The playoffs are almost here for most fantasy football owners, which means that it is critical that you put your best lineup forward each week. However, injuries are an unpredictable element to the game that can throw a wrench in your plans. Let’s take a look at the most significant injuries last week and which players stand to benefit the most from those injuries.
Vernon Davis Replaces Jordan Reed
Jordan Reed suffered a shoulder injury on Thanksgiving day versus the Dallas Cowboys. While he finished the game and caught two touchdowns, he is said to have limited range of motion. This means that Vernon Davis should have an opportunity to get the targets that would have normally gone to Reed. Jamison Crowder and DeSean Jackson may also get extra targets if Reed is out.
Martellus Bennett Replaces Rob Gronkowski
The man that they call Gronk is the best tight end in football when he is in the lineup. However, if he can’t go, Martellus Bennett is going to be someone who could benefit from his absence. There are a couple of caveats with that though. First, Bennett also hurt himself against the New York Jets, which means he may or may not be available. Second, there is no guarantee as to who will be the focal point of New England’s offense in any given game, given MVP candidate Tom Brady loves spreading the ball around. Therefore, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan or even James White could see an uptick in targets or touches this week.
Donte Moncrief Replaces T.Y. Hilton
T.Y. Hilton was knocked out of a Thanksgiving day game against Pittsburgh after taking a hard hit while making a terrific reception. If he can’t go on Sunday, it looks like Donte Moncrief becomes one of the top targets in the passing game assuming that Andrew Luck is also back. Others who may benefit from Hilton being out include Frank Gore and tight end Jack Doyle.
T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson Replace Chris Ivory
Chris Ivory hurt his ankle against Buffalo and didn’t come back into the game. Ankle injuries are difficult for running backs to deal with, which means he could be out or at least on a reduced play count on Sunday. T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson would be the next two options on the roster unless the Jaguars promote a player or sign someone before their game against Denver.
In fantasy football, it isn’t the best team that wins games. Instead, it is the team who has the best players in that given week. Therefore, doing your homework may make it easier to put together a lineup that helps you keep up your winning ways until your star players return.