The 2014 NFL season looks more and more like a demolition derby of humanity with each passing week. In Week 6, Victor Cruz of the New York Giants was the biggest name to see his season end. He ruptured the patella tendon in his knee on a fourth-down play and that was it. The night didn’t get any easier for the New York Giants as they lost Jerrel Jernigan for the season, which put them down two wide receivers. Losing 27-0 to the Eagles on Sunday night seemed to be secondary. Things worsened for the Giants in one day but is your fantasy team dealing with injuries? Of course it is. If you haven’t had a player get hurt you’re either extremely lucky or it’s a total fluke. Either way, we’ll help you get through this difficult time of the season.

Let’s look back and see the big fantasy-relevant names who got hurt on Week 6…

Stevan Ridley of the Patriots reportedly tore multiple ligaments in his knee and he is done for the season. Darren Sproles of the Saints sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee and will miss 1-2 weeks. The Eagles are on a bye this week and take on Arizona next week. We also have lingering injuries to work with too. Reports out of Detroit say that superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson could sit until Week 10 to allow his ankle time to heal. Tight end Jimmy Graham could be down a couple more weeks with a sprained shoulder and that would be a blow to a questionable Saints offense. AJ Green of the Bengals is expected to miss this week while dealing with a toe injury but should be ready to roll for Week 8.

That last paragraph was three picks that went off the board in the first two rounds of most fantasy drafts, so we’re talking about serious players getting banged up. Reggie Bush (ankle) missed Week 6 as well, so the bodies keep piling up.

The Eagles and Buccaneers are on bye this week so we’ll push them aside as we look for help on the waiver wire. That said, here we go.

 

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer made his return following four missed games, dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Things seem to be working better for him as he helped Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd find the end zone for the first time this season. His shoulder has been responding well to treatment from a clinic in Denver, so it’s time to get him back on your roster this week. Arizona visits an Oakland team that has lost 14 straight games dating back to last season. He makes a nice streaming option this week if that’s how you roll at quarterback.

Joe Flacco has suddenly become a fantasy force to be reckoned with. He threw for five touchdowns in the first half against Tampa Bay last week en route to a 306-yard passing day. He’s going to be a quarterback to check in on a weekly basis. This week against Atlanta could be a little dicey but his Week 10 game against Tennessee looks mighty appealing.

Blake Bortles of the Jaguars posted his best game of his young career with 336 passing yards and a touchdown. He might not be more than bye-week fill in for now but he takes on Dallas in Week 10. That’s important with six teams on bye that week. Having Cecil Shorts III back helps Bortles immensely.

If you’re a little more desperate, see who the Titans trot out at quarterback. It could be Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst or possibly Zach Mettenberger. The matchup against Washington is a positive one, so there could be some hidden points there.

 

Running Backs

Branden Bolden is going to step into the Patriots RB2 slot after Ridley’s season-ending knee injury. It’s going to be interesting to see how they use their running backs going forward, since Shane Vereen is more of the pass-catching threat. We’re going to find out quickly since the Jets take on the Patriots on Thursday night.

Antone Smith of Atlanta is an intriguing stash for now. He posted a 4/64/1 line receiving on four targets and has 346 yards and five touchdowns on a grand total of 23 touches. The downside is that he’s stuffed down on the depth chart behind Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, so he won’t get the touches we all want him to get.

Isaiah Crowell of the Browns posted a nice 11-77-1 line last week against Pittsburgh and has nice matchups coming up with Jacksonville, Oakland, and Tampa Bay. Ben Tate might get the bulk of the carries but there is plenty of room for Crowell to get touches and vulture a score or two.

Keep an eye out for Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle in Dallas as the Cowboys look to limit DeMarco Murray’s workload and keep him fresh for late-season games.

Wide Receivers

This position got messy quickly with the big injuries. Cecil Shorts of Jacksonville is there to help you out 10-103-0 on 16 targets makes him a receiver you want on your roster. Bortles and Shorts seem to click and you should be able to take advantage of this to help you get by.

Odell Beckham Jr of the Giants is going to get thrust into the spotlight. The Giants lost two receivers and Beckham might be the top target on the team not named Larry Donnell. The Giants have Dallas this week so the points could be there for Beckham.

Malcom Floyd of the Chargers continues to impress while Keenan Allen falters. Floyd has put up 214 yards and two scores on 11 catches over his last three games. You might as well get him now since the Chargers have Kansas City, Denver, and Miami before their bye and Floyd will have chances to shine.

Andre Holmes of the Raiders put up a late 4/121/2 line against San Diego and looks to be a sneaky Raider to own. They have Arizona, Cleveland, Seattle and Denver coming up which should force Oakland’s Derek Carr to throw a ton. Some of them will land in Holmes’ hands and he should be rostered.

 

Tight Ends

Jace Amaro of the Jets had a breakout performance against Denver with 10/68/1. We’ll find out if this is the exception or the rule but for now, we’ll take it either way. New England is without linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season so Amaro could have another solid game Thursday.

 

Defense & Special Teams

Yes, there’s not much to talk about with kickers, so we’ll go straight to defenses.

Pick up the Dallas DST this week. The Giants have no Cruz, and Andre Williams and Eli Manning didn’t get it done in a 27-0 loss to the Eagles. If he can’t get it done against the Eagles, it could be a long day against Dallas.

Take a look for the Arizona. When you play Oakland, you grab the opposite team’s DST.

 

That wraps it up for an unusual week. Leave your questions below and hopefully we can get through this together. We have one more week of short byes and then two weeks of six teams each on bye. If you prepare now and make moves, you can minimize the impacts of those big bye weeks and keep on rolling.

  1. James says:
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    I have Stacy and Lacy. Both backs are just killing me each week. I have proposed a trade with Lacy but still think that I should just drop Stacy. Here are the backs on the waiver wire, tell me the order you would go; McKinnon, Hillman, Mason. That was the way that I saw them, what do you think?

    • James says:
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      @James: My other backs are Oliver, Matthews, and K Robinson.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @James: Drop Khiry for Hilliman, McKinnon then Mason in that order. Khiry is going to have a tough time getting touches with Mark Ingram back after the bye week and Pierre Thomas is always lurking.

  2. snarf says:
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    This week and ROS, 10 team PPR. Colston, Holmes, or Kendall Wright? Leaning towards Colston for both outliers.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @snarf: Colston seems to be the better pick especially since he has a few weeks without Jimmy Graham coming up. Holmes is hit or miss in Oakland. Kendall Wright is a solid talent but his QB situation is a mess and could get worse as we go on.

  3. Shane says:
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    What do you think about Jonathan Stewart as a pick up this week? Who are some RBs you’d drop to get him?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Shane: J Stew…ah J Stew. I think this week I’d rather hav Dinty Moore Beef Stew. I’d consider dropping a hurt RB (i.e. Ridley, Moreno) or it would have to be someone really low in a deep league to do it.

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Shane: better spec adds than anybody on CAR. list some.

  4. ItWasntMe says:
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    Rashad Jennings is out my man, that was rook Andre Williams. Just wanted to help….

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @ItWasntMe: Fixed. To be fair, I get them confused all the time when I’m typing for some reason. Could be a Rams/Cardinals thing I do as well, but not sure why it happens. I could just be drunk.

      • Andrew Nordmeier

        Andrew Nordmeier says:
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        @Jay: You try typing this up at 130 am after a 3-hour plane ride from Seattle, destroying a scorpion to keep your wife from losing her shit, and dealing with two kids who don’t want to sleep at the same time. LOL. Yes, that really happened last night.

        We’ll try and do this next week on more sleep, less air travel and no scorpions.

  5. Mike says:
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    Thoughts on lions DST at home vs NO?
    They r currently my starter..
    Do I drop this week for Dallas or Balt?
    Thx

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Mike: I like them since the Saints are like possums. They’re okay at home but go out and get killed on the road. Dallas is a possibility but I like the Lions more. Baltimore is an ok option

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: GREAT possum metaphor, i figured it was gonna have something to do with pretending to be dead, but nope.

  6. Darth Stout says:
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    Drop Asiata for Darren McFadden?
    /Barf

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Darth Stout: I wouldn’t do it this week since Oakland hosts Arizona and they are a top-five run defense.

      Either way, you need an air sick bag for these two backs.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Andrew Nordmeier: he would still do it now assuming he’s not starting him though, right?

  7. Nick says:
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    In a league where I own Ridley and want to add replacement depth, should I add boldin, Gerhart (who someone dropped), or Bernard Pierce off waivers?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Nick: Is there a none of the above option? I would guess Bolden but Gerhart doesn’t look like much of anything I want on a roster and Pierce is stuck in committee with Forsett and Taliaferro in Charm City.

  8. Dom B says:
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    My TE are Jordan Cameron and Delaine Walker and My WR are Kelvin Benjamin, Roddy White, Michael Crabtree, TY Hilton, Kendall Wright (Malcom Floyd coming soon) should I do this trade I send Jordan Cameron and I recieve Percy Harvin GOOD OR HOLD?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Dom B: Hold. The Seattle offense is looking mediocre at best now. As a matter of fact since the opener, they’ve gone 2-2 (1-1 at home) and scored 97 points and allowed 97 points.

      Your WR group is good enough and I would keep Cameron since the TE position is thinner than an anorexic model turned sideways. You might be able to do better of you wait a little longer.

  9. Clint says:
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    Tate, Garcon, or Shorts in a ppr league ROS?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Clint: Shorts. He doesn’t have much competition now that he’s healthy and the Jags will have to throw the ball a lot. Garcon is second and Tate comes third.

  10. Jake the snake says:
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    Howdy Andrew! Another week of the waiver rush!

    I plan on dropping Giants D who hurt me this week; in return looking to add one of these D’s: Texans D (@ pitt), Cowboys D vs cruz less g men, & Browns D @ jacksinville.

    Next I need a TE this week; on the wire these are the best available: jace Amaro, jordan Reed , Charles clay & Ladarius green.

    I plan on dropping Andrew Hawkins for andre Holmes what do you think of that or hold?

    Keep or drop Markus wheaton? He’s been frustrating me!! If yes I’d be looking at one of these, Brandon bolden, james white, bernard Pierce , james starks , Brandon LaFell, Brian tyms, Davonta adams or taylor Gabriel

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Jake the snake: I’d try for the Texans; Clowney might be back and bring a bunch of heat. Reed followed by Amaro at TE since Reed has more weapons around him to take pressure off of him. Keep Wheaton for now none of the rest of those options sound all that great.

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-team dynasty, std scoring, start 2WR and a flex (which with my roster and the format is always a RB), is it time to move on from Roddy White for a waiver play?

    My other WR are Dez, Allen and Edelman. All the WR above except ODB are available, as well as guys like D. Adams, T. Smith, etc. There are always WR available in this league. Or I could add a young RB flier.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d hang on to him. Roddy has been a little off this season but he has been known to produce. I’d still keep him around but maybe bench him until he proves he can put up the numbers we know he is capable of..

  12. DiRo says:
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    Is it worth it to buy low on Stacey? Doesn’t look like that team has much faith in him.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @DiRo: No, it looks like this might be a three-headed monster at running back for the Rams. This is also the time of the season when Stacy emerged last season and Tre Mason might do the same. It’s just too unpredictable.

  13. mguy31 says:
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    Which trade would you rather do?
    1).Jordan Reed for Sankey
    2). Gronk and Pats D for Ellington and Dwayne Allen

    12 Team Standard

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:
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      @mguy31: Reed for Sankey

  14. Blake says:
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    I am at a loss on who to drop for a bye week QB, Iam in 12 team PPR league:

    QB: N foles
    WR: D Hopkins
    WR: D Thomas
    WR: R Randle
    RB: R Hillman
    RB: Storm Johnson
    TE: R Gronkowski
    B: L McCoy – Bye
    B:B Sankey
    B: S Vereen
    B: M Ball
    B: M Crabtree
    B: J Gordon
    B: J Reed

    So vereen, sankey or Johnson? All are starting RB’s and they will get picked up by somebody. I am leaning towards vereen but he is supossedly getting more touches, then maybe Johnson? as his team sucks? will sankey get more touches?

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Blake: drop storm. Nobody’s getting anything behind that line and you’re not desperate enough to need him. Or, depending on the QBs available, you could drop Foles. Not like he’s been irreplaceable.

      • Blake says:
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        @Steve Stevenson:

        there is palmer, eli manning, etc. Not much available

  15. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm dynasty, std non-ppr, start 2rb 2wr 1 flex. Deal L. Miller for Gordon? Other owner’s hurting at RB (ball and moreno down), and i’ve got forte foster tate as starting-caliber RB, plus am in line for playoffs.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: what are your WR (want to see how much of upgrade gordon is). beware of Gordon’s schedule during playoffs (which is right after he gets back)

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @goodfold2: dez roddy allen edelman. I fantasize about the dez gordon combo in dynasty

  16. Dallas D says:
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    You like Dallas DEF this week more than Cleveland DEF vs. the Jags?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dallas D: i don’t even though my name isn’t CLE D.

  17. Benny says:
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    Could you rank these WR’s for ROS? Michael Floyd, Reggie Wayne, and Garcon.
    Also – thoughts on Tre Mason? I was surprised to not see him listed as a potential Add. Do you not think they’ll be moving to him to carry the load after his play last night and away from Stacy?

  18. mcBlunty says:
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    full point ppr have a potential trade offer on the table, I would get AJ Green and Travis Kelce, I would send Gronk and either Fred Jackson or Andre Williams, if I did this my WR’s would be Calvin, Green, Mike Floyd, I also have Josh Gordon, if I make the playoffs that would be a nasty combo (in 7th place right now top 6 make it)

  19. FilthyRich says:
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    Wayne and Beckham are my bench WRs. Would you take Shorts, LaFell or Malcolm Floyd over either one?

  20. Ryan says:
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    Have Foles would you pick up Palmer, Hoyer, or Tannehill? With Palmer I’ll have to use a waiver claim

    Thanks

  21. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Any ideas who to keep? Must drop one from each:
    TE Witten or Davis
    RB Bush, Sproles, Mckinnon or Hillman

    Thanks in advance!

  22. mcBlunty says:
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    would you drop khiry or asiata for tre mason

  23. Robert says:
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    Desperate for RB help: Antone Smith. Khiry, Pierre Thomas, Bolden, Crowell, Tre Mason? Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Robert: bolden last.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: hard to trust the info i saw that informed that comment, but it was TRUE.

  24. James says:
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    PPR which side the better end of this trade? (ROS)

    Khiry Robinson and Brandon Cooks
    OR
    Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin

  25. Frank n bean says:
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    Hey man, I lost Ridley & looking to the wire for depth ; heres who’s available – which would you aim for 1st , 2nd, so on & so on..

    My RB’s are: ahmad Bradshaw, lesean mccoy, andre Ellington, Chris Ivory, andre Williams & Montee ball.

    Here are the available RB’s: Storm johnson, Jonathan Stewart, darrin reaves, blount, helu, Joseph Randle, darren McFadden , antone smith, james Starks, tre Mason, benny Cunningham, brandon bolden, george Winn & james white.

    Thanks man!

  26. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Is it worth dropping Blue for Bolden or Tre Mason? Mason looked awfully good on Monday and I don’t own Foster so he’s burning a hole in my bench. Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: definitely on mason, in most leagues there’s better backups to own than blue. bolden very well might not even be the “other guy” to vereen, it could be j.white (not urkel though)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: or somebody named meester Gray,turns out that blurb from earlier in week about bolden not getting used on rotoworld wasn’t just misinfo. It’s hard to be right when you actually believe some of those things, see SF coach is out (after being great for the whole time he’s there), charles having “high ankle sprain” yet playing just fine 14 days later, now we have j.graham both “should be fine after bye week” and “out an extra 2-3 weeks after bye week, but he’s practicing today”. Some of these things are clearly misinfo being spread, hard to tell which is which.

  27. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    in case he doesn’t get waivered (those at Yahoo really take longer some weeks, i have no idea why) shorts over any of T.Will/J.jones (OAK)/k.wright for ROS value in PPR?

  28. Tool says:
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    10 man league, half PPR, small rosters (14). The following were just dropped. Are any or all worth going after?

    Doug Martin, Stacy, Ryan Mathews and Monte Ball

  29. bobbo says:
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    My RB’s have been dropping like flies this year. In a PPR league would you pick up Tre Mason or Isiah Crowell as a “what the heck” bench player who might end up having to flex for me since Reggie Bush can’t stay on the goddamn field and AP whoops up on his kids?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Crowell. I trust Cleveland to stay committed to the run all year.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Oops, sorry Andrew!

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