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.
Joe Flacco (QB) – It pains me to say this, but fellow University of Delaware Alum Joe Flaaco has played his last down in 2015. He tore his ACL last week and is done for the year. Matt Schaub should be the guy who picks up the slack for him here.
Justin Forsett (RB) – As if losing your starting QB after losing your #1 and 2 WRs already was not bad enough, the Ravens also lost Justin Forsett. Forsett broke his arm in a few places, which is a nasty injury that ends his season as well. Javoris Allen will get the #1 RB job now, so let’s see what he can do with it here.
Peyton Manning (QB) – Manning will be out at least two weeks with a foot issue according to Broncos sources. Brock Osweilier will continue to get the starts with no Peyton.
Aaron Dobson (WR) – Another injury to another Patriots WR on Sunday likely means another guy out for the defending champs. Brandon Lafell and Keshawn Martin seem to be the default WRs as the only ones left standing.Martin was also limited in practice Wednesday so this is a real concern for the Patriots.
Larry Donnell (TE) – The tight end had an MRI this week and they did not like what they saw. He is ruled out for week 12. Will Tye will get another start. He is cheap, but has no upside really.
Marshawn Lynch (RB) – Lynch missed last week with a sports hernia and had to have surgery. He will likely miss up to a month of games. Thomas Rawls is the replacement for him and should be in a great spot here at a low price. It’s not an easy matchup, but he will see the volume.
Colin Kaepernick (QB) – He had surgery on his shoulder Tuesday and is likely done for the year. Blaine Gabbert will start and get all the reps with him out.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON?
Chris Johson (RB) – Johnson sat out practice on Wednesday, but it does not look like it is anything serious. He will likely be available to take the lion’s share of the carries Sunday against the 49ers.
John Brown (WR) – Brown sat out practice on Wednesday and is the more doubtful of the two wide outs who could line up opposite Larry Fitzgerald for the Cardinals. He has been solid while playing through the injury, but it would be a huge uptick for Michael Floyd if he is out.
Michael Floyd (WR) – Floyd did practice on Wednesday and is likely to play this weekend. He makes for a nice cheap WR flyer. If Brown was out, it would bump him up a lot more as discussed above.
Leonard Hankerson (WR) – Hankerson returned last week from the same Hamstring injury that held him out of practice Wednesday. It could just be a precaution or it could be that it is hurting him again. We just do not know this early in the week. There is no direct swerve, but Julio Jones and Jacob Tamme saw all the targets when he was out a few weeks back.
Devonta Freeman (RB) – Freeman is still in stage 1 of the concussion protocol which is not a good thing. The good news for the Falcons is that they have Tevin Coleman waiting in the wings, just in case Freeman is not cleared to play before Sunday.
Andy Dalton (QB) – While it is nothing serious, he was limited at practice. I would not worry too much as he is in line to be under center Sunday unless this situation takes a turn for the worse.
Andrew Hawkins (WR) – He suffered his second concussion in 30 days two weeks ago and still is not likely to play. Even after the bye last week, he is still sitting out and that is never a good sign. Taylor Gabriel will pick up a few more snaps, but the volume will likely go to guys like Barnidge and Benjamin.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR) – After sitting out the last game, Sanders was full go at practice on Wednesday. The Ankle is still bothering him, but he is very likely to play. How much of a factor he can be is the real question.
Brian Hoyer (QB) – Hoyer has been cleared of the league’s concussion protocol and will be active and ready to play on Sunday. He has a good matchup with a Saints team that has been shredded all season, so he s worth a look.
Frank Gore (RB) – Gore was limited in practice as he will likely be all week. The Colts are trying to lessen the burden on the 32 year old RB who will need to be a factor as long as Luck remains out.
Allen Hurns (WR) – Hurns was a little banged up, but had a few days to recover from those nicks and pains. He should be fine to go this weekend in a solid matchup against the Colts.
Charcandrick West (RB) – His reign as top dog in KC did not last long. He was pulled with an injury midway through the last game, sat out practice Wednesday, and is now doubtful to play Sunday. He may play, but it is more likely we see Knile Davis and a heavy dose of Spencer Ware.
Jarvis Landry (WR) – Landry sat out practice, but no one thinks he is in danger of missing the game right now. It will be nice to see him get on the field Friday, but we will have to wait and see to make sure this is not serious.
Danny Amendola (WR) – He could not even last one full game as a WR1 in this offense, which is a shame. The Patriots are so banged up at WR that they are taking people off the streets. The upside is Tom Brady can take a guy off the streets and make him fantasy viable. It is likely we do not see Amendola this week, but who steps up is a mystery to me.
Mark Ingram (RB) – He sat out practice on Wednesday, but appears to be in no danger of missing any time. Ingram is a solid option at RB in what is expected to be a high scoring game.
Darrelle Revis (CB) – Revis is in the concussion protocol and his status is still uncertain. If he is out, it ticks up Tannehill and the Miami passing game all around.
Antonio Gates (TE) – Gates has a hip issue which limited him in practice on Wednesday. Word is he is still going to play, but definitely wait to see if any news comes out before this weekend.
Malcolm Floyd (WR) – Floyd is not healthy with his shoulder injury, but he is likely to play. It should be a boost to Phillip Rivers and the passing game if he does. The downgrade here would be to Dontrelle Inman who would lose snaps.
Case Keenum (QB) – While still in the concussion protocol, he was practicing on a limited basis. If he is doing that, it’s a good sign he will be active for Sunday.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (TE) – He is still limited and still has not been cleared for contact. This leads me to believe he will likely be out again. Evans and V Jax will continue to soak up all the targets in his absence.
Kendall Wright (WR) – He was limited in practice Wednesday but looks on track to return for Sunday. He will slide back into his old role. It really does not afect any of the WRs who saw little volume increase with him out. If anything it may be negative for for Delanie Walker who saw the uptick in targets.
Jordan Reed (TE) – The TE was listed as questionable, but he practiced in full and said he is good to go. Washington has a solid matchup with the Giants who struggle with tight ends, so the highly targeted Reed makes for a solid play here.