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Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH

As always we have a full plate of fantasy football injury news to digest so let's get to all the carnage. 

-Prior to the season starting, Philadelphia Eagles scatback Darren Sproles said 2017 would be his final year in the league.  That is what makes Monday's news that Sproles not only broke his arm this past Sunday versus the New York Giants but that he also tore his ACL.  Sproles is done for the year now and unless he changes his mind, done for his career as well.  What a terrible way for one of the best "short" running backs in NFL history.  And no I am not overstating Sproles' talent and career. 

As a result of Sproles' absence, Wendell Smallwood is expected to get the lion's share of carries for the Eagles.  That can be a very productive spot in PPR formats but keep in mind LeGarrette Blount will remain the firm goal-line back which hurts Smallwood's impact in standard formats.

-Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford has now missed two games and counting with his knee injury and he is no cinch to go Week 4 as well.  Luckily for the Vikes and the fantasy football owners of wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, backup Case Keenum played great in Week 3 as he completed passes all over the field versus the Tampa Bay Buc's.  With Keenum looking much more comfortable in the offense, Diggs and Thielen should still be started as a firm WR 3's. 

-Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin strained his groin Sunday which capped what was a big game buy the team's top receiver as he caught 10 balls for 105 yards and a touchdown.  Baldwin underwent an MRI on his groin but no results have been announced yet.  The Seahawks front office say it is a minor deal and so Baldwin has a decent shot of going Week 4 if the MRI comes back clean.

-Kelvin Benjamin avoided disaster with the knee he injured in Sunday's Carolina Panther defeat against the New Orleans Saints.  No structural damage was found in the knee which means Benjamin actually has a shot to play in Week 4.  While it is unlikely Benjamin has enough time to be ready, he should be back by Week 5.  In the meantime it is now or never for Devin Funchess who is the clear top target of struggling QB Cam Newton with both Benjamin and Greg Olsen out. 

-Washington Redskins rookie back Samaje Perine suffered a bruised hand and nothing more that forced him out early in Sunday night's win over the Oakland Raiders.  Perine will be just fine for Week 4 but Chris Thompson is the one to own in the Redskins' backfield. 

-Jordan Howard was removed from the injury report by the Chicago Bears on Monday after he posed a big outing Sunday despite a shoulder that is less than 100 percent.  Howard will be good to go for Week 4 as he looks to build momentum after a tough first two weeks of the season. 



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