Another starting QB went down in NFL Week 7. That wasn't the only injury that could have an effect on future NFL DraftKings DFS Teams. Check out a list of the major injuries that are bound to affect the most DFS decisions.
Arizona Cardinals – QB Carson Palmer
Palmer broke his arm in Arizona's horrific 0 to 33 loss to the L.A. Rams in Week 7. At first, most thought Palmer might be able to return. He didn't. It wasn't until after the game that Arizona coach Bruce Arians said that Palmer should miss 8 weeks after surgery.
Palmer's injury is yet another to plague the bad luck Cardinals this season. Losing top season-long fantasy player RB David Johnson was horrible. Then, right when the Cardinals appeared to have solved their rushing issues by trading for RB Adrian Peterson, their starting QB goes down.
There's a lot of talent on the Arizona Cardinals' bench. Quarterback after Palmer isn't one of them. Rumors swirled during the draft that the Cards were going to draft Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. The Cardinals didn't. Now, they're stuck with Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton.
As far as the rest of the players on Arizona's team are concerned, it's tough to back anyone now that Palmer is out. The great Larry Fitzgerald could try and carry the Cards. He, along with Adrian Peterson, might be worth a look in DFS contests. This is especially true since the salary for both shouldn't be exorbitant by any means.
Baltimore Ravens – WR Mike Wallace
Wallace left the game due to a vicious hit from Minnesota player Andrew Sendejo. He didn't return. Wallace might have a concussion. What does it mean? It means that Baltimore's molasses of an offense just got worse. At least, M-Dub could open the middle up by taking one cornerback down the sideline. Now, what's Joe Flacco going to throw for? He's already averaging 157 yards per game. Maybe, Flacco ends up throwing for 155 yards per game. I'm not sure any Ravens' players is worth adding to any DFS team.
Carolina Panthers – C Ryan Kalil
Kalil reaggravated a neck injury that had sidelined him for 5 weeks. Without Kalil, the suspect Carolina offensive line could be worse. That's not good news for Carolina. The Panthers are suddenly behind the Saints in the NFC South. New Orleans looks poised to run away with the division. Kalil's injury could also affect QB Cam Newton's play. After a couple of stunning weeks, Cam fell back down to earth big time. He was terrible versus Chicago. Round 1 draft pick RB Christian McCaffrey hasn't been the world-beater everyone expected him to be.
Cleveland Browns – LT Joe Thomas
Joe Thomas had played 10,363 consecutive snaps before tearing a tricep tendon in the the third quarter of Cleveland's 9 to 12 loss to Tennessee in Week 7. Thomas is one of the most talented left tackles in the NFL. It's a shame that he's going to miss the rest of the season.
Thomas' injury should demolish what's already been a terrible Cleveland Browns' offense. RB Isaiah Crowell has still to get on track. Rookie QB DeShone Kizer was benched this Sunday, again. This time the Browns benched Kizer for Cody Kessler.
The Browns were a mess before the Joe Thomas injury. Thomas' injury should all but seal the deal for the Browns to go 0 and 16. Yes, that's a legitimate possibility now that Cleveland blew the once chance they've had all season at garnering a win.
One sliver of hope for DFS players, though, is RB Duke Johnson Jr. DraftKings awards a point for every reception. Duke Johnson Jr. has great pass-catching skills. He'll never go off more than the $5,500 range, making him a solid flex player in many DFS contests. Duke managed to record close to 14 fantasy points in Week 7.
Dallas Cowboys – K Dan Bailey
Dan Bailey is out weeks with a groin injury. I'm not sure it's PC to say this, but…really? How the heck did Bailey get a groin injury? Come on, Dan. You didn't stretch your groin? Losing Bailey is a big deal. He's the most accurate kicker in NFL history.
The Cowboys said that they're working out the following players this week: Mike Nugent, Jason Meyers, Younghoe Koo, and Sam Irwin-Hill. My guess, is that Nugent gets the job. He played extensively for the Cincinnati Bengals. He's made 236 of 292 field goals. If Dallas doesn't give the job to Nugent, Irwin-Hill looks like a lock. Irwin-Hill made it all the way to Dallas' final round of cuts. He knows the Cowboys' coaching staff.
Whomever gets the starting job, Bailey's loss could affect how aggressively the Boys play in the red zone. If the Boys' coaches don't have faith in their kicker, expect them to be even more aggressive than they usually are in the red zone. That could bolster the fantasy stats for QB Dak Prescott. If Prescott has to be even more effective because Ezekiel Elliott is out for any length of time, his fantasy stats could explode with a new kicker.
Cam Robinson – LT Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson sprained his ankle in Jacksonville's impressive 27 to 0 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. Sure, the Colts aren't a good team. Jacksonville played without their best player, rookie RB Leonard Fournette, though. The Jags still spanked the Colts. Robinson, like Fournette, should return in NFL Week 9. The Jags have a bye in NFL Week 8.
Miami Dolphins – QB Jay Cutler
The Dolphins confirmed on Monday that Jay Cutler has cracked ribs. It's going to take 3 to 4 weeks before he has no more pain. Instead of fretting about the situation, Cutler's injury actually helped the Dolphins do what they've been wanting to do, bench Cutler for Matt Moore.
The only reason the Fins beat the Jets this past Sunday is because Cutler got hurt. Moore came into the game and rallied the Fins to a 31 to 28 win over the rival Jets. That's a big deal because by beating NYJ, Miami is now 4 and 2. That makes the Fins tied with New England atop the NFC East Division.
Moore could add a spark to Miami's offense. Jarvis Landry caught 7 of 11 for 93 yards and a TD in the win over the Jets. He's the key player from Miami for all Draftkings DFS contests. The Fins have proven they can win without RB Jay Ajayi winning the game. They haven't proven they can win without WR Jarvis Landry having a big game.
Tennessee Titans – TE Delanie Walker
Walker has what's being described as a bone bruise in his ankle. The Titans get the week off. Walker should be able to suit up in NFL Week 9. The Titans' offense could get back on track by throwing the football to Delanie Walker.
That's it for NFL Week 7. I'll post my top quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers for NFL Week 8 on Wednesday.