Oh well… what can you do… ?
Remember how horrifying the Joe Theismann injury was back in 1985? As a nation, we had never seen human anatomy having new mid-bone joints created without surgery: as bone first turned to rubber, and then snapping like a 9-year old would do to his parent’s cigarettes after he was inspired by what his health teacher taught him about smoking that morning.
Today, these injuries are far too common and as sometimes makes the NFL unwatchable. Except for the woman sitting next to me at Killington’s in Huntersville who called Luke Keuchly a “p###y” when he got knocked out of the game with a concussion last year. As annoying as that was, it’s gotta be worse when OBJ was your number one pick overall.
- Odell Beckham, Jr: broken ankle, out for the season. Also, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall both suffered injuries, reducing the New York Giants WRs core to… soft-core? No wide receivers, and more than one marginally capable RB, the Giants might want turn to the single-wing to revive their offense.
- Matthew Stafford was banged up against the Carolina Panthers, though he finished the game and even rallied Detroit in the fourth quarter to almost snag a comeback victory against the Panthers.
- Remember, Marcus Mariota was out this week and could be for another 1-3 weeks.
- J.J. Watt is done for the season. Big name, but it’s a middle of the pack defense that should have minimal impact in the world of fantasy.
- Bilal Powell was injured at the end of the first half and did not return.
- Orleans Darkwa posted 13 fantasy points playing with a calf injury he sustained in the first half. Consider him day-to-day.
- Terrance West suffered a leg injury and was carted to the locker room in the first quarter.
- Jordy Nelson missed playing time late in the game yesterday, though little is known about the nature of the injury.
- Davante Parker sprained his ankle.
- Two TE’s were injured: Travis Kelce may have a concussion, and Charles Clay was carted off the field.
That said, I found the excessively violent Hell in Cell matches to be more disturbing than anything we saw on the gridiron last night. Once again Shane almost died, and I’d give anything to unsee some of the imagery of the Usos vs New Day. Too much, Vince. Too much.
With these injuries in mind, it’s time to look at players you can attempt to claim from waivers or free agency.
- Be sure to watch how Latavius Murray performs tonight. As a double-digit fantasy producer in the past two seasons, Murray has to potential to offer RB1 numbers.
- If you are in need of a wide receiver, you have two nice options in Willie Snead and Will Fuller. While Snead is coming off a suspension AND an injury, Fuller is more of a sure thing. Deshaun Watson has been magnificent and Fuller has more than benefitted, scoring 34 fantasy points over the past two weeks. He’s owned in only 21% of NFL.com leagues.
- Another WR with 30+ points over the past two weeks is Devin Funchess, who is emerging as the true number one WR in Carolina, accumulating 7 more targets than Kelvin Benjamin over the past two weeks.
- Speaking of Deshaun Watson, he’s still out there in about 40% of NFL.com leagues.
- Aaron Jones surpassed all expectations by posting 19 points this week. Ty Montgomery’s exact return date is unknown, but will likely reclaim his starting spot, making Jones a temporary solution for your RB starters.
- Finally. FINALLY! The tight end position is back. Assess your needs as you may want to wait for free agency here, but four TE’s could easily make a case that they are worth the waiver spot: Ed Dickson, Darren Fells, George Kittle, and Cameron Brate. Get a load of this… Dickson, Fells, and Kittle are all availing in like 99% percent of leagues. Even Brate can be found in a majority of leagues. Of course, it’s unlikely that all four TEs will be snagged off of waivers, so if you want to preserve your spot in line, wait to see who clears and then pick up that TE on Wednesday morning.
Free Agent Finds
- There’s always plenty of QBs, but Carson Wentz and Jared Goff continue to be available in a significant amount of league.
- There were a few RBs who posted note-worthy numbers in week 5, but only Alvin Kamara is worth snagging from free agency at this point.
- Marlon Mack had an exciting week, but still only averages 37 yards/game. Since he’s competing with Frank Gore, I’m going to apply the “do it twice” rule to Mack. He got double digits points in week 5; let’s see him do it again next week, okay?
- Also, you may want to see a larger body of work before you drop someone from your roster for the following RBs: Charcandrick West, Wayne Gallman, Matt Breida.
- Nelson Agholar, Cole Beasley, Mike Wallace, Marquise Goodwin and Torrey Smith may have posted nice numbers this week, but considering their low-ceiling potential and/or inconsistent play, they really don’t need a serious consideration at this point.
That’s all for now. I should have my week 6 projections posted within 24 hours. Hang in there…