Injury Report Analysis – Week 1 (Wells, Moreno & More)

Let’s take a look at the NFL Injury Report (click here for the full report from nfl.com) and some of the bigger impacts on fantasy lineups for Week 1:

Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – Running Back
Probable – Hamstring
He’s been practicing all week so look for him to play, but be cautious.  He is still working his way back from a hamstring injury and will share carries with Correll Buckhalter.  Of course, Moreno’s ability to make the most of his touches makes him worth using in all deeper formats, but those in shallower formats could consider going a different route.

Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – Running Back
Questionable – Knee
According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website (via Twitter), “Whiz said it’ll be gametime decision. Could contribute a few plays, Whiz added.”  That is in regards to Wells, who is nursing a knee injury.  He should be on your bench at this point, with Tim Hightower certainly usable as a RB3.

Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – Tight End
Probable – Knee
Yeah, he’s going to suit up, but the talk all week is that he is not likely to play many snaps and may be limited for the first few games.  According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle (click here for the article), “Daniels is expected to take 15 to 20 snaps in his first game action since suffering the season-ending knee injury at Buffalo last season”. That tells you that for Week 1, you want to find another option.

Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – Wide Receiver
Questionable – Foot
He continues to improve from his foot surgery, but according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post (click here for the post), it is no guarantee that he is active for Sunday.  Of course, having missed the entire preseason, he’s also fourth on the depth chart trailing Jabar Gaffney, Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd.  He’s got the potential to develop into usability by year’s end, but at this point is value is nil.

Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – Quarterback
Questionable – Ankle
He’s going to play, which is really all we need to know.  If you drafted him as your starting quarterback, it’s safe to use him at this point.  Of course, I’d much rather have him as my backup, so what it really comes down to is the other options available to you.  He was listed as the 14th quarterback on our Week 1 rankings (click here to view).

Michael Bush – Oakland Raiders – Running Back
Questionable – Thumb
Expected to be out for a few weeks, it now appears that he may play on Sunday.  According to the Oakland Tribune (click here for the article), Bush is improved, though coach Tom Cable said, “No, we threw some stuff to him today” when asked if Bush was thrown harder balls.  It would appear that he’s not likely to have a big impact this week, but Darren McFadden’s chances to entrench himself as the go to back is now limited.  We’ll see how this plays out, but both are better served as depth options for now.

Laurence Maroney – New England Patriots – Running Back
Questionable – Thigh
While he may not play a huge role in the Patriots offense this season, his absence takes a little pressure off Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris.  Taylor is likely the biggest benefactor, as he is the starting running back and is likely the Patriots back you want to own.

What are your thoughts on these situations?  Who would you start?  Who would you sit?

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