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Week 3: Injuries and Upcoming Bye Weeks

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There are crazy things happening in the NFL. Chuck Pagano just jumped on the shoulders of Trent Richardson like that fantasy commercial. Richardson's trade changes fantasy landscapes. 1) He is in a better offense and gets a boost. 2) Andrew Luck gets a boost with an improved run game. 3) Ahmad Bradshaw as a viable fantasy option just went out the door. 4) The Browns are now a fantasy wasteland.

We're done with two weeks and before you can even get a finalized score, you have to get ready for the next game which is Thursday's matchup between the Chiefs and Eagles. A lot of fantasy players will be starting
Jamaal Charles , Dwayne Bowe and even Alex Smith . For the Eagles you’re playing LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson but how healthy is Michael Vick ? He could be fine for this game or one hit away from not being able to finish the game. He was pretty banged up at the end of the last game so make sure to check his status.

The injuries are mounting fast and the IR list is growing every week.
Ray Rice , Maurice Jones-Drew , Steven Jackson and Eddie Lacy are dealing with some injuries. Rice and Jones-Drew are looking to play while Jackson and Lacy are out. Other players such as Andre Johnson , Reggie Bush and Larry Fitzgerald are also day-to-day. So what do you do as an owner? Don't panic. The trade requests are flooding inboxes and owners are trying to move good players too soon.

If possible, try to work the waiver wire to deal with injuries before trading good players. If you have the depth at a position to do so then by all means explore your trade options but don't give away players. Another thing I'm seeing is owners trying to trade for players such as LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch and wonder why that owner won't make a trade. If a player is hot then chances are the person that owns that player will not give him up unless you pay through the roof.

The bye weeks are starting in Week 4. My advice is to start preparing now through the waiver wire because if you wait until the week of, you will find yourself short on options. Keep a look out for those sneaky owners that try to pass off players on waivers to pick them up the following week. Sometimes a player will get dropped giving you an opportunity to get a starter at no cost.

2013 NFL Bye Weeks

Week 4      Carolina, Green Bay
Week 5      Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
Week 6      Atlanta, Miami
Week 7      New Orleans, Oakland
Week 8      Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennessee
Week 9      Arizona, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, New York Giants, San Francisco
Week 10    Cleveland, Kansas City, New England, New York Jets
Week 11    Dallas, St. Louis
Week 12    Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle

The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.

Marshawn Lynch - 28 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns and three receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown. Beast Mode! And on the 49ers defense no less. Lynch did everything in this game except get enough yards to finish at 100. What could be better? How about facing the Jaguars this week against their 30th ranked run defense? Count it.

Julio Jones - 11 receptions for 182 yards and one touchdown. Hopefully the news of Jones dealing with an injury did not keep you from playing him in your lineup, because he went off. The 11 receptions were the most that he's had since Week 4 of his rookie season and the 182 yards were a career high.

DeSean Jackson - Nine receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown. Jackson has already matched his touchdown total from last season and has almost as many yards as he did through the first four games of 2012. He also matched the number of 100+ yard games he had all of last season with two.  
Jackson is fitting well in this new offense and has a favorable schedule ahead. Let's see if
Michael Vick can stay healthy enough for Jackson to remain productive.


The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.

Anquan Boldin - One reception for seven yards. After his week one performance, how could you sit Boldin? Even if it was the Seahawks you figured that Boldin would still have a decent day. Well the Seahawks shut down Boldin completely as he was matched up with Richard Sherman for most of the game. Expect a better game this week against the Colts.

Jared Cook - One reception for 10 yards. Another player with a monster Week 1 game that disappointed in Week 2. At least he didn't fumble. Let's hope he can bounce back against the Cowboys. But if he posts another dud you have to worry that he'll be inconsistent all season long.

Reggie Bush - Nine carries for 25 yards and three receptions for 44 yards. The injury should be a bigger concern after that game. If you have Bush, you should own Joique Bell . If you won Bell but not Bush, you should consider trading him to the Bush owner for a good upgrade for a position you need.



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