Week One Player Ranking Updates / Injuries (Podcast)
Only one game into the season and we potentially have a star fantasy player done for the year as Peyton Manning had a third surgery on his neck in the past 18 months. Manning is likely out at least two to three months and fantasy owners who drafted Manning, and his partners in crime are probably feeling a little uneasy about their odds of success already.
Fear not, as there are opportunities to add solid players off the waiver wire, each week and hopefully if you drafted Manning you protected yourself by draft someone like Ben Roethlisberger, Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan as a backup.
Below you will find our weekly podcast for player ranking updates and noteworthy injuries throughout each week. In this podcast Sean and Matt De Lima discuss Manning’s surgery and the impact it will have on the Colts offense, Arian Fosters hamstring, Tony Romo’s offensive line, Chris Cooley’s knee and some key IDP players who have injuries to keep an eye on. As always, we’ve taken the time to break down the full podcast into sections, and they can be found at theFantasy Philosophers Podcast home page.
At this time, we also will update all of our position rankings throughout the week, and I have a link to each article below. Because the Saints and Packers have already played, their names have been removed from the rankings because most fantasy owners don’t have the option to start or bench them going forward.
Arian Foster Likely Game Time Decision
Texans Coach Gary Kubiak admitted that his star running back is likely a game-time decision after Arian Foster failed to participate in team practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Look for Foster to find the bench in this one because Houston should have no problem mopping the floor with the Colts without Manning on the field. Derrick Ward and Ben Tate are possible options to start if you have Foster and are in need of a flex play runner.
In our week one rankings, I have Foster dropped down to a top twenty five running back this week in contrast to a top ten option as he was ranked on Monday. Tate will likely get more play as the option to start in fantasy circles but Ward is likely to be the top option and should see the goal-line touches. Both are Fringe RB-3 options should Foster miss this game.
Tony Romo’s Should Land On Your Bench
The Cowboys are really beaten up coming into their first game against the Jets in New York and losing starting right tackle Tyvon Smith, and his backup in practice won’t help Tony Romo. Star receiver Miles Austin is battling a mild hamstring problem in practice, and that won’t help his odds of success against Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Look to Romo as a must start week two against the 49ers week secondary, but I would look to other options in week one.
Chris Cooley Likely Out Week One
With Chris Cooley batting a bad knee injury, he’s likely to miss this weeks’ game against the Giants, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has to shut it down for an extended period, at some point this year. Backup Fred Davis had success in fantasy lineups in the second half of the 2009 season, and looks to be a useful option to start if you need to fill in for Cooley or another tight ends.
Please Note – For IDP updates head over to the Fantasy Philosophers Podcast home page for more, or listen to podcast on this page.
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