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Let the “Fantasy Doctor” keep all of your teams in shape throughout the season. In this newsletter, you’ll find important injury news and notes on some key fantasy players around the sports world.
Newton fractures bones in back in accident
What happened: Panthers QB Cam Newton was in a car accident on Tuesday and suffered two fractures in the tranverse process (lower back)
Player/team outlook: Newton’s injury from the wreck is similar to what Tony Romo suffered on the field. Carolina needs to prepare to be without Newton for likely the next two games.
Fantasy recommendation: From a fantasy standpoint, Newton probably being out couldn’t come at a worse time for teams relying on him for the playoffs. Search for the likes of Eli Manning as a replacement
Not-so-real McCoy? Another QB change possible in Washington
What happened: Redskins’ Colt McCoy sustained a neck injury late inSunday’s game against the Rams.
Player/team outlook: It doesn’t appear to be serious and he might be able to play this week. The Redskins haven’t had stability at the QB spot for a few years and could give Robert Griffin III another start.
Fantasy recommendation: Neither McCoy or RGIII should be starting for your squad in the postseason, but if you’re in a very deep league and these are your only options, both should be on your roster until a decision on who’s starting is announced.
Charles in charge: Keep an eye on Jamaal this week (knee, ankle)
What happened: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles briefly left the game vs. the Cardinals with an ankle injury. He was able to return.
Player/team outlook: Charles has had an ankle issue this season and now is also dealing with a swollen knee. Kansas City’s offense has home run potential on any play when he’s on the field and he showed that on Sundaywith a long TD run.
Fantasy recommendation: At this point, if Charles has been your stud at RB, you should have had his backup Knile Davis as a handcuff option. Pay close attention to the situation near game time and don’t be afraid to use Davis if Charles can’t play.
Back becomes latest issue for Lopez: Nets’ C missing time
What happened: Brook Lopez strained his lower back and hopes to return in the next few days.
Player/team outlook: The setback is a tough one for Lopez, who was coming off his best stretch of play so far this season. Brooklyn, unfortunately, has become used to playing without him through the last few years, mostly due to foot problems.
Fantasy recommendation: Lopez was hot before the injury and now his stock drops down again. He has to stay on your roster, while teammates Mason Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic could be worth spot starts if Lopez misses significant time.
Duck off ice: Knee injury keeping Perry out
What happened: Anaheim Ducks leading scorer Corey Perry injured his knee last week and was placed on injured reserve.
Player/team outlook: Perry had 14 goals and 8 assists in 23 games this season. The Ducks have to hope it’s just a short-term setback and he can return to action very soon.
Fantasy recommendation: As one of the top wingers in the game, Perry owners are on the edge of their seats hoping for good news over the next few days. He can’t be replaced by anyone on the waiver wire so look for best options on a week-to-week basis if Perry stays out.
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