Mullen’s Fantasy Football Notebook: Early Pre-Season Injuries and Their Impact

Featured, Sports and Bets — July 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm by

Well the first week of training camp is in the books and the next man up mantra is already being used by many teams.

Training camps are a walk in the park compared to ten years ago yet already three players are out for the year.
Jeremy Maclin – Eagles – Maclin is out for the year with a torn ACL. It’s the same right knee he injured in college 7 years ago.  In a contract year some fantasy players had their eye on Maclin. Chip Kelly’s Oregon offensive spread sthe ball around. I saw Maclin having average number two receiver numbers at best.  I also don’t see this injury having much of an impact on DeSean Jackson.  Jason Avant or Riley Cooper should start, but keep an eye on Damaris Johnson during camp.
The Mac

The Mac

Dennis Pitta – Ravens – Pitta was lost for the year due to a fractured and dislocated hip. Damn,  that sounds  pretty damn painful. We Ravens fans are feeling the pain.  Fantasy players that penciled in Pitta as a high quality TE keeper are too. Pitta was primed for a big year based on the moves made by the Ravens in the offseason.  Ed Dickson may now be an  undervalued tight end or flex option.  The Ravens signed Morgan State’s own Visanthe Shiancoe.  You have to ask yourself why the Patriots didn’t resign him after the offseason issues they’ve had with their Tight Ends.  I expect the Ravens to bring in another veteran receiver before the end of camp.
Shitta, we without Pitta

Shitta, we without Pitta

Dan Koppen – Broncos – Koppen is an all-pro Center that’s blocked for Tom Brady and last year was signed by the Broncos to block for Peyton Manning. This is a serious blow to the AFC favorites. I didn’t see Peyton’s numbers improving this year even before his center’s injury. This blow to his offensive line definitely isn’t a positive. We will have to watch closely in the preseason to see how this effects Manning and the offense. (If at all.)
Centers effect everything

Centers effect everything

All three players listed were in contract years.  Although we know it’s wishful thinking,  let’s hope the injury bug is behind us this preseason.

 

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