Injuries force NFL teams, fantasy owners to dig deep on depth charts
The injury bug whipped around the NFL in Week 3 as if it were contagious.
Andre Johnson re-injured his ankle and identified it the much-dreaded high-ankle sprain postgame.
Deep breaths, everyone! We're not even close to finished:
The severity of these injuries vary: Johnson returned to the game Sunday, but departed once the Texans fell behind big. He's been dealing with the high ankle sprain for two weeks now and clearly can play through it; there's a chance it could bother him throughout the season. Taking fliers on one of Houston's other wide receivers --
Best has the, ah, best news of the three top injured players: His toe injury is not thought to be serious. He's listed as day-to-day; SI.com cannot be held responsible if you pick up a backup Lions running back.
After throwing for just 244 yards combined in his first two games, Kansas City's
Is he a great fantasy option going forward? Not terribly. But the Chiefs have an easy schedule and some decent wideouts. Cassel could continue to improve and be a serviceable bye-week or injury replacement in the coming weeks.
The Browns' Harrison has fumble trouble, looked bad in Week 2 (16 carries for 33 yards) and is now dealing with a thigh injury. With Hillis putting up a huge numbers against the Baltimore defense, it could be his job from here on out. After Week 2's low yardage totals, some owners might have even given up on Hillis; grab him if he's available.
Williams has always had a lot of talent but could never seem to get in sync with
The Raiders' offense is getting better, and with
Kansas City is owned in only about 10 percent of leagues. They've only given up 38 points, play in a division that looks to be horrible and have five takeaways and eight sacks. If you're desperate, gamble on the Chiefs' D continuing to look strong and it could pay off big.