Injuries to monitor through the weekend

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No matter how brilliant a fantasy owner thinks they were in their draft, fantasy leagues, like real football, are often decided by health. Just look at owners who invested a high pick in Andre Johnson last season. Sure, he was great when he was on the field, but his numbers could have been so much better had he played more than nine games.

Marvin Harrison may be a more apt example from last year. The Colts kept saying their star receiver was close to returning, but Harrison never came back. If you want to win your league, staying on top of injuries is vital.

Here are a few guys to watch through the weekend that enter Week Two dinged up.

RB Marion Barber- Dallas Cowboys
Injury: Ribs
Prognosis: Day-to-day
Status: "He was taken to the locker room with bruised ribs in the second half of Sunday's 28-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns and did not return."

Had he not left in the third quarter, Barber could have been one of Week One's biggest fantasy scorers. Cleveland's defense had no answer for him, as he averaged five yards a carry, caught three passes, and scored twice. This injury could have been devastating for fantasy owners, but luckily it looks like Barber should be ready to go on Sunday. But if you have good depth at running back, it may be wise to sit Barber this week. When you factor in the injury and the opponent (the Eagles), it doesn't look like Barber is in for another huge day.

TE Dallas Clark- Indianapolis Colts
Injury: Knee
Prognosis: Day-to-day
Status: "Left in the first quarter of Sunday night's game. He has not practiced in the last two days."

While there is still a lot unknown about Clark's knee injury, we here at The Fantasy Factor can confirm one thing: Clark's absence certainly helped our Bears last week. It appears Clark is going to miss this week's game against the Vikings, as he hasn't practiced all week. Search the waiver wire for a suitable backup, and hope Clark is ready to go soon.

RB Willis McGahee- Baltimore Ravens
Injury: Knee
Prognosis: Probable
Status: "He has practiced on a limited basis this week and looks to be a game time decision."

The Ravens were able to get a win last week without McGahee, but much hyped rookie Rice Rice wasn't great. If McGahee is ok to play against the Texans, expect him to get the bulk of the carries. Last week, Houston allowed Willie Parker to rush for 138 yards and three touchdowns. McGahee could be in for a big day.

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