Some of the top players in the NFL were injured in Week 2. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB Patriots – Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint against the Dolphins. Reports of when he’ll return from the injury range from potentially this week to 3-4 weeks. Don’t expect Garoppolo to be under center when the Patriots play the Texans Thursday night. New England is down to third-string rookie Jacoby Brissett. They’ll likely sign a veteran quarterback this week as well.
Josh McCown, QB Browns – McCown suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. The injury is expected to keep McCown sidelined for multiple weeks. Rookie Cody Kessler has already been named the starter for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. The fantasy value of Cleveland’s skill position players takes a big hit with the Browns on their third quarterback in three weeks.
Ameer Abdullah, RB Lions – Abdullah is dealing with a foot injury. He’s meeting with well-known foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson Tuesday to get an evaluation. Abdullah is likely to miss at least this week’s game against the Packers. Theo Riddick will get the start at running back with Dwayne Washington taking over as the short yardage/goal line back.
Jamaal Charles, RB Chiefs – Charles missed his second straight game while he still recovers from ACL surgery. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Charles told him directly he wasn’t ready to play last week. Charles should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets. If he can’t play, Spencer Ware will continue to start and handle most of the carries.
Arian Foster, RB Dolphins – Foster suffered a groin injury against the Patriots and is listed as day-to-day. The Miami Herald reported that Foster won’t play Sunday against the Browns. If Foster is out, Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake will compete for touches in the Dolphins backfield.
Chris Ivory, RB Jaguars – Ivory missed his second straight game with an undisclosed illness. Ivory said last week that he had no more issues but he didn’t practice on Friday. He should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. T.J. Yeldon will once again handle a heavy workload if Ivory is out.
Rashad Jennings, Giants – Jennings is dealing with injuries to his left hand and thumb. He had his hand heavily wrapped after Sunday’s game. Jennings will be limited in Wednesday’s practice. He’s expected to play against the Redskins but Shane Vereen could take on a bigger role if Jennings isn’t 100 percent.
Doug Martin, RB Buccaneers – Martin tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cardinals. He left the game in the first quarter and didn’t return. Martin said he doesn’t know how long he’ll be sidelined with the injury. Charles Sims will take over as the lead back if Martin can’t play against the Rams.
Adrian Peterson, RB Vikings – Peterson suffered a torn meniscus against the Packers. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn’t rule Peterson out for Week 3 but a torn meniscus is usually a multi-week injury. Assuming Peterson is out versus the Panthers, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will take split touches with McKinnon offering fantasy owners much more long-term value.
Jonathan Stewart, RB Panthers – Stewart will miss at least a week or two with a hamstring injury. Fozzy Whittaker replaced Stewart on Sunday and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries. Whittaker will get the start this week against the Vikings and beyond with Stewart out. Cameron Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch the first two weeks. He’ll be the No. 2 back now. Whittaker is no more than a Flex play against the tough Vikings defense.
Danny Woodhead, RB Chargers – Woodhead tore his ACL on Sunday and will miss the rest of the season. His loss is a big blow to the Chargers offense. Melvin Gordon will now take on a heavy workload for the rest of the year. Gordon’s fantasy value goes way up with Woodhead out of the picture. The only other backs on the Chargers roster are Andre Williams and undrafted free agent Kenneth Farrow.
Doug Baldwin, WR Seahawks – Baldwin had an MRI on his knee and back but they came back negative. Baldwin said he’s fine and expects to play this week against the 49ers. He could be limited in practice this week but barring a setback, expect Baldwin to be in the lineup Sunday.
Julio Jones, WR Falcons – Jones is dealing with a calf strain. It’s been a tough start to the season for Jones who has dealt with a sore ankle and now a strained calf but he’s expected to be fine for his juicy matchup against the Saints on Monday night. Despite the injuries, Jones is locked in as arguably this week’s top overall receiver.
Tyler Lockett, WR Seahawks – Lockett suffered a sprained knee against the Rams. He missed much of the second half Sunday before returning late in the fourth quarter to catch a 53-yard pass. Lockett’s status for this week’s game is uncertain. If he can’t go, Jermaine Kearse will see more targets at receiver.
Donte Moncrief, WR Colts – Moncrief is having an MRI on his shoulder after taking a big hit from Broncos safety T.J. Ward on Sunday. Moncrief left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. If Moncrief misses time, Phillip Dorsett moves into the starting lineup. Dorsett will be a WR3 as a starter in the Colts offense.
Brandon Marshall, WR Jets – Pro Football Talk reported that Marshall had an MCL injury. Jets coach Todd Bowles refuted the report saying Marshall doesn’t have an MCL injury. Marshall wasn’t on the field for the start of Monday’s practice. His status needs to be monitored throughout the week. If Marshall is out against the Chiefs, the impressive Quincy Enunwa will move into a starting role.
Sammy Watkins, WR Bills – Watkins continues to play through a sore foot. Bill coach Rex Ryan said Watkins will be limited in practice this week. Watkins is likely to continue playing through the pain but he clearly isn’t 100 percent healthy. Watkins has just six catches for 63 yards in two games.
Markus Wheaton, WR Steelers – Wheaton missed Week 2 with a shoulder injury. He returned to practice last week after missing the opener but Wheaton wasn’t ready to play against Cincinnati. There’s hope he’ll be active Sunday for the first time this season. Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers will continue to pick up the slack if Wheaton remains sidelined.
Zach Ertz, TE Eagles – Ertz missed Monday night’s game with a rib injury. He could miss multiple games. If Ertz still can’t go this week against the Steelers, Trey Burton and Brent Celek will pick up the targets at tight end.
Virgil Green, TE Broncos – Green is dealing with a strained right calf. He’s listed as day-to-day. Green is questionable to play this week against the Bengals. Jeff Heuerman will get the start at tight end if Green is out.
Rob Gronkowski, TE Patriots – Gronkowski missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. The Patriots play on Thursday this week, so Gronk isn’t a lock to face the Texans. There’s a chance Martellus Bennett will once again be in the starting lineup for Gronkowski Thursday night. Bennett caught five balls for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Dolphins but Houston’s defense presents a much tougher matchup.
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