At this rate it seems that every top fantasy performer has been injured at some point this season. Arian Foster, Eddie Lacy, Dez Bryant, Julio Jones, Andre Ellington (who was a top 4 round pick in most leagues prior to the season) and many others. But it appears that these last two weeks have been the worst for fantasy. After finally returning from injury and returning to top form, Arian Foster went down with an achilles injury that cost him his season in a game that the Texans were down by 20 with two minutes left in. The list is just too long for me to list everyone that has gotten hurt lately. So let’s just focus on this week’s injuries and guys that should be free agents that you can use to bounce back from these injuries.
The biggest injury on the week has to go to Le’veon Bell. It may not be the longest return time of the injuries and information has not been released yet, but as he was the number one pick in a majority of fantasy drafts, that’s the biggest hit anyone could take. Replacing him is going to be impossible but trying to minimize the damage is a must. So here is what the best thing you could do is: trade for Todd Gurley, I think by year’s end, Todd Gurley ends up as the #1 running back in fantasy football. My advice to Le’veon owners, as bold as it seems, would be to trade Le’veon for Gurley 1-1, or if you are looking for a free agent, add Titans rookie running back David Cobb, who is owned in 25% of leagues or less in Yahoo. Coming off the PUP list for the Titans Week 9 matchup against the Saints, Cobb is said to be taking over the committee in Tennessee.
The next most impactful injury from today would have to be Steve Smith Sr. Although he may not have been the most consistent player to go down, a high WR2 to low WR1 that goes down is always going to hurt your team. Steve Smith ruptured his achilles on an innocent looking play. Such a sad way for a player like him to potentially end his career on. But back onto the fantasy outlook for him. The proven answer for him would be Kamar Aiken considering he had two good fantasy weeks when Steve Smith went down for a few weeks. But I have an interesting feeling about Chris Givens. He seems to be generating a lot of chemistry with Joe Flacco and finished the game against San Diego with a season high 4 targets. If Aiken is available, go get him. But Givens is a good stash option at 0% owned in Yahoo leagues. A third option for a potential add is Malcolm Floyd who has 21 targets, 10 receptions 194 yards and two touchdowns in his last 3 weeks.
Lastly, Matt Forte got hit on the knee by Harrison Smith and didn’t return to the game. A timetable for Forte has not been announced yet but Forte owners should taking precaution and make sure that they can get a guy like his backup Jeremy Langford or other backups who will turn starters such as Deangelo Williams and David Cobb who are all under 25% owned in Yahoo leagues.
Other Injuries to be Aware of:
Keenan Allen: Keenan Allen left after he scored his touchdown today. Apparently, he only has muscle spasms, but make sure you are updated.
Calvin Johnson: Calvin left late in the game today, but it is supposed to be a very minor injury.
Mike Evans: Left the game in overtime with a groin injury. Avoid any Bucs receivers as Jameis spread the ball out a ton today.
Brandon Marshall: Hurt his ankle and his toe, Marshall is a tough guy and could be back to full strength soon.
Kendall Wright: Hurt his knee. Very good player that makes an impact and could be a big loss for the Titans and your Fantasy team.
Khiry Robinson: Was in the middle of a committee already and appears to be out long term.
Ladarius Green: Backup tight end now that Gates is playing.
Reggie Bush: Avoid adding San Francisco running backs. They have no passing game to open up the run game, and on top of that they are almost always playing from behind and have to abandon the run.
Players to Look to Add:
Michael Floyd: Has had a very good few games for Arizona lately posting outings of 5-50-1, 3-59-1, 4-106-1 with either 4 or 8 targets in 3 weeks. 50% Yahoo owned.
Nate Washington: Since returning from injury Nate Washington has been on fire. In two games he has put up numbers of 9-127-2 and 4-74-1 with a total of 22 targets in those two games. Houston isn’t very strong on either side of the ball, so they have to throw the ball a lot. 25% Yahoo owned.
Jamison Crowder: The redskins went to this target offensively the last few weeks before the bye. He’s has had at least 5 targets every week since week 3. This may change with the return of Desean Jackson but if you just lost Steve Smith he is a guy to look for. 8% Yahoo owned
Crockett Gillmore: Started out as a go-to red zone target for Joe Flacco as he had two targets through his first three games, got injured and came back and started getting more targets. Without the red zone as he has gotten at least 4 targets each week since the bye. Without Steve Smith, he has the potential to be a TE1. 13% Yahoo owned
Javorius Allen: This one is more if you have Justin Forsett as a running back, but I watched the Chargers Ravens game today and it felt like there was a lot of downs where Forsett should have been in but Allen was instead. Maybe Marc Trestman likes Allen more or thinks he deserves the extra reps, but if you are a Forsett owner it is worth the stash. 8% Yahoo owned.