Fantasy Football News: 2013 NFL Week 6: Injury Updates
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 6 Injury Report
October 11, 2013
Week 6 Injury Report
If you have not already heard, Julio Jones is done for the season. This is an injury that will completely change the dynamics of the Falcons offense, but since the Falcons are on bye this week, here is a list of some injuries to big name stars that will affect fantasy teams this week.
Calvin Johnson - Johnson is dealing with a knee injury that caused him to miss last week's game against the Packers. Johnson's absence was clearly noticeable as the Lions offense looked very weak without him. Johnson's injury directly affects the fantasy values of Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush. When Johnson is on the field, Stafford and Bush have the ability to be fantasy monsters, but without Johnson, they are just above average fantasy options. Johnson has practiced this week, but he has not looked himself. Keep a close eye on this situation. If Johnson plays, he will not be 100%, and if he does not suit up, do not start Stafford against a tough Browns defense.
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Andre Johnson - Here is another superstar receiver that is also looking like a game-time decision. Andre Johnson is dealing with a shin issue, and he has not fully practiced this week. Johnson is a very important piece to the Texans offense, and given the horrendous struggles by Matt Schaub, you know the Texans are hoping Johnson can play this weekend. This is another situation to monitor, and if Johnson cannot play, then make sure DeAndre Hopkins finds his way into your starting lineup because Houston has a great matchup at home against a bad St. Louis secondary.
Michael Vick - The entire Fantasy Football World knew that Vick would get hurt sooner or later. Now it's time to play the waiting game to see how long Vick is sidelined. Vick has been practicing this week on a limited basis, but he still appears to be a long shot to play this weekend. If you are hoping that Vick suits up this week, then you should really start looking for other options. Nick Foles looked good when he replaced Vick last week, but the Eagles are going up against a very strong Tampa Bay secondary, and this matchup is not the most favorable for Vick or Foles.
Owen Daniels - As if the Texans could not suffer through any more bad luck, their star tight end, Owen Daniels, broke his leg and will now miss about 6 weeks. Daniels has been a vaible fantasy starter for most of his career, and fantasy owners need to find a replacement. The good news for Daniels owners is that they do not have to look far to find a replacement. Daniels' teammate, Garrett Graham, has played well this year at tight end for the Texans and he has three touchdowns already this season. Graham is a solid option for replacing Daniels on fantasy rosters.
Clay Matthews - Clay Matthews is an animal on the field and his relentlessness just caught up to him. Matthews will be out at least 4 weeks with a broken thumb, and the Packers are losing their leader in sacks and forced fumbles. As long as Matthews is forced to sit on the bench, the Green Bay Packers defense should not be considered a starting option for fantasy teams.
Antonio Cromartie - Cromartie hurt his knee in practice on Thursday, and he is currently questionable to play Sunday against the Steelers. If Cromartie is unable to play, then the Steelers wide receivers, especially Antonio Brown, would see an uptick in expected production. It also means that fantasy owners may want to reconsider starting the Jets defense even though they have a good matchup against the Steelers sluggish offense. Big Ben has thrown for over 380 yards in each of his last two games, and he could have another big day if Cromartie is not on the field.
Injury Side Note
In a positive injury note, the Buffalo Bills two best secondary players, Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd, should be returning to the field this week. The Bills have been a great fantasy matchup for opposing passing offenses so far this season, but that might change once Byrd and Gilmore get back into the groove.
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