Most fantasy football GM’s are still licking their wounds after a brutal and painful Week 6 of the NFL. There were several significant injuries to key players so it is imperative that you make decisive and intelligent decisions on how to deal with them. So without further adieu, here is the Week 7 edition of the Fantasy Football walking wounded.
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Jimmy Graham (TE-NO)
Fantasy GM’s can breathe a sigh of relief that Jimmy Graham’s injury appears minor and will likely be available for Week 8 after the Saints’ bye this weekend. Graham was a non-factor in last week’s game which is not acceptable from the best tight end in fantasy football. You would have needed a replacement this week anyway, so don’t go making any earth-shattering transactions. Plan on him being in your lineup next week.
Reggie Cobb (WR-GB)
It is devastating news for fantasy GM’s that Randall Cobb was placed on IR/designated to return with a broken leg. Cobb wouldn’t be eligible to return until Week 15 which is in the middle of most fantasy leagues’ playoffs. Even if he does return at that point, it is doubtful that he will play enough to warrant fantasy relevance. In other words, you can drop him in redraft leagues because his production for this season is all but done. If you are in a dynasty league, keep him stashed because he still has tons of long-term value.
DeMarco Murray (RB-DAL)
Cowboys’ running back DeMarco Murray sustained a sprained MCL in his left knee last Sunday night and will likely miss this week’s game against the Eagles. Murray has been very fragile in his short career so fantasy GM’s should be used to this. With him out this week, look for Joseph Randle to carry most of the work load.
Roddy White (WR-ATL)
It has been a frustrating season for Roddy White owners. After dealing with an ankle injury for the first few weeks of the season, now White is dealing with a hamstring injury sustained during Atlanta’s loss in Week 5. He didn’t practice on Tuesday which is not a good sign. Atlanta needs him more than ever with Julio Jones out for the year. But White is all banged up and it is questionable what kind of production to expect from him even if he does play. Harry Douglas is a good waiver wire option if he is still available in your league.
Rob Gronkowski (TE-NE)
I am tired of writing about him. He practices and then doesn’t play. Do what you have done for weeks now…keep a close eye on his status right up until game time. If he is active, then get him in your lineup.
Danny Amendola (WR-NE)
In a surprise to no one, Danny Amendola is injured again. He suffered a concussion during last week’s game, probably because his brain was too busy processing the thought of being on the field as opposed to the trainer’s room. The Patriots will probably be vague and non-committal to his status, so Amendola is once again a risky play for Week 7.
David Wilson (RB-NYG)
The good news is that David Wilson does not need season-ending neck surgery. The bad news is that he will likely miss 3-4 weeks and then who knows what kind of work load he will have if and when he comes back. Wilson has been a major fantasy bust this year so this news will just inflame fantasy GM’s even more. Good for you if you were fortunate enough to pick up Brandon Jacobs last week. But do not expect to go back to the future with Jacobs many more times.
Michael Vick (QB-PHI)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still feeling the effects of his hamstring injury and indicated that he still feels it when he tries to burst. This all but assures that Nick Foles will be the starter this week against Dallas. Foles has played very well since taking over for Vick in Week 5 and could be named the full-time starter even when Vick is healthy again. There is no doubt that Vick’s fantasy value has taken a major hit so do not count on him if and when he comes back.
James Jones (WR-GB)
Before Randall Cobb got injured, James Jones also left last week’s game against the Ravens with a strained PCL. There is some hope that Jones can play next week, but we likely won’t know that until later in the week or up until game time. With Cobb out, Jones would take on a more prominent role in the Packers’ passing game. But with the emergence of a running game behind Eddie Lacy, Green Bay may be more inclined to let Jones heal up and grind out the game against Cleveland this weekend.
Thad Lewis (QB-BUF)
It has gotten so bad for the Bills at quarterback that they had to sign Matt Flynn this week. After E.J. Manuel got hurt and Jeff Tuel stunk up the joint, Thad Lewis got the start last week against the Bengals and played extremely well. However, he sustained a foot injury which put his status for next week at risk. X-rays and an MRI came back negative so there is a good chance he will play.
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