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WR Percy Harvin (SEA) – As a huge fan of Percy Harvin’s the news of this injury really disappointed me. Harvin was one of the first injuries to come down this off-season and as of now is looking at what is potentially going to be season ending hip surgery. Recent reports state that the surgery may not be season ending, but nonetheless is still going to mean Harvin is likely to miss most of the season. Golden Tate is the name that comes to mind when trying to think of who is going to make up for the loss of Percy Harvin, but remember Percy was not with the team last year so they could return to more of a 2012 game plan.
WR Danario Alexander (SD) – Damn, this sucks. I really wanted to see some more great things from Alexander this year, but it will not be. The often injured WR has reportedly suffered a torn ACL in training camp and will likely miss the entire 2013 season. This is terrible news for Philip Rivers who used Danario as his replacement for Vincent Jackson last year. Young standout Vincent Brown who is waiting for his opportunity to breakout has also missed the last week of practice with an injury. I originally had Rivers pegged as a bounce back player with draft value upside, but with this news I will be avoiding Rivers in every draft this year. The injury could mean more work for Brown once he is healthy and perhaps more work for pass-catching RBs on the roster.
WR Jeremy Maclin (PHI) – Maclin is another player I have grown a soft spot for over his career. Perhaps it is the constant convincing of others that he is a better football player than DeSean Jackson that has earned him my appreciation, but nonetheless the guy can’t stay healthy. Over his career Maclin has missed multiple stretches of games due to ‘soft tissue injuries’ and will now miss the entire 2013 season with a serious hip injury. DeSean will get a boost but is to one-dimensional to make a huge leap up while Riley Cooper has put himself in very hot water with some choice words and is not working with the team. Things are not looking good so far for Chip Kelly, Vick and the Eagles, it could be another very long season in Philadelphia.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND) – The Colts signed Heyward-Bey in the off-season to add another deep threat to the team and to help spread out defences for veteran Reggie Wayne and young standout T.Y. Hilton. However, it is being reported that Heyward-Bey has suffered a knee injury in camp and might miss significant time. Recent reports I have read say it could be an MCL injury. Wayne and Hilton are still the only Colts WRs I will be targeting.
WR Armond Binns (MIA) – Not massively fantasy relevant as Binns was competing for the #3 WR spot in Miami behind both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. With Binns out for the season the Dolphins will be looking towards a large group of young and untested talent to take the opportunity to prove themselves and make the roster. Could mean more looks for Dustin Keller, the teams starting TE.
TE Dennis Pitta (BAL) – Man I would not want to be depending on Joe Flacco as my quarterback this season. Anquan Boldin is now with the 49’ers and Dennis Pitta is down for the entire season with an injury now as well; who the hell is Flacco going to throw to across the middle?!? Torrey Smith is a talented but inconsistent receiver and best used as a deep threat, it looks as though TE Ed Dickson is primed to start moving up the draft board despite suffering a minor injury himself recently.
C Dan Koppen (DEN) – The loss of a talented starting centre is never good for an offence and its quarterback, but if anyone can overcome the loss and still produce elite level numbers it is Peyton Manning. Manning is one of the least sacked quarterbacks ever it seems as he always know how and when to get rid of the ball. This injury is not affecting my fantasy rankings of Peyton Manning.
LT Bryan Bulaga (GB) – The starting left tackle is reportedly out for the season and will not be available to protect Aaron Rodgers blind side, something the Packers were really hoping to have shored up this season. It is no secret that the Packers are a pass-first offence and are going to want Rodgers on his feet as much as possible. With his blindside protector out for the season and backups forced to fill the role, Rodgers could be on his back more often than he wants.