Fantasy football owners who drafted Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green can’t be too happy right now. Both receivers were first round picks, and because of injuries, they’ll likely both be sitting out this week.
Johnson, a consensus top-five pick, has done nothing so far to justify his lofty preseason ranking. Since exploding for 164 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, the man known as “Megatron” has accumulated just 184 yards in the four games since, and he has zero scores to go with that paltry yardage total as well. A high-ankle sprain has been the culprit over the last two games and fantasy owners everywhere can only hope he gets the rest he needs in order to get him to full strength. He isn’t doing the Lions nor fantasy owners any favors by playing gimpy. Johnson had just three catches for 19 yards while being used as a “decoy” vs. the Jets and Bills, and he clearly aggravated the injury on his lone reception last week. Johnson “hopes” to play on Sunday vs. the Vikings, but the general sense is that he’ll sit this one out, and could possibly sit out through the Lions’ Week 9 bye. Being 3-2 affords them some wiggle room.
Green is in a similar situation to Johnson, though he’s been all but ruled out this week. The fourth-year pro aggravated his toe injury in Bengals’ practice on Wednesday and it looks like he could miss multiple games. Green hurt the digit in the team’s Week 2 win over the Falcons, but came right back and played vs. the Titans the following week. Choosing to play him there may come back to haunt the Bengals, because the way it sounded, his toe seems much worse this time around. Back in Week 2, the team was calling it a “sprained ligament”, but now they’re saying it’s “a little bit more [than turf toe]”. This is not what you want to hear if you’re the Bengals or own Green in any of your fantasy leagues. Unlike Johnson, Green has already had his bye, so if he’s going to rest, it’s gonna be during a game week. Green’s owners will just have to hope to hear some good news in the next few days.
With two big pass catchers on the mend, it puts owners in a real bind, so I’ve decided to do a wide receivers-only edition of “Start ’em and Sit ’em”…Please, blog, may I have some more?