NFL Fantasy Football 2010: 15 Stars Most Likely To Get Injured
Nothing ruins your fantasy team quicker than one of your big stars suffering a major injury. Despite knowing that some players face a higher likelihood of getting injured than others, their stats make them too good to pass up.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the 15 fantasy stars who are most likely to get injured in 2010.
Wait a minute… he hasn't even decided to play in 2010 yet. Come on, do you really believe that?
Brett Favre will be playing for the Vikings in 2010, and trying to duplicate his big numbers from last year (33 TD, 4202 yards).
But he's another year older, and regardless of his past resiliency and injury-resistance, Father Time eventually catches up with everybody.
Romo has an excellent receiving corps this year, with the trio of Miles Austin, Roy Williams, and Dez Bryant. He should generate a lot of points in fantasy leagues.
There is a combination of two things that might lead Romo to be an injury risk in 2010. First, he moves around a lot in the pocket, and second, he has an unproven left tackle in Doug Free protecting him this year. The two together may open him up to some big hits from pass rushers this year.
Jackson is an electric wide receiver, and every time he touches the ball, he is a threat to go the distance. He had 62 catches last year for 1,156 yards and 9 touchdowns, and he should be Kevin Kolb's favorite target this year.
Jackson's only flaw might be his size at 5'10" and 175 pounds, and it might indicate a higher fragility. Although his speed allows him to avoid most big hits, a small guy can't afford too many run-ins with much larger linebackers and safeties.
Smith has been a solid fantasy starter for the past five years, and he's still capable of having a big season in 2010. As in years past, he will face a lot of attention from defenses in the passing game.
Smith has already broken his arm in a flag football game this year. Does that mean he is becoming injury-prone? No, but with so many opposing defenses focusing on stopping him, he'll be involved in more than his share of high speed collisions this year.
Moss had 83 receptions for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2009. Not bad stats for fantasy purposes.
Moss turned 33 this year, and he's always had a lanky body-type. While he shies away from most contact, sometimes it's unavoidable. His body might not be able to withstand much punishment anymore.
Peterson is a beast, and he may be the most overall physically gifted running back in the league. He has a fumbling problem, but he will continue to put up big stats like 2009 (18 TD, 1383 yards).
Peterson is risky because of his running style. He likes to collide with defenders too often, rather than using his superior speed to dodge them. Sooner or later, those collisions will take a toll on his body.
What? A rookie on this list? I'm sure you're wondering how a rookie could possibly be at much of a risk of injury.
The Bills don't have a decent quarterback or offensive line this year. That means C.J. Spiller should see a lot of opportunities to run, but he won't have a lot of help. Defenses will be loading up the box to stop him, and they will be looking to "welcome" the rookie to the league with some brutal tackles.
Clinton Portis is expected to be the starting running back for Mike Shanahan's Redskins in 2010. If he can stay healthy, Portis has a chance to rack up some nice yardage behind a revamped offensive line.
Unfortunately, health has been a problem for Portis lately. He is showing some signs of wear and tear, and he has become very risky in terms of injury possibilities.
After last year's 2000-yard season, Johnson has been on the lips of many as the best running back in the league. His speed makes him very dangerous, and he is a nightmare for opposing defenses.
Johnson is not a big guy at 5'11" and 200 pounds, and it is a legitimate question to ask how many more 350+ carry seasons his body can take. It wouldn't be surprising to see him go down with an ACL injury.
Before he suffered a major knee injury, Welker was Tom Brady's favorite target last year with 123 receptions.
Will Welker make a full recovery and come back like he was before? That's the million dollar question. Nobody knows if he will be the same threat at receiver, and it's always a possibility that his surgically repaired knee might not hold up to the rigors of the 2010 season.
Rodgers was an excellent fantasy starter last year, and led all quarterbacks in total points. He also tied for the lead in another category: most sacks taken with 50.
While the Green Bay offensive line should be improved this year, Rodgers can't afford to take too many blind-side shots every year. Sooner or later, one of those shots may turn out to be a Theismann-like bone cruncher.
Rookie quarterback. Questionable offensive line. No receiving threats. Yes, the St. Louis Rams will once again rely heavily on Jackson to generate some offense.
Jackson is a bruiser at running back, and he gives and takes a lot of shots from defenders. At 27 years old, his body has taken a lot of punishment. He was starting to be bothered with some health issues last year, and this year may be the time when he starts missing some games.
Gore had some decent numbers in 2009 with 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he missed two games because of an ankle injury. In fact, he hasn't played a full season since 2006.
Gore is a big injury risk, given his history with problems. Despite his potential, it's almost a certainty that he will miss games in 2010.
Turner led all running backs with 376 carries in 2008. In 2009, he was having another good season before suffering a bad ankle injury that forced him to miss Atlanta's last six games.
Turner is 28 years old this year, and his body has seen a lot of abuse. He's very close to the time when running backs start to see a big decline in production, and he may see some additional injuries as well.
Jones-Drew had 15 touchdowns to go along with his 1,391 yards in 2009, making him a great pick in fantasy circles. The short fire-plug rumbled through defenses on his way to a 4.5 yards per carry average.
Expect the Jaguars to depend on Jones-Drew to carry the offense in 2010. He will draw an intense focus from opposing defenses, and they will be ready to make his yardage tougher to come by.