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Thursday, October 20, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 7 INJURY WRAPUP: EDDIE LACY GOES BACK TWO YEARS IN ROW

We already talked at length about the LeSean McCoy injury but there are a slew of other health-related issues that need some clarity as we move toward fantasy football Week 7. 

-The big news of the day is that Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy was placed on IR due to needing surgery on his injured ankle.  After first hurting the ankle in Week 5, Lacy tried to play through it last week which caused a further setback that led to the IR placement.  While we don't know yet if Lacy will be able to return or if the IR designation is for the remainder of the season, the fact of the matter is that he will go BUST in fantasy football for a second season in a row.  After a truly pathetic 2015 when Lacy was overweight and ineffective, he was quiet at the start of 2016 as well before he got hurt.  The Packers will now go with a committee that includes Ty Montgomery, Don Jackson, and recent acquisition Knile Davis which is beyond frustrating for anyone in fantasy football trying to figure this one out. 

-It looks like Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray will return to action Sunday after missing two games with a toe injury.  The Raiders ran with a committee during Murray's absence and it looks like that setup will remain even when he does return this Sunday as expected.  Murray has been quite boring and uninspiring with his game-day results going back to 2015 and now he is barely keeping RB 2 value this season.

-Could be bad news for Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton who couldn't practice on Thursday due to the hip injury that has plagued him for more than a week.  This is a situation which needs to be watched closely as Hilton's absence would be Philip Dorsett and Dwayne Allen would take on a big role in the passing game. 

-Both New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (foot) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle) were both "limited" participants in practice on Thursday but this is just routine posturing by Bill Belichick.  There is no way either guy won't play and both should be started with no hesitation. 

-If someone dropped Cleveland Browns rookie wideout Corey Coleman in your league, be sure to make the add as he is getting close to returning.  Coleman will get X-rays in his brooken hand and if all goes well, a return in Week 8 is possible. 

-It looks like Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will be able to go Sunday despite not practicing so far this week due to a sore shoulder that got an earlier MRI.  Flacco is as tough as they come and so it is tough to imagine he will sit.  He remains a borderline starter in fantasy football though as his numbers are never really that friendly in our fake game. 

-We could finally get to see Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert this week after he missed the first six weeks recovering from knee surgery and then coming back with a sore back.  Eifert practiced on Thursday and as long as there are no setback, should be anle to make his debut. 


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