FANTASY GRIND: Bold moves, ESPN injury expert Bell

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“They’re removing players from injury now differently than they were before,” Bell said. “Think about the fact that now everything’s much more public.”

But no matter how 2013 ends up comparing with other years, Bell says this season has reinforced for her that running backs are the most fragile position in fantasy football.

“It’s playing out again this year _ not that it’s always going to be dramatic abuse but we see all these guys banged up,” Bell said.

Bell said it’s tough to find any top running backs who haven’t appeared on their team’s injury report at some point this season, making it understandable why more teams are turning to two-running back sets.

As a fantasy player, Bell said she uses her expertise most often on draft day, changing her priorities based on players she believes have a higher chance of hurting themselves during the year. She says that the biggest predictor of future injury is prior injury, and soft-tissue injuries are often more troublesome than bone breaks or other random contact injuries.

“I will hear people talk about guys and if there’s something about their injury history I don’t like, they become undraftable for me,” she said.

She’s happy if they end up staying healthy and performing well, but “I’m still going to say I made the right decision for me.”

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FULL DISCLOSURE

Houston’s Case Keenum getting benched really hurt in a two-quarterback league where my running backs also underperformed and I left Michael Floyd on the bench in favor of Jarrett Boykin. At 5-6, I’m one spot from the playoffs. Went 1-4 overall in Week 11 _ which stinks but didn’t dramatically alter any playoff hopes. Was 3-2 in daily leagues.

In another league where I’m 8-3 and in first place, I have the Bengals defense, Hauschka and a concussed Jordan Reed, with my worst running back C.J. Spiller and worst wide receiver Josh Gordon. Looks like some decent players will have to be dropped.

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Oskar Garcia is a news editor in Honolulu who spends way too much time on fantasy sports with too little to show for it. He can be reached at ogarcia(at)ap.org or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/oskargarcia.

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