Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Recap: Doug Martin, Ben Tate Updates

Doug Martin
Doug Martin

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Buccaneers: Doug Martin Dealing With “Minor” Leg Injury

Here we go again. After gaining just nine yards on nine total carries, which makes Trent Richardson look like Adrian Peterson), Martin left the game in the third quarter, but was actually able to come back onto the field for a snap in the 4th.

Over the past two years, Martin has dealt with various injuries after being heavily utilized in his rookie season. He missed the majority of 2013 due to a torn labrum and is now dealing with a knee/leg injury that head coach Lovie Smith insists is minor. Smith went on to say that Martin could have played, but he decided to go with backup Bobby Rainey, who scored on a short reception in the loss.

Fantasy impact: The good news for Martin owners is that it seems like he has avoided any type of significant injury and will likely suit up for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. The Panthers boasted one of the top rush defenses in 2013, and looked in mid-season form on Sunday, so I wouldn’t worry too much about Martin’s lack of production. Martin will be fine, and I’d rather use my waiver claim on Terrance West or Justin Forsett as opposed to Rainey, who I imagine will resume backup duties.

Ben Tate

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Browns: Ben Tate Injures Knee

It didn’t take long for Tate, who struggled staying on the field in Houston, to get hurt again. Tate exited Sunday’s game against the Steelers after suffering an apparent knee injury, though it didn’t seem apparent at the time that he had been hurt.

After picking up 25 yards on a nice run to the left in the 2nd quarter, Tate didn’t see another snap, and finished the day with six carries for 45 yards. It’s troubling that Tate left the game without anything obvious occurring, and to make things worse, the fact that he didn’t play another down after leaving the game makes me think that Tate might be dealing with something more serious.

Fantasy impact: Tate owners need to add rookie West if he’s still on the waiver wire. If Tate were to miss any time, West will likely see the majority of the carries with Isaiah Crowell sprinkled in.  This is obviously a situation worth monitoring, and we’ll keep you posted on the latest.

Andre Ellington

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Cardinals: Andre Ellington Looks Good on MNF

After initial reports came out saying that Ellington could miss up to 4-6 weeks with a foot injury, the fantasy football community was pleasantly surprised with Ellington suiting up Monday night against the Chargers. Even with an injured foot, he total 80 yards on 18 touches.

The Cardinals have come out and said that the type of injury Ellington has can’t be made worse by playing on it, which means it’s likely just a pain tolerance issue. What concerns me is that Ellington was seen limping after a few of his runs, and even asked to come out of the game late in the game. Ellington will have to wait for the Cardinals’ Week 4 bye to get any type of rest.

Fantasy impact: This is a nightmare scenario for Ellington owners. Ideally, the Cardinals would rest him until he feels closer to 100%, which would allow owners to bench him with confidence and wait until he feels better before plugging him into lineups. The problem now though is that we’ll see a less than 100% Ellington on the field, which makes it a dicey proposition to start him on a weekly basis. The Giants’ run defense looked solid in Week 1, so I’d lean towards benching Ellington and avoiding the Cardinals backfield altogether until we see more (good or bad) from Ellington.

Quick Hits:

Eagles placed LG Evan Mathis on injury reserve/designated to return with sprained MCL. Mathis has been PFF’s number one ranked guard the past three seasons…Redskins TE Jordan Reed is dealing with a week-to-week hamstring injury. I wouldn’t plan on expecting him to play Week 2…Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart sprained his ankle against the Eagles after getting horse collared from behind. He was able to return to action after missing some snaps, and has been limited in practice up to this point…Jordan Cameron exited in the 3rd quarter after aggravating his shoulder, which had forced him to miss 10 days of training camp. No word yet as to how serious it is just yet…Looks like Eddie Lacy is “optimistic” regarding his playing status for Week 2…

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