With the start of the NFL coming in just a few days many last-minute fantasy drafts will be taking place over the weekend. And being a single, full-time father with a 3 hour commute to work during the day, I am sympathetic to the fact that many of you just do not have the time to stay up-to-date with the latest coming and goings on the injury front.
While I wouldn’t suggest using this as a guideline for all injuries, this is the latest of what is going on around the league as of yesterday. These injuries could have an affect on your fantasy football draft strategy as well as for the betters out there like myself, affect the NFL lines at TopBet. So I suggest you peruse this real quick so you know what the status is for some of the NFL players that could find their way on your fantasy squad, and perhaps help you pad your wallets a little bit.
Robert Griffin has been officially cleared by Dr. James Andrews to resume playing in the NFL and that is great news for those that have Griffin in keeper leagues. He was an outstanding talent before his injury last year and showed promise in becoming one of the future star quarterbacks of the NFL. While Mike Shanahan hasn’t come out and named Griffin the starter for Week 1, he has been taking most of the first team reps in practice. Just remember, before taking him in your fantasy draft or putting some money down on the Washington Redskins he could be a little gun shy. It happens to the best of them, so being a little timid and edgy at first would not be a shocker.
Another player to note is Rob Gronkowski who is not expected to be placed on the PUP list. Placing him on the PUP would deem him unplayable for the first six weeks of the season. And with sightings of Gronkowski at practice along with rumors that there was an outside chance of starting Week 1, this should come as no surprise. While playing next week is still doubtful at best, once the top couple of tight ends come off the board and if the New England Patriots tight end slips into a round that reeks of value, he would be a great gamble to take a flyer on. Keep in mind that this is the NFL and his arm could snap like a twig again so show some patience and caution. But fantasy championships are not built on playing it safe.
One last one to keep an eye on is running back Andre Brown who fractured his leg Thursday night in the preseason finale for the New York Giants. Brown, who was expected to be the third down and goal-line back behind David Wilson is now looking to miss a good 4-6 weeks minimum. When healthy and on the field he can rack up some solid fantasy numbers in spurts though, so stashing him on your bench late in the draft and moving him to your IR right away wouldn’t be a bad idea if you can show the patience of having Brown possibly miss the first half of the season. This is the NFL and if Wilson for some reason were to come up limp at some point, Brown would be the man in New York. A late-round flier is definitely worth the risk.