Injury-Prone Players to Avoid in 2019 Fantasy Football

Dan Israeli
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Sometimes in fantasy football, injuries are flat-out unlucky. When your first-round draft pick goes down with a torn ACL in Week 1, ending his season, it's likely there was nothing you could've done to avoid such a predicament.

Other players, however, don't get injured on plays that can be deemed as flukey. These are the guys with the dreaded "injury-prone" label, which, to be fair, should be backed up by multiple years and multiple injuries on their individual NFL resume.

And for some players, it may not be the time they've already missed, but the time they're destined to miss in the future, based on the danger they put themselves in on a game-by-game basis.

Without further ado, here is an injury-prone player to avoid at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE) for the 2019 fantasy football season.

1. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

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Miraculously, Cam Newton has only missed five games in his eight-season NFL career. Considering the amount of abuse his body has taken over the years, that number is somewhat of an eye opener. In 2018, Newton was forced to sit out the final two games of the season due to a shoulder injury that apparently lingered for weeks, leading to surgery in January. Newton is reportedly 100 percent, but one has to wonder what will happen if he continues running wild, now that he's 30 years old. And if he does drastically cut back on the rushing, he may not be worth owning as a QB1 altogether.

2. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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This will be year three in the NFL for Leonard Fournette. He was limited to 13 games in his rookie season, and played all of eight games in 2018. When he's on the field, Fournette is one of the more physically imposing backs in football, and a RB1 for fantasy purposes. The issue for him has been a variety of lower-body injuries, dating back to his days at LSU. From his foot, to his ankle, to his knee, to his quad, and even his hamstring, there aren't many parts of the leg Fournette hasn't injured. Whether it be his style of play or maybe poor conditioning, Fournette is a big risk based on his history and inability to play a full 16 games in a season.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

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Many of those excited about Odell Beckham Jr. this year may be missing the bigger picture, as far as what truly held back the star wideout in recent seasons. Yes, Eli Manning has lost a step or two, but when Beckham was on the field the past two seasons, he produced numbers similar to the first three years of his career. For two straight seasons, however, Beckham has had his season cut short by injury. An ankle fracture ended his 2017 campaign after just four games, while a quad injury held him out of the final four games last year. It could be flukey, but Beckham is also a player with a constant target on his back, who likes going after the ball in the open field. He is riskier than some give him credit for.

4. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

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Unlike other players on this list, Greg Olsen will not cost you a very high draft pick in 2019. Currently, TE18 off the board, according to average draft position (ADP), and the 155th pick overall, Olsen is seemingly a sheep in wolves clothing. Still, there are several who will be tempted to wait on a tight end and pounce on Olsen in the later rounds, thinking they're set at the position after grabbing the former top-five performer. Olsen still needs to make it through NFL Training Camp unscathed, but even then we're talking about a 34-year-old who has missed half his games over the past two seasons, with declining skills to boot. If you take a flier on Olsen, make sure you draft a backup in the same range.

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