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Fantasy Football 2013: Injury Update 8/20

Fantasy Football Injury News: Foster, Shorts and More

August 20, 2013

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We’re still a couple weeks removed from the regular season, but there are already all sorts of injury concerns spread all across the NFL. Some of those ailments involve major fantasy names, which makes it more important than ever to stay on top of the latest news. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy injuries out there and see what’s in store for these players’ immediate futures on the field.

Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin caused quite a stir in fantasy circles when he left the team’s second preseason game with a head injury on Friday. The initial fears were that he had suffered a concussion, but it was later revealed that he’d passed all tests and had escaped that fate. Still, the team is calling it a head injury, and while they allowed him to practice yesterday, he didn’t take any contact.
It appears Martin has dodged a bullet here, but considering the high fantasy investment, it probably wouldn’t hurt for owners to keep an eye on him. He’s No. 3 overall on most draft boards behind only Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster (or sometimes Jamaal Charles).

Fantasy Football 2013: Injury Update 8/20

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Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Shorts has been fighting off a calf injury recently, and hasn’t been involved in any of the Jaguars’ practices since August 5. There appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel here, however, as he’s expected to rejoin the team today. How much the Jags will use him in preseason Week 3 remains to be seen.
Fantasy-wise, Shorts is all over the place, depending on which draft board you’re looking at. Some experts are optimists, putting him in the late-teens among wide receivers, while others doubt Jacksonville’s offensive capabilities and think of him as a late-20s grab. We’re probably somewhere in the middle, for what it’s worth.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Holmes’ fantasy stock has taken a nosedive ever since he sustained a Lisfranc strain last season. The good news is that he’s been working out--he was running routes before the Jets’ last preseason game. The bad news? There’s still no timetable for his return. He remains on the PUP list, and conservative estimates have him missing at least a few games.
Still, Holmes might be worth a stash in deeper leagues. He’s far and away the Jets’ best receiver, and has legitimate chemistry with likely starting QB Mark Sanchez.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Foster today; he’s been the talk of the fantasy world since yet another day passed yesterday with no sign of him on the practice field. News broke early this week that said he’d been getting injections for his back issues, and has been dealing with pain in his legs as well.
There’s still no official timetable out of Houston for Foster’s return though the team remains optimistic that he’ll be available for the season opener. We’re admittedly a little concerned, however. We’ll say this for now: if you draft Foster, make sure you get Ben Tate during the later rounds. You’ll be glad you did.

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