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.
Chris Johnson (RB) – Johnson was placed on IR with what may be a broken leg. The biggest beneficiary s set to be David Johnson who should finally see enough carries.
Josh McCown (QB) – McCown has a broken collarbone and is out for the year. With the hard partying Johnny Football in the doghouse, we should see an Austin Davis start this weekend.
Tony Romo (QB) – Romo reinjured his clavicle and is now out for the year. Matt Cassel had a few starts in his absence already. He will likely step right back into the starting role.
Peyton Manning (QB) – Manning had his cast removed, but is likely out at least one more week. Word is the Broncos will stick with Osweiler anyway, so this is likely the end of the fantasy relevance of Peyton Manning.
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB) – Bradshaw is out for the year. Guys like Boom Herron and Tipton will see an uptick as RB2s behind Frank Gore who already sees most of the carries and targets.
Rishard Matthews (WR) – The Dolphins WR is out with a rib injury. Devonte Parker will likely see his first start as the deep threat guy here. He becomes an interesting option. Landry is banged up as well, but should play. Parker would get a second bump if Landry was out too.
Jimmy Graham (TE) – Graham is on IR after suffering an injury last week. He had not panned out for the Seahawks like they expected. It’s a shame his season ended this way. The running game, Wilson, and the WRs will all see a slight move up and be asked to do more to make up for the loss.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON?
Andre Ellington (RB) – Ellington sat out of practice on Wednesday and the coach does not expect him to play this weekend. With CJ2K already out, that means David Johnson should see all the carries in this game.
Update His turf toe injury is serious enough to sideline him this week. The main beneficiary is David Johnson who is the only back left standing in Arizona.
Michael Floyd (WR) – He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but is still likely to see his normal playing time this weekend. As of now there is not much to be worried about hear.
Update He is still listed as questionable, but the word is he will play. It’s not concrete by any means, so be careful if you decide to use him. If he is out, Fitzgerald and John Brown see more looks.
Devonta Freeman (RB) – Freeman sat out with a concussion last week, but was cleared to return to practice. He should be good to go on Sunday and will step right back in as the featured back in a good matchup.
Update Freeman was a full participant on Thursday and Friday, so he should be good to go. This hurts Tevin Coleman’s chances as Freeman will see most of the touches.
Leonard Hankerson (WR) – Hankerson sat out practice on Wednesday, but it’s too early to tell if he will play this weekend. Jacob Tamme is the clear #2 option in the pass game when Hankerson is sidelined, so he gets the biggest bump.
Update Hankerson was placed on IR. The initial thought is that Jacob Tamme at TE is the biggest beneficiary. They placed Hankerson on IR to activate Devin Hester, so maybe he sees a few of those looks too.
Karlos Williams (RB) – Williams had his arm in a sling after hurting his shoulder in the last game. If he is out, Boobie Dixon will be the back up. The bump likely goes to McCoy who should no longer get vultured by Williams near the goal line.
Update As suggested, he was ruled out. He did not practice all week, so it was no surprise. Lesean McCoy should get a few more 3rd down and red zone chances now. Boobie Dixon may also factor into the mix a tad more.
Corey Brown (WR) – The Panthers wide out returned to practice this week. It is unclear if he will start or if he lost his job to Devin Funchess, so I would be cautious of using either guy unless we get some clarity on the situation.
Update He is very likely to be active, but the coach has not announced who the starter will be. Devin Funchess has been OK in his absence and they may see a more even split than they did before the injury.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Bennett returned to practice and is likely to play. His price is discounted now, so he becomes an interesting option. His return is a big blow to the prospects of Zach Miller.
Update The good news is that Bennett will play. The bad news is that he is in the coach’s doghouse. We all assume he takes back the main role at TE, but Zach Miller was solid and may see a few more snaps now.
Tyler Eifert (TE) – Eifert suffered what is called a stingy in the last game. He sat out practice and is questionable to play this weekend. If he is out, the workload will be split among the many weapons the Bengals have with the RB and WR group all seeing a few more targets. It likely helps guys like Green and Sanu most, because they will see the red zone looks that had been going Eifert’s way.
Update Eifert is very likely to be out. That means a bunch of red zone looks open up for the WR crew. It could benefit any one of the three in Green, Sanu, or Marvin Jones.
DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – Hopkins sat out practice Wednesday to nurse some injuries, but should be fine for this weekend. If Hopkins is active, he is always in play. His targets have dropped from the lofty early season levels, but he is still a very solid option when on the field.
Update It was probably just a day of rest for him Wednesday. He practiced Thursday and Friday and is likely to play on Sunday.
Allen Hurns (WR) – Although it is not official yet, Hurns is very likely out for the game on Sunday. Marquis Lee is the next man up, but can we really trust him? He came into the league with a lot of fanfare, but has yet to produce. I still think the uptick goes to Allen Robinson and/or Julius Thomas.
Update Hurns will be out with a concussion. Marquis Lee is stepping into the WR2 role. The target uptick should go to either Allen Robinson or Julius Thomas. Both guys have played well recently.
Charcandrick West (RB) – This is a sticky situation. West returned to practice in full. We are yet to hear how the RB situation will play out, but with West and Ware healthy, who gets the carries? Will they split? does it go heavy one way or the other? We do not have clarity on that yet.
Update West will be back, but the coaches are looking at this as a committee right now. West and Ware willl split the workload and that is not good for either guy’s fantasy value.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) – There is a very slim chance that Gronk plays. He said himself that he will not return until he is fully healthy. Scott Chandler becomes an interesting cheap option at TE if Gronk is out.
Update Gronk is indeed out. Scott Chandler is the replacement. It changes the whole dynamic of how to defend them know though. There is no telling who benefits. It could be Amendola, Lafell, Chandler, or maybe a back out of the backfield right now.
Danny Amendola (WR) – Amendola was limited in practice, but the fact he was on the field is a good sign. The Pats are desperate for pass catchers and Amendola was having a huge game when he was injured. If he can go, he deserves some respect as a viable option. If not, Brandon LaFell and Chandler will likely see heavier workloads.
Update He practiced on a limited basis, but is still listed as questionable. The word is that he will play, so he should see a ton of targets with Edelman, Gronk, and Lewis all out. If he does not play, that only bumps up LaFell and Chandler more.
Willie Snead (WR) – Snead has a calf issue that has bothered him. He sat out practice Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend. It’s too early to tell either way, but it would be nice to see him get a practice in before the weekend.
Update Snead missed practice all week and is doubtful to play. The matchup is not ideal, but it’s Marques Colston’s problem now.
Marcus Williams and Darrelle Revis (CB) – The Jets secondary has been beat up physically and through the air lately. Without Revis, they have been killed by WR1s. This week they get one of the best in Odell Beckham. If they are down two corners, Beckham is definitely in play.
Update Revis is out, Williams is doubtful and Odell Beckham is coming to town. Just some food for thought.
Sam Bradford (QB) – The most recent word is that Bradford expects to play. We have no idea what will happen here, but assume he gets to be the starter if he is healthy. Neither of the two Eagles QBs have done much, so it really is not a big deal either way.
Update Bradford is probable and expected to start. Mark Sanchez is now off the table. Bradford could be sneaky at low ownership against a team that does allow a lot of points to QBs.
Ryan Matthews (RB) – The RB suffered a concussion and has been out a few weeks now. Unless we see him practice, he will remain on the sidelines. Sproles and Demarco get a tick up if he is not in.
Update He remains out and not practicing, so Murray and Sproles get the biggest boosts.
Heath Miller (TE) – The TE was banged up in his last game and did not practice Wednesday. It’s a rough start for his week and he looks doubtful to play Sunday. There is no definitive word yet, but the likely beneficiaries would be the WR group if he can not go.
Update Heath is questionable, but not expected to suit up. The TE position will likely be utilized less with him out. Wheaton and the two starters (Brown and Bryant) will see most of the increased usage in his absence.
Martavis Bryant (WR) – Bryant sat out practice Wednesday, but the reports are he is fine and it was just for maintenance. WR2s have been lighting up the Colts, so let’s hope he can go. If not Wheaton would take the snaps.
Update Bryant is fine and good to go for the weekend.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – He cleared the concussion protocol this week and was at practice Wednesday. It looks like he will be back and ready to go this weekend.
Update Ben is cleared and eager to play. Landry Jones is not an option any longer.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – He has not played, but he is never listed as doubtful, so I do not know when he will be back. He did sit out of practice again yesterday, so it looks like another Shaun Draughn week is upon us.
Update The stress fracture is still an issue and he will not suit up/. Shaun Draughn will continue to see the bulk of the work, but he has yet to do much with it.
Case Keenum (QB) – Was limited in practice and has yet to be cleared. That is the bad news. The good news is he is likely to be cleared and will start if he is. Check back for further updates later in the week.
Update Foles will be the starter this week. Keenum may be cleared to play, but the coaches said he will be the backup due to missed practice tie all week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) – The big guy has been out for awhile now. He is still only limited in practice and has yet to be cleared. It seems like we say this every week. Rumblings are he may play, but we need some evidence he will before worrying about it.
Update Jenkins is finally cleared to play. He is ready to suit up and should be in this game Sunday. I’m not sure how ready to play he is, but the reports are he will be in uniform.
Dexter McCluster (RB) – McCluster missed last week and sat out practice Wednesday. If he misses, David Cobb will see some work as a change of pace back. Andrews may handle some passing down work, so he might get an uptick. Neither guy is a great option though.
Update He is out with a sprained knee. I guess the benefit will go to David Cobb, but he does not see enough volume to be a guy worthy of considering.
Chris Thompson (RB) – The third down back played through his injury last week, so I would expect more of the same. the RB matchup is good, but Thompson really only sees passing down work. It hurts Matt Jones who would pick up that job, but the crowded backfield has me off all those guys.
Update Despite being limited, he looks likely to go. That squeezes touches from a crowded backfield already with Morris and Jones also in the mix. Thompson mostly handles third down stuff. With him out, that would be Jones. With him in, Jones will have to vulture a few touches from Morris, so it really makes both almost unrosterable.
Update This one is still breaking. Jackson was not on the injury report all week, but he sat out Saturday. Hopefully we get some news before tomorrow, but it is definitely one to watch here.