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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 and advice on how to proceed in Week 4 and beyond.

Around the League Notes


Bench alert! Eric Decker aggravated hammy. Sit him for a week.

What happened: The New York Jets rolled the dice with their big free agent signing on Monday night and snake eyes was the result. Decker tried to play through a hamstring injury and couldn't make it past halftime.


Player/team outlook: We've seen hamstring injuries linger, especially for those who don't get the appropriate rest. The Jets have to be more cautious if they want Decker to be able to contribute for a majority of the season.


Fantasy recommendation: Since it's a short week for the Jets (playing Monday night before Sunday), the odds indicate Decker won't be a factor. Unless you have no other options, he's not worth having in your starting lineup this week.


The Fantasy Doctor told you Jamaal Charles was out last week. This week: Same deal.  

What happened: After taking part in practice late in the week following a high ankle sprain, Charles was a late scratch from Week 3 action.


Player/team outlook: It's impressive that Charles took part in practices, but high ankle sprains don't go away a few days after they happen. As noted last week, he'll likely continue to miss time and Knile Davis will fill in.
Fantasy recommendation: Along with telling you that Charles wouldn't play, the advice was high on Davis, who delivered a solid performance. It's likely the same this week, but watch for late news as KC has the extra day until the Monday nighter.

Painful injury for Dennis Pitta. Say goodbye to him on your roster.

What happened: The Ravens tight end injured the same right hip that he had surgery on last year. He reportedly broke the hip and had a dislocation. He had surgery again on Monday with a rod and or plates and screws being implanted. He is done for the season.

Player/team outlook: Pitta and the Ravens have to begin to wonder if this is a career-ender. It's obviously a tough blow for Pitta and for the team, which didn't function as well offensively last year without him in the lineup.

Fantasy recommendation: This is a real shame as Pitta had such a strong Week 1 that it appeared he was totally healthy. Less than a month later there's no reason for him to be on any roster, including keeper and dynasty leagues. Owen Daniels is a solid pickup if he's available.

There's a new sheriff in town: It's Teddy's time. Cut Cassel.

What happened: Vikings QB Matt Cassel suffered broken bones in his foot on Sunday and he's done for the season.

Player/team outlook: The injury means rookie Teddy Bridgewater gets his chance a little earlier than expected. Maybe the change adds a little life to the Vikings' struggling offense.

Fantasy recommendation: If your team is in need of a spot starter, give Bridgewater a look. Now is the time to grab him as his stock jumps if he produces a big week.


Some extra advice to stay in the game! 


* Does Brown deliver this week? Donald Brown could be in line for another large workload as the Chargers are down both Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead. Brown makes for an intriguing option vs. the Jaguars.


* As if it wasn't already hard enough to field a lineup, we've now reached the bye weeks and Week 4 is a tough one. Make sure to have all holes filled as the Cardinals, Bengals, Browns, Broncos, Seahawks and Rams are all out of action this week.


* Don't be fooled by the schedule. If you're thinking it could be a good day for the Raiders' offense because they're home, remember their "home" for this week is London. That's a long road trip for both the Dolphins and Raiders.