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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fantasy Football Injury Update: Pitta, Cassel, and Jonathan Stewart

By on 9/25/2014 07:26:00 PM

After a tumultuous Week 2 that saw a bevy of big-name players go down, Week 3 was decidedly less riddled with injuries. That’s not to say that the below injuries aren't worth taking note of.  

Dennis Pitta

Perhaps the worst injury of the weekend was Dennis Pitta dislocating his hip for the second time in as many years. While the injury is certainly season-ending for Pitta, there also is sadly a chance that he is advised to retire due to the likelihood of his hip re-dislocating.

It remains to be seen who the likely beneficiaries of Pitta’s absence are in Kubiak’s offense, but for the time being Owen Daniels seems like the best bet to pick up most of the slack. Daniels is hardly an exciting option at this point in his career, but Kubiak offenses are very tight end-friendly, and he’s already been given four looks on the season. His value is probably somewhere around bye week plug-in status.

Matt Cassel

Cassel’s foot was fractured mid-way through the Vikings game against the Saints. He likely wasn’t starting on anyone’s fantasy roster, but that doesn’t mean Cassel’s injury doesn’t affect the fantasy landscape in Minnesota a bit.

Enter Teddy Bridgewater, who did a respectable if unexciting job filling in for Cassel and has an enticing Week 4 matchup against an Atlanta secondary that hasn’t looked outstanding besides last week’s thrashing of Tampa Bay. Bridgewater can be considered a speculative pickup in only larger leagues, as his upside is capped a bit due to the fact that he’ll likely be eased into the offense as more of a game-manager.

Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert

Never the epitome of durability, Stewart injured his knee in Sunday night’s game and could miss up to a month with what’s being called a “severely sprained knee.” Tolbert’s injury will sideline him even longer, as he was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return with a hairline fracture in his leg.

This leaves the door wide open for DeAngelo Williams to get the lion’s share of the carries, including the goal line carries that Tolbert would typically vulture from him in the past. That being said, Williams remains a low-upside play this week against a vaunted Baltimore run defense, and with his own personal injury history Darren Reaves might be worth a pick-up in larger leagues. 

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