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Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: DISASTER FOR JULIAN EDELMAN, DISASTER AVOIDED FOR SPENCER WARE

A tale of two injury stories for two prime fantasy football players on a grim Friday night for many owners of those involved.  Let's get right to it.

Julian Edelman:  By now it is obvious that New England Patriots slot PPR monster Julian Edelman is done for the 2017 fantasy football season due to a torn ACL suffered in the classic non-contact manner early in the team's Friday game.  Edelman had already caught three balls in the game but he went down after the third with no one touching him and soon limped off.  A cart transported him to the locker room and multiple reports say the ACL is torn and only an MRI to confirm such is preventing the Pats from making it official.  So those who drafted Edelman already this summer (which includes myself) lose a huge weapon and especially if you take part in a PPR format.  What I did right away though was pick up fellow Pats wideout Chris Hogan who was a monster himself Friday night by catching two touchdown passes from QB Tom Brady among his four receptions.  It will be Hogan who benefits from an Edelman absence in terms of fantasy football and he could be an overnight significant addition capable of reaching WR 2 status in this offense.  We have seen going back to last year how Brady likes to look for Hogan both deep and in the red zone and that is key.  In addition, Brandin Cooks now looks like a potential 100 catch dynamo.

Spencer Ware:  Fears of a torn ACL were being felt by Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware when he himself was carted off early in the team's Friday preseason game.  Luckily for Ware however, the ACL reportedly was intact and that it is either a PCL or MCL injury.  Disaster avoided here but Ware's status for Week 1 is very much in doubt which means rookie Kareem Hunt has a prime opportunity to show what he can do.  Head coach Andy Reid drafted Hunt and so that is telling right there in terms of how significant his role could be.  However Reid also tends to be conservative with his rookies and so count on Charcandrick West taking some carries while Ware is out.  All in all though, Ware should be back on the field in a few weeks or so.


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