2013 Fantasy Football: Early Week Offensive Injury Woes

By Dustin Manko
Zac Stacy
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Week 11 was a tumultuous one for the NFL in terms of injuries. Several big name players got dinged up, so many in fact that it warranted not one, but two separate early week injury articles, one for the running backs and one for the pass catchers. Fortunately for all, there were far fewer players injured this weekend, yet a few big names unfortunately went down. Here’s what you need to know about your guys.

Fantasy football waiver wire darling Zac Stacy was well on his way to eclipsing 100 yards and most likely would have had multiple touchdowns had he been able to finish week 12. Unfortunately, during the second quarter he took a shot to the head, left the game and did not return. He was later ruled out with a concussion. Fortunately, the St. Louis Rams do not play on Thanksgiving so Stacy has a full week to get through the league’s concussion protocols before the Rams travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday. Benny Cunningham posted 109 yards and a touchdown and is worth adding as insurance/handcuff.  

Knowshon Moreno had a career day Sunday night with 230 all purpose yards and a touchdown, but went to the sidelines with a limp multiple times. It was revealed Monday that he has a bone bruise and appears questionable for week 13. Montee Ball had two touchdowns in week 11 and should be the goal line back, but there are better fantasy options available.

Daniel Thomas left the game with an ankle injury that was later reported as a torn ligament, likely ending his season. Lamar Miller gets a boost as a low end RB2 with a tough matchup in week 13 against the New York Jets.

Ryan Matthews left the game and did not return due to an aggravation to the same right hamstring he injured a few weeks ago. Matthews has a lengthy injury history, and has yet to play a full season in his four year career. He is questionable for week 13. Danny Woodhead, already an attractive option in any format, gets a bump. Ronnie Brown is not a reliable fantasy option.

Jason Campbell left the game briefly in the first half, returned to action, then got taken off the field on the cart in the third quarter after losing a fumble. He did not return. Brandon Weeden finished the game. Josh Gordon will deliver regardless of who is at quarterback, and Cameron Jordan gets a slight boost when the Cleveland Browns host the Jacksonville Jaguars next week.

As always, I welcome your comments.

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