the start against San Diego this week. Hardesty might also be able to help you fill the gap with guys like Ray Rice, Arian Foster, Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller on bye this week.

LaRod Stephens-Howling RB ARI (89.5% $4) showed some toughness in the Cardinals hard-luck loss to Minnesota this week. He rushed for 104  yards and a three-yard touchdown while catching 4 balls for 45 yards as well. This was against a Minnesota defense that is usually stout against the run so this was a pleasant surprise. He’s going to find tougher sledding this week on Monday Night Football against San Francisco but he was the best offensive weapon Arizona had last week. William Powell, who we told you about two weeks ago, has been relegated to kick returns and the occasional carry so he’s become irrelevant in fantasy rather quickly. Just like the Cardinals themselves.

Vick Ballard RB IND (54.2%, $4) ran the ball 20 times for 84 yards last week against Cleveland but didn’t score since QB Andrew Luck double-vultured him inside the five yard line. Ballard looks to be a one-more-week kind of play with Donald Brown getting closer to returning to the lineup following knee surgery. A favorable matchup with the Titans awaits so this should be last call on Ballard and he could be a nice flex option this week.

Phillip Tanner RB DAL (99.1%, $3) should be on your radar as a sneaky option this week. DeMarco Murray was spotted on crutches as late as Friday of last week so he looks unlikely to go against the Giants. Felix Jones suffered a neck injury in the yawner of a win over Carolina last week so Tanner, about the only healthy back the Cowboys have left, could be in line to get the start this week. The two caveats on adding him are that Dallas plays the Giants who have a weak secondary and the New York front four has been able to crush opposing runners all season. The other warning is that they play in an afternoon game so keep that in mind if you decide to lay out in the sun this week and get Tanner.

Santana Moss WR WSH (75%, $2) burst back on the scene with his 3-67-2 game against the Giants and quietly has four touchdowns this seasons. I can think of two reasons why to pick up Moss. First, WR Pierre Garcon is still struggling with that damned foot injury and is likely to keep him out until week 10 at the earliest. Secondly, their top tight end Fred Davis is done for the season after tearing his Achilles last week. Since RGIII won’t have the underneath security blanket anymore in Davis, look for him to spread the ball around the field more in the coming weeks. Yes, Chris Cooley has re-signed with Washington but I would want to see him play a game or two first to see how we works with RGIII before contemplating adding him. Ditto for Logan Paulsen.

Titus Young and Ryan Broyles WR DET (48.8% $3 and 99.8% $2, respectively)  could be good pickups if the Detroit passing game ever decides to get out of neutral. We saw Matthew Stafford spread the ball around last night after Megatron got shutdown by a guy nicknamed Peanut (Charles Tillman) and was limited to 3-34-0 in the loss. Young moves into the WR2 spot on the depth chart after Burleson broke his leg. Broyles takes the slot spot and was a dynamo last season for the University of Oklahoma in that role. Broyles is the kind of wideout who can take an 8-yard slant pass and break into a 22-yard gain. It’s how we was used best as a Sooner the Lions would be wise to follow suit.

Defensively speaking, there are four viable pickup options this week in New England (44.8%; $2), Green Bay (15%; $2), San Diego (94.2% $2) and Oakland (94%; $1).

The Patriots have a nice matchup against the Rams this week. The backfield for St. Louis has devolved into a timeshare between Steven Jackson and Darryl Richardson. Rams QB Sam Bradford has thrown for fewer than 250 yards in five of his seven games this year and might find it tough going against the Patriots. If New England can tighten up its coverage (read: stop playing zone) they should be able to frustrate Bradford and the Rams. The other to keep in mind is that this game is over in Jolly Old England at Wembley Stadium. The Patriots have made this trip before and knocked off Tampa Bay 35-7 in London. This is the first such trip for the Rams and they might get distracted driving in that roundabout a la the Griswolds.

Green Bay takes on the banged up Jaguars. MJD is out. Blaine Gabbert might be out and yield to Chad Henne. Rgardless of whether or not Charles Woodson broke his collarbone, this still looks like a plum of a matchup for the Pack. If you can find them, get them.

San Diego takes on a banged up Cleveland team that might be without T-Rich as described above. The Chargers had a great first half against Denver in Week 6 before Phillip Rivers went farther south than the Amazon in the second half. It’s worth a roll of the dice if you need a fill in for the Texans defense this week but they’re a one-week stand at best.

Oakland could also be a one-week stand too when they face Kansas City this week at Arrowhead. I can sum up the reason for this in four words: starting quarterback Brady Quinn. KC is going to have ride Jamaal Charles this week if they want to beat the Raiders and Oakland looked good minimizing a one-dimensional Jacksonville ground game. If the Raiders can do it again, then they could put up some positive FP for the fourth time this season.

I also think the following Quinns could play quarterback better than Brady: Colin Quinn, Anthony Quinn, Martha Quinn and Jane Seymour…as Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman. Since we have two MTV personalities from when they still played music, let’s give a quick clip of “Remote Control” to close this out. Face it, you’d rather watch Colin Quinn than Brady Quinn any day so here you go.

As always leave questions, comments or how much you miss MTV below.

  1. Wilsonian says:
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    This may be on the table, so what do you think of this trade in a 0.5 PPR?

    I get – M.Ryan and Sproles
    I give – Cam and Forte

    Bonus points: 3 at 100 yards rushing, 85 yards receiving, 250 yards passing; 6 at 150 yards rushing, 135 yards receiving, 350 yards passing.

    My team:

    QB: Cam
    WR: Nicks
    WR: Dez
    WR: DJax
    RB: Bradshaw
    RB: Morris
    TE: Witten
    W/R: Forte
    W/R/T: Cobb
    BN: Graham
    BN: Jennings
    BN: J.Gordon
    BN: LeShoure
    BN: Mendenhall
    BN: Freeman

    It’s also a 2-player keeper league.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Wilsonian, You had me saying yes until you said keeper league.

      Matt Ryan would be a great pickup to have as it seems like he has the tools around him to tget the job done effectively and Sproles is great in PPR. Ryan will be more likely to rack up those passing yardage bonuses than Cam will.

      On the other side, Forte will should be more likely to get the bonuses in rushing and Cam might be able to hit them in passing.

      I’d keep Cam since this is his second year in the league, three fewer than Ryan. The only downside is he’s an unknown for long-term performance. Will you get rookie Cam or sophomore Cam for his third year?

      I like Ryan and Forte out of that group the best so see if you can renegotiate your trade. If not, decline the deal.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, that trade didn’t happen anyway. So here’s my question now:

        He offered Ryan for either of Bradshaw or Morris. Either of those make sense with my team?

        I appreciate the analysis. That was a great rundown of the situation. Thanks!

        • Andrew Nordmeier

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          @Wilsonian, Send him Bradshaw and his occasionally-injured foot. Move Forte up to RB, Cobb to W/R and Graham (since he is going to play this week) to WRT flex.

          I think Morris becomes a guy you can use this season and then let him go since you should easily have several players to use as keepers over him. And there will be a 2013 version of Morris out there somewhere.

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @Andrew Nordmeier, thanks for the reply! I just did the Bradshaw deal. I feel pretty happy about it as long as Morris, Forte, and LeShoure stay healthy. I’m assuming you’d play Ryan over Cam for the foreseeable future?

            • Andrew Nordmeier

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              @Wilsonian, You got it. Go for Ryan as your starter

  2. stumanji says:
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    I own D. Murray and picked up F. Jones last week for a significant chunk of FA dollars. Prob won’t land Jennings but who’s the better drop: Felix, DeAngelo, or Cutler (backup to Rivers)? Other RBs are T-Rich (banged up), D. Martin, D. Brown (out another week). D-Willy has been awful but I feel like RB depth is a good thing to have this year.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @stumanji, Brown is the one to dump.He’s missed three weeks with knee surgery and could miss one more. Even when he comes back, it might take him some time to get back up to speed. I’ve never been a big fan of RBs and knee surgery.

      Cutler has been looking okay as of late but you won’t mistake him for, say, Peyton Manning. D-Will is reportedly going to be the feature back the rest of the way in Carolina so I keep him.

      The other thing to keep in mind is that Cleveland is apparently talking about shutting down T-Rich for 3 weeks due to his rib issues. That was said by Ed Werder on SportsCenter and the new ownership in Cleveland wants to be a little gentle with their rookie stud RB.

      So, you need to find more depth. Fun times, eh?

      • stumanji says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, Interesting, I had heard rumors of the exact opposite: that J-Stew was going to start being the “feature” back…

        • Andrew Nordmeier

          Andrew Nordmeier says:
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          @stumanji, You’re right. I had it backwards. #SMH I must have been thinking how bad of a decision it is by Carolina to do that. I’d still keep D-Will….for if/when J-Stew falls apart or falters.

          The rest of the answer stays the same.

  3. Bo says:
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    10 team league, non-PPR. Need to drop Mendenhall or Donald Brown to make room for another WR because of byes. Thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Bo, Depends on the other WR but Brown looks to be more expendable. Mendenhall might be back soon while Brown is out at least another week.

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    David Wilson still looks good when he actually touches the ball, and I’ve been stashing him a while in case he gets an opportunity, but would you dump him for one of the DET WRs or Givens? .5 PPR, and we also get credit for return TDs, but not yds.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Steve Stevenson, I’d take a Detroit WR over Wilson. Young is the WR2 and Broyles is the WR3 on the depth chart. You know teams will be rolling the coverage to try and shut down Megatron so these guys should pop open.

      I think either of the WRs will have more touches than Wilson ROS, assuming Bradshaw stays healthy.

  5. Joe F says:
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    Would you start felix over doug martin this week (.5 PPR)? Martin has a tough matchup vs MIN. but I’m scared to trust Felix he gets hurt when he sneezes… I could also put leshoure over martin but he plays Seattle. Please help me and pick one for week 8 need this win. Thanks Guys

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Joe F, I’d go with Dougie. It is a tough matchup but think about how good a smaller back like Stephens-Howling did against them (see above).

      Felix is a potential injury problem as you mentioned. Leshoure should be getting more carries this week against Seattle since the passing game looked dreadful last night when the Lions fell to the Bears.

      In order, I go Martin then Leshoure then Felix. Good luck in week 8!

  6. Ryan says:
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    Hi

    In an 10 person league 1qb, 2 wrs, 2 rbs, 1 te.
    I have Romo, and Dalton. Is Schaub or Freeman a better upgrade as both my other Qbs I have haven’t been reliable this season

    Thanks

  7. stumanji says:
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    Do you like Cam Newton as a good buy low, or is Carolina’s offense just too out of sync right now? I’m rolling with a crappy QB tandom of Rivers and Cutler right now, and even if Cam’s passing doesn’t improve (it has to, right?) he still puts points on the board with his rushing. Was thinking of offering up Bowe. My other WRs are Cruz, Wayne, and Cobb.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @stumanji, If you can get Newton for Bowe that sounds good but keep in mind Bowe might be on the move prior to the trade deadline at the end of the month so his value might change.

      Carolina looks out of sync and is going to try to roll with J-Stew as the top back, for now. Either way, with Ryan Kalil on the IR, Carolina has lost it’s top offensive lineman and will be tough to replace.

      Newton would be good to have if you look at his next couple matchups: @CHI, @WSH, DEN, TB are his next four games. Those matchups with WSH and TB are tempting and should hopefully ignite Newton for the rest of the season.

  8. Ryan says:
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    Having a QB problem as I have Romo and Dalton. Neither has been very stable this season. Would you pick up Freeman or Schaub as a upgrade?

    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ryan, No, I;d stay put. Dalton has been able to make AJ Green a top-flight WR and Romo has been able to put up okay numbers with a schedule that gets a little easier as we go down the second half.

  9. Ian says:
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    Who would you say wins this trade: T. Richardson and H. Nicks for A. Bradshaw and M. Austin?

    Thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ian, Right now, nobody. The trade is injured RB and underperforming WR for injured RB and underperforming WR.

      T -Rich is dealing with a rib injury and Nicks is getting up to speed after missing time with his foot issue. Bradshaw has battled foot issues of his own and Austin had hamstring issues last season that cost him multiple games.

      If I totally MUST pick one…I go for the T-Rich/Nicks said since it has more upside.

  10. Murph says:
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    Would you drop….

    Nate Washington for Young or Broyles?

    J Stewart for Hardesty or Tanner?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, Nate can be dropped for your choice. Nate has only been good for 2-3 catches per game despite whether Locker or Hasselback is playing QB.

      Hold J-Stew for now since he might be the feature back per the above.

  11. Kevin says:
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    PPR league 3 WR, 1 W/R, 2 RB…who do I start between these guys?

    Sidney Rice, Britt, Lance Moore, Ridley, Forte, Alex Green, Donnie Avery, Rashad Jennings

    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Kevin, Here you go…

      WR: Britt, Moore, Avery (by a cat whisker)
      RB: Ridley, Forte
      W/R Jennings (look for JAX to be run heavy to keep Rodgers off the field)

  12. B says:
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    Which two receivers do you start this week:
    Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb?

    Thanx

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @B, Bench Cobb.

      Julio is must-start every week and Demarius against NO looks like a big YES…even if he can hang on to the ball on long pass plays.

  13. bluety says:
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    would you trade for J. Stewart?
    I was offered Stewart for LSH–Larod

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @bluety, I’d keep LSH for now but keep in mind he has a week 10 bye. There are too many other mouths to feed in Carolina.

  14. Patriotsy2k says:
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    Andrew- Love the “Remote control” throwback..I ended up watching all three parts of this episode!
    Can’t decide between Josh Gordon this week or Dez Bryant against the Giants D, what do you think?

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