Doc is back and has another room full of patients after last week’s spate of season-ending injuries.

Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season after tearing two ligaments in his knee. Arizona lost safety Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL and LCL which ends his strong rookie season. Baltimore wide receiver Brandon Stokely suffered a concussion and is done for the season. Green Bay put seldom-used receiver Myles White on IR with a knee injury and it leaves the Packers few options in the passing game. Brandon Jacobs of the Giants is done after getting a cartilage graft in his left knee.

You get the idea. People are dropping like flies at the end of the season but most of them aren’t fantasy-relevant which makes it easier to sift through the impacts of said injuries.

Gronkowski being done makes Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman better options, especially in PPR formats. When you factor in Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) being questionable for this week, it makes both of those wide receivers Tom Brady’s top targets. Shane Vereen is also back there too but when it comes to deep passes he really has two choices.

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Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone injury impacts everyone in fantasy football. Rodgers is one of the most consistent and healthiest quarterbacks in the league. He’s going to be out up to six weeks with a fractured collarbone.

At least that’s an injury fantasy owners can cope with. It’s serious enough to miss a few games but not enough to put him on the shelf for the season. The other nice thing about it is that Rodgers should be healthy when it comes to fantasy playoff time. So should Randall Cobb.

This kind of an injury (even in the non-throwing shoulder) is one that the Packers will have to be careful on how to treat him and let him heal. Rodgers probably won’t even run for the next three weeks because you want the rehab of this to not be bumpy and jarring. He’s going to spend a lot of time on the bike to keep in shape while he waits for his collarbone to heal up. Even something like a speed bump, if taken too fast, will send waves of pain into his collarbone. It’s going to take time and a lot of softness to get Rodgers healed.

That said, the Packers are accepting donations of bubble wrap to protect their quarterback in for the next four to six weeks.

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I’m not one to talk the trash or put someone in a verbal vice-grip, but when it comes down to knocking off my fellow RCL writers I feel the urge to gloat. Just a little. Despite my Red Sox World Series hangover of 2004 proportions, your humble-but-nonetheless-bloviating Guru took down JB’s undefeated team that is cleverly named “JB Gilpin” last week and he spent most of Sunday crying to me on the phone about “bye weeks” and how his cat doesn’t “understand” him. Sorry JB, I don’t know how to help you with Mittens, but bad things happen when you assemble your roster after 14 wine coolers. The one and only “Tis Tehol” also fell to your turban clad friend last week. Of course Tehol was too busy checking the progress of his receding hairline to set his roster again, but I’ll take the win. Tehol, are you so mesmerized by your Drakkar drenched banana hammock that you can’t find a tight end to start? However, my first place 6-2 “Scotch Fueled Gurus” lost to an unknown 12-year-old “expert” somewhere in Pennsylvania Amish country whose trash smackin’ prose made Richie Incognito look like Maya Angelou. The kid told me my turban smells like my grandma’s…well, you know, then he beat me 20 points. I feel so bullied. *one lonely tear drops* However, the jammer crammers have been coming through for us this year. Last weeks jams of Terrelle Pryor and Tim Wright were solid plug ‘n’ plays. Let’s forget I suggested jamming on the New Orleans defense, okay? Overall, we have hit on about 70% of our jammer/crammers in any given week. I’m not ready to surrender my turban just yet, my Razzballer’s. And I certainly won’t hand it over to a prepubescent, Fall Out Boy loving kid that sleeps in his Ben Roethlisberger footie pajamas while his mommy rubs his heiny and tells him how special it is. By the way, kid, my dad can beat up your dad. It’s time to jam it or cram it.

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The demolition derby of humanity known as the NFL continues to churn on and keeps filling my office with patients.

Doug Martin of the Bucs missed last night’s game with a torn labrum and could be done for the year. Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford are both toast with ACL injuries. Jay Cutler of the Bears is out for four weeks with a groin injury. Jermichael Finley is done for the year after a scary neck injury and bruised spine.

Let’s go a little more in-depth on the Martin injury.

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My biggest reason for digging daily fantasy leagues, and DraftKings is by far my favorite, is I can brag right away.  As in, “HAHA Nick I owned you this week!”  While I still finished just out of the money, I had a solid team and can still brag to dear Nicholas.  If you didn’t catch it last week, Nick and I tweeted out our line-ups and my immediate response to his was “Josh Freeman?!” This just isn’t Nick’s year for football…  And with DraftKings you get immediate bragging rights unlike your yearly leagues.  Sure my 7-0 Writer’s League Team is going to do better than Nick’s 1-6 team, but hey, at least I know for sure I won DraftKings!

Nick and I are going to face off again in the same $1 challenge to see if I can go double-or-nothing against him.  We’re putting our teams together now and will tweet them out right before kickoff on Sunday as well.  Razzball Nation is of course invited to join and track our teams and see how you stack up against us in the same challenge.  And pick Josh Freeman again Nick!

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If you missed the Razzball Podcast this week (and let’s be honest, why aren’t you listening!?), then the title might look a little awkward, but after a 24-hour binge of syrup consumption in various methods, Nick and I exclaimed we’re going to be facing off in a DraftKings contest this weekend.  We’re pitting against each other for ultimate Monday morning bragging rights on next week’s Pod.  So we’re going to pick a contest, I’ll tweet out which one it is, tweet out the link and include in the comments for everyone to join and play with us as we battle for Pod pride.  Then you can topple us both and battle for Comments pride.  Why DraftKings is great – instant bragging rights!

If you still haven’t tried out DraftKings, it’s a daily fantasy site (well weekly for NFL) and a ton of fun, you can play for as little as a quarter (yes, 25 cents not 25 grand Scarface!) with huge prizes even in the $0.25 and $1.00 Contests.  They’ve also got all sorts of qualifiers to get into their Millionaire Grand Finale, which runs in week 17 (and let’s be honest, most fantasy leagues will be done so it’ll be the biggest fantasy event for everyone in it) and pays out a cool, slick, boatload, something like that, million bucks.  Just for winning one week of football!  Can’t beat that.  So hop over and check it out today!

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After a short hiatus, the doctor is back. I’ve spent a bunch of time cuddling and loving with my new little boy. He’s 2 1/2 weeks old and all kinds of adorable. But enough about him. Let’s talk about Quintorris. Who the heck is that? Quintorris? And why does he have a screw loose? Quintorris […]

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If you haven’t yet, you better listen to the Duke and get on the “A” train, Andre that is. Andre Ellington has a role my fellow Razzballers. Bruce Arians says he’s a 30 play a game player because he doesn’t have the body type to handle being a “lead dog runner”. Can we pray for 20+ touches out of those 30 plays? I know this isn’t the best news, but what he does with those touches can be kinda magical. He’s averaging 6.7 YPC and 11.1 YPR (Yards Per Reception). Some might call him the change of pace back in Arizona, I call him the pace they should be at back. As of right now, he’s a PPR flex in the bye week and a possible starter based on match ups. Last week in a 1 point PPR league he scored 12.30 points. Not bad in my book. It’s a situation you need to keep tabs on. The kid has skills and who knows what Bruce’s game plan will be by week 10. This might be the guy that wins you a playoff match up when Mendenhall is done for the year by week 13 and Andre is the only guy worth handing off to in the desert. In Yahoo he’s 22% owned right now, I just picked him up for my friend in her league and that was confounding to me considering that Daryl Richardson hadn’t been dropped yet….yeah I don’t like Richardson.

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