Thursday, August 3, 2017


Thursday was an especially rough day for injuries around the NFL and particularly those offensive players of interest in 2017 fantasy football.  Let's not waste any more time and get right to the latest.

-The biggest news of the day was the apparent serious knee injury suffered by Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill who took a bad step running out a play early in practice and immediately left the field for testing.  Since then, reports are all over the map that there is no structural damage, it could be a simple hyperextension, or that Tanehill may in fact need season-ending surgery.  All the while, free agent veteran Jay Cutler said he would be interested in joining the Dolphins if Tannehill is down for the count.  While Tannehill only has fantasy football value in two-QB formats or as a backup in single passer leagues, his loss trickles down to the rest of the skill position players.  Either way this doesn't sound good.

-The New York Giants continue to wait on the severity of the ankle injury suffered by second-year wideout Sterling Shepard.  Shepard hurt the ankle during Wednesdays practice and needed to be carted off the field.  The key here is whether or not it is a high ankle or low ankle injury.   A high ankle injury would be bad and keep Shepard out through maybe the first few weeks of the season.  A low ankle injury likely means a week or so of missing practice.  While the arrival of Brandon Marshall stole a great deal of excitement surrounding Shepard in 2017 fantasy football, his loss would hurt the offense as a whole and QB Eli Manning a bit.

-DeMarco Murray is trying to fend off a firm challenge for carries from sophomore back Derrick Henry and a hamstring injury that he suffered is not helping matters.  While Murray has been pretty durable the last few seasons, his earlier years were filled with health woes.  Also coming off a big usage campaign with the Tennessee Titans last season, Murray's health needs to be watched closely.  If he comes through it all right, he is a slam dunk RB 1 in all formats despite Henry's presence.

-For the second summer in a row, New York Jets running back Matt Forte is dealing with a hamstring injury.  Forte is a giant red flag this season given the fact he is 31, has a ton of mileage on his body, saw his YPC slip under 4.0 a year ago, and has the very impressive Bilal Powell breathing down his neck.  While Forte has been a favorite of this space for years, it is time to move away from the guy for good.

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