Shaun Alexander? Yes, he's why the Fantasy Football Injury Report is here, in a way. In 2006 I was at ESPN, and heading into that draft, there were three key running backs at the top of list: Shaun Alexander, Larry Johnson and LaDainian Tomlinson. But only one, Alexander, had his season derailed by injuries.
That's why this is here: To make sure this year's Shaun Alexander doesn't end up on your roster—or if he does, then what to do about it.
The FFIR has been around since 2005, in some form or fashion. It started when Aaron Schatz convinced me that writing about injuries in the NFL would be easy. I knew football well enough and I even had an NFL team in Indianapolis, making it even easier for me than MLB.
Little did I know.
While Under The Knife, my column about injuries in baseball, is perhaps better known, my work in football scaled. It went to ESPN in two years, on to SI for a spell and now crops up here at Bleacher Report. I'm as excited to do it here as I was day one, because the possibilities are endless.
I'll be here to make sure that your fantasy team is just like an NFL team—with the best medical staff around. I'll talk to the doctors, the athletic trainers, the physical therapists and more to help you understand whether that injury means a player should be on your bench or your waiver wire. Whether that probable means to start your RB1 or take a shot on the rookie.
Stick with me all season, and when you win your fantasy league, you won't even have to share the winnings with me.
The injuries haven't waited for the regular season and I won't either, so let's take a look around the league.