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Monday, October 12, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 5 INJURY FALLOUT: CAN'T GET ANY BIGGER THAN JAMAAL CHARLES

Fantasy football Week 5 brought forth one of those seminal moments that shakes the game to the core when Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was likely lost for the season with a torn ACL in his knee.  The number 1 pick in the highest amount of leagues, Charles suffered his second career ACL tear and is now done until 2016.  His loss can't get any bigger and is blows away any other injury suffered by any other player this season.  There is absolutely no way to overcome this in terms of replacing Charles' numbers but his owners have to at least try.  Charles was playing very well this season until the injury and that means his owners were likely competitive in their leagues which means they can still salvage things.  The fallout here involves a split between Knile Davis and undrafted rookie Charcandrick West who got the majority of work in Charles' place.  Davis did some decent things a year ago backing up Charles but Andy Reid was not happy with his summer performance and that is why West got a look.  West has decent speed and can help a bit in the pass catching game but he went undrafted for a reason.  Davis looks to be behind West but he should get goal-line work.  That means Charles owners in standard formats should look at Davis, while those ion PPR should look at West.  Another name that could be looked at is Tennessee Titans back Antonio Andrews. 

-New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had his owners' hearts skipping a beat when he went out in the second half with soreness in his hamstring.  Beckham was seen being stretched out on the field and he did return at the end of the game on the winning drive.  However Beckham has a long history of hamstring injuries and it flared up this past summer as well.  That means he will be watched closely by the Giants who also lost Reuben Randle to a hamstring injury of his own.  Both men are likely going to be questionable for Week 6, with Beckham having the better shot to be in there.

-Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon left at the end of the team's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday with a groin injury but he said afterwards it was no big deal.  Of course hearing this from a player needs to be taken with a grain of salt but Yeldon looks like he should be all right.  Yeldon is starting to come into his own both in the running and receiving game as he is already a firm RB 2. 

-Justin Forsett couldn't finish out the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, leaving with an ankle injury.  More will likely be revealed on Monday as to how bad the ankle is but Forsetts status could be murky for Week 6.  Lorenzo Taliaferro sat out Week 5 with his own injury issues so Buck Allen could be the fallback option.

-Julio Jones was hobbled throughout the Atlanta Falcons' overtime victory of the Washington Redskins but he was able to finish it out. The fact Jones was able to play was a positive going forward but he remains a very big injury risk. 

 

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