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Fantasy Doctor Selene Parekh talks NFL Fantasy Injuries

Are you wondering what you are going to do with players like Dez Bryant and TY Hilton who were injured this week?

Well do not worry, because the Fantasy Doctor is here. Dr. Selene Parekh of Duke University has teamed up with NFL Draft Diamonds to bring you real life updates from a Doctor. Let’s get started….

Can’t foot the bill: Dallas loses star Bryant
What happened: Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant broke a bone in his right foot during Sunday night’s game against the Giants. He had surgery on Monday.

Player/team outlook: Bryant needs time to heal and reports on the length of his return have included anywhere from 4-to-8 weeks. Dallas needs others to step up and will likely continue to look for receivers on the free agent market.

Fantasy recommendation: Bryant owners have temporarily lost their top WR and have to keep him on the bench. He’s simply too valuable even though he eats a roster spot for a while. Dallas’ Cole Beasley is a nice pickup in PPR formats, along with the likes of Green Bay’s James Jones, Oakland’s Michael Crabtree and Houston’s Cecil Shorts III.

Vacancy at Hilton’s spot: Receiver injures knee

What happened: Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton bruised his left knee during Sunday’s game at Buffalo. Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated after the contest that Hilton could miss some time. A bone bruise can take 2-to-6 weeks to settle down.

Player/team outlook: Hilton was expected to be Andrew Luck’s primary target this season. Indianapolis will rely on other receivers to step up if Hilton does have to miss a few weeks of action.

Fantasy recommendation: Hilton made for a good WR2 play and it’s possible those that replace him in the lineup will offer the same with a QB as good as Luck. Grab Donte Moncrief as a temporary fix.

PCL sprain takes Arizona’s Ellington off the field

What happened: Cardinals running back Andre Ellington reportedly suffered a Grade I PCL sprain of his knee on Sunday. This usually takes 2-to-6 weeks to heal.

Player/team outlook: Ellington has had issues staying healthy and this is the latest setback as he’ll miss a few weeks. Arizona will now give Chris Johnson the chance to start and show if he’s got anything left to offer.

Fantasy recommendation: Roll the dice on the former CJ2K as Arizona doesn’t want to put too much on rookie RB David Johnson, who performed well in the opener. Another solid pickup in PPR formats is New England’s Dion Lewis.

Don’t park the Carr: Oakland QB avoids major injury

What happened: Raiders quarterback David Carr hurt his hand in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Bengals. He left the game and didn’t return.

Player/team outlook: It’s not known yet if Carr will start in Week 2. Matt McGloin, who finished the Week 1 contest, would be the starter in Carr’s absence. Oakland needs Carr to have any chance to consistently move the ball down the field.

Fantasy recommendation: Carr wasn’t worth more than a low-level backup for now, but he remains a player worth watching this season, especially since the Raiders spent a first-round pick on WR Amari Cooper. When healthy, Carr might make for a spot-start play when your starter is on a bye week or hurt.

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