Thu Sep 12 8:14am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
There already were some major injuries in Week 1, knocking some pretty prominent players out of fantasy lineups. This shouldn’t come as a great surprise. The key for fantasy teams is trying to navigate those injuries. It is never an easy thing to do. Having quality depth and working the waiver wire are two keys to getting through injuries. Hopefully, you are able to get through any injuries this season. Here is the latest from around the league. . . . .
Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs. Hill was injured during the opener and is going to miss some time. He is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sternoclavicular joint injury. He is not going to get placed on Injured Reserve, which is a positive. But while Hill is out, rookie Mecole Hardman should get plenty of chances to fill the role of Hill in the Chiefs offense.
Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets. Enunwa injured his neck once again and will miss the rest of the season This is his second serious neck injury, so you have to wonder if his career is over. Neck injuries are nothing to mess with.
Albert Wilson, WR, Dolphins. Wilson aggravated his calf injury during the opener and played just a handful of snaps. He is out of practice to start the week and is likely to miss this week’s game. The Dolphins are likely going to make sure he is back to full strength before putting him back in your lineup.
Trey Burton, TE, Bears. Burton missed the opener because of a groin injury and remains iffy to play this week. He is trending towards being a game-time decision. We might just avoid him this week until he gets through a full game healthy.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers. Olsen is battling a back injury and is yet to practice this week. The Panthers have a short week with a Thursday game, so Olsen isn’t a sure thing to play. Consider him a game-time decision. Ian Thomas starts for the Panthers if Olsen is unable to play.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers. The injury bug has hit Henry once again. He suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee. Henry is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks because of the injury. Virgil Green and Sean Culkin are likely to split the tight end duties for the Chargers while Henry is out.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard is in the concussion protocol but is already on the field practicing some, which is a good sign. He has a decent chance to play this week, but will need to be cleared before the week is out. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest but things look pretty good for him right now.
A.J. Green, WR, Bengals. Green is out of his walking book and ran some in practice this week. He said he is pain free, which is good to hear. Green likely misses another week or two of action, though. The good news is he is trending the right way towards a return. Tyler Boyd and John Ross will continue to start while Green is out of the lineup.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals. Mixon sprained his ankle in last week’s game and had to leave the game. He did not suffer a serious sprain, though, and has a chance to play this week. Consider him questionable and a game-time decision. If he misses the game this week, expect him back in the lineup Week 3.
Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins. Reed remains in the concussion protocol. He remains uncertain to play this week. We should have a better idea of his status before the week is out, but things don’t look great for him at the moment. Get other options ready. Vernon Davis starts for the Redskins if Reed misses another game.
Keke Coutee, WR, Texans. Coutee was unable to play in the opener because of a sprained ankle. He is already practicing this week and seems a good bet to return to action. It isn’t certain the role he’ll play with Kenny Stills on board and scoring last week. Coutee will either be No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart for the Texans at receiver.
Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice suffered another injury, spraining his knee last week. The only positive is he didn’t suffer a season-ending injury. He is dealing with a sprain and might just miss a few weeks. Adrian Peterson should be active and starting for the Redskins with Guice out.
Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers. Coleman sprained his ankle last week and couldn’t return to action. He is dealing with a pretty significant sprain and likely will miss at least a few weeks. Matt Breida starts with Raheem Mostert also getting work as the top backup with Coleman injured.
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers. Williams injured his knee in Week 1 and couldn't return to action. The Chargers aren’t revealing much about the injury, but head coach Anthony Lynn indicated the injury was somewhat serious. This is not a good sign for Williams being able to play this week. Get ready to use other options. Travis Benjamin should take his spot in the starting lineup for the Chargers.
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks. Lockett is dealing with some sort of back injury and didn’t practice Wednesday. We aren’t sure if this was just a precaution, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Lockett likely will be ready for the game, but make sure he gets in some practice before the week is out.
Michael Badgley, K, Chargers. Badgley was scratched from last week’s game because of a groin injury. He remains limited in practice because of a groin injury. He is looking questionable to play once again. Ty Long will kick for the Chargers if Badgley is out once again. We would just go with other options.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard will not be traded at the deadline, according to a source. The organization can also have him under control for two to three more years depending on franchise or transition tags, too.
Fantasy Spin: Howard is having a down year statistically, as head coach Bruce Arians has relied upon the tight end more for his blocking ability. At this point he has devolved into a TE2 in most fantasy formats, but at least it appears he won't be changing organizations anytime soon.
Green Bay Packers SS Ibraheim Campbell (knee) and TE Jace Sternberger (ankle) were able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. The team has 21 days to let them practice to decide upon activating them and having the players count against the 53-man roster.
Miami Dolphins DE Robert Nkemdiche (undisclosed) and CB Cordrea Tankersley (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both players started on the Physically Unable to Practice (PUP) list. The two players can practice up to 21 days before the team has to decide to activate them and count against the 53-man roster.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (knee) was able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. He remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he can practice up to 21 days without counting against the 53-man roster. The hope is that he can return as soon as Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with CBs Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and William Jackson III (shoulder) out.
Coming out of a bye week, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is in prime position to pick up where he left off after a dominating Week 5 performance. After trouncing the Bears Defense for 143 total yards and two rushing scores two weeks ago, the 21-year-old will be leaned on heavily once again versus a susceptible Packers run defense in Week 7. Green Bay has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season, which includes six rushing touchdowns allowed over their past four games. Look for the Raiders to keep the ball on the ground and in the hands of Jacobs, who owns a dominant 72% carry share over his backups Jalen Richard and Deandre Washington. He's also improved as a pass-catcher over his last two games, putting him a step closer to becoming a true bell-cow back. The first-round rookie is a firm RB2 ahead of Sunday's game with the potential to finish as an RB1 if he continues to get more involved in the passing game.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley was not able to play last week but appears to have a chance to be active for Week 7. He should be a starting option if he plays, but fantasy players should have other options available in case Gurley misses another game.
Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and CB Jalen Ramsey (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said the goal is to have newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) ready to play in Week 7 against the Falcons. Ramsey missed the last three games with the Jaguars before being dealt to the Rams this week to help shore up their secondary issues. If he makes his debut with LA this Sunday, he'd be tasked with shadowing and slowing down Falcons stud receiver Julio Jones. That'd be a downgrade to Jones' matchup, but he's still a must-start for fantasy purposes after going over 100 yards in a bounce-back game in Week 6. Against Atlanta's explosive offense, the Rams are off the streaming radar this weekend.
Free-agent WR Ryan Grant (Raiders) signed with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, Oct. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released RB Tra Carson.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Rodgers is in no danger of missing the Week 7 game but may be without some of his pass catchers because of injuries. He can still be considered a starting option in all leagues.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Jones had his four-game touchdown streak snapped last week and received only 11 carries during the game. He is still the main option in the running game and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option because of his touchdown potential.
Green Bay Packers S Darnell Savage (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. CB Tony M. Brown (hamstring) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) were limited during practice. OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), LB Oren Burks (chest), DT Kenny Clark (calf), CB Kevin King (groin, knee), S Will Redmond (ankle, shoulder) and LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) fully participated in practice.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been arguably the best tight end in fantasy football since last season. He's continuing his strong play this season and should put together another solid game in Week 7. Kelce has a matchup against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Kelce has been heavily involved in the offense basically every single week. Fantasy owners can feel safe about Kelce being a top tier TE1 for Week 7 in Denver.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller will once again have a prominent role in the offense in Sunday's matchup versus the Green Bay Packers. He has far and away led the team through five games with 37 receptions and 359 yards, proving to be a reliable receiving option for quarterback Derek Carr who has largely favored his tight ends over the last two seasons. With Tyrell Williams questionable ahead of this weekend's contest, the air attack will funnel through Waller with the team likely playing from behind as seven-point underdogs. The 28-year-old has displayed a reliable floor and can be fired up as a TE1 for Week 7 as he's well past due to secure his first touchdown of the season.
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (chest, concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Allison will need to pass all of the concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so his status will not be known until later in the week. He has been more involved over the last few weeks but probably can be avoided in most leagues even if he plays.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check later in the week to see if Valdes-Scantling is in any danger of missing the Week 7 game. He has been held to under 50 yards in each of the last three games but still be a flex option in some leagues if he plays.
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Graham was held to only 17 yards last week but could have a solid role in the passing game if he plays since the Packers have multiple injuries at receiver. He could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle had a huge Week 5 performance where he caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He saw eight targets during his huge Week 5 game, but then he was targeted just three times during the Week 6 loss to the Texans. It seems like that performance might have just been a fluke. Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson are all above Pringle on the depth chart. It's unlikely Pringle will get more than two or three targets with all those receivers healthy. He could be a desperation flex in deep leagues, but most fantasy owners should bench or drop Pringle. Most fantasy owners shouldn't bother with Pringle for the Week 7 matchup versus the Denver Broncos.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have his work cut out for him this Sunday when his team travels to Green Bay to face the Packers. The veteran has done a commendable job managing games so far this season, proving to be a better real-life quarterback than in the fantasy game. Carr has surprisingly led his team to a 3-2 record on the season, but has yet to surpass 17 fantasy points in a single contest. His task will be even tougher this weekend if Tyrell Williams foot injury doesn't heal in time to face a Packers Defense that's currently giving up the seventh-fewest FPPG to the QB position. Carr can be safely ignored in all formats for Week 7 and for the foreseeable future.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is coming off a very solid performance against the Green Back Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 6, but fantasy owners may want to temper expectations with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town in Week 7. The Vikings have allowed just one 100-yard receiver through the first six weeks of the season, and while fantasy owners will point to the 10 touchdowns allowed to wide receivers over that same time frame, a good chunk of those scores came in garbage time. The Lions haven't won in two weeks but have been playing very good football nonetheless, so extended garbage time looks may not be in store in this game. Slot Golladay in as a mid-range WR2 in this matchup.