Week 1 Fantasy Injury Report

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Hey there, fantasy footballers! It is finally the week we have all been waiting for – week one of the NFL regular season. Did you draft a team that will lead you to a championship, or are you in for a bust? One way to make sure you are not losing valuable points is to check injury reports for each team. Luckily, we have them all here in one place.

**If you have not already done so, remove all Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneer players from your lineup as their game was postponed until Week 11.**

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

If you took a late round flyer on Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, you will be happy to know he passed concussion protocol and is expected to start. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been a full participant at practice as well, so all signs point to him suiting up on Sunday. The same cannot be said for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus who is battling a hip ailment.

The visiting Jets come in fairly healthy, as reserve safety Rontez Miles and backup tight end Jordan Leggett were the only players to miss practice on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Tyrod Taylor is no better than a QB2. Jordan Matthews should be kept on your bench but is not a terrible flex option in PPR formats. Zay Jones and Charles Clay could see less targets with Matthews in the line up.

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears

Other than a severely bruised ego suffered in Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons are a robust team heading into week one. Rookie running back Brian Hill is likely out, while tackle Austin Pasztor and running back Terron Ward were both limited in practice.

Chicago is not as fortunate, as several key players have missed practice this week. Corner Prince Amukamara, guard Kyle Long, and receiver Markus Wheaton were all out on Wednesday. In addition, linebackers Sam Acho and Pernell McPhee, defensive end Jonathan Bullard, and corner Sherrick McManis were all limited. With all those injuries on defense, virtually any Falcons skill player should perform at a high level.

Fantasy Impact: If Markus Wheaton sits out, Kendall Wright and Kevin White will be the unquestioned starters at the wide receiver position. Neither are safe plays until we see who Mike Glennon favors more in the passing game.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Flacco returned to practice following a back injury, but it is fair to wonder how he will perform against the Bengals. The Ravens have not won in Cincy since 2012, so it is probably wise to bench him regardless. Fortunately, if you selected Danny Woodhead in your PPR league, he has been full-go in practice this week.

For the Bengals, rookie receiver John Ross is sidelined with a knee sprain that could also hold him out of week two. As if he already was not in your starting lineup, this makes A.J. Green all the more appealing. Tight end Tyler Eifert was also a full participant, and he could have a breakout campaign this season

Fantasy Impact: The loss of John Ross should have a minimal impact in fantasy terms. A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert remain top-notch starts in this one. Danny Woodhead is a solid RB2 in PPR formats.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns

Cleveland received some bad news about number one overall pick Myles Garrett who was injured during Wednesday’s practice. The explosive defensive end out of Texas A&M suffered a high ankle sprain when a teammate inadvertently stepped on him, knocking the rookie out indefinitely. The Browns must feel the injury is serious since they signed Tyrone Holmes almost immediately. Tackle Joe Thomas has been dealing with knee issue that held him out of Wednesday’s practice, while guard Joel Bitonio was a limited participant. If either of those players misses Sunday’s match-up, it could spell disaster for rookie QB DeShone Kizer.

On the other hand, Pittsburgh appears in top shape, at least until Ben Roethlisberger inevitably gets dinged up throughout the season. Their only reported injury was reserve tackle Jerald Hawkins.

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers offense was already going to go off but things will be even easier with Myles Garrett out of the line up for the Browns. Start Roethlisberger, Bell, Brown, and Bryant with confidence.

Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions

Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both missed Wednesday’s practice, but it was not injury related, so they are good to go against Detroit. Guard Mike Iupati was limited, while Robert Nkemdiche and Deone Buccanon were both out. Buccanon, who suffered a setback with his ankle injury, will not dress for Sunday’s game.

Detroit had three limited participants on Wednesday: defensive end Ziggy Ansah, tackle Corey Robinson, and backup running back Zachary Zenner. None of those should be a major concern from a fantasy standpoint.

Fantasy Impact: There are no injuries expected to impact anyone’s fantasy value in this matchup.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans

If you were not already high on rookie running back Leonard Fournette, now is the time to get on board as fellow running back T.J. Yeldon missed practice with a hamstring injury. Should he miss time, that leaves Fournette and Chris Ivory as the only two healthy backs. On defense, the Jags are a bit banged up with safety Tashaun Gipson, corner Jalen Ramsey, and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. all being limited on Wednesday.

At this point, I just want to take a brief moment to step away from fantasy football to give a huge shout-out to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. After hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, Watt began organizing a donation drive with the hopes of raising $200,000. So far, he is up over $27 million. With that being said, there is no doubt that Houston will come out swinging on Sunday with plenty of heart to try to dominate this game. Though Alfred Blue and Will Fuller were both out of practice on Wednesday, the Texans are healthy overall.

Fantasy Impact: Leonard Fournette is a nice RB2 play and should see heavy volume with just Chris Ivory as a threat to steal any touches. DeAndre Hopkins should see plenty of targets with Will Fuller out and no other real threat in the passing game.

Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr both had their seasons ended abruptly on Christmas Eve last year, so this will be the first regular season action for them since December 2016. They are both stars on the rise with high expectations, and neither should be limited. The only hiccup for Mariota would be if tackle Taylor Lewan cannot go, but that should not be an issue givens Lewan’s limited participation on Wednesday.

Oakland, on the flip side, has a laundry list of injuries that could impact the outcome of this contest. Wideout Amari Cooper, linebacker Cory James, kicker Sebastian Janikowski, and guard Kelechi Osemele were all limited on Wednesday. Non-participants included starting fullback Jamize Olawale and reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack. Definitely keep an eye on those players as kick-off approaches. On the bright side, corner David Amerson is ready to go after clearing concussion protocol.

Fantasy Impact: Just keep an eye on Amari Cooper’s status but he is fully expected to play at this point.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins

Neither the Eagles nor the Redskins have any serious injury concerns heading into Week 1, although a number of Eagles player appeared as full participants on the initial report. One minor worry is the health of Redskins center Spencer Long who was limited on Wednesday due to a knee issue. Still, his availability does not appear to be in question.

Fantasy Impact: There are no injuries expected to impact anyone’s fantasy value in this matchup.

Indianapolis Colts @ LA Rams

Everything is peachy in LA, where the Rams had zero players on the injury report. The same cannot be said for the visiting Colts who are without starting QB Andrew Luck for at least this game. Also in doubt for Sunday’s game are starting corner Vontae Davis and first-string center Ryan Kelly. As such, T.Y. Hilton may not be the best WR1 to play this week, though he could see a healthy dose of targets from Scott Tolzien. Looks like another tough season could be in store for Indy.

Fantasy Impact: T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle, and Donte Moncrief are all questionable plays without Luck in the lineup. Hilton is still the best option in the pass game but is best used as a WR3 or flex option. Sit Doyle and Moncrief if you can.

Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers

The Seattle Seahawks are another team that is blessed to be mostly healthy heading into week one. Aside from a couple of backup defenders (Michael Wilhoite and Frank Clark), the only player in jeopardy of missing this game is Thomas Rawls. Given the depth at running back, and Eddie Lacy’s determination to show his former team what they are missing, Rawls’s absence should not affect the game plan. If Rawls cannot go, Lacy would be a smart play in nearly all leagues.

For the Packers, the only players who were limited on Wednesday were right tackle Bryan Bulaga and corner Davon House. Head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Bulaga appears on track to play, but House’s status merits monitoring.

Fantasy Impact: Eddie Lacy could be in for a heavy workload if Rawls is unable to go. One player worth stashing on your bench right now is Chris Carson. He could also be int he mix for touches and has been the most impressive Seattle RB throughout camp and the pre season.

Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers

Cam Newton is suffering no ill effects of his right shoulder injury, so the duel threat QB will be ready to make waves this week. Aside from him, backup defensive tackle Kyle Love was downgraded from a limited participant on Wednesday to out on Thursday, so his status is in doubt. All-in-all, though, the Panthers are in good shape.

In San Fran, the biggest concern is whether starting safety Jimmie Ward will be able to suit up after being limited in practice by a hamstring; unless you count their general lack of talent at skill positions, that is.

Fantasy Impact: The potential loss of Jimmie Ward would leave the 49ers defense in a tough spot against the pass. Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin, and Greg Olsen are all strong plays this week.

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New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

New York has a giant question mark in the form of Odell Beckham, Jr. OBJ has done some light practicing since spraining his ankle during the preseason, but he is highly questionable for week one. Backup linebacker Keenan Robinson was the only other Giant to miss practice.

America’s Team has a pretty clean slate to begin the year, but starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens missed practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury. The good news is that second-year pro Jaylon Smith is finally ready to make his NFL debut, so the Cowboys should be fine.

Fantasy Impact: Keep a close eye on Beckham’s status right up until kick-off. We would feel much more comfortable if he’s able to log a full practice tomorrow. If Beckham misses this game, Eli Manning would move down our rankings as a QB2. Brandon Marshall would be the biggest beneficiary with Sterling Shepard not far behind.

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

As of this posting, neither team had any injuries to report.

LA Chargers @ Denver Broncos 

As of this posting, neither team had any injuries to report.

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