Patriot patch: With Aaron Hernandez likely out 4-6 weeks with an ankle sprain, the New England Patriots are reportedly looking toward Kellen Winslow for help at the position. Winslow has been out of work since being cut by the Seattle Seahawks shortly before the start of the season — despite catching 75 passes for 763 yards in 2011. New England is fond of running multiple-tight end sets, but don’t think Winslow will slide in and take over Hernandez’s role. There will be chances for the veteran to make some plays, but the spotlight should once again shine on Rob Gronkowski. If anyone else sees a boost in New England’s passing game, it could be Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, who have been fantasy enigmas through the first two weeks of the season.
Charles “ready to play”: Despite leaving Sunday’s game with knee soreness after just 21 snaps, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles could have returned to the game, according to coach Romeo Crennel. It was an unproductive outing for Charles overall, rushing for just three yards while catching three passes for 19 yards. Actually, it was a generally unproductive day for Kansas City’s running game as a whole. The team finished with 150 net rushing yards, though most of them came after the game was out of reach. The Chiefs have been outscored 75-41 through their first two games (only the Titans have a worse scoring differential) and if they can’t keep contests close, it will be hard for the ground game to gain any traction. The good news is that K.C. visits New Orleans next week and the Saints have allowed an average of nearly 30 fantasy points per game to fantasy running backs. If there’s ever a week for Charles to get on track, this is it.
Fitzgerald to “get his catches”: No fantasy star has raised more red flags in the first two weeks than Larry Fitzgerald. The Arizona Cardinals star has just five catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns through the first two games. But coach Ken Whisenhunt says that should change in the coming weeks, telling reporters the team will work on getting Fitzgerald the ball. On the field, the Cards are 2-0 (including a surprise win over the Patriots), but it’s hard to imagine they’ll be successful long-term without involving their top playmaker. However, things don’t look promising for Fitzgerald’s fortunes in Week 3. The Eagles and their shutdown corners are headed to the desert.
– Marcas Grant
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