Aaron Hernandez: Fantasy Options for Patriots TE in Week 10

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Aaron Hernandez #81 of the New England Patriots practices before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Despite being one of the best fantasy tight end options in all of the NFL, injured New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez (nagging ankle issue) will likely not play in the team’s Week 10 matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Rotoworld.com is reporting about Hernandez’s status for Week 10:

Appearing on NFL Network's First on the Field, Albert Breer reported that Aaron Hernandez (ankle, questionable) "will not play" in Week 10 against the Bills.

While fantasy owners with Hernandez on their roster are not happy he won’t play against the porous Bills defense, there are plenty of backup fantasy options to help you make it through this week and moving forward.

With so much uncertainty around Hernandez’s injury and the fantasy playoffs approaching fast, owners must begin to formulate backup plans now. That’s where we come in!


Short-Term Fix

Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

While there are a few legitimate fantasy options for this week—and maybe next if Hernandez is still too injured to play in Week 11—none have the upside that a short-term start from a legend like Dallas Clark can provide.

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing a tough run-stopping San Diego team in Week 10, the main focus for the Chargers will be stopping the strong running of rookie sensation Doug Martin.

If San Diego continues to load the box against Martin, the door will left wide open for Clark to get loose at the line and find the open space on the second level. With QB Josh Freeman playing well, expect Clark to have at least five catches for 66 yards and a possible touchdown Sunday.


Long-Term Solution

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

As much as fantasy owners want their long-term solution to the Aaron Hernandez situation to be a healthy Aaron Hernandez, the continual issues with the star’s ankle should have the owners on the cusp of making the playoffs very concerned.

It’s time for the fantasy backup plan: Oakland Raiders young tight end Brandon Myers.

While the Week 10 game with the Baltimore Ravens isn’t the most favorable matchup for the tight end, the improvements on the offensive line in Oakland and the re-emergence of the old Carson Palmer has turned Myers into a viable fantasy option in any format.

Myers has been targeted by the passing attack 26 times over the last three games and has caught 18 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in that time. As a waiver-wire pickup this late in the season, Myers is the kind of long-term solution Hernandez owners must own.


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