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CB Corner: Not all injuries are equal

Banged up corners are a beautiful sight for fantasy owners ... sometimes

Updated: November 25, 2009, 10:15 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

One noticeable trend of late is that there have been more than a few significant cornerback injuries around the league. Not all fantasy injury opportunities are created equal, so in this week's Cornerback Corner, I'll take a look at some of these injuries and how they may impact fantasy wide receiver value during this key part of the fantasy season.

[+] EnlargeVontae Davis
Elsa/Getty ImagesVontae Davis has proved himself early. A big day for WRs matched agaisnt him is no certainty.

Injured cornerback No. 1: Will Allen, Miami Dolphins

Allen was lost for the season with an ACL injury three weeks ago. Vontae Davis replaced Allen and his addition meant the Dolphins had two rookie starting cornerbacks manning their secondary (Sean Smith being the other). The downside of an overabundance of youth at that position showed up in the New England game (see the missed tackle on Randy Moss' long catch and run for a touchdown), but Davis has actually started to show a lot of improvement of late.

For example, in the Week 8 game against the New York Jets, Davis had nine passes thrown his way. Five of these were incomplete, one went for a five-yard illegal contact penalty and two other passes were completed for 13 yards. That equates to 18 yards allowed on eight of the throws, which is great, but he also allowed a short pass to Jerricho Cotchery to turn into a 53-yard completion due to a missed tackle.