Jake Locker: Fantasy Owners Should Dump Injured Tennessee Titans QB from Roster

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 30: Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans lies on the field in pain after injuring his left shoulder when Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans sacked him on September 30, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is a lost cause for fantasy football owners this season, so waiting for him to return to the field healthy is a dangerous game.

Locker injured his left shoulder early last week in Tennessee's blowout loss at Houston. He will not start this week at Minnesota according to the team's official Twitter account:

#Titans coach Mike Munchak said Jake Locker will not start at Minnesota this week. Matt Hasselbeck will start.

— Tennessee Titans (@tennesseetitans) October 3, 2012


With Matt Hasselbeck healthy and starting in place of Locker this weekend and perhaps next Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, bitter fantasy owners must part ways with their banged-up star.

It's not like Locker was lighting it up for the Titans before going down anyway. He had 781 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions on the year before leaving against Houston in Week 4. Locker owners were not getting the solid production they had anticipated before the season so dropping him shouldn't hurt too much.

Hasselbeck is also a seasoned veteran, who could take a stranglehold on the starting job if he can impress over the next few weeks. He played in all 16 games for Tennessee last season, throwing for over 3,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. His yardage output was his most since the 2007 season in Seattle.

At age 37, Hasselbeck has been around for awhile, and is more than capable of stealing Locker's starting job. If he can manage the game and lead the Titans to a couple of wins, then don't expect the second-year quarterback out of Washington to return under center for quite some time.

Instead, Locker owners should rid themselves of the injured signal-caller and look to acquire a healthier passer, like Hasselbeck for instance. He's proven, effective and, more importantly, healthy.

This is not the first time Locker has gone down with a shoulder injury this season. In Week 1 against the New England Patriots he was forced out after taking a shot to the shoulder and has shown some chinks in the armor as of late.

With Locker's durability a major concern and his short-term status as the Titans' starter up in the air, fantasy owners can ill-afford to play the waiting game at this stage of the season.

Dumping Locker is the best move fantasy owners can make heading into Week 5. 


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