In week 2 of the NFL season the injury bug bit players all over the league especially at the running back position. The biggest injury of all the running backs was Adrian Peterson. Peterson was a unanimous top 5 pick in all leagues and was thought to be the best RB in the fantasy sports world. Im not sure witch is a bigger disappointment his play or the injury. AP was absolute garbage in week 1 finishing with 3 Fantasy points and was on his way to another stinker on Sunday night. I’m on the record saying that I didn’t believe that Peterson would be able to withstand anther season at the age of 31. This injury might just be the end of an era for one of the greatest running backs of all time. But…….. it opens the door for one of the most promising young wide outs in the NFL. Who might that be? Enter Sephon Diggs stage left. Diggs and been a fantasy god this season with 36 points in 2 weeks of football. This production is what owners thought they were getting when they selected Peterson. With AP down McKinnon will be more active in the passing game making life easier on Bradford.
Another big injury was to the muscle hamster Doug Martin. If you listened to me in must own handcuffs you are sitting pretty with Charles Sims there to pick up the slack left by Martin. Sims reaced 1,000 total yards last season as a backup and is more than capable of a RB1 work load. Its unclear the severity of Martins injury but its looking like he might miss a few games.
Other key injuries Danny Woodhead, Johnathan Stewart and Ameer Abdullah. Stewart and Abdullah are most likely be out a few weeks but Woodhead it gone with a tear in his ACL. This is extremely sad news for the pass catching back for the chargers, this comes just one week after losing Keenan Allen to the same injury. The show must go on and expect Melvin Gordon to have his work load increase over the next few games. The little rumor bird is flying around saying they are close to reaching a deal with Dexter McCluster. His skill set is almost exactly what Woodhead is and creates instant PPR value if used the same way.
Fantasy football is a guessing game and it takes luck and knowledge to win it all. But one constant remains running backs come and go like the wind so you better hit on the ones you draft and pray for no injury.