|Aaron Rodgers (and fantasy managers) lost Jordy Nelson, to a torn ACL.|
Is it our imaginations, or have there been a LOT of injuries this preseason? You could build a strong fantasy team just using the folks who’ve been felled during training camp. In Houston Texans‘ camp, Arian Foster injured his groin, requiring surgery with no timetable for his return. Meanwhile, three high-profile quarterbacks, all looking to rebound from disappointing seasons, suffered injuries. The most serious was the broken jaw of New York Jets‘ QB Geno Smith, who’ll be out for at least several weeks after being slugged in his own locker room by a marginal player. In Washington, Robert Griffin III was knocked around like a human pinata in a training camp game against the Detroit Lions, leaving after four tough drives with a diagnosed concussion. His team’s downplaying the severity of the injury for now, but his status is still up in the air for that among other reasons. Valuable Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey is set to have surgery after injuring his ankle, and New York Giants‘ slot receiver Victor Cruz has a calf injury that has coach Tom Coughlin concerned. And on top of everything else, the Green Bay Packers‘ elite wide receiver Jordy Nelson has been lost for the season with a blown ACL.
Fantasy football managers far and wide have crossed their fingers every week, hoping one of their key players won’t be the next big name to be lost for the season. If you’re a fantasy football commissioner, our advice to you is: put off the draft for as long as you can! Especially if you’re in a 12-or-14-team league, where the waiver wire is already a bit thin…do your managers a favor and give them a chance to start the season with a healthy team.
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May the brackets always bust in your favor,
Brackethead & the folks at FanCheer