Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 4 Injury Report and Waiver Wire Targets

This week in the NFL seemed like a walk in the park compared to the carnage that was the first two weeks, unless you're rooting for the Steelers.  Teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack, with several getting to 3-0.  Injuries, along with changes to schemes and personnel, will play a pivotal role as we continue into Week 4. 

Let's take a look at who went down and who came back in Week 3, and look ahead to next week:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh - The injuries to starting QB's just keep coming.  Roethlisberger sustained a bone bruise to his knee as well as an MCL sprain during Week 3's game, and he will reportedly miss between four and six weeks.  The Steelers will turn to Michael Vick for the near future and Le'Veon Bell will surely see a massive workload as well.  Antonio Brown's value may take a hit, but time will tell as Vick gets installed into the offense.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo - In a very murky situation, McCoy played enough on Sunday to tally 11 carries and a TD, but after the game coach Rex Ryan revealed that LeSean is running on "one and a half legs" due to hamstring problems.  The success of Karlos Williams as McCoy's backup leads me to believe that there will be a split in carries for the Bills RB's for at least another week.
*UPDATE* Reports out of Buffalo have McCoy unlikely to play Week 4

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans - Brees was absent from Week 3's loss at Carolina, but is optimistic that he will play in Week 4.  We will have to check practice updates throughout the week to see if his shoulder is holding up, and that Brees is getting good velocity on his throws.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle - Lynch only made it through one half of Sunday's game, getting six touches and 23 yards.  He sat for the second half, but it's unclear as to why he didn't play.  Either the Seahawks knew they would have no trouble with the Bears or Lynch is suffering from a hamstring injury.  As of today he is considered day to day, and it will help his cause that Seattle doesn't play until Monday.

Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo - Watkins has a calf strain and at this point is considered day to day.  We will have to see how his practice participation goes this week, but we may be looking at a questionable tag.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery is expected to return to action in Week 4, but it must be tough to return to the offense that was on display versus Seattle.  Hopefully Jeffery provides a spark, but I wouldn't get too excited with Clausen as his QB.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago - Elaborating on the Jeffery update, Cutler is still considered week to week and we don't know any more about his hamstring injury as of Monday.  He should be considered questionable for Week 4 at this point, with the possibility for another week of Clausen for the Bears.

Chris Ivory, RB, NY Jets - WTF an Ivory owner, how do you declare him active and then keep him on the sidelines the entire game?!  Ok, I'm better now.  Hopefully he is still trending upward in his recovery from a groin and quad injury, and will be on the field this week.  Like actually playing.

Eric Decker, WR, NY Jets - Decker was inactive for Sunday's game with a PCL sprain.  He is questionable for this week.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia - A surprise inactive for Week 3, Murray participated in practice last week until Sunday's game before his hamstring injury kept him out.  Either he was worse off than previously thought or he worsened the injury.  We will wait for updates this week and have to consider him questionable at this point.  Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would continue to benefit during Murray's absence.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta - Coleman missed Sunday's game against Dallas, and Devonta Freeman went on a tear in his absence.  Coleman is expected to miss another week with a broken rib, so those who own Freeman can fire him up again with hopes of a repeat performance.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - According to coach Bruce Arians, Ellington should play this week against St. Louis, returning from a PCL injury.  Temper your expectations, though, because Chris and David Johnson have looked good as well, so we may have a full-blown RBBC on our hands.

Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - All signs point to Cruz returning to the field this week.  If you are lacking depth at WR or have bench room, I would pick him up as a lottery ticket.  We don't really know how sharp he will be after his multiple injuries, but it can't hurt to own him in case he takes off.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - There is a possibility that Foster plays in Week 4 against Atlanta.  He is recovering from groin surgery, and has said himself that he is not 100 percent.  We will wait for updates out of Houston but it sounds like he's getting close.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - Jackson could return to action this Sunday, which would be a quicker recovery than initially thought from his hamstring injury.  You have to be careful with this type of injury when relying on speed like Jackson does.  I would be tempted to take a wait-and-see approach with him if he plays, unless I didn't have other options at WR.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - Perriman may have suffered a setback with his knee injury this week during practice, as he abruptly quit running routes and only caught passes for the remainder of the day.  On a short week, it's almost a lock that he won't play, but if you have room on the bench I'd say hold onto him until we see what he can do.  On the other hand, if someone you like better is available, I could see dropping him at this point too.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - Everyone in Dallas is saying something different regarding Bryant's recovery from a broken foot, with everywhere from Week 7 to Week 12 returns being mentioned.  The latest is Cowboys' management establishing Week 7 as a goal for his return.  I still think we will see Bryant around week 10, as a foot injury of this magnitude needs a good bit of time to heal.  More conservative estimates for his recovery should prove to be accurate.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Week 3 NFL Injury Report w/Waiver-Wire Targets

Week 2 had just as many significant injuries (from both real and fantasy football perspectives) as did Week 1.  Cowboys fans must be in prayer circles at this point.  Running back situations are in flux around the league, starting quarterbacks have already been replaced by backups, and some receivers that have been left for dead (looking at you, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Smith) are lighting it up again.  It feels like we are in mid-season form already.

Here are the injury situations that we are monitoring for Week 3 and beyond:

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay - Lacy left on a cart during Green Bay's Sunday night game against Seattle with an ankle injury.  X-rays came back negative, so it seems Lacy has avoided a fracture.  While that is one bullet dodged, it does not mean he won't miss time.  The Packers are hoping he can play in Week 3.  We will have to wait for updates, but for now James Starks should be on everyone's waiver wire list, as he played very well after Lacy left the game.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas - The hits keep coming for the Cowboys.  Romo suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday's game and will elect to bypass surgery, meaning he will miss at least eight  weeks.  Brandon Weeden will start at QB for the foreseeable future.

Drew Brees QB, New Orleans - In a surprise report on Monday, Brees underwent an MRI on his shoulder following Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.  The results were negative, but he is questionable to play against Carolina.

Eric Decker, WR, NY Jets - Decker may have sustained a PCL injury during Monday night's game.  An MRI will provide more clarity, but if Decker can't play in Week 3, Brandon Marshall will get a huge workload against the Eagles.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Miami - Cameron exited Sunday's game with a groin injury.  He did not return, and if he misses next week's matchup the Dolphins will start Jake Stoneburner.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco - Hyde did not play in the second half on Sunday after he was supposedly checked for a head injury, but now the team is saying that it was a thigh contusion.  There is no indication that he will miss any time, but owners should check for any updates just in case.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - It appears that Ellington's sprained MCL will cost him 2-3 weeks.  The Cardinals will go with Chris and David Johnson until Ellington is ready to go, with Chris taking the lead role.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta - Coleman left Sunday's game on a cart due to a broken rib and at this point he is expected to miss two weeks.  Devonta Freeman will get the bulk of playing time for the Falcons.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - A sprained PCL has kept Perriman on the sidelines since the season began, but word out of Baltimore is that he is expected back by October.  If you have the room on your bench, it may be a good idea to stash Perriman now as the Ravens really need the help at WR and he's their most athletic player at the position.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago - Cutler left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and did not return.  It sounds as if Cutler could miss two games.  Jimmy Clausen should start in his place, majorly downgrading Chicago's offensive playmakers.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago - Jeffery was declared inactive for Sunday's game with a hamstring issue, and there is no definitive word at this point that he will return for Week 3.  More targets should go toward Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett in his absence, but it sounds as if those targets will come from Jimmy Clausen, so take that info with a massive grain of salt.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas - The Cowboys did not place Bryant on the IR/Designated to Return List, so it sounds as if Dallas is going to try and get Bryant back on the field as soon as possible.  Initially, Bryant's timetable was 10-12 weeks, but a bone graft completed during his foot surgery could quicken his recovery.  Now it appears that he could return to action within six weeks.  Either way it's going to be a long absence, but a player of Bryant's caliber means a great deal to his owners, and to the Cowboys.  Our resident Fantasy Doctor Selene Parekh examines the Dez Bryant injury HERE

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - Foster was inactive for Sunday's game against Carolina, but he participated in practices last week and hopes to be ready for Week 3 against Tampa Bay.  On Monday the Texans considered Foster day to day.

Victor Cruz, WR, NY Giants - Cruz is targeting a Week 4 return from a calf  injury.  It remains to be seen what impact he will have on the Giants' receiving game when he returns.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - He's coming back this week, so plug him in your lineup if you're lucky enough to have him.  And if you had DeAngelo Williams, he can head back to your bench (but you got two great weeks out of him.  Just imagine when Bell gets to run in that offense....)

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - He was ruled out for Week 2 with a hamstring injury, and at this point his expected return is 2-3 weeks.  Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon will continue to see extra work until Jackson recovers.

Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis - Coach Jeff Fisher called Gurley a game-time decision, and if he does play, the team will limit his reps.  It's a step in the right direction for the first-round pick and a team that needs his help badly.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week 2 NFL Injury Report w/Waiver-Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 2 of the fantasy football season!  Hopefully you dominated your first week and your lineup is healthy and ready to roll.  Or, if you're like me, you own Dez Bryant everywhere.  We all know that injuries are just a part of the game, and how closely you follow the latest player news and the subsequent moves that you make will be a huge factor in your week-to-week success.  We're going to be posting this weekly injury and waiver wire report to help give you an edge, so be sure to make The Infirmary Report a regular part of your research before you set those lineups or head to the waiver wire.

-Let's take a look at the relevant injuries heading into Week 2.

Dez Bryant,
WR, Dallas - This is the biggest injury in Week 1, since Bryant was your team's first or second round draft pick if you own him, and replacing his production will be difficult.  Dez broke a bone in his foot later in the game after catching five passes for 48 yards.  He will need surgery and his timetable to return is four to six weeks.  In his absence, his targets should be fairly evenly distributed between Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - Ellington left Sunday's game and has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 PCL strain.  He should be on the sidelines for two to three weeks.  The Johnson duo, Chris and David, will take over and start in that order.  While Chris is the starter, I think that David is the better talent, so pick up Chris as a short-term add and David as a long-term speculation.

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland - McCown got blown up trying to get to the end zone on a scramble and suffered a concussion.  He stands to miss some time, meaning it's time for the Johnny Manziel show in Cleveland.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver - It is believed that Anderson may have sprained a toe during Sunday's game, but more info will be known in the next couple of days.  Ronnie Hillman was a more effective RB during the game, and may have earned himself a larger share of Denver's carries regardless of Anderson's injury status.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis - His status is listed as day to day following an MRI on his knee.  There is a possibility that the bruised knee will keep him out for Week 2, and if that's the case owners will want to get Donte Moncrief in their lineups.  He saw 11 targets Sunday with Hilton on the field, so it stands to reason he would see more in a Hilton absence.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay - Evans missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury even though he said he felt good, so we will wait and see what the future holds in Tampa this week.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins played a huge receiving role in Evans' absence.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee - Walker was seen wearing a cast on his right hand after Sunday's game, but there is no word out of Tennessee on a diagnosis.  We will wait for any updates.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - It appears that a hamstring injury will keep Jackson out for three to four weeks.  For a player as reliant on speed as Jackson, a hamstring injury is especially worrisome as they tend to pop back up during the season.  Pierre Garçon and Jordan Reed should see a boost in targets.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore - Taliaferro has been dealing with a MCL sprain dating back to a preseason matchup against the Eagles.  While he missed Sunday's game against the Broncos, he has a shot to play this week as Baltimore's number two running back.  If he can't go, it means that Justin Forsett will likely shoulder most of the carries again for the Ravens. 

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - There was no surprise when Perriman was ruled out for Week 1's tilt against Denver with a knee sprain.  The rookie wideout was slated to start opposite Steve Smith Sr. coming into the season, but this injury has put him out of action and his timetable to return is murky.  Reports out of the Ravens' camp say that Perriman could be ready by October, and coach John Harbaugh has hinted it could be sooner.  There is not a lot to like behind Smith and Perriman on the depth chart here, so it might be wise to hold onto Perriman in 12-team leagues.  If he returns and exhibits his athleticism from the combine it could pay dividends down the road.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland  - I know he's suspended for the entire year, but I saw that he is working out at Randy Moss's football academy.  I'm sure there's a joke somewhere in there.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - Foster is working back from groin surgery and his expected return date keeps moving up.  Previous reports didn't expect him back to the field before October, but now reports are saying that he could be back as soon as Week 3.  Foster is a game-changer at RB when he's healthy, so Alfred Blue should enjoy the starting reps while he can get them.

C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans - Reports are saying that Spiller should be good to go in Week 2 after missing last week's game with a knee injury.  While he seems to be quite prone to injury, he is a playmaker when he's on the field, and upon his return he will immediately assume the old Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role for the Saints.  In PPR leagues, we all know what that means.....get him in the lineup as a great RB2.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants - A calf injury has put Cruz's fantasy stock near an all-time low.  He is listed as week-to-week, but reports out of the Giants' camp are that he is not even running yet.  It looks as though his absence will carry on for a little while.  In the meantime, Odell Beckham continues to dominate and Reuben Randle is a decent waiver-wire pickup for some upside as a WR3.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets - The sucker-punch delivered to Smith's face during the Jets' preseason has him out until Week 6.  Until then, Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance will probably dictate whether or not we see Smith after the Week 5 bye.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh - Bryant is serving a four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  In his absence, Markus Wheaton is getting a lot of reps for the Steelers, but Bryant was dominating in the preseason and is worth stashing on your bench if you have room for WR depth.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - Bell is also serving a two game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  There seems like to be a pattern here for the Steelers.  We all know that Bell will be in the running (pun intended) for fantasy's top RB when he gets back on the field, as he is the three-down, goal line, and check-down back for Pittsburgh. 

Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis - Mason is battling a hamstring and missed practices leading up to Week 1.  With Todd Gurley ruled out as well, Benny Cunningham is the lead back for the Ram's immediate future.  Yikes.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis - Recovery from a torn ACL is a long and demanding process, but Gurley is almost back.  A return is expected within the next month if there are no further issues.  For now, in practice, Gurley is still not allowed to be tackled to the ground.  It should make no difference to him, no one could tackle him in college either.  He should be a good RB2 when he gets back into the starting lineup.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mark Teixeira Injury Update

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

*WANTED* Fantasy Football Writer

First off, let me thank you for your continued support of The Infirmary Report in our quest to be the premier site for injuries as they relate to fantasy sports. We have enjoyed another successful MLB season and now look forward to similar success this upcoming NFL season. To that effect, we are in need of an injury/waiver-wire writer this NFL season. The article would be a weekly piece constructed similar to our baseball pieces. This position could eventually lead to a more substantial position on one of our sites with possible compensation. Case in point, our MLB injury writer is now the lead for our DFS write-ups with compensation attached.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Todd Gurley Injury Update

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