Fantasy Football 2013: 3 Injured Players Who Could Be Worth the Risk

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Fantasy Football 2013: 3 Injured Players Who Could Be Worth the Risk
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Rob Gronkowski could end up on the PUP list and still finish as a top-five tight end.

The 2013 NFL offseason and preseason has given us a wide variety of questions to answer as we head into the fantasy football season. Perhaps none are bigger than the injuries that have been suffered by some of the league's top stars.

Generally it's safe to say that it's sound fantasy strategy to avoid players who are already injured before the season even starts.

Chances are that if a player is already hurt, he is going to be hampered by the injury early in the year, and many injuries have a tendency to flare back up later in the season just in time to cost you your fantasy season.

Then again, those who took a chance on Adrian Peterson in 2012 would probably tell a different story. 

After coming off of an ACL injury at the end of the 2011 season, Peterson went on to miss the entire 2012 preseason, causing the former consensus No. 1 overall pick to tumble down draft boards, all the way to the third round in many leagues.

...and then he went on to win the NFL's Most Valuable Player award as he came within just nine yards of breaking the all-time single-season rushing record.

Expecting a player to recover from injury in the fashion that Peterson did is unfair. However the success of Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Peyton Manning showed us is that sometimes it can be worth for fantasy owners it to take a chance on these already injured or "injury prone" players. 

Here are three players who are currently down on draft boards but could give you the "boom" production that puts you over the top in your 2013 fantasy football leagues. 

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