Week 2 NFL Injury News and Notes
Each week in this column we will go over the injuries in the NFL that could affect fantasy football. One thing we can see from the early going this season and from watching the return of other sports is that injuries are going to play a major part in your success or failure. The most important ability for a fantasy player is availability. Football is a brutal sport as it is, but with a shortened offseason due to COVID, it seems we are going to see more and more injuries this season. Your fantasy roster had better have as much depth as possible this season.
Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones is listed as questionable on the injury report, but this really shouldn’t concern anyone. Jones has been on this list more often than not over the past couple of seasons but always plays, and usually produces.
Dallas Cowboys: Amari Cooper is once again questionable to play this week due to a foot injury and may be a game-time decision Sunday, but all signs are pointing to him being able to play. The offense in general however could suffer as the Dallas offensive line has some issues, to say the least. As a matter of fact, if Tyron Smith were to miss the game with a neck ailment, it could be tough going for the Cowboys on Sunday.
Denver Broncos: The Broncos have a pair on injuries to watch out for this week in Phillip Lindsay and Courtland Sutton. Lindsay has what is probably turf toe and may not play Sunday. Perhaps it doesn’t matter as Denver will go up against the Steelers’ defense Sunday, you know that defense that stuffed Saquon Barkley last Monday. Sutton has been limited in practice this week. He would present a tough question. Do you start him if he goes for Denver? That question probably comes down to what you have on your roster. He’s not an automatic start this week.
Detroit Lions: Kenny Golladay has yet to practice this week and doesn’t seem likely to play Sunday. This one hurts as it affects the entire offense. Matthew Stafford is not as good a start without Golladay. The running game won’t be as dangerous without a true deep threat. I am starting Golladay if he were to play but all signs are pointing towards another week off.
Houston Texans: Duke Johnson and Brandin Cooks are both questionable to play this week. Even if Duke were to play, the matchup is horrible, and I’m likely to sit him anyway. As for Cooks, that’s more of a home run play, and last year the Texans didn’t play well at all against the Ravens. I’m not sure much is going to change this week. I’ll pass on him also.
Indianapolis Colts: Jack Doyle has missed practice all week and won’t play Sunday. if he was your starting tight end, that means you’re pretty much-playing matchups anyway. If you don’t have another tight end on your roster, just pick up the next best one that is available on your waiver wire. There is little reason to hold onto Doyle long-term
Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Jackson is questionable with a quad injury but that might not matter anymore. He may have lost his backup job to Joshua Kelley after last week’s performance.
Las Vegas Raiders: Henry Ruggs is dealing with a knee injury that may prevent him from playing this week. It’s not a great matchup anyway as he is playing a Saints defense that shut down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers last week. I wouldn’t wait for Monday night here; I’d find another option.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are calling DeVante Parker a game-time decision for Sunday with a hamstring injury. Parker has been limited in practice all week and faces Buffalo on Sunday. I’m likely to pass here unless I don’t have any other options. It’s not like that Dolphins’ offense looked all that great last week.
New England Patriots: Julian Edelman is on the injury report with a knee injury, but he will play Sunday. Keep in mind that the Patriots like to play games with the report at times and place anyone on it with an injury range from a papercut to decapitation. N’Keal Harry is also on the report, but I’m not sure you should care.
New Orleans Saints: Those fantasy owners who took Michael Thomas in the first-round this season are not happy right about now. Thomas is dealing with a high ankle sprain and although he might try to play through it, he won’t be putting up the same production. As of this writing, he is doubtful to play Monday and fantasy owners may just be better off if he were to sit for a couple of weeks and get healthy, rather than have the injury to last a couple of months with so-so production. Emmanuel Sanders certainly gets a boost here and so possibly could Tre’Quan Smith.
New York Giants: Golden Tate is still dealing with a hamstring injury but is said to be progressing well, whatever that means. I’m likely to sit him this week even if he does play. I would rather be safe than sorry.
New York Jets: The Jets are not only a bad team, but a beat-up one also. Le’Veon Bell is on IR with a hamstring injury. This means that Frank Gore is the likely starter, but also means that head coach Adam Gase will finally get to use his preferred running back by committee approach. The Jets also won’t have number one wide receiver Jamison Crowder who is out with a hamstring injury of his own. I’m not starting any Jet this week, not a single one.
Philadelphia Eagles: Miles Sanders should suit up this week but anyone who saw that Eagles offensive line last week can’t feel all that good about any part of this offense. Still, you’re starting him, and that line will be a little healthier this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner missed a good portion of last week due to an ankle injury. That was the bad news, the good news is that he is not even listed on the injury report for this week, he has practiced, and will play Sunday. Conner may however split carries more evenly with Benny Snell who had a very good game versus the Giants. I would temper expectations here.
San Francisco 49ers: George Kittle has a knee injury that has kept him out of practice all week. That being said, the 49ers have stated Kittle could play Sunday even if he doesn’t practice all week and with all of their injuries, you have to think they want him to play if possible. Yes, if Kittle starts for the 49ers, he starts for your fantasy team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are banged up at wide receiver. Mike Evans is still dealing with a hamstring injury although he will likely play Sunday. Chris Godwin is a different story. He has a concussion and as of this writing is still in the protocol. Whether or not he plays Sunday will likely be decided 90 minutes before game time. Scott Miller should be claimed if you have either play just to cover yourself here.
Tennessee Titans: Yet another team that is battling injuries at receiver. A.J. Brown hasn’t practiced due to a knee injury and has been ruled out Sunday. Corey Davis has a hamstring injury but is likely to play Sunday and he starts for me versus the Jaguars.