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Fantasy Football Update
The "Fantasy Doctor" Is In!

Let the "Fantasy Doctor" get your team in shape for a huge upcoming fantasy football season. In this newsletter, you'll find important injury news and notes on the NFC North. Also, get more information on how an injured player is doing and what to expect from him in the 2014 season.

NFC North Injury Notes

 

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson, Running Back

 

What happened: Peterson had a sports hernia/groin surgery after the 2013 season ended. In addition, he's two full seasons removed from his amazingly quick recovery following ACL surgery.

 

Player/team outlook: If an ACL injury wasn't going to stop him, a groin issue certainly won't get in his way. Peterson should be healthy entering the season and that's great news for the Vikings, who will feature new looks with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Peterson will be the key to Minnesota's success this year.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Peterson was a slam dunk number one overall fantasy football selection last year. This season, he remains in the top group and likely goes within the top five picks. He should produce another strong season and fantasy team owners won't be disappointed to have him on their squad.

 

Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver

 

What happened: Johnson had offseason surgery on his knee and a finger.The knee deal was reportedly a minor scope, while the finger may have been an issue during the 2013 season.

 

Player/team outlook: When he's healthy, Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He begins the 2014 season as the top guy and even though the Lions are being very cautious with him in the preseason, there's no reason to expect anything other than the typical massive numbers he delivers during the season. Matthew Stafford will be looking for him early and often throughout the year.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Johnson is the first wide receiver that comes off the board in fantasy football. In PPR leagues, he should be selected within the top five overall picks.

 

Chicago Bears: Charles Tillman, Cornerback

 

What happened: Tillman was reduced to just eight games in 2013. The knockout blow came with a triceps injury.

 

Player/team outlook: Tillman re-signed with the Bears during the offseason and is going into his 12th year with Chicago. The franchise wouldn't have re-signed him if they didn't think he could still contribute at a high level. He is expected to be an important piece in Chicago's secondary, but the triceps may haunt him throughout the season.

 

Fantasy recommendation: He still remains one of the premier selections at the CB position, but if your individual defensive player league uses DBs as one position then it's better to get safeties before going after a guy like Tillman at the corner spot. There's no reason to jump early for the Bears defensive unit, which makes for a low-end D1 and a decent D2.

 

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback

 

What happened: Rodgers was able to return late last season after suffering a broken collarbone in a Monday night game against the Bears on Nov. 4.

 

Player/team outlook: If preseason was any indication, Rodgers is completely back to the form we've come to expect. He looks healthy and he and the Packers should be on target for a strong offensive season.

 

Fantasy recommendation: Rodgers ranks within the top three at his position and if he stays injury free in 2014 he'll produce the numbers we've come to expect. He also has a weapon in the backfield now in Eddie Lacy and that could open up even more opportunities in the passing game. That's a scary thought for opposing defenses. Rodgers comes off the board by round four, but much earlier if the league's scoring system favors QBs.

The Examination Room: 

Charles Sims, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The major reason a player falls in your fantasy draft is due to a past or current injury. It's best to always stay on top of the latest injury news. Let's examine this week's patient.

 

What happened in practice: Sims, a rookie who was expected to spell starting running back Doug Martin, broke his ankle.

 

Where he's at now: Sims will need 12-to-14 weeks to recover, putting most, if not all, of his 2014 season in doubt.

 

What to expect this year: There's no reason to draft Sims as his progress can be monitored throughout the season. Around Week 10, if you have the depth, start to track if there's any chance he'll be back this year and think if it's worth using a waiver pick to grab him.

 

Overtime note: Sims' injury helps Martin's fantasy stock. Expect Martin to be picked in the 11-14 range of overall running backs.Get more information on Sims' injury and recovery from the Fantasy Doctor.