Name: Jordan Reed
Team: Washington Redskins
2016 Stats: 89 targets, 66 receptions, 686 yards, 6 TD
2017 Stats: 35 targets, 27 receptions, 211 yards, 2 TD
2018 Projection: 81 targets, 58 receptions, 580 yards, 6 TD
2018 Fantasy Value: TE9
Injury: Jordan Reed frequently found himself on the Washington Redskins’ injury report once again in 2017. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on July 26th with a left big toe injury.
It was later reported on September 10th that the toe was fractured and it would affect him all season. Reed was able to suit up for Week 1 without getting injured but was forced to leave Week 2’s matchup with the Rams with a chest injury. He missed Week 3 due to this injury before returning Week 4 although he only played 14 of 50 (26%) offensive snaps.
Reed was able to play in Week 6 & 7 but left Week 8’s matchup with a hamstring injury. He then missed Weeks 9-14 and he was placed on Injured Reserve on December 12th. He has had hamstring strains in the past so the tendons may not be as strong as they once were, predisposing him to injury.
Health Outlook: Jordan Reed’s week to week availability is certainly not guaranteed. He has not played a full season since he was drafted in 2013. He has had injuries to just about every part of his body and has had multiple concussions.
His hamstring strain is healed at this point but it was reported on April 3rd Reed had a “procedure done on his toes” according to HC Jay Gruden. Because of this surgery he did not participate in team activities during OTAs.
Risk of Re-Injury: Considering he has had hamstring strains in the past and generally has trouble staying healthy, Jordan Reed definitely has a risk of reinjuring his hamstring or aggravating a previous injury to the toe, knee, ankle, or shoulder.
As stated earlier, he has never played a full season since coming into the league so this is obviously a concern.
Recommendations: If he can stay healthy, Reed can flourish with Alex Smith at the helm in Washington. Travis Kelce was a Top-10 PPR TE since establishing his role in 2014 with Alex Smith looking his way constantly.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden has said in the past that the passing game runs through Reed but this may have changed considering his injury history. If you are willing to accept he may miss some games, Reed is a fantastic talent and could benefit from Smith being under center.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Kareem Hunt
Name: Kareem Hunt
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
2017 Stats: 16 games, 272 rushes for 1,327 yards, 8 TD. 53 rec for 455 yards, 3 TD
2018 Projections: 16 games, 249 rushes for 1,112 yards, 8 TD. 53 rec for 425 yards, 2 TD
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: RB7
Injury: Hunt sustained a hamstring injury during OTAs in June, which led to him taking time off OTAs and minicamp. While he did miss time, it appeared to be more for precautionary reasons and doesn’t appear to be more than a mild strain of the hamstring. Strains are graded on a 1-3 scale, with a grade 1 being a mild overstretching of the muscle fibers, grade 2 being a partial tear, and grade 3 being a full thickness tear. Based on Hunt’s progression, he’s likely to have suffered a very low grade 2 strain. Barring a setback, he should be 100% ready to go for the 2018 season.
2018 Health Outlook: Hunt enters the year as the primary ball carrier and should be 100% heading into the season. While hamstring strains do have a tendency to linger or reoccur, he appears to have had more than enough time to rest, rehab, and recover to head into the new season fully healthy.
Risk of Re-Injury: 10%
Recommendations: Draft Hunt with maximum confidence as your RB1 as he heads into his second year as the clear lead back. With backup Spencer Ware attempting to come back from a multi-ligament knee injury, Hunt should be in line for more touches this season. Hunt heads into the 2018 season with minimal injury worries.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Keenan Allen
Name: Keenan Allen
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
2015 Stats: 8 games, 67 rec for 725 yards, 4 TD
2016 Stats: 1 game, 6 rec for 63 yards, 0 TD
2017 Stats: 16 games, 102 rec for 1,393 yards, 6 TD
2018 Projections: 16 games, 96 rec for 1,250 yards, 7 TD
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR6
Injury: Allen returned last season from an ACL tear that cut his 2016 season short as he missed the last 16 weeks of the season. He returned last year and dealt with minor injuries to his shoulder (Week 7 during practice) and his low back (during Week 15 game), both of which were minor enough to not cause any missed time. Allen has had a history of small, nagging injuries that have slowed him down from time to time, but he appears to have shown no ill effects from his ACL reconstruction 2 years ago. Oftentimes, players do extremely well two years after an ACL tear, requiring that extra year to really achieve true comfort level with their reconstructed knee.
2018 Health Outlook: Allen enters the 2018 season fully healthy and ready to go. With Hunter Henry expected to miss all of 2018 after tearing his ACL, Allen will serve as the center of the passing game for quarterback Philip Rivers. Last season, Allen proved he could be the go to guy in a high powered offense. Expect more of the same from him this season.
Risk of Re-Injury: 10% for his knee, 0% for the shoulder and back
Recommendations: Draft Allen with full confidence. He’s currently going as fantasy teams’ WR1 and is coming off the best season of his career as the focal point of an explosive offense. With Allen being 2 years removed from ACL reconstruction, this shapes up to be another exciting season for the Chargers stud wideout.
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor
2018 NFL Injury Guide: Terrelle Pryor, Sr.
Team: New York Jets
2016 Stats: 139 targets, 77 receptions, 1007 yards, 4 TD’s
2017 Stats: 37 targets, 20 receptions, 240 yards, 1 TD
2018 Projections: 35 receptions, 432 yards, 2 TD’s
Projected 2018 Fantasy Value: WR82
Injury: During Week 2 of the 2017 season, Terrelle Pryor sustained an ankle injury during a game against the Los Angeles Rams. Though he managed to play through Week 9, he was eventually forced to shut down his season early and underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on November 20, 2017 to repair torn ligaments in his ankle.
After signing with the New York Jets in the offseason, Pryor sustained another ankle injury during training camp in May. This time it was an ankle fracture that required surgical fixation and likely required him to stay off the injured leg for about 2 months. As of this week, Pryor stated that he is finally pain-free and is practicing at full-speed. He will not play in this week’s preseason game against his former team, the Cleveland Browns, and it remains to be seen if he will return to game action this preseason.
2018 Health Outlook: Although promising that Pryor is pain-free and back at practice, his conditioning and chemistry with his new teammates likely suffered as a result of his rehabilitation from ankle surgery in May, which likely required an extended period of no weightbearing. This is a similar injury to what Odell Beckham suffered last year, and the results are generally excellent when surgery is done to restore the normal anatomy. The procedure that he had in November of 2017 is the same surgery that Cam Newton underwent in 2014. Nevertheless, two injuries requiring surgery on the same ankle in a 6-month span make for a difficult recovery, especially this close to the start of the season. It remains to be seen whether he will have any residual instability in his ankle during game action.
Risk of Re-Injury: Moderate