A quarter of the season is gone already and it is time to re-evaluate your fantasy team. You have likely dealt with some injuries which have wreaked havoc on your roster. This is where you separate yourselves from the rest by being aggressive and creative on the waiver wire to grab those no-names who come out of nowhere and emerge as viable replacements for your household name players. So without further adieu, here is the Week 4 edition of the walking wounded for fantasy football.
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1. Hakeem Nicks (WR-NYG). According to Giants coach Tom Coughlin, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has not practiced all week and it isn’t known if he will be able to in the next couple days. Nicks has been banged up with foot and knee injuries and has missed the past two games. It would be a shame if he missed this week’s game against Cleveland who is allowing the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Keep a close eye on his status but be prepared to find an alternative. Dominik Hixon could be a viable short-term replacement off the waiver wire.
2. Greg Jennings (WR-GB). Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has been suffering from a groin injury that just won’t go away. He suffered a setback last week and has not practiced since. Jennings was a premier fantasy receiver in all drafts but has been a major disappointment due to his injuries. The Packers have lots of offensive weapons so they likely will not rush Jennings back too soon. Start planning for another option for this week.
3. Steven Jackson (RB-STL). It seems as though Rams running back Steven Jackson has been questionable all season. He has a lingering groin injury but should be able to play in this shortened week for St. Louis. However, he has not produced like a top flight rusher as he has yet to surpass 60 yards in a game and is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry. Even if he plays, he is probably best suited for your Flex position.
4. Jake Locker (QB-TEN). After emerging as a borderline fantasy starter, Titans quarterback Jake Locker went down last week with a shoulder injury. It was the second time his non-throwing shoulder popped out and he has already been ruled out of this week’s game in Minnesota. Tennessee will want to be very cautious with their future star so it isn’t known if he will be back by next week. Most likely he isn’t starting for your fantasy team anyway, but he is on his way to achieving that status. If you need a bye week replacement, Matt Hasselbeck could be a decent one-week option as the Titans have been making big plays all season.
5. Aaron Hernandez (TE-NE). The ever cryptic Bill Belichik and the New England Patriots still haven’t revealed much new information about tight end Aaron Hernandez and his ankle injury. He most likely will not play again this week against Denver, but it is possible he could be back in the next week or two. The Patriots offense exploded last week against Buffalo so he should slide right back in and join the barrage when he is ready.
6. Christian Ponder (QB-MIN). Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder picked the wrong week to be slowed in practice by a knee injury. Minnesota will be playing the Titans who have been horrendous defensively so this could be a breakout game for Ponder if he plays. Ponder isn’t a high end starting option in fantasy leagues, but if you need a bye week replacement or are looking for a good matchup he could be a viable possibility.
7. Lance Moore (WR-NO). As if the Saints need any more bad news in this dreadful start to the season. Wide receiver Lance Moore did not practice on Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. Keep an eye on Moore’s status later in the week because he has been a solid WR3 or Flex option thus far and has been one of Drew Brees’ primary targets.
8. Ben Tate (RB-HOU). Ben Tate, the popular handcuff to Arian Foster, has been suffering from a toe injury which he sustained last week against Tennessee. He has already missed a team walk-through in practice and his availability for Monday night’s game against the Jets is unknown. This could be a big week for Tate because the Texans are likely going to blow the Jets out which means he could be in line for a lot of touches in garbage time. Keep checking his progress for a possible Flex option this week.
9. Kenny Britt (WR-TEN). Much maligned Titans receiver Kenny Britt was back at practice this week but still has a ways to go before he is cleared to play. He missed last week’s game with an ankle injury but could be back in a good matchup against the Vikings who allowing a ton of yards to opposing wide receivers. Also, Matt Hasselbeck is playing this week and he developed a nice rapport with Britt in 2011 before he injured his knee.
10. Santonio Holmes (WR-NYJ). Oh those poor Jets. The hits just keep on coming. A week after losing Darrelle Revis for the season (or at least until the Super Bowl, according to Rex Ryan), the Jets now lose their best wide receiver, Santonio Holmes, for the rest of the season with a foot injury. It is not surprising this happened because Holmes has been putting his foot in his mouth for years and it finally caught up with him. He was a marginal fantasy option because of the Jets awful passing game. His replacements leave a lot to be desired for so don’t bother rushing to the waiver wire to grab any of them.
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