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Monday, November 17, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 11 INJURY FALLOUT: AHMAD BRADSHAW FINISHED FOR 2014, BUMP UP TRENT RICHARDSON

                                             

Lots of injuries to get to as the news coming out Monday is not positive for the owners of some big-name players.  Let's get right to it.

-It was a nice comeback season of sorts for Ahmad Bradshaw.  After two years filled with injuries and missed games, Bradshaw has a very nice first half of the season when he served as a major passing outlet for Andrew Luck to the tune of 6 receiving touchdowns, while also running the ball well in a timeshare with Trent Richardson where he scored twice more.  However Bradshaw went down in a heap Sunday night against the New England Patriots with a leg injury and the result was devastating.  Bradshaw suffered a broken ankle which will finish him for the remainder of the season.  His loss means that Richardson will now get the lion's share of carries and thus gain more fantasy football value.  Richardson actually had been running well himself amid reports that Bradshaw's good habits rubbed off on him and that means if he is lurking on a waiver wire, now would be a good time to make the add.  While Richardson has burned us plenty in the past, he is set up for a big finish.

-Brandin Cooks generally has been very good as a rookie for the New Orleans Saints this season, while falling below the Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, and even Jordan Matthews level of production.  However Cooks had been very good at home and just all right on the road which put him into WR 3 mode.  He failed to make it out of Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals however as Cooks suffered a broken thumb that will sideline him for the next 4-6 weeks.  That pretty much eliminates Cooks for the remainder of the fantasy football season which means he can be cut loose in most formats.  The fallout here means that Kenny Stills and Marques Colston will see more receptions from QB Drew Brees.

-Owners of Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas are breathing a sigh of relief Monday after the team called him day-to-day with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams.  The big worry here was that Thomas suffered another in a long history of serious injuries to his ankles but all indications are that he avoided the worst.  However those same reports suggest that Thomas is likely to sit in Week 12 as the Broncos will be cautious given his history and that means Jacob Tamme will step into the hot seat for tight-end loving Peyton Manning.  Tamme has had big moments in the past as a fill-in for Manning on both the Broncos and the Colts and thus he should be added in all formats.

-Speaking of the Broncos, Montee Ball is having that type of complete bust of a season that ruins his owners' chances of winning their leagues considering he was a first round pick in almost all setups.  Ball reinjured his groin Sunday which was his first game back in a month from the same ailment.  Ball is now expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks which means he can safely be dropped now in all formats.  Both C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman have been great in Ball's absence and that means there is no reason for the Broncos to turn back here at any point the rest of the way.  What a disgrace.

-Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is expected back fro Week 12 from his ankle injury but Joique Bell and Theo Riddick are playing so well in his place that he may not have a big enough role to be useful anymore.   Bush is having his worst ever season as it looks like all of those injuries have taken a huge chunk out of his athleticism.

-Giovani Bernard is expected back for the Cincinnati Bengals for Week 12 but Jeremy Hill has been so good in his absence that a split could be in the future for both.  There are strong indications that Bernard may not only be the third-down passing back and Hill handles the majority of the rushing.  It was this threat to clouded Bernard's outlook at the start of the season but until he got hurt it looked like he fended off the challenge.  Now Bernard is moving into bust territory himself due to injury and getting passes by Hill.

-The Indianapolis Colts are thinking they avoided serious injury with tight end Dwayne Allen who missed most of Sunday night's game with an ankle injury.  Coby Fleener was a monster in Allen's place and he has major value if the latter misses any games.

There you have it.  As always let us know what you think.  Post below.

 

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