Monday, September 17, 2012

Aaron Hernandez to Miss at Least 6 Weeks

Not only did the New England Patriots lose a shoe-in of a game to the Arizona Cardinals, but they lost TE Aaron Hernandez to a possible high ankle sprain.  It appears Hernandez will miss at least the next 6 week.  Being owned in 99% of Yahoo leagues, there is going to be a ton of TE waiver wire action going on this week.  Normally I would start by telling you who to go pick up, but this time I'm going to start by telling you to avoid Dante Rosario (2%) of the San Diego Chargers.  He did catch 3 touchdowns this week but Antonio Gates was a last minute scratch and SHOULD be able to return next week.  However, if you own Gates and want to handcuff him and have bench space, go get Rosario!

Back to Hernandez, if you lost him go hunt for Brent Celek (75%) as he has been targeted 19 times over the first two weeks by Mike Vick.  Catching 12 of those 19 targets is also a positive sign that he and Vick are in sync.  With DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin dealing with health issues on what seems to be a weekly basis, Celek might be the lone staple in the Eagles passing attack.

Owen Daniels might also be available at just 69% owned but I just fear he doesn't have the big day ability, yet is a very safe option.

Next up is Dennis Pitta (29%) of the Baltimore Ravens.  I am not in love with Pitta by any means, but he has been the most targeted TE in the early going (tied with Jimmy Graham) and seems to be the centerpiece of the Ravens offense for some reason. 

If none of those guys are available, you should look towards the young guys like Kyle Rudolph (35%) Coby Fleener (52%) and Jared Cook (62%) and just hope that they can put up some numbers.  As deep as TE really is, Jason Witten hurt the waiver wire before the season even began!

Let us know how you plan on replacing Aaron Hernandez in the comment section!