Fantasy Football: Top injuries by position heading into Week 7
By Genna Preston
Starting an injured player will be detrimental to your weekly fantasy football lineup. Here are the top injuries by position heading into this week’s games.
Oct 16, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles in the pocket during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Week 7 of fantasy football, which means two things. One, the season is almost half way finished and two, you can probably already predict whether you’re in the hunt for a playoff spot or not.
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But, if you find yourself in the bottom of your league, have no fear. If you play the rest of the season smart, you may still have a chance for an ultimate comeback.
Regardless of your situation, one thing is for sure, you can’t afford any hiccups on your roster. And, injured players are a major hiccup.
So before finalizing your weekly fantasy football lineup, be sure to check out this week’s top fantasy football injuries by position.
Next: 4. Tight Ends
Oct 2, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
4. Tight Ends
Many of the players listed questionable are expected to suit up this week. However, there a few high valued fantasy football tight ends that have been ruled out Week 7.
Questionable – Martellus Bennett (New England Patriots), Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals), Julius Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars), Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills)
Out – Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins), Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions), Dwayne Allen (Indianapolis Colts), Jordan Cameron (Miami Dolphins)
Filler Options – Vernon Davis, Hunter Henry, Cameron Brate
Next: 3. Quarterbacks
Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
You should already know quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out this week, and won’t return for at least four weeks; hold him tight on your fantasy football bench, as he is expected to return.
The Cleveland Browns are now on their fifth quarterback of the season. Cam Newton and Dak Prescott are on a bye and two quarterbacks are listed questionable but are expected to play.
Questionable – Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens), Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals)
Out – Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers), Josh McCown (Cleveland Browns)
Filler Options – Marcus Mariota, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian
Next: 2. Running Backs
Oct 2, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi
2. Running Backs
The good news for fantasy football owners is there are more questionable players than out players when it comes to running backs. The bad news is running backs, especially in points per run leagues, have the potential to earn 15 or more points per game.
Questionable – LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills), Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs), Arian Foster (Miami Dolphins), Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders), Dwayne Washington (Detroit Lions)
Out – Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers), Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh Steelers), Thomas Rawls (Seattle Seahawks)
Filler Options – Chris Ivory, Jay Ajayi, Mike Gillislee
Next: 1. Wide Receivers
Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) stretches for a first down while being tackled by Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
1. Wide Receivers
Usually running backs are injury prone but, this week there are a ton of banged up receivers. Although several questioned players are expected to play, there are still valuable fantasy football players that are listed doubtful and out this week.
Questionable – Julian Edelman (New England Patriots), Kamar Aiken (Baltimore Ravens), Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings), Jaron Brown (Arizona Cardinals), Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns), Travis Benjamin (San Diego Chargers), T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
Doubtful – Steve Smith Sr. (Baltimore Ravens), Robert Woods (Buffalo Bills), John Brown (Arizona Cardinals)
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Out – Markus Wheaton (Pittsburgh Steelers), Donte Moncrief (Indianapolis Colts), Phillip Dorsett (Indianapolis Colts), Josh Doctson (Washington Redskins), Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns)
Filler Options – Mike Wallace, Cameron Meredith, Kenny Britt