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.
Martellus Bennett (TE) – Bennett is now done for the year, so Zach Miller takes over as the TE for the Bears. Miller has been solid in limited time so far and is an intriguing option moving forward.
Mark Ingram (RB) – The former Heismann winner was having a very good season both running and catching the ball. His loss is a big blow. With Khiry Robinson out and the team’s distrust of CJ Spiller, we should see Tim Hightower get the biggest boost up. Not really sure how this all plays out, but those are the early rumors.
Larry Donnell (TE) – He was placed on IR Tuesday which mean Will Tye will close out the season as the Giants starting TE.
Jimmy Graham (TE) – Graham was placed on IR. The beneficiaries have been the WRs on the outside with Doug Baldwin seeing the biggest spike in production here.
Garrett Celek (TE) – Celek inherited the TE job when Vernon Davis was shipped out of town. He has not played recently, but was just put on IR. That means Vance McDonald now has a clear path to continue as San Fran’s TE #1. He has been good lately, just check out the game logs if you do not believe me.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Jacob Tamme (TE) – Tamme sat out practice on Wednesday but is in line to play Sunday. He has seen his targets rise with Hankerson out for the year. He will likely see a bunch of targets this week if Ryan has trouble getting Julio the ball in his matchup with Josh Norman.
Matt Schaub (QB) – He missed practice on Wednesday, but says he is good to go for this weekend. He has a chest and shoulder injury, but said the coaches decided to keep him out of practice.
Crockett Gilmore (TE) – Gilmore sat out practice this weekend and is in serious jeopardy of not playing. If he can not go, Maxx Williams would be the guy who sees extra work.
Karlos Williams (RB) – Williams sat out on Wednesday after missing the last game and looks headed for that fate again here. Shady McCoy has been seeing more work, including goal line carries in his absence.
Eddie Royal (WR) – Royal returned to practice on a limited basis and has a chance to start this week. We do not really know yet how things will ultimately play out, but he could be back in the mix.
Marquess Wilson (WR) – Wilson is hurt and not practicing this week so far. He looks doubtful at best for this weekend. That makes Eddie Royal’s situation above all the more important for the Bears. If they do not have Wilson, Royal should be the replacement. He should see targets too with Wilson and Bennett out, so there are a lot of targets to go around.
Tyler Eifert (TE) – He returned to practice on a limited basis this week. All signs point to him being good to go. It probably hurts AJ Green’s TD chances the most. Eifert has been a huge red zone threat with over 25% of his catches coming for TDs on the season.
Gary Barnidge (TE) – Barnidge suffered his ankle injury in the last game, but it did not affect him too much as he was back in the next series. He was limited in practice, but looks likely to play.
Travis Benjamin (WR) – A shoulder injury kept him out of practice yesterday. Things are very much in doubt with Benjamin. This is bad news for a team that is already hurting at the WR position.
Andrew Hawkins (WR) – Hawkins is another Browns WR on the shelf. He suffered a concussion and has yet to clear through protocol. If he and Benjamin are out, Brian Hartline becomes the WR1 for the Browns.
Ronnie Hillman (RB) – Hillman sat out Wednesday with a foot injury. It does not seem serious, but we need to monitor him throughout the week to make sure he is good to go. It hurts even more with CJ Anderson banged up if he has to miss the game.
C.J. Anderson (RB) – CJ has a very serious Ankle injury and it has bothered him in recent days. He sat out Wednesday and is in jeopardy of missing Sunday. Hillman would be the obvious beneficiary if he is good to go. The total uncertainty surrounding both guys needs to be monitored though.
Vernon Davis (TE) – He remains in the concussion protocol and has not practiced yet this week. Owen Daniels would be able to pick up the slack, so it’s not a major concern either way.
Calvin Johnson (WR) – He is listed as questionable and was limited in practice on Wednesday. He has not been practicing in full for about a month now and he still plays, so I would not worry unless I hear something that suggests he took a turn for the worse.
Matt Hasselback (QB) – He has a rib injury, but has been gutting it out in practice. He is on track to play this weekend, so I would not worry too much about it at this point.
Allen Hurns (WR) – He cleared the concussion protocol and will be available this weekend after returning to practice. He had been great before going down. You have to think this ticks down Allen Robinson and Julius Thomas who both should see less targets with Hurns back in the mix. Marquis Lee heads back to the bench and is out of play.
Rishard Matthews (WR) – He hurt his ribs and was held out last week. He missed practice and is likely to miss this week too. Rookie Devante Parker had a nice game as his replacement, so I would look at him again this week to get a bump up.
Scott Chandler (TE) – He sat out Wednesday, but it looks like just a day of rest. The Patriots fully expect him to play on Sunday, so I would not worry too much about him.
Willie Sneed (WR) – Was limited in Wednesday’s practice and we have no clear idea if he will play or not. Coleman got the added snaps last week and would be the likely beneficiary if Sneed can not go here.
Ryan Matthews (RB) – He has been sidelined for a few weeks after suffering a concussion. There is no timetable yet for his return, but the limited practice on Wednesday makes him a viable option to be active Sunday.
Heath Miller (TE) – Miller has not been cleared to practice and was not on the field Wednesday. He will need to be cleared and hopefully get in a practice if he is going to play this weekend against the Bengals.
Dontrelle Inman (WR) – He was taken off the field on a stretcher Sunday, so it was pretty serious. He looks to be relatively ok, but missed practice and is questionable for the weekend. Chargers added Vincent Brown to the roster this week. They needed to do something with all the injuries and Inman and Stevie going down Sunday.
Stevie Johnson (WR) – He too suffered an injury Sunday. He too sat out of practice and he too is doubtful for this weekend. He has a better chance to play than Inman does, but both look iffy at best. It would leave the Chargers very thin at WR if they both miss.
Dexter McCluster (RB) – McCluster returned to practice on Wednesday and is likely to be available this weekend. It probably kills what little value David Cobb had if he does.
Kendall Wright (WR) – Wright returned and then was injured again on Sunday. He sat out practice and we have no idea what he is doing this week. He has not seen a ton of targets since his return, so I’m not sure how big a loss this would be. Dorial Green-Beckham is in line for more snaps if he is out with Delanie Walker likely seeing more looks over the middle of the field where both guys operated earlier in the season.
Chris Thompson (RB) – Suffered another shoulder injury this Monday and is questionable for this weekend. He was a thing earlier in the year due to his usage in the passing game, but has slipped further out of mind every week since.
Rob Gronkowski (TE) – Gronk did not play last week and is not practicing yet this week. He looks likely to sit out again according to all the reports. Scott Chandler should see another start in his absence.
UPDATE: Apparently Gronk was on the field and practicing in a limited fashion on Thursday. No idea what this means yet for his status, but things are looking better than they were on Wednesday now.