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.


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WHO’S OUT?

Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – Roethlisberger is likely again out. It looks like it will only be a week or two, but for this week it’s looking like we’ll get another Landry Jones start. I think this will hurt all the WRs, as we saw the production drop last time Ben was not under center.

Editor’s Note: Roethlisberger is labelled as “Doubtful,” but when asked if he was going to play this Sunday he responded with, “I hope so.” He hasn’t officially been ruled out yet.

Steve Smith Sr. (WR) – The Ravens suffered a big blow late in their last game when Smith went down and is now out for the year. They had the bye week to work things out and the main beneficiaries look to be Kamar Aiken who becomes the WR1 in this offense and guys like Crockett Gillmore and Justin Forsett who should both see a few more targets now.

Percy Harvin (WR) – Harvin was placed on IR before last week’s game which ends his season. Robert Wood and Chris Hogan should both see a few more snaps and targets. Charles Clay might also benefit from this situation.

Ty Montgomery (WR) – Montgomery will likely remained sidelined again this week. Devante Adams has reclaimed his rightful place in the pecking order, so Montgomery is no more than a fourth WR at this point anyway.

Dion Lewis (RB) – This is a tough break for the Patriots. Lewis had emerged as a go to guy in that high powered offense. He is out for the year nw. Blount, Bolden, and James White will all likely pick up some extra work. Blount would be the main guy to benefit here.

WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON?

John Brown (WR) – Brown was limited in Wednesday’s practice. He is on track to play this week against the Seahawks, but it’s worth monitoring as he has missed a few recent games.

Jonathan Stewart (RB) – Was limited in practice yesterday. The rhetoric all suggests he will be playing this weekend, but it is worth monitoring unless he practices in full. If he does miss, it’s a bad situation. We would probably see a lot of Tolbert in his place.

Matt Forte (RB) – Forte sat out Wednesday’s practice and is more likely to miss the next game than he is to play in it. It’s a tough matchup either way, but Jeremy Langford looked good as his replacement last week. He would be the guy who benefits most if Forte is out again.

Eddie Royal (WR) – He missed practice again after being out for a few weeks. Marquess Wilson is the guy who has taken his place while he has been out. It’s a tough matchup for them, but he is the guy who benefits most.

Josh McCown (QB) – McCown was limited on Wednesday and Thursday at practice. If he can go, the Browns want him behind center. The problem is we have no idea if he can. If he can’t, we get at least one more start for Johnny Manziel.

*Brian Hartline (WR) – *Despite the recent concussion, Both Brian Hartline and his teammate ANDRE HAWKINS were back on practice Wednesday. It looks like whoever is under center will have all his pass catchers healthy.

Dez Bryant (WR) – Practiced on a limited basis on Thursday, but is still in line to play this weekend. Coaches did not seem worried and it looks like they are just going easy on their star WR.

Emmanuel Sanders (WR) – Sanders sat out of practice on Wednesday to nurse the ankle injury he suffered this weekend. It looks like a day of rest and he should be good to go this weekend. Check back on Saturday and we will update his status, but I would not be too worried about him.

Ronnie Hillman (RB) – He also sat out of Wednesday’s practice, but looks to be in line to play. CJ Anderson would get a big boost if Hillman was out or limited so it’s worth monitoring for now.

Calvin Johnson (WR) – Despite the bye, Calvin still sat out of practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. He said he plans to play this weekend, so hopefully he gets a practice in before the game so we can have more clarity.

Cecil Shorts III (WR) – Shorts is back at practice. This means the Texans have a crowded pass catching until now. I still think Hopkins gets the most targets, but Shorts could eat into Nate Washington’s snaps and targets. It will be interesting to see how much of the passing game goes to each guy.

Allen Hurns (WR) – Hurns missed two days of practice in a row and was in a walking boot to start the week. He says it feels better, but is not sure if he can play or not. That is never good to hear and I would definitely keep an eye on this situation.

Marqise Lee (WR) – With Hurns out, this is an even bigger blow. He was limited at practice Wednesday. Hurns is looking doubtful, so they really would like to have Lee healthy. If he is, he could see a lot of snaps.

DeVante Parker (WR) – He returned to practice Wednesday, but is buried so far down the depth chart now that it does not really matter.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB) – After a scary hit that left Bridgewater with a concussion, he was cleared and at practice Wednesday. It looks like he will be good to go, so there are no worries or concerns about using him.

Willie Snead (WR) – He was limited on Wednesday, but looks fine to play this weekend. Snead has been solid and gets another good matchup to attack this weekend.

Larry Donnell (TE) – Sat out again Thursday and looks likely to miss this Sunday’s game. Will Tye took over for him and is minimum priced. He did see 6 targets, but is not someone I would consider a safe play.

Bilal Powell (RB) – Despite the worries about the WR crew, the only guy who is likely to miss the Thursday game is Powell. Marshall and Decker are in. Powell being out means we will see some Zac Stacy in a third down role, but likely not enough to put him in play here.

Amari Cooper (WR) – This is worth noting. Cooper went down with an injury early in Wednesday’s practice. There is no new news, but definitely keep an eye out for what happened and how severe it is.

Latavius Murray (RB) – Murray is in the concussion protocol. He has yet to be cleared. Until he is, this is a dicey situation. He did not practice Wednesday and was to be looked at again Thursday. Hopefully he gets cleared to practice on Friday or we may be looking at a game time decision. Taiwan Jones or Marcel Reese would probably get the nod if Murray is out.

Nelson Agholor (WR) – He is back to full practices and looks ready to roll for week 10. He has been out for a long time, so this is good news to Eagles fans.

DeAngelo Williams (RB) – He sat out Wednesday to nurse his sore foot. Al reports suggest he will be good to go, but a foot ijury is pretty big for a running back. Todman would pick up the slack if he is out or limited.

Vincent Jackson (WR) – It is looking less likely that he goes. Jackson sat out practice again on Thursday. If he is out, we saw huge target numbers for Mike Evans and that will likely be the case again.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) – Seferian-Jenkins practiced on a limited basis, but to be clear, he is in line to play on Sunday. This would be a boost to the Tamp pass attack, especially with V-Jax still likely out.

Kendall Wright (WR) – He was out of practice again on Wednesday and does not look likely to play this weekend. The targets have been all over with Douglas, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Delanie Walker all seeing an uptick.

Andre Roberts (WR) – He is the only real injury concern on the Redskins offense and it looks likely he will play.