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.
Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB) – He has been put on IR for the year, which would benefit Justin Forsett since he will no longer be around to vulture all the goal line work. That is if Forsett can go (see below).
Jamal Charles (RB) – Charles is now out for the year. The first shot to replace him will belong to Charcandrick West who has seen the most snaps besides him. Knile Davis may also be in the mix, and we will have to see how it plays out going forward.
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Crockett Gillmore (TE) – Returned to practice Wednesday and is likely to play this weekend unless he suffers a set back.
Steve Smith (WR) – Was limited in practice and is hopeful at best for this weekend. Kamar Aiken gets the biggest boost is Smith is not ready to go.
Justin Forsett (RB) – Forsett did not practice Wednesday after leaving late on Sunday with an injury. While the coaches are hopeful, we will need to monitor the situation and see if he practices this week. Javorius Allen would be the only healthy back they have if Forsett can not go with Taliaferro already out for the year now.
Julio Jones (WR)– Julio is definitely going to play, but after leaving the game early last week, there is talk he may be on a pitch count. In other words, Julio might not see a full amount of snaps. At his price, that is a big concern. The good news is his teammate Leonard Hankerson has been upgraded to probable, so that will help soften the blow.
Tyrod Taylor (QB) – Taylor was limited at practice Wednesday with an MCL sprain. Word came down that EJ Manuel will start, but coach Rex Ryan said not to count out Taylor just yet. It’s looking unlikely that he will play, but we don’t know that for sure yet.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – Returned to practice and expects to play sunday on a limited basis. Sammy was quoted as saying he expects to see about 40 snaps, so while the good news is he will play, the bad news is he will not be full go.
Karlos Williams (RB) – Has yet to clear the concussion protocol and there is no chance he plays until he does. He still has a few days, so keep an eye on the situation. He will likely need a practice in full before we can upgrade him.
Lesean McCoy (RB)– returned to practice on a limited basis. Is still uncertain to play this weekend. With Karlos Williams still in protocol, Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood, and boom Herron will be taking up the RB duties in a worst case scenario.
Joique Bell (RB) – He was back at practice and back in the mix for the Lions. Ameer Abdullah was not able to make a splash with his time as an RB1, so I think they go back to a committee and none of the backs have much fantasy upside in that situation.
Eric Ebron (TE) – The bad news is he has both a bum knee and a sprained MCL which has kept him on the sidelines for a few weeks. The good news is he did practice on a limited fashion and is closer to returning. Whether or not he plays this week is unknown at this time.
Eddie Royal (WR) – Sat out practice again Wednesday. If he remains out, Marquess Wilson will likely get another start.
Alshon Jefferey (WR) – Practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday and is probable to play Sunday. He has been out a few weeks, so let’s see how much he can do before Friday. A full practice at some point would be beneficial to his chances.
Josh McCown (QB) – He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with his ankle injury. He should be fine to play Sunday, so it’s not a major concern. He did sit out though, so it’s worth noting.
Ronnie Hillman (RB) – He tweaked his hamstring in the last game. He sat out practice and his status is uncertain. If he can not go, it should uptick CJ Anderson who will again see most if not all of the carries in his absence.
DaVante Adams (WR) – Adams practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but was still not sure if he can go Sunday. He seems to be on the wrong side of doubtful, so Ty Montgomery likely gets to keep his increased playing time.
Arian Foster (RB) – He was limited in practice Wednesday, but it seems like the Texans are just being cautious. He had no setbacks from playing last week to report, so it’s likely he is able to play again this week and handle a heavy load.
Carolina D – The Carolina defense has three of it’s main cogs banged up right now. Jared Allen has an injured foot, but says he will play despite sitting out practice so far. Luke Kuechly has a chance to return from his concussion this week, which would help the run defense, and Star Lotulelei is also probable to be clogging up the middle of that line.
Cecil Shorts (WR) – Returned to practice Wednesday and now looks likely to go this weekend.
Nate Washington (WR) – He remained sidelined Wednesday and did not practice at all. Shorts looks likely to play at this point and Washington is very likely to be out again. He is not listed as doubtful, so hopefully he gets in some practice reps this week and we get some more news before Sunday.
Andrew Luck (QB) – Luck did more throwing at practice Wednesday than he did last week, observers quoting he was making all the throws he needs to make. With that said, he will still need to practice fully before we can really be assured he will play. It’s going to be another situation worth monitoring before Sunday.
TJ Yeldon (RB) – Yeldon sat out practice Wednesday. The good news for the Jags is that Denard Robinson returned to practice Wednesday, so they at least know they have a back up plan if Yeldon can not go.
Blake Bortles (QB) – People were worried about Bortles, but he practiced in full Wednesday and looks like a go for Sunday.
Charles Johnson (WR) – Johnson was limited again Wednesday, but it looks better for him than it did last week. Hopefully he can get a practice in full before Sunday so we have more of an Idea of whether or not he plays.
Marques Colston (WR) – He is doubtful for tonight’s game. Willie Snead is cemented as a starter anyway at this point, so it will benefit all the WR snap counts and targets, but not much difference from last week.
Odell Beckham (WR) – Beckham sat out Wednesday, but is looking more likely than not to be good to go Sunday. The Giants are thin at WR so if he misses it would be a big blow with Cruz still out and Randle looking less likely to play.
Rueben Randle (WR) – Randle is likely to be limited in practice all week after suffering an injury Sunday night. With the Giants WR problems discussed about, Dwayne Harris would be the beneficiary of anyone being out or limited.
Nelson Agholor (WR) – He sat out Wednesday’s practice and is questionable for Monday’s game. Riley Cooper will see the uptick in snaps/targets if he can’t play.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – Roethlisberger practiced on a limited basis this week. If he returns, it would be a huge boost to guys like Antonio Brown and Martavius Bryant who should also be back this week. There is a long way to go, but Ben seems determined to get back on the field.
Stevie Johnson (WR) – He sat out practice Wednesday and the word is that he is doubtful to play Sunday. Malcolm Floyd would pick up the WR snaps, but we saw Antonio Gates soak up the targets in his return last week.
Marshawn Lynch (RB) – Marshawn is very likely to be available and starting on Sunday. That is the good news. The bad news is they are already talking about limiting him or keeping him fresh, which could mean a few less touches.
Vernon Davis (TE) – Davis only practiced on a limited basis, but unlike last week, he is likely to play this week.
Matt Jones (RB) – Jones was limited, but looks like he is on track to play. If he is out it would help Alfred Morris who would see more carries and maybe get some goal line work again.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – He has been practicing and it looks likely he will be returning for Sunday’s match up with the Jets. This news probably hurts Jamison Crowder a little, but he should still see the field and some targets in 3 wide sets. Jackson should see a majority of the snaps at WR on Sunday.
Jordan Reed (TE) – Reed is not likely to play this week as he is out with a concussion. If he doesn’t, Mark Carrier gets the start again at TE.