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Colston out, Shockey owners pleased

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Funny, you don't realize how large an investment you've made in Nate Burleson and Marques Colston until one of them is lost for the year and the other is out for at least a month.

So, um...(expletive).

Colston, who caught 98 passes for 1202 yards last season, will miss four to six weeks following surgery to address a torn ligament in his left thumb. Here's the plan to cover his absence, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Colston's injury puts the Saints in a bind since he is arguably their most reliable and effective offensive weapon. But they do have some depth at the position, with five other receivers on the roster, plus new tight end Jeremy Shockey, who can catch some of those third-down and red-zone passes that usually go Colston's way.

David Patten and Devery Henderson will likely serve as the starters Sunday at Washington, with second-year pro Robert Meachem likely to be activated for the first time in his career as a backup.

This affects Drew Brees obviously, but you're still starting him. He shouldn't fall from the top-ten at his position. The Saints led the NFL in pass attempts last season, and by a wide margin (40.8 per game). The Colston injury boosts the value of Shockey and Reggie Bush -- two players you can't add -- and it gives a bump to Patten, Henderson, Meachem and Lance Moore.

Meachem is the most heavily-owned of those four, yet he's still available in 66 percent of Yahoo! leagues. You can check out the preseason highlights over here. Meachem and Henderson are the better bets for long, game-changing touchdowns; Patten is the play for those simply looking for receptions and reliability.

We haven't sufficiently hyped Pierre Thomas this week, but he'd already made himself a player of interest prior to the Colston news. Also, we tend to let Brad have his Illini. (Follow that link, read about Thomas, then play the game in the Tundra ad. If you ever find yourself in a situation where it's raining cheerleaders, asteroids, free weights and bears, that's definitely the truck you'll want to own).

It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: Colston is an excellent trade target for the cool-headed, patient owners among you. Or for anyone in my leagues, as I sit here trying to decide between Patten, Muhsin Muhammad, and surrender.

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