Fantasy War Room: Offensive Line Injuries And Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

Aug 19, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro (66) blocks against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

The SB Nation Fantasy War Room sponsored by Sprint is back at 4:00 p.m. ET. We will be here to provide live fantasy football advice as the 49ers and Broncos square off in Denver.

Welcome back to the 2012 Fantasy War Room sponsored by Sprint! We continue our weekend run of live fantasy advice as fantasy football drafts pick up steam. The next week will be the busiest drafting time of the year. Most fans like to wait until week three is wrapped up, or at least close to wrapped up before they start their live drafts. A lot of starters will be sitting in the final preseason game, or be incredibly limited, which lowers the risk of injury.

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The big news this weekend is David DeCastro's knee injury. There are some conflicting reports about DeCastro's ACL injury, but most agree that he tore his MCL and dislocated his knee cap. Whatever the extent of the ACL portion of the injury, DeCastro is going to miss significant time in 2012, if not the entire season. This is of importance to fantasy football fans that were looking at guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. The Steelers rushing game was questionable already and this does not help matters.

The key thing is to always consider injuries to complemetary players. For example, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is out for the year. While LeSean McCoy is still a top three pick, a downgrade on the offensive line might be reason enough to confirm Ray Rice over McCoy with the number two pick.

As you're getting ready for your drafts. SB Nation Fantasy will have plenty of resources to help you in your drafts. The War Room is a resource in and of itself, but we'll also be updating our positional rankings throughout the coming week. For now, you can check out our latest quarterback, running back and wide receiver rankings.

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