NFL Fantasy: Most important injuries from Week 2

Week 2 was another offense-filled adventure that seriously boosted some NFL Fantasy point totals. There were also some players who didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. If their name is in this report, we’ll cut them some slack. As for the rest, GET IT TOGETHER DAMMIT!!!

Roughly 2-percent of NFL Fantasy owners took a big “zero” by starting Titans quarterback, Marcus Mariota. More than that were burned by the last-minute decision on Leonard Fournette. Both had injuries we discussed all week but gave hope of playing until the end.

On the other hand, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger sucked it up and took the field for us, with great NFL Fantasy results.

That is the purpose of the Monday morning injury report. We give you the names to watch carefully during the week because of injuries, big and small, we heard of on Sunday. Watch out for these guys leading into Week 3:

RB LeSean McCoy, Bills – Ribs

LeSean McCoy had some broken ribs for about 12 hours before further tests said he didn’t. Folks in Buffalo, including McCoy, are happily saying he has a relatively minor injury and will play through it.

But I can tell you from experience, cracking a little cartilage in your chest wall feels just like broken ribs. Sure, it’s safer to play when you know bone fragments aren’t going to tear through your lung, but the pain is the same.

Breathing hurts. Taking a shot from diving linebacker will be agony. With their season already lost in Week 2 and facing the 16.5-point favored Vikings in Week 3, coach Sean McDermott would do McCoy, and the team, a great service by giving the gritty rusher a week to heal. He won’t, but McCoy’s NFL Fantasy owners shouldn’t expect anything better from a hurting McCoy than they’ve seen in the first two weeks.

RB Joe Mixon, Bengals- knee

Joe Mixon gave his NFL Fantasy owners reasons to smile Thursday night. Then he crushed their spirits when he told them he “knocked some pieces loose” in his knee. It was painful and debilitating enough that the running back already had an arthroscopic procedure to remove the particles.

Mixon is only expected to miss two weeks, so don’t go dropping him. Yes, there is a chance he will need a third game if things don’t go as planned, but by addressing the issue immediately, a full recovery and return to NFL Fantasy relevance is expected.

RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers- “upper body injury”

When the Chargers rested Melvin Gordon for the fourth quarter, it was considered an act of mercy from coach Anthony Lynn. However, we now know Gordon sustained what the team is calling a “minor upper-body injury.”

If the game situation warranted, Gordon said he could have come back, and he is expected to start against the Rams in Week 3. It’s impossible to sit Gordon if he starts. Even if this injury impacts his yards after contact, his role in the passing game and overall touches gives him a healthy floor.

RB Theo Riddick, Lions- ankle

Detroit’s Theo Riddick has 14 catches on 20 targets through Week 2, making him a popular PPR flex player despite gaining only 4.4 yards-per-catch. Riddick left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.

With the game on the line, he returned for the final series, but Matt Stafford could not connect with him on two passes. The concern here is whether or not Riddick gets to practice and/or play next week once the adrenaline of Sunday’s shootout wears off. It’s worth watching.

RB Rob Kelley, Redskins- toe

Rob Kelley would not be worth mentioning except that his name might pop up as a waiver consideration thanks to Adrian Peterson’s NFL Fantasy-busting efforts against Indianapolis.

Peterson gave the Redskins exactly what he gave the Cardinals last year- a great opening game and a brutal follow-up. Whether it Peterson’s fault or not, Kelley’s lone touch for one yard and reports of a toe injury should keep him from joining too many NFL Fantasy rosters.

RB Jay Ajayi, Eagles- back

Jay Ajayi has chronic back issues. He left Sunday's game early to get worked on. While he did return to enjoy a 20-yard run and a two-yard touchdown in the second half, it is worth keeping an eye on him during the week.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals- hamstring

Arizona’s Sam Bradford is not exactly lighting things up in the desert. It didn’t help matters when Larry Fitzgerald left the game with a “minor” hamstring issue.

Fitzgerald said the hamstring has been “a little tight” for 7-10 days, but when he felt it getting balky in the middle of a blowout game, he and the coaching staff didn’t see a need to keep testing it. Based on that, we expect Fitzgerald to start next week.

WR Mike Wallace, Eagles- ankle

They are running out of wide receivers in Philadelphia. A broken fibula will sideline Mike Wallace indefinitely where he will join Alshon Jeffrey and Mack Hollins. As far as on the field, Carson Wentz could find himself throwing to Nelson Agholor and a bunch of players he’s not familiar with.

The good news is that the Eagles already had most of the available wide receivers in for a look last week, so they might have a veteran receiver in mind already to step in a fortify the position.

WR Donte Moncrief, Jaguars- knee

Guessing which Jaguars receivers would step up in Marqise Lee’s absence didn’t get any clearer after Donte Moncrief took the most targets, caught four passes, scored a touchdown, and then left the field limping with a knee injury.

Moncrief missed preseason practice time with a knee issue and did return to the game for a short time in the fourth quarter. However, Keelan Cole’s nice game and Dede Westbrook’s impressive touchdown catch keep the pecking order uncertain in Jacksonville.

WR Josh Gordon, almost-former-Brown- “hamstring”

Cleveland announced Gordon would be inactive for Week 2 after sustaining a non-football-related hamstring injury Friday night. That was followed by the announcement that the Browns would part ways with their troubled wide receiver.

Teams are calling for a possible trade. While it is likely some team will kick the tires on the talented receiver, reports that Gordon “wasn’t himself” when he reported late for Saturday’s practice are raising flags about possible disciplinary actions from the league.

QB Carson Wentz, Eagles- returns in Week 3

Philadelphia announced that Carson Wentz is “on track” to start their Week 3 contest. Expectations might be tempered a bit by the Eagles’ lack of wide receivers. On the other hand, Philadelphia’s running backs and tight ends will probably do enough to help Nelson Agholor even if the Eagles are breaking in three new pairs of hands at the wideout positions.

There were no other new injuries to quarterbacks in Week 2. Aaron Rodgers looked a little more pained by the end of the Green Bay-Minnesota tilt, but that could have been disgust over a couple of bad plays at the end of what turned into a 29-29 tie more than any more issues with his sprained knee.

Marcus Mariota is still dealing with grip issues after Week 1’s impact injury to his throwing elbow. It is expected he will start Week 3, but we need to monitor the Titans’ injury reports.

K Greg Zuerlein, Rams- groin

Greg Zuerlein is not expected to go on injured reserve, but he will miss some time with a groin injury suffered early in the game against Arizona. Punter Johnny Hekker connected on a 20-yard field goal in Zuerlein’s absence, but we’re pretty sure the Rams will be adding a kicker before their next game.

Things change. Be sure to look for news on the Thursday injury reports and watch the inactive lists right up until game time each Sunday. Yes, I’m talking to those Darren Sproles owners who took a zero in their flex position in Week 2.

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