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Week 1 Injury Report: Let’s Focus On Odell Beckham

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Finally, we made it! The 2017 Fantasy Football season kicks off tonight with the New England Patriots facing the Kansas City Chiefs.

For the most part, the biggest names in Fantasy Football escaped training camp and preseason without any major injuries. Of course, the major focus is going to be on Odell Beckham.

If you drafted him, you need to have a backup plan if he can’t start.

There are also a few other important players fighting off injuries, so we are going to give you updates via the Week 1 Injury Report to help you prepare for Week 1.

Week 1 Injury Report


Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck is ruled out for Week 1 with a shoulder injury, and there’s no timetable for when he will return. Scott Tolzien will start in Luck’s absence, which means T.Y. Hilton owners should expect a dip in production from the talented receiver.

The only player that might have more upside with Luck out is tight end Jack Doyle. He should see a lot of short passes in the first game of the season.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Joe Cool missed all the preseason with a back injury, but coach John Harbaugh said he will be ready to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.

The 32-year old quarterback had a tough time against the Bengals last season, throwing just one touchdown pass and two interceptions in two games. You probably weren’t planning on starting him, but this is a game where I’d sit Flacco. He’s going to be rusty because he missed time, and we also don’t know how he will gel with Jeremy Maclin, Ben Watson, and Danny Woodhead.

Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos

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Lynch was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain at the end of August, and he is expected to miss at least five weeks.

Why is this important?

If Trevor Siemian goes down with an injury early in the year, the next man up is Brock Osweiler. If you own Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders, it will be a long season if the Denver Broncos are forced to start Osweiler.


Running Back

Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens

Woodhead practiced in full this week, but he didn’t have much time to build a rapport with the starting offense.

The veteran has more upside in a PPR league, as he could become a favorite check-down target for Flacco. However, we also don’t know how much work Terrance West and Buck Allen will get this week.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos

Booker will have a scan on his wrist on Friday, so we’ll have an update on Saturday to see the latest prognosis.

But as this is one of the most crowded backfields in football, there’s no reason he needs to be on your roster right now.

D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans

Foreman missed the last two weeks of the preseason with a thigh injury, but he should be ready to play in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lamar Miller is still the starter, but Foreman could steal goal-line touches because of his 235-pound frame. If you own Miller, this could be an issue throughout the entire 2017 Fantasy Football season.

Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahakws

Rawls is questionable for this week, and it appears his ankle injury may be more serious than the Seahawks were letting on.

Coach Peter Carroll said Eddie Lacy can handle a full workload, and C.J. Prosise is healthy to start the season. Even if Rawls can play this week, you might want to hold off until we see how he looks and how the rest of the backs perform.


Wide Receiver

Breshad Perriman, Baltimore Ravens

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The former first-round pick of the 2015 NFL draft should be able to play in Week 1, but don’t expect much from him.

He’s returning from a hamstring injury, and the 23-year old receiver will have to compete with Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace for Flacco’s attention.

Jordan Matthews, Buffalo Bills

Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum in his first practice with the Bills, and he’s been slowly working his way towards playing in Week 1.

He hasn’t had much time to work with the starters, though, so he’s better to have on your bench than on your starting roster.

John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals

The speedy rookie is out because of a knee injury, and he might not return until Week 3 at the earliest.

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Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

Thomas left the third preseason game with a groin injury, but he returned to practice on Wednesday.

Thomas is a bit of a sleeper, as Fantasy players are discounting his value because Siemian is the starting quarterback. However, even with Siemian under center last season, Thomas finished eighth in the league in red-zone targets.

Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

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The rookie was generating a lot of buzz this offseason, but a groin injury makes his status uncertain for Week 1.

If you’re trying to be sneaky and start a receiver on the Rams this week, it should be Robert Woods.

Odell Beckham, New York Giants

OBJ obviously wants to play, but he did not participate in practice on Wednesday. He hasn’t been cleared to play, so we have to wait to see if he makes it into the lineup for Week 1.

Start planning accordingly now if he can’t play.

Tight End

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Known for being injury prone, Eifert was able to practice this week. He had a solid game against the Ravens in Week 12 last year, posting a 5-68-1 stat line.

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

He probably won’t be a name you hear often this year, but we wanted to make sure Kittle was on your radar at least for the first week of the season.

Because the 49ers traded Vance McDonald, Kittle is the starting tight end. However, he aggravated his hamstring on Wednesday and is now listed as limited.

Logan Paulsen and Garret Celek could fill in, but I think this makes Pierre Garcon an even better play.


Before you go, make sure to check out the video below. Starters like Jay Ajayi and Jameis Winston won’t play in Week 1, and Ezekiel Elliott’s ban may start in Week 2. Watch below for all the details.

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