The NFL preseason is finally here, and with it, Fantasy Football is back in full swing. I am sure your drafts are coming up soon, so it is important to be fully prepared.
A common mistake made by Fantasy owners who are trying to be over-savvy is to take preseason events too seriously. If a player has an amazing preseason, that doesn’t mean he will be a stud during the regular season. However, this also doesn’t mean that there is nothing to be taken from the preseason. There needs to be a line drawn, and this doesn’t just go for preseason performances.
Among the most important things to watch for from a Fantasy perspective during the preseason are injuries. Some injuries actually are significant, but others aren’t. In the preseason, teams are careful, so if someone misses a game it could be for precautionary reasons. However, it could also be an injury that could have effects that carry over into the regular season. It can definitely be hard to know the difference between the two.
Luckily, the So-Called Fantasy Experts are here to help, starting right now with this week’s installation of our 2017 Fantasy Football Injury Report.
2017 Fantasy Football Injury Report
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Latest News: Newton won’t play in Week 1; he has started throwing but not in drills.
Fantasy Analysis: This is mixed news, but mostly good. I fully expect Newton to be available for Week 1 of the regular season, but the Panthers will be cautious. He will likely play only a little bit near the end, if at all, during the preseason, but don’t overreact about that.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Latest News: Luck likely won’t open the season on the PUP list, but his Week 1 availability remains uncertain.
Fantasy Analysis: Luck’s situation is a little murkier than Newton’s. Even if he doesn’t play in Week 1, that shouldn’t affect where you draft him, because he would only miss the first few games and hopefully play the rest of the season. However, I would definitely like to hear more positives about the long term effects of his injury before making the commitment to drafting him.
Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
Latest News: Murray was activated off of the PUP list.
Fantasy Analysis: This is interesting. With Murray back in the fold, the Vikings backfield suddenly becomes very crowded. With a weak offensive line, I personally am now staying away from Dalvin Cook unless I get him at a very good value.
Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
Latest News: Devontae Booker should be back by either Week 1 or Week 2 of the regular season.
Fantasy Analysis: Speaking of crowded backfields, C.J. Anderson, Jamaal Charles, and Booker should be a nightmare for Fantasy owners. However, I have always loved C.J. Anderson, and if I can get him as a low-end RB2 then I am for it, but no earlier.
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
Latest News: Murray will miss Saturday’s preseason game against the Jets with a hamstring injury.
Fantasy Analysis: This injury doesn’t have any significance in threatening Murray’s long-term health. He will be fine. The thing to watch here is what Derrick Henry does while Murray is out. Henry is a feature-worthy back who is waiting for an opportunity to become a workhorse, so that will be something to watch for this year. He is definitely a must-own handcuff for Murray owners and could even be a good late-round flier for non-Murray owners.
John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
Latest News: Ross says that he is about 90% healed from his torn labrum.
Fantasy Analysis: Even though he isn’t a doctor, this is good news. The quicker he is back, the better. He is a great talent who is a great fit for the Bengals offense. So when he gets on the field it could be very special, very soon.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Latest News: Enunwa will be out for the year with a neck injury.
Fantasy Analysis: You may be thinking that there isn’t much to analyze here, and you would be right. Enunwa is out for the year, so it is obvious that you shouldn’t draft him. However, this opens a door for early and meaningful playing time for young receivers Ar’Darius Stewart and Chad Hansen. While they are still on the Jets, they both could be extremely late, deep sleepers whose talent could make them relevant this season.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Latest News: Davis considers himself “week-to-week” with his hamstring injury.
Fantasy Analysis: Any positive news with Davis is great to hear. He is an extremely talented receiver with an opportunity to grab a significant role early on in a suddenly potent offense, and he just needs to be on the field to do so. Definitely, keep an eye on his status, but there isn’t much to analyze yet.
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