There were lots of cringe-worthy injuries in the NFL this week, and many that will have a lasting impact in fantasy football leagues. I could sit here and draw out the lede with some funny remarks that are linked to even funnier videos, but let’s face it, injuries aren’t very funny, and with so many guys to cover, let’s just get right into it!

Stevan Ridley – Ridley is donezo.  The Patriots back has a torn ACL and MCL and will miss the rest of the reason.  The New England backfield was a mess prior to Ridley going down, so this only makes things worse.  Shane Vereen has been a complete bust this year, averaging just 8.8 fantasy points per game, and Ridley was even worse (8.0 points), but simple mathematics say Vereen should get some sort of fantasy boost from this.  Ridley was averaging 16 touches per game, and I expect Vereen to usurp 3-4 of those, but that’s not enough for me acquire him for a WR2.  I wouldn’t go crazy trying to trade for Vereen, in fact, I’d probably try to sell him.  The Pats O-line is atrocious and Vereen isn’t a good runner inside the tackles.  The back to add here, since he’s available in nearly 100 percent of leagues, is Brandon Bolden. Bolden was a popular pick to get goal line touches last year, but ended up falling out of favor with Belichick.  After Ridley went down on Sunday, Bolden carried the ball six times for 10 yards.  James White is also worth a look in deeper leagues, but he was rather poor in the preseason and I don’t believe Belichick will fully entrust a rookie with lead-back duties.

Knowshon Moreno – What a terrible end to Moreno’s stay in Miami (it’s unlikely he’s back next year), as an ACL injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season.  Moreno was fabulous in his debut, but ended up playing all of three games.  Lamar Miller is the official head honcho for the Dolphins now, but things aren’t likely to change too much for him fantasy wise.  He averaged 16.5 touches in the full two games Moreno missed with an elbow injury and those totals probably won’t rise much.  The biggest fantasy implication here is that Miller owners won’t have to worry about Moreno taking Miller’s touches away anymore.  He is the clear lead back and should have almost zero competition from anyone else on the roster.  Recent signee LaMichael James is worth a speculative add in the deepest of leagues.

Victor Cruz – Anyone watching Sunday Night Football witnessed a blood-curdling moment when Cruz crumpled to the ground after dropping a possible touchdown pass in the third quarter vs. the Eagles.  Personally, as a Giants fan, it was really hard to watch, but any human being can relate to the pain that Cruz was feeling.  In the fantasy world, Cruz’s season-ending injury will hurt many owners, as the “Salsa Man” was a consensus third-to-fourth round pick.  While it’s a very tough loss in re-draft formats, Cruz’s injury my impact dynasty league owners beyond this season.  A former NFL team doctor noted that when a player ruptures their patellar tendon, they may never fully recover for the rest of their career.  If Odell Beckham Jr. (6/72/1 in two games) made it through the Calvin Johnson and A.J. Green injuries without being claimed, he’s a must add, and in deeper leagues, Corey Washington, who led the Giants in receiving in the preseason, is also worth a look.

Other Droppable Players: Darren Sproles, Marvin Jones, Jerod Mayo, Danny Trevathan, DeAngelo Williams

 

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  1. RePete says:
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    Hate to see injuries, but Moreno going down certainly helps me (I have Miller in both my leagues), Which two out of these three would you start this week (12-team 0.5PPR League):

    Kelvin Benjamin @ GB
    DeSean Jackson vs TEN
    Lamar Miller @ CHI

    I’m leaning towards benching Jackson, even though he’s had two monster weeks in a row. I have a feeling Washington is going run heavy and will have no need to force the deep ball in this game, hurting Jackson. What do you think?

    • SethDaSportsMan

      SethDaSportsMan says:
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      @RePete: the first 2

  2. Clint says:
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    The Cruz one has me wondering. I snatched Reuben Randle in my 12 team ppr league while another guy snatched Beckham Jr. Hope I get the up side of the Schwartz in this one or waiting for Megatron to return could be a time of trouble.

  3. Ryno says:
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    Hi

    I have an alright WR crew (A Brown, B Marshall, G Tate, Sanders and Maclin), but am thin at RB; besides Forte I have McKinnon, Pierce, and Ingram (lost S Ridley and Moreno)

    Would you play Starks over Pierce… thinking of playing Pierce as my RB2 as the rest have horrible matchups

    Thanks

  4. TrashJuice says:
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    Who would you stash? Justin Hunter, Jonathan Stewart, or Andre Holmes

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    trevathan is IR’able if you have the slots, he’s only out 3-6 weeks, esp useful if it’s a dynasty league, but if you have lots of IR slots, stashable anyway.

  6. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    any idea just why MIA is stupid enough to not give Miller way more touches than 16? dude’s only been good each and every time he’s gotten a lot of carries, going back at least to last year.

  7. Ron says:
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    I need a DEF for this week with the Bengals on BYE. The Cowboys, Packers, and Redskins are all available.

    I’m in a 12 team .5PPR league with 2 keepers where you lose the round you drafted a player in when you keep him. I say this because I’m still holding onto Cruz. He was drafted in the 4th round (which I like to think is really the 6th round with 24 keepers off the board to start the draft).

    Do I drop Cruz and the potential to keep him or trade him in the preseason to get a DEF right now??

    My Roster:
    QB: Rodgers, E. Manning
    RB: Charles, Miller, Stacy, Mason, Hyde, K. Davis
    WR: Megatron, Crabtree, Colston, Cooks, Wheaton
    TE: Cameron
    DEF: Bengals
    K: Dawson
    IR: Cruz

    Thanks!!

    • Ron says:
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      @Ron: Ooops! Bengals not on BYE but playing Luck and Colts which could be worse than being on a BYE cause they are projected for negative points. All questions still apply.

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