Fantasy Football Week 10: Early Advice for Your Roster

There’s only one place to start this week and it’s huge.

Aaron Rodgers has a fractured collarbone and will be out—depending on whom you listen to—either three weeks (ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky) or an unknown amount of time (Will Brinson, CBSSports.com).

So there’s a lot we don’t know.

Here’s what we do know:

You don’t have him for the next three weeks at minimum.

Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel says that Rodgers is aiming at a Thanksgiving Day return. He also writes that this timetable is a bit optimistic and Rodgers will probably be out longer.

That means for the next three weeks of your fantasy season, you will be without Rodgers and, really, you should be planning to head into your playoffs without Rodgers for a time.

Which, let’s face it, sucks.

You have to decide what to do. A lot of owners waited to grab a backup for Rodgers because, normally, you have nothing to worry about. The guy is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league and never gets hurt.

In the only league I have Rodgers in—one in which he inexplicably dropped to the middle of the second round—I was able to get Philip Rivers in the 12th round, and since Rivers has been very good, I’m OK (though I do need a new backup to my backup).

There’s an even chance you won’t feel that good about your backup, though.

Here’s the advice I have.

Make a trade to shore up your quarterback situation, unless there is a Case Keenum or Nick Foles on the waiver wire (maybe EJ Manuel depending on when he returns).

But don’t overpay and don’t cough up Rodgers unless you really have to. Because whenever Rodgers returns, he’ll be great—and if it happens in the fantasy playoffs, that’s a good time to get him back.

Other injuries of note:

The Houston Texans’ Arian Foster is week-to-week with both back and hamstring issues. ESPN’s Stephania Bell says he may not play this weekend and that his back and hamstring issues might be related—which is to say one will probably improve when the other does.

Assume Ben Tate gets the carries and that you will be looking for an alternative to start in place of Foster against the Arizona Cardinals. Of course, Tate is playing with four broken ribs (see the above link), so keep an eye on undrafted free agent Dennis Johnson, who looked solid last weekend and could see more carries against Arizona.

Over with the New Orleans Saints, Darren Sproles is also week-to-week with a concussion and could be out against the Dallas Cowboys according to the Star-Telegram’s Carlos Mendez.

It sounds like Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings could start this weekend, as Darren McFadden is dealing with a hamstring injury—one which the team is more concerned about than Terrelle Pryor‘s knee injury according the ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

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