It’s so early early in the season to post something like this, but how often does the fantasy community lose it’s No. 1 QB, the top star in the game, in the first week of the season. I know I’m hurting in a couple spots, I would assume others are in the same boat.
There will be more injuries to come, but for now here are seven injuries that have caused an earthquake of turmoil on my teams, and some further fantasy implications:
- Tom Brady (Season): A no-brainer, right? While his injury is huge for Brady owners, the trickle down effect is immeasurable. Jzak already highlighted the Randy Moss situation, but what does it mean for everyone else. Will the Patriots go with more ball control, making the tight ends and running backs better fantasy options? Will Cassel just realize he should lob it up and let Wes Welker and Moss run under it? We’ll have to wait a couple weeks to see.
- Brian Westrbook: Yeah, he’s only day-to-day, but any lower extremity injury with him is something to worry about. Will it linger throughout the season. Will it be the thing to urge him into retirement — it wasn’t long ago he suggested he might retire early. Back to the here and now, his absence for any length of time will severely hamper the Eagles. Yes, they still have Donovan McNabb, but Westbrook is the key cog in that offense.
- Nate Burleson (Season): Okay, I know, he’s not even close to the same caliber of player as the ones already listed, but Seattle’s offense was very pathetic the first two weeks (Playing against the Rams are going to cure a lot of ills this season). This team is likely to get Deion Branch and Bobby Engram back soon, maybe even next week after the team’s bye. While Engram has been consistent, I consider Branch to be a bust. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck needed a player that was capable of what Burleson could do.
- Adrian Peterson: It is way too early in the season for the Vikings superstar running back to pull up questionable. Everyone expected him to get hurt at some point, but everyone also figured he’d at least last until mid-season. His injury makes Gus Frerotte (gulp) and Bernard Berrian potential impact players and Chester Taylor a highly sought commodity.
- Osi Umenyiora (Season): Yes, he’s only a defensive player. But this guy affects the most explosive defense in the league. Mix in the returns and there are a couple teams surpass the Giants, but from a strictly defensive standpoint, he changes a lot. Mathias Kiwanuka, and Justin Tuck have very different roles than they would have had otherwise. IDPers have likely scooped up one or both players and the team has done well without Umenyiora. Can it continue?
- Vince Young: This is a crazy situation, because not only is the supposed face of the Titans franchise injured, he’s hinted at retirement and displayed some mental craziness. While Young won’t be confused with Peyton Manning, he’s always had a winning quality about him. The Titans have always been better with him than without him. That has changed. It’s outlined better at Bleacher Report, but this is certainly a strange development. What does this mean for Justin Gage, Lendale White and Chris Johnson? Can Kerry Collins still QB a team?
- Jeremy Shockey: Yeah, I know everyone thought he was washed up last year, but he was a definite value pick this year. They guy was set to play in a pass-happy Saints offense, and a change of scenery can sometimes lead to great things. He’s injured (big surprise, right?) but he’s likely going to be out until week 9. With tight end being one of those positions a lot of fantasy GMS put off until middle to late draft, I have a feeling there are quite a few others who drafted Shockey as a sleeper late. He’s the TE on my dynasty team. He’s gotta show me something to be a keeper for next year.
I’m sure I missed a couple injuries that have bitten my team, but these are the big ones that have me staring at my lineups for hours in search of a solution. What injuries have decimated, or helped your team through Week 3? Leave a comment below.