Monday, November 2, 2015


Fantasy football Week 8 was a slate of games unlike any other we have seen in a very long time in terms of injuries to big-name players.  Right to the top with Le'Veon Bell injuring a knee to numerous other players of significance, we are looking at a situation now where the most healthy team in your league will win.  Let's get to the carnage.

-The biggest story of the day was the torn MCL suffered by Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.  It was an ugly scene as Bell was bent backward awkwardly and it was easy to think the worst.  After being carted off the field, Bell was taken to the hospital for more testing.  Later in the day the diagnosis was made that Bell suffered a season-ending torn MCL in his knee which no doubt floored his owners.  From missing the first two games with a suspension to now the injury, it pretty much was a complete bust of a season for Bell.  De'Angelo Williams now moves back into the starting spot and the veteran did quite well in Bell's place in Week 1 and 2.  Despite his age, Williams is worth adding in all formats. 

-Another huge running back name to come up lame was the Chicago Bears' Matt Forte who hobbled off in the second half and didn't return.  John Fox was vague afterwards about what the root of the damage was.  Fox is notorious for avoiding injury talk so this could go anywhere.  It was good to see Forte walk off the field but he still was in quite a bit of pain.  Any Forte loss would be huge and Jeremy Langford is the replacement.  Later it was learned Forte might have suffered MCL damage to the knee and the initial word was that he would sit for two weeks.  Langford obviously should be added in his place. 

-The New York Jets expect to be without starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a few weeks after it was revealed he suffered torn ligaments in his left thumb.  The Jets are already calling around when it comes to available backups and that means Geno Smith will be back under center for the quickly fading Jets.  Fitzpatrick has played very well with this season for the team and his chemistry with Brandon Marshall was tremendous.  A big knock for both. 

-San Diego Chargers wideout Keenan Allen suffered through back spasms on Sunday but both he and the team were not very concerned about his availability going forward.  Allen has bee nicked up a bunch this season but in between he has been a PPR monster. 

-It was an unfortunate end to the career of Baltimore Ravens wideout Steve Smith who suffered a torn Achilles late in the team's win over the San Diego Chargers.  Smith went down in a heap and was in immediate pain.  He will retire as one of the more explosive and very productive wideouts of the modern game.  Breshaud Perriman now becomes quite interesting. 

-Yet another torn ACL was suffered by backup San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush.  It could be the end for Bush and overall the former number 2 overall pick let most of us down on a yearly basis. 

-Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown got hurt again on Sunday, this time it was his ribs and not shoulder.  McCown was replaced by Johnny Manziel and his status for Week 9 is uncertain.  The veteran is becoming more injury prone with age and in two-QB formats he should be put on the bench.

-New York Jets wideout Brandon Marshall injured both his knee and ankle in Sunday's loss to the Oakland Raiders but he still played the rest of the game and had another huge outing.  Geno Smith still targeted Marshall heavily throughout which at least lessens any concern about Ryan Fitzpatrick being out and the chemistry they developed being a negative for the wideout's numbers. 


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