What a wild ride the 2015 Fantasy football season was.
It came and went, and brought with it some huge injuries from beginning to end.
Big names lost every week for the year, some before they got started.
The impact was big on some positions, and this year some oft injured players were able to stay healthy the whole season.
Let’s look back at some big injuries from this year, and speculate on their draft impact for next year in the 2015 injury wrap up.
2015 Fantasy Football Injuries
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson was a major injury for Fantasy squads this year.
The Packers seemed to miss Jordy more than anyone would have known. What has been a prolific offense over the years became anemic during the 2015 season.
Injuries to the offensive line, and to Eddie Lacy as well, did not help the cause for Green Bay.
The good news for Jordy is that his injury was early enough that he should be fully recovered by the start of training camp next year. Assuming his recovery and rehab go well, he should still be a top level receiver for Fantasy purposes. I would expect him to go in the late second to third round next season. I just took him late second in a dynasty startup mock draft.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
Another receiver whose season was lost before it even began. Benjamin was primed to have a big sophomore season for the Panthers.
Adding Devin Funchess to the mix in Carolina was meant to give the Panthers two big men to contest for catches. But alas, Benjamin tore his ACL in training camp, making his sophomore season a blank for Fantasy players, and the Panthers.
Looking to next season I would think Benjamin is going to be a late second or third round pick.
The running back position was fraught with injuries this season. If you drafted a running back in the first round this year, you are likely unhappy with their performance or health.
Adrian Peterson is somehow the only early round guy that has lived up to his billing, and stayed relatively healthy.
Jamaal Charles tore his ACL on October 11, ending his season.
Eddie Lacy battled injuries throughout the season leaving him lacking.
CJ Anderson was poised for taking control of the Denver backfield, but multiple injuries and an ineffective line stifled his production.
LeVeon Bell was suspended, then suffered a season ending knee injury in just his sixth game of the season.
A lot of pain at the top this season. Many of the top backs will still be valued at first or second round picks, but expect a shift toward more receivers in the top of the draft.
Even the running backs you didn’t spend a lot of draft capital on that were performing had issues.
Dion Lewis was lighting up the field for the Patriots, and tore his ACL.
Thomas Rawls was a top rusher on the season before breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments, ending his season.
Arian Foster was a secret weapon for some after tearing his groin in the preseason, but if you spent somewhere around a fifth round pick like I did on him, you were not rewarded when he came back and then tore his Achilles.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
At the quarterback position, if you took Andrew Luck early in your draft, you certainly aren’t happy today. Suffering multiple injuries this season, Luck was a big underperformer before his season was cut down with a lacerated kidney and abdominal injury.
Luck was not having a good go of it before that point, having already suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the season. For a late first or second round pick, his performance definitely left you high and dry.
Luck will still be a good quarterback in the future, but his stock will drop a little after this season. I would like to see the Colts bolster the offensive line. With possible changes coming in the structure of the coaching and management staffs, Luck will get the help he needs.
It was a brutal season of injuries in the NFL. There were more injuries this season that it seems like I can ever remember.
A few weeks of Armageddon took out large swaths of talent for the season.
Here’s to good recovery and good rehab and health to all the players that were injured this season.
As we come to the end of the 2015 injury wrap up, we hope to see these players playing again next year, and hopefully producing for our Fantasy teams.