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October 9, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Julio Jones hurt, Zachariason on streams

Niagara Gazette — Julio Jones' foot injury is giving fantasy owners a crash course in patience.

The Atlanta Falcons could be without their Pro Bowl wide receiver the rest of this season, pending a second opinion from a foot specialist on Wednesday. Jones leads the league with 41 catches and is second with 580 yards receiving, making him the sixth best receiver using standard scoring and the best in fantasy points in point-per-reception leagues.

And thousands of owners in Yahoo leagues are already starting to shed him, many picking up his teammate Harry Douglas or shopping for other replacements.

What's the hurry? Every roster likely has other droppable players, and with a guy like Jones in a situation like this — with a bye in Week 6 along with another doctor's diagnosis expected — there's some value in waiting.

It depends on your league and needs, but more definitive word on the centerpiece of your receiving corps is likely more important than a jump on potential replacements like Terrance Williams of Dallas or Keenan Allen of San Diego. If you want a non-stats reminder of why, just watch a replay of Jones' one-handed 46-yard catch in the fourth quarter on Monday night (http://on.nfl.com/1a8VMIi ).

NFL news, especially when it comes to injuries, can change extremely quickly. So it's usually better to wait to find out what a team will do with a player rather than what it might do.

Patience-testing goes the other way, too.

It's a bit early for full disclosure, but I made what I thought was a smart deal on Monday night in a keeper league, trading Darren Sproles and Jonathan Stewart to a buddy in need of running backs. In exchange, I got Jones, who is ineligible as a keeper.

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