Week 3 NFL Injury News and Updates
Injuries are the mortal enemy of a fantasy team. This season, we have lost up to four first-round picks in a majority of fantasy leagues. Saquon Barkley is gone for the season with a torn ACL. Christian McCaffery approximately 4-6 weeks with a sprained ankle. Michael Thomas will likely miss his second game this week with an ankle injury, and then there is George Kittle, who missed last week with multiple knee injuries but may be able to play Sunday. In fantasy, it truly is better to be lucky rather than good.
If you were thinking about starting Christian Kirk again this week, you might want to think again as he has been having issues with a groin injury.
Julio Jones is expected to be a game-time decision this week with an ankle injury. After last week’s game, coach Dan Quinn stated that he believes the hamstring injury to Jones is worse than he is letting on.
I don’t have Jones in any of my leagues, but if I did, I’m probably forced to start him if he starts for Atlanta, but I am worried about him this week. Perhaps your wide receiver corps is deeper, and you have a more reliable option.
The Bills have already announced that Zach Moss will miss the game. This means that Devin Singletary gets elevated to RB2 status. I’m not expecting big things, but any starting running back with a pulse gets a start. John Brown has a foot injury but is expected to play Sunday, but Dawson Knox is out.
Those screams you heard last week were fantasy players crying when they heard that Christian McCaffery was likely to miss some time with an ankle injury.
He’s out 4-6 weeks, which is certainly better than gone for the season, but your fantasy season may be over if you didn’t have solid depth at running back. If you were able to pick up Mike Davis in FAAB, you’re likely not as bad off as others. Losing McCaffery shouldn’t kill your fantasy team, but your margin for error just got a whole lot smaller.
Outside of Melvin Gordon, once again, any running back with a pulse starts, I’m not sure you want to start anyone else on Denver. They lost Drew Lock for 2-6 weeks with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. Top wide receiver Courtland Sutton is gone for the season with ACL and MCL injuries. Phillip Lindsay is likely out again this week with a toe injury. This season is quickly going down the tubes for Denver.
Finally, some good news. Kenny Golladay is expected to play Sunday, his first game this season. Sure, I may be a little worried about him going up against Patrick Peterson, but I can’t help but start him and hope for the best.
Green Bay Packers
Davante Adams has yet to practice this week due to a hamstring injury and would seem to be iffy at best to play Sunday. This is brutal. If Adams were to miss the game, that would leave Aaron Rodgers with the likes of Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Malik Taylor at wide receiver against a strong Saints pass defense.
Yeah, you may want to find another QB1 this week.
Duke Johnson seems to be trending in the right direction as is his recovery from an ankle injury, but you don’t want to start him this week versus that Pittsburgh defense. The same can be said for Brandin Cooks and his quad injury.
Jack Doyle practiced Thursday and Friday and likely plays Sunday but be careful here. Sure, we love the matchup, but Mo Alie-Cox might be taking more of his snaps anyway after a big game last week. Perhaps neither is startable if the other is healthy.
Kansas City Chiefs
Sammy Watkins is in concussion protocol, and even if he does play, he should remain on your bench. The same might be said of any wide receiver not named Tyreek Hill.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders’ big win over the Saints on Monday may have come with a cost as Josh Jacobs (hip), Henry Ruggs (knee, hamstring), and Darren Waller (knee) are all questionable to play Sunday.
Jacobs and Waller haven’t practiced this week yet, while Ruggs had a limited practice Thursday. This may be the Raiders way of just giving Jacobs and Waller rest coming off a short week. They each start for me if they start for Vegas, with Ruggs being the one exception should you have better options.
Los Angeles Chargers
Tyrod Taylor is expected to miss the game Sunday and possibly a few more after the team doctor accidentally punctured his lung during a procedure… oops.
Justin Herbert’s time is now, and after watching him play last week, Taylor shouldn’t be starting for this team again. Herbert starting over Taylor is good for Keenan Allen, who should post better numbers with the stronger armed Herbert.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams are banged up at running back — Cam Akers hasn’t practiced this week due to some rib cartilage separation, and Malcolm Brown has a finger injury. Akers may not play, but Brown should. Still, Darrell Henderson may be the play here if you feel you need to start one. That being said, perhaps this isn’t the week for any Ram running back going up against the Bills defense.
New England Patriots
James White isn’t hurt but is still away from the team after the death of his father. Good luck should you decide to start Sony Michel. Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry have both been limited with knee and ankle injuries, but both should play Sunday.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints offense has some problems now as Drew Brees doesn’t look good with or without Michael Thomas. Brees won’t have Thomas again this week, and some thought this would be a boon for Emmanuel Sanders, but so far, not so much as Tre’Quan Smith seems to be the receiver you want to start there without Thomas playing.
New York Giants
If those screams you heard last week weren’t about McCaffery, than they were probably about Barkley — he’s gone. The team signed Devonta Freeman, but you can’t start him this week, or really any other running back. The receiving game took a hit as Sterling Shepard had to be placed on IR with a toe injury. Hey, at least Golden Tate is back.
New York Jets
The Jets are a mess; say no here. Okay, Frank Gore, maybe if you’re desperate, but not only are the skill positions toast here, but two starting offensive linemen may also be out.
Things aren’t going to get any better for the Philly passing game. Alshon Jeffery may be practicing but won’t play Sunday, and Jalen Reagor underwent surgery on his thumb and is likely headed for IR.
Juju Smith-Schuster has missed back-to-back practices due to a knee injury and is in danger of missing the game Sunday. Chase Claypool was already a popular waiver wire claim this week, and he could be a must-start should JSS miss this game.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are beat up everywhere. Jimmy Garoppolo is out with an ankle injury. Nick Mullens is a solid backup and has a good matchup, but he’s missing weapons everywhere. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are also out due to injury. Jerick McKinnon is a solid start here, and so is Jeff Wilson as a possible flex play. George Kittle might return from his knee injury, but if he doesn’t, go out and get Jordan Reed. He looked good last week and is a capable replacement for Kittle.
A.J. Brown still hasn’t practiced this week and may be in danger of missing his second-straight game. This could be another start for Corey Davis against a Minnesota team that has looked terrible to start the season.