Fantasy football is simple in theory. You build a team made up of real players in real leagues and your performance is dictated by how well those players do on a week to week basis during the regular NFL season. Unfortunately a string of recent injuries has put a dampener on the outlook of many who take part in these fantasy football leagues. A lot of people were unhappy on the outcome. Here are a few of the early injuries that plagued this football season by week four.
Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles hadn’t even played a game before his status was put in doubt by an illness.
Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints obtained a knee injury that limited his ability to play during the pregame injury report, but he was eventually removed from the list.
LeSean McCoy of Bills fame incurred an injury to his ribs and Marcus Murphy was also in dire shape. Both were listed as questionable to play in games, putting a lot of pressure on other players after the team smashed the Vikings.
The Texans were in trouble after their receiver DeAndre Hopkins landed a slew of injuries–hamstring, thumb and ankle–that earned him a questionable to play listing. Will Fuller’s status was also limited.
Keenan Allen of the Chargers was also having trouble keeping the pace when the team was poised to face the 49ers.
Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos injured his knee during a pregame injury report.
Leonary Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to a right hamstring strain after a week one game.
Aaron Rodgers of the Packers was listed as questionable to play in week four after a knee injury took him out. Randall Cobb had a hamstring injury, and Jimmy Graham also turned up on the injury report early on.
Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins injured his right shoulder.
Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans injured his right elbow.
Perhaps the Patriots had the most to overcome early on in the season with a wave of players falling to questionable status on the injury report–eleven in all. Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski were among those whose ability to play was in doubt. That’s bad timing since Julian Edelman was still suspended at the time.
Of course some of these players would inevitably make it off the injury list and continue to play, but the early injuries took their toll on fantasy football.