This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
As the NFL opt-out list is finalized and training camps officially begin, we will finally get a chance to see players take the field. However, the start of camp brings with it a flurry of reports and quotes that can entice and sway fantasy investors opinions. To avoid these pitfalls, here's a few tips to consider in the days ahead.
No. 1. Every player feels great, at least according to that player. However, actions speak louder than words, and it's always wise to gauge a player on how he looks and moves. This will be particularly hard to do this season, as we won't have the benefit of preseason. Instead, fantasy players will have to be resourceful, keenly watching social media, local news footage and other resources (like the site you're currently reading) to get a more accurate read on a player's heath.
No. 2. Pay attention to the activity of a front office, not necessarily what they are publicly saying. A head coach might report that an injury is not considered significant and that their starting wide receiver isn't expected to miss any time. However, if the team then follows up these statements by signing a new wideout or hosting tryouts for the positions, it's safe to say they are at least a little worried about the injured player's status. Make sure you invest in an insurance policy of your own in these types of situations.
No. 3. Exhibit a little patience. Don't panic just because a player misses