Cleveland chooses replacement for injured Brandon Weeden

by KFFL Staff on September 18, 2013 @ 10:20:50 PDT



QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden (thumb) is scheduled to meet with a hand specialist Thursday, Sept. 19, to have his injured thumb examined. Weeden said he is uncertain about the extent of the injury.

QB | Brian Hoyer | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns will start QB Brian Hoyer in Week 3. QB Jason Campbell will be the backup.

He has been underwhelming in limited action during his five-year career. He had a down year his senior season at Michigan State as well, with a 51.0 percent completion percentage. He could have value in two-quarterback leagues, but we'd stay away in others.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon said QB Robert Griffin III (knee) hasn't been his usual self in the first two weeks of the season. "Robert obviously can't run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee," Garcon said. "But it's the same offense, to be honest with you. It's nothing different. It hasn't changed at all." Griffin has run the ball only nine times in the first two games, but none were designed runs or in the zone read option. Five or more rushers have been sent in at Griffin by the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers 42 percent of the time in these last two weeks. Last year, teams only sent five or more rushers on 21 percent of their snaps.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (hand) likely will not play in the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Gus Bradley. "As of right now, we don't anticipate we'll have him on Sunday," Bradley said. Gabbert is expected to have 15 stitches removed from his hand this week.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles allowed San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers to complete 36 of his 47 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2. Three San Diego receivers went over 90 yards. In their last 16 games, the Eagles have allowed 34 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions. Since halftime in Week 1, the opposing quarterback has completed 72 percent of their passes for 695 yards, five touchdowns and one interception.

Running Back

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (knee) was not participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to have RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) in Week 3.

We question how effective he will be if he is active. He has started slowly since missing most of last season with a foot injury and isn't getting any younger.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin reiterated Tuesday, Sept. 17, that the team wants to keep the playing time comparable between RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas, despite Miller having had a more productive game in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. Philbin said unless "one guy is breaking tackles left and right and taking the ball a long way, and the other guy is not being productive," that this plan will continue.

Fantasy owners should hang tight, as it might only be a handful of games like Week 2 which propel Miller into more of a lead role, and Thomas to a traditional backup job.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) will be eased back into the running back picture alongside RB James Starks if he returns in Week 5 following the team's Week 4 bye. "We're going to use both backs," said offensive coordinator Tom Clements. "When Eddie's healthy he's going to get his reps and James will be ready to get his reps."

Starks is an obvious free-agent target on waiver wires this week, especially if you own Lacy. However, his peak value probably won't last past this weekend, depending on how Lacy bounces back from his concussion. He'll be a pretty weak play when he's sharing touches with Lacy.

RB | Steven Jackson | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) was ruled out for the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Mike Smith.

With Jackson officially ruled out, Jacquizz Rodgers will likely see the bulk of the carries, and is worth an add, especially if you are looking for a replacement to Jackson for the short term.

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons are likely to split the running back duties between RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling if RB Steven Jackson (thigh) doesn't play in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins. Rodgers and Snelling ran for a combined 36 yards when Jackson left in Week 2.

Rodgers should be your primary target on the waiver wire if you own Jackson or are hurting at the position. He'll be more valuable than Snelling in point-per-reception formats, too.

Wide Receiver

WR | Jeremy Kerley | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns have demoted WR Greg Little and will start WRs Josh Gordon and Davone Bess in Week 3.

Little mostly had value only in PPR leagues, and this will further hurt his value. Little had several drops this season and will have to work his way back up the depth chart.

WR | Andre Johnson | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) is expected to play in Week 3.

WR | Antonio Brown | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown confronted offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sidelines in Week 2 and complained about not getting the ball enough.

WR | Mike Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace was grumpy after Week 1 when he managed just one reception, but after his big stat line in Week 2, he is suddenly bubbly. "I was the deep guy there (in Pittsburgh). But I always want to show people I can do more than deep routes. So this is fun for me," Wallace said. He has lined up in the slot, and is allowed to move around more.

Week 1 was certainly an anomaly, so hopefully his fantasy owners didn't panic too much. He will have a lot better chance to rack up more catches, perhaps not for as big of an average yards per catch as we have seen in the past, but his targets will certainly be up.

WR | Kris Durham | Detroit Lions | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham was in for 38 snaps against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. He was targeted twice, and had no receptions. He was seeing more time on the field with WR Patrick Edwards (ankle) sidelined.

Durham might see the same amount of time, or even a little more action, in Week 3 if Edwards cannot play. However, he appears a ways off from making a splash in fantasy football.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) will not have surgery for a sports hernia, and he's expected to miss another few weeks.

This is good news for Amendola owners, as it means he likely won't be out as long. However, he's shown that he's a slow healer, so expect him to sit out for at least another few weeks. In his absence, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins will benefit.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt is not happy with the team and thinks this will be his last year in Tennessee.

If Britt continues to have issues with the team, the main beneficiaries on the field will be Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. For now though, it is tough to have Britt anywhere near your starting lineup.

Tight End

TE | Dwayne Allen | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen (hip) will miss the rest of the season because he is scheduled to undergo hip surgery.

Coby Fleener will become the Colts' starting tight end with the loss of Allen. Fleener has had a solid start to the season and should become more involved in the passing game. He should be considered a borderline starter most weeks that could be a flex option as well.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Fred Davis was benched in Week 2 because of several missed assignments. TE Jordan Reed entered the game and caught a touchdown pass. Reed played 29 snaps, which was the most of all the tight ends.

This sounds like it could linger. Reed is a player to put on your watch list and could enter the mix as a good bye week/injury replacement.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) is healthy enough to play in Week 3. However, the team wants to get him more practice time and is leaning toward holding him out of the game.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (hamstring) posted on Twitter that his leg feels great, and he just needs to rest until kickoff for Week 3.

It sounds like he's fine to insert into your lineup as a solid TE1.

TE | Anthony Fasano | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 17.

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (shoulder) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 17.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) could return to play against the Chicago Bears in Week 3. He is scheduled to fully practice this week after being limited last week. Miller has been a trusted target for QB Ben Roethlisberger in the past and could go a long way in helping the team fix their offensive struggles. Miller had a 71 catches for a career-high 816 yards last season before being injured. The team's tight ends have only four catches and 50 yards in two games this year.

Place Kicker

PK | Kai Forbath | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins PK Kai Forbath (groin) said his injured groin is feeling better each day and hopes to be able to handle the kicking duties Week 3.

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