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Monday, September 26, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY REPORT: MCL SPRAIN FOR RUSSELL WILSON

We already went in-depth on the season-ending injury to New York Giants running back Shane Vereen but there were other newsworthy items worth talking about in terms of fantasy footbal.  Let's get to it.

-Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finally looked like his Pro Bowl self on Sunday as he completed a bunch of passes to Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham (putting both above the 100-yard receiving mark) and a passing score as well.  Then trouble struck as Wilson saw his left knee bent in a way a human knee was not supposed to bend which resulted in an MCL sprain.  Luckily the ACL was fine and already Wilson is saying he will play in Week 4.  While Pete Carroll wouldn't go there just yet, the telling story was that the Seahawks didn't sign a quarterback and have no plans to do so which means they expect Wilson to go to.  The question now becomes if Wilson is even worth using as the Seahawks face a tough New York Jets defense whose strength lies in getting after the passer.  With only 2 touchdows in three games, Wilson has not played well and is clearly less than 100 percent.  I said in this year's draft guide that I wouldn't expect Wilson to replicate his 2015 numbers as the latter seemed like an outlier and was a product of the team losing Marshawn Lynch to a season-ending injury.  Wilson was forced to go out and throw more than Carroll liked and that is why the TD numbers exploded.  Now what we have here is an offensive line that is arguably the worst in the league which is not allowing Wilson time to throw and making his susceptible to more injuries.  Bench Wilson for Week 4 for all the above reasons.

-It looked bad for Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook as he was carted off the field Sunday with an ankle injury.  It turned out it was a foot injury and the Packers don't believe it is a season-ending deal for Cook but either way he will be down for a few weeks.  Richard Rogers caught a TD in his place and those who are truly desperate for a tight end can look at him as a possible replacement. 

-More bad new for Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls who will be out for a few more weeks according to Carroll.  Carroll now is calling it a fibula injury and so we will get more of Christine Michael in Week 4 as he comes off a huge 100-plus yard and 2 TD performance Sunday. 

-We still have not gotten word yet on the MRI conducted on Dallas Cowboys ace wideout Dez Bryant who hurt his knee during the team's Sunday night win over the Chicago Bears.  Bryant went out to get the knee looked at and was able to return.  However the coaching staff wanted the MRI which means there was some concern here about an underlying injury.  While Dak Prescott has played so much better than anticipated, I told you to stay far away from Bryant this season given his growing health woes and the lack of cohesion in the deep passing game.

-Owners of Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews thought they really had something going with the veteran after seeing him rush for two scores in Week 3.  Well Mathews saw the injury bug rear its ugly head again as he came down with an ankle injury Sunday and now will be in a strict committee with Darren Sproles according to head coach Doug Pederson.  Also rookie Wendell Smallwood is getting more and more work and remember I did a feature on his during the summer saying he was a big threat.  The story of Mathews' career has been underperformance and injuries and that is once again happening. 

-Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford has been pretty awful this season running the football and Sunday night he got hurt with an ankle injury that initially seemed very serious.  Well Langford escaped any season-ending trouble there but he did suffer a high ankle sprain which is usually more than one missed game.  The bigger story is the fact that rookie Jordan Howard is clearly the better runner and his explosive speed makes him a big potential fantasy football story.  Anyone who owns Langford, get ready to cut him loose.


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