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Monday, December 14, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 14 INJURY REPORT: ANDY DALTON INJURY FAR-REACHING

The first week of the fantasy football playoffs brought some more big injuries worth discussing, with the most significant being the busted thumb of Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton.  Let's get to all the latest.

-Obviously the biggest injury of the week was the season-ending broken thumb suffered by Dalton early in the team's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  You really got to feel for Dalton after all the criticism he has endured from his 0-4 playoff mark.  Dalton was having a career year in passing the football as good as he ever has and in leading the Bengals into a very prominent spot in the playoff picture.  Now Dalton will no longer get a chance to end that streak and instead is lost for the remainder of the season.  No doubt any Dalton owner involved in the playoffs likely are turning toward 2016 fantasy baseball this morning but his loss is also a big blow to the receivers on the Bengals. 

While A.J. Green had a big game in going for over 100 yards receiving and a TD with A.J. McCarron under center, his immediate outlook no doubt is a bit murky.  McCarron made some horrible throws in getting picked twice Sunday but he did find Green over the middle as well.  Still Green's TD potential takes a big hit here, while those in PPR may not able to skate by as McCarron will be looking at him often. 

Meanwhile, tight end Tyler Eifert left the game early with a possible concussion, just a week after returning from a neck injury.  Still no word on whether or not Eifert suffered a concussion but it has been a rough finish to his season.  Stay tuned on this one.

-The other big injury was the season-ending busted ankle of Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls.  A big loss no doubt as Rawls was running wild since becoming the starter in place of the also injured Marshawn Lynch.  Lynch is still week-to-week according to Pete Carroll and he has a shot to return maybe for Week 16 so I would absolutely pick him up if someone dropped him.  Meanwhile veteran Fred Jackson figures to be the main runner for the Seahawks for Week 15 and on that front he deserves to be picked up as a possible RB 2 in PPR formats.  Another result from all this is the massive production from QB Russell Wilson and WR Doug Baldwin over the last four games as the Seahawks move to more of a passing game. 

-St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley suffered a knee injury late in the team's win over the Detroit Lions after a huge game running the football but all signs point to it not being anything major.  Good news for Week 15 as Gurley looks back on track after a few quiet weeks. 

-Houston Texans QB Brian Hoyer might have suffered a concussion of his own Sunday night as he entered into the protocol.  Either way you likely don't own Hoyer and are still involved in your league's playoffs. 

-It was a shock to see New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman practice on Friday and it looks like he has a real chance to play in Week 15.  That is a tremendous development for all Edelman owners and some even were able to get him off the wire since a few original owners dropped him foolishly. 

-Pats RB LeGarrette Blount suffered a hip injury in the team's win Sunday night over the Houston Texans and his status will be evaluated again on Monday.  A committee of Branden Bolden and James White handled the work in his place and would likely do the same in Week 15 if Blount has to sit. 

 

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