Week 2 is right around the corner and we have plenty of injuries to talk about! here is the full list of fantasy-relevant players that are dealing with injuries, and the impact that they will have on your team!
Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders)- After being questionable last week, Jacobs will miss this upcoming matchup against the Steelers as he is dealing with a toe and ankle injury. Kenyan Drake will be the lead back for this team this week and I see him as a great flex player for week 2. Despite the difficult matchup, Drake should be involved in the passing game as well as the receiving game adding value in PPR leagues.
Odell Beckham Jr. (Cleveland Browns)- Another week of OBJ’s absence, leaving Jarvis Landry as the WR 1. I would put Landry as a flex play this week with WR 3 upside. Other than that, no other fantasy relevant players in this Cleveland receiving game. Because he was declared out five days before game time, his availability for week 3 is a cause for concern.
Will Fuller (Miami Dolphins)- Fuller is out with personal reasons this week and Head Coach Brian Flores refused to even say if he will even return to the team in 2021. This is obviously a big concern for fantasy owners as his status for this season is up in the air. Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker are the main beneficiaries of Fuller’s absence. Both Waddle and Parker should be flex options until proven otherwise.
Marquis Brown (Baltimore Ravens)- Brown did have a limited practice on Friday and has a good chance of playing Sunday night against the Chiefs. The game is on Sunday night so a backup plan is needed if Brown is declared out before game-time. I would not recommend starting Brown anyways until we see some consistency from this Ravens offense. Unfortunately, there are no other WR’s on the Ravens that I am interested in for fantasy.
Michael Pittman/ Parris Campbell (Indianapolis Colts)- Both Pittman and Campbell were added to the injury report on Friday which is never a good sign. Even if these players were both healthy, I would still recommend keeping them on your bench until proven otherwise. Zach Pascal is a risky flex this week as he should be the WR 1.
Keelan Cole/ Jamison Crowder (New York Jets)- Another WR duo with the same fantasy advice. Both questionable and both shouldn’t have been in your starting lineup anyways. Corey Davis is the only Jets player that I trust.
Jonnu Smith (New England Patriots)- Smith was added to the injury report on Thursday but it is looking like he is expected to suit up this Sunday unless any setbacks occur. Smith has a great matchup and should be a solid start this week. If Smith is out, Hunter Henry would take his place and would also be a decent start.
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D’Andre Swift/ Jamaal Williams (Detroit Lions)- Another duo on this list, both players were limited in practice on Friday but the Lions RB coach stated that there is no concern on the availability for either of these two. Having an extra day to rest will help them as well. There isn’t much concern here, and I have Swift as a solid RB 2 and Williams as a great flex.
Trey Sermon (San Francisco 49ers)- After a healthy inactive week for Sermon, it seems that he will get his chance for week 2. the 49ers Offensive Coordinator stated that Sermon will be active and he has had an impressive week in practice. Sermon will be involved in this offense but I would not recommend starting him. Elijah Mitchell seems to be the RB 1 as of now, but because of the RB rotation that the 49ers like to do, I am not starting any 49ers RB until one ascends above the rest
.Zach Moss (Buffalo Bills)- Another player that was a healthy inactive last week, Moss seems like he will play this Sunday. His involvement is another question and I would not recommend any Buffalo RB this week against Miami.
Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)- Aiyuk got in full practices in the second half of this week and is expected to play this Sunday. Because of his injury, he has fallen in the depth chart and will need to work his way back up now that he is healthy. Aiyuk is a perfect example of a bench until proven otherwise (hopefully sooner rather than later).
Gabriel Davis (Buffalo Bills)- Davis was limited all week but is expected to play this Sunday against the Dolphins. Im not worried about his health, I am more worried about his opportunity. There are so many “mouths to feed” in Buffalo and this limits Davis’ ceiling. I see Davis as a low-end flex option.
Darnell Mooney (Chicago Bears)- Mooney has been dealing with a back injury but he still practiced in full this week and played 100% of the snaps last Sunday. He should be good to go this week but until Justin Fields takes over, I see Mooney as a low-end flex every week.