1st and 5

Week 3 was another brutal week for injuries. Let’s hope week 4 settles down a bit. Let’s survey the damage.

The waiver wire can be a cold mistress at times.

QB: Blake Bortles, Jaguars- The QB pool is running thin, but there were a couple changes, one because of ineffectiveness and one because of injury. They are both rookie QBs though so take that with a huge grain of salt. The other option is Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota. Bortles showed some nice signs and had 2 TDs. His WR corps is also young and experienced but fast and agile. Should be interesting.

RB: Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens- Just when you thought their backfield situation couldn’t get any more crowded, the rookie has a breakout game. 90 yards rushing on 18 carries a TD. Pick him up if he is not on someone’s team. Like most rookies, he might have his ups and downs.

RB: Donald Brown, Chargers- By process of elimination (literally) Brown figures heavily into San Diego’s plans until Ryan Matthews can get healthy. Brown has his own injury history to be wary of as well. Keep an eye on: LeGarrette Blount, Steelers- especially if you have Le’Veon Bell, it could be worth it playing both against juicy matchups.

WR: Jordan Matthews, Eagles- Keep in mind he is a rookie WR, he opened eyes with 8 catches and 2 TDs last week. The Eagles defense isn’t stopping many teams from scoring so the Eagles will have to score a bunch this season. Of course with Chip Kelly, you don’t know who is getting the ball. Keep an eye on: Devin Hester, Falcons- He’s kind of a hit or miss play, but he has shown he is a scoring option this season for Atlanta.

TE: Owen Daniels, Ravens- Unfortunately Dennis Pitta dislocated his surgically repaired hip. Looks like he might be out for the year. Fortunately for the Ravens, they have another capable pass catcher at the position. Daniels caught 2 TDs in Week 2, so he will no doubt be able to rake in the redzone. Keep an eye on: Both Colts TEs. Fleener and Allen look like decent plays if you need a TE, especially for your bye week.

D/ST: Lions- If someone dropped them after week 1, they might be there. The Falcons also showed some signs of life and they have Devin Hester doing KR/PR so that is a plus. Keep and eye on: The Colts D/ST and anyone who is playing the Jaguars, who are 32nd vs D/ST.

That’s all for this week. Good luck!

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