Week 16 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.
Here are the most relevant players on the main slate in danger of missing time or returning to action in Week 16:
Questionable for the Saints: Michael Thomas
Upgrade If Michael Thomas Does Not Play: Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Ted Ginn, Brandon Coleman, and Willie Snead
Michael Thomas popped up on the injury report out of nowhere with a hamstring injury. Late additions to the injury report are never good. Thus, unless we receive extremely good news on Sunday morning, I’m unfortunately completely avoiding Thomas now. But if Thomas sits, that just means more work for Kamara and Ingram. And if looking for a pass-catcher to roster in tournaments, Ted Ginn is your man.
IN for the Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott
Upgrade: Ezekiel Elliott
Zeke is back. And we should expect his guaranteed workload to return immediately. Zeke has averaged 23.9 carries per game in eight starts so far this season and an additional 3.25 targets per game as well. That’s a total of 27.15 opportunities per game. And now Zeke gets to play at home against a banged up Seahawks defense that had to play without LB K.J. Wright and with a less than 100% Bobby Wagner last week. Thus, this matchup is a lot better than it actually looks on paper. Don’t be afraid.