Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 16: Injuries and potential replacements
Peyton Manning’s illness was the big story for fantasy football. Here are the injuries from Week 15.
Sunday didn’t feature a lot of major injuries. Monday, however, brought big news with Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray needing surgery on his hand. He could be out for the season, so his owners will need to plan on not having him this week.
As for Sunday, Peyton Manning coming down with an illness likely had massive fantasy implications. Chances are anyone who owned him made it to the playoffs. However, he was held in check with just 233 yards and one touchdown against the San Diego Chargers. This wasn’t a disastrous game, but fantasy owners likely needed a lot more, so there’s a good chance his owners were knocked out. This is always going to be a problem with fantasy football and one-week playoffs, and owners who prefer having no playoffs and just giving their championship to the regular season winner now have another reason to feel good about that style.
The big injury was to the San Francisco 49ers backfield. Running back Frank Gore went down with a concussion and Carlos Hyde had a back injury. Hyde’s injury doesn’t seem major, so he’s probably the best pickup. San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was also hurt, so Malcolm Floyd picks up some value.
Here are the injuries from last week, with the older ones below:
Who: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
What: He was ill, but there is talk of a thigh injury as well
Impact: If you were able to survive, he should be ready for Week 16.
Who: Colt McCoy, Washington
What: Suffered a strained neck again on Sunday
Impact: After injuring his neck twice, he’s probably not going to start again. It’ll likely be Robert Griffin III.
Who: Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
What: Suffered another shoulder injury
Impact: Yeesh. Charlie Whitehurst should start the rest of the way.
Who: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage, Houston Texans
What: Fitzpatrick broke his leg and Savage hurt his knee
Impact: It could be Thad Lewis time, so the Baltimore Ravens D looks great right now for Week 16.
Who: DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
What: Suffered a broken hand and is unlikely for this week
Impact: Joseph Randle is a must-claim guy; Lance Dunbar is worth a look, too.
Who: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Who: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
What: Suffered a back injury and could miss time
Impact: If he’s healthy for Saturday, he’d be a must-add player. If he’s out, Alfonso Smith is a risky guy. Pick up Hyde, though.
Who: Rashad Jennings, New York Giants
What: Suffered another ankle injury
Impact: Andre Williams should be good to go for Week 16.
Who: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
What: Suffered an ankle injury and didn’t look healthy
Impact: Fantasy owners can’t trust him in their championship.
Who: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
What: Suffered hamstring strain
Impact: It seems minor, but just keep an eye on it.
Who: Zach Mettenberger, Tennessee Titans
What: Suffered another shoulder injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season
Impact: The Titans probably have the No. 1 pick headed their way.
Who: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
What: Could miss the rest of the season with collarbone break
Impact: Mark Sanchez is coming back to Earth.
Who: Roy Helu, Washington
What: Suffered a foot injury in Week 16 and did not return
Impact: Alfred Morris will get a few more touches.
Who: Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
What: Suffered a hip pointer and is out for the year
Impact: Kerwynn Williams had 86 total yards in a bad matchup; he should get better.
Who: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
What: Out for season with a broken ankle
Impact: Dan Herron has the job, but the Colts are having some issues running the ball.
Who: Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, Denver Broncos
What: Hillman suffered a foot injury and has been dealing with a shoulder problem; Ball is on I.R.
Impact: C.J. Anderson only had a so-so game, but he’s still a top-10 back to own.
Who: Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots
What: Out for season with knee injury
Impact: Jonas Gray got back in the mix to make it a time-share.
Who: Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
What: Suffered a rib injury and is out for the year
Impact: Marquess Wilson started and has fantasy value.
Who: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
What: Suffered a concussion and could be back for Week 16
Impact: DeAndre Hopkins had a disappointing Week 15.
Who: Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
What: Hobbled by a sprained knee the past three weeks
Impact: Only had 16 yards and fantasy owners can’t trust him
Who: Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers
What: Suffered a concussion in Week 15 and did not play in Week 16
Impact: He was a popular sleeper, but the snaps just aren’t there. Antonio Gates has more value.
Who: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals
What: Could be out for the season with an elbow issue
Impact: Jermaine Gresham is so inconsistent.