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.
Matt Forte (RB) – The word is that Forte will likely miss at least two weeks of action. Jeremy Langford is first in line to pick up the slack, but guys like Kadeem Carey and Antone Smith also may see an increase in their workloads.
Josh McCown (QB) – Word has already come down that Johnny Manziel will be behind center for the Browns on Sunday. I think this hurts all the Pass catches, but Barnidge the most. Benjamin hooked up deep with Johnny Football a few times earlier this season, so I would give him a slight bump up if anything.
Brian Hartline (WR) – Hartline has been ruled out with a concussion. This helps Travis Benjamin and Barnidge see more targets I would guess, but it’s tough to know when you also factor in the QB change.
Cameron Wake (DE) – The Dolphins stud DE has been great at getting to the QB in recent years and putting on pressure. His loss will be a big blow to the Dolphins pass defense.
Le’Veon Bell (RB) – This is a huge blow to the Steelers as they lose their workhorse for the season. DeAngelo Williams did a great job filling in during the suspension to Bell early this season and I would expect him to be in line for more of that here. It does soften the blow, but Bell is a top RB in the league so it still stings.
Keenan Allen (WR) – Allen is out for awhile with some internal organ issue after taking a hard hit Sunday. This is a big loss as he was Rivers most targeted WR. Stevie Johnson and Malcolm Floyd should pick up the snaps and get more targets. Woodhead, Gates, and Inman should also see bigger roles now in a pass heavy offense.
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Desmond Trufant (CB) – This is big news, but probably not as big this week. Trufant has been a lock down corner this year, so if he is out it would be bad for the Atlanta pass defense. He left the game early last week and missed practice. They do play San Fran this week and Gabbert is under center, so it may not matter now, but it will in future weeks if he is out for an extended period of time.
Leonard Hankerson (WR) – He missed the last game and missed practice on Wednesday. The Atlanta WR core behind Julio is pretty weak, so if anything I think this means more targets for Julio, more carries for Freeman, and maybe a little more Tamme as well. There is no direct replacement who should benefit from this.
Percy Harvin (WR) – Harvin sat out practice and is on the wrong side of questionable. It looks very likely he will miss this week’s game. If he does, Robert Wood would see more snaps, but the targets will likely go towards Charles Clay, especially with Tyrod Taylor healthy and back under center.
Sammy Watkins (WR) – Watkins was limited in practice,but was on the field. That is a good sign for him and his chances to play this week. With Harvin likely out, the Bills will need him to have some threat of a passing game on the outside.
Eddie Royal (WR) – All we know is that he does not need surgery, but the looks of the situation make me believe he is likely going to remain out this week again. Marquess Wilson should see more snaps as the #2 WR, but the volume is heading towards Alshon recently. With Forte out too, we really do not know how the workload will be split up though, so Wilson, Bennett, and Alshon could all see an uptick off this news and the Forte situation.
Donte Whitner and Joe Haden (CB) – Two of the four starting members of the Browns secondary are in the concussion protocol. They play Thursday too, so this is a major concern. Cincy should be able to run on Cleveland regardless, but with the secondary banged up, they also may be able to pass it all over them too.
Ty Montgomery (WR) – He was limited in practice on Wednesday after missing week 8. The good news is Devonte Adams is back so it’s not a major blow to the Packers.
DeVante Parker (WR) – Those waiting for him to suit up and break out will have to wait a little longer. He suffered a set back in his surgically repaired foot. This is not huge news as he never really played any snaps this year, but it does help solidify the roles of Landry and Matthews.
Stefon Diggs (WR) – Diggs has a hamstring issue which kept him out of practice Wednesday. The WR has been a stud since getting some field time. Coaches are saying it was just to let him rest it, so we should see him suited up on Sunday.
Julian Edelman (WR) – He has a bum knee which kept him sidelined for practice on Wednesday. All indications are that he still will play, but it’s always tough to tell with the Patriots who never really disclose a lot.
Willie Snead (WR) – This one just kind of snuck up on us. Snead was out of practice Wednesday and all the information is he has a knee injury. No word on the severity or his status for Sunday yet, so just make sure to monitor this one for any new information.
Rueben Randle (WR) – Sat out practice Wednesday with a hamstring issue. It was bothering him in the game Sunday as well and his status this week is questionable. We saw a big Dwayne Harris game last week with Randle limited and that would be the guy to look at if Randle is indeed out.
Larry Donnell (TE) – Donell has not had a good year, but he does play a lot of snaps. He missed practice on Wednesday and his staus is listed as day to day.
Orleans Darkwa (RB) – Darkwa is likely out this weekend and it;s a shame since he was seeing more carries and actually doing ok with them. The workload at RB for the Giants is already split among a group of guys, so none really emerges as a true beneficiary as the few carries Darkwa saw will likely be distributed.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB) – The good news is the Jets QB has been cleared to play Sunday. It’s really good news with Geno Smith still being listed as day to day. The bad news is the next one we will talk about in WR Brandon Marshall.
Brandon Marshall (WR) – Marshall has a toe issue which kept him out of practice. With Eric Decker’s knee still bothering him too, this is a big concern. Many think Marshall will still be good to go on Sunday, as will Decker. Either way though we need to monitor for news. If either is out, the other becomes an even better option to look at.
Ladarius Green (TE) – He sat out practice Wednesday and is a concern for this weekend. Teammate Antonio Gates is back at practice and expected to play, so there is not major concern here, but he could contribute with Keenan Allen out now, so it would be nice if Green was able to go.
Reggie Bush, Carlos Hyde, and Mike Davis (RB) – This is a mess in San Fran. It looks lke RB1, 2, and 3 are all going to be out. Kendall Gaskins is the one guy left and the 49ers just signed Rueben Draughns and Pierre Thomas to bring some depth. None of these guys are in play for fantasy in my eyes.
Anquan Boldin (WR) – Missed practice again on Wednesday after sitting out last week. If he can not play, Jerome Simpson should get the workload with Torrey Smith seeing a few more targets. With Kaep Benched and Gabbert starting I would not touch anything on this offense.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) – Jenkins is still banged up. He practiced on a limited fashion Wednesday, but did the same all last week and sat out. This is tough, because it really does not give us much to go on. Unless he gets a full practice in, I would continue to view him as a game time decision. They could use him this week against a weak NY Giants pass D that Brees just torched, so monitor this one closely.
Vincent Jackson (WR) – He sat out practice again Wednesday. It looks likely he will miss this weekend as well. It likely means more targets for Mike Evans who left the last game early banged up himself. It’s not a good situation in Tampa with guys dropping left and right.
Kendall Wright (WR) – He sat out practice Wednesday and his Leg was in a brace, so his status looks very doubtful. The blow is softened a little with Harry Douglas back practicing, but Wright is really their best WR option.
Marcus Mariota (QB) – Marriota is scheduled to make his return here this week, which can only help. Mettenberger will move back to the bench.
Chris Thompson (RB) – Thompson is slated to make his return and take back his third down duties. He was seeing a ton of targets before being injured, so this will help the Redskins overall, but hurt Matt Jones who was taking a lot of the third down work.
DeSean Jackson (WR) – D Jax is back in the line up which helps the Redskins passing attack. It probably limits Crowder to a smaller role now, so he is no longer a good cheap option.