Week 10: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
In this article we profile players that are struggling to get into uniform for the coming week. The biggest injury of week nine involved Aaron Rodgers who is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks with a broken collarbone. Seneca Wallace struggled in relief but draws a favorable week 10 matchup against Philadelphia. Rodgers owners would be wise to target Nick Foles or possibly Jay Cutler (might return against Detroit this week) if either are floating on the waiver wire. On a positive note, Andre Brown (Giants) and Shane Vereen (Patriots) appear to be nearing a return to their respective lineups and should be added from waiver wires if available.
Foster suffered a back injury on the first series of the week 9 loss to the Colts and was unable to return to the game. He's also dealing with a hamstring injury and was unable to practice Thursday, leaving his week 10 status in jeopardy. The 27-year-old Foster has an up and down fifth NFL season as he's averaging 77 yards per game on the ground with two touchdowns. He's only topped 100 yards in two of the seven Texans games and many believe his excessive workload is catching up with him (300+ carries in two of the past three years). Foster has been a fantasy force the past three seasons (47 total touchdowns), but for now he remains barely on the RB1 radar due to injury and declining stat lines. Ben Tate (broken ribs) rushed 22 times for 81 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Colts and appears likely to dominate the workload this week in a difficult matchup with an Arizona defense allowing the second fewest fantasy PPG to running backs (66 yards per game).
To the surprise of no one in the fantasy universe, RUN DMC reinjured his hamstring in the week 9 loss to Philadelphia. Through seven games, DMC is averaging 62 total yards per game with four touchdowns. During his previous five seasons, Mcfadden has been sidelined for 23 games due to injury. He was unable to practice Thursday and all signs point to Rashad Jennings drawing a start against the Giants this week. The former Jaguar impressed this past week, amassing 15 carries for 102 yards with a touchdown while also adding seven catches for 74 yards. Jennings' upside is limited by a porous offensive line and less than impressive track record (floundered during his starts for Jacksonville last season). The New York Giant run defense is allowing the 10th lowest fantasy PPG to opposing running backs. Jennings remains just a flex play (better start in PPR leagues), despite the fact that he's likely to see 20+ touches this week.
Sproles burned fantasy owners in week nine as a concussion on the first series put him in street clothes for the remainder of the game. He passed concussion tests and practiced in full on Wednesday, leading most to assume he'll be good to go for a high scoring affair on Sunday night football against Dallas. He's averaging just 55 total yards per game with two touchdowns, but remains a solid PPR option (37 catches for 386 yards through eight games). Pierre Thomas and Sproles should each remain on the RB2 radar this week against a Dallas defense allowing the ninth most fantasy PPG to opposing running backs – especially based on the fact that the Cowboys have allowed a league high 63 catches to running backs.
Hamstring and ankle injuries have kept White sidelined for the past three games (first time he's missed games during his nine year career). On the season, White has just 14 catches for 129 yards and has yet to score. He has topped 1,000 yards in each of the past six seasons, but that seems highly unlikely in 2013. On a positive note he's returned to practice and vows to play this week against Seattle.
With White and Julio Jones out of action, Harry Douglas has exploded onto the fantasy scene. Over the last three weeks, he has 22 catches for 352 yards with one touchdown (led the NFL in targets in Week 8). With Tony Gonzalez drawing most of the defensive attention, Douglas should continue to produce like a borderline WR2 candidate as long as Roddy White remains in street clothes. If White is unable to play against the Seahawks, Drew Davis would draw the start opposite Douglas. The second year WR from Oregon had a solid performance in Week 8 -- hauling in five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. His week 9 performance against Carolina was a major dud -- one catch for two yards. Davis is a desperation play at best this week if White is unable to go. The Seattle defense -- led by shutdown CB Richard Sherman -- presents a difficult matchup as they are allowing the second fewest fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers (allowed just four touchdowns to the WR position). The week 11 matchup also won't be favorable as the Falcons will be facing Tampa and Revis Island.
The 30-year-old Hofstra alum has been one of the bigger fantasy disappointments at the WR position during the first half of the 2013 season. He's averaging just 49 yards per game with one touchdown – a far cry from the model of consistency he had shown during his previous seven seasons. Colston has topped 1,000 yards in six of seven seasons, while totaling 58 touchdowns (average of eight per season). A knee injury kept him out of the week 9 loss to the Jets, but he returned to a limited practice Wednesday, giving hoping to owners that he'll be in uniform for a favorable matchup with a struggling Dallas secondary on Sunday night. The Cowboys are allowing the 13th most fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers. The Vegas over/under is set at 54 points – a true sign that fantasy owners should target this game.