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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 the AFC North/South. Also, get more information on a couple of injured key players heading into Week 3.

AFC North/South Injury Notes


A.J. Green (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) suffers low-grade turf toe


What happened: Green reportedly strained a ligament in his right foot early in the Bengals' Week 2 game. There were some initial indications Green suffered a turf toe. See the Fantasy Doctor, Selene Parekh's, instant analysis when Green was injured on Sunday. It appears that from the MRI, the injury is a low grade turf toe. He is likely to miss a few games, but if he responds well to a stiff insole in his shoe, should be back in 2-4 weeks. 


Player/team outlook: Green can't be as effective with a foot/toe injury, if he can even go at all. It's a major loss for the Bengals, who likely will continue to turn more to Giovani Bernard out of the backfield to keep the clock moving if Green is absent.


Fantasy recommendation: In most formats Green was the second wide receiver to come off the board after Calvin Johnson. If Green is going to be out for a while, check the waiver wire for the likes of teammate Mohamed Sanu and Donnie Avery.


Ben Tate (RB, Cleveland Browns): Injured knee threatens his value


What happened: After injuring his knee in the season opener, Tate was unable to play Week 2 and early reports indicate it doesn't look good for this week's game either. A sprained knee can take up to 6 weeks to quiet down, so he will be week to week until then.


Player/team outlook: Early concerns about Tate being able to carry the load week after week were quickly justified. It's safe to assume that when Tate does return, he'll be in more of a timeshare with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell.


Fantasy recommendation: Owners are in a tough spot with Tate possibly out for a month, and waiting weekly for an answer. When he does return he's a low-level RB2.


Look who's back! Cecil Shorts III (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) returns from hurt hammy

What happened: Shorts hasn't been able to play with a hamstring injury. This can be a nagging season long issue.


Player/team outlook: It looks like he'll return in Week 3 and provide an important lift for the Jags' offense. But, if you notice the hamstring bothering him, pull him from your roster.


Fantasy recommendation: In recent years, he's made for a very nice WR3 and that's the case this week, if, and only if, he's healthy to go. He could also pick up some extra points late if the Jaguars find themselves trailing big to the Colts.


Jadeveon Clowney (LB, Houston Texans) still warming the bench with his bum knee


What happened: Clowney had surgery to repair a torn meniscus, an injury that knocked him out of the season opener. Learn more about his injury from the Fantasy Doctor.


Player/team outlook: It'll be a little bit of time before Clowney can return and form the tag team with J.J. Watt that so many were excited about when Clowney was taken with the first overall pick. It only makes the Texans better when both will be on the field together.


Fantasy recommendation: Clowney made for an intriguing IDP selection, but unless you're in a very deep IDP league, there's no need for him to be taking up roster space now. Even without Clowney, the Texans D has gotten off to a great start. If it's available in your league, scoop it up now 

The Watch List

Fantasy lineup roster decisions become even more difficult when key players go down with injuries. Below is some advice on how to proceed with a couple of stars currently on the sideline.


Robert Griffin III (QB, Washington Redskins) out for the count: Time for backup

What happened: RG3 was running toward to the right sideline when he took a bad step early in the Redskins' Week 2 matchup with the Jaguars.


Status: The QB is out for the foreseeable future. Even though the team expects him to return this season, he's proven to be an extremely high injury risk player.  In order to return, he will need to overcome pain, swelling, and mobility of the ankle.  All of this will take time. Look for him to be out at least 4-6 weeks.


Fantasy notes: In deeper leagues, RG3 owners should've already had his backup Kirk Cousins on their roster. If Cousins is free and you're in need of a QB, go get him. The Redskins' offense flows well with Cousins and there's no guarantee RG3 is coming back in 2014.

Forced out & likely not coming back soon: Jamaal Charles (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

What happened: Charles was forced out of the Chiefs' game in Denver against the Broncos and wasn't able to return.

Status: The running back is a few years removed from an ACL repair and has looked good since, but he'll miss at least 6 weeks with this latest injury.


Fantasy notes: Charles' backup Knile Davis has proven to be a solid play in Charles' absence. It's unlikely the KC gameplan will change much, meaning Davis could easily be a top-10 RB until Charles can return.

Late overtime note: Look for news on A.J. Green and Jamaal Charles. Both tried to practice late in the week with hopes of making a dramatic return on Sunday. Neither makes for a good play if they somehow suit up.