This may go down as one of the worst fantasy weeks in recent memory.
Week 14 was full of snow, messy offenses and, of course, injuries. It couldn’t have come at a worst time, either, as fantasy owners were looking to win their first playoff matchup of the season. Which big name fantasy players suffered injuries on Sunday, and how significant might they be?
Any time something unfortunate happens to AP, I die a little inside. I mean, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better person in the NFL, not to mention a better player. During one of the many snow bowls on Sunday, Peterson exited the game early. It was a scary sight for Vikings and fantasy owners alike, as Peterson was down for a minute or two, wincing in pain. He was eventually carted off the field, and was later diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. Originally thinking was an ankle injury, but after Peterson went to the hospital, it was diagnosed a foot injury. Peterson did return to the stadium after, however, and Toby Gerhart filled in admirably in his place. He carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards and a score against an elite Baltimore run defense. Depending on the severity of Peterson’s injury, Gerhart may be the most popular name on waiver wires this week.
All week long, Bush was one of the most discussed fantasy players. Dealing with a nagging calf injury, Bush was officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. However, all signs were pointing towards him suiting up for this game, until snowy conditions trolled Bush owners everywhere. During warmups, Bush slipped and apparently re-aggravated his calf injury. You could tell it wasn’t good when Bush slammed his helmet in frustration as trainers surrounded him. Prior to the game, Bush wasn’t with the first team offense, and Joique Bell started the game at tailback. Bush was officially listed as questionable to return, which, of course, almost always means a player is done. Bell dominated the carries for Detroit, while Theo Riddick got some work as well. Hopefully Bush doesn’t suffer any setbacks during practice this week. Fantasy owners who survived his absence sure will need him.
This one was ugly. After a very slow start for the Patriots offense, Gronkowski made a catch deep over the middle of the field, but was hit low and his body awkwardly twisted. Gronkowski remained down in pain and he couldn’t put any weight on his right leg. Gronk was eventually carted off of the field, and according the the Patriots, the original report is that it is “not looking good” for the Pats crucial tight end. We’ll certainly track Gronk’s status throughout the course of the week, but Mike Garafolo reports that sources say New England fears a torn ACL for Gronk. If that’s the case, owners should look to grab Zach Miller as a replacement. The Seattle tight end is becoming a bigger part of the offense, especially with Percy Harvin sidelined. He also faces the Giants and Cardinals during the next two weeks. Arizona has allowed 14 touchdowns and the most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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