Injured reserve is a complicated thing in fantasy football.
It's how you can protect yourself from the inevitable injuries that will happen, but it also means your team will be weaker.
In this post, we'll discuss how injured reserve works and how to use it on your team for the best possible outcome.
What is Injured Reserve?
Injured reserve is how you can protect your roster when one of your players gets injured. It means that player will no longer be able to play or practice, and they won't count towards a spot on the bench for any team.
However, it also means that player's value decreases in fantasy football because their absence is permanent unless they're moved to the active roster.
How Does It Work in Fantasy Football?
When a player is placed on injured reserve, their value decreases because they can't play or practice any longer.
This means you should trade them away for whatever you can get before someone else claims them off waivers if possible—it's not likely that someone will claim them, but if they do you'll be able to bring them back when the time is right.
If a player gets injured during a game and no one claims them off waivers, then their value goes up because it means there's suddenly an open roster spot on your team. You should make sure that this doesn't happen by checking injury statuses every week before setting your lineup.
Why Should I Use Injured Reserve on My Team?
Injured reserve is how you protect yourself from injuries in fantasy football, but it also means other people won't be able to pick up your injured player off waivers.
This may mean that the other teams don't have enough players left and they're forced to pick up your injured player, which means they can't do anything else that week.
This is how you get an advantage over the other teams in fantasy football.
When Should I Use It on My Team?
You should use it when one of your players gets hurt and won't be able to play or practice anymore. If you don't use it, then your team will end up with fewer players than the other teams and you'll be at a disadvantage.
It's how you protect yourself in fantasy football—it won't always give you an advantage, but it can mean the difference between winning or losing if someone else claims your injured player off waivers.
Who Should I Put On Injured Reserve and Who Shouldn't Be There?
When you're deciding who should go on injured reserve, just remember that if they can play or practice then it means their value will be higher. If someone was playing well before getting hurt but is now missing time due to injury, don't place them on injured reserve because it means their value will be lower.
There are also plenty of players who have been injured in the past, so if they get hurt again then you should put them on injured reserve regardless of how well they were playing before getting hurt.
What Do The Numbers Mean When You're Looking at a Player's Injury Status?
If someone is listed as out, then it means they won't be able to play or practice for the entire week. If someone is listed as doubtful, there's a 50/50 chance that they'll be able to participate in practices and games throughout the week.
A questionable designation will mean you should check back later on how well they're practicing or playing before making a decision about how to set up your team. If someone is listed as questionable, then it means there's a 50/50 chance that they'll be able to play or practice throughout the week.
Injured reserve is a great way to shore up your team's weaknesses. Let us show you how it works and why you should use it on your fantasy football roster by the end of this article!
You might be wondering who can go onto injured reserve, or what numbers mean if they're looking at player injury status. We'll answer all of these questions for you in our conclusion section below.
If any other injuries happen before then, we hope that this guide will help keep you informed about IR rules so that nobody slips through the cracks again. Enjoy reading!