First, a couple owners out there are taking a huge sigh of relief after Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan had good fantasy games while both missing main pieces of their offenses.
Rodgers played without James Jones and Randall Cobb for the entire game and Jermichael Finley for half of it yet he still put up good numbers. He ended with 29 fantasy points and still a MUST start if he is playing.
Ryan entered Sunday’s game missing his number one starting wide receiver in Julio Jones, his number two wide receiver in Roddy White, and his starting running back in Steven Jackson. Many wrote Ryan (and the Falcons) off for dead but he went out and had his best game of the season netting 28 fantasy points as well as the win for the Falcons.
Arian Foster (hamstring): A hamstring pull sidelined Foster for pretty much the whole game and his future is unknown. We will know more later in the week when practice starts. It was described as a “mild” pull so owners may keep some hope alive for him to return after the bye week. Those of you that have Ben Tate, you might be getting a starting back for a couple weeks but make sure to keep an eye on his rib situation.
Doug Martin (Shoulder): Shortly after halftime Martin might have wore his pads for the last time this year. Early reports are saying Martin will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn labrum, although Coach Schiano believes we will see him back before the season ends. We will have to wait and see what happens but a big waiver claim might be Mike James, his back up and next in line for the starting RB job.
Jay Cutler (Groin): Early reports indicated that the second quarter injury will sideline this QB up to 4 weeks, which is not good for a team trying to stay in the very competitive NFC North chase this year. Josh McCown did a fine job filling in (albeit against a poor Washington D), but shouldn’t be much a factor in waivers. He has a bye this week and plays the Packers week 9.
Sam Bradford (Knee): This is really unfortunate for a young man putting up top 10 fantasy numbers this year and turning the corner in his career. While scrambling Bradford got bumped out of bounds and tore his ACL, he will miss the rest of the year. Kellen Clemens will replace him, at least for the short term. He is not a good add this week with the Seahawks coming up but might be a fill in later on.
Nick Foles (Concussion): The honeymoon stage of Foles being the answer at QB ended early in the game this past Sunday. To add a little insult to injury, he got his bell rung and has a concussion. His status going forward is uncertain but if any Vick owners dropped him I would scoop him back up. This game and injury ended the QB battle for now.
Jermichael Finley (Concussion): This was ugly and is his 2nd concussion this year. He has spent a couple nights in the hospital but has feeling in arms and legs. This might be a question of if not when for his comeback. We all hope he is ok and for a speedy recovery. Andrew Quarless will most likely replace him for this week at least and play against the shaky Minnesota defensive backfield. He should be a great add.