Week 3 is here. If you haven’t read Steve’s mega preview, check that out. There are a few injury situations to monitor this weekend.
First is Pierre Garcon. He’s currently listed as doubtful so hopefully they let him wait another week to come back at 100%. With Bobby Griffin elevating the play of everyone on the Redskins offense, Pierre Garcon is someone who should definitely be in your lineup when he’s healthy but if he were to play tomorrow I would have my doubts about safely deploying him.
Steven Jackson, despite not practicing all week, is listed as questionable. Even if he plays, I would imagine Darryl Richardson and to a lesser extent, Isaiah Pead will see a fair amount of touches. Jackson has a history of playing hurt but I’d only use him if you’re desperate seeing as how it’s not a very good matchup vs Chicago anyway.
Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates are both expected to play. You’re obviously deploying Gates if you have him unless you picked up someone like Martellus Bennet and started him Thursday night vs the Panthers when Hakeem Nicks was ruled out (in which case– power move). If you drafted Ryan Mathews you’re probably eager to get him in your lineup and rightfully so but if you have a safer option, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wait and see how this first week back goes. He’s a personal favorite of mine as I am of the opinion that when he’s healthy he is a top 5 runner in the NFL but we don’t have an idea of how big a workload he’ll be given in his first week. The upside is certainly there but it comes with a little more risk than I’d like this week.
Matt Forte is out. This means Michael Bush must be in your lineup. As far as backup runners go, Bush is as good as it gets as he always produces when he gets 20+ carries. Forte’s injury apparently isn’t as bad as once thought so enjoy these weeks while you can if you own Bush.
Jeremy Maclin is out. The immediate thought is to assume this means more targets for DeSaun Jackson. It could, however, mean much more Patrick Peterson for DeSean which could lead to Vick shying away. The Cardinals and Eagles defenses could easily end up being the highest scorers for this matchup. For what it’s worth, Larry Fitzgerald shredded the Eagles defense last year for 146 yards and a pair of TDs. Don’t give up on Fitz yet and if you can buy him while his stock is low that would certainly qualify as a power move.
Some buried treasures I like for this weekend are Darryl Richardson (even if Steven Jackson plays), Kendall Hunter, Lance Moore, Greg Little, Kendall Hunter, Donald Jones, Jason Avant, and Matt Cassel.
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