A bad week for fantasy quarterbacks

Prominent fantasy quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Matt Hasselbeck, Carson Palmer and Tony Romo (to name a few) have all been hit with the injury bug this season. Now a pair of emerging field generals are hurt.

Kyle Orton is carted off the field after injuring his ankle. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kyle Orton is carted off the field after injuring his ankle. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Matt Schaub suffered damage to his MCL in a loss to the Vikings, and reports indicate he’ll be out several weeks. He was one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football, so he’ll be pretty hard to replace. Sage Rosenfels will now take over the reins in Houston. He has put up some good numbers in the past and will be a hot name on the waiver wire.

Kyle Orton was also injured this week, suffering a high ankle sprain in a win over the Lions. While he still needs to have more tests, it looks like Orton will miss a few weeks of action. Like Schaub, Orton established himself as a reliable fantasy quarterback, so his absence will hurt.

The Bears will now turn to Rex Grossman, but that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. The Titans and Packers are next on the schedule for the Bears, so Grossman could struggle in his first two starts.

More importantly, he’s Rex Grossman.

Another quarterback who could be sidelined for a few weeks is Dan Orlovsky.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli announced at his Monday presser that Orlovsky sprained his thumb in a loss to the Bears. The potential absence of Orlovsky wouldn’t usually be a big deal in fantasy leagues, but the fact that so many quarterbacks have been injured made him a viable option in some formats.

If Orlovsky is out of action, the Lions will turn to either Drew Stanton or Daunte Culpepper (he has agreed to terms on a two-year contract). Because of the current state of the position, Culpepper could be worth consideration off the wavier wire if he’s handed the top spot on the team’s depth chart.

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