Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 10/12/13
Fantasy Football Injury News: Johnson, Gronkowski and More
October 12, 2013
We’ve reached another NFL and fantasy football Saturday; this one the day before the bulk of the Week 6 games get started. That makes today a good time to check in on some of the ongoing injury issues around the league and see what sort of an effect they’ll be having on your fantasy lineup. Here’s a closer look at a few key names out there and whether or not you’ll have to monitor them before kickoff time tomorrow.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Did you really expect anything less from New England? Gronkowski is officially listed as questionable, just as he has been for the past few games. There’s been some increasing optimism this week that he’ll be able to make his return, but over the past day or so a lot of doubts have crept through in the form of reports that say the Pats aren’t sure he’ll be able to take the field.
This whole Gronkowski mess is turning into a troubling situation, as most owners who drafted him expected him to be out there by now. Realistically, the only thing you can do is watch the game-time reports, and slot in your backup (again) if he’s out.
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Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles has been pretty durable and reliable over the past couple of seasons, but he’s had some issues this week. He’s gotten progressively more active at practice as the week wore on, and had a full session yesterday.
The issue here is blistering on Charles’ toes, which will likely end up being more of a pain-management situation than anything. Fantasy owners shouldn’t have anything to worry about here.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Lynch owners might be a little troubled by the fact that the star RB missed out on practice yesterday, but by most indications he should be just fine. He’s dealing with a hip injury and should be good to go for tomorrow’s game against the Titans.
That’s a good matchup for Lynch as well. Their front has shown some weakness toward a power running game, and the home crowd will certainly help as well. Top-shelf start; just like usual.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Johnson owners have all sorts of things to worry about this week, but we’ll get to that extra stuff in a second. First off, let’s see how his knee injury is doing. The good news is that he was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. He’s officially listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.
The bad news is that Johnson will be matched up with elite Cleveland CB (and recurring theme in this space) Joe Haden. That would be an awesome battle to watch if Johnson were healthy, but with the injury considerations we’ll take Haden all day long even if Johnson plays. Tough call, but we’d just sit him again.
Texans Pair: Before we sign off for this edition, let’s head down to Houston and check in on their two most noteworthy injury issues in fantasy: Arian Foster and Andre Johnson.
First up, let’s see about Johnson. He was limited in practice this week with his shin injury and is listed as questionable. That said, the consensus seems to be that he’ll suit up against the Rams. He should have a good day if he’s anything like his usual self.
As far as Foster, he’s been limited this week as well, but managed to get himself a probable designation. The trouble here is with his thumb and chest. The outlook on Foster this week is good also; the Rams don’t defend the run all that well.
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