Aaron Hernandez Out Estimated 6 Weeks: Fantasy Implications

Sep 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (81) is helped off the field by trainers during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Kellen Winslow will miss an estimated six weeks due to an ankle injury suffered this past Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

Aaron Hernandez is out an estimated six weeks, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer. The New England Patriots tight end suffered what Breer descibed as a low ankle sprain with "damage to the high ankle area" during Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals. A six-week window would have Hernandez returning potentially by Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams, or in Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills following the Patriots' bye week.

Fantasy Impact: The loss of Hernandez is a major blow to the Patriots as well as fantasy owners. Expect Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd to see a modest uptick in targets as a result. The Pats will reportedly sign Kellen Winslow on Tuesday, though it's unlikely he will have an immediate impact on the offense.

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