It took one week to go from a normal list to enough injuries to make a MASH ward busy. Let’s take a look at the key ones and how they will impact fantasy football this week.

Last night’s Bears/Packers game was fraught with injuries. GB WR Greg Jennings was out with a groin injury but expect him to be back for the next game. CHI RB Matt Forte went down with an ankle injury and didn’t return. It’s time to scour the wire for Michael Bush. Bush was on fire from Week 10 on last season and he might do the same here if Forte is down for any amount of time. We don’t yet have a diagnosis but keep an eye on this over the next 10 days.

Another key injury was the loss of ATL CB Brent Grimes for the season with an Achilles’. Without Grimes in the defensive backfield, Atlanta becomes much more vulnerable to the pass. Look and see how Peyton Manning and the Denver offense takes advantage this week. If the Falcons’ defense made Matt Cassel look okay…

Arizona will be without QB John Skelton for an unspecified amount of time with an ankle injury; Kevin Kolb will get the start against New England. You’re not playing Kolb but definitely use that Patriots D/ST and watch them rack up the points.

Pat Angerer and Dwight Freeney will not play this week for Indianapolis as they host the Vikings. With those two run stoppers out of the lineup, this should be a boost to Adrian Peterson. Look for AP to run wild on Indy.

BUF RB Fred Jackson might be out for up to a month with an LCL injury in his knee. The lateral collateral ligament is not that major but it impacts things like cutting and twisting as it supports the knee.

I’ve seen some owners making the mistake of cutting bait on him. If you see him, go grab him and stash him on your bench if you have the space. CJ Spiller will get the attention in the interim but have patience on F-Jax.

DAL TE Jason Witten isn’t showing any ill effects after his spleen issue in preseason. He should be full strength when the Cowboys go to Seattle this week. Plug him in your lineup as you normally would.

JAX RB Rashad Jennings left the game against Minnesota with a knee injury and didn’t return. He also doesn’t need to return to your fantasy roster, either. MJD is likely to get his full workload back and Jennings will drop back into fantasy obscurity.

WSH WR Pierre Garcon was limited in practice this week. Garcon was only able to catch passes when standing totally still in practice. Aldrick Robinson would get the start if Garcon is a no-go. Without Garcon, Santana Moss will also get a bump if you own him. Keep an eye on this one closer to game time.

TEN WR Kenny Britt will play this week on a limited basis, getting in for around 20 snaps. We don’t know if those snaps will be in Z-formation or not, but, homie, I still won’t play that until I actually see how Britt does in a game. With QB Jake Locker coming off a shoulder injury this could also be a very interesting game at San Diego. Britt is a late-game guy so keep a backup plan ready if you decide to try Britt.

SD RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) has been cleared for contact but looks to still be a week away from getting back into the game. With him not likely to play, QB Philip Rivers gets a boost. Pull Mathews out and hold him for week three.

The Jets’ D/ST might be without a couple key players this week against Pittsburgh. CB Darrelle Revis is still a question mark and we won’t know until tomorrow if he is going to make the trip to the Steel City. Fellow CB Antonio Cromartie (shoulder) is more likely to be on the field in week two. If Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown don’t have to spend time on Revis Island, then those Steelers wideouts look like excellent plays.

Pittsburgh isn’t healthy either. DL James Harrison is still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired knee while S Troy Polamalu is nursing a calf injury. Both of these defensive anchors could miss the game against the Jets. Don’t be surprised if at least one of them is deactivated. If they are, NYJ QB Mark Sanchez might be in line for another big game.

PHI WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Jeremy Maclin (hip) and Riley Cooper (shoulder) have missed practice time as they are nursing injuries. All three are expected to play but monitor this closer to game time. If Jackson or Maclin can’t go, Michael Vick’s value takes a hit. He threw it 56 times last week against Cleveland and will have fewer options if either of those wideouts are out against Baltimore.

And one final injury this week…is the ego of a guy named Sky. His ego got put on IR for the season after I beat him in the first week of our Razzball Writers League.

  1. God, I need that french f#ck to play this week as I own him in multiple leagues. Same with Jackson. On my bench I have Witten who I could plug in at flex as well Jaquizzzzz Rodgers or Ike Redman. Hopefully they both play so I don’t have to risk this although in that league I get points for return yardage and big play bonuses so rodgers might not be a complete bust. And is that bum who is set to replace garcon in the lineup truly worth an addd in your opinion?

    • @Tehol Beddict, HELLO????

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @Tehol Beddict, HIIIIIIIIII! LOL Flex in Witten. Leave out Garcon’s replacement.

  2. Tony says:
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    Drop Titus Young or Malcom Floyd for a waiver claim on Steve Johnson?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d drop Young. How the heck is he on waivers?

      • tony says:
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        @Sky, I don’t know but hopefully I get him with number 3

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Nice…good luck!

  3. Eric says:
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    Just looking for a review on my 2 QB league team hahaha, it’s looking better and better as the season progresses I think.

    10 team, many flex spots, not PPR

    QB: Aaron Rogers
    QB: Matt Ryan
    WR: Marques Colston
    WR: Pierre Garcon
    RB: Adrian Peterson
    RB: Demarco Murray
    TE: Tony Gonzalez
    WR/TE: Torrey Smith
    WR/RB: Willis Mcgahee
    WR/RB/TE: Reggie Bush
    Kicker: Nate Kaeding
    Kicker: Garrett Hartley
    Def: Buffalo
    Def: Cleveland
    Bench: Michael Bush
    Bench: Lance Moore
    Bench: Justin Blackmon
    Bench: James Jones
    Bench: Jon Baldwin

    I’m thinking of moving one of my RB (Willis, Michael Bush, or Reggie Bush) + a WR (any of them) for an upgrade in WR. what do you think? Should I just stay put or make another move?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Would prefer to keep the RB depth.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Eric, keep it the way it is. Keep both of your Bushes. Think about Lance Moore over Garcon. Moore is Brees’ security blanket in the red zone.

    • Eric says:
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      @Sky, @Andrew Nordmeier Thanks a lot guys, I’ll probably have to wait a bit to see how my record turns out before I make any huge RB moves

  4. Ebro says:
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    Hi, I’ve got 4 good WRs for 3 spots: Megatron, Percy Harvin, Antonio Brown, and Steve Johnson. Whom to sit? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I’d sit Johnson

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Ebro, Have to play Megatron and Harvin. Brown is in since Revis is out. Leave the Buffalo on the bench.

      • Ebro says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, Thanks!

  5. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey, would you guys drop manningham for hawkins?
    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Moscowitz, Yes as a one-week play. CLE is without Haden and the DBs are vulnerable.

  6. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Offer Roethlisberger and Morris to the Forte owner for Romo and Ingram?

    Also, for all you Forte owners or potential acquirers out there, take a look at his brutal scheule weeks 10-15: HOU, @SF, MIN, SEA, @ MIN, GB. This could be a lost season for him.

    • Lord says:
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      @Steve Stevenson,

      Thanks for pointing out Forte’s difficult sched…I have Bush and the Forte owner is looking to do some dealing…wants Kevin Smith and Bush for Forte and CJ Spiller. I’d like to deal Smith away, and I’d have Spiller while FJax was out (which would theoretically replace Bush while Forte is out).

      I know that HOU and SF are tough, but MIN, SEA, MIN, GB, and ARI (assuming I make the Superbowl, a big IF, I know, but my team is #1 after 1 wk and I feel good about my chances) are all middle-of-the-road matchups based on last year’s score sets (PPR league). MIN gave up the 16th most FPts to RBs, SEA the 17th most FPts, GB the 12th most, and ARI (surprisingly) the 21st most.

      IDK if I’m too eager to wheel & deal, and if I should just ride the Bush train while Forte is out (I had Bush and DMC last yr, which worked out fine), but I feel like Forte has to be the best option in Chicago once he’s healthy again, and picking up a top RB1 for a third tier option (Smith) and temporary first or second tier RB (Bush) is a smart move in the long-run, even if his match ups are tougher in Wk 10 and 11.

      Anyone else with thoughts?

      • Andrew Nordmeier

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        @Lord, @Steve Stevenson… I would keep Bush and make the Forte owner sweat more. If Bush starts doing better, the price just goes higher. Spiller isn’t that great of a pick up since you only get 3-4 weeks with him as the lead back in Buffalo.

        Since you are in a PPR, I would keep Smith as well. Remember that Best’s brains resemble scrambled eggs and LeShoure is coming off a suspension for an offseason marijuana incident. It will take time to get him up to NFL speed since he lost his 2011 rookie season to an Achilles’ injury.

        I think you’re eager to deal. I would hold off and see what else happens. Just because you won the first one doesn’t mean you’re going to be in the last one. I had a league last season when I was 2-1 after three weeks…and promptly lost 8 in a row due to the worst luck ever. Seemingly every one of my opponents teams’ put up their best game of the season against my team.

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @Andrew Nordmeier, Thanks. What do you think about my original question–offer Big Ben and Morris to the Forte owner for Romo and Ingram, or wait until his desperation grows and go for more?

          • Andrew Nordmeier

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            @Steve Stevenson, It depends on what the rosters of both teams look like but I would prefer to make them more desperate. See what happens today and let that help guide your trade offers.

            PIT will be passing since their OL will be getting blitzed a ton and they can’t run for diddly. DAL actually has a running game. Ingram doesn’t do much for me in a crowded NO backfield.

  7. Curt says:
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    Should I start Wallace or Welker??…..My opponent has Brady, and now Revis is out against Wallace……thoughts?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Curt, Wallace. Wallace. Wallace. The NE-ARI game has huge blowout potential and the Patriots will nuke Arizona.

  8. Mike says:
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    Bengals or Cowboys Defense this weekend..tough call..
    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Mike, It’s a real coin toss. Either of them would be awesome but I like Cincy a little more. They have more staying power through the season.

  9. Dave the Barber says:
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    Fitz or A. Morris in my flex?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dave the Barber, Fitz…and wait for the points late in the game. Remember Fitz had his career long TD catch the last time these two teams met. When it happened Arizona was already down 47-0 but he has better potential in negative garbage time.

      Morris leaves you subject to Shanahanigans and the ball maybe not getting out of RGIII’s hands as much.

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, solid logic. Thanks for the help.

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