Week 8 Waiver Wire: 10 Injury-Prone Players You Should Stay Away from

Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IOctober 31, 2011

Week 8 Waiver Wire: 10 Injury-Prone Players You Should Stay Away from

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    No matter how hard they try, some players are just injury prone. When healthy, these players can get you some big fantasy numbers. In the end though, they disappoint throughout the season because of nagging injuries that cost the player games or limits their production on Sundays.

    Due to their injury history, here are 10 players you should stay away from:

Marques Colston

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    Marques Colston missed two games his first season, five games his third season and was out for three games this season because of a broken collarbone he suffered in Week 1.

    He can give you big games like he did in Weeks 6 and 7, when he scored 17 and 21 fantasy points, or he can give you nothing if he's out like he was in Weeks 2 and 3.

Felix Jones

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    Felix Jones was only able to play six games in his rookie season due to a hamstring injury followed by a toe injury that happened during his rehab. In the 2009 season, a knee injury cost him two games.

    This season Jones has been out two games due to an ankle injury. This latest injury may have cost him his starting spot because of the breakout play of DeMarco Murray. 

Brandon Jacobs

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    I don't know how a running back of Brandon Jacobs' size gets hurt so much, but he does.

    In 2007, hamstring and knee injuries cost Jacobs five games. Then, wrist surgery in the offseason kept him out of two games in the 2008 season.

    This season, Jacobs lost a game due to a knee injury and has been used sparingly. 

DeAngelo Williams

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    When DeAngelo Williams plays he can put up some big numbers. You just have to hope he's playing.

    Williams missed three game in both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. In 2010, a foot sprain limited him to just six games.

    Even with his injury problems, Williams is tempting because of the games he shows flashes in, like Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints when he rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Dez Bryant

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    Dez Brant is an explosive receiver who can take over games when he's completely healthy. The thing is, he always seems to have some sort of nagging injury.

    Bryant missed four games in his rookie season and has been bothered by a quad injury this season. His newest injury looks to be affecting his recent play.

Reggie Bush

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    Reggie Bush has missed a total of 20 games due to injury in his six-year career.

    Bush tore a knee ligament in 2007. He tore his meniscus then sprained his MCL in 2008. Last season, Reggie broke his leg in Week 2.

    Bush is healthy this season and is putting up some decent numbers. He just rushed for over 100 yards against the New York Giants on Sunday to make you give him a look to pick him up. I wouldn't.

Ryan Grant

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    Saying Ryan Grant is injury-prone may be a stretch. He only missed one game during his first three seasons.

    But in the 2010 season, Grant sustained an ankle injury in Week 1, which required surgery and kept him out for rest of the season.

    This season, Grant missed a game because of injury. It may be the start of a trend.

Steven Jackson

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    Steven Jackson missed three games due to injury in his first two seasons. Then in 2007 and 2008, he only played in 12 games of each season. In 2009, he missed one game.

    In Jackson's eight year career, he was only able to play a full season twice.

    Jackson has already missed two this season with a hamstring injury. He looks healthy now though, he rushed for 159 yards with two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday. But how long will it last?

Matthew Stafford

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    Matthew Stafford is showing what he can do this season when he's healthy. But, due to his injury riddled past, he may be one play away from being out for the season.

    An injured knee and a separated shoulder cost Stafford six games of his rookie season. In his second season, Stafford was only able to play three games due to another shoulder injury.

    This season, he has not missed a game, yet. He was listed as questionable against the Denver Broncos, but played and played well.

    Maybe Stafford is past his injury problems.

Joseph Addai

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    Joseph Addai only played a full 16 game schedule in his rookie year. He then missed one game in 2007, four in 2008, one in 2009 and eight in 2010.

    In 2008, it was knee, shoulder and hamstring problems. In 2010, it was a nerve injury in his neck.

    This season, Addai has already missed three games because of a hamstring injury.

    Not only do the Indianapolis Colts need a QB, they may also need a RB.