Fantasy Football Cut-N-Go: Robinson Done, S-Jax Keeps Chugging Along
Laurent Robinson was well-liked around Fantasy FanHouse. We believed the third-year wideout could be a serviceable WR3 many weeks, especially when you considered his soft opposing schedule and the Rams' propensity to play from behind (or suck, if you prefer). Thirteen catches and 167 yards in, Robinson's season is likely over after suffering both a fractured fibula and a high ankle sprain. But those of you who lost Robinson and are looking for receiver depth luckily have a few other very appealing options.
Mike Sims-Walker, Pierre Garcon, and if you're pressed, even Earl Bennett. All three are coming off strong Week 3 performances and are owned in less than 40 percent of Fleaflicker leagues. Actually, Garcon and Sims-Walker are owned in less than 30 percent. MSW plays the Titans, Garcon faces the Seahawks, and Bennett gets those lovable Lions. With waiver claims coming up, these are the receivers you want to target -- in the order I listed them.
As for the effect of Robinson's injury on the Rams' offense, it's just one more hurdle for Steven Jackson to overcome. We projected Jackson as a top-five back heading into the season, but his surroundings aren't doing him any favors. Marc Bulger is nursing his wet noodle of an arm thanks to a bruised rotator cuff. The defense just got toasted by Aaron Rodgers. And offensive tackle Jason Smith has been sidelined with a knee injury. It's impressive that S-Jax has been able to rack up 349 total yards, nevermind the lack of scores. Against the odds, Jackson will still be a strong RB2, and RB1 depending on the matchup. Even if his production needs help from check-downs, he'll get his fantasy points.
Other Fantasy Football Notes:
• Quick thoughts on the Frank Gore injury: Don't worry too much. Definitely pick up Glen Coffee, as Will mentioned here, since the Rams are next. Coffee already snagged? Try Patriots' Fred Taylor, owned in 46 percent of Fleaflicker leagues. Looking deeper, Browns' Jerome Harrison will play the Bengals at home. And if Gore only has to miss three weeks, you'll be without his services for just two games since the 49ers have a bye in Week 6. Good trade target if you have depth to spare.
• If you're in a deep league, now is the time to stash Steelers rookie Mike Wallace. Via The Tribune-Review comes a report that struggling second-year receiver Limas Sweed could be heading to the bench. That would only mean more time for Wallace, who burst onto the scene with seven catches and 102 yards in Week 3. He already has 12 catches in his short career, and if Santonio Holmes continues to lapse, the door opens more for Wallace. Pittsburgh plays Detroit and Cleveland in Weeks 5 and 6. Also, it doesn't look like Rashard Mendenhall's value will be going up anytime soon. Fast Willie Parker lives.
• There's a new sheriff in Tampa and his name is Josh Johnson. After an 0-3 start, head coach Raheem Morris decided to hand the reigns over to Johnson, a fifth-round draft choice in 2008. The new quarterback will replace Byron Leftwich next week as the Bucs play Washington. If you needed another reason to steer clear of Antonio Bryant and other Bucs receivers in the short-term, there you go.
• The Bills' expected running back by committee looks like a bad situation all around for both Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch owners. Jackson has played like an RB1 in points-per-reception leagues with 76 touches in three games, but a 50-50 split is a strong possibility with Lynch returning.
• Eric Mangini obviously didn't have enough fun during the preseason keeping secrets from the rest of the world about who would play quarterback for the Browns. He says that he's going to wait until Wednesday to announce whether Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson will start on Sunday.
• Courtesy of Saints tight end Billy Miller's blog comes a surprising story about Pierre Thomas. As the tale goes, Thomas was so sick that he needed two bags of IV while being laid out in the training room before the game. Thomas went on to rush for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the breakout performance his fantasy owners were waiting for. Moving forward, I'm still a bit skeptical on Thomas' chances to receive a steady workload all season long, but he's back to being RB2 material for now.
• Don't dismiss Mark Bradley yet. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley doesn't sound too optimistic about Dwayne Bowe's chances of playing against New York.