Jets Mark Sanchez to Undergo Season Ending Surgery

Sanchez suffered the injury during a meaningless game

Sanchez

By most accounts, you can say that the Mark Sanchez era is now officially over in New York.

The NFL Network is reporting that Mark Sanchez has decided to undergo season-ending surgery. Sanchez initially elected to put off surgery and try to rehab a labral tear to his right shoulder, but the injury was not responding to treatment.

Sanchez is planning on having the surgery in another week or two, the only question remaining now is why doesn’t he go ahead and get the surgery done now? It will take a minimum of 4-6 months to recover, so the sooner he has it performed, the better off he will be.

Don’t feel too badly for Sanchez, he will still collect $8.25 million this season and then will almost certainly be cut from the team. After Sanchez comes back from his surgery, he will test the free agent market and try to land a backup job somewhere.

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Jets Mark Sanchez to Undergo Season Ending Surgery

Sanchez suffered the injury during a meaningless game

Sanchez

By most accounts, you can say that the Mark Sanchez era is now officially over in New York.

The NFL Network is reporting that Mark Sanchez has decided to undergo season-ending surgery. Sanchez initially elected to put off surgery and try to rehab a labral tear to his right shoulder, but the injury was not responding to treatment.

Sanchez is planning on having the surgery in another week or two, the only question remaining now is why doesn’t he go ahead and get the surgery done now? It will take a minimum of 4-6 months to recover, so the sooner he has it performed, the better off he will be.

Don’t feel too badly for Sanchez, he will still collect $8.25 million this season and then will almost certainly be cut from the team. After Sanchez comes back from his surgery, he will test the free agent market and try to land a backup job somewhere.

Raiders Running Backs McFadden, Reece Suffer Injuries Against Redskins

The Oakland Raiders went into their Week 4 matchup against the Washington Redskins without their leading rusher in quarterback Terrelle Pryor. With backup quarterback Matt Flynn under center, the Raiders needed the injury prone Darren McFadden to start carrying a bigger load.

Unfortunately for the Raiders offense, the injuries didn’t stop with Pryor. The first half saw the rest of their starting backfield go down with injury.

McFadden left the game early with a hamstring injury and later returned to the sideline in his street clothes after rushing 5 times for 29 yards. This coming after the Raiders had declared pro bowl full back Marcel Reece out for the rest of the game in the first quarter after sustaining a knee injury.

With McFadden out, backup Rashad Jennings stepped up, stayed healthy and rushed 15 times for 45 yards while hauling in 8 passes for 71 yards.

The seriousness of McFadden and Reece’s injuries have not been released yet, however, if they miss extended time, fantasy owners should look to pick up Jennings off the waiver wire, especially in PPR leagues.

Doug Martin Severely Slumping in Tampa

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sophomore running back Doug Martin ran the ball 27 times for 45 yards in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Martin has only found the end zone once during his first 4 games of the season and fantasy owners are starting to panic. However, let’s take a further look into Martin’s struggles in the early part of the season. Even though the “Muscle Hamster” has struggled, he is still a must start in any format.

The Arizona Cardinals rank 2nd in the NFL in run defense allowing 75 yards per game. Facing a rookie quarterback, the Cardinals used their secondary to stop big plays in the passing game and focused on stopping the run. This partly explains his problems on Sunday, but the good news is that the Bucs gave Martin the rock 27 times which shows that the coaches want him to have as many opportunities to help the team win.

The defenses that Martin has faced this year have been excellent against the run. For example, New England is 12th overall in rush defense the Saints rush defense is 19th and the New York Jets are 5th. Those are some tough teams to run against which computes to low fantasy scores for Martin owners.

Fantasy owners are handcuffed right now because Martin’s trade value is low. Yet the Tampa Bay Bucs have a good match up coming up in week 6 when they face the Philadelphia Eagles who are ranked 24th overall against the run. If Martin goes off against the Eagles, that would be the best time to try and trade him. After the game against the Eagles, things get ugly again with matchups against Atlanta, Carolina and Seattle.

C.J. Spiller Woes Continue for Fantasy Owners

CJ Spiller’s nightmare season continued on Sunday in the Bills surprise win over the Ravens as he sprained his ankle in the third quarter. Struggling to get going throughout the game (65 yards on 25 carries before the injury), Spiller was clearly limping and in pain afterwards.

For now, Spiller is listed as questionable after x-rays showed no structural damage. His status however, is very much up in the air for the Bills Thursday night clash with the Browns. Spiller insists he will do whatever it takes to be on the field.

“I’m going to do as much treatment as I can to get ready for Thursday, but it’s a short week, so it’s going to be tough,” Spiller said. “If I can go out there at least 85 or 90 percent, I’m going to play.”

The news comes as another tough blow for Spiller fantasy owners. A first round draft choice in most leagues, Spiller hasn’t thrived in Doug Marrone’s system as many had hoped.

Spiller owners may now feel like it’s time to panic, but it’s still far too early to jump ship on many people’s first round pick. While expectations may need to be hampered from here on out, owners need to hold onto Spiller until he’s had a fair chance to turn his season around.

Three Sneaky Tight End Plug-Ins for Week 4

Its Week 4 in the world of fantasy football and that means the first round of bye weeks are here. If you need help in the tight end category this week, there are a few sneaky players that you may want to plug in before the games start.

Scott Chandler:

Bills tight end Scott Chandler hauled in five passes for 79 yards and a score last week against the Jets. There’s no reason he can’t duplicate that effort during Week 4 against the Ravens.

Chandler and rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel are developing a noticeable chemistry and the Ravens give up plenty of fantasy points to tight ends. If you need help at tight end this week, he could provide a spark for your team.

Charles Clay:

Clay has been targeted at least six times a game since the beginning of the season. He had a huge game during Week 2 against the Colts where he caught 5 passes for 109 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

So far during the 2013 season, the Saints have been one of the best teams at shutting down the tight end position. But this doesn’t mean that Clay can’t make a dent in the Saints defense. Don’t expect the world from Clay during this Monday Night matchup, but if you are desperate for a tight end, he’s worth a shot.

Jermaine Gresham:

Cincy tight end Jermaine Gresham caught at least 4 passes in each of the Bengals first three games. The Bengals are traveling to Cleveland for Week 4 to face a Browns team fresh off of a big win in Minnesota.

Cleveland is very good at stopping the run which will force Cincinnati to pass early and often. The Browns are also very tough on tight ends, but Gresham has been more productive than rookie Tyler Eifert and should get a few good looks during Week 4.

He’s the weakest play of the three tight ends, but could still provide 4-5 fantasy points for your team on the day.

 

 

Heath Miller Worth a Look Against Minnesota

After playing last week, Steelers tight end Heath Miller is finally getting back to strength since tearing his ACL last December. Fantasy owners in need of a tight end are keeping an eye on Miller to see if he can start putting up good numbers again. At some point he should be effective, but is it worth starting a recovering Miller at Minnesota this Sunday?

Miller had 3 receptions for 35 yards against the Bears last Monday. He played in 59% of the team’s offensive snaps and was targeted 4 times by QB Ben Roethlisberger. He should be in on more snaps this upcoming weekend against the Vikings, and will likely get a couple more targets as well.

Miller will be facing a Minnesota defense that has been miserable at defending tight ends in the red zone this season. The Vikings have allowed 6 touchdown receptions to tight ends through 3 games so far. As they’re averaging 2 touchdowns a game to tight ends, it’s not too bold to think that Miller will get his first score of the season against them on Sunday.

Though the Vikes are letting tight ends score, they are not dominating them as a whole. They’ve allowed an average of  just 6 receptions and 58 yards to tight ends per game, which isn’t terrible. In that case, the issue with starting Miller would be that you’re relying on him to score, but not put up steady yardage and reception numbers. It’s safer to rely on yards over touchdowns, so you’ll be taking a gamble if you start him.

All things considered, Miller is only worth starting in deeper leagues for the chance that he scores. If you have a more tight end reliable option, go with the other instead. Miller may still only get limited work because of his injury and should not be expected to rack up a high amount of yards or receptions. However, pay attention to Miller has he continues to get healthy. He can be reliable again down the stretch.

Giovani Bernard Coming On Strong In Cincinnati

Running-back Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals had a decent amount of buzz surrounding him during the draft and this preseason, but many were cautious of believing the hype. Not exactly the biggest guy, the rookie stands in at only 5’9 and 202 lbs but has shown the beginnings of a franchise running-back in Cincinnati.

Still backing up veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Gio has seen more and more playing time since his Week 1 debut. In the Bengals Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Bernard ran for 50 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown to go along with 49 yards receiving.

As more confidence builds in the lighting-quick rookie, he will face his greatest challenge yet against the Cleveland Browns defense this Sunday. The Browns allow an astonishingly low average of 2.8 yards per carry, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis appropriately averages 2.8 yards per carry.

Bernard makes big plays in the open field and picks up good yardage after contact. For two teams who are somewhat similar in styles of play, Gio could be the difference maker against the Browns.

If you have Bernard on your fantasy team, play him. If you don’t, make a trade for him. Although he hasn’t put up massive yardage yet, the kid is a scoring machine. Compare him to the savvy of Darren Sproles with the ferocity of Maurice Jones-Drew. 3 games is a small sample of his strengths and weaknesses, but he certainly has the makings of a special player.

Running Back Sleepers for Week 4

Finding a quality free agent running back in Week 4 is like finding a needle in a haystack.  There aren’t many running backs out there that owners can pick up and play this week, but there are a few out there that might be worth taking a flyer on.  Brandon Bolden and Ronnie Hillman had great Week 3 performances and could turn out to be productive fantasy running backs for the remainder of the season.

Brandon Bolden (Patriots)

Brandon Bolden was inactive for the first two weeks of the season, but had a nice 2013 debut.  Bolden gained 51 rushing yards on just three carries and had 5 receptions for 49 yards.  Bolden appears to be the best all-around back on the Patriots active roster with Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Bloount not being very active in the passing game. With Ridley being one fumble away from the doghouse and Blount being more of a short yardage back, Bolden has the potential to be the most productive back in New England if he can stay healthy.

Bolden is not a great start this week, but his value will only increase if Ridley continues to have a poor season and if Bolden can continue to catch passes out of the backfield.

Ronnie Hillman

Ronnie Hillman scored his first touchdown of the season during Week 3 after defeating fellow running backs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball in a game of rock-paper-scissors that determined which running back got the one yard touchdown run late in the 4th quarter.

Moreno will continue to be the featured back in the Broncos offense, but Hillman may be his backup moving forward since Ball has lost two critical fumbles in back to back weeks. Hillman does not have much fantasy value in the near future as the Broncos have three mouths to feed at the running back position, but if Moreno can’t stay healthy, Hillman might be the featured back for a good portion of the season.

Torrey Smith Still Searching for End Zone

The Baltimore Ravens have started the 2013 season with a chip on their shoulder, despite their miraculous Superbowl win the previous season. Many doubt quarterback Joe Flacco’s talent and former linebacker/savior of Baltimore, Ray Lewis doubts their leadership without his presence. But the Ravens have still played relatively well despite all of that off-field drama.

Torrey Smith is an established deep threat and it’s time he put up the fantasy numbers of a top receiver. Still looking for his first touchdown of the season, fantasy owners are beginning to worry Smith might not be the scoring machine they had hoped for.

But fear not fantasy junkies, this is Smith’s week to shine. Matched-up against a depleted Buffalo Bills secondary in Week 4, Smith should unleash a banner performance this weekend. As the 9th most targeted receiver and 10th in receiving yards with 269, Smith should be able to score in the end zone this week.

With the status of running back Ray Rice in question after sitting out Week 3, expect the Ravens to be focused on the passing game once again. Flacco arguably has the strongest rapport with Smith out of all his receivers now that tight-end Dennis Pitta is on the injured reserve. You’d be smart to make sure Smith is in your starting lineup this week.