The 2013 fantasy football season is coming to a close and while we hope you crushed your league this year, if you didn’t, there’s a pretty good chance that one of the guys below could be the reason for your shortcomings.
There were several high profile injuries in the NFL this season and below, we take a look at the biggest of the big – the ones that kill a fantasy team. The only criterion for making the team is that the player had to have missed at least five of his regular fantasy season games (12 games, week 1 to 13).
Here’s to hoping you dodged these fantasy team killers this season!
The 2013 All IR Fantasy Football Team
Michael Vick: Vick was the 15th quarterback off the board (ESPN ADP) and after massive weeks 1 and 2, was probably the starter for most of the people that drafted him. He followed up those weeks with two more double digit fantasy weeks before getting hurt in week 5 (he still ended with 11 points). Nick Foles entered that game against the Giants, threw two fourth quarter touchdowns, and the rest is history. Vick tried to give it a go in week 8 but reaggravated his balky hamstring and hasn’t played a snap since.
Arian Foster: Foster is arguably the biggest injury of the 2013 fantasy football season. He was the second player taken in drafts this year and had gone for double digits in four of six games to start the year including games of 15, 19 and 22 points.
Doug Martin: The consensus 5th overall pick in drafts this year, Martin went down in week 7 and was placed on IR shortly thereafter. Martin wasn’t tearing it up through the five games he did play, but crept into double digits in three of them. The Tampa offense was basically a wreck at the beginning of the season and it makes you wonder what Martin would have done in the system after the team made the switch to Mike Glennon.
Julio Jones: Jones was the 6th wide receiver off the board and on average, was the 23rd overall player drafted. Injured in week 5 against the Jets, Jones was leading all wideouts in receptions (41) and yardage (580) when he went down. Jones did not play another snap after week 5 and was placed on IR.
Reggie Wayne: Wayne wasn’t tearing it up when he went down in week 7 against Denver, but he was having another rock solid year. He only reached double digit fantasy points twice in seven games, but he was a lock for five catches and 50+ yards.
Randall Cobb: Cobb was the 12th wide receiver drafted in 2013 and was on a lot of preseason lists to breakout. He didn’t disappoint through four games, reaching at least 10 points in three of those weeks. Cobb’s season was cut short in week 6 when he broke his leg on the road at Baltimore.
Rob Gronkowski: Originally thought to be out 2-4 games, Gronk ended up missing the first six games of the season and put many a fantasy owner in a real bind. Knowing he was starting the year injured, fantasy players still made him the second TE drafted, coming off the board behind only Jimmy Graham. Gronk was Gronk after he came back though, reaching double digit fantasy points in all but one game.
Ahmad Bradshaw: The Colts backfield was all Bradshaw’s until he went down in week 3. After a bad first week, Bradshaw put up 13 points in week 2 and 16 points in week 3, the latter against a stout San Francisco defense.
Malcolm Floyd: Floyd injured his neck in week 2 (5 catches for 102 yards) and was placed on IR a couple weeks later. Given the resurgence of the Charger offense, Floyd might have been in for the monster season that Keenan Allen is enjoying as the number one receiver option in San Diego.
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