Whether you have drafted yet or not, it is extremely important that you keep up with the preseason injuries if you want to succeed in Fantasy Football.
If you have drafted, then you need to be sure that you are aware of your players’ health. If a player that you own is injured, is it short term so that he will be back for Week 1? Will it keep him out longer, but you have depth behind him? Or do you need to go out and make a move?
If you haven’t drafted, it is obviously important as well. First off: don’t be the guy who unknowingly drafts an injured player. Instead, be the guy who knowingly drafts an injured player at a discount price when all other owners are scared of the red letters by his name, but you know that he will be fine.
Also, know who is out long term in order to target backups. Know if someone is dangerous to target because they will be playing through or coming off an injury that could easily become serious.
One of the best ways to that is to read articles like this very one you are reading right now, where we not only go over the most recent injury news, but we specifically talk about its Fantasy significance, position by position, starting with quarterbacks.
2017 Fantasy Football Injury Report
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Latest News: Flacco won’t play in the preseason but the Ravens plan on playing him Week 1.
Fantasy Analysis: Even though the Ravens don’t boast many Fantasy studs (not to mention that they aren’t a great team as a whole), they do have many serviceable options. Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin should be solid this year, Terrence West and Danny Woodhead should be decent options as well, and then there is Flacco. In recent years, Flacco has been a solid QB2/bye week fill-in, and this year, he should produce more of the same. Those types of players are underappreciated, so it is nice to have Flacco back.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Latest News: Luck has been throwing, and according to Colts GM Chris Ballard, he has more strength than last year. Nonetheless, Colts owner Jim Irsay doesn’t know for sure if Andrew Luck will be available for Week 1, saying it’s a “borderline thing.”
Fantasy Analysis: Another week, another “new” story on Andrew Luck that doesn’t make much sense. Here is what I am taking it as: Luck is a stud when healthy, so whether he misses the first couple of games or not, I don’t really care. The judgement that you have to make is whether or not this injury could hinder him throughout the season, but I’ll take my chances, especially at his current discounted price.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Latest News: Newton has started throwing in team drills.
Fantasy Analysis: This is more good news as all signs are pointing towards Newton playing in Week 1. Feel free to take him like you normally would, but like I said above with Luck, draft him at your own risk.
Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Latest News: Montgomery suffered a lower leg injury at practice, but full details have yet to come out.
Fantasy Analysis: This is pretty big news. Although this injury could, and likely will, end up being nothing serious, any absence for Ty Montgomery gives Jamaal Williams a chance to show off what he is capable of. I don’t think that Montgomery is a good full-time running back, but I believe Williams has a potential to do that in a workhorse role. While it helps that Montgomery is great in the passing game in a passing offense, I believe that in order to pass, you need a good runner, so I hope Williams can win the job.
If he does, then he is an immediate RB2 with big-time potential. While he is capable of being a workhorse, Montgomery would likely still have some sort of role. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though: Montgomery is still the clear-cut starter. However, this is a situation to watch, and Williams is definitely a great stash target.
Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills
Latest News: Matthews will not play in Thursday’s preseason game after suffering a chip fracture in his sternum.
Fantasy Analysis: Jordan Matthews hasn’t been very good in the past couple of seasons and really, he isn’t a very good NFL receiver. With that said, he still can be a serviceable Fantasy receiver. It’s possible, OK? Even though he may not be great, he may be the best receiver on the Sammy Watkins-less Bills. If Tyrod Taylor and
If Tyrod Taylor and he develop a connection, he could be a WR4 or better. However, being hurt doesn’t help establish a connection with a new quarterback. Either way, he will come at a super cheap price, so maybe it is worthwhile to watch him, especially in deep leagues.
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers
Latest News: Williams is targeting an October return.
Fantasy Analysis: This is awesome news. After it initially looked like he could miss the entire season, now he may return somewhere in October (Weeks 5-8). Keenan Allen is a great receiver when healthy, Tyrell Williams looked good last year, and Travis Benjamin has a decent history of success (not to forget about Dontrelle Inman who is a decent 4th receiver)., but the young and talented Mike Williams could make an early impact if the Chargers decide to give him immediate playing time. We won’t know for sure, but maybe you could watch the situation and make a speculative
However, the young and talented Mike Williams could make an early impact if the Chargers decide to give him immediate playing time. We won’t know for sure, but maybe you could watch the situation and make a speculative pickup to beat your other owners to him, and you could possibly reap the rewards.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
Latest News: Reed is targeting a next week return to practice from his toe injury.
Fantasy Analysis: This one is easy. Reed is always hurt, so this latest injury isn’t a huge deal. He is so talented and one of the few elite tight ends when he plays, but he is almost a guarantee to miss at least some time during the regular season. I personally would stay away from him no matter what, but if you are confident in his ability to stay healthy, then go for it, because his on-the-field performance is not what is holding anyone back from drafting him.
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