NFL fantasy football: Aaron Hernandez out for Week 8

Hernandez not in London: Just when you thought it was safe to put Aaron Hernandez in your lineup every week, NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that the New England Patriots tight end did not travel to London for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Hernandez missed three games after suffering a high ankle sprain in the Week 2 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. In the two games since his return, the Florida product has posted underwhelming numbers and with the Patriots having a bye in Week 9, this is a good opportunity to let him rest. All eyes will obviously now be on Rob Gronkowski, who has played well in recent weeks and could also mean a few extra targets for Julian Edelman.

Amendola listed as questionable: St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola is listed as questionable on this week’s injury report. The receiver’s recovery from a dislocated clavicle has gone faster than expected and there’s a chance he could suit up for the Rams on Sunday. His return would be good news not only for St. Louis, but for fantasy owners since New England’s defense has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. But don’t rush him back into your lineup just yet. Despite the “questionable” designation, Amendola isn’t a sure thing to play this week. This could go right up until game time.

Garcon might need surgery: Pierre Garcon’s season started with a huge first half against the New Orleans Saints. Since then, it’s been a disappointment due to a lingering foot injury. The news isn’t getting any better with word that Garcon could opt for surgery to repair a torn ligament. Even if the wideout doesn’t go under the knife, it seems unlikely that he’ll be back on the field before Week 11. That makes it hard for fantasy owners to count on the speedy receiver. In Garcon’s absence, Santana Moss has emerged as the new go-to receiver in the Washington Redskins offense. If you haven’t already, it might be time to cut ties with Garcon.

— Marcas Grant
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