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Write-ups labeled with WW are waiver wire targets. Find more fantasy football risers in our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire.
Weather had its way with the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
See ya in '14?
Adrian Peterson (foot), Eddie Lacy (ankle) and Reggie Bush (calf) were among those who sustained injuries, with Bush going down during pre-game warm-ups. (More on these later.)
Calvin Johnson (four targets) and Matthew Stafford (10-for-25, 148 yards, zero TDs) were among the big names that suffered because of aerial limitations. Slippery terrain gave way to the run game -- and play-calling that accentuated after-the-catch yards -- and as a result padded many box scores. (See Baltimore Ravens-Minnesota Vikings.)
It's a reminder to take into account why Megatron only saw five targets on the day and not to hold it against him, and others who went sledding, the rest of the way.
Though weather didn't play a part in it, Sunday's biggest casualty so far was Rob Gronkowski, who tore the ACL and damaged the MCL in his right knee (not to mention sustained a concussion) and will miss the rest of this season.
Gronk owners must scramble for a replacement, but this could be Danny Amendola's chance to reclaim his fantasy value. Tom Brady will have to reconnect with the intended replacement for Wes Welker. Lately, that has been Julian Edelman, who has a more extensive history and rapport with No. 12.
Look for Amendola to assume some of Gronk's work. New England's backup tight ends, Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan, aren't worth chasing.
Shane Vereen was already safe given his perfect fit as a receiver out of the backfield. Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) will likely continue to rotate their offensive roles, if they can get away from the sideline.
WW: Peterson may try to play this weekend, but if he can't, Toby Gerhart, if he can overcome a hamstring injury of his own, will carry the Vikings load again.
WW: Lamar Miller's concussion may keep him out. Daniel Thomas would replace him. He looked healthy after a bum ankle jeopardized his season not one week ago, making some hard cuts in nasty weather.
WW: Willis McGahee's concussion should open up more time for Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker.
Darren Sproles was the victim of game plan once again with just four utilizations. The New Orleans Saints took control in the second quarter and leaned on Mark Ingram -- well, mainly Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. Sproles remains a volatile play at the flex spot.
WW: Da'Rick Rogers (nine) and LaVon Brazill (four) have overtaken Darrius Heyward-Bey in the Indianapolis Colts' hierarchy. They'll likely continue taking reps from the stagnant run game with their big-play ability, but the choice to play each week will depend on matchups. Rogers is the ideal choice to replace DHB on the outside, so he's the better bet.
WW: Why haven't you picked up Cordarrelle Patterson (eight targets)? His after-the-catch brilliance, aided by the winter wonderland in Baltimore, proves that the Vikings will continue to involve him frequently.
Michael Crabtree's eight targets doubled the number from his debut, and he may be hurting Vernon Davis' involvement as a result. Colin Kaepernick leaned on Crabtree last year during the wideout's breakthrough campaign.
WW: Justin Hunter (eight looks) continued his surge up the Tennessee Titans' target totem pole. The rookie's downfield ability (19.7 yards per grab this year) was highlighted in his 41-yard TD scoring play and another 57-yard grab.
The return of Eddie Royal from injury hurt Ladarius Green (one target, zero grabs), so Antonio Gates (six) has returned to relative target safety for now.
Another beneficiary from Welker's injury could be Jacob Tamme, who saw five passes come his way and played in the slot almost exclusively after the wideout went down.
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