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Fantasy Football Update
The "Fantasy Doctor" Is In!

Let the "Fantasy Doctor" keep your team in shape throughout the fantasy football season. In this newsletter, you'll find important injury news and notes on some key fantasy players.

Around the League Notes


Major injury shuts down Victor Cruz: Giants WR done for season


What happened: Before Cruz fell to the ground during Sunday's game he was already grabbing his right knee area in pain. He sustained a torn patellar tendon and has had surgery. He will need a lot of rehab and will come back next year. The bigger issue will be his motion, strength, and explosiveness and only time will tell if he will truly be back to "normal."


Player/team outlook: Cruz won't play again this season and it's a fair question to wonder if he can ever return to form. It's a major loss for the Giants, who have to hope other WRs can step up in Cruz's absence.


Fantasy recommendation: Drop Cruz in every format. Look for rookie Odell Beckham Jr. to try and fill Cruz's spot and for Reuben Randle to get more targets. There are always WRs that can be picked up on the wire, but none can match what a healthy Cruz could offer.


No more Knowshon: Moreno finished with ACL


What happened: Moreno's disappointing first season with the Dolphins has come to an end with a torn right ACL. It's the same ACL he tore in 2011.


Player/team outlook: Moreno signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins and will have to prove he's healthy to get a contract with any team next season. He had knee surgery in the offseason and also missed time with an elbow injury.


Fantasy recommendation: Like Cruz, there's no need to keep Moreno in any format. The injury does give Lamar Miller a great opportunity and his stock is as high as it'll be all season.


Believe it or not, Ridley also out with major knee injuries


What happened: Patriots RB Steven Ridley was hurt in the second half of Sunday's game against the Bills. It's being reported that he sustained a torn ACL and MCL. These injuries take a lot of rehab after surgery to come back to the playing field. It usually takes about 9-11 months to return and with the MCL, it is a much more serious issue. Expect Ridley to be back early to mid next season.


Player/team outlook: The timing of the injury isn't good for Ridley, who is in the final year of his contract. New England always shuffles running backs, but Ridley is a big loss as he was the main candidate for a big rushing game when the team had one.


Fantasy recommendation: There's no need to hang on to Ridley, but a player to consider is Brandon Bolden. He should see a significant increase in carries, even though he didn't play much on Thursday.


Another Patriot down: Jerod Mayo's season ends early again


What happened: For the second straight season, LB Jerod Mayo is done for the year after just six games. This time it's a lower right leg injury. Last year it was a torn pectoral muscle.


Player/team outlook: Mayo like many other stars is not replaceable and the New England linebacker core will have to step up to not only provide the tackle numbers, but also handle the leadership role that will be lost in Mayo's absence.


Fantasy recommendation: Mayo was back to his old self with nice fantasy numbers and it's a disappointment to lose him in IDP leagues. Scan for the top LB to pick up even if you have to change him on a weekly basis.


Some extra advice to stay in the game!


Star WRs update: Calvin Johnson (high ankle sprain) and A.J. Green (toe) remain sidelined and are taking up space on your roster. In one-year leagues, if you can pull the trigger on a deal to get something in return for either, it's time to do it.


With TE Jordan Reed's return, Niles Paul no longer has any fantasy value. However, if you have space on your roster, keep Paul in case Reed goes down again.

Coming next week, fantasy updates in other sports, including hockey and basketball. Don't miss it!