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Rob Gronkowski, TE NE
As most have heard, Gronkowski is out for the year and on injured reserve, after suffering another disc herniation. He underwent surgery and a video was posted the next day of him walking with a walker. I wrote a summary last week on the literature for recurrent lumbar disc herniation. Data is limited for a second recurrence of lumbar disc herniation, but in general outcomes are fairly good for recurrent lumbar disc herniation after a microdiscectomy. Return to play is 80-90% so the chances are good for Gronkowski to return in 2017. It is interesting that he has all of his guaranteed money paid out. We’ll see if Belichick sticks with him next year. I’m still a buyer if Gronkowksi is available at a discount (50% to 75% reduction in price).
Thomas Rawls, RB SEA
Rawls left the game with a possible concussion. However, he was able to return, so it seems unlikely that he sustained a true concussion. If he had a true concussion, I doubt he would’ve been cleared to return to play. Rawls does seem to get dinged up a bit. Rawls had a big game against the hapless Carolina Panthers defense (15 carries for 106 yards, two touchdowns and one reception for 12 yards). I’d be selling Rawls if a premium return of an RB1 is offered.
Doug Martin, RB TAM
Martin missed the end of the game with a back injury. He reportedly was removed after being “bent back”. Martin continues to look pedestrian (17 carries for 45 yards and one touchdown, with one catch for 23 yards). Notably, Charles Sims is practicing now and may be available next week. Reports are the injury isn’t serious. If Sims is available, pick him up, given Martin has a tough time staying healthy. I’m not a buyer of Martin in dynasty.
Jamison Crowder, WR WAS
Crowder sustained a hip pointer, but was able to play through it. Hip pointers are painful but most athletes can return to play quickly. Most athletes are able to return without missing much time. Monitor his practice participation this week but Crowder has a reasonable chance to play next week. Crowder had a decent game (three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown).
Julio Jones, WR ATL
Jones reportedly had a lower body injury described as turf toe, but still had a big game (seven receptions for 113 yards). Jones didn’t seem to think it was serious after the game. So long as it’s not a grade 3 injury, he shouldn’t miss much time, if any. Jones tends to get dinged up but plays through most of these injuries. There doesn’t seem to be much concern about his week 14 availability. I’m still a buyer of Jones, despite him turning 28 years old next year. He’s got a few years left of elite production left in him. If you want medical information on turf toe, see this article.
Mohammed Sanu, WR ATL
Sanu left the game with a groin injury. He didn’t give fantasy players much this week (two receptions for 26 yards on three targets). Sanu is just the WR45 in PPR leagues. He’s barely a flex play at this point.
Braxton Miller, WR HOU
Miller sustained a shoulder injury and left the game. He was spotted after the game in a sling. Miller didn’t score a single fantasy point this week. I am still intrigued with him for dynasty formats, but it’s hard to like his situation much. Still, I’m a buyer at the right price. Miller most recently had an ADP of 191 (WR86), three slots ahead of Calvin Johnson, who’s been retired for a year. I still am interested in his talent and his price is more of a throw-in for trades.
Lamar Miller, RB HOU
Miller can’t seem to stay healthy. He aggravated a rib injury and left the game, but was able to return. Miller had 14 carries for just 22 yards (1.6 YPC) and one reception for -4 yards. Yuck. Miller is a strong sell for me. At an ADP22 and RB5, I’d be selling him if a comparable return could be achieved. He is the RB12 in PPR this year, so a low-end starter. Still, I think he’s overvalued and a strong sell.