Four Downs: Top stars hit by injury
Injuries played a larger role than normal in defining the Sunday of Week 7, as several teams lost their starting quarterback (Sam Bradford, Jay Cutler), tight end (Jermichael Finley) and key defensive players (Brian Cushing, Leon Hall), but the fantasy football world is likely more concerned with a pair of top-5 draft day running backs leaving prematurely in the Houston Texans' Arian Foster and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Doug Martin.
Foster, the No. 2 choice in ESPN live drafts, suffered a hamstring injury early in the 17-16 loss to the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs and did not return. Foster had been playing well this season, averaging more than 162 total yards over the past three games -- albeit sans his trademark touchdowns -- but Sunday he made it through only four carries and 11 yards before leaving with one fantasy point. He was started in 99.8 percent of ESPN standard leagues. Backup Ben Tate, still available in 22 percent of leagues, picked up 17 touches and totaled 55 yards -- not exactly stellar -- but he also left the game for a few plays with sore ribs. Who else is left? Well, let’s not panic here. The Texans get Week 8 off and Foster and Tate could be fine after that, but it’s not a bad idea to spend a speculative deep-league pickup on intriguing rookie Cierre Wood, who was inactive Sunday, just in case.