2013 Fantasy Football: Early Week 15 Injury Woes

By Dustin Manko
Rob Gronkowski
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What a tumultuous weekend. Right when fantasy football owners need their players the most, many of the marquee names in fantasy go down, taking many fantasy squads down with them. If you had any of the following players, I feel for you. I’m with you, as the following list is made up of many names that were on my fantasy rosters. Hopefully, the rest of your team was solid enough that you could survive the loss of one of those key players. If you managed to escape this weekend with a victory, then congratulations are in order. If you didn’t, take solace in the fact that much of fantasy football is timing. Countless leagues have teams that rank near the leaders in points scored, but are low in the standings due to points against. There’s not too much you can do about that. While fantasy football takes a certain level of skill, much of this game is timing and some luck.

Either way if you are still in the hunt for fantasy glory, here’s what you need to know about who went down this weekend. 

Before a single snap was ever played, Reggie Bush slipped during warm ups and missed the game. This is why you have your handcuffs ready. Owners were alerted about 10 minutes prior to kickoff that Bush was out. Joique Bell stepped in and had a very good outing, posting over 20 fantasy points. If available on your wire, Bell is a top add this week.

The running back world took another blow when Adrian Peterson went down with a right foot sprain and left the game on the cart during the second quarter. There might not be a bigger loss in fantasy football than Peterson. You can read more about the injury here. He wants to play, but the Minnesota Vikings have nothing left to play for this season, so there is no reason to rush him back. Owners who miss out on Bell should try for Toby Gerhart.

Possibly the biggest injury of the day occurred when Rob Gronkowski took a hit from T.J. Ward to his right knee and was taken off the field on the cart. Reports are that Gronkowski has torn ACL. If so, he is obviously done for the season. While the hit came from Ward, only the NFL is to blame. There are plenty of articles in our fantasy section with ideas on who you can replace Gronkowski with.

After starting the game hot, Wes Welker suffered another concussion and left the game for the second time in four weeks. Due to the short week, Welker owners need to have other options ready to roll. Welker will be extremely doubtful for Thursday night.

Lamar Miller also got dinged with a concussion and left the game. Miller’s value was drained by Daniel Thomas (and vice versa), but Thomas performed well while the only back. He could be worth a look at flex next week.

Keenan Allen left early in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. He would later return and would catch his second touchdown pass of the day. His week 15 status doesn’t appear to have any doubt.

Tyrann Mathieu has torn his left ACL and LCL and will have surgery in about a week. It is another loss for the Arizona Cardinals defense that has performed very well so far this season without key members for stretches of time.

Eddie Lacy also got scraped up with a ankle injury. It impacted Lacy’s ability to cut and push. Hopefully he will be fine for a choice matchup with the Dallas Cowboys next week. Owners should hold Lacy and monitor his progress.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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