While it is impossible to predict injuries, there are several players that seem to get hurt every year. Let’s take a look some of those “injury-prone” players for the upcoming 2013 fantasy football season. I am not saying that you should completely stay away from these players, but you need to draft them with caution.
During McFadden’s 5 year pro career he is yet have have a complete season and he is easily one of the most injury prone players in the league. You will probably hear nothing but great reports on him during the preseason and this will raise his average draft position in most fantasy drafts. When healthy he is still one of the best running backs in the league, but staying healthy seems to be impossible for him. He has missed 20 games during his career and I see no reason why you should draft McFadden unless he slips to the late middle rounds.
Bush is getting a lot of hype with his new home with the Lions and while it seems like a perfect fit for his style, let’s not forget about his injury history. He has only missed 1 game in the last 2 years, but during the 4 years prior he missed a total of 20 games. It’s encouraging that Bush has been able to stay pretty healthy recently and he does have 2 straight seasons with over 1,000 total yards, but I am having a hard time overlooking his injury history.
Robert Griffin III
RGIII is one of the most exciting young players in the league and I hope he is able to stay healthy this year, but before you draft him you need to know his injury history. He is currently recovering from ACL surgery and he had a similar injury in college. You need to keep this in mind on draft day because at this point I think you have to put an injury tag on the young Redskins quarterback. He is still worth a mid round pick as a high upside quarterback, although if you draft him you might want to get a solid backup just in case.
The potential for Amendola this year with the Patriots is thru the roof and if he didn’t have such an injury history he would be projected as a top 15 fantasy wide receiver this year. However, he has missed 16 games in the last 2 seasons and he just can’t seem to stay on the field. Amendola will step right into the Welker role for the Patriots and he will be asked to work a lot in the middle of the field. This scares me even more since he does have a history of concussions. He is certainly worth a risk in the early middle rounds, but just be sure you know exactly what you are getting if you draft him.
The first 4 years of his career Jones-Drew was solid and only missed 1 game during that span. However, in the last 3 seasons he has missed 12 games and it seems like he has a lot of injuries that could nag him for the rest of his career. Jones-Drew is an avid fantasy football player and if you you asked him where he should get drafted in fantasy leagues he would say the first pick. In all reality though, you need to proceed with extreme caution with this aging running back.
Ryan “Injury” Mathews has been one of the most frustrating fantasy running backs in recent history and he has burned a lot of owners over his first few years in the league. He has shown flashes of being a solid fantasy player, but that doesn’t really matter if you can’t stay on the field. Mathews just doesn’t seem to have the body to stay healthy in the NFL so draft with caution.
Since getting out of jail and returning to the NFL Vick hasn’t played more than 13 games in any of those 4 seasons. He still has the potential of adding extra value with his legs, but with all the injury history and the fact that he is now 33, you have to ask yourself is he worth the gamble. I have little faith that Vick will play all 16 games this year, so I don’t think it’s a good idea to draft Vick as a QB1.
Nicks is a great player and he could have a nice bounce back year if he is able to stay healthy. Staying healthy though is something that Nicks has had issues with throughout his career. He has missed at least 1 game each year during his 4 seasons in the NFL and it seems like it’s just one injury after another for Nicks. At 25 years old you would like to think that he can potentially shed this injury tag, but after 4 years of missing games it’s becoming harder to ignore.
Even though Big Ben is one of the toughest guys in the league he hasn’t played a full season since 2008 and that was his only full season he has ever played. He has so many nagging injuries at this point in his career it’s hard to keep track of them all. He has played through injuries his entire career, but at 31 years old you have to ask yourself how long will be able to continue to tough it out each Sunday.
Hear me out before you instantly call me an idiot for having him on this list. Jackson has been pretty durable throughout his career, missing only 2 games in the last 4 years and only 13 games total during his 9 year career. Even though he has avoided any major injuries I am worried about him for 2013. He has had over 270 touches for each of the last 8 years and I am not sure his 30 year old body will make it all the way through another season. The potential is certainly there for Jackson to have a monster year, I am just not sure if I want to take the gamble on him on draft day.