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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Peyton Manning (QB) – Manning has a foot injury and has already been ruled out for week 11. Brock Osweiler will be under center. We really do not have a grasp on whether that will be good or bad for this offense. Peyton had some good games and some really bad ones, so it remains to be seen.
Andrew Luck (QB) – Luck is likely out for 4-6 weeks and that mean we get a lot of Matt Hasselbeck starts. It likely ticks down some of the WR group, although I like Moncrief over Hilton since he runs more of the short passing routes we should see moving forward.
Julian Edelman (WR) – With Dion going down last week and now Edelman, it’s a tough break for the Patriots. Edelman is likely out for the regular season, so Danny Amendola will finally get a chance to be the guy they thought they were signing a few years back.
Sam Bradford (QB) – Bradford separated his shoulder last week and is out indefinitely. That means we will see Mark Sanchez make his return to the starting gig in Philly. He was good in relief last season, so there is still hope for the birds.
Ryan Mathews (RB) – Mathews is basically out this week with concussion symptoms. There is a slight chance he will not be, but it’s so slight I would not put much stock in it. This definitely helps DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles with one less mouth to feed.
Kendall Wright (WR) – Wright has been confirmed out already for another game. Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas will likely pick up the slack if he can’t go.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON?
Michael Floyd (WR) – Floyd was injured late in the week 10 game against the Seahawks. He sat out practice on Wednesday and is questionable to play this week. Larry Fitzgerald is definitely in, but John Brown is a question too. If either of them play, that guy would be in a good spot to pick up some targets.
John Brown (WR) – Brown looks more likely than Michael Floyd to play this week, but neither is a sure thing. Brown also sat out practice Wednesday, so both guys are really in the same boat right now. We will be updating the situation on Saturday, so make sure to check back in.
Leonard Hankerson (WR) – The good news is that he will likely play. The bad news is that he still is not 100%. Even if he does play, he will likely not see the number of snaps or targets he saw earlier in the year. Jacob Tamme has been the guy who has seen the increased targets, so while not a direct swerve, he would benefit.
Alshon Jeffery (WR) – Yet another WR popping up n the injury report. Jeffery was limited in practice with both groin and shoulder issue’s. His status is uncertain at this point, so there is not much to talk about yet. Hopefully he practices in full and is confirmed in.
Matt Forte (RB) – Two interesting pieces of news here. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but the real bombshell is that he may not seee the same level of work as he did before. Langford has been pretty good and with Forte a soon to be free agent and the playoffs almost out of the question, Langford may get more work than he did before. Some interesting chatter coming out of Chicago this week about all of this.
Eddie Royal (WR) – The Bears WR remained out of practice Wednesday after missing two straight weeks already. Marquess Wilson has saw the snaps with him out and should continue to do so.
Tony Romo (QB) – Numerous outlets are reported the joyous news for Cowboys fans. Romo is indeed ready to return in week 11. Matt Cassell is now just a back up again. This helps Witten, Dez, Mcfadden, and every other offensive player on the Cowboys. It also allows them to be more efficient on third down and go back to the clock controlling offense they ran earlier this season. Could mean bad news for opposing offensive players who had underperformed in recent games against them.
Dez Bryant (WR) – He was limited on Wednesday, but there is no way he misses the reunion with his QB Tony Romo this weekend. Dez is in no jeopardy of not playing. It would be a shock if he was not on the field.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR) – Another WR on the list. Sanders did not practice Wednesday and is in danger of missing this week. DeMaryius Thomas will likely take the increased targets and a slew of other options will rotate at the other WR spot. No one stands out as a great upside play.
Calvin Johnson (WR) – Another injured WR here to worry about. Calvin sat out practice with the same ankle injury he has been dealing with. He will likely play again this week anyway, so it’s not a major concern.
Eddie Lacy (RB) – Lacy practiced in full on Wednesday. There is no word on how the carries will be split with him and Starks, but it looks likely he will play.
Chris Polk (RB) – Polk is dealing with multiple injuries right now. He did play through them last week, but is not the #1 RB on the depth chart anyway. If he is out, we could see more work for Blue or Grimes.
Brian Hoyer (QB) – The hit he took was pretty serious and he remains in the concussion protocl. He might get cleared, but there is a good chance we see TJ Yates either way.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – He has a knee injury but was still at practice Wednesday. It looks like he is fine to play, but his name is on the injury report, so I wanted to mention it.
Adrian Peterson (RB) – Peterson was limited in practice on Wednesday, but it looks more like a maintenance thing. The RB had a huge game last week and is likely to play on Sunday.
Matt Asiata (RB) – Peterson’s backup was also limited. He is likely to go as well, but more of an issue than Peterson is. If he misses, Jerrick McKinnon will be the likely backup.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB) – Fitz sat out Wednesday, but he did do some light throwing on the side. He is expected to do more Thursday and will play if he can deal with the pain in his thumb. I would expect him to be active, but probably not 100%.
Brandon Marshall (WR) – Marshall is still in obvious ain, but he has played through it and will likely continue to. His production has dropped off, so the real question is do you still use him at less than 100%?
Malcolm Floyd (WR) – Floyd missed practice this week and is unlikely to play based on the rhetoric. He vows to return this season, which tells me he could be out for a few weeks. Dontrelle Inman is next guy up for a decimated WR crew. Stevie Johnson and Antonio Gates should benefit with a few more looks.
Ladarius Green (TE) – He missed practice Wednesday and is doubtful to play this weekend. Gates is in, so it’;s not a huge blow, but he would be in line for more targets with the slew of WR injuries.
Marshawn Lynch (RB) – He sat out practice again Wednesday. He’s been banged up and not practicing much lately anyway, yet he still plays. I think he has been underperforming because of injury, but he should still suit up.
Anquan Boldin (WR) – He practiced on a limited basis here. He is not a certainty, but it is more likely than it was he suits up now.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – He sat out practice on Wednesday, so he is still feeling the injury bug. Hopefully he can get back f=before the weekend. If he is out, Gaskins and Draughns look like the beneficiaries of it.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) – He has been a limited practice player for two weeks already, but is still yet to be cleared for full contact. Until that happens, we will not see him in uniform on Sunday. There is no indication if that will happen either, so things are still up in the air.