Fantasy Football 2012: Should You Still Draft Jason Witten?

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Jason Witten’s lacerated spleen definitely has cause waves in the NFL community, particularly in Dallas and the fantasy football world. Thankfully the injury doesn’t appear to be too serious, but it could cost him some regular season game action. Should  you be concerned about drafting him?
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Obviously if you already drafted Witten you should be nervous. His draft stock should slip because of this injury so future owners will get him at a bit of a discount.  Players that took him pre-injury weren’t afforded that luxury. When your fifth round pick goes down it’s a little more nerve-wracking that your seventh or eighth round pick.
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In both cases you should relax. Witten is about as tough of a football player as they come. He is also one of the most consistent. He has only missed one game in his NFL career, and that came back in 2003. That streak could come to an end, but he shouldn’t miss much action.
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I’ve said this many times before, but I’m more concerned with what goes on at the end of the season when fantasy football trophies are being won than the beginning of the year. Yeah, you want to get off on a good foot, but the money and glory comes in the fantasy playoffs.
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Witten has averaged 88.8 catches and 1014.2 yards over the past five seasons. He is not a huge touchdown threat, but he does enough to satisfy fantasy owners, particularly in PPR leagues.
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Obviously drafting an injured player should come with some hesitation, but I would not be afraid to make him my TE1.
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