Find a crutch: The news for Maurice Jones-Drew is not good. The star running back was ruled out by coach Mike Mularkey on Monday, a day after he suffered a foot injury in Jacksonville’s 26-23 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. No timetable was given for MJD’s return, but after Mularkey stated there was a chance the team could sign another running back this week, don’t expect it to be soon. The immediate response for fantasy football owners should be to sprint to the waiver wire and snatch up Rashad Jennings as quick as you can. This is just another illustration of why it’s always important to handcuff your studs.
Reunited: The Washington Redskins lost tight end Fred Davis for the season with an Achilles injury, but they aren’t out of options. NFL Network learned Sunday night that Chris Cooley has agreed to sign a deal with the team. Cooley’s familiarity with Mike Shanahan’s system should bode well for his chances of cracking the starting lineup, but fantasy owners might want to consider adding third-year tight end Logan Paulsen. The UCLA product is widely unknown, but he led all receivers with 76 yards on just four catches against the Giants. He will compete with Niles Paul for the starting job, so just keep his name in the back of your mind as a potential waiver wire pickup should he take the majority of reps in practice this week.
Keeping the gig: On Monday, Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Romeo Crennel named Brady Quinn his Week 8 starter. “My biggest deal was my gut telling me that I needed to impact the team by changing the dynamic,” Crennel said, adding that the move isn’t about placing blame on Matt Cassel. For fantasy owners, the move doesn’t impact your needs at quarterback, but it could impact your other Chiefs’ players. Jamaal Charles saw a stacked front against the Buccaneers in Week 6 when Quinn was at the helm, and the result was a paltry 4.70 fantasy points. It was even worse for Dwayne Bowe owners, who saw the star wide receiver walk away with just 2.50 fantasy points. Quinn will face the weak Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers’ secondaries his next two games, but divisional matchups have a tendency of getting the opposition’s best play. While it’s hard to part with such big names, if you can get a good deal for either Charles or Bowe in a trade, now might be the time to do it.
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