With the exception of stud RB1 Matt Forte, the Chicago Bears are a mess. The latest bit of bad news to befall the Monsters of the Midway is another injury to QB Jay Cutler, who left Sunday’s 48-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a sore hamstring. That leaves Jimmy Clausen — yes, believe it or not, he’s still in the league — as the starter for the immediate future.
All of which are unfortunate developments for WR Alshon Jeffery, who missed Week 2 with a sore hamstring. That injury, plus instability around him, has Jeffery falling in this week’s Stock Watch from a front-line WR1 to low-end WR2 until either Cutler comes back to the lineup or Clausen shows he can be a serviceable starter.
Other falling players who should remain on your bench, or at least be started with extreme caution:
DeMarco Murray, Eagles: The reigning NFL rushing champion is one pace for 88 yards this season. Let that sink in for a moment so you can appreciate the absurdity. Murray had 13 carries for two yards in Sunday’s 20-10 debacle against the Dallas Cowboys and is at best a flex play until Coach Chip Kelly figures out how to use him properly.
Rashad Jennings, Giants: Sensing a theme here with NFC running backs on 0-2 teams? Jennings is the starter, but really anyone in the Giants backfield is a highly risky play at this point. New York has short rest this week too and draws a suddenly stout Washington Redskins defense that ranks fourth in the league against the run (71 yards per game allowed).
Bishop Sankey, Titans: After a promising Week 1 in which the 2014 second-round draft choice scored twice, Sankey came back to what we’ve been used to with 42 yards and no touchdowns on 12 carries in Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns, who had the league’s worst rushing defense last season. Sankey has 52 yards in two career games against Week 3 opponent Indianapolis.
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