Week 2 Fantasy News and Notes
Jones is an interesting case at QB. He has really great floor due to his running abilities, but he often doesn’t utilize that skill set enough. Meanwhile, his passing upside is relatively limited compared to the market. He’s a good fantasy QB, but not a great one and not one you can rely on. If you REALLY need a QB, he’s a good get.
Pollard is firmly entrenched as the 1B to Zeke Elliott right now and proved that he’s the most explosive back in Dallas. He’s worthy of starting at a flex spot in most leagues.
Patterson is a wide receiver now playing RB and still has hands that play. He’s a really great value right now and may be the RB1 in Atlanta.
So long as he stays healthy, Moore is going to be an absolute star. You need to roster him now, if he’s available.
Ruggs put up a 5/113/1 line against one of the best defenses in the NFL. He’s going to have similar opportunities as Nelson Agholor did last year in the Raiders offense. If he breaks a big one, he’ll have great fantasy days. If not, you’re SOL.
With Odell Beckham still sidelined and Jarvis Landry’s knee injury, the rookie out of UCLA caught a TD pass for the Browns and may end up being a legitimate starting WR for the next couple of weeks.
Injuries to Monitor
What a terrible weekend for injuries around the NFL. Here’s the laundry list of guys you will need to have your eyes on this week.
Tua left the Dolphins’ loss to the Bills with bruised ribs. It doesn’t appear to be a long term injury, but Jacoby Brissett may start Week 3 in Las Vegas against the Raiders.
Landry left the Browns win over Houston with an MCL injury and is considered week to week. Look at Felton, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz in his absence. Maybe also look at TE’s like Harrison Bryant and David Njoku is deeper leagues.
Mayfield’s left shoulder popped out of its socket against the Texans, but he finished the game. No cause for concern there, at least for now.
Cook missed a bit of time in the Vikings’ loss to Arizona with an ankle injury, but later came back in and finished the game. No long term concern here, but Alexander Mattison is worth rostering in all leagues.
Johnson had to leave the Steelers’ loss to the Raiders with a knee injury, but all reports suggest it was not serious. He still may not be able to go in Week 3 against the Bengals.
Shenault injured his shoulder in the Jags loss to Denver, but he is expected to be able to go in Week 3 against the Cardinals.
Dalton had to exit the Bears win over Cincinnati. MRI’s revealed that he did not suffer an ACL or MCL injury. Reports suggest this is a bone bruise right now and he is week to week. If he’s healthy, the Bears said he will be the starter. That being said, it looks as if Justin Fields will get his first start in Week 3 against the Browns right now.
Henderson suffered a rib injury in the Rams’ win over Indy. He did not return to the game, but initial prognosis is that this isn’t a long term injury. Still, he is questionable for Week 3. Sony Michel would be in line for that starting spot.
Wentz is dealing with multiple ankle injuries. He is having tests to determine the severity of the injuries. Multiple sprained ankles would suggest he is unlikely to play in Week 3 against the Titans, but he questionable as of Monday afternoon.
Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon, JaMycal Hasty
Tell me if you’ve heard this before: a San Francisco RB suffered an injury and his status for next week is in doubt. Mitchell, Sermon and Hasty all had to leave the 49ers’ win over the Eagles in Week 2 and newly acquired Trenton Cannon had to step in. The 49ers are now bringing in Lamar Miller and Duke Johnson to see if they can fill the void.
Mitchell suffered a right shoulder injury but returned late in the 4th quarter, Hasty suffered an ankle injury and Sermon suffered a concussion.
Taylor had to leave the Texans’ loss to the Browns at halftime due to a hamstring injury. There is no timetable for his return but he will NOT play Thursday night against the Panthers. Davis Mills played the entire second half for Houston and will likely start for the Texans in Week 3.
San Francisco backfield
Who the heck is going to be the guy in SF now? Watch out for the injury reports this week, but honestly this is a complete stay away for me. The team is bringing in Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller for visits, as well. It’s going to be a true committee there for a bit, although if Mitchell is healthy he looks to be the RB1 for now.
Brandon Aiyuk Part 2
At some point I have to believe Aiyuk is going to get his starting role back. He was simply too good in his rookie season. However, it doesn’t look good right now for the former Sun Devil and you definitely can’t start him in most leagues.
I know the game script was against them, but Gaskin only had 5 carries. The Dolphins backfield is a bit of a mess and who knows what’s going to happen if Tua is out for awhile.
Only three targets in a game in which Tennessee put up a ton of points? I get that Derrick Henry dominated, but Brown’s target share is a hair concerning.
Bruce Arians said Jones would be the starter, but clearly the backfield belongs to Leonard Fournette. Jones got 6 carries against the Falcons. That’s not going to play in any leagues.
Only 4 targets, 4 receptions and 17 total yards. I think he’s probably a good buy low candidate, but I no longer believe he’s a top 5 fantasy tight end.