In light of all these injuries to quarterbacks, I went to the waiver wire to see what options were out there. And I came away happy that I don’t own any of the aforementioned walking wounded.
There are slim pickings in standard Yahoo! leagues, with players like Christian Ponder of the Vikings (on bye this week), Sam Bradford of the Rams (facing the Jets) and Smith himself among the best options widely available. None of the three have averaged more than 230 yards passing per game in their last four contests and all have thrown nearly as many interceptions as touchdowns. Hopefully, if you own an injured QB you already have a backup. If not, I guess I would look at Smith for this week, see how he performs following last week’s concussion, and take it week to week playing the matchups.
It’s likely, however, that if you’re resorting to that your chances of success in the fantasy playoffs likely took a big hit.
Quarterbacks aren’t the only ones dealing with pain this week.
Julio Jones is listed as questionable for the Falcons after missing practice all week with an ankle injury. Jones was limited by the injury last week, but still caught four receptions for 75 yards in the team’s loss to the Saints. I would tread carefully with him and monitor the pregame shows closely.
It also appears as though Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez will miss his third straight game. Despite participating in practice on Thursday, Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported Hernandez was not expected to suit up for the game against the Colts tomorrow. It’s really beginning to look like a lost season for Hernandez, who was expected to be a major contributor until an ankle injury in Week 2 derailed him.