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.
Darren Fells (TE) – The Arizona TE looks to be out for 2-3 weeks. Jermaine Gresham should see the bulk of the snaps now and could be a sneaky cheap option to look for.
Tyrod Taylor (QB) – Many thought Taylor would be good to go this week, but the Bills announced him as out already. We are going to see another start for EJ Manuel who was cheap and had a good showing last week.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – Watkins has also been ruled out already. While the WR snaps will be split, the beneficiary of no Watkins has been more targets for Charles Clay at TE.
Zach Zenner (RB) – The Lions lost Zenner to a rib injury this week. It creates a clearer path to carries for guys like Abdullah, Bell, and Reddick who are all in a committee for the Lions at RB.
Cecil Shorts (WR) – Shorts has been ruled out for week 7. The beneficiary should be DeAndre Hopkins who is already seeing a ton of targets in this offense.
Jamaal Charles (RB) – Charles is out for the year. Charcandrick West is the main guy to try and replace him. He did not do much last week, so Knile Davis also has to be in consideration.
Mike Vick (QB) – He did not practice and is not expected to this week. It looks like Landry Jones will start if Roethlisberger is unable to get into game shape and be cleared to play.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Justin Forsett (RB) – Forsett ssat out Wednesday’s practice after sitting out most of last week. He was able to play Sunday though and I would look for that to be the case again. While he is likely to play, it is still a situation worth keeping an eye on. Javorius Allen would benefit if Forsett is going to be out.
Duke Johnson (RB) – Johnson hurt his shoulder last week, but all indications are he will be ready to suit up for Sunday.
Gary Barnidge (TE) – Barnidge suffered an ankle injury and sat out Wednesday’s practice. The coaches said it was precautionary and he should be good to go on Sunday.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE) – He did not practice Wednesday and his status is uncertain for this weekend. He has already lost passing down work to Tim Wright, so this is not a huge blow for fantasy. As long as Ebron is out still, he may see a few snaps if he plays, but mostly as a blocker.
Ameer Abdullah (RB) – He had a stinger and a fumble, both of which contributed to him being on the bench late in their last game. He sat out Wednesday, but is expected to play Sunday.
Eric Ebron (TE) – He was limited in practice Wednesday, but is expected to be in for Sunday. If he goes, he will be the primary TE and steal snaps from Tim Wright who has been a decent minimum priced replacement while he was out.
Allen Robinson (WR) – He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but said in interviews afterwards that he is fully expecting to play Sunday.
T.J. Yeldon (RB) – Yeldon sat out again Wednesday after missing all last week. There is no word one way or the other, but if he can go, we should see a lot of Toby Gerhart with some Denard Robinson mixed in.
Jeremy Maclin (WR) – Maclin left week 6 with a concussion and is in the league’s protocol. If he can not make it back before Sunday, Albert Wilson will likely be the #1 WR with Travis Kelce being the guy who should benefit with increased targets.
Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jarious Wright (WR) – All the Vikings WR look to be active for this weekend, but Stefon Diggs should still see the majority of the snaps at WR. He is the best option of the bunch even with the whole crew back in action.
Dion Lewis (RB) – Lewis has an abdominal injury that was a reason he did not have a huge week 6. He was held out of practice Wednesday and it is worth watching. If he does not go, it really ticks up LaGarette Blount as a play.
Brandon LaFell (WR) – Returned to practice Wednesday and should take over the WR role very soon. It’s not a guarantee he sees all the snaps, but he should be in there. He had good numbers last year and should see single coverage with teams worried about some of the other Patriot weapons.
Marques Colston (WR) – He is likely to miss again this week. Willie Snead has already usurped his snaps anyway, so this is not huge news.
Bilal Powell (RB) – Powell has a bum ankle that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. If he can’t go, we should see Zac Stacy take the third down role.
Nelson Agholor (WR) – Agholor missed practice again Wednesday and is still in doubt after missing last week. Jason Huff and Riley Cooper handled a lot of the WR duties in his absence.
Riley Cooper (WR) – Cooper has been dealing with a knee issue for a few weeks. He played with it Monday, banged it up, but quickly returned. He should be good to go this week if he can get a practice or two in.
Ben Roethlisberger (QB) – He got some throwing in Wednesday, but is still highly questionable for this weekend. Landry Jones has taken most of the first team reps and looks to be in line to start Sunday.
Melvin Gordon (RB) – Gordon sat out Wednesday’s practice, but all indications are he will be good to go Sunday.
Keenan Allen (WR) – Allen has a hip injury that had him limited late in the game week 6. He missed practice Wednesday, so it is a concern. He is on track t play Sunday though, so we need to keep an eye on this one.
Stevie Johnson (WR) – Johnson did practice Wednesday which is good news with Allen banged up. He looks ready to get back on the field this weekend and should be a big part of the offense again.
Anquan Boldin (WR) – He missed practice Wednesday after leaving the game early Sunday. All indication is that he will play in a tough match up with Seattle.
Carlos Hyde (RB) – Hyde is questionable and has not practiced. Word is he would definitely go if the game was Sunday, but he is a game time decision for Thursday’s action this week. Keep an eye out for any late breaking news.
Tavon Austin (WR) – It’s a major concern that Austin missed Wednesday considering they were coming off a bye. His status is in doubt for this weekend and would be a major blow to that passing attack.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (TE) – He sat out again Wednesday and looks doubtful. The Bucs hoped to have him back this week, but it seems he may not be ready. There is no direct swerve here, but Evans and Jackson on the outside will soak up the extra targets.
Marcus Mariota (QB) – Mariota has a knee injury which looks somewhat concerning. He wants to play, but it looks like we may get a start from Zach Mettenberger this week. Nothing is certain yet, but he did miss practice on Wednesday.
Jordan Reed (TE) – The one good piece of news is that Reed is likely to make his return this week. If so, Derek Carrier is no longer a cheap punt play option. He was limited, but did particpate on Wednesday.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – D Jax is looking doubtful again this week. If he sits, we should see more Jamison Crowder who has been a solid cheap play.
Chris Thompson (RB) – Thompson joined D Jax on the sidelines Wednesday. Thompson was banged up in the game vs. the Jets last weekend. He has been a really nice passing down option for the Skins and it would hurt if they lost him with Matt Jones already banged up as well.
Matt Jones (RB) – He returned to practice on Wednesday and was said to look good. He should be available for Sunday this week.