How long will Aaron Rodgers miss, and what should fantasy owners do?

by KFFL Staff on November 5, 2013 @ 08:31:33 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' (collarbone) initial X-rays revealed a small fracture in his left collarbone, which could sideline him for three weeks. However, the team wants to wait for more definitive scans before confirming the diagnosis.

The team could opt to bring back Matt Flynn (Bills), who is set to clear waivers today. Losing Rodgers changes the entire offense, though. Eddie Lacy and James Starks can expect to be workhorses, while Jordy Nelson and Jarrett Boykin suffer at the lack of deep passing routes. Expect Andrew Quarless to see a lot of action as tight ends are usually safety valves for backup quarterbacks like Flynn or Seneca Wallace.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
According to a team source, Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler (groin) plans to return to start the Week 10 game against the Detroit Lions barring any setbacks.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said Monday, Nov. 4, that QB Nick Foles is the starter for now. Foles will take the first-team reps in practice Tuesday, Nov. 5. However, Kelly declined to say if Foles would be the starter once QB Michael Vick (hamstring) is fully healthy. "I think you're more worried about it than (Foles) is," Kelly said.

QB | Terrelle Pryor | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said QB Terrelle Pryor (knee) is considered day-to-day because of the knee sprain he suffered Week 9.

Owners should wait to see what Pryor is able to do at practice this week before finalizing their starting lineup for Week 10.

QB | Jason Campbell | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Jason Campbell (ribs) will likely practice Tuesday, Nov. 5, before the team heads into their bye week after bruising his ribs in Week 9. Campbell was knocked out of the game against the Baltimore Ravens for four offensive plays. He went 23-for-35 for 262 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.

Campbell should be fine when the team returns in Week 11. He has performed well in his two starts as the starting quarterback, and Brandon Weeden isn't posing any threat to take his job anytime soon.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the coaching staff will evaluate how QB EJ Manuel (knee) is moving around during practice before deciding on his status for Week 10. Marrone said Manuel has been cleared to play, but the coaches will determine his readiness to play.


Running Back

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson ran the ball well in Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams. He finished with 150 rushing yards with two touchdown runs, and 108 of his yards came before contact. Johnson had five runs of 15 or more yards, including scampers of 24, 23, 19, 18 and 15 yards.

RB | Benny Cunningham | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham (ankle) returned from injury in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, playing nine snaps on offense and four more on special teams.

Cunningham is working as the backup to Zac Stacy, and that role could be in jeopardy after a costly fumble. For fantasy purposes, Cunningham is not someone you'll want to rely upon anytime soon.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders are more worried about the injury to RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) than they are about QB Terrelle Pryor (knee), who is listed as day-to-day. "Obviously, with hamstrings, you never know, with Darren. So, probably a little more concern with Darren than there'd be with Terrelle but we'll see how both of those guys are doing in the morning and that will probably dictate what their availability is going to be on Wednesday," head coach Dennis Allen said. Pryor said his sprained right knee felt fine. McFadden has already missed one game after initially injuring his hamstring.

DMC isn't a stranger to injuries or healing slowly from them. Don't be shocked if he's held out in Week 10. As a result, grab Rashad Jennings off the waiver wire immediately if you own McFadden or are looking for RB depth.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) participated in practice Monday, Nov. 4, and looked good.

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, an MRI showed RB David Wilson (neck) significant improvement in his recovery from a neck injury, but he has not been cleared to resume football activities at this point. Wilson will undergo another evaluation in a few weeks.

Wilson will be out for a few more weeks, so Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs will handle the carries for now. Brown is expected to be activated this week and should be owned in all leagues. Hillis and Jacobs likely will see their fantasy value drop because of the return of Brown. If you've been stashing Wilson, this might be the time to give up if you're in need of the roster space.

RB | Doug Martin | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said RB Doug Martin (shoulder) has a chance to play Week 10.

Owners should monitor Martin's practice participation this week to get an idea about his status for the game.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said RB C.J. Spiller (ankle) felt good after the team's Week 9 game.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is on the stationary bike at practice Monday, Nov. 4.


Wide Receiver

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) is out of practice Tuesday, Nov. 5.

WR | Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (forearm) returned to practice Tuesday, Nov. 5.

WR | Riley Cooper | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper (illness) left practice Tuesday, Nov. 5, with an illness.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said WR Miles Austin (hamstring) and CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) are improving but are doubtful for Week 10.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday, Nov. 4, that WR T.Y. Hilton will remain on the punt return unit despite the fact he is starting at wide receiver. "This guy's smart. He knows how to get down and protect himself," Pagano said.

Fantasy owners never like to see their player risking potential injury while not benefiting their team. Still, Hilton has emerged as a must-start fantasy option in all leagues now that he appears to be the top option in the Indianapolis passing attack.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt was limited to just 11 snaps in the Week 9 game against the St. Louis Rams. Britt was used as a run blocked and decoy, and he was targeted just once in the game.

If you haven't already done so, and were hanging on hoping for the best, now is the time to jettison Britt. He has minimal fantasy appeal at this point, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.

WR | Stedman Bailey | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Stedman Bailey was on the field for 11 snaps on offense in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans, and he snagged his first catch for 12 yards. Bailey also saw 18 snaps on special teams, and recorded a pair of tackles.

Bailey has a ways to go before he is relevant for fantasy owners, but he is trending in the right direction.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin's playing time was limited to 29 offensive plays and 10 more on special teams in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans. He was targeted twice, and ended up with zero receptions.

Austin's playing time has dwindled, and having QB Kellen Clemens under center isn't going to do him a lot of favors, either. For fantasy purposes, it's best to avoid Austin until he starts to live up to his potential.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (lower body) suffered an apparent lower body injury in the third quarter of the Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Nov. 4. After a pass play, he was down on the ground laying on his back while holding the backs of both of his legs while grimacing in obvious pain. The source and severity of the injury is not yet known.

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow) is not expected to miss the rest of the season due to the dislocated left elbow he suffered in Week 9, according to a league source. However, Kerley is expected to be sidelined at least a few weeks. "It looked ugly, there's no question about that," head coach Rex Ryan said Monday, Nov. 4.

WR | Rod Streater | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WRs Juron Criner (shoulder) and Rod Streater (hip), OT Matt McCants (toe), PK Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) and LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs) were all injured in the team's Week 9 game.

WR | Robert Woods | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods (ankle) has only a mildly sprained ankle and is listed as day-to-day.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he is not counting on WR Percy Harvin (hip) to play Week 10 and that he is still considered day-to-day.

WR | Leonard Hankerson | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) was limited during practice Monday, Nov. 4. The team did not practice Monday and this is an estimation.

WR | Aaron Dobson | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson received all of the snaps over an inactive WR Kenbrell Thompkins in the Week 9 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dobson caught five passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns and was targeted nine times by Brady. With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup and healthy, it makes the Patriots passing attack very dynamic. Dobson should be owned in all deeper leagues and is a valuable commodity now that New England is clicking on all cylinders.

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (head) was being evaluated for a concussion after the team's Week 9 game, but head coach Chuck Pagano said Heyward-Bey was cleared.

This is something to keep an eye on during the week. If he can't play in Week 10, Griff Whalen and Coby Fleener will become more important options in the passing game.

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Greg Little (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the team's Week 9 game. Little hopes to be able to practice Tuesday, Nov. 5, despite dealing with a minor shoulder sprain.


Tight End

TE | Zach Sudfeld | New York Jets | Injury, , Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Zach Sudfeld saw an increase in playing time in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints with TE Jeff Cumberland (concussion) inactive and TE Kellen Winslow (suspended) serving the last game of a suspension. Sudfeld had two receptions for 46 yards.

With Cumberland and Winslow expected to return in Week 11 after the team's bye, the playing time for Sudfeld is likely to dry up. Avoid him for fantasy purposes.

TE | Julius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will not practice Monday, Nov. 4, due to a mild ankle sprain suffered in Week 8.

There is still plenty of time this week for Thomas to return to practice. If he's in the lineup this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, he should be in your starting lineup.

TE | Jake Ballard | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent TE Jake Ballard (Patriots) to an undisclosed one-year deal Monday, Nov. 4, and released TE D.C. Jefferson in a corresponding move.


Place Kicker

PK | Sebastian Janikowski | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WRs Juron Criner (shoulder) and Rod Streater (hip), OT Matt McCants (toe), PK Sebastian Janikowski (ribs) and LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs) were all injured in the team's Week 9 game.

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