This week was rather devastating to many fantasy owners. If you are an owner of Rob Gronkowski, like myself, you’re left in a flux. Gronk should be able to return by the end of the year, but who knows how effective he’ll be and if he’ll even be worthy of starting. Though his injury is the most significant at this point and will give his owners quite a bit of angst, there are many other stars who are in are also question marks.
Here are four players who can help if you’re hurting.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF. Alex Smith’s concussion may suddenly require him taking an extended breather. Kaepernick wasn’t exactly electric against the vaunted Bears defense, but he was efficient, throwing for 243 yards and two TDs. He showed a strong connection with Vernon Davis but also showed a lot of zip on his deep ball, dislocating Randy Moss’ finger in the process. I don’t know if there’s as much of a quarterback controversy in San Fran as a sign that the guard could be changing. Kaepernick is more than a game manager and could be dynamic if Jim Harbaugh opens up the playbook. Snap him up in dynasty leagues if, for whatever reason, he’s available and stash him in standard yearly leagues as strong prospect as starters are rested.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN. Willis McGahee’s injury swings the door wide open for Hillman. There’s a chance that he could be surpassed by the likes of Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno, as John Fox loves veteran RBs. One of these three will fall into being a strong RB play, and while some may scoff at RBs in a Peyton Manning-led offense, remember that Joseph Addai was a top-10 fantasy pick in his prime. Monitor this situation closely and ride the hot hand if you need a RB2.
Bryce Brown, RB, PHI. LeSean McCoy will be out Monday night with a concussion. Brown has been a capable backup in limited appearances, but again this is a strong situation for an upside play. If you’re a McCoy owner find a roster spot for Brown just in case you’re without your ace at a tough time.
Jalen Parmele, RB, JAX. In a week dominated by running backs, Parmele is the least appealing, but perhaps the most stable. His upside is capped significantly by the players in front of him, but he’s also likely to see a bell cow’s amount of carries. He’s naturally a special teams player and is learning this running back thing on the fly, but if you need a sure-fire starter, nab Parmele as he has the highest floor (and lowest ceiling).
Scott Rodgers is a graduate of Alvernia University and a staff writer at the Aiken Standard.