Which player to sit or start each week can be a daunting task in fantasy football. One of the major factors in your decision is if a player is hurt.
Obviously, if a player is ruled out and won't suit up in a given week, you sit him.
The harder choices are guys like Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells who was a game-time decision with a bum knee this week. It's hard to determine if game-time decision players will produce at a high level because of their injuries.
The first step is to find out what part of their body they injured and the name of the injury. How many of you know what plantar fasciitis is because of Antonio Gates? Yeah, me too.
Next, use Google to learn about the injury and find out more about the pain they may experience during the game. Often times, the internet has a great deal of information about a player's specific injury that won't get reported in the news.
Don't listen to the coach. They hardly ever tell you anything useful. It's always, "He's doing everything he can to play this week," or "He had a good practice today and we'll see where he is tomorrow." Such coach-speak tells you nothing. Plug your ears, avert your eyes.
Instead, listen to the player; check their twitter accounts, read the local newspapers for interviews and see what the player is saying about his injury.
This week Andre Johnson made it clear that he wasn't going to play, while Beanie Wells was determined to hit the gridiron.
Keeping up with injuries can be a time-consuming task, but a necessary one.
In case you were wondering, Beanie Wells survived the fall in this picture, despite landing squarely on his head.