Fantasy Football 2013: Must-Know Injuries
For our third article regarding fantasy football, we decided to help out those fantasy owners who haven’t paid much attention to some of the injuries of well-known players this offseason.
So with that, here are some need-to-know injury updates that you might want to steer clear of when you are drafting your fantasy roster.
1. Arian Foster, RB for Houston Texans
Foster still remains a elite fantasy running back for this upcoming 2013-14 season, even with his groin problem. Although he hasn’t been producing at the same rate, Foster has led the NFL in touchdowns in both 2010 and 2012.
And while he won’t get 391 carries like he did last season, Foster will be relied on to be the head of the running game for the Texans.
The former undrafted free agent has experienced multiple nagging injuries in the past couple seasons, but has only missed three games in the past three years.
If injuries continue to hurt his game, backup Ben Tate will certainly gain some extra carries next season.
I wouldn’t worry too much about Foster. While his production has gone down, #23 still gets a lot of touchdowns when Houston reaches the red zone. The one thing I’d say about Foster is that you might want to wait a little after his #2 overall fantasy ranking to draft him.
2. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB for Jacksonville Jaguars
Maurice Jones-Drew is known by everyone for being the most injured player in the NFL over the past couple seasons. Some even forget that he led the NFL in rushing yards in 2011.
When he was scheduled to have foot surgery in late-December after a bad injury last season, Jones-Drew was done for 2012.
Now that he is back, Jones-Drew will be relied on by Jacksonville to improve their awful run game from last season. And he better stay healthy, because he literally has no one behind him — other than “offensive weapon” Denard Robinson (who may take some carries).
The Jaguars running back is being valued at a No.2 starting running back in fantasy drafts this year — which I believe is justified.
Remember though, Jones-Drew will struggle a little in his first couple games — but expect him to figure it out around Week 5.
3. A.J. Green, WR for Cincinnati Bengals
As you maybe saw in the NFL television show Hard Knocks, Green suffered a hyperextended knee when he dived to make an impressive catch in practice.
And while hyperextended knees are nothing to joke with, it looks like Green will be able to make it out on the field on Week 1 and be back at making diving catches for Cincinnati.
If A.J. Green is available in the fantasy draft during the 2nd or 3rd round, take him. He will be very valuable this season for the Bengals, even though the team grabbed more options this offseason.
4. Rob Gronkowski, TE for New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski has the most injury concern going into the 2013-14 season.
Yesterday, Patriots management guaranteed that Gronkowski will definitely be out for Week 1 against the Bills.
When healthy, the man known as “Gronk” is a touchdown-scoring machine — sometimes it is impossible to stop him in the redzone. Last season, the tight end had touchdowns in only 11 games. The year before, he had 17 touchdowns — while playing the entire season.
At this point, with the numerous injuries that Gronkowski has suffered, the Patriots need to slowly bring him back into game action.
While Gronkowski isn’t worth his second round fantasy status, he will make his fantasy owner very happy when he returns to his normal success later in the season — that is if he is drafted around the 6th or 7th round.
5. Robert Griffin III, QB for Washington Redskins
Almost everyone that is in a fantasy league this year is wondering if Robert Griffin III is worth drafting.
My answer is YES!
The Washington Redskins are being extremely cautious with their former first round pick and Offensive Rookie of the Year.
RGIII will most likely return for his Week 1 matchup — even though he hasn’t and won’t make any appearances in the preseason. During the season, Griffin III will most likely not run as much as he did last year — with concern to his ACL and LCL tears. But, his talent with the ball in his hands will hold up his fantasy stock.
Look to pick RGIII from any point from round 6 to 9 this year in your fantasy draft.