This Injury Report is part of the Xclusive Edge In-Season Fantasy Football package, which will be available September 14. This is a special preview.
Dealing with injuries is perhaps the most difficult aspect of roster management in Fantasy Football. Since most Fantasy leagues use somewhere between 11 and 13 games to decide which participants will go on to the playoffs and championship game, managers can ill afford a big fat zero from one of their studs due to an injury.
That’s where this weekly article comes in. Each week, we’ll update you on the very latest injury news and give you our best assessment of the injured player’s chances to actually play and whether they will be productive enough to warrant use by Fantasy team owners.
Tony Romo (Dallas) – Romo appears on the injury report as probable due to a back injury. However, this isn’t a new problem, just the same old sore back that Romo has dealt with and played through for the last couple of seasons. You can rest assured that Romo will be on the field for the Sunday night game against the Giants.
Marshawn Lynch (Seattle) – “Beast Mode” is listed as probable (Coach’s decision) because he’s been unavailable for practice for a good portion of the preseason. However, this is typical behavior for Lynch and we expect he’ll be ready for his usual workload on Sunday.
LeSean McCoy (Buffalo) – The hamstring injury that looked so bleak a week ago has reportedly healed, though McCoy admitted he isn’t 100 percent healthy just yet. McCoy is listed as probable for the game against Indianapolis, and he could see a heavy workload if Rex Ryan’s gameplan is to control the clock, which makes sense against the explosive Colts offense.
Devonta Freeman (Atlanta) – The good news is that he practiced fully on Friday and will likely be ready to play Monday night. The bad news is that Tevin Coleman is ahead of him on the depth chart.
Tre Mason (St. Louis) – Mason’s hamstring kept him out of practice all week. With Todd Gurley unavailable, Mason looked to hold onto the starting job for at least a few weeks. However, it looks like Benny Cunningham will be the starting RB this week. Mason could still play but isn’t worth risking a goose egg, so sit him.
Dez Bryant (Dallas) – The Cowboys’ receiver practiced fully all week long, so the hamstring injury he’s been nursing must either be mild or nearly healed. Unless reports surface otherwise, you can safely activate Bryant for Sunday night’s game.
Randall Cobb (Green Bay) – Cobb’s shoulder isn’t 100 percent by his own admission, however, he also said he intends to play even if he’s limited. Deeper league owners will have to start Cobb, but shallow league owners with other options at wide receiver should consider benching him this week. You can bet that the game plan will be to spare Cobb any additional injury or pain if it’s at all possible, so he may not see his usual number of targets.
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay) – Evans was limited at Friday’s walk through after missing practice both Wednesday and Thursday. He has a hamstring injury that has him listed as questionable for Sunday’s game and he is very likely going to be a (much dreaded) game-time decision. If you can wait for Sunday’s inactives to decide on Evans, then that’s the way to go. If you cannot, then do yourself a favor and bench him. If he doesn’t play, Vincent Jackson could be in for a big game against the lowly Titans.
Alshon Jeffery (Chicago) – The entire Bears receiver corps is hobbled but Jeffery’s calf hasn’t gotten any worse (reportedly) despite him being limited in practice all week. We won’t know for sure whether he’ll play until Sunday morning, so those of you with other options should use them, and those of you that need to know for sure will have to wait. Have a backup plan ready.
Michael Floyd (Arizona) – Floyd’s finger is bad enough that he’s been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game after being limited in practice. Given that Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are both quite capable of big performances, Floyd may see limited use Sunday even if he does play. Sit Floyd and start another receiver if you have one.
Roddy White (Atlanta) – White had a cleanout procedure on his elbow a few weeks back that looked like it might be a problem for the early part of the season. However, White practiced fully on Thursday and Friday, and it appears he will be good to go for Week 1. He’s worth starting as a flex option or WR3.
Davante Parker (Miami) – Observers have raved about Parker at practice this week, so the foot injury appears to be a thing of the past. Parker is expected to make major impact in Fantasy this season but don’t expect it to happen this week. There are plenty of weapons for Ryan Tannehill, so Parker will likely be eased into things for the first few weeks.
Travis Kelce (Kansas City) – Kelce’s “slightly sprained” ankle didn’t stop him from practicing fully this week and shouldn’t impede him in Sunday’s matchup with Houston. His status is probable but you can start him with confidence.
Zach Ertz (Philadelphia) – A groin injury had kept Ertz limited during practice and that’s why he’s questionable for Monday’s game. It wouldn’t be wise to wait until Monday to find out whether Ertz will play, especially since he will likely be a game time decision. Bench him and start someone else this week.