With the fantasy playoffs starting in most leagues in week 14, the lack of injuries on Sunday had to be encouraging for fantasy owners. However, there were three that could have major impacts on exemption cables and possible implications of FLEX if you pay attention. Kalen Ballage went down to Miami and could open the door for Patrick Laird. Pre-season sleeper Ian Thomas could benefit from the concussion of Greg Olsen. And in Kansas City, there could be an opportunity for Darwin Thompson after Darrel Williams got hurt.
Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates. @SN_Fantasy.
WEEK 14 RANKINGS NO PPR:
Field Marshal | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Kalen Ballage injury update
Ballage left Sunday's game with a contactless leg injury that forced him to be removed from the field. It was initially announced that it was questionable to return before not being able to return to the game. There were no updates on their status after the game.
Ballage was already losing ground in the runner competition against Patrick Laird, who became the favorite in Miami's victory after Ballage's departure. Laird receives a boost in the PPR leagues, but could have value in the stretch in very favorable confrontations of Jets, Giants and Bengals. Snag Laird on exemptions in PPR leagues. Myles Gaskin could also be involved and have a standard league value.
WEEK 14: Top Exemption Pills
Greg Olsen's injury news
Olsen was hit from helmet to helmet on Sunday and he left the game with a concussion while the Redskins defender who hit him was ejected. Ian Thomas saw a maximum of four goals in the season in the absence of Olsen. Thomas caught all four passes for 24 yards.
We liked Thomas as a sleeper before the season, but he barely made it to the field with Olsen healthy. If it turns out that Olsen wastes time, Thomas may be a TE option in leagues deeper in the stretch and would be a good replacement for anyone who includes him in Olsen.
Darrel Williams injury perspective
Williams left Sunday's game in the second half after injuring his right hamstring in a contactless play. He had been involved in the Kansas City offense with Damien Williams (ribs) outside, a role Darwin Thompson assumed once Darrel left.
Here there is much uncertainty regarding the duration of the absence of both Williams, and LeSean McCoy continues to be used strategically. That means there is a scenario in which rookie Darwin Thompson runs a lot in the final stretch, and is available in virtually every league and it is worth adding a speculative while we wait to see how this develops.