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The Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Julius Thomas, Reggie Bush and More

by Ray Kuhn

With the playoffs upon us, the roster decisions will not get any easier, and of course there are injury issues to deal with. Let’s take a look at some of those situations and how they will impact your team for Week 14.

  • For those of you that were looking forward to Aaron Rodgers’ return this week, you are not in luck. He has not officially been ruled out, but it is looking that way. Rodgers did practice on Thursday, and his head coach Mike McCarthy did allow that his star quarterback made progress, but that is about it. It was Rodgers first time back in pads, with Green Bay on the brink of the playoff picture; it appears that he will be held out once again. Matt Flynn will look to improve on his dismal Thanksgiving outing and help to get the offense back on track. The Packers will try to rely on Eddie Lacy who will find it difficult to find room to run. You also have to downgrade Green Bay’s receivers here as their offense has not looked good in Rodgers’ absence.
  • We do officially have word that Jay Cutler will be out again this week. Josh McCown gets another start this week against a hospitable Dallas Cowboys’ defense. McCown has done well filling in for Cutler and should be considered a QB1. This move also should not have any impact on the Bears’ skill position players. Read more

Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, Jay Cutler & More

by Ray Kuhn

Logging onto your league’s waiver wire is likely a painful experience, at least I know it is for me. You see names like Julio Jones, Doug Martin, Randall Cobb and David Wilson sitting there available, and you are reminded of their injuries. Then you look on your bench and you have players like Aaron Rodgers just taking up space.

Thankfully, it seems like we might have reached a lull in injuries, and a few players might actually be on their way back. It also tells you how bad this season has been, when Mike James going down with a broken ankle is truly a big deal.

Let’s take a look at some injury situations to be aware of for this week:

  • You have to give Jay Cutler some credit as he returned quickly from his groin injury, only to subsequently hurt his ankle last week. Cutler is out for this week which means that Josh McCown is back under center. McCown did well filling in, so he is a perfectly good backup plan for your fantasy team. Brandon Marshall might see a slight decrease in productivity, but he is still a WR1. The problem is more for Cutler owners that are looking ahead to the next few weeks, there is no guarantee for his return. Read more

Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Victor Cruz, Arian Foster & More

by Ray Kuhn

It is never a dull moment in the NFL. Going into Monday night, I’m sure every Aaron Rodgers owner thought they were all set at the quarterback position heading into the playoffs and beyond. Instead they were suddenly left to add Seneca Wallace or to look elsewhere for quarterback help. Let’s take a look at the other injury issues to be aware of as Week 10 is upon us.

  • After tearing his Achilles this spring, Michael Crabtree has returned to practice. While he should prove to be a worthy roster stash, this will not be the week. I still would not expect the wide receiver back for another week or two, but he is someone to keep an eye on.
  • However, a 49ers receiver that does look set to return this week is Mario Manningham. San Francisco’s passing game has underperformed all season, so it is very likely that he will step into the starting lineup. In deeper leagues he is at least worth a look as the opportunity is there and he has been practicing in full. Read more

Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Zac Stacy, C.J. Spiller, Percy Harvin & More

by Ray Kuhn

This is a critical week as players are banged up, teams are on byes and depth is at a premium. It is likely most fantasy owners have at least one or two critical decisions to make, where all the available options have flaws to some degree. Let’s try to sort through some of the health related news to help make a murky picture a little clearer:

  • Eddie Royal came out of the gates strong, then slowed down considerably. However, with the injury to the Malcolm Floyd and the success that the Chargers have been having, Royal has retained some value. For the last three weeks he has been battling a toe injury, and San Diego’s bye last week apparently has not made it any better. In Week 7, Royal didn’t practice but still caught four passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. Sure, anyone can score against Jacksonville, but that has to still count for something. The wide receiver is still not practicing, but at this point I would have to assume that Royal is once again playing though it is still unknown how much and what his role will be. Look elsewhere if you can. Read more

Monday Injury Report: Robert Griffin III, Michael Vick, Julius Thomas & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The injury bug really reared it’s ugly head yesterday, leaving several high-profile fantasy options sitting on the sidelines prematurely.  Let’s take a look at some of the bigger injuries and what we currently know:

 

Robert Griffin III – Quarterback – Washington Redskins
According to Ian Rapoport of nfl.com (via Twitter):

“Dr. James Andrews, #Redskins doctor, tells our Omar Ruiz that RGIII is “ok.” Shanahan said he kept RGIII out “because of the score”

In other words, fantasy owners can exhale.  It appears that Griffin escaped without an injury and should be full systems go for Week 9, where he’ll have a favorable matchup against the Chargers.  Monitor the news, just in case, but plan on utilizing him as usual.

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Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Steven Jackson, Demarco Murray, CJ Spiller & More

by Ray Kuhn

This is not an easy time for fantasy football owners. We have a slew of underperforming players, as we might have one of the worst years for early round picks on record. Then you factor in all of the injuries and it makes things that much more difficult. Throw in six teams being on their bye week and where are fantasy owners supposed to turn?

One would presume that as of late Thursday night, the picture would be clear when you are starting to think about the composition of your lineup for Week 8. In fact, it is clear…  Clear as mud.

With that being said, let’s take a look at some players and situations that you should be aware of for this week.

  • Jeff Cumberland has had a decent year so far coming out of nowhere as a TE2. Kellen Winslow’s suspension has given him a bigger role in the Jets’ offense, but this week he has been battling a hamstring injury, causing him to be very limited so far in practice. At this point the Jets really can’t afford to have him not play, but the injury makes him a very low ranked TE1 if you are in pinch. Watch his health leading up to game time, as this also looks like a situation that should be avoided. Read more

Monday Morning Injury Report: Week 7: Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Sam Bradford & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The injury bug really reared it’s ugly head yesterday, leaving several high-profile fantasy options sitting on the sidelines prematurely.  Let’s take a look at some of the bigger injuries and what we currently know:

Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Running Back
Rick Stroud (via Twitter) is reporting that:

”RB Doug Martin says x-rays were good and did not show a separated left shoulder. His arm was in a sling after the game.”

It’s positive news, but he’s obviously not out of the wood yet.  The Buccaneers are scheduled to play on Thursday this week, giving him even less time to recover.  We should have a better idea over the next few days, but owners need to be quickly formulating an alternate plan.

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Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Randall Cobb, Cecil Shorts, Michael Vick & More

by Ray Kuhn

For fantasy owners that are battling injuries this week, and there are plenty, they should be thankful that there are only two teams on bye– New Orleans and Oakland. Of those two teams, the Saints are the only ones that will truly have a negative impact in fantasy leagues. Also, for owners of Jimmy Graham, the bye could not have come at a better time as he would likely have been sitting out this week regardless.

There is a lot to talk about here, and for times like this, it is very important to have depth and to work your waiver wire. Let’s take a look at some injury situations to be aware of.

  • The Green Bay Packers did everyone a favor by placing Randall Cobb on Injured Reserve/Designated to return. Now we do not have to question Cobb’s status each week as he is not eligible to return until Week 15. Granted, there is also no guarantee that he will be back then, or will be at full strength, so there really is not much need to hang onto him. His teammate and fellow wide receiver James Jones also came out of last Sunday’s game injured, but his prognosis is better. The word is that Jones has a sprained PCL, and he did not take part in practice on Wednesday. All signs point to him being a game time decision, but even if he does play I’m not sure how big of a factor he will be. Joe Haden will likely blanket Green Bay’s one healthy established receiver, Jordy Nelson, this week so that leaves plenty of space for whoever is opposite him. As of now, it looks like the beneficiary will be Jarrett Boykin. Eddie Lacy should also see an increased workload as well, and he looks primed to take advantage of that. Read more

Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Calvin Johnson, Arian Foster, Rob Gronkowski & More

by Ray Kuhn

This is the time of year where depth begins to be very important and it can be tested based on the news regarding if a player practices or not. A player missing a day of practice could just be routine rest, or it could be something more serious. What was thought to be merely a nagging injury could actually turn into something more serious. Teams are also going start being more cautious with their players in practice and the word “limited” is now your worst enemy.

As usual, there is a lot to talk about this week, and things are also changing constantly. If you needed any proof of that, just look at what Calvin Johnson did to his owners last Sunday.

  • Let’s start by looking at Johnson. He was a very late inactive last week, and his status for this week still seems to be up in the air.  That infamous word “limited” was used to describe Johnson’s activity in practice on Thursday, but in fact the receiver really did not do much. At the same time we still have a few days until Sunday, and whether or not he practices will not be the deciding factor on if he plays. If active he must start for your team, although he might have a tough time against Joe Haden if he is less than 100%. Haden is becoming a top shutdown corner, but that’s not enough to bench an active Megatron. What last week did prove was that if Johnson is absent, the rest of Detroit’s skill position players should be downgraded. Read more

Fantasy Football Walking Wounded: Rob Gronkowski, Stevan Ridley, Vernon Davis & More

by Ray Kuhn

We have now reached the quarter point of the season and at this point you should have a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Of course when you factor in the standings, bye weeks and injuries, it gets that much more complicated.

Some injury related issues have cleared up over the past few weeks, but that does not mean you should not be monitoring injury reports as we lead up to Week 5. Here are some situations to be aware of.

  • Let’s first take care of the monkey in the room. What would an injury article be without mentioning Rob Gronkowski? It seems like there has been a game of chicken over the past three weeks with varying degrees of speculation regarding whether the tight end would play. He has taken part in some practices, but his activity is still limited. If you are in the business of looking for clues that Gronkowski will return this week, tight end Zach Sudfeld was released. Sudfeld was the darling of training camp, but since then his production has been nonexistent so I don’t think the two moves are related. I also think Gronkowski will not return until he goes through a full practice, so Week 6 looks more likely but of course this is the Patriots, so that all can change. Either way, if Gronkowski is in the lineup for the Patriots, he should be in your lineup. Read more