As Week 4 is wrapped up there are a few injuries and updates to be addressed. Just as he was starting to get it rolling again after Santonio Holmes suffered an undisclosed foot injury that will keep him out for multiple weeks. This next week will also be a make or break for Mark Sanchez with Tebowmania set to rise again.
Jake Locker suffered another injury to his left shoulder and is likely to miss multiple games.
Rashard Mendenhall is on track to return to the Steelers active line up this week leaving Isaac Redmen and Jonathan Dwyer very expendable in fantasy leagues.
Hakeem Nick’s knee has reportedly not improved, which is concerning as it is his left knee after he has had issue with his right foot that he broke earlier this year.
Mat Hasselbeck – It’s looking like Jake Locker will miss at least this next week and possibly more after suffering an injury to the same shoulder he hurt in Week 1 of the season. If you own Locker and are in a 2 QB league Hasselbeck is worth a grab. He played well throughout most of last season, but as of right now he is worth a look if you are a Locker owner with no other other options. He is currently available in 98% of leagues.
Kevin Kolb – He has shown some consistency since taking back his starting job due to a John Skelton injury. He threw for 328 yards and 3 TDs along with 2 picks. His numbers have steadily been increasing from week to week and is playing well even while behind a horrid offensive line. With favorable match-ups against STL and BUF over the next few weeks, he is worth a look as a BYE week filler. He is currently available in 86% of leagues.
Jackie Battle – He got the start over Ryan Mathews, who was benched without notice before the game, because of Mathews fumble issues apparently. Though he is not likely, or talented enough, to keep Mathews from retaking his job, he should be picked up by Mathews’ owners or peddled to Mathews owners as a handcuff. With the Mathews’ injury history it is also highly recommended to grab Battle as insurance. He is currently available in 76% of leagues.
Brandon Bolden – Stevan Ridley is the starter in New England still, but there were rumblings in the off-season about the rookie out of Mississippi, and he showed why this week rumbling for 137 yards and a TD on 16 carries. A lot of this had to do with New England’s ever changing game plan, and Ridley was no slouch with 106 yards and 2 TDS, but if you are a Ridley owner it may be wise to invest in Bolden as a handcuff should anything happen to Ridley. He is currently available in 90% of leagues.
Bilal Powell – The Jets are in need of change this week after a terrible outing against the 49ers where they were shut out 34-0. Shonn Greene only played 18 snaps, while Powell played 32. This will at least be a timeshare going forward, but Greene has all but lost his job to Powell. Powell is not a huge upgrade from Greene, but is a better pass catcher and gives the Jets more to work with. The running lanes could open up if the Jets turn to Tim Tebow as well. He is currently available in 81% of leagues.
James Jones – We’ve been on this merry-go-round before, but with the lingering groin issues that Greg Jennings has had, Jones could yet be fantasy relevant this next week or longer if the groin issues don’t subside for Jennings. He is recommended for owners thin at receiver or Jennings owners with little on the bench. He is currently available in 66% of leagues.
Brain Hartline – Games don’t get much more monster than they did for Brian Hartline against the Cardinals, racking up 12 catches for a ridiculous 254 yards and a TD. Ok, this isn’t going to happen every week with Ryan Tannehill experiencing rookie issues, but Hartline is his number 1 wide out and will continue to get looks. His numbers are a bit inflated because of his 80 yard TD, which was a clear cut blown coverage, but even after that he had 11 catches for 174 yards. Grab him. He is currently available in 72% of leagues.
Scott Chandler – He suffered a head injury in the game, but head coach Chan Gailey has since said that he will be ok. He is tied for a league leading 4 TDs among tight ends. He is boom or bust player as he is points will come from TDs or nothing at all since he rarely racks up yards. He is a big target at 6’7” and Fitzpatrick likes to throw it to him high making him a valuable red zone threat. He is currently available in 70% of leagues.
Marcedes Lewis – He is fast becoming a reliable target for Blaine Gabbert now that he is being used less for blocking purposes. He is another big target with little to offer after the catch, but has a strong red-zone presence. He is worth a look if you’re thin at the position. He is currently available in 94% of leagues.
Other notables: WR Andre Roberts (Available in 83%), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (available in 50%), and WR Domenik Hixon (available in 94%of leagues).
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.