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Monday, September 30, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 4 INJURY REPORT: RUNNING BACKS GOING DOWN EVERYWHERE

Week 4 in fantasy football once again brought a batch of injuries to talk about, with running backs going down more than at any other spot.  Let's get to it.

-Terrible news for upstart Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker who was helped off the field Sunday on a stretcher and cart due to what looked like a severe hip injury.  Locker hardly moved after going down with the injury and according to a team source, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the team's starter for "awhile."  Images of Bo Jackson pop into the head whenever a serious hip injury takes place and the real shame is that both Locker and the Titans were exceeding expectations in their 3-0 start.  Fitzpatrick is a decent enough QB but one who only has some appeal in two-passer formats.  If you are a Locker owner, no reason to hold onto him if he is out for weeks as expected.  The numbers were not out of this world to hold a spot for him.

-Stop me if you heard this before but Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden got hurt.  Only took McFadden three and a half games to get hurt his time as he went down with a hamstring injury Sunday.  Backup Marcel Reese didn't fare much better as he too hit the sidelines with a left knee injury.  Up stepped forgotten man Rashad Jennings who we last heard of before last season when it was thought he would play in place of Maurice Jones-Drew who was coming off injury but that didn't happen.  Jennings actually was a PPR force Sunday by catching 8 passes for 71 yards while doing little on the ground in rushing for 45 yards on 15 carries.  Those who play in PPR and have a RB spot to fill with byes affecting four teams this week may want to look here.  But remember Jennings is not a solid runner so this is strictly a receiver boost.

-Alfred Morris also bit the dust Sunday with a rib injury but good news here as the Redskins have a bye this week and no fracture was found.  Old PPR friend Roy Helu came off the bench with 84 total yards and a score but Morris should be fine going forward. 

-Just like in Oakland, the Buffalo Bills running backs couldn't stay on the field as both C.J. Spiller (sprained ankle) and Fred Jackson (sprained MCL) went down.  Tashard Choice is the third string runner and his names takes on some meaning this week with the Bills on a short week playing this Thursday against Cleveland.  Spiller did come back into the game however after the sprain and Jackson himself said he will be fine afterwards whatever that means.  This one should be watched closely but Spiller looks like the best bet to have the most work Thursday.

-Tough day to be a New York Jets receiver as Santonio Holmes suffered a hamstring pull while Stephen Hill sustained a concussion.  The Jets passing attack is among the worst in football however so don't cry too hard for these two who at best were bench options.

-Minor thigh injury for Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown but he gutted it out.  He will be fine.

-LeSean McCoy scared his owners by missing a few plays in the first half after getting the wind knocked out of him.  Nothing to worry about.

There you have it.  As always we would love to hear your thoughts.

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