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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Snippets from 4th & Goal column and updated injury report
Here's an excerpt from yesterday's 4th & Goal column for Sporting News' Fantasy Source, along with some updated injury news...
Week 5 got off to a painful start as Brian Hoyer (knee), EJ Manuel (knee) and Stevie Johnson (back) all went down with injuries. Let's hope that's not an omen of things to come this weekend. [Update: Hoyer is out for the season; Manuel will miss a few weeks.]
Ahmad Bradshawmay be going under the knife for neck surgery, though that is far from certain. Regardless, there's little doubt the Colts' backfield now rests inTrent Richardson's hands. There is little risk in jettisoning Bradshaw if you need his roster spot.
It will be at least one more week beforeSteven Jackson(hamstring) returns, which means more of the Jacquizz Rodgers/Jason Snellingbackfield. At this point, Rodgers is the better fantasy bet; but neither player is likely to soar.
The Rams are expected to give rookie RBZac Stacyhis chance to earn significant playing time in the team's unproductive backfield committee.Daryl Richardsonhas flamed out so far, andIsaiah Peadisn't cut out for a lead role. Don't start any Rams RB, even against the Jaguars, but keep an eye on Stacy. He has potential.
Darren McFadden is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks. Good news for those who need a good week or two out of Rashad Jennings.
Stevan Ridley has already been ruled out this week.
If you're counting onCecil Shortsthis weekend, keep a close eye on his status. He is dealing with a sore groin and has been a limited participant in practice. He is not certain to play in Week 5.
Nor is Miles Austin, with his perennial hamstring issues.
Both Lance Moore and Mark Ingram have already been ruled out by the Saints.
Looking for a ray of hope that Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is headed back to the field? The Patriots cut fellow TE Zach Sudfeld. The rookie obviously wasn't cutting it, so that's the real reason he's unemployed. But the team has lost some depth at the position. We'll see ... [Update: The Jets just claimed Sudfeld off waivers.]
There was a time whenJosh Freemanwas a fantasy stud and the hope of a city. Things move fast in the NFL. Freeman is looking for a new gig today.
Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association -- the most prestigious recognition in the biz. In 2011, he won again -- the only two-time winner in the FSWA's history. He also won for "Best Humor Column of 2011," across all sports. He was a finalist for the FFWOY Award again in 2013 and 2014, but was denied the threepeat in the kind of bribery/shakedown/ payola scandal more commonly associated with FIFA. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.