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 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.
UPDATE Brown was limited again in practice on Friday. He is a game-time decision. Mike Floyd would benefit the most if he is out.
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.
UPDATE Things look good for Stewart here. He practiced and the word is he will be good to go this weekend.
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.
UPDATE It is not a lock that Forte is going to be out, but it looks very likely. Jeremy Langford played well last week, so he will likely be the guy here.
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.
UPDATE Royal is out after not practicing all week. Marquess Wilson will probably get the bulk of the snaps again.
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.
UPDATE So in the worst situation every for fantasy purposes, the news on McCown is he will start if he is active. As for whether or not he will be active, no one is saying anything about that part of the equation.
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.
UPDATE Dez has been limited at practice all week, but the word is that he will play. It’s not too concerning, but definitely keep an eye on it.
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.
UPDATE This could be big news. Sanders missed three practices in a row. While the word all week was that he was going to play, he is now listed as a game-time decision. The biggest beneficiary if he is out would be Demaryius Thomas who has played well and seen a lot of targets lately.
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.
UPDATE Hillman is in, but he might not be the workhorse. He played hrribly last week, so we do not know what they will do, even though he is active here.
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.
UPDATE Johnson was limited Wednesday and Thursday and sat out Friday’s practice. None of that is positive. He says he will play, but is still listed as a game-time decision. The no practice Friday scares me a lot, so pay attention for any news on Sunday.
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.
UPDATE He practiced and will play this weekend. He will likely take some targets away from Nate Washington who really stepped up in his absence.
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.
UPDATE Allen Hurns is probable to play this weekend now. This is great news. Baltimore has a weak pass defense, so if Hurns can play, he is likely to see some targets and do well with them. It also helps take pressure off Allen Robinson and makes Blake Bortles even more of a solid play.
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.
UPDATE Teddy still has the questionable tag, but he was cleared of the concussion protocol and looks very likely to be playing.
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.
UPDATE Snead is good to go. He is listed as probable and I would be shocked if he did not play.
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.
UPDATE It is officially a Will Tye week again if you need a minimum priced punt. Donnell is out with a neck injury. The Giants may be trailing and may need to throw, so Tye at min price is an interesting option.
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.
UPDATE Cooper hurt his quad mid-practice on Wednesday, but he went full go Thursday and is fine for this game.
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.
UPDATE Murray passed the concussion protocol and is now active. He got a full practice in on Friday so there is nothing too really worry about here.
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.
UPDATE Agholor is listed as probable and I have no reason to think he will not be. He should be good to go here finally after practicing in full for the last two weeks.
DeAngelo Williams (RB) – He sat out Wednesday to nurse his sore foot. Al reports suggest he will be good to go, but a foot injury is pretty big for a running back. Todman would pick up the slack if he is out or limited.
UPDATE He was held out Wednesday, but that was just a day of rest. He went full on Thursday and Friday and is good to go for the weekend.
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.
UPDATE Jackson is definitely out accordig to the coaches and the beat writers. There is no direct swerve, but we saw Evans get almost 20 targets last week, so that is the best bet for who picks up the slack.
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.
UPDATE Coach Lovie Smith does not have high hops for his TE this weekend. It’s not a definite yet, but it looks like they are not expecting him to go. Again, the main beneficiary is Evans with Doug Martin on the ground also probably being ticked up a tad bit.
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.
UPDATE Wright is out again. Green-Beckham is likely to get the added snaps with Delanie Walker seeing an uptick in targets and catches himself.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – Roethlisberger is likely out again. 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.
UPDATE As reported earlier this week, Roethlisberger wants to play. The problem is that is not ready. Two separate Pittsburgh area newspaper said there is no shot and his coach says it is highly unlikely. If you want to wait for more definitive news, that is fine. I would prepare for life without Big Ben this week though.
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.