Injuries play a key part in our decision making process for daily fantasy games. The opportunity created for low cost players on offense and the match up opportunities to exploit on defense can be the difference between winning and losing. This article will try to list all the injuries that could create value for your fantasy rosters and the likelihood that each event will occur.
With only four games on the schedule this week, it is easier to go team by team and discuss the guys who may or may not be available. Here is what we have as of Friday morning:
New England Patriots
Gronk, Edelman, and Amendola are all listed as probable together for the first time in over two months.
Brandon LaFell (WR) – He has practiced all week, so despite a questionable tag, he looks like he will be fine to go. The concern is for his snaps as all the Patriot pass catchers are healthy for the first time in a long time.
Scott Chandler (TE) – Chandler remains limited at practice, but is expected to play. He is a back up to Gronk and will see limited snaps if any, so it is not a major issue.
Brock Osweiler (QB) – He returned to practice on Friday despite the knee still being an issue. Peyton Manning is the starter, so there is not much to worry about here.
David Johnson (RB) – The rookie burst onto the scene with some big games late in the season and took control of the starting running back role. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday with a toe injury. It does not appear to be serious and he will available on Sunday.
John Brown (WR) – The Cardinals wide receiver was limited in practice on Thursday with his shoulder injury. Word is the Cardinals are just being cautious and he will be active on Sunday and good to go.
Jonathan Stewart (RB) – He was limited on Thursday with the same foot and ankle injuries that had him sidelined earlier this season. With that being said, he is a lock to be on the field Sunday barring some major setback in Friday’s practice.
Greg Olsen (TE) – Olsen suffered what he called a stinger last week in the game. He did return after sitting out for a few plays, but was in pain according to himself and the coaches. He says he is fine and will play this weekend. Just keep in mind that he might be playing with some pain and it may cost him snaps at some point of the game.