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2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact

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Christmas came early for Aaron Rodgers with the firing of Mike McCarthy. This also came on Rodgers’ birthday and after the Packers were defeated by the Cardinals.

Aside from big news of the week with Kareem Hunt, Week 13 was subpar. None of the games had particular appeal with the exception of SNF. Which featured an AFC battle between the Chargers and Steelers.

Just because the games were subpar doesn’t mean the week isn’t important for fantasy. You have probably already started your playoffs or getting ready to. So these upcoming weeks are very important. Important if you are trying to make a late playoff push or emerge as the number one in your league.


With the Kareem Hunt news we saw the importance of keeping up with NFL news. Those who keep up with NFL news were likely able to score Spencer Ware. I will highlight the biggest injuries to keep your informed and so that you can stay ahead of the curve in your league and score those big time waiver adds.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 13 Injury Impact

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A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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Green suffered a non-contact injury in the second quarter. He was carted off after trying to hobble to the sidelines. He suffered a toe injury. This is the same toe injury that has caused him to miss previous games.

I think this is the last of him we will see this season. He was questionable to return after his last injury and I think this injury will likely end his season.

Due to his injury, if your a Green owner you are left in a very bad spot. You drafted a top fantasy wideout and you likely won’t have him for the playoffs. For that reason, now is the time to figure out what you are going to do for the playoffs. Whether that be adding someone off the waivers or rolling with a bench player.

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

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Olsen suffered an apparent season ending foot injury in Sunday’s game. He told reporters after the game that he suffered a ruptured plantar fascia. He is certainly out for the season.

Rookie tight end Ian Thomas will fill in in his place. Thomas had five receptions for 46 yards in Sunday’s game. He could be a viable option going forward. There just isn’t enough stats on him.

If Olsen was your tight end, Thomas would not be my first waiver option. I would much prefer someone like Jonnu Smith because you kind of know what you are getting. With that said Thomas does have more upside in my opinion. So it’s really up to personal preference and what your matchup needs are.

Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers

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Breida continues to suffer from an ankle injury. This injury has really limited his availability. This has also Jeff Wilson Jr. getting more carries. On Sunday he had 15 carries for 61 yards.

Breida’s season has been plagued with injuries. None of these being major. This is part of the problem. Because he has only suffered minor injuries, he has not been held out for extended periods of time. This has not allowed his body to fully recover from these injuries.

I say this because it ties into a theory of mine. I think the Niners will rest Breida for the rest of the season. They get no benefit from playing him. They know what they’ll get from him next season and they are also sitting at 2-10. So if you are a Breida owner make sure to keep up with news on him.


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About Dylan Small

Dylan Small is from Virginia and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. Dylan has been playing fantasy football for the past 5 years and he loves the RB heavy draft strategy. Ask him fantasy questions on twitter @DylanSmallFF1

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