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What Does Evan Engram’s Lisfranc Surgery Mean for His 2020 Outlook?

Evan Engram, the New York Giants’ 25-year-old star tight end, underwent surgical fixation of a Lisfranc fracture of his foot in late December. A Lisfranc injury that requires surgery is a significant injury. It’s a subluxation (partial dislocation) of the usually very stable joints of the mid-foot that are required to run, cut and jump. It may or may not also involve a fracture. Lisfranc Injury Surgical Fixation of a Lisfranc Injury…...

Should Deebo Samuel’s Jones Fracture Move Him to Your Do Not Draft List?

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco’s top returning wide receiver, suffered a Jones fracture of his fifth metatarsal, a bone in his foot, and underwent surgical fixation on June 18, 2020.   Jones Fracture Fixation, Courtesy of Mark Adickes, MD. The obvious question for fantasy football managers is what should we expect from a WR many of us were planning on targeting in our drafts? I’ll just start by saying that if 99% of people reading this article have surgical fixation of a Jones fracture, you’ll do best and minimize problems if you take it easy for five months following surgery. But…...

Chris Carson’s Hip Fracture and What It Means for His 2020 Outlook

Chris Carson, Seattle’s lead running back, fractured his hip on December 30, 2019, playing against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. His hip fracture did not require surgery. This means that it was a stable fracture, almost assuredly of the proximal femur. That’s the end of the thigh bone that articulates at the hip, near the ball of that ball and socket joint…....

Should We Be Worried About Jarvis Landry’s Hip Surgery?

Jarvis Landry’s hip started bothering him during the 2019 preseason training camp. He was held out of much of camp and practiced sparingly throughout the season. He rested it three weeks after the season, trying to avoid surgery, and then played in the Pro Bowl. It was during that game, when he flared it up while just “jogging around” that he realized how much pain he was in. He decided that the non-operative route wasn’t working and elected to have surgery. Surgery was performed on February 4, 2020. During his arthroscopic hip surgery, his surgeon “shaved down some cartilage and…...

Should We Be Worried About Ben Roethlisberger’s Elbow?

Ben Roethlisberger injured his elbow during Week 2 of the 2019 season. He underwent an MRI, surgery and was placed on injured reserve. His back-ups, Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, performed suboptimally following Roethlisberger’s injury. I’m being kind here. The Steelers are regarded by many fantasy analysts as a ‘bounce-back’ or ‘buy low’ offense for the 2020 season. But the ability of Pittsburgh’s skill position players to produce for fantasy this year depends largely on Roethlisberger’s health, as no additional quarterbacks were added to the team. Specifically, our confidence in drafting JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, James Conner,…...

Patrick Mahomes May Return Sooner Than Expected, But Is That Wise? Dr. Jeffrey Budoff Discusses

Orthopedic surgeon and auction expert, Dr. Jeffrey Budoff, provides injury analysis for fantasy football owners during the 2019 NFL season. Today, he looks at the patellofemoral dislocation suffered by Patrick Mahomes. Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, left Week 7’s Thursday night game with a patellofemoral (kneecap) dislocation. This means that his kneecap dislocated out of its groove towards the outside of his leg.   This ended his night. An MRI reported the best case scenario, considering the circumstances: No cartilage damage and no additional injuries. His reported timeline for return to play is three to four…...

Injury Analysis from Dr. Budoff: Saquon Barkley Should Return as an Impact Player for the Fantasy Playoffs

Orthopedic surgeon and auction expert, Dr. Jeffrey Budoff, provides injury analysis for fantasy football owners during the 2019 NFL season. Today, he looks at the high ankle sprain suffered by Saquon Barkley. Barkley suffered a right high ankle sprain during Week 2. A high ankle sprain is an injury to the Syndesmotic Ligaments that hold the two bones below the knee, the tibia and the fibula, together. High ankle sprains usually occur during contact when the foot gets rotated away from the body. High ankle sprains make it very difficult to cut or change directions quickly, which precludes NFL athletes…...

Dr. Budoff’s Injury Analysis – Drew Brees Will Again Be A Fantasy Force Upon Eventual Return

Drew Brees, New Orlean’s future Hall of Fame quarterback, tore a ligament on his throwing thumb. In layman’s terms this injury is known as ‘Skier’s Thumb,’ as it’s the No. 1 injury from skiing. This happens when you wear pole straps and the pole jams against your thumb. So, when skiing, it’s not a bad idea to not wear pole straps to decrease the incidence of this injury. On to Brees: The torn ligament is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb’s metacarpophalangeal (MP) joint. It’s the ligament that provides stability to the thumb when gripping, which is required…...

Dr. Budoff and the Fantasy Football Injury Cheat Sheet for 2019 – Key Players to Place on Your “Do Not Draft” List

We all have them. There are players we want, and then there are those that we just don’t. Sometimes, we just don’t believe the hype that everyone else seems to, and they for more money than you’re willing to pay in auction drafts.1 Sometimes a player’s injury history lands them on your “Do Not Draft” list. That’s what I’m focusing on here — those players I’m personally avoiding because their past or present injuries give me a queasy, semi-nauseated feeling whenever I think about rostering them. Every player has value at a certain price. However, realistically speaking, when the price…...

An In-Depth Look at the Phillip Lindsay Injury

Phillip Lindsay, Denver’s Pro Bowl running back, sustained a serious wrist injury during his Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. He was placed on IR with what was reported to be a scaphoid fracture as well as a scapho-lunate ligament injury…....

What Does Evan Engram’s Lisfranc Surgery Mean for His 2020 Outlook?

Evan Engram, the New York Giants’ 25-year-old star tight end, underwent surgical fixation of a Lisfranc fracture of his foot in late December. A Lisfranc injury that requires surgery is a significant injury. It’s a subluxation (partial dislocation) of the usually very stable joints of the mid-foot that are required to run, cut and jump. It may or may not also involve a fracture. Lisfranc Injury Surgical Fixation of a Lisfranc Injury…...

Should Deebo Samuel’s Jones Fracture Move Him to Your Do Not Draft List?

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco’s top returning wide receiver, suffered a Jones fracture of his fifth metatarsal, a bone in his foot, and underwent surgical fixation on June 18, 2020.   Jones Fracture Fixation, Courtesy of Mark Adickes, MD. The obvious question for fantasy football managers is what should we expect from a WR many of us were planning on targeting in our drafts? I’ll just start by saying that if 99% of people reading this article have surgical fixation of a Jones fracture, you’ll do best and minimize problems if you take it easy for five months following surgery. But…...

Chris Carson’s Hip Fracture and What It Means for His 2020 Outlook

Chris Carson, Seattle’s lead running back, fractured his hip on December 30, 2019, playing against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. His hip fracture did not require surgery. This means that it was a stable fracture, almost assuredly of the proximal femur. That’s the end of the thigh bone that articulates at the hip, near the ball of that ball and socket joint…....

Should We Be Worried About Jarvis Landry’s Hip Surgery?

Jarvis Landry’s hip started bothering him during the 2019 preseason training camp. He was held out of much of camp and practiced sparingly throughout the season. He rested it three weeks after the season, trying to avoid surgery, and then played in the Pro Bowl. It was during that game, when he flared it up while just “jogging around” that he realized how much pain he was in. He decided that the non-operative route wasn’t working and elected to have surgery. Surgery was performed on February 4, 2020. During his arthroscopic hip surgery, his surgeon “shaved down some cartilage and…...

Should We Be Worried About Ben Roethlisberger’s Elbow?

Ben Roethlisberger injured his elbow during Week 2 of the 2019 season. He underwent an MRI, surgery and was placed on injured reserve. His back-ups, Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, performed suboptimally following Roethlisberger’s injury. I’m being kind here. The Steelers are regarded by many fantasy analysts as a ‘bounce-back’ or ‘buy low’ offense for the 2020 season. But the ability of Pittsburgh’s skill position players to produce for fantasy this year depends largely on Roethlisberger’s health, as no additional quarterbacks were added to the team. Specifically, our confidence in drafting JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, James Conner,…...

Patrick Mahomes May Return Sooner Than Expected, But Is That Wise? Dr. Jeffrey Budoff Discusses

Orthopedic surgeon and auction expert, Dr. Jeffrey Budoff, provides injury analysis for fantasy football owners during the 2019 NFL season. Today, he looks at the patellofemoral dislocation suffered by Patrick Mahomes. Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, left Week 7’s Thursday night game with a patellofemoral (kneecap) dislocation. This means that his kneecap dislocated out of its groove towards the outside of his leg.   This ended his night. An MRI reported the best case scenario, considering the circumstances: No cartilage damage and no additional injuries. His reported timeline for return to play is three to four…...

Injury Analysis from Dr. Budoff: Saquon Barkley Should Return as an Impact Player for the Fantasy Playoffs

Orthopedic surgeon and auction expert, Dr. Jeffrey Budoff, provides injury analysis for fantasy football owners during the 2019 NFL season. Today, he looks at the high ankle sprain suffered by Saquon Barkley. Barkley suffered a right high ankle sprain during Week 2. A high ankle sprain is an injury to the Syndesmotic Ligaments that hold the two bones below the knee, the tibia and the fibula, together. High ankle sprains usually occur during contact when the foot gets rotated away from the body. High ankle sprains make it very difficult to cut or change directions quickly, which precludes NFL athletes…...

Dr. Budoff’s Injury Analysis – Drew Brees Will Again Be A Fantasy Force Upon Eventual Return

Drew Brees, New Orlean’s future Hall of Fame quarterback, tore a ligament on his throwing thumb. In layman’s terms this injury is known as ‘Skier’s Thumb,’ as it’s the No. 1 injury from skiing. This happens when you wear pole straps and the pole jams against your thumb. So, when skiing, it’s not a bad idea to not wear pole straps to decrease the incidence of this injury. On to Brees: The torn ligament is the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb’s metacarpophalangeal (MP) joint. It’s the ligament that provides stability to the thumb when gripping, which is required…...

Dr. Budoff and the Fantasy Football Injury Cheat Sheet for 2019 – Key Players to Place on Your “Do Not Draft” List

We all have them. There are players we want, and then there are those that we just don’t. Sometimes, we just don’t believe the hype that everyone else seems to, and they for more money than you’re willing to pay in auction drafts.1 Sometimes a player’s injury history lands them on your “Do Not Draft” list. That’s what I’m focusing on here — those players I’m personally avoiding because their past or present injuries give me a queasy, semi-nauseated feeling whenever I think about rostering them. Every player has value at a certain price. However, realistically speaking, when the price…...

An In-Depth Look at the Phillip Lindsay Injury

Phillip Lindsay, Denver’s Pro Bowl running back, sustained a serious wrist injury during his Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. He was placed on IR with what was reported to be a scaphoid fracture as well as a scapho-lunate ligament injury…....

What Does Evan Engram’s Lisfranc Surgery Mean for His 2020 Outlook?

Evan Engram, the New York Giants’ 25-year-old star tight end, underwent surgical fixation of a Lisfranc fracture of his foot in late December. A Lisfranc injury that requires surgery is a significant injury. It’s a subluxation (partial dislocation) of the usually very stable joints of the mid-foot that are required…...

Should Deebo Samuel’s Jones Fracture Move Him to Your Do Not Draft List?

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco’s top returning wide receiver, suffered a Jones fracture of his fifth metatarsal, a bone in his foot, and underwent surgical fixation on June 18, 2020.   Jones Fracture Fixation, Courtesy of Mark Adickes, MD. The obvious question for fantasy football managers is what should we expect…...

Chris Carson’s Hip Fracture and What It Means for His 2020 Outlook

Chris Carson, Seattle’s lead running back, fractured his hip on December 30, 2019, playing against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16. His hip fracture did not require surgery. This means that it was a stable fracture, almost assuredly of the proximal femur. That’s the end of the thigh bone that…...

Should We Be Worried About Jarvis Landry’s Hip Surgery?

Jarvis Landry’s hip started bothering him during the 2019 preseason training camp. He was held out of much of camp and practiced sparingly throughout the season. He rested it three weeks after the season, trying to avoid surgery, and then played in the Pro Bowl. It was during that game,…...

Should We Be Worried About Ben Roethlisberger’s Elbow?

Ben Roethlisberger injured his elbow during Week 2 of the 2019 season. He underwent an MRI, surgery and was placed on injured reserve. His back-ups, Mason Rudolph and Devlin “Duck” Hodges, performed suboptimally following Roethlisberger’s injury. I’m being kind here. The Steelers are regarded by many fantasy analysts as a…...

An In-Depth Look at the Phillip Lindsay Injury

Phillip Lindsay, Denver’s Pro Bowl running back, sustained a serious wrist injury during his Week 16 game against the Oakland Raiders. He was placed on IR with what was reported to be a scaphoid fracture as well as a scapho-lunate ligament injury…....

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