2015 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Injury Updates

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It seems that regular season is going to follow the lead of the preseason when it comes to injuries, with many notable players suffering setbacks in Week 1. Let’s take a look at a few injuries sustained in Week 1 and what it means for Fantasy Football owners.

Week 2 Fantasy Football Injuries

WR Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

Bryant underwent foot surgery recently for his broken foot, specifically his 5th metatarsal. His expected timeline to return is four to six weeks. But, rumors imply it could be closer to eight. His absence leaves a big void for the Cowboys and Fantasy players to fill. Terrance Williams is listed as next on the depth chart. He has a similar height, build, and reach…

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Arian Foster Injury Update: Foster Returns to Practice

Foster owners rejoice! We have our first Arian Foster practice spotting since suffering his groin injury back in August. So does this mean Spring is just around the corner?

While Foster’s participation is certainly good news for the Texan’s and his fantasy owners, it’s likely we won’t see him take the field for at least another week, and more likely two. Even so Foster is making good progress in his recovery. Originally it was thought that Foster’s groin injury, and subsequent surgery would have him sidelined for the majority of the season. The Houston Texan’s coaching staff seems motivated as well, with Coach Bill O’Brien saying he expects Foster back, “sooner rather than later”.

So when Foster returns, what sort of fantasy production can we expect to see? In seasons where Arian Foster participated in more than eight games, he averaged over 1,350 yards and 12 touchdowns. The most encouraging stat is that every season, even those where Foster missed multiple games due to injury, he never dropped below a 4.1 YPC average. The take away from this is that as long as Foster is on the field, he’s a fantasy producer.

The one area where we may expect less production from Foster is in the passing game. Last season Foster recorded 38 receptions, for five touchdowns. The Texans need a reliable runner. Anyone that watched the Texans last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs will agree. Alfred Blue just doesn’t cut it as an every down back. However, they don’t lack for passing targets. DeAndre Hopkins, Nate Washington, and Cecil Shorts III all look to contribute to the passing game. The addition of Nate Washington in particular as a possession receiver should really help take some strain off the running game, and off of Foster. The Texans are going to want to keep Foster healthy, and while they can’t cut out too many of his rushing possessions, they can cut back on passing possessions.

So maybe Foster doesn’t see as many receptions on passing downs. He will still produce impressive numbers on the ground, and is the go to guy for the Texans in the endzone. Even if Foster sees a passing reduction, he should remain a fantasy RB1, and produce for his owners every week.

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Dez Bryants Injury and Who You Should Target As A Replacement

Twitter is blowing up. The Dallas Cowboys will be missing their stud wide receiver for at least 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. This is a huge blow for The Cowboys, and likely a few fantasy teams. Dez Bryant was a popular first round choice, and was an anticipated top five fantasy receiver. Due to this injury all that is in question.

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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAccording to what I assume to be a credible twitter source Bryant is looking at a long recovery time. With the Cowboys having a bye week during week six, this may lessen the blow. However, teams who drafted Dez, and other savvy fantasy players, are going to want to find an advantage to Byrant’s vacancy.

Terrance Williams is listed as the number two receiver on The Cowboys depth chart, and made some valuable catches during The Giants game. He’s currently owned in about 44% of ESPN leagues. Williams has the same height and build as Bryant, so he should be an easy fill in on the field. In 2014 he manage to haul in eight touchdowns (second only to Bryant) so he’s an established endzone threat. Last season, Bryant raked in an impressive 16 touchdowns. Those targets are going to have to go to someone, and I predict that someone will be Williams.

If you miss out on Williams, another great Cowboys pick up is running back Lance Dunbar. Dunbar made some impressive grabs on the final Cowboys drive, and came away with the most receptions. (3 more than Williams) With Bryant out, Tony Romo is going to need another receiving option. While Bryant is a great touchdown target, only 27 of his 88 catches were over 20 yards. So while Williams may get more of the endzone looks, Dunbar should see a healthy increase in his targets and receptions. With Dunbar only owned in 3.4% of leagues, and all eyes on Williams, you should have a good shot at claiming him off the wire. He could end up being a super sneaky pick up, particularly in PPR leagues.

While his absence will be felt by many, this still doesn’t mean an end to The Dallas Cowboys playoff chances, or their fantasy offensive numbers. Bryant will be back eventually, and until then he’ll be a vocal resident of the sideline. Even on the way out Bryant was still supporting his team.

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Hopefully we’ll see him back on the field soon.

2015 Fantasy Football: Injury Updates Before Week 1

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I feel like I say this every year, but the preseason injuries are getting out of control. Every season, a handful of players go down with ailments ranging from bumps and bruises to severe injuries. This creates the usual discussion over preseason length, timing and necessity.

From a fantasy football perspective, these injuries can crush the foundation you built from the early rounds. Especially, if you have an earlier draft (Here’s looking at you Kelvin Benjamin, screwed me out of that keeper pick). With that in mind, I’ve listed a few notable preseason injuries and who is the likely beneficiary from that player’s absence.

Jordy Nelson WR, GB

The Green Bay Packers confirmed that Jordy Nelson tore his ACL on August 24th. This was devastating to those who…

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Possible Replacement For Arian Foster?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Arian Foster’s groin injury. Foster has been injury plagued most of his football career, so his injury isn’t much of a surprise, though it does throw a wrench in many draft day plans. Not to mention being a huge setback for the Houston Texans. Alfred Blue, Foster’s backup, is also currently suffering his own injury woes after being carted off the field during Mondays practice. Though Blue’s injuries don’t seem to be as serious, Blue has yet to show any real promise as a feature back. Even third string running back Chris Polk is dealing with a hamstring issue.

So where does this leave the Texans? The Free Agency has been pretty picked over, but there are a few running backs left that might interest the Texans. Some big names left are Steven Jackson, Pierre Thomas, Chris Johnson, Knowshon Moreno and Ben Tate.

Steven Jackson made some noise after his release from the Atlanta Falcons, advocating for running back rights and the decline of the feature back.

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Unfortunately for him, his video has seen more appreciation than his pedigree. He’s yet to find a team so far this season, though he expressed a lot of interest in playing for the Dallas Cowboys. In my opinion his age is his biggest hindrance in finding a new team. While he may find a role on a team as a back up, it’s unlikely that he will find work with the Texans.

I was personally pulling for Pierre Thomas. He’s one of the most talented running backs left unsigned. In his eight seasons with The Saints he racked up over 3,700 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. He’s also one of the most successful pass catching backs in the league. He’s a great committee running back, and would bring a lot of talent to The Texans. Unfortunately, Thomas and The Texans were unable to come to an agreement. The rumor is that Thomas is holding out for more money. He’ll end on a team come regular season, but the jury is still out on which team that will be.

Chris Johnson was tossed around as an option to replace Foster. While Johnson had some explosive seasons early in his career his last season was pretty dismal. In fact, it was his first season where he failed to reach 1000 yards in a season. However Johnson has proven himself in the past, including rushing over 2000 yards in 2009. More appealing to The Texans perhaps is his durability. In seven seasons, he’s only missed one game. With Thomas currently out of the running, Johnson is the front runner to get the job.

A dark horse for a contract is Knowshon Moreno. He joined The Dolphins after his best season for The Denver Broncos, and Moreno came into last season guns blazing. He was averaging 4.8 yards per carry before suffering a season ending injury. While his injury woes would be worrisome for The Texans, his ability on the field is impressive. It’s possible that a committee role would actually be more beneficial for Moreno by limiting his touches. While it’s a long shot for Moreno to earn himself a spot on the roster, his abilities are not to be overlooked.

Ben Tate is entering this season unsigned. In spite of that, Tate has been hitting the gym, and keeping in shape. Tate would be an easy fit for The Texans as he served as Foster’s understudy for three seasons. Tate left The Texans to be the feature back with the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately that failed to work out for both parties. After that he went from the Minnesota Vikings, to the Pittsburgh Steelers where he averaged 3.8 YPC. Tate is still young with plenty of tread left on the tires and is already familiar with the Houston offense, so it makes sense that he would be considered to fill the void left by Foster.

I expect the Houston Texans will make a move sooner rather than later with the 2015 season fast approaching, right now my favorite for the job is still Pierre Thomas, but we’ll see what the future holds.