Week 1 of the NFL season brought plenty of injury concerns for fantasy owners to sort through. Let’s take a look at who looks like they are going to play and who owners need to be replacing:
Arian Foster – Houston Texans – Questionable
While he’s listed as questionable, all signs point to him playing in Week 2. John McClain (via Twitter) has reported that, “Texans are 24-3 under Kubiak when they run at least 30 times. They’d like to get the ball to Foster 20 times and Tate at least 10.” If that is the case, Foster becomes a must use option and Tate not a recommended play. Barring a change in the news, I’d proceed with this type of split in mind, meaning get Foster in your active lineup.
Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – Questionable
While he is listed as questionable, Johnson returned to practice on Friday. According to Chris McCosky of The Detroit News on Thursday (click here for the article), “Neither receiver Calvin Johnson nor safety Louis Delmas returned to Lions practice Thursday. Johnson, who said Wednesday he expects to play against the Chiefs on Sunday, has a left ankle sprain.” Luckily he plays at 1 PM, so owners will be able to make a change if something happens at the last minute, but at this point he appears to be a safe play in all formats.
Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – Questionable
Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas (click here for the article) has a quote from owner Jerry Jones saying, “We’re going to have to monitor that and are monitoring it,” Jones said during a Friday morning appearance on KRLD-FM, the team’s flagship station. “He didn’t practice the last couple of days, but we’ll see how he does today and of course we’ve got at least 48 hours before kickoff time. Hopefully he’ll feel better as we get closer to Sunday.” With a 4 PM start, fantasy owners are going to have to make a decision. Hopefully we get more definitive word as to if he’s going to play or not, but if you have another option worth using, it would be advisable to make the switch. It was obvious last week how much the injury affected him, so if he’s banged up at all it could mean a less than stellar performance.
Brandon Lloyd – Denver Broncos – Questionable
He practiced on Friday, which is a good sign, though don’t consider it to mean that he’s going to suit up on Sunday. Monitor the news and hope for the best, but be ready to go with another option.
Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos – Questionable
The expectations are that he is not going to play on Sunday, especially with Jeremiah Johnson being promoted from the practice squad. If you can still handcuff yourself with Willis McGahee, it would be a good idea, just in case. Whatever you do, have Moreno on your bench.
Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – Questionable
He’s listed as questionable with a knee injury and it is looking like he’s going to be a game time decision. According to Manish Mehta (via Twitter), “Santonio Holmes’ availability for Sun (knee/quad) via ESPN radio: ‘We’ll see come Sunday. We’ll see what the doc says on Sunday.’” We’ll have to track his progress over the next 24 hours, but have a replacement ready incase you need to make a last minute switch.
Jacoby Ford – Oakland Raiders – Out
The Raiders looked like they were ready to really incorporate Ford into the offense, trying to get him the ball early and often. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury will keep him off the field in Week 2. He joins Louis Murphy as being listed as out on the injury report. To make matters worse, Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) is listed as questionable and has to be considered a tough option to trust. Chaz Schilens and Denarius Moore could be the starting receivers for their game against the Bills, but like Heyward-Bey, fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere for a receiving option.
Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars – Doubtful
As we’ve said many times, Lewis’ value comes solely from his play in the red zone (he was targeted just three times in Week 1). That makes him an extremely unreliable option for fantasy owners to begin with, especially with so many other tight ends stepping up and showing their abilities last week. Unless you play in an extremely deep format, finding an alternative off the waiver wire shouldn’t be very difficult.
LaRod Stephens-Howling – Arizona Cardinals – Questionable
He may not have too much value to fantasy owners at this point, but if he were forced to sit out Week 2 his absence could still have a major impact. Let’s not forget that he is listed as the primary backup for Beanie Wells and if he misses the game the team has few other options (Chester Taylor was only recently signed and is still learning the ins and outs of the offense). It’s worth monitoring, though Wells is a good play regardless.
Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – Questionable
With Marques Colston out for roughly a month, Moore is expected to help pick up the slack in New Orleans (along with Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem). Moore, however, is suffering from a groin injury, though he did practice on a limited basis on Friday. According to James Varney of The New Orleans Times-Picayune (click here for the article), “In addition, Lance Moore, one of Brees’ favorite targets, remained uncertain Thursday with a sore groin, although he has practiced on a limited basis this week. Coach Sean Payton has indicated he is optimistic Moore will play against the Bears.” With a 1 PM start, owners will have the opportunity to learn if he’s scratched or not prior to setting their lineup. Of course, even if he plays, the Saints are going to spread the ball all across the field. He’s an extremely risky play right now.
Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – Out
Like we needed another reason to be concerned about the Seahawks offense in general? They have the potential to be devastated by the Steelers this week.
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