Last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hakeem Nicks was a fantasy football god. The New York Giants’ wide receiver made ten catches for 199 yards and a touchdown, as the Giants scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to stun the Bucs 41-34.
This week, due to a nagging foot injury, Nicks won’t even play.
Nicks, who had surgery on his right foot in May, had been playing through soreness all season (the short recovery week didn’t help his cause either).
This could be spectacular news for fantasy owners of Victor Cruz, who will get the lion’s share of looks from QB Eli Manning tomorrow. Like Nicks, Cruz had a huge game against Tampa Bay (11 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown), and should be firmly planted into your starting line-up this week.
Look out, here comes more hurt…
- Ryan Mathews (clavicle)- As expected, the Chargers RB practiced today and it’s very likely that he’ll suit up for Sunday’s game against Atlanta. For the love of god Mathews, please play so I can stop writing about your wonky clavicle (can clavicles be wonky?). [Michael Gehlken]
- Steven Jackson (groin)- The Rams RB missed practice today due to a groin strain, and it’s still unclear whether or not he’ll be ready to play this weekend. [Rotoworld]
- Pierre Garcon (foot)- Garcon was limited in practice today, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Redskins WR missed his second straight game. Garcon owners should pay close attention to Washington’s injury reports before making their final line-up decision. [John Keim]
- Jonathan Stewart (ankle, toe)- Stewart will be a game time decision for tomorrow’s tilt with the New York Giants. Because of the short week, the Carolina Panthers’ RB may not have gotten enough time to rest, so it’s probably in your best interests to keep him glued to your bench. [Charlotte Observer]
- Fred Davis (not a concussion)- Good news everyone! The Redskins’ TE did not suffer a concussion in week two, and is expected to play on Sunday against Cincinnati. HUZZAH! [Grant Paulsen]