Dynasty Injury Report: Week 14

Bruce Matson

With the first round of the fantasy playoffs in the books, we are now two weeks away from the end of the 2020 fantasy football season. It’s been a rough season riddled with games being moved around due to Covid and a lot of big named fantasy assets missing time due to injury.

Injuries are one of the worst things about fantasy football. They affect our fantasy football lineups and it’s never good to see a person injured. Knowing who is injured and how long they will be off the field will help make roster and lineup decisions. Roster management is key in dynasty since devasting injuries usually play a key factor in a player’s trade value.

With that being said, let’s look at some of the key injuries from week 14.

QUARTERBACK

Matthew Stafford, DET

Stafford was forced to leave the game on Sunday against the Packers with a rib injury. The x-rays came back negative and the reports are stating that he doesn’t have any broken ribs. His status will be determined throughout the week.

The injury only impacts dynasty gamers for the short-term since it will not carry over to the 2021 season. We will need to monitor the practice reports for his availability. Even at 32 years old he still has some years left to where he can still contribute to your dynasty team. I’d be more worried if he had a torn ACL or an Achilles, but he should be back to normal for the 2021 season.

Brandon Allen, CIN

Allen suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. The injury isn’t being reported as serious and he is listed as day-to-day for this week’s matchup against the Steelers. He tossed three touchdowns and two interceptions in his last three games. It’s safe to say that Allen is not an option to lean on in any fantasy format.

RUNNING BACK

James Conner, PIT

A new report emerged on Tuesday stating that Conner has injured his quad. We do not know how serious the injury is, but it will be something fantasy managers will need to monitor throughout the week. The Steelers don’t need him to win against the Bengals on Monday night. There’s a good chance the team allows him to rest for him to be ready for the playoffs.

Austin Ekeler, LAC

Ekeler took a hit to the quad in last week’s game. He missed practice on Monday and was limited on Tuesday. The Chargers have a game on Thursday which is a quick turnaround for him to recover from the injury. His status is day to day with the chance of him being out of the lineup come game time.

Ronald Jones, TB

Jones will go through a surgical procedure to fix his broken pinky finger. The Buccaneers have not ruled him out yet for this week, but there’s a good chance he will be out of the lineup. This is another situation we will need to pay attention to.

This injury will not cause his value to drop in dynasty leagues. His pinky will heal sooner than later, and he will be back on the field looking like his old self. If anything, his dynasty value has increased to a point where dynasty managers might be looking to sell high rather than trying to trade him away at a reduced cost.

WIDE RECEIVER

DeVante Parker, MIA

A hamstring injury caused Parker to leave the game early on Sunday, causing him to provide a lovely goose egg in the box score for fantasy gamers. Reports have come back that his hamstring is strained and it’s unclear what his status will be for week 15. Dynasty managers will need to watch the practice and injury reports to see if he will be available to play to help Tua Tagolaviola take on the New England Patriots.

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Courtesy of DLF’s Player Scoring History App

This injury will not affect Parker’s dynasty stock since he should be more than healed by the 2021 season. However, since he only produced two low-end WR1 weeks on the season, his price on the market should significantly decrease from last off-season.

Deebo Samuel, SF

2020 has been a lost year for Samuel. Injuries have zapped him from being available for us to use him in fantasy. The trend continued last week when he suffered a hamstring injury. This was just his seventh game of the season. After further evaluation, Samuel will be out for a while which indicates that he will be out for the rest of the regular season or at least the fantasy playoffs.

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Courtesy of DLF’s ADP Over Time App

Missing more than half the season will leave a bitter taste in fantasy managers’ mouths. His ADP has dropped around ten spots since the off-season. With this news, once the dust finally settles, I wouldn’t be surprised if he falls outside the top 75. When you add in the rookies, it could be a bigger dip than expected. There will be a massive buying opportunity for Samuel during the off-season.

TIGHT END

Mike Gesicki, MIA

After a game where he caught 5 passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns, Gesicki had to exit the game with a shoulder injury. We are still waiting for the results from the MRI. He is expected to miss at least one game from the injury, but as of right now, we don’t have an exact timetable.

This injury shouldn’t hurt his dynasty stock. He has racked up 153 yards and three touchdowns in his last two games. If anything, his stock is on the rise with Tua Tagovailoa developing in the offense. He’s a hyper-athletic tight end who should continue to see a scalable target share going into 2021.

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