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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: KEENAN ALLEN, MATT FORTE, LE'VEON BELL, STEVE SMITH

Wow what a disastrous week it was in fantasy football last Sunday as THREE top-tier names went down for the season, while a fourth is lost for at least two weeks and maybe more.  Needless to say, many rosters are in flux as Week 9 gets set to get underway Thursday night.  Let's try and fix this with the following recommendations:

Keenan Allen:  The first brutal loss up on the docket is San Diego Chargers number 1 receiver Keenan Allen going on IR with a lacerated kidney.  While Allen does not carry the big name cache of a Antonio Brown, Calvin Johnson, etc., Allen was leading the NFL in receptions with 67 for 725 yards and 4 touchdowns before getting injured last week and now he is finished until 2016.  This is a huge loss, especially in PPR formats to say the least and next man up will be a combination of Stevie Johnson and Malcolm Floyd.  Johnson in particular makes for a tremendous add as his slot abilities are very similar to Allen's and he has been a number 1 guy in the past with the Buffalo Bills.  Floyd meanwhile can make big plays down the field but his career has been filled with inconsistency and injuries. 

Steve Smith:  What a brutal way for Baltimore Ravens wideout Steve Smith to finish out what he originally said would be his final NFL season, as he tore his Achilles and thus was placed on IR Monday.  Smith is now saying he wants to come back next season due to his desire not to go out the way he did in 2015 but that is a discussion for another day.  Meanwhile Smith has been shockingly great this season with 46 receptions for 670 yards and 3 scores with another missed game due to fractured bones in his back.  There was no dropoff in Smith's numbers despite the fact he is now in his late 30's and so his loss is a decent one.  Up next in the Baltimore receiving hierarchy is Kamar Aiken who is far from being a polished guy with 25 receptions for 333 yards and 2 TD's.  A possession guy all the way, Aiken really is just worth of being added in four or five receiver formats. 

Le'Veon Bell:  Bell's owners are still crying in their pillows after losing the consensus number 1 player in fantasy football to a torn MCL and needless to say this was the biggest loss of any player this season outside of Jamaal Charles.  Next up is veteran DeAngelo Williams, who while getting up there in age, looked very good the first two weeks of the season in place of a suspended Bell.  Remember Williams rushed for 127 yards in Week 1 and 77 in Week 2 so he still has the speed to be a solid player.  The Steelers will lean heavily on Williams and he should be the number 1 target in all waiver battles this week.  Williams could be a solid RB 2 the rest of the season. 

Matt Forte:  Unlike with Le'Veon Bell, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte will only miss 2-3 weeks with an MCL injury but there was no tear found.  Rookie Jeremy Langford steps into the big seat for Week 9 and obviously on workload alone he should be tabbed as a RB 2.  :Langford is far from the receiver Forte is but he can move the chains with tough inside running and score from in tight. 

There you have it.  Obviously all big injury news that will be more than a challenge going forward but the season is not over yet so keep trying. 

 

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