The calendar turned from September to October and the injuries continue to pile up around the league. At this rate, the Arizona Cardinals might be trying out fans to play running back (maybe, you never know) after their Thursday night disaster. The Rams didn’t get away unscathed either.

Let’s start with last night’s game and head back through the week. The doc has a lot of new patient files to get you up to speed on.

Thursday night was not a good night. St. Louis lost star receiver Danny Amendola with what looked like a broken collarbone or clavicle. It remains to be seen whether he will go on the short-term IR and be out for 8 weeks or if he will be done for the season. Either way, it’s time to drop Danny. Without him, the Rams don’t have anyone really relevant in their receiving corps and Sam Bradford’s value takes a significant hit here. St. Louis might wind up relying more on Steven Jackson for the rest of the season despite his on-again, off-again groin injury.

For Arizona, they lost running back Ryan Williams with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of their loss to St. Louis. This leaves Arizona with a major problem in the backfield. Beanie Wells is out with turf toe until late November. We don’t know how long Williams will be out. LaRod Stevens-Howling is hobbled and fullback Anthony Sherman left the field limping against the Rams.

Alfonso Smith is the only healthy running back on the roster for Arizona and any free-agent they sign will be irrelevant in fantasy because of their poor offensive line play.

Jets’ WR Santonio Holmes is done for the season with a foot injury suffered against San Francisco. With Holmes out, it leaves Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens as the top two receivers for the Jets. Tim Tebow might be starting at quarterback this week so the Jets’ wideouts shouldn’t even be a thought to hold on your roster, let alone start. It’s hard to find much of anything right now for the J-E-T-S that doesn’t S-T-I-N-K.

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon has been upgraded to being limited in practice. Several people have been waiting on him to get back into action after his stellar week one against Ne Orleans. Garcon hit the field against Tampa and should be in play when Washington hosts Atlanta. It could still be a while until he is full strength but would be best suited as a flex option in week five.

Green Bay WR Greg Jennings is out with a groin injury. He suffered it against San Francisco and then reaggravated it against the Saints. It’s a groin injury so this should be monitored week-to-week until we hear otherwise. James Jones is scheduled to get more targets from Aaron Rodgers in the interim.

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is also out this week with leg injuries. Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden are in line to get his targets but it’s hard to predict how they will share those passes from Eli Manning. Consider Hixon and Barden WR3 at best.

Tennessee will be without Jake Locker against the Minnesota Vikings. Locker hurt his non-throwing shoulder last week and Matt Hasselback will be called on to start the game. It remains to be seen how long he will be out for but Hasselbeck would be a desperation play at best. CJ2K will have a very tough time against the Vikings’ defense and the Titans might be without WR Kenny Britt. Britt’s ankle is being a real pain and he is a game-time decision. With the Titans being a late game, look for Plan B now. Keep in mind, Britt has a total of 60 receiving yards this season.

Kansas City has put tight end Kevin Boss onto IR with a head injury. Tony Moeaki is expected to be the starter this week against Baltimore in a tough matchup. Moeaki is still waiver wire fodder.

Pittsburgh has several key injury updates for this week. Safety Troy Polamalu is back in the lineup and linebacker James Harrison will make his first start of the season. The Steelers will also welcome back Rashard Mendenhall into their backfield in hopes of bolstering a sagging running game. The Steelers’ DST should be performing better while Mendenhall is worth a roster spot and a is a flex play at best this week. We need to see how his knee is doing in game situations after tearing his ACL on New Year’s Day.

Minnesota QB Christian Ponder is having mobility issues and it might limit him against the Titans. He’s been battling a knee injury and that could slow him down significantly. Keep an eye on him as you get closer to kickoff. Remember this stat as well: Ponder is the only starting quarterback who has not thrown an interception this season.

Miami RB Reggie Bush is questionable with a hip injury that came up in practice mid-week. He was questionable last week as well against Arizona and still played with moderate success. He takes on a Bengals squad that shutdown MJD last week so he might have a tough go of things on Sunday. Look for him to be an RB2 this week.

Jacksonville WR Laurent Robinson made a lot of headway last season when he scored 11 touchdowns for Dallas. He went to Jacksonville in the offseason and is now making another kind of headway. Robinson has suffered a concussion for the second time in as many weeks. Robinson had barely a shred of fantasy value before but is now totally droppable after getting his brains scrambled, again.

New England TE Aaron Hernandez is back to practicing and is limited. I don’t expect him back in this week for the game against Denver but he should be back before the team’s week nine bye. Owners who have held on to him may finally get their chance to put him back in the lineup next week.

Ne Orleans WR Lance Moore has been battling a hamstring injury this week and is questionable. Use caution with Moore since he plays Sunday night against the Chargers.

In Houston, RB Ben Tate has been battling a toe injury for most of the season. This means Arian Foster might be in for a pounding this season as he is expected to shoulder the workload. Could Foster get 400 carries? Perhaps, if Tate is down for an extended period of time.

Finally in Chicago,  RB Matt Forte is listed as questionable for the Sunday afternoon game at Jacksonville. He’s expected to start Sunday but watch how he is with cutting on those sore ankles. He came out of the game against Dallas for a while and had to get them retaped before he could run with confidence. Forte and Michael Bush both remain good plays against a weak Jacksonville team.

DE Julius Peppers rested his ankle injury but is also expected to go against the Jaguars. As if the Bears’ defense needed anymore weapons. They dismantled Dallas Monday night and we can only imagine the how bad of a beatdown Blaine Gabbert will be in for this week.

As always, check the inactives list for last-minute updates (i.e. Buffalo running backs last week) and feel free to leave questions below. Good luck to everyone in week five!

 

 

  1. gmatt21 says:
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    I NEED HELP! i have amendola and virtually no bench. I have 1 W/R/T flex and my Rbs are Sproles, MJD, and i use ALFRED morris as my flex. currently w/out amendola i have 3 Wrs starting: miles Austin, HANKERSON and Percy. I just got offered DREW brees for matt stafford and alfred morris. Should i do this? if i were to accept I have to start witten as my flex with Vernon davis at TE.

    • Murph says:
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      @gmatt21,

      Witten is on a bye week so no that equals zero points….You don’t have the depth at RB for this trade even though drew Brees is a priceless asset

  2. Purewater says:
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    What about Williams Powell for the Cards, he was the backup last night, looked alright.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Purewater, I’d still stay away from any Arizona running back at this point until the offensive line gets a massive overhaul.

  3. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    That’s a headscratcher. Since Amendola is hurt, you really have no bench. Your backs are the ones who are going to carry your team.

    If you’re starting Hankerson it’s bad.

    Davis has been a beast at TE so far this season and Witten seems to be improving; remember he had 12 catches Monday night.

    Despite being winless, Brees actually leads the league in passing yardage while Stafford sits fifth. I still wouldn’t do the trade. Here’s why: Morris is THE running back in Washington. With all the injuries they have at running back, the Skins are thin at that position.

    Is it worth giving up a #1RB to get a guy who has passed for 172 more yards through four weeks? No.

    If your WRs are that weak, look to get one of those in a trade instead.

  4. Lambeau Leap says:
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    FYI – Barden is OUT with a concussion. Hixon could be in line for a big day…

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Lambeau Leap, That happened after it got posted and Hixon could have a big day indeed.

  5. Adam says:
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    +1 PPR…..pick 3 for this week, position doesn’t matter

    James Jones @ IND, Davone Bess @ CIN, Nate Washington @ MIN, Devery Henderson vs SD (Moore has been ruled out), Pierre Thomas, and Owen Daniels.

    Thanks.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Adam, I’d pick…Nate Washington (since Britt has been a piece of junk this season–and suffering from that ankle), Davone Bess since it is PPR and Hartline will draw a LOT of attention his way.

      The third one is tough but I would go Owen Daniels for now since the Jets look like misery on toast.

  6. Scott says:
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    Andrew

    Need advice on a trade. I’m 4-0 to start the season but looking to improve

    My backs are Rice,Gore, T-Rich, and Tate.
    My receivers are D-Jax, V-Jax, Lance Moore, Cobb.

    Have a Gore for Roddy White trade on the table. Do I take it?!?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Scott, Congrats on the hot start. To answer the question…

      Block out Tate from your RB list since he’s been battling a toe injury all season. Moore is battling a hammy and Cobb’s value is more tied to Greg Jennings’ injury status.

      White is a top-6 WR in Receptions, yards, yards per game and TDs. Gore is going to start running into some buzzsaws real quick here.

      Starting with next week, he faces Seattle, Arizona, St. Louis and Chicago. His final five games are: St. Louis, Miami, New England, Seattle and Arizona.

      The NFC West teams have all been staunch on defense this season. Gore’s value would be high when they play the Rams and the Saints and be lower the rest of the weeks.

      So, yeah, make the deal. Rice and T-Rich are a nice 1-2 pairing and you know they’ll be the lead backs on their respective teams.

      • Scott says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier, thanks for the response. Appreciate your time

  7. gmatt21 says:
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    THANKS!!

  8. sickmangarner says:
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    I’m leaning to start Jacquizz over Battle as my RB2 in a 1pt ppr (my top two RBs are on bye).

    Who would you pick for my FLEX?
    Battle
    Hixon
    Rudolph

    thanks!

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @sickmangarner, Battle against the Saints.

      Hixon will have his targets but Cleveland will be playing ball control to keep Eli off the field. Rudolph is a bit of question mark based on the health of Christian Ponder. I don’t know who the backup QB is in Minnesota and I don’t want to find out.

  9. Rodger says:
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    Looks like Barden is out this week, making Hixon the WR2 opposite Cruz. Who would you pick for flex this week?

    Hixon
    Rudolph
    Maclin

    Please and thanks!

  10. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew Nordmeier says:
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    Hixon out of those three. See the above answer about Rudolph and Maclin is still a question mark due to the fact you never know what you might get out of Vick against an improved Pittsburgh defense.

    • Rodger says:
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      Thanks! Much appreciated

  11. Murph says:
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    Andrew need some help pulling the trigger. Thanks for the help

    Looking to upgrade at QB but would have to give up my old time NFC south guys Turner and Steve Smith (Car) for Matt Ryan what do you think? Can Matty Ice keep it up all year or is Turner worth holding onto?

    Currently very deep at WR and RB

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Murph, This is the sell-high point on Turner. Except for his game against the Panthers, he hasn’t done much all season. Remember his first two weeks (11-32 @KC, 17-42 vs. DEN) and he has a tougher schedule the next few weeks as well (OAK,PHI,DAL, NO, ARI, TB).

      As for Matty Ice, those same teams are a bonanza for passing. Oakland, well, sucks. Philly can be thrown on with the receivers he has. We saw Dallas get torn up Monday night. New Orleans can’t stop a parked car. Arizona got blown up by Ryan Tannehill for 431 yards last Sunday and Tampa has sold out on run-stopping.

      Smith’s receiving yards are following a downward trend. 106, 104, 86 and 52 against TB, NO, NYG and ATL respectively. With SEA, DAL and CHI waiting in the wings, his totals could be in the 70-80 yard range per game.

      Knowing all of that, I’d make that trade. I feel like Ryan is finally having that breakthrough season where he can win anywhere and has two great wideouts to pass to. And Tony Gonzalez at tight end just adds gravy to it all.

      • Murph says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier,

        I agree just hard to let Turner go when he is performing like this. Thanks again and good luck with the 49 teams this weekend!!!

  12. JoeBoo says:
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    Non-PPR, need a recommendation for my flex:

    Pierre Garcon
    Andrew Hawkins
    Jerome Simpson

    Thanks

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @JoeBoo, Garcon has the best possibility of bigger stats as that game has shootout written all over it and the Falcons are without Brent Grimes, their top cover corner.

      Hawkins has been an all-or-nothing kind of guy. Miami has a weak passing defense as well but I think Garcon can actually be more of a threat.

      Simpson is tied to Christian Ponder. No Ponder, no need to ponder putting him in as your flex.

      Good luck this week.

  13. Mike says:
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    Kendall hunter,Andre brown,or Pierre Thomas at key?
    Standard league
    Bye week is killing me !
    Thx

  14. Mike says:
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    At Flex I meant

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike, Pierre Thomas. Andre Brown has seen his value fall as fast as it rose. Hunter has a good matchup but I just got a feeling that Pierre will be there.

  15. Dirtyd says:
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    1ppr I have the Te spot and flex to fill. Pick two:

    Martellus Bennett vs Cle
    Owen Daniels @ Jets
    James Jones @ Ind
    Kyle Rudolph vs Tenn

    Leaning Bennett and Jones. But Jones always burns me when I try to start him.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

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      @Dirtyd, I like Daniels and Rudolph. The Jets are just a mess and Schaub should be taking advantage of a short passing game and find Daniels often. I like Rudolph since the Vikings are playing the Titans.

      We know both of those opponents are just awful defensively and both should be in for big games.

  16. jay says:
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    Who should i start at flex in a non ppr league, cobb or micheal bush?

  17. Andrew Nordmeier

    Andrew nordmeier says:
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    Bush in that flex spot against the Jags

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