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 Bradshaw may be going under the knife for neck surgery, though that is far from certain. Regardless, there's little doubt the Colts' backfield now rests in Trent Richardson's hands. There is little risk in jettisoning Bradshaw if you need his roster spot.
It will be at least one more week before Steven Jackson (hamstring) returns, which means more of the Jacquizz Rodgers/Jason Snelling backfield. At this point, Rodgers is the better fantasy bet; but neither player is likely to soar.
The Rams are expected to give rookie RB Zac Stacy his chance to earn significant playing time in the team's unproductive backfield committee. Daryl Richardson has flamed out so far, and Isaiah Pead isn'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 on Cecil Shorts this 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 when Josh Freeman was a fantasy stud and the hope of a city. Things move fast in the NFL. Freeman is looking for a new gig today.


  1. Alright...hate bye here we go...eli or Alex smith...two out of these a ppr league...Reggie Wayne, Jillian edelman, Eddie Lacey...and the last one would I be totally crazy this week with matchups starting danny wood head over Trent...thank you and hope ur team(s) are doing good.

    1. Gotta go with Eli this week. Reggie and Edelman. Trent

  2. In a complete bind now that Calvin Johnson is out...who would u go with zac Stacey who is starting...Eddie royal or Andre Ellington..thanks