Grounded: Now that New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be out for the season with a Lisfranc injury, the news devastates not only this offense as a whole, but fantasy owners as well. Rookie Stephen Hill and second-year man Jeremy Kerley are each too young for this offense to lean on, which means the Jets are left with two options. If they stick with Mark Sanchez, the likely candidate to lead the receiving corps will be Chaz Schilens, who is worth quietly snatching up off the waiver wire if you are in need of depth with the bye weeks now in full-swing. The other possibility is that coach Rex Ryan trusts offensive coordinator Tony Sparano enough to let Tim Tebow take the reins and move to a Wildcat offense. This scenario would not only benefit the team, but fantasy owners as well. While the first scenario provides only one decent option in Schilens, the second would bolster the values of Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell and Tebow. For now, fantasy owners should take the risk on Schilens, but his value depends on how long of a chain Sanchez has.
Risky reward: Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker could be at risk of needing season-ending surgery if he dislocates his shoulder one more time. As Dr. Mike Pagnani of the Nashville Knee and Shoulder Center stated, “it’s probably just a matter of time before it does.” Matt Hasselbeck has already been slated to start the Titans’ Week 5 matchup against the Vikings, and though there’s plenty of dust to knock off, there is a silver lining. As seen in Week 4, Chris Johnson will likely be leaned on heavily until Locker returns, which gives fantasy owners some hope after putting up with CJ2K’s miserable start. On the flip side, Nate Washington’s value will take a hit given his chemistry is with Locker and not Hasselbeck. Kenny Britt might be returning just in time to reunite with the veteran quarterback, the two have shown a very good track record when on the field together. Though this could all be short-lived if the Washington product returns to the helm next week, the Titans don’t have a bye until Week 11 and Locker will be facing off against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense once he returns. In other words, the probability of another dislocation is high.
Falling stars: Lost in the Dallas Cowboys’ saga that is Tony Romo and Dez Bryant has been the performance of DeMarco Murray. An early-round fantasy pick by most owners, Murray has been able to post just 41.10 fantasy points this season. Though much can be blamed on the matchups, things won’t necessarily get easier. After the Boys’ Week 5 bye, they face off against the Baltimore Ravens and then play the Philadelphia Eagles twice and the Washington Redskins once before the fantasy playoffs. Each of those defenses rank no lower than 13th against the run, and the Eagles and Skins have combined to allow just three rushing touchdowns thus far. Given the state of the Cowboys’ offensive line and current struggles, fantasy owners might have to temper expectations for the back. There should still be some owners who will buy high on him because of his name value, so if you can secure a player with more upside, it would be worth the consideration.
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