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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY WATCH: BROKEN FINGER/INJURED HAND DERAILS RASHAAD PENNY, BIG BEN SUFFERS ANOTHER CONCUSSION

-It was a rough day in the fantasy football world when it came to injuries on Tuesday and the kicker is that there were no games to blame for the key ailments that popped up.  Two in particular stood out, with the first being the news that Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny will be out for "some time" according to head coach Pete Carroll due to suffering a broken finger and also an overall hand injury during Tuesday's practice.  Penny was the team's first-round pick this past April and the power runner was seen as a key member of the crowded backfield going into the season and he was also being drafted in the early rounds based on that promise.  That can all be scratched for now and so that means 2017 sensation Chris Carson becomes the main guy.  We say sensation when talking about Carson due to the fact he lit things up last preseason as a seventh-round pick and ran quite well in the four regular season games he got into behind a brutal Seahawks offensive line before suffering a gruesome leg injury.  Carson is 100 percent healthy however and he once again was opening eyes in camp to the point he was being talked about as the starter over Penny.  With Carson having pass receiving skills that Penny doesn't possess, he becomes even more attractive in PPR formats.  Myself personally was not a big fan of Penny as he reminds me of Jeremy Hill which is not a comparison you want to be attached to your name.  So for now bump Carson up your cheat sheets and do the opposite for Penny.

-The second item of the day on the injury front was the fact that 36-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went into the concussion protocol after suffering a hit to the head in Tuesday's practice.  This is a troubling development due to the fact Big Ben has had quite a few concussions in his career and he already carries a reputation of being one of the more injury-prone passers in the NFL.  As I wrote about in a separate piece a few weeks ago, Ben's health to a tremendous degree is tied into the production of wideout Antonio Brown which makes the latter somewhat of a risky first-round pick.  As someone who owned Brown when Michael Vick and Landry Jones drew starts replacing an injured Roethlisberger the last few seasons, I can tell you the results were not pretty as the ace receiver dropped down to WR 3 staus on his numbers during that stretch.  So this needs to be watched closely. 


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