If you haven’t heard, football is a sport where men get injured, often in stomach turning fashion. Such was the case this week when Delanie Walker suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the seven hour thunder and lightning marathon otherwise known as the Dolphins and Titans game. Walker has reportedly suffered a dislocated ankle with ligament damage and will now be out for the season. In addition, Greg Olsen re-injured his surgically-repaired right foot in the Panthers game against the Cowboys and was seen in a walking boot and on crutches at the end of the contest. While the severity is still unknown, Olsen could be looking at a lengthy absence as well.
In a re-draft league, moves you make are pretty simple. You just drop Walker (and Olsen if he’s indeed out for a long time), find someone on the waiver wire or via trade and move on, knowing it won’t matter in the long-run and holding firm to the noting you can just start over next year. In dynasty leagues, your strategy has to look a lot different. Let’s run through the options for dynasty owners, with the assumption Olsen is out for an extended period and knowing now that Walker is indeed out for the season.
Walker and Olsen
I would imagine this would go without saying for any savvy dynasty owner but Walker and Olsen need to be kept at this point in time, regardless of how severe Olsen’s injury is. Neither player should be placed on the waiver wire, even knowing Olsen was flirting with broadcasting last year. It’s quite possible he looks at that again in the off-season (or even now) but he’s talented enough to keep on your roster with the assumption he returns to the playing field. The same goes for the 34-year old Walker, who is aging but a difference maker at a position that rarely has them. Hopefully your league has IR spots and neither indicate their careers have come to an end. Again, we’re not even 100% sure what Olsen’s status is moving forward so we’re in a bit of a holding pattern anyway.
Cheaper Veteran Trade Possibilities
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