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Lamar Miller, RB HOU
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It wouldn’t be an injury column without mentioning Lamar Miller. Miller can’t seem to shake injuries this year. Miller has dealt with injuries to his ankles, shoulder and ribs. It makes me wonder if durability is one factor for his limited opportunities prior to joining Houston. Miller is the RB15 this year, and carries an ADP of 22 (RB5). I think Miller is significantly overvalued in dynasty formats and is a strong sell.
Tyrell Williams, WR SD
Williams went down with a head injury but was able to return to play. That he returned indicates he passed testing for a concussion, as if he did have a suspected concussion he wouldn’t be cleared to return to play (theoretically). Williams is the WR21 this year in PPR formats – not bad considering his ADP is 85 and WR48. I see Williams as a good value and would be targeting him in dynasty formats. I’m still a fan of Keenan Allen in dynasty formats, but with Antonio Gates fading, that leaves Williams, Allen and Hunter Henry to gobble up targets from Rivers. I think Williams could be a WR3 with WR2 upside, and a seventh round start-up price is worthwhile.
Ladarius Green, TE PIT
Green absorbed a hard hit and left the game with a concussion. Green has come to life and had solid production since week 12. He had five receptions for 72 yards before exiting this week. Green is the TE8 since week 12, and has an ADP 170, good for TE 19 in dynasty formats. I have questions about Green’s ability to stay healthy but he’s worth his current price, especially with players like Jack Doyle (ADP 179), Cameron Brate (ADP 167), Gary Barnidge (ADP 162) and Zach Miller (ADP 161) around his price-point. I’m a buyer at Green’s current price.
Adam Thielen, WR MIN
It must be concussion week, as Thielen went down with a concussion. Thielen has exceeded expectations and even has two 100 yard games to his credit this year. Thielen is the WR35 this year in PPR formats, ahead of players like Randall Cobb and just behind DeAndre Hopkins. Thielen has an ADP 222, and is incomprehensibly being drafted behind Victor Cruz and Trevor Davis. Thielen isn’t exciting, but he’s a player who can win fantasy games when injuries strike or bye week replacements are needed. I’d buy him for a cheap price, like a third round rookie pick or something similar. Stefon Diggs has injury issues, Laquon Treadwell hasn’t done much and Cordarrelle Patterson will be a free agent. It’s not completely crazy to think Thielen could get a healthy amount of targets next season.
Julio Jones, WR ATL
Jones is close to returning, and might play next week. The Falcons stomped the Forty Niners this week, 41-13, and didn’t need to risk Jones getting a compensatory injury or aggravating his injured toe. Jones stands a reasonable chance of returning this week, and given the Falcons are in a tight race for the playoffs, they may need him. Then again, they get the Panthers and Saints to close out 2016, so maybe Jones can just rest until the playoffs. We’ll see. His injured toe isn’t a concern for his dynasty value.