The 2017-18 NFL season has been more of a nightmare than a fantasy for dream team pickers, with players dropping like flies across the country even before the season even started. It’s likely that you’ve already lost at least one or two star players from your fantasy NFL team. Of course, American football is a tough game and it is played hard and fast by the biggest and the best. As such, it is inevitable that players will get hurt, and that impacts fantasy team managers every bit as much as the real thing. But it has to be said, 2017-18 so far has been a brutal season, even by NFL standards.
As of this morning’s injury lists, the San Francisco 49ers have 18 injured players while the Baltimore Ravens have 17. Of course, some of these injuries will only affect players for a week or two and the players will be back earning you points again before you know it.
However, the number of players out for the rest of the season already, when we are barely halfway through, is astounding. Of the 17 Ravens watching the game rather than taking part, a full seven will be doing so for the rest of the season. The Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots are all down six players for the rest of the season while the Raiders, the Eagles, the Texans, the Bengals, the Bears and the Bills have all lost four for the rest of the term.
NFL teams are ridiculously large, with strength in depth, so you might think that these numbers aren’t really that significant until you check your fantasy team sheet. The number of star players out so far in 2017 is almost as surprising as the overall numbers.
Just look at quarterbacks alone. The Green Bay Packers’ talisman, Aaron Rodgers is out for the season with a broken collarbone, and he is joined by fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Colts, Zac Dysert of the Cowboys and Carson Palmer of the Cardinals.
The Ravens lost quarterback Joe Flacco just this week while Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill didn’t even make it out of pre-season in one piece.
Pre-season was also the end of the season for the Seahawks left tackle George Fant, the Chiefs’ running back Spencer Ware and the Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
While it all makes for one of the most competitive and even seasons for many years, a sudden loss of key players can seriously affect an NFL team’s odds of lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, as well as crippling your fantasy team’s chances.
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