CJ Spiller and his Week 3 start was cut short with a shoulder injury leaving many fantasy owners—myself included thank you very much—high and dry after the close of Week 3, while many IDP owners' worst nightmare came true after learning of Darrelle Revis' devastating torn ACL which has shut him down for the season.
But wait, there's more!
Colts WR Austin Collie is done for the season with a torn patella tendon, DHB got his clock cleaned Sunday and is expected to miss a few weeks and Dolphins RB Reggie Bush could wind up missing a week or even more after a hit on his knee.
It isn't an uncommon place in fantasy football. Early injuries tend to wreak havoc on even the best fantasy football teams, leaving many fantasy owners in shock and wonder as to what they're gonna do and who they're going to turn to the following week—our WK 4 Waiver Wire column is a great place to start figuring all that out by the way.
But what many need to remember—especially those who are new to fantasy football—is that patience is key.
A total mental meltdown on the couch as you favorite fantasy RB goes down—like CJ Spiller damn it—is only gonna piss off the wife and make you look like an ass.
The same logic applies when you make your run to the waiver wire Tuesday morning.
Make sure you do a little research first, and then apply some common sense. Yes, CJ Spiller is down, but does that mean you just run out and grab Tashard Choice? No, not really. DHB is going to miss time but does that constitute grabbing the next available unproven WR from Oakland? Again, no not really.
The point here is simple: take a deep breath, and relax. Trying to solve an injury dilema in fantasy football is better handled with a clear mind, not one that is fettered and in emotional shambles.
Clear minds make clear decisions; clouded minds shoot first and forget to ask questions until it's too late.
To help you along, let's take an early strategic look at some of the aforementioned, and what you should be considering in the early goings of the week.
Remeber that this is my own personal take on these situations and that this piece is designed to help you cope with Tuesday's collection of injury news. All injury reports will be further updated on the site, so make sure to check back daily for individual outlooks.
CJ Spiller Injures Shoulder: Yes,CJ Spiller injured his shoulder and could wind up missing Week 4, but fellow RB Fred Jackson is expected back at practice this week, making Tashard Choice a dicey take off the wire. At the very least, it looks as if you can begin planning on sitting Spiller, but I personally would hold off on grabbing Choice.
Darrelle Revis Tears ACL; Done For Season: Yup, Revis Island has unexpectedly been closed for the 2012 fantasy season which means it's time to start looking for a quality DB replacement in your IDP league. If you are already stocked with replacements, you could entertain finding another defensive player to play at the IDP "flex" spot on your roster—just don't look internally for the "next Revis" from New York.
For the record, the Jets play the 49ers next week, and without Revis floating around, you can expect a pretty good bounce-back week from San Fran (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
Austin Collie Ruptures Right Patella Tendon; Done For Season: As if Austin Collie's season couldn't get any worse, now he's totally shutdown. The good news for fantasy owners is that Donnie Avery will now be the primary WR 2 opposite of Reggie Wayne, and many owners can expect more output from TE Coby Fleener and rookie WR T. Y Hilton, who Greg picked out as a possible sleeper option early in the Summer.