NFL Injuries: Players Who Will Benefit in Fantasy Football with Stars out

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

LAKE FOREST, IL - JUNE 12: Michael Bush #29 of the Chicago Bears works out during a minicamp practice at Halas Hall on June 12, 2012 in Lake Forest, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Any time there is an injury to a star or key player, there are exactly three reactions that pulse throughout the country:

1. Oh man, I hope his injury isn't too serious.

2. Oh no, this is going to kill my fantasy team.

3. Yes, I have that player's handcuff! My fantasy team is going to rock!

At least, I hope that's the order those reactions take place in. You never know.

In this article, we're interested in those players that will either benefit from the starer going down or will have a much easier matchup this weekend due to a key defensive injury. If you own these guys, congrats—things are looking up.


C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

I thought Spiller was going to be a much bigger part of the Bills offense with a healthy Fred Jackson. Now that Jackson is hurt, you're probably looking at a top-five fantasy running back. 

When Spiller is the starter, he produces in a big way. In seven starts dating back to last year (including his Week 1 performance this year), he has 727 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns and 15.8 fantasy points per game.

He's a home run threat every time he touches the ball. He's a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. And now he has the starting job all to himself, at least until Jackson returns.

And even then, Spiller may make himself too valuable to the offense to lose touches.

If you haven't gathered by now, I love me some Spiller in fantasy football. He's about to become a big name in the NFL.


Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Good news, Wallace and Brown owners—Darrelle Revis will not be playing on Sunday. While Antonio Cromartie will still be in the game, at least one of the receivers will have an easier matchup going down the field.

My guess is that Wallace would have drawn Revis, so he suddenly becomes a much more ideal fantasy play now that he won't be captive on Revis Island. Expect the Steelers to put up some points on the Jets.


Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

It remains unknown how long Matt Forte will remain out of commission with a high ankle sprain. But as long as he does, Bush promises to be an absolute fantasy stud.

In 10 starts after Darren McFadden went down to injury last year, Bush had 1,158 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. That was good for 14.58 fantasy points per week.

Yeah, he's pretty good. Outside of Ben Tate, he's the best backup running back in football. And while Forte remains injured, he's one of the best fantasy starters, too.


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