New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston out four to six weeks

     by Ryan Dodson on September 10, 2008 @ 05:48:43 PDT's Jay Glazer reports New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (thumb) had surgery to reattach a torn ligament in his left thumb Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will miss four to six weeks.

The Saints will rely heavily on Week 2 starting receivers Devery Henderson and David Patten while Colston is out. This makes the two receivers much more valuable, and both should be added in most formats. Second-year receiver Robert Meachem could be active on game day, but don't expect much from him yet.

Patten, who caught a 39-yard touchdown in Week 1, is typically a possession receiver. He came out of nowhere to have a productive season in 2007 with 54 catches for 792 yards and three touchdowns. He becomes more valuable in point-per-reception leagues.

Henderson is an explosive deep threat, as witnessed by his 84-yard touchdown reception last week. Henderson has been a bust thus far in his career, and this could be his last chance to salvage his potential with the Saints.

Tight end Jeremy Shockey remains one of the first options in the offense. He caught six passes for 54 yards in Week 1 and could see more passes come his way. However, he could attract double-coverage attention as well. His fantasy potential increases.

For those that own Colston, hold on to him. Quarterback Drew Brees shouldn't be affected much by the injury because the offense doesn't key in on one player. He has plenty of options to throw to, and running back Reggie Bush remains a dangerous option in the running and receiving game.

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