As fantasy football owner prepare for their 2010 Fantasy football draft, there may be a few key injuries or emerging players that can slip through the cracks and go unnoticed. There are a few key injuries that could lead to number one players missing half the season. Minnesota could be preparing to lose their number one and number two receivers before the season begins.
Key Injuries That Could Change Most Fantasy Football Draft Lists
Sidney Rice Hip Surgery Leads to Possible 6-8 Games Lost
Sidney Rice, wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, injured his hip at the end of last season and now has confirmed he has had surgery on the hip. With surgery confirmed, Rice will most likely be out 6-8 games. Fantasy football owners should take into account, this will increase catches and yardage for Bernard Berrian. The Vikings could bring in Javon Walker, a former favorite target of Brett Favre also.
Chaz Shilens of Oakland Raiders Foot Injury Could Lead to Surgery
Expected to be the number one receiver for Oakland Raiders quarterback, Jason Campbell, Shilens may miss 2-4 games to start the season. Shilens suffered through his foot injury at the end of last season and it is a problem once again as the season nears. Shilens may have to have surgery and this could knock him out for half the season. Fantasy football owners should pass on Shilens unless they are in a five wide receiver fantasy football league.
Percy Harvin Migraines Make Him Undraftable in Fantasy Football Leagues
Percy Harvin was an issue for fantasy football owners in 2009 and the situation appears to be getting worse as the season approaches. Harvin has suffered through migraines his entire life and this season will be a game time decision every week. Fantasy football owners that love drama and last second moves are welcome to draft Harvin.
Ryan Grant Returns From Concussion For Green Bay Packers
The NFL has said they are cracking down on concussions and if Ryan Grant suffers another concussion in the next 2-4 games he may be forced to sit out a few games with the new NFL rules on concussion treatment. Be wary of drafting Grant too early in fantasy football drafts.
Donovan McNabb Suffered Ankle Injury in 2nd Preseason Game
Donovan McNabb suffered an ankle injury in the second preseason game with Washington Redskins. The injury is being played down and McNabb says he will practice this week. Keep an eye on his reps in the third preseason game. If McNabb misses the third preseason game he will have to be dropped on fantasy football draft boards.
Dez Bryant Will be Off to Slow Start as Dallas Wide Receiver
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a high ankle sprain the first week of camp and has not returned to the practice field. Bryant is said to be on target for a return to the field for the first week of the NFL season but it is tough to rank him as anything but a number wide receiver on NFL fantasy football draft boards at this time.
Possible Upgrades Based on Position Moves and Practice Reps
Arian Foster of Houston Texans Could Move Into Number One Running Back Position
The Houston Texans number one back Steve Slaton was slated to move into another role when Ben Tate was drafted. When Tate went down with a season ending injury, many expected Slaton to go back into the role of the number one back. Arian Foster may have something to say about this. Foster is getting more reps in practice and could fall into the number back position. Word of advice, stay away from all Texans running back.
Matt Forte of Chicago Bears Appears Healed and Ready to Put up Big Fantasy Football Numbers
Matt Forte is running and turning on a dime just as he did in his rookie season two years ago. An injury last season hindered Forte’s numbers in 2010. The addition of Mike Martz as OC will help involve Forte in the passing game and his numbers should skyrocket. Move Forte up the fantasy football draft board.
Jamaal Charles Role May be Reduced in 2010 After Looking at His Reps
Keep an eye on Jamaal Charles work load early in the 2010 NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs have limited his carries in preseason and in practice. Is he being phased out or will he be more valuable later in the season. A smart fantasy football owner will let someone else take Charles and then trade for Charles before week six of the NFL season. Some fantasy football owners may drop Charles outright after they see how many carries Thomas Jones has early in the season.