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Injury Status: Week 2

Thu Sep 16 11:08am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

There weren’t too many awful injuries the first week of the season but a few, which is to be expected. Hopefully, the trend of few injuries continues, though. A man can dream, right? Here is the latest. . . . .

Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills. Davis has some sort of lower body injury and was unable to practice Wednesday. We aren’t sure the severity of the injury just yet, so don’t rule him out by any means. If he gets in some work before the week is out, Davis should be good to go. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. 

Evan Engram, TE, Giants. Engram has been ruled out for the second straight game. He will miss the Week 2 game because of a calf injury. He has been slow to heal from this one. We are not sure how much longer he will be out.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns. Beckham is another player that has already been ruled out for this week’s game. He will miss because of a knee injury. He should be back sooner than later, but use other options this week.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants. Barkley played last week but was limited in the game. He didn’t get a full workload as he returned from his torn ACL. Barkley has a short week this week but is expected to play once again despite being limited in practice this week. Barkley probably won’t play a full game but should get around double-digit touches.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets. Crowder is set to return from the COVID list this week and move back into the starting lineup for the Jets. This might move rookie Elijah Moore a little down the depth chart, so keep that in mind if you had thoughts on using Moore. Crowder might take some targets away from him.

Tyrell Williams, WR, Lions. Williams is in the concussion protocol and is out of practice to start the week. He could be cleared before the week is out, but get other options ready. it is not looking good for him right now as he has been out of practice to start the week. 

Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles. Sanders has been limited in practice to start the week because of an ankle injury. We wouldn’t get too worried up about this right now, but it is something to watch going forward. Make sure keeps getting some practice in before plugging him in your lineup. As long as he is active, Sanders has pretty good value to fantasy teams as a starter in this offense.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, Texans. Brown got more work than Jordan Akins in the opener and had four receptions for 67yards. Unfortunately, he got banged up in the game. He is battling ankle and shoulder injuries and is out of practice to start the week. He is not being ruled out, but looking iffy right now. He will need to get some practice time in before the week is out if he hopes to play. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos. Jeudy suffered a major ankle injury and is going to miss several weeks of action. He is not done for the year but is going to miss a chunk of time. Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler should get more playing time while Jeudy is out of the lineup.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys. Gallup suffered a calf injury in the open and was placed on Injured Reserve. He is going to miss at least three games because of the injury. Hopefully, that is all he misses, but nothing is certain. Cedrick Wilson should take Gallup’s spot in the lineup and has some potential in an explosive pass offense.

Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers. Mostert is done for the season, needing knee surgery. He ended up having more extensive surgery than first thought, leading him to be done for the year. It is not known yet the back that will take the lead role, but Elijah Mitchell should get first shot at the job.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington. Fitzpatrick suffered a pretty major hip injury and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action. Taylor Heinicke will start in his place. 

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 jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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Tua Tagovailoa Oct 16 11:10am ET
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The Miami Dolphins officially activated quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (ribs) off Injured Reserve on Saturday, and he is on track to start in Week 6 against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Dolphins also elevated wide receivers Isaiah Ford and Kirk Merritt from the practice squad to the active roster for this weekend's game. Tagovailoa returned to practice this week and avoided any setbacks, so the 23-year-old second-year signal-caller will take over as the starter after fracturing his ribs in Week 2. His return is good news for the offense, but the dual-threat QB has largely underwhelmed since becoming the starter in Week 7 last year. Tagovailoa was 16-for-27 for 202 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the season-opening loss to the New England Patriots. The Jags are a nice matchup to return to, but Tagovailoa will remain a low-end QB2 until further notice.

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Jonnu Smith Oct 16 11:10am ET
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Chris Carson Oct 16 11:10am ET
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Hunter Henry Oct 16 11:00am ET
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New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games. He appears to be finally getting into a groove after a slow start to the season. Now, he'll get a matchup against a Dallas Cowboys defense that has struggled to contain tight ends. This could be a pass-heavy type of game for New England, which should be good for Henry. Quarterback Mac Jones is beginning to build chemistry with his teammates. Fantasy managers should consider Henry a low-end TE1 for their Week 6 matchup with Dallas.

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Kendrick Bourne Oct 16 10:50am ET
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New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has done his job whenever he is called upon. Sadly for him, the Patriots have a handful of other options and don't look his way often. Last week, Bourne hauled in all three of his targets for 26 yards in the win. He usually makes the play when targeted, but has only been thrown the ball 22 times through five games. There could be an uptick in value for Bourne heading into the Week 6 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. It'll likely be a pass-heavy gameplan, which means possibly more chances for Bourne. However, he won't be anything more than a desperation PPR option while everyone is healthy in the receiving game.

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Nelson Agholor Oct 16 10:40am ET
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New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor hasn't been able to make much noise since the season opener. In fact, he has three receptions or less in every game since Week 1. That's unlikely to change against a Cowboys defense that ranks ninth in pass DVOA so far in 2021. The Patriots brought in Agholor to be their deep threat, but they don't take too many risks with the ball. Quarterback Mac Jones tends to lean on short passes, which cuts Agholor out of the gameplan. He'll be a desperation flex option against the Cowboys in Week 6.

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Jakobi Meyers Oct 16 10:40am ET
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New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has not scored a touchdown this season, which continues to hinder his value. Despite that, he has been able to hold his own because he appears to be rookie Mac Jones favorite target. Meyers has seen double digit targets twice in five games this season. He might see another with Damien Harris (ribs) questionable for the Week 6 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. The Patriots will likely go pass-heavy, assuming Harris is sidelined. That means, Meyers should be a fine WR3 for this game against a surprisingly decent Cowboys defense.

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Brandon Bolden Oct 16 10:30am ET
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New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden could be in line for a bigger workload heading into the Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Lead back Damien Harris (ribs) is questionable to suit up in this game. That means, Bolden and a committee of others could see increased roles. Last week, Bolden rushed the ball twice, but also hauled in four receptions through the air. No one should compare Bolden to James White, but it seems New England wants Bolden to be their receiving back. There isn't a ton of upside here and Bolden should be considered a low-end streaming option in PPR formats.

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Rhamondre Stevenson Oct 16 10:30am ET
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New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson finally was able to get into some action last week. Coming into Week 5, Stevenson had one carry on the season, but that changed versus Texans. Sadly, there wasn't much success as Stevenson carried the ball 11 times for 23 yards in the win. Lead back Damien Harris (ribs) is questionable heading into their Week 6 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. That means, Stevenson could be asked to carry the ball 10 or so times again. There isn't much upside here with Stevenson, so he should be considered a desperation deep league option. He wasn't able to move the ball versus Houston, so that's unlikely to change this week.

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Mac Jones Oct 16 10:20am ET
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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has failed to impress over the first five games of the season. He has posted one multi-touchdown game, but has only surpassed the 280-yard mark once through five contests. The rookie quarterback will now head into a tough matchup against the Dallas Cowboys defense. Normally, the Cowboys defense wouldn't be intimidating, but they rank ninth in pass DVOA so far in 2021. It wouldn't be surprising to see Jones struggle to move the ball in this one. He'll be a desperation streaming option, but should be avoided in most formats.

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Demetric Felton Oct 16 10:00am ET
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Cleveland Browns running back Demetric Felton could have an expanded role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee) is questionable with a knee/wrist injury. Felton will have a complementary role and should see an uptick in carries along with D'Ernest Johnson as the backups to Hunt. The 23-year-old logged three snaps on offense and returned two punts for 17 yards in Sunday's Week 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Felton and Johnson could see additional touches in Week 6. The UCLA product is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

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D'Ernest Johnson Oct 16 9:50am ET
D'Ernest Johnson

Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson could have a vital role in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals. Browns star RB Nick Chubb (calf) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, and RB Kareem Hunt (knee, wrist) is questionable with a wrist/knee injury. Johnson will have a complementary role on Sunday and is the only other running back on the Browns to see carries this season besides Hunt and Chubb. While Hunt is expected to suit up, the Browns have a game scheduled for Thursday next week; Johnson, along with Demetric Felton, could see additional touches in Week 6. The 25-year-old is worth stashing in deep-league formats while Chubb is sidelined and Hunt is banged up.

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Isaiah Ford Oct 16 9:13am ET
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Randall Cobb Oct 16 6:40am ET
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Robert Tonyan Oct 16 6:20am ET
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Aaron Jones Oct 16 6:10am ET
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Davante Adams Oct 16 6:00am ET
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is coming off his best game of the season in last Sunday's Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He hauled in 11-of-16 targets for 206 yards and a touchdown. The Packers star receiver gets the Chicago Bears in Week 6, has been dreadful against WR1s, and is ranked 30th against the opposing team's top targets. Adams has dominated the Bears in the past, reeling in 67 catches for 814 yards and eight touchdowns over 14 games against Chicago in his career. The 28-year-old should have success again versus the Bears, and a is a surefire WR1 in Week 6.

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Aaron Rodgers Oct 16 5:40am ET
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown exactly two touchdowns in three straight games and is coming off his first 300-yard effort in last Sunday's Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The future Hall of Famer gets divisional rival the Chicago Bears in Week 6. Chicago has allowed the fifth-fewest points to quarterbacks and ranks third in pass DVOA this season. Rodgers has completed 107-of-163 attempts for 1,241 passing yards and a 10:3 TD: INT ratio while rushing for eight yards on seven attempts and a score over five games in 2021. The 37-year-old has typically done well against the Bears and has a passing rating of 107.2 with 55 touchdowns over 25 games versus Chicago in his career. Fantasy managers can fire up Rodgers as a low-end QB1 in Week 6.

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