Fantasy Football Injury Report – October 19, 2015
Michael A. Stein reviews fantasy football injuries.
It is mind-numbing to think about all of the various injuries that wreak havoc on fantasy football lineups every week. Week 6 was particularly brutal to several relevant wide receivers that happened to be in the midst of productive games. Once again, fantasy GMs will be asked to overcome such despair and make difficult choices when it comes to preparing for Week 7. So without further adieu, here is the next edition of the gridiron walking wounded.
Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR – NYG)
Beckham did not practice all week but is with the team in Philadelphia as the Giants prepare for their Monday night showdown with the Eagles. He will be a game-time decision so by now you either conservatively kept him on the bench or already committed to him. If healthy and on the field, Beckham could be in for a monster game against a suspect Eagles defense.
Keenan Allen (WR – SD)
Fantasy owners were treated to a 14-catch performance by Allen before he left the game against Green Bay with an apparent hip injury. He was a significant part of Philip Rivers’ 500-yard game and could have had even more if not for the injury. We will know more about his status during the week so check in for updates. Allen is unquestionably a must-start option if he plays next week against a susceptible Oakland defense.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – DEN)
Sanders sustained a sprained AC joint when he dove for a pass during Denver’s overtime win against Cleveland. He did come back for a play in overtime but left the game again after that. Denver is on a bye for Week 7 which is good news since it will give Sanders two weeks to recover. While he is an extremely valuable player in all fantasy formats, it cannot be denied that Peyton Manning’s struggles have prevented Sanders from replicating the kind of numbers he had in 2014.
Allen Robinson (WR – JAX)
Robinson had a collision with Lonnie Ballentine during Jacksonville’s game against Houston and suffered a leg contusion. Robinson was using crutches after the game but his injury dwarfs that of Ballentine, who had to be carted off the field. Check back in during the week for more updates on Robinson’s status for next Sunday against Buffalo.
Jeremy Maclin (WR – KC)
Maclin had to be helped off the field after suffering a concussion during the Chiefs’ loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He’ll have to go through the concussion protocol during the week so his status for next Sunday is in question. His value is diminished now that opponents don’t have to defend Kansas City’s running game after Jamaal Charles’ season-ending injury.
Ameer Abdullah (RB – DET)
Rookie Ameer Abdullah sustained a stinger during the Lions’ overtime win against the Bears on Sunday. He seemed to get banged up when he recovered his own fumble and only saw limited touches later in the game. It’s unclear whether his health or the fumble itself played a bigger role in his diminished playing time, but he should be ready to go in Week 7 against the Vikings.
Sammy Watkins (WR – BUF)
Watkins has quickly established himself as an injury-riddled player after missing several weeks with a calf injury. During Buffalo’s loss to Cincinnati, Watkins managed to get injured again while scoring a touchdown and spraining his ankle. He was seen on crutches later on and his status for Week 7 goes back to familiar territory of being questionable.
Ty Montgomery (WR – GB)
Montgomery had become a more vital part of Green Bay’s offense since Davante Adams went down with an injury a few weeks. However, he sustained an ankle injury when getting tackled after receiving a shovel pass during the Packers’ win over San Diego. He had to be carted off the field so Green Bay’s bye week couldn’t be coming at a better time.
Michael Vick (QB – PIT)
It is hard to imagine a scenario where Vick is starting again next week after an abysmal performance against Arizona before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. Vick’s best days are well behind him and now the combination of terrible play and injuries could mean he is back on the bench for good. Ben Roethlisberger could be back by next week, but if not then there is a good chance Landry Jones will get the start.
Michael A. Stein, Esq. is the Chief Justice of Fantasy Judgment, the industry's premier dispute resolution service, and is also the co-host of the Fantasy Alarm podcast. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook and Twitter (@FantasyJudgment).