Fantasy Football Injury Report

Fantasy Football Injuries

The week 3 injury report for fantasy football is full of star players, though we’ve luckily avoided the kind of blockbuster season-ending injury that hit the fantasy football world in Week 1 2008 with Tom Brady. Brady’s injury not only killed the teams that drafted Tom Brady in the 1st or 2nd round last year, but damaged the short term value of Randy Moss and Wes Welker – and the New England Patriots Defense.

Injuries have hurt some fantasy football squads and given the boost to other ff players, just like every year, but it’s only going to get more dramatic from here. Those guys who drafted Ladainian Tomlinson with his injury history and didn’t draft Darren Sproles are paying for it, now. But they probably got what they deserved, given LT hasn’t been able to stay on the field the last two seasons, too.

Fantasy Football Quarterback Injuries

Donovan McNabb – Quarterback Philadelphia Eagles – McNabb might return in Week 3, but the Eagles have a Week 4 bye. Owners of Donovan McNabb should prepare to go without their star QB until Week 5.

Matt Hasselbeck – Quarterback Seattle Seahawks – Matt Hasselbeck has a fractured rib, which is similar to Donovan McNabb’s injury. Hasselbeck owners should have the benefit of seeing how long it takes McNabb return from this injury, and assume Matt Hasselbeck (around the same age) should be back in the same number of weeks. Expect Hasselbeck to be out 2 weeks, give or take a week.

Fantasy Football Running Backs Injuries

Ladainian Tomlinson – Running Back San Diego Chargers – Reports are that LT2 might be back this week, but I would not start him. At this point, you have to make Tomlinson prove he can make it through a game. If you have Darren Sproles, start him instead. Even if LT gets the start, Darren Sproles is likely to get a large number of carries to help lighten the load on Tomlinson. There’s a chance that LT won’t make it through the game again, and there’s a chance Tomlinson is a late scratch in a late-afternoon West Coast game.

Brian Westbrook – Running Back Philadelphia Eagles – Westbrook left the Saints blowout late on Sunday with an ankle injury. It’s likely Brian Westbrook would have played had the game been close, and there’s little chance the tough-it-out Brian Westbrook will miss a game. Go ahead and start Westbrook.

Marion Barber – Running Back Dallas Cowboys – There are conflicting reports out of Dallas about Marion Barber’s status for Week 3. NBC-5 reports Marion Barber is out for Monday night and might miss 2-3 weeks, while’s Matt Mosely reports Barber is 50/50 to miss the game. Given that the Cowboys play the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night, if you’re league doesn’t let you start players up to the time of kickoff (and you can switch in Felix Jones or Tashard Choice), don’t start Marion Barber. It’s a coin toss or worse that he’ll play, and I’m betting Barber actually misses Week 3.

Pierre Thomaas – Running Back New Orleans Saints – Pierre Thomas played a little bit in the Week 2 blowout of the Eagles, but he got no rushes and 1 reception (for -4 yards). Mike Bell got 18 combined touches and was the leading producer at running back for the Saints, but he went out of the game early in the 4th Quarter with an MCL sprain and is likely to miss a week or two. This might force Pierre Thomas back into the starting lineup sooner than expected.

Mike Bell – Running Back New Orleans Saints – Mike Bell’s MCL sprain looks to be no more than a Grade 1 sprain, which is the best news you get with an MCL injury. This means he is likely out until the Saints bye week (6), but isn’t lost for the season. Take Mike Bell out of your lineup for now. If you have Bell and Pierre Thomas, go with Thomas if you have to go with one. Reggie Bush might get additional carries in Week 3 and 4, which puts him at injury risk.

Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Injuries

Troy Williamson – Wide Receiver Jacksonville Jaguars – Troy Williamson is out for the year and likely to go on IR soon. This opens the door for rookie Mike Sims-Walker, a fantasy sleeper in some circles, to become the Jags starter opposite Tory Holt. Mike Sims-Walker had 106 yards and a TD in the Jags 2nd week loss, so he has potential.

Santonio Holmes – Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers – Santonio Holmes has a minor injury, but it’s no likely to keep him out of the Steelers Week 3 game.

Kevin Walter – Wide Receiver Houston Texans – Kevin Walter was once again inactive for the Houston Texans in Week 2. Andre Davis got hurt replacing Kevin Walter, forcing Jacoby Jones into a start. I’m betting Kevin Walter returns in Week 3, but don’t start Walter until he shows he can play a game and won’t be inactive. You should have similar level receivers on your roster to Kevin Walter (inconsistent, big game potential), so start the healthy WR you know will be on the field.