It happens every NFL Preseason. Players get hurt that impact fantasy football. It's something that no season long fantasy football fan wants to deal with. It's something that most season long fantasy football fans have to deal with. Injuries especially impact daily fantasy games.
Heading into NFL Preseason Week 3, these are the most impact injuries so far.
NFL Preseason Injuries That Will Affect Fantasy Teams
1. New England Patriots Guard Isaiah Wynn
New England's first pick in the NFL Draft, the Patriots considered playing Wynn at left tackle. Wynn had been playing right guard when he suffered an Achilles tear that will keep him out for the season. Wynn's loss could be the most important for NFL Fantasy Football players. Without Wynn, New England becomes even more thin along the offensive line.
Let's not forget that the Patriots traded LT Nate Solder to the New York Giants. Wynn's injury could mean New England has more trouble stopping pass rushers and opening holes for Patriot running backs.
How the Patriots are dealing with Wynn's injury – The Patriots acquired San Francisco right tackle Trent Brown. Brown will play left tackle for New England. In 2017, Brown allowed a single sack in 10 games started and 10 games played. He could be a better left tackle than Nate Solder. Or, he could help defensive ends and linebackers send Tom Brady into retirement.
2. Washington RB Derrius Guice
Before getting injured, Guice looked like the answer for Washington's running back woes. Washington hasn't had a true RB1 since Alfred Morris. Guice should have been that RB1. He won't be because he got hurt in Washington's first preseason game. Guice is out for the season. Washington must now lean on Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, and Chris Thompson. Consistency and Kelly aren't friends. Perine suffered an injury in NFL Preseason Week 2 while Chris Thompson is working through his injury.
Even when Thompson is healthy, he's a passing down back, not a carry the workload back. Nobody knows how long Perine sits on the bench with his injury. One other running back, Byron Marshall, is out 2 to 4 weeks.
How Washington is dealing with Guice's injury – On Monday, August 20, the DC'ers signed Adrian Peterson. Peterson, one of the best running backs in NFL history, last played for the Arizona Cardinals. If he's got anything left, he automatically becomes Washington's top work horse back if Perine's and Marshall's injuries turn out to be worse than previously thought. Washington doesn't seem to want Kelley to be their RB1 even though they said that, as of now, he is their RB1. Washington might be the perfect situation for AP. Is he worth a late flier? I think, yes.
3. Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry
Heading into training camp, the Bolts bullishness on Henry led to them cutting Antonio Gates. Henry got injured and is out for the season. How big of a blow could Henry's injury be on the Los Angeles Chargers?
Quarterback Philip Rivers and tight-end Antonio Gates hold the record for most touchdowns for a QB/TE tandem. Rivers and Gates connected for 86 touchdowns. Throughout his entire career, Philip Rivers has thrown to tight-ends. Almost always, that tight-end was Antonio Gates. Now that L.A. cut Gates, and Hunter Henry is sidelined for the season, Philip Rivers might have trouble finding his next security blanket.
How the Chargers are dealing with Henry's injury – Coach Anthony Lynn said that RB Melvin Gordon will figure more prominently in the passing game. Gordon caught 58 passes last season for 476 yards. He caught 4 touchdown passes. Gordon has spent most of training camp working on his route running. Lynn's strategy might just pay off. Gordon's worth a Round 1 pick in fantasy drafts just because of his new found importance in the Chargers' passing attack.
4. Buffalo Bills QB A.J. McCarron
McCarron broke his collarbone in Preseason Week 2. Buffalo had signed McCarron to keep the quarterback seat warm for Josh Allen. While with the Cincinnati Bengals, McCarron showed flashes that he could be a starting signal-caller in the NFL. Before his injury, he was bullish on his chances to win the starting quarterback job over both Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen. In his first preseason game with the Bills, he completed 7 of 10 for 116 yards. Now, McCarron must wait for yet another chance to prove he's a QB1.
Although no season long fantasy football fans had plans to start McCarron, the Bills offense projected to score more points this season than it did last season. McCarron could have been either a hot waiver pick up, or a stash to play later.
How are the Bills dealing with McCarron's injury – Buffalo rookie Josh Allen took snaps with the first team on Sunday and Monday. Allen could start at quarterback. That might not be what coach Sean McVeigh wants. McVeigh knows he might have an issue at left tackle. Buffalo traded starter Cordy Glen to Cincinnati to move up in Round 1. Dion Dawkins, who Buffalo lists first on the depth chart, might not move his feet well enough to block the best defensive ends and linebackers. Starting Josh Allen could be a disaster.
No matter who Buffalo starts, stay away. Also, remember that LeSean McCoy's fantasy stats could suffer unless the Bills trade for a true starting quarterback.
5. Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin
Although I list it fifth, Martin's injury might be the most important for season long fantasy players. Because they released wide receiver Dez Bryant and because tight-end Jason Witten retired, the Cowboys, more than ever, will count on running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott's fast. He's not fast enough to get the edge every time. Martin also protects the pocket for Dak Prescott. Without Martin, Dallas can't do nearly as many of the things on offense that they want to do.
How are the Cowboys dealing with Martin's injury – Martin believes that he'll be ready Week 1 when Dallas battles the Carolina Panthers. If he isn't, the Cowboys offensive line is deep enough to weather Martin's loss. That doesn't mean Zeke is a great fantasy play against the Panthers in Week 1. Carolina's defense remains one of the better units in the NFC. Play Zeke, of course, if you've got him on your season long fantasy team. Right now, he's a pass for all daily fantasy games.