Nearing the halfway point of the NFL schedule, injuries are piling up. As discussed in the waiver wire blog last week, the injuries, in combination with bye weeks for many teams, are causing a lot of owners to find themselves in need of a few pieces to plug the holes in the ship before it sinks.
Fred Davis is the latest big name to be cut down by injury as he tore his left Achilles tendon on Sunday against the Giants. If for some strange reason Owen Daniels hasn’t been snatched up in your league, you need to pick up the touchdown-scoring Texans TE immediately as a replacement. Dustin Keller could also be a viable stand-in if Mark Sanchez manages to get the Jets back on track. The duo performed a lot better in a close game with division rival New England, so there’s hope for Keller’s numbers against weaker secondaries.
Maurice Jones-Drew will not be playing at least in Week 8 and most likely much longer after suffering a foot injury. His understudy Rashad Jennings becomes a priority replacement in nearly all leagues, because QB Blaine Gabbert also suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, hurting the Jags’ passing game as well. He will certainly be among the most popular pickups this week.
As if the Redskins weren’t suffering enough with the loss of Davis, Pierre Garcon’s nagging foot injury has turned out worse than initially thought, and frustrated owners seeking a little more depth at WR while he is out could look to his teammate Leonard Hankerson. The sophomore receiver isn’t tremendously talented, but again, without his top two targets for the foreseeable future, Robert Griffin III needs someone to throw to.
Rookie RB sensation Trent Richardson was limited on Sunday due to a rib cartilage injury suffered in Week 7, causing owners of the new fantasy star some serious headaches. His backup, Montario Hardesty, isn’t expected to do too much damage, but he should get the load of the touches if Richardson struggles to bounce back, and the strong Browns’ offensive line will give him a good chance for scoring plays in the red zone.
Josh Gordon and Chris Givens are two WRs emerging as the best options for anyone seeking help at WR. Both guys are significant parts of their teams’ weekly game plan – Gordon has become the improving Brandon Weeden’s go-to receiver, and Givens has stepped up as a big-play threat for the Danny Amendola-less Rams. With either of these young receivers, we may be watching the birth of a few new fantasy stars. Pick them up if they are available!