Fantasy football waiver wire, Week 17: Injuries and potential replacements

Week 16 didn’t have many injuries in the fantasy football world.

Usually, Week 17 leads to a ton of guys being rested, but that’s not the case this season. All 12 teams currently in the playoffs have something to play for with respect to seeding. The only team with the smallest amount to play for is the Indianapolis Colts, who are going to be either the third or fourth seed. The Colts said Monday they are not going to rest their guys, so quarterback Andrew Luck owners can pencil him in for the start.

As for the injuries in Week 16, it was a very light week. Here are the injuries from last week, with the older ones below:


Who: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
What: Suffered a strained calf Sunday
Impact: He is playing against a tough Detroit Lions‘ defense.

Who: Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns
What: Manziel suffered hamstring strain and Hoyer hurt his shoulder
Impact: Connor Shaw time! (he’s not a fantasy option)

Wide receiver

Who: Percy Harvin, New York Jets
What: Suffered a rib injury and did not return.
Impact: The Jets are “hands off” material, but Eric Decker is worth a look in deeper leagues.

Who: Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks
What: Suffered a hamstring strain
Impact: Paul Richardson has played well and is an option in deep leagues.

Old injuries


Who: Colt McCoy, Washington
What: Suffered a strained neck and is out for the season
Impact: Robert Griffin III wasn’t too shabby in a win.

Who: Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
What: Suffered another shoulder injury
Impact: Charlie Whitehurst is guiding the Titans to the top pick.

Who: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Savage, Houston Texans
What: Fitzpatrick broke his leg and Savage hurt his knee
Impact: Case Keenum time.

Who: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
What: Out for season
Impact: Mark Sanchez has been awful.

Running back

Who: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
What: Suffered a back injury and missed Week 16
Impact: Frank Gore went off.

Who: Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
What: Suffered a hip pointer and is out for the year
Impact: The Cardinals’ offense is a nightmare.

Who: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
What: Out for season with a broken ankle
Impact: Dan Herron has the job and should be busy in Week 17.

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 is one of the adds of the year.

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.

Wide receiver

Who: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
What: Suffered hamstring strain in Week 15
Impact: He did not play and Hakeem Nicks stepped up. It’s hard to pick up Nicks, though.

Who: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
What: Suffered an ankle injury and didn’t look healthy
Impact: Fantasy owners can turn to Malcom Floyd

Who: Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
What: Suffered a rib injury and is out for the year
Impact: Marquess Wilson is somewhat hot.

Tight end

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.

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