October 11, 2014
Here is how we see this weeks big injuries playing out. No need to list the players who are ruled out as we already know they won’t play. Let’s take a look at the DQP players, so you can hit the waiver wire or your bench for a winning line up.
Calvin Johnson (You should plan to be without him for 2-3 weeks….even if he suits up!)
Megatron is the only player of significance on this list and frankly I am tired of talking about him. So, I won’t. If you follow me, then you saw Johnson going down before he actually did; and if you continue to follow me, I will let you know when he will return as a productive part of your fantasy team. Until then, just sit tight. Bonus: For those who go a little beyond fantasy players, the Detroit Lions very well may not win a game until he returns.
A.J. Green (Trade him)
Im not sure why Green is even listed as questionable. I know the designations for injuries can sometimes be chess in the NFL, but I think we are all pretty confident he doesn’t play. If he plays, I think that A.J. Green and the rest of the Bengals organization should all be on the injury list for concussion like symptoms. In case you missed it, go to http://theinjuryreportdoctor.com/2014/10/10/trade-a-j-green-today/ to check out why you should trade A.J. Green now.
Carson Palmer (NO!)
If you are desperate for a QB on a bye week, I could see how this could be on your radar. I don’t plan to see Palmer play well any time soon, if ever. You will have to look elsewhere to fill in your QB stats.
Joe Haden (Start who ever you can on the Steelers offense)
Now because we are mostly focused on fantasy, you may not see many defensive players make our stories. Since defenders do not typically contribute individually to fantasy scoring (unless your name is J. J. Watt), we usually stick to offense. However in the case of Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden, there are a few notable implications. First and foremost, his absence makes the Browns defense “unstartable” ( I know that is not a word). Furthermore, I think it makes Antonio Brown a bigger stud than he already is; as well as making Big Ben, Heath Miller and just about the whole offense of the Steelers have increased value this week. Also, Ive heard a lot of predictions that the Brown will win this game and while I don’t care enough to make a pick on this game; I believe that Haden being out may change some tunes. The Browns are quiet on the exact injury to his hip, but a broken fingernail against Antonio Brown would be too much. I either expect him to not play or not play well. You can do a lot with this information with the fantasy players and the game itself, but the best value is likely in Big Ben and Antonio Brown against a talented but not ready rookie cornerback in Justin Gilbert.
Vernon Davis (You may have to carry 2 Tight Ends for a while)
Davis is listed with a back injury that he suffered 2 weeks ago when he played with an ankle injury that was barely healed. The good news is Davis has practiced 3 days in a row. In my opinion the bad news is that all of these practices have been non contact. The quotes that Davis has given locally and the nature of his injuries tell me that he will either not play or not play well. My guess is that one good hit to his back or a hard fall sends him back into spasms and even without being hit, I doubt he can perform like the Vernon Davis we know. Because TE is such a tough position to get production from, I think I would still hold on to him. In this very unique case, carrying a second tight end until Davis can get another healthy chance is probably the best move. I expect Davis to still have a couple of big days in him this year once he has time to heal. I think the wisest move for the Niners would be to rest him until week 9 (after their bye) and finish the year strong.
All of the notable Probable players are not worth your time or mine, as they will all play. That includes Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Percy Harvin and others. I expect all of the notable players on the Probable listing to play like their healthy, as none of the injuries appear to be serious.