by Ray Kuhn
Injuries are a part of all fantasy sports. Unfortunately, they simply cannot be avoided. However, in fantasy football, due to the nature of both the sport and the game, they feel more critical. Football is just once a week and you only have 12 or 13 weeks to get into the playoffs. You cannot afford to leave a game, let alone a single point, on the table. Therefore, each week we are going to take a look at some injuries and their potential impacts
Thankfully, the first week of the NFL season was actually pretty quiet from an injury perspective. Now this is not something I want to jinx, as in a perfect world we wouldn’t even need this feature. However we know that is never going to be the case, so let’s take a look at notes to keep in mind as you set your Week 2 rosters:
- Evidently Roddy White’s ankle injury was worse than we assumed last week. I knew that it was an issue for the veteran receiver, but it seemed to me that it was just a case of White and the Falcons being cautious. Instead, he caught two passes for 19 yards on Sunday while only being targeted twice. White did play 37 snaps, but didn’t appear to be full strength. The problem here is that it is a high ankle sprain, and those are often more problematic. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, so I would stay away from White this week if possible. Granted his status might change leading up to the game, but he appears to be a risky start. White’s injury does boost the status of Atlanta’s third receiver Harry Douglas, who was targeted six times by Matt Ryan catching four passes for 83 yards.
- Staying in Atlanta, Julio Jones missed practice on Wednesday due to his knee injury. He did return on Thursday and there did not appear to be an issue for Jones last week as he caught seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. There does not appear to be a question about his status for this week and he should still slot in as a WR1, but just double check his status Sunday morning.
- It did not take long for Tony Romo to get banged up. He briefly left the game at the end of the first half against the Giants due to a hit to the ribs, but it appeared to just be a bruise and he returned without an issue. He has not missed any practice time this week and was in full pads on Wednesday, so I would not be concerned. Of course there is the possibility of re-injury, and the Chiefs are a tough defense, but he does not appear to have any limitations this week.
- There was also some concern with Dez Bryant and his foot, but that appears to be have been alleviated. He practiced in full the last two days and you can feel good about starting him this week.
- This is not the first time this season there have been some injury concerns surrounding Jamaal Charles. He was carted off the field during training camp, but that ended up being nothing. Entering this week’s game against the Cowboys Charles was having some issues with his quad, but both the running back and his coach do not appear to be concerned. Do not read into the fact that he is practicing on a limited basis, as that is just Andy Reid managing Charles’ workload.
- Reggie Bush dislocated his thumb on Sunday, but that did not slow him down as he gained 191 total yards against the Vikings. He also had an issue with his groin later in the game, but that also did not limit him. Heading into this week Detroit coach Jim Schwartz is also not concerned about either of Bush’s ailments, and while Joique Bell is a necessary handcuff if possible, it appears to be business as usual for Bush and his workload should remain the same from last week.
- I took a gamble including Le’Veon Bell in my running back rankings for this week, but it looks like his foot injury is more serious. Now it does not look like he will be back for another few weeks. In the meantime, Isaac Redman gets another starting nod this week against the Bengals and their tough defense. Redman also gets a slight boost in value from the season ending injury to La’Rod Stephens Howling, but he will need to produce this week if he hopes to hold off the recently resigned Jonathan Dwyer.
- Do not let Eric Decker’s struggles last week scare you off for this week. Between his poor performance and his shoulder injury that limited him in practice on Wednesday, it is understandable to have some trepidation about the wide receiver. He was upgraded on Thursday and appears to be all ready to go for this Sunday. I like Decker as a bounce back candidate this week as Peyton Manning looks to get him involved in the offense.
- Wes Welker has also been limited in practice the last two days with an ankle issue, but there does not appear to be anything to worry about here.
- After a pretty solid starting debut, Darryl Richardson has been legitimately limited in practice this week with a foot issue. He did practice on Thursday and did carry the load as the number one running back, although he was technically limited. Isaiah Pead is behind Richardson and might be a threat for a few touches, but Richardson is the clear starter. It is understandable if you are leery of the running back for this week, but I don’t think the foot will limit him that much, if at all. This should not change Richardson’s status as a lower end RB2 or flex option.
- Larry Fitzgerald gets a legitimate quarterback and promptly finds himself on the injury report, some luck. He has been practicing, but also has been limited by his hamstring injury. He says he is fine, and it is a good sign that he has been participating in practice. I would move forward with the receiver in your lineup as a WR1.
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