Fantasy Football 2018 Injury Notes

2 Aug 2018 - 1:18am | DFS_Tom | Updated: 3 Aug 2018 - 3:10pm | Likes: 6
Fantasy Football 2018 Injury Notes

With fantasy football season getting ever closer, we are going to be taking a look at different aspects of the fantasy game. Last week we looked at some wide receivers to target later in the draft, who should help you round out the bottom half of your roster. Today, we are going to take a look at a few players who were injured last season, which can cause some hesitation when drafting them. There will be a few who are set to bounce back and a few you might want to avoid. This is where you can get an edge over other players if you are willing to take on a bit of risk, but that risk must come with some upside.

 

·          Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts

This is the big question for many fantasy football players this season, how healthy is Andrew Luck? To recap, he missed all of last season, in what was a news-filled year. He went from missing the start of the season, to being ready in October, to potentially needing surgery, and eventually missed the entire year. With all that said, he is a full participant in training camp so far, and is throwing the ball with no restrictions according to reports. This is truly an encouraging sign, since he makes the Colts and their offensive players, all fantasy viable when he is healthy. Luck finished 2016 with over 4,000 yards, 31 touchdown and 14 interceptions. If he is healthy, he can be a top 10 fantasy quarterback.

·         Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings

Cook’s rookie season was cut short in week 4 after suffering an ACL injury. He has an ADP of 13.3 right now, which should tell you that fantasy players are still very high on his potential even after the injury. In those first four-game, he had 354 yards and two touchdowns. Those don’t sound like impressive numbers, but he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry, which is very strong, along with having over 20 carries in two of the four games, and the final game with him getting hurt. He is going to be the Vikings go-to option in the running game, and by all accounts, he is healthy and ready for the workload this season. Buy in.

·         David Johnson, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals

I’ll start right at the top and say I’m personally very high on Johnson this year, no hiding it. Last season in week 1, he broke his wrist. By all accounts, he was able to return in December of last season, but they held him out since the team was eliminated. He broke his wrist and thus, he ENTIRE body took a full year off from football. OK. Johnson is perfectly healthy and should be a full go this season. Don’t over think things this season. He will have a new coaching staff to deal with, but with subpar quarterbacks at the helm for the Cardinals, he will see plenty of work.

·         Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, New York Giants

OBJ is one of the most explosive receivers in the league, and as we all know, can turn any simple slant into an 80-yard gain. He fractured his ankle last season in week 5, putting an end to his year. In his first three seasons, he had over 1,300 yards each year, along with 10 or more touchdowns. He has a legitimate chance to be a top-three fantasy wide receiver when healthy, it’s as simple as that. OBJ has been a full participant in training camp so far, so you should feel fully confident in all of your drafts if you take him.

·         Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill certainly isn’t the most exciting fantasy quarterback, but he can make a viable backup, and be in play in certain matchups. He got hurt at the end of the 2016 season, missed the playoffs, then got hurt during training camp last year and missed the entire season. This has been a long road back for him, and for this reason, I’m very cautious with drafting him. On one hand, he has an ADP of 192, so you can basically get him for free at the end of the draft. On the other hand, the offense around him might be a bit limited, which will hold him back. This might be a case where he doesn’t get drafted, but could be one of the first quarterbacks picked up in free agency.

·         Greg Olsen, Tight End, Carolina Panthers

Olsen has been a mainstay in the Panthers offense for a few years and is back for a few more with his new contract. Olsen suffered a broken foot last year, and missed nearly two months, but came back and had six or more targets in three of his last five games. No matter where you look for fantasy content, everyone will say the same thing, Olsen can be a top five-ish tight end when he is healthy. And guess what? Everyone is right. Prior to last season, he has over 1,000 yards in three straight years, with six or more touchdowns in two of those three seasons. Consistency over the course of his career and should bounce back this year. 

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