By: Josh Clark
DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – Where do we begin? It was a tough fantasy week for many teams with all of the injuries that took place on Sunday. If you’ve been waiting to use your high waiver claim, now would be the time to use it. Fantasy stars like Le’Veon Bell and Steve Smith Sr. (Smith Sr. has been a top 10 fantasy wide out this season) are out for the season, while studs such as Matt Forte are out multiple weeks. Here is a list of the rash of injuries that occurred in Week 8 from a fantasy perspective:
Running Backs: Le’Veon Bell (season-ending), Matt Forte (multi-week injury), Khiry Robinson (season-ending), Reggie Bush (season-ending)
Wide Receivers: Steve Smith (season-ending), Keenan Allen (season-ending injury), Ricardo Lockette (likely season-ending)
Quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick (day-to-day)
Here are my pickups for Week 9:
1. DeAngelo Williams (PIT/RB) – With Bell’s season over with a badly injured MCL, DeAngelo Williams regains the job of lead back for Pittsburgh. Williams was surprisingly good when Bell missed the first two weeks of the season with a suspension. Williams rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns over that span.
2. Jeremy Langford (CHI/RB) – Because John Fox doesn’t divulge any injury information, there’s no way of knowing the significance of Matt Forte’s injury. Predictions of “multiple weeks” are being sourced to top NFL writers, however. Jeremy Langford assumes the role of starting running back while Forte misses time. Langford rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries after Forte was hurt.
3. Joique Bell – (DET/RB) – It’s very difficult to figure out the carousel that is the Detroit Lions running back situation.What is interesting of note, Joique Bell and not Ameer Abdullah was the beneficiary of the coaching changes the Lions made prior to their trip to London. Bell ran for 56 yards on 7 carries, while Abdullah only received 1 carry the entire game. Had the Lions not been in catch up mode throughout, Bell would have gotten much more work out of the Lions backfield.
4. Stevie Johnson (SD/WR) – Chargers coach Mike McCoy announced that Keenan Allen will be out for “some time.” Stevie Johnson will take over as the Chargers number one receiver in Allen’s absence, while Malcom Floyd will assume the number two role and continue as a deep threat for Phillip Rivers.
5. Vernon Davis (DEN/TE) – Davis was lost on waiver wires as his team has been in shambles all season. A trade to the Denver Broncos will surely fix that. Davis now has immediate value in a high powered offense. Peyton Manning isn’t the quarterback he was when Julius Thomas had success the last few seasons in Denver, but he should be a low-end TE1 every week.
6. Kamar Aiken (BAL/WR) – Because Steve Smith Sr. is out for the season with a torn Achilles, someone needs to step up for Joe Flacco. Following Smith’s exit in the third quarter, Aiken received five of Flacco’s ten targets to finish the game.
Other Pickups: Kendall Gaskins, Malcom Floyd, Nate Washington, Jay Cutler, Jacob Tamme & Dwayne Harris
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