For those fantasy owners that lost Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the next four weeks, there are still lots of options out there.
The 29-year-old MVP confirmed on Tuesday that he has a broken collarbone, and other reports have said he’ll miss a minimum of four weeks while hoping to avoid surgery. Durability has never really been an issue with Rodgers. Since taking over as the full-time starter in 2008, Rodgers has started 86 of a possible 88 games, missing two to rest up for the playoffs.
All of Green Bay might be worried about current starter Seneca Wallace, but they along with fantasy owners should take a closer look at how efficient he’s been. Wallace has thrown 31 touchdowns to 19 picks in 64 career games, and despite going 3-5 during a career-high eight starts in 10 games with Seattle in 2008, Wallace totaled 11 touchdowns to three picks.
Wallace was never asked to shoulder the bulk of the offense and Green Bay likely won’t ask him to do more than pass the ball off to Eddie Lacy, but he’d be a nice pick-up for any two-quarterback league.
Owners will also need some subs for the entire New England offense, especially breakout star receiver Andre Dobson and tight end Rob Gronkowski returning to top form.
Also checkout some of the better options at quarterback, and at other positions below.
The Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns are all on bye weeks.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
His seven touchdowns against Oakland should make him the Eagles starter for the rest of the season. Foles’s numbers will drop, but he’ll get plenty of opportunities against a Green pass defense that’s 20 th in the NFL. Start Foles in Week 10, and if he excels again he could be your regular starter for the rest of the season.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
On the flip side, Manning will face an Oakland secondary that must be hurting after such a harrowing loss. The Raiders are also just slightly above average with 23 sacks, and are 25 th in interceptions, Manning’s biggest problem this year. Manning’s league leading 15 picks are making owners forget he’s the same quarterback that’s passed for a minimum of 20 touchdowns in eight consecutive season, and he hasn’t thrown a pick in two straight games.
Case Keenum, Houston Texans
In two games Keenum’s hovering just below a 60 percent completion rate, has four touchdowns with no interceptions, and is averaging 10.53 yards per completion. Week 10’s opponent is Arizona, who just picked off Atlanta veteran Matt Ryan four times, but Keenum has more and far better targets in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams
At 4.6 yards a carry Stacy is the best thing going for the Rams offense, and they’ll meet a Colts defense that’s 27th against run. Unless they fall behind early, Stacy will be the focal point of the offense as St. Louis tries to keep the Indianapolis offense on the sidelines. Last week, Stacy scored his first two touchdowns of the year, which could be an anomaly so make him your second or third running back.
Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
Despite Bell’s obvious talents, the Pittsburgh running game has been non-existent as they’ve fallen behind early and often. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been asked to throw 93 times in the last two games, and has thrown 40 or more passes in four games this season. But Bell will be a good option this weekend. Pittsburgh should get an early lead against the Bills in Week 10, and the rookie will kill the clock with some quality carries.
Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another rookie, James punished the Seattle frontline for 158 yards on 28 attempts and nearly helped the Bucs pull of the upset. He’ll face a very distracted Miami team, and rack up another solid game. James has yet to reach the end zone, but that could change on Monday night.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings
Facing the Redskins, this could be one of the highest scoring games of the week. A quarterback carousel has limited Jennings production this season, but he is the only Minnesota receiver with a touchdown and Washington has given up 17 passing scores this year, the third worst mark in the league.
Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens
He’s benefitted greatly from lining up opposite Torrey Smith for a team-high five receiving touchdowns. Brown should continue that trend against Geno Smith-less Cincinnati, who might be more concerned about Ray Rice.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Pick him up and stash away. Crabtree was cleared to practice, and could return this week or next from a torn Achilles suffered back in May. He’s the last 49er receiver to have a 1,000 yard season since Terrell Owens in 2003.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz was one of the three players Foles targeted a team-high six times, and he hauled in five catches for 42 yards his first career NFL touchdown. Up next is a Green Bay squad that’s given up the third most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Ertz is a solid flex play, but is not a Gronkowski sub by any means.
Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
He hasn’t caught a touchdown since Week Four, but Keenum targeted Graham six times against the Colts. They’ll hit the road to face Arizona in Week 10, but they’ve allowed the most points to opposing tight ends this season.