Fantasy Football Update
Fantasy Football Injury Update 8/6
August 6, 2013
As the fantasy football season inches closer and closer, the various ailments out there are going to become more and more significant. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at a few noteworthy fantasy names out there who are battling injuries and see if we can determine what their futures hold. Here’s the latest.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: This is probably nothing, but it’s worth noting anyway. Jones was limited in Falcons practice yesterday, thanks to an undisclosed injury. The team said it was a precautionary measure.
If you’re a Jones owner, we wouldn’t worry too much about it unless the injury (whatever it is) lingers. He’s still a top-five WR name.
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Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Moving on over to the reigning Super Bowl champs, let’s take a look at Dickson. He’s dealing with a torn hamstring, and the condition is expected to keep him sidelined for around a week. The reports say he’ll be fine for Week 1.
Now that Dennis Pitta is out for the season, Dickson’s stock has jumped dramatically. He’s an early-20s name at TE in fantasy.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Let’s stick with Baltimore for a moment and check in on Rice. He had to leave practice yesterday after turning his ankle, but the good news is that the condition isn’t expected to be serious. That said, we’ll keep an eye on him and make sure he’s not dealing with any lingering soreness.
Rice is definitely a No. 1 name at his position. You’ll find him around No. 8 or 9 among fantasy backs.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Bad news for Heyward-Bey. He’s dealing with a sprained MCL and will reportedly miss “a lot” of time. He was expected to be the No. 2 name opposite Reggie Wayne, but in his absence T.Y. Hilton will likely receive a bump on the depth chart and thus a surge in fantasy value.
We’ll keep an eye on Heyward-Bey and let you know how long he’ll be out. He’s probably worth stashing.
Joel Dreessen, TE, Denver Broncos: Dreessen had arthroscopic surgery on his knee yesterday, and as a result of the procedure he’ll be out for 3 to 4 weeks. His absence should only affect owners in deeper leagues--and also those who believe Dreessen will see more targets than fellow Denver TE Jacob Tamme.
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