Divisional Round DFS Injury Impact
Injuries and players missing time for other reasons are always a big deal in fantasy football but even more so in DFS where one player’s issues can completely alter an entire game and the next man up mantra becomes vital due to the salary cap nature of DFS. Thus, it’s important to stay on top of all the injury and suspension news before locking in your DFS lineups.
Editor’s note: DFS Pass buyers and #FootClan members will receive a “Gameday Alerts” email before the first kickoff on Saturday and Ben will be on Periscope on Saturday morning.
Here are the most relevant players on the main slate in danger of missing time or returning to action on Divisional Round Weekend:
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – Saturday 4:35pm ET
Questionable for the Chiefs: Spencer Ware
Upgrade if Ware sits: Damien Williams
Post-Kareem Hunt, Damien Williams averaged six fewer opportunities per game in contests where Spencer Ware played. Thus, the status of Ware is very important this week. Ware was able to practice on a limited basis and the thought is that he is going to play. However, if he’s surprisingly ruled out once again just like in Week 17, Williams would then look like one of the best plays on the entire slate at his affordable price, while playing at home on a Chiefs team that finished the regular season ranked first in yards per game and first in points per game. The Colts have been strong against the run as they finished the regular season ranked eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fourth in Run DVOA. However, Indianapolis’ strength of schedule was very easy. Facing the Chiefs in Kansas City in January is another story.
Questionable but expected to play for the Chiefs: Sammy Watkins
Upgrade: Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins is expected back this week per Ian Rapoport and that instantly puts him in play in tournaments at home on a Chiefs team that finished the regular season ranked first in yards per game and first in points per game. He gets to play in the best fantasy game of the weekend against a Colts defense that finished the regular season ranked 16th in passing yards allowed per game and 20th in Pass DVOA. Watkins was no slouch in the Chiefs’ offense when healthy this season. He averaged 5.5 targets per game in 10 contests and that includes multiple games where he left early due to injury.