Comments: Capitalizing on ADP value from last year's injuries - Part 1
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Comments: Capitalizing on ADP value from last year's injuries - Part 1

One thing we can all agree on as fantasy footballers; it's damn hard to win a championship. Out of millions of leagues, there can only be one person to win. It seems like the key to a winning strategy is some combination of getting value out of draft picks, a keen eye on the waiver wire, trading and finally a little bit of luck. Even by having a perfect draft and knowing every detail about all the players and their fantasy potential may not be enough.

There are two factors that are almost impossible to predict: off-the-field issues and injuries. If either of these events happen to one of your players during the season, it can send your team right down the gutter along with your dreams of winning. For the purposes of this article, I am going to focus on injuries and how they can affect your perception of the player for your upcoming draft.

Do you remember injuries in 2013? Hundreds of players went down with injuries. In fact, 58 went down with torn ACLs alone. If you had a fantasy player on your squad go down with one of these injuries I'm sure you just cringed while reminiscing. It was a nightmare to say the least. Here's just a brief list: Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin, Chargers WR Danario Alexander, Saints WR Joseph Morgan, Dolphins TE Dustin Keller, Rams QB Sam Bradford, Colts WR Reggie Wayne, Seahawks WR Sidney Rice, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, Steelers RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, Jets RB Mike Goodson, Browns QB Brian Hoyer, Colts RB Vick Ballard and the list goes on.

Again, that list is only a sampling of the guys that tore their ACL! We also have to include stars Percy Harvin and Dennis Pitta who both went down with hip injuries, Doug Martin with a shoulder injury, Michael Crabtree who tore his Achilles, Jermichael Finley breaking his spine and Aaron Rodgers who broke his collarbone.

The main problem with injuries for fantasy football owners is it instantly casts a doubt if the player will ever return to his star-studded self. Should you take that risk on particular "injury-prone" players? The simple answer to this is yes and you shouldn't be afraid to draft them as they usually fall to later rounds of the draft. If you are looking for value in your upcoming draft, these players can be had for cheaper than what they once were and what they will be in 2014. They still hold all of the potential to put up big numbers.

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