Week Two of the NFL season provided some fascinating story lines and some very interesting upsets. Raise your hand if you seriously thought Washington, Jacksonville and Oakland were all going to come out of Sunday with a W. For the millions of fans that play Fantasy Football, Sunday was the cause of many headaches across the land. Two starting quarterbacks went down with injuries, one of which will have serious repercussions in many season long leagues.
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler exited Sunday’s contest with a hamstring injury. Early reports suggest that Cutler will not be available next week under center. Some Bears fans might think that is great news, but think about this for a minute. Jimmy “Pickles” Clausen would be the starting quarterback in Seattle facing a Seahawks team that has started 0-2 for the first time in the Russel Wilson era. One word describes that game. UGLY. Chances are that not too many folks had Cutler as their starting quarterback. To put it simply, if you had Cutler as your starter, you were not going to be winning your league anyway.
The Dallas Cowboys have started the season 2-0 but the troubles have just started. Romo is currently owned by 96% of players in ESPN fantasy leagues. So, as the story broke on Sunday that WR Dez Bryant had foot surgery, Romo winds up breaking his clavicle against the Eagles. Romo will likely miss up to 10 weeks and that puts the Cowboys season in peril and kills a lot of fantasy teams.
Additionally, reports this morning suggest veteran TE Jason Witten is dealing with two severely sprained ankles and a sprained knee.
Former Cleveland Browns starter QB Brandon Weeden now becomes the starter for the Cowboys for the next few months. You can now safely downgrade all of the Cowboys players from a fantasy standpoint. This team is going to struggle. The Dallas offense which featured DeMarco Murray last year, is currently 19th in the league running the football, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry with the mishmash of players trying to fill his shoes.
WR Terrance Williams was a hot waiver wire pickup last week, but his value now takes a serious hit.
Hopefully, if you are a Romo owner, you selected a solid backup option. If you are a regular reader of this page, you will realize that I suggested after last week, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was only owned in 48% of ESPN leagues. Palmer only has 492 yards passing but he has 7 touchdowns, tied with Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Injuries are a fact of life in the NFL and they can crush a promising fantasy season. You can do all the preparation you want heading into your draft, but an adroit use of the waiver wire can be a key component to whether you win or lose your league.
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