Some injuries are worse than others. For fantasy football fans like The Loop, who depended on Derrick Henry’s marvelous services, his broken leg brought an Armageddon of absence.
Of course, a positive Aaron Rogers test for COVID is a big deal. But the injury, which may have ended at the end of the season, caused the NFL’s first runner not only decapitated the Tennessee Titans’ attack, but also forced us to postpone our annual first-half top-rankers review until at least next week. But now is the time to start looking for a replacement running beck that can, at least in part, replace Henry’s big shoes.
There are not many great options on failed wires. But let’s start with the ancient one that everyone has been talking about the last couple of days:
Adrian Peterson (Titans) – You’ve probably heard of him. The artist, formerly known as All Day, has been signed by Tennessee and will have one last chance in Nashville to host the Super Bowl to retire to the Hall of Fame. What’s left in the tank? Who knows? But Peterson, whom we saw last season in Detroit, would have been a good fit for an attack in Tennessee. Of course it’s worth the risk.
Jeremy McNichols (Titans) – He is the leading player behind Tennessee lines who almost always caught the pass. Will he be able to turn into, say, the role of a runner on the goal line? We’re not going to pretend we know for sure.
Mark Ingram (Saints) – After Ingram showed up in Houston, he was sent back to New Orleans, where he spent some of the best periods of his career with Alvin Camara. Strictly, it would be a gateway option for fantasy fans.
Derrick Gore (Chief Executives) – He came out of nowhere on Monday night against the Giants to offer a significant option for KC’s attack. Looked pretty good doing it. But Clyde Edwards-Helare will be back soon, so Gore can’t be wrong as Frank has a very limited window to prove his worth.
Jordan Howard (Eagles) “It was a great achievement in Philadelphia that disappeared and was forgotten. He then scored two touchdowns when he returned to the Eagles last week. While this seems more of a coincidence or fluke than a career renaissance, he definitely deserves flyers for those who are particularly hard to run.
David Johnson (Texans) – Fantasy historians remember when Johnson was one of the best RBs in the game. Ancient history. But with the return of Mark Ingram to New Orleans, Johnson could become the undisputed No. 1 in Houston. Except for Philip Lindsay, so never mind …
Vikings may have to throw a lot to beat Baltimore in their must-play on Sunday, so Dalvin Cook numbers may suffer. … Tennessee QB will get a much bigger blow Ryan Tannehill without Derrick Henry… Say goodbye to easy TD attempts after King Henry’s forgeries. This week the Rams Defense will cap all Titans, even Aj brown’s… … San Francisco, RB Elijah Mitchell smashed and won’t be a great start against Arizona. … Jets RB Michael Carter will return to Earth against the Colts, along with most of the Jets. … Atlanta QB Matt Ryan there will be fewer options against New Orleans with all the Falcons stars missing. … Philly WR Devonta Smith will not start any comeback against the Chargers. … And we assume that the Packers will keep Tyreek hill in their Super Bowl rematch, I’m with the Chiefs.
QB chargers Justin Herbert fought lately, but we think he is picking up against Philadelphia. Raiders QB Derek Carr has gone unnoticed this season and will continue to face the giants. … Want a long range pick for early combat? Try Green Bay A.J. Dillon against the bosses. … If Dallas Michael Gallup returns, you have to start it against Denver. … Buffalo Cole Beazley will still be poor Cooper Kupp against the defense of Jacksonville. … Miami Rookie WR Jaylen Waddle will be a big day against Houston. .. And if you want someone to have an unexpectedly big day, try Houston RB. Philip Lindsay against Miami.
Jamis Winston the return lasted eight weeks. He finished the year after hitting his knee. But New Orleans is likely to split QB responsibilities between Trevor Simian and Taysom hillat least in the short term. … Should you consider starting Green Bay QB Jordan Love when he replaces Aaron Rogers? No no. … Kyler Murray he is said to work day in and day out, but he is still worth starting with QB for Arizona. … Atlanta WR Calvin Ridley steps aside on a personal matter that proved devastating to the attack on the Falcons led by Matt Ryan, and will continue to do so. … Jaguars RB James robinson can be relegated to the background, with Carlos Hyde an increase for a week or two. … This week Christian McCaffrey or Sakwon Barkley return? … Now we know that New Orleans WR Michael Thomas will not return this season. … Dallas QB is among the most doubtful players on the list. Duck Prescott, Vegas RB Josh Jacobs, 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell, Bears RB Damien Williams, Nines WR Dibo Samuel, Jets WR Corey Davis, Titans WR Julio Jones, Eagles WR Jalen Raegor and Raiders TE Darren Waller…
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A week later with noticeable endings as goodbye as Rob Gronkowski and T.J. Hawkensonyou should take a closer look at Pittsburgh Pat Freyermouth, a newbie from Pennsylvania. He is quickly becoming the favorite of the Steelers QB. Ben Rotlisberger… Freyermouth has hit the mark seven times in each of the past two games and has had two touchdowns in the past five weeks, including his acrobatic winning game last Sunday in Cleveland. He could be your week 9 winner in Monday night’s match against Chicago.
CHOICE FOR THURSDAY
Planes in Colts (-10½):
Choose: Colts on 7
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