As we speed into the midpoint of the fantasy football season, we run into the second-most annoying thing a fantasy GM has to deal with (the first being bye weeks): Injuries.
It seems as though this year is especially bad, but it's probably not. There are always some high-profile issues each year, and if you're the one with the bad luck to own one of those players and you don't react swiftly, you'll be in a world of hurt.
But how serious are these injuries? Who can you hang on to and hope and who is gone for the duration?
So let's take a look at players who have gone down and what it means for your team.
In triage you mark each patient with a sign which tells doctors how quickly a patient needs help—or if a patient is already beyond help.
We're adapting the same thing.
Expectant means the player is gone. You've got to replace him, and what's more, you won't see him again in any useful fashion this season.
When we mark a guy as immediate, he's hurt and needs to be replaced right away but could be worth holding on to because he should be back well before the end of the fantasy year. Sometimes these guys become expectant though, so you have to make sure your solution can work for a long-term absence.
A mark of delayed means that a player is banged up but could still play this week. The injury is bad enough to where there is some question as to his status for Sunday, but at worst, you're losing him for a week. We may also tag someone with this because of a lingering injury, because while he might play now, it could get worse.
A minor injury means you can probably sigh with relief. Your player is banged up, but it's either a nagging little thing or something which he can play through. Sometimes these get worse, but more often than not they get added to the list of things which most NFL players have to deal with over the course of the season.