Week 1 was rough. Fantasy players lost some key starters this weekend, and the Week 2 injury report won’t offer much hope for owners of Andrew Luck, Danny Woodhead, and Danny Amendola.
However, we are going to do the best we can with breaking down what the injuries mean for your Fantasy team. We’ll also throw in some Fantasy advice and what to do if a certain players is hurt.
Let’s start with the quarterbacks…
Week 2 Injury Report
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Luck has already been ruled out for Week 2 by coach Chuck Pagano. As we noted last week, Luck’s absence will negatively affect the performance of his receivers and tight ends. T.Y. Hilton was targeted seven times in Week 1 but only managed three receptions and 57 receiving yards. Donte Moncrief only caught one pass and tight end Jack Doyle only caught two passes.
It might be time to look at Sam Bradford and Deshone Kizer as replacements for Luck.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson was limited at practice on Monday with an ankle injury, but he is now expected to start tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The rookie had his moments in the preseason, but there’s no reason for you to start him or have him on your Fantasy bench. He still has a learning curve he needs to overcome, and the offense for the Houston Texans is riddled with injuries.
On a quick turnaround dealing with an ankle issue, it will be a long night for the 21-year old quarterback.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
Johnson needs wrist surgery, and the Cardinals aren’t expecting him to come back until Christmas. If that’s literally what happens, Johnson’s first game back will be in Week 16.
In his place, the Cardinals are expected to use Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams in a committee. You may still want to hold on to Johnson for a few more weeks until more details emerge about his recovery process, but if you’re in desperate need of a back, you may need to drop him.
Danny Woodhead, Baltimore Ravens
Woodhead could be out for at least a month with a hamstring injury. In his short appearance in Week 1, he looked like he was going to be a PPR stud with three catches for 33 yards.
Terrance West and Buck Allen will now handle the majority of the work. If you need to drop Johnson because you’re weak at running back now, look at adding Allen.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Some Fantasy players may have already written Howard off after Tarik Cohen came out of nowhere and scored 25.30 Fantasy points in PPR leagues.
Now, Howard could be even more likely to be on more benches because he was limited in practice Wednesday. He’s reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury, which keeps adding to the bad news for Fantasy players who drafted him in Round 2.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson is out for the year with a torn ACL. It’s terrible news, but there is reason to believe his Fantasy production would have already been limited this year.
Against the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles only attempted 21 passes. The coaching staff seems committed to giving running back Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory as many carries as they can handle. They each combined for 35 carries in Week 1.
Kevin White, Chicago Bears
What a poor break for this guy. He broke his shoulder blade in Week 1, and he was placed on IR. He could have surgery, which would end his season.
Kendall Wright was only targeted four times against the Atlanta Falcons, but he’s now one of the best receivers on the Bears by default. He may be worth adding if you want to build a deeper bench.
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys
Williams surprisingly led the Cowboys in receiving yards (68) against the New York Giants, but he’s dealing with an ankle injury right now that could keep him off the field for Week 2.
He missed practice Wednesday.
Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
The 31-year old receiver had a great Fantasy performance last Thursday, hauling in six passes for 100 yards. But just as his bandwagon was forming, a concussion could keep him on the sidelines for a cushy matchup against the New Orleans Saints this week.
In his place, recently acquired Phillip Dorsett may get more work. Chris Hogan may also see more targets as well.
C.J. Fiedorowicz/Ryan Griffin/Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans
Does Watson have any chance of winning this game with three of his tight ends out?
All of these players are dealing with concussions, which is why the Texans promoted Evan Baylis from the practice squad. Wide receiver Will Fuller is already expected to miss two or three months, which just leaves Watson with DeAndre Hopkins and Jaelen Strong as his main targets.
Before heading out, make sure to check out the video below to see the best players on the waiver wire to target this week.
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