The SFFS brings you a few players that were placed on Injured Reserve early this season but are nearing eligibility to come back and to play. An early pick up here could save your team, or put it in prime position to make a playoff run!
Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panthers- Eligible to play week 12
Greg Olsen is nearly back to practice after suffering a foot injury in week two and while he isn’t running or cutting yet in practice, his recovery thus far is promising. He has been testing the foot out and looks to be inline to play in the week 12 matchup with the New York Jets. With Kelvin Benjamin traded away to the Buffalo Bills, Olsen could become Cam Newton’s primary target and regain his role as Mr. Security Blanket – frayed edges and all. With the Tight End landscape as dreadful as it is, Olsen is definitely worth a stash on your bench.
Corey Coleman, WR Cleveland Browns – Eligible to play week 12
Before Coleman broke his right hand in week two of the 2017 season, the Brown’s #1 receiver produced 16 fantasy points for his week one fantasy owner (PPR), finding pay dirt in the endzone on five catches for nearly sixty yards. That performance would mark the first of only two times a Browns WR has scored more than 16 fantasy points in a game thus far into the season! Ouch.
With talk that Kenny Britt may not be a Brown after the bye week, there is even more room for Coleman to breakthrough as a WR3 candidate as the Brown’s leading receiver. The Browns QB situation is a mess, but if Coleman comes back healthy, he will be a low-floor, high-ceiling add.
Danny Woodhead, RB Baltimore Ravens- Eligible to play week 11
Before leaving Baltimore’s week one contest with the Cincinnati Bengals, Danny Woodhead looked like he was the focal point of the Ravens’ offense, catching three passes for 33 yards and carrying once for four yards on the their first drive of the game. Expected to lead the Ravens in receptions in 2017 before his hamstring injury, that may still end up being the case once Danny returns in week 11 against the Green Bay Packers. Woodhead’s fill-in, Javorius Allen leads the team with 32 receptions, but has averaged only 4.5 yards per catch! No Ravens’ wide receiver has more than 19 catches, and Baltimore’s air-attack has looked atrocious without the diminutive Woodhead. Though Alex Collins has seized the early down role for the Ravens, he has virtually no role as a receiver. Danny should slide right back into his pass-catching/ third-down role, and should be a lock for 5-7 receptions a game. Woodhead is a must-add in PPR formats.
OTHER PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Minnesota Vikings:
Teddy could possibly return from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list in week 10. If so, he could very well be starting under center on November 12 vs. the Washington Redskins.
Aaron Rodgers, QB Green Bay Packers:
Placed on IR on October 20th, Rodgers is no sure bet to return this season. But if he does, it will be no earlier than week 15, right in time for the fantasy playoffs. Worth a speculative add in very deep leagues.
Malcom Mitchell, WR New England Patriots:
Placed on IR due to a knee injury, Mitchell has started running again. Eligible to return in week 12, he would be a boon to an injury-depleted Patriots’ receiving corps.