It’s inevitable that during the course of every NFL season we lose hundreds of players to injury. If it seems like things are getting worse each season, you’re not wrong. Over the last four seasons, the total of players placed on injured reserve has steadily climbed, from 468 in 2015, to 496 in 2016, to 551 in 2017, and finally, 536 last year. That’s a staggering number.
In redraft, losing an early draft pick can put an end to your season before the bye weeks. Luckily for dynasty owners, we have the ability to place a player on our injured reserve list and move on and wait to get the player back next season. We saw several high-profile fantasy contributors miss time due to injury in 2018 and will take a look at some of the more notable names we can expect big things from in 2019.