Fantasy Football Week 7: Friday Injury Update
This year in the NFL, there has been an abundance of injuries which have hurt fantasy owners all over, as well as raised questions throughout the league about the brutality of the game of football.
In Week 7, there are some key players on your roster that you will have to sit due to injury. But on the brighter side of things, there are also some players returning from injury that will have a big impact this week.
WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson suffered a concussion last week against the Atlanta Falcons and is highly unlikely to play in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans.
Jackson did not practice on Thursday, and even if for some reason he is to play, you can't expect much from the guy. Sit Jackson on the bench for Week 7, expecting a big game from him in Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles have a bye next week, so he'll receive some much needed time off.
Jason Avant is expected to receive increased time with Jackson's absence.
TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates did not practice on Thursday due to a toe injury, but take the risk and start the 6'4'' beast of a tight end in Week 7.
How he feels today will determine how much action, if any, he will see on Sunday.
Going up against the tough defense of the New England Patriots, Gates will be a primary target for quarterback Phillip Rivers. Take the chance in starting Gates, because if he plays he will have an outstanding game with a couple of touchdowns.
TE Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins
Chris Cooley suffered a concussion in Week 6 when facing the Indianapolis Colts. He participated in drills on Wednesday and practiced fully on Thursday.
Cooley told the Washington Post that he's fine and expects to play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
This is good news for you fantasy owners that have Cooley on your roster. Expect his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season in Week 7.
RB Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts
Addai has suffered an injury which the doctors think is just a nerve, but he will be receiving a second opinion on his injured shoulder.
Team president Bill Polian talked about Addai's injury on his weekly radio show, saying, "It's not a separated shoulder or anything like that. That's kind of the good news. They're doing more tests and we'll know more later in the week."
But, Addai has a little more to say on the injury telling the Indianapolis Star: "Nothing is torn or anything. It's just the nerve. That's the biggest thing, that and getting the strength back. It could come back any time between now and four or five weeks."
If Addai is on your roster he should be sat for the next couple of weeks. You might even want to release him and add a "sleeper" running back to your team, such as Chris Ivory. Sure, Addai had his best game of the season last week carrying the football 17 times for 128 yards and a touchdown, but if he does end up sitting out four to five weeks, he really isn't worth the wait.
WR Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Malcolm Floyd suffered a hamstring injury last week against the St. Louis Rams and will definitely miss Week 7 because the Chargers do not want to risk any further injury.
Place Floyd on the bench for this week and expect him to be back to producing his league-leading numbers when he returns in Week 8.