2021 Fantasy Football: Robert Woods Injury

by Preston White
2021 Fantasy Football: Robert Woods Injury

On the same day the Los Angeles Rams signed Odell Beckham Jr., they lost a trusted wide receiver in Robert Woods to a season-ending injury.

It was reported that Woods suffered a torn ACL during practice, and will miss the remainder of the 2021 NFL and Fantasy Football season.

Sadly, as we know all too well. injuries are a part of the NFL. No matter how skilled of a Fantasy Football manager you are, injuries are inevitable.

What separates a good player from a bad player is knowing how to press forward after losing a star player.

With that said, I'll be breaking down the available options for Fantasy Managers who just lost Robert Woods.

2021 Fantasy Football: Robert Woods Injury

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Injury Breakdown

With Woods out, someone on this team should see an increase in volume. The question is who?

It's hard to imagine Cooper Kupp could possibly gain any more volume, as Kupp is currently maintaining an insane 32% target share. That leaves Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson, and Tyler Higbee, as the primary potential volume funnels.

Van Jefferson was already trending up after the team parted ways with DeSean Jackson. Not to mention, Jefferson has been averaging nearly seven targets per game, over his last three games.

The situation primarily depends on Beckham Jr. though, and how much he has left in the tank. If Beckham Jr. doesn't have much left, Jefferson and Higbee should benefit. However, Beckham Jr. could easily earn his share of targets from Stafford, if he's still that highly talented wide receiver we saw in New York.

Waiver Wire Breakdown

For those in need of a wide receiver replacement, let's take a look at some waiver wire options. The following players are rostered in less than 60% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues:

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams

The easiest replacement for Woods might just be the receiver who had been lining up opposite to him. As I mentioned previously, Jefferson was already earning targets, even with Woods on the field.

It's not too likely Beckham Jr. takes any targets away from Jefferson, who was already boasting a 16.5% target share over his past three games. If anything Jefferson now has more upside with the personnel change from Woods to Beckham Jr.

At this point, Jefferson already has a connection with Stafford, and Stafford may have to depend on that connection if Beckham Jr. is washed, or simply takes time to learn the system. Jefferson is a solid piece in one of the leagues' most Fantasy friendly offenses.

A.J. Green, Arizona Cardinals

Green fostered many debates heading into the year, with regards to his Fantasy relevancy. Last year, Green was arguably one of the most inefficient wide receivers in the league.

However, it seems as if Green has improved enough to be Fantasy relevant once again. Per FantasyPros, Green was the WR31 through the first eight weeks of the season. If Kyler Murray can get back up to full health, Green should have no issue staying in the WR3 conversation.

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

The fact that Bateman is still available in just about half of Yahoo leagues is mind-boggling. Since returning from injury, and making his NFL debut in Week 6, Bateman has impressed early and often.

Through his first four games, Bateman is averaging a 19.7% target share. More importantly, Lamar Jackson is throwing at a career-high rate.

Jackson is currently averaging 7.5 more pass attempts per game, than his highest season average. This is allowing Bateman to still be relevant, earning 8 targets in each of his last two games.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants

The only reason Shepard managed to make this list is due to his injuries. This is clearly disappointing because when healthy, Shepard is a proven Fantasy producer.

It's a small sample, but in Shepard's three full games this season, he's averaging 11 targets per game. Even so, Shepard is averaging 7.8 targets per game, across the past two seasons, which includes multiple games Shepard left early.

Currently, the Giants are on a bye this week, which may provide Shepard with the rest he needs. Shepard is a must add as he should be an instant starter in Week 11, so long as he manages a productive week at practice.


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