Bye weeks and injuries, a fantasy owner's mortal enemies.
Whether it is an injury to a player on your roster or an important teammate that could play a direct role in your player's productivity, injuries can keep you up at night.
This week in the NFL there are injuries that could very well leave owners in a bad spot moving forward. That is, if they aren't handled with care.
Here is a list of the four biggest injury situations that fantasy owners need to keep their eyes on and be wary of moving into their Week 7 matchups.
So, is Peyton Hillis actually injured? It seems not even the Cleveland Browns can agree on this topic. There have been rumblings from the team's P.R. department during their Week 6 game against the Raiders that Hillis had been benched. Then the team quickly spoke out of the other side of its mouth and said that he had tweaked his hammy.
Who knows what to believe right now. Until more news comes out on the issue or we see how playing time is divided up between Hillis and backup Montario Hardesty, it will be hard to tell.
It seems like the Madden Curse is alive and well again this season with Hillis' struggles thus far. Whether “The Great White Hope” is injured or has wandered into coach Pat Shurmur’s dog house, one thing is for sure, it does not look good.
Felix Jones came away from Dallas’ 20-16 loss in New England rocking a walking boot. He sprained his ankle in the second quarter and ended up missing the rest of the game because of it. This injury is expected to cost the disappointing fantasy running back to miss some time. As of now he looks to be out 2-4 weeks.
This injury is obviously going to draw some concern from owners who have Jones on their roster. With his absence, running backs DeMarco Murray and Tashard Choice are going to be carrying the load in the Cowboys’ backfield.
If you are looking to add one of these backs, the one to go with is probably DeMarco Murray. In Felix’s absence Murray got eleven touches compared to Choice’s eight, it may be time for the rookie to take over as the primary running back.
Keep your eye on this situation, and if either Murray or Choice will do anything to distinguish themselves and earn a bigger role in the offense, it could spell doom for Jones when he returns to the lineup.
The injury to Campbell probably does not affect too many fantasy teams directly, unless you are in a deeper league or in need of a bye week filler, but what the loss of Campbell does effect is the rest of the Raiders' offense.
There has been a lot of news this morning about Carson Palmer being traded to the Raiders. In the long run that may be a huge move and play major dividends to the Raider Nation, but in the short term the skill players on the Raiders' offense may take a substantial hit in value.
How the Raiders' receivers, who have been playing well of late, will be effected by a change at the quarterback position is a storyline to watch in Oakland. Also, will the running game take a hit with Campbell’s injury as well? These are situations that will depend on how effective Carson Palmer, who has not played yet this season, is when he suits up in the silver and black. There really is just no way of knowing before we see him out there.
It is not time to go dropping or trading all your Raiders' fantasy producers. However, proceed with caution because the type of production they will have moving forward is unknown.
2011 is officially a train wreck season for the St. Louis Rams, and it is only getting worse. On the last play of their Week 6 matchup against the Packers, Sam Bradford sprained his ankle and is expected to miss at least one week.
With new receiver Brandon Lloyd being traded to the Rams this week, things were hopefully looking up for the sophomore quarterback’s fantasy value. This injury is likely to derail any bounce-back for Bradford and the Rams’ offense for the time being.
This injury will also have a direct effect on Steven Jackson. Playing without Bradford and having A.J. Feeley lining up under center will create even less running lanes for the back to sift though in Week 7.