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October 9, 2013

FANTASY GRIND: Julio Jones hurt, Zachariason on streams

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Niagara Gazette — That made for a fun Tuesday morning.

Would it have been smarter to wait a few days to make the trade — even a week to get one more game out of Sproles with Jones on a bye? Maybe, but I figured the deal had a reasonable chance to improve my 1-4 team and I didn't want to risk the other owner getting cold feet. After all, these decisions are all a series of small gambles.

Sure, it stings like a bad beat. But that's fantasy. Get used to the agony.

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THE REPLACEMENTS

Jones isn't the only fantasy starter owners are looking to replace this week. Here are a few Week 6 options for you if you have someone who could be out a while:

QB: Nick Foles, Philadelphia. Michael Vick was jogging and throwing at practice on Tuesday, but didn't practice in team drills and is uncertain to play this week after pulling his left hamstring. As the AP's Rob Maaddi reports, coach Chip Kelly left open the possibility that Foles could win the job if he plays and performs well. Foles should be owned in most two-quarterback leagues already, but would be a plug-and-play option in any format if he starts.

RB: Marcel Reece, Oakland. Reece could produce a repeat of last year with Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings hurting. Last year, when given an opportunity, he turned in several decent fantasy performances and ended up going to the Pro Bowl. He's a team captain for the Raiders who can catch passes, and knows he needs to provide a reasonable rushing threat to take at least a little focus off quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Owners depending on David Wilson, Ahmad Bradshaw or any of the underperforming backs could get value out of Reece.

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