Originally posted on 60 Max Power O | Last updated 10/5/12
Seems like there was a no shortage of groans coming from fantasy football managers across the country on Thursday Night, as the hits just kept on coming, and players left the game with injuries from left to right. Kevin Kolb took a pounding as he was sacked nine times by the surprising St. Louis Rams defense, but the biggest injuries occurred to Cardinals RB Ryan Williams and St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola.
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 17: Running back Ryan Williams #34 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts in the endzone after scoring a 3 yard rushing touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter of the NFL preseason game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Ryan Williams – RB – Arizona Cardinals
Williams was off to another putrid start as he carried the ball 14 times for 33 yards (2.4 YPC), and it is becoming obvious Williams rushing woes have a lot to do with that Arizona offensive line; as they allowed their QB to be sacked 9 times, a couple of which were in an alarmingly short amount of time. There has been no official update on Williams condition at the time I write this article, as we learn more we will post those updates in the forums so our current readers can stay abreast of the situation. There are two likely candidates to receive the carries in Williams absence, one of which is a big time sleeper.
- William Powell – RB - Powell is the name that will be on every fantasy owners mind in the days to come. He came into the game in relief of Williams and had just one rush for seven yards, to go along with 3 receptions for 20 yards. This is Powell’s rookie season for the Cardinals, and he could be pressed into work against the Bills in week 6, if all the RB’s ahead of him are on the shelf, which brings us to…
- La’Rod Stephens-Howling – RB - Stephens-Howling has been the do it all back in Arizona for a couple of years now as he returned kickoffs the past 3 seasons, and he actually saw 43 carries in 2011 rushing for 167 yards (3.9 YPC). So far in 2012, La’Rod has rushed the ball 12 times for a total of 1 yard. That isn’t a typo thanks to his -14 rushing yards in week 3 vs Philadelphia. La’Rod Stephens-Howling is currently listed as the #2 RB on the Cardinals official team depth chart behind Ryan Williams, but had to sit out Thursday’s game with a hip injury. Now with a week and a half until they meet the Bills, LSH could very well be the surprise starter heading into week 6. If that does happen, there will be a lot of disappointed fantasy owners who jumped the gun and picked up Powell.
Either way we will know more coming out of this weekend, so be to check back in the forums, as we will be offering updates to this situation as fantasy owners will clearly want to know who the best waiver wire pickup for week 6 will be.
ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 11: Danny Amendola #16 of the St. Louis Rams dislocates his elbow during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles defeated the Rams 31-15. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Danny Amendola – WR – St. Louis Rams
This is a big time injury for fantasy football, as Danny Amendola was in the top 10 in targets making him a PPR darling early in the season. Now with a broken collarbone, you can expect Amendola to miss 4-6 weeks as he returns from the same injury that impacted Ryan Mathews in the preseason. The real problem here is the lack of depth for Rams WR, and the only legitimate option at this point you can pick up is..
- Brandon Gibson – WR - Gibson had just 3 catches on 4 targets Thursday night, but with Amendola out for the next month and a half he becomes the #1 WR in town. Keep in mind he is only a pickup in the deepest of fantasy formats (12 teams or more), but there really aren’t any better options at this point for the Rams to turn to even though they currently have
- Chris Givens – WR - Chris Givens is blazing fast, there is no denying that, the one problem is you need to catch the ball before you start running with it, and on the night Givens ending up hauling in just 1 catch for 51 yards and a TD, on 6 targets. If he keeps that ratio up he will need to be targeted 18 times to get 3 catches a game. Obviously he will catch a few more balls, but unless he can get behind the secondary for long scores like this every week, he is a player to avoid heading into week 6.
– Brian Quick – WR - The fantasy sleeper darling of the preseason, Quick has done little to impress to this point, and was held without a catch in week 5. While he will get some more run while Amendola is out, Quick will still be behind Gibson and Givens in targets. Leave him on the waiver wire for now.
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