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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fantasy Football Injury Update: Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans, Eric Decker, and Joique Bell

By on 10/02/2014 07:04:00 PM

Injuries play a significant role in fantasy football. Here we take a look at several significant injuries around the NFL and the impacts they have on fantasy lineups.

Mike Evans 

The rookie Buccaneer wideout suffered a pulled groin in Sunday's game against the Steelers that will leave him sidelined for the next two to three weeks. It was unfortunate timing for Evans, who looked to be in the midst of a breakout with Glennon under the helm. 

Meanwhile, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are slotted to pick up the slack while Evans is absent. Jackson has been a disappointment to date and has failed to deliver on his 4th-round ADP, but Evans' absence should at least help him provide WR2 value for the next few weeks. Seferian-Jenkins probably isn't worth an add in shallow leagues, but he's definitely someone you should be keeping an eye on. 

Eric Decker 

Decker played a surprising 53 of 68 snaps on Sunday despite reports that his hamstring issues would leave him limited to only 1/3. Unfortunately, despite reportedly feeling better earlier in the week, Decker did not practice on Thursday due to renewed tightness in his hamstring. This situation needs to be monitored closely, as it could be an ongoing issue for Decker all season, and severely limits his upside. 

Joique Bell 

The talented Lions running back suffered a concussion in the third quarter against the Jets on Sunday, and is now going to need to pass the NFL's concussion protocol before being allowed to step foot back onto the field. Due to the fluid nature of concussions, it's unclear as to when this will be, so in the meantime Reggie Bush is expected to take over the backfield as Detroit's bellcow. Bush has a subpar matchup this week against a Bills run defense that is ranked third in the NFL and has yet to give up a touchdown. 

Teddy Bridgewater

It’s unfortunate that this game against the Packers is being played today on a Thursday, as Bridgewater likely would have played if it weren’t for the shortened week. After spraining his ankle in Sunday’s win against the Falcons, his inactivity is most likely a precautionary one, and shouldn’t affect his long-term standing as a QB2 in fantasy.

For Week 5’s sake, however, I would avoid any of the skill positions on the Vikings roster, as Christian Ponder will be under center this week and is unlikely to produce anything remotely resembling a decent pass attack. 

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