Fantasy Football 2013: Injury Update 8/14
Fantasy Football Injury Update 8/14
August 14, 2013
We’ve still got another day to wait before the second round of NFL preseason games kicks off, so that makes it a good time to check in on some of the noteworthy injuries around the league. There are a number of big-name fantasy stars currently ailing at the moment, and with the draft season getting into high gear it’s important to stay informed of the latest news. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the recent injury headlines.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles had his ailing foot examined by not one but two orthopedic specialists this week, and both deemed him clear of a major injury. He’s dealing with some soreness due to tendon strain, but the more delicate ligaments in his foot escaped unscathed. He’s labeled as day-to-day after missing practice yesterday.
That’s great news to prospective fantasy owners. Charles is going near the top of most fantasy drafts, sometimes overtaking (the also injured) Arian Foster for the No. 2 overall spot. He should be well worth the high pick.
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Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns: Hardesty’s primary fantasy value thus far has come as a handcuff pick to the Browns’ No. 1 RB Trent Richardson, but he’s having some issues recently with injury. Hardesty had his ailing thumb examined yesterday, and although it’s not broken, the prospect of a significant injury is still there. The team is awaiting further tests.
Hardesty just got over a hamstring issue, and now this. As it stands right now, he’s fallen behind fellow RB Dion Lewis for the backup job (and may not even make the team), so Richardson owners should look that way for a handcuff option.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Here’s an interesting (and rather odd) scenario. Bradshaw is off the PUP list, which sounds like a positive development, but reportedly the Colts weren’t quite ready to activate him. The team was forced by the NFL to take him off the list after he participated in walkthroughs earlier this month. Practice participation by players on the PUP is against league rules.
Still, no harm was really done. The Colts were expected to activate Bradshaw this week or next anyway. Fantasy-wise, you’ll probably be able to find him somewhere around No. 30 among running backs, which isn’t a bad value if he can stay healthy.
Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: We’ll stick with a full RB slate today and take a look at Ivory. He’s been fighting a hamstring injury recently which has kept him sidelined during practices and out of the Jets’ first preseason game, but there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.
Ivory was able to practice for the second straight day yesterday, and hopes remain high that he’ll be able to hit the field for Saturday’s game against the Jaguars. That would be great news, as we (and many other fantasy owners) have targeted Ivory for a sleeper selection this season. He should be available in the late 20s among RB names, which is a great spot given his high potential.
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