Fantasy Football Impact: Jamaal Charles and Other Injury Concerns

fantasy football danario alexanderWeek 1 of the NFL Preseason is finally in the books, and with that comes a plenty of hot storylines. Unfortunately injuries continue to lead the way, sending fantasy football owners scrambling to fill the increasing number of holes on their roster.

With that in mind, let’s a look at the latest injuries plaguing the top fantasy players and the impact this will have on your fantasy team.

Jamaal Charles

Twitter exploded early Monday morning when news spread that Kansas City Chiefs star running back, Jamaal Charles, was “carted off” the field with a foot injury. The news forced the football community to hold their collective breath and cross their fingers in hopes their worst fear won’t come true.

Fortunately it’s only a foot strain and now everyone can breathe again, including scared-to-death fantasy football owners.

Several media outlets are reporting that Charles had X-rays taken which came back negative, and it looks like he’s going to be day-to-day. That’s good news, but Charles owners should at least be contemplating the idea of Knile Davis as a potential backup plan.

Note: Chiefs rookie Eric Fisher (No. 1 overall) suffered a thumb injury in Friday’s game. While that doesn’t seem to be a major concern, he now has a shoulder bruise to go with his sore thumb. Mounting injuries could add to the growing concerns surrounding Charles.

Danario Alexander

The wide receivers suffered a blow when Danario Alexander was lost for the season with an ACL tear in his right knee. DX was one of the receivers targeted in the middle rounds as a sleeper who was set to explode.

The loss hurts just about everyone on the San Diego Chargers offense—from Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates to Ryan Mathews. The one person it does benefit is Vincent Brown. He will step in and take over as the starter opposite Malcom Floyd. Look for rookie receiver Keenan Allen to compete and see plenty of snaps as the No. 3 wide receiver.

Ed Dickson

Who thought the Baltimore Ravens would line up with Visanthe Shiancoe and Dallas Clark as their starting tight ends in Week 1 of the 2013 season? If you did you’re a Nostradamus of sorts.

First it was Dennis Pitta who was lost for the season. Now, it’s Ed Dickson who’s on the sidelines. Dickson suffered a torn hamstring back on August 6th, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready to go for the season opener.

The Ravens brought in Dallas Clark to be on the safe side. He and Shiancoe add a nice veteran presence to the Ravens offense, but neither holds much fantasy value as of right now.

Eddie Lacy

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy strained his hamstring during practice last week and did not play in the Green Bay Packers preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Packers are treading lightly with him for now, but Head Coach Mike McCarthy has stressed that the injury is not serious. This time missed will give the Packers a chance to see what they really have in their other rookie running back Jonathan Franklin.

If Franklin can capitalize on the opportunity given, he could eat into Lacy’s touches during the season, thus putting a dent into Lacy’s stock.

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson suffered a dislocated left ankle and also fractured his fibula last week in practice, thus forcing the Atlanta Falcons to put the right tackle on injured reserve.

Although an offensive lineman doesn’t have any direct impact on the world of fantasy football, they do lead the way for the running backs we covet so greatly. The right tackle was set to replace Tyson Clabo as the starter, and help bulldoze roads for Steven Jackson. Now the Falcons will turn to Lamar Holmes and Ryan Schraeder to fill the vacancy.

This is a severe blow to Jackson who was viewed as an early second-round pick in most fantasy leagues, and even a late first-round option in some. With his paltry five carries for eight yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson owners have good reason to feel queasy.

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