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Players to Buy Returning From Injury in the Second Half

Man, this year has been absolutely brutal in fantasy football when it comes to injuries. We’ve lost the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham, Dalvin Cook, Julian Edelman, and Tyler Eifert for the season. If your team has been bitten hard by the injury bug and you’re a contender, consider making an offer for these players. They could be the extra push you need to get into the playoffs and win that dynasty championship.


  • Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Mr. Reliable himself finally went down with a major injury in Week 2 with a Jones fracture in his right foot. The Panthers placed Olsen on injured reserve, which means he is not eligible to return to game action until Week 12. Reports out of Carolina are positive, indicating that Olsen’s rehab is going well and that he could start practicing with the team as early as this week. Ed Dickson has been serviceable in Olsen’s absence, but there’s no doubt Cam could use an upgrade to his receiving corps.


  • Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Danny Woodhead battled a hamstring injury off and on during training camp entering the 2017 season. This is not uncommon for athletes coming off a major knee surgery, such as an ACL reconstruction. Baltimore acquired Woodhead to be their pass-catching running back out of the backfield, and in his limited game action, it was obvious the volume was going to be there. Prior to going down with a strained hamstring in his left leg in the first quarter of Week 1, Woodhead got 4 touches and turned them into 37 yards. His role in the offense with the emergence of Javorius Allen and Alex Collins is a bit unclear, but his price tag is so cheap, that he’s worth adding if you’re a contender. Woodhead is eligible to return to game action in Week 11.


  • Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns

Another year, another hand fracture for Browns’ receiver, Corey Coleman. Coleman spent time on the IR in 2016 with a fractured hand and suffered the same injury in Week 2. He underwent surgery shortly after in order to stabilize the bone. The Browns will gladly welcome him back, as they are desperate for pass catchers for their rotating QB carousel. Coleman is eligible to return to game action in Week 12.


  • Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills

Charles Clay finds himself on the injury report several times each season, as he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. This season, he’s on the injury report with a torn MCL and meniscus. He underwent arthroscopic surgery shortly after Week 5 when he injured the knee in order to trim the portion of the meniscus that was torn. Typically this surgery, in combination with a torn MCL, carries a 4-8 week recovery timeline, so Clay could return in the next couple of weeks. He has yet to return to practice, so he’s probably still a couple of weeks away. I expect Clay back around Week 11 or 12. Of note, Clay was the TE4 in PPR scoring. He’ll have value down the stretch.

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About Matthew Betz

I'm a sports and orthopedic physical therapist currently working in Burlington, VT. I've been a sports fan my entire life and when I became a PT, I decided to combine my two passions into one awesome hobby. My goal is to provide injury analysis and information so that you can win your next dynasty title. Follow me on twitter: @TheFantasyPT