Tunnel Vision of Week 3

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Lamar Jackson 218-107 5
 Josh Allen 400-47 2
 Jalen Hurts 340-20 3
 Trevor Lawrence 262-6 3
 Joe Burrow 275-5 3
Running Backs Rush-Catch TD
Khalil Herbert 157-12 2
Jamaal Williams 87-20 2
C. Patterson 141-12 1
Derrick Henry 85-58 1
James Robinson 100-16 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
DeVonta Smith 8-169 1
Mack Hollins 8-158 1
Tyler Boyd 4-105 1
Amari Cooper 7-101 1
Russell Gage 12-87 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Mark Andrews 8-89 2
David Njoku 9-89 1
Travis Kelce 4-58 1
Jelani Woods 2-13 2
Will Dissly 3-34 1
Placekickers XP FG
Greg Zuerlein 0 4
Matt Prater 0 4
Cairo Santos 2 3
Younghoe Koo 3 2
Riley Patterson 3 3
Defense Sack – TO TD
Eagles 8-1 0
Bengals 4-4 0
Panthers 1-3 1
Ravens 3-4 0
Broncos 4-3 0

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

QB Josh Allen (BUF) – Hand
QB Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) – Back
QB Mac Jones (NE) – Ankle
RB David Montgomery (CHI) – Knee
RB Dalvin Cook (MIN) – Shoulder
RB Travis Homer (SEA) – Ribs
WR Byron Pringle (CHI) – Calf
WR Garrett Wilson (NYJ) – Ribs
WR Michael Thomas (NO) – Toe
WR Jarvis Landry (NO) – Ankle
WR A.J. Green (ARI) – Knee

Chasing Ambulances

QB Josh Allen (BUF) – Allen hit his hand on a helmet and underwent an X-ray after the game. Allen later said his hand was fine and there was no cause for concern.

QB Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) – Appeared to slam his head on the turf, then wobbled and almost fell down running to the sideline. But he was examined by doctors that said it was related to his back and that he could return to the game.

QB Mac Jones (NE) – The early diagnosis is that Jones suffered a high ankle sprain and an MRI will confirm it and indicate how much time he will miss. The initial expectation is that this will not end his season but could keep him out for several weeks. Brian Hoyer is next in line, and he’s been with the team for the last three years but hasn’t played much since 2017. The Pats receivers will be downgraded for however long Jones is out.

RB David Montgomery (CHI) – Left in the first quarter of the win over the Texans with knee and ankle injuries. But the prognosis is good according to HC Matt Eberflus, who said the star running back will be day-to-day so he may not miss any time. He’ll be evaluated on Monday for a more comprehensive diagnosis but it doesn’t initially appear to be serious.

RB Dalvin Cook (MIN) – Left during the third quarter with yet another shoulder injury but early word is that he will not miss this weeks’ game in London. But he will be evaluated during the week and may use a brace. Alexander Mattison becomes the starter if Cook ends up missing Week 4, but that won’t be known until later in the week.

WR Garrett Wilson (NYJ) – The  rookie suffered a brutal hit while catching a pass over the middle and went down for a time. He later walked off and it was described as a rib injury. Wilson later returned to the game, so there’s nothing expected to come from the injury. It initially looked bad but he bounced back.

WR Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry (NO) – Thomas injured his toe late in the loss to the Panthers and did not return to the game.  He already missed much of the last two years with a foot injury, so anything is concerning. Landry left with an ankle injury, and while they initially said he would be probable to return, he never did.  There was no information about the injuries after the game, so we’ll know more by midweek when they report injuries and practices.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

RB Christian McCaffrey (CAR) – Only caught two passes for seven yards. He has just ten catches for 57 yards over his first three games. McCaffrey ran for more than 100 yards for the last two weeks, but his most dangerous aspect is his receiving. Why is he having problems with Baker Mayfield throwing to him? It’s not like Robbie Anderson or D.J. Moore are consuming any passes.

WR Laviska Shenault (CAR) – Led the team with two catches for 90 yards thanks to a 67-yard reception for a score when the Saints missed a tackle. He’ll get picked up in some fantasy leagues based on the performance, but the Panthers’ passing offense is not where you should be investing free agent dollars or picks.

RB Dameon Pierce (HOU) – Ran for 80 yards and a score on 20 carries and added two catches for 21 yards. Looked great in a road game to Chicago and he’s turning into the workhorse back that drafters wanted when they overpaid for him. At least it seemed like you overpaid at the time…

Chicago Bears – Once is meaningless, twice is a coincidence, and three in a row is more than just a trend. The Bears’ passing offense looks worse than last year, and among the worst in the last decade. They are 2-1, but it has nothing to do with their passing. Cole Kmet (2-40) and Darnell Mooney (2-23) not only turned in disappointing stats, they both actually led the team and provided their season-high performances. Justin Fields QB rating was 27.7. Winning covers a lot, but it won’t continue without the ability to pass.

RB Khalil Herbert (CHI) – Though the passing effort in Chicago is anemic, the rushing offense is outstanding with either David Montgomery or Khalil Herbert. When Montgomery left in the first quarter of the win over the Texans, Herbert stepped up to a dominating performance with 20 rushes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Unfortunately for Herbert, Montgomery initially seems likely to return as the primary this week. But both backs ding each other when they play and Herbert just showed what can happen when they settle on just one back.

TE Jelani Woods (IND) – The third-round pick by the Colts was the second tight end selected in the NFL draft after his senior year at Virginia resulted in 44 catches for 598 yards and eight touchdowns over 11 games. Oh yes, he is 6-7 and runs a 4.6 40-time, which is very fast given that frame. He made his first two NFL catches on Sunday which were both touchdowns. That’s very promising for the future, less so for next week versus Tennessee. He should develop into a potential fantasy factor in the future.

The Lions backfield – D’Andre Swift is already nicked up, and he was held to 46 total yards with three receptions against the Vikings. But Jamaal Williams rang up 87 yards and two scores on 20 runs, and caught two passes for 20 more yards. That gives the Lions the current No. 4 (Swift) and No. 7 (Williams) fantasy running backs after three weeks. Never underestimate the value of an elite offensive line.

RB Rhamondre Stevenson (NE) – The Patriots’ backfield is not meant for rational people to understand, much less predict. But the summer was full of accolades for Stevenson, and they seemed untrue after two weeks of the season. Damien Harris was the primary back. Against the Ravens, Stevenson was the clearly better back with 12 rushes for 73 yards and a score and four catches for 28 yards. Harris ended with just 51 total yards, one catch and no score. But it will remain a committee.

WR DeVante Parker (NE) – The Miami transplant only caught one pass over the first two weeks, but the Pats were short of receivers on Sunday. Jakobi Meyers was out and Parker took over with five catches for 156 yards. It was good enough that it should buy more playing time even when Meyers returns, but he’ll also have to adjust to a different quarterback if Mac Jones misses time as expected.

TE Tyler Conklin (NYJ) – While Garrett Wilson rightfully  grabs the limelight and Elijah Mitchell is still waiting to regain his 2021 form, Conklin is providing a valuable outlet in the passing effort with six catches for 40 yards in Week 2, and then eight receptions for 84 yards on Sunday. Conklin ranks No. 2 in  catches (18) and No. 7 in yards (140) among all NFL tight ends. He’s not proving to be a decent bye-week filler, he’s become an every-week fantasy starter.

WR Mack Hollins (LVR) – He’s been overshadowed by  Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, but he turned in a career-best eight catches for 158 yards and one score against the Titans while replacing Renfrow who was out with a concussion.  A great performance to be sure, but it will be hard to replicate against the Broncos this week if Renfrow remains out, and impossible if Renfrow plays.

TE Kyle Pitts (ATL) – He finally was used for more than two catches for 19 yards. Pitts ended with five catches for 87 yards in the win over the Seahawks and his eight targets were second only to Drake London (9). Seattle is the worst defense that they’ve yet faced, and Pitts has to continue to shine while facing  the Browns, Buccaneers, and 49ers in the next three weeks.

WR Tyler Lockett (SEA) – The concern over losing Russell Wilson and relying on Gino Smith was that it would negatively impact DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. That’s been half right. Metcalf totals just 16 catches for 135 yards, while Lockett has 21 receptions for 213 yards. That includes nine catches in each of the last two games.

WR Romeo Doubs (GB) – He led the Packer receivers with eight catches for 73 yards and one score and that includes catching every target that Aaron Rodgers threw to him. It’s still a committee of almost indistinguishable receivers, but Doubs stepped up against an above-average secondary. That won’t be lost on Rodgers.

WR Russell Gage (TB) – The Bucs were without Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones when they faced the Packers. The Bucs lost with an offense that mostly disappeared and sputtered. But Gage more than doubled the production of any other receiver when he snared twelve passes for 87 yards and the one touchdown. Evans will return, but Godwin and Jones could miss more time. That favors Gage to help lead the receivers.

 

Huddle player of the week

RB Khalil Herbert  (CHI) –  The Bears No. 2 back generated excitement and hype this summer with reports that he was a better fit for the new offense than David Montgomery. That wasn’t evident in the first two weeks when Montgomery dominated the backfield touches. But once he left in the first quarter of the Texans matchup, Herbert got his chance. And he became the week’s No. 1 fantasy running back with 20 rushes for 157 yards and two scores, plus two catches for 12 yards.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Trevor Lawrence 268 3 QB Matt Stafford 252 0
RB Khalil Herbert 169 2 RB Austin Ekeler 53 0
RB Samaje Perine 61 1 RB Joe Mixon 37 0
WR Mack Hollins 158 1 WR Justin Jefferson 14 0
WR DeVante Parker 156 0 WR D.J. Moore 15 0
WR Tyler Boyd 105 1 WR Brandin Cooks 22 0
TE Jelani Woods 13 2 TE Darren Waller 22 0
PK Greg Zuerlein   4 FG PK Will Lutz  2  XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 148 Huddle Fantasy Points = 28

Now get back to work…

Fantasy football injury report: Week 3

Latest status of fantasy football figures who are on the mend entering Week 3.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 3 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB James Conner, WR Gabriel Davis, WR Jerry Jeudy, WR T.J. Hockenson, WR Keenan Allen, QB Justin Herbert, WR Jakobi Meyers, QB Jameis Winston, RB Alvin Kamara, TE Taysom Hill, WR Corey Davis, WR Russell Gage, WR Julio Jones, RB J.K. Dobbins

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR Rondale Moore
(hamstring) will not dress for the third straight week. RB James Conner (ankle) will be a game-time decision. He’s questionable after a limited session Friday. DE J.J. Watt (calf) fully practiced Friday and isn’t on the final report.

ATLANTA FALCONS
No fantasy injuries of note

BALTIMORE RAVENS
RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) is questionable, while WR Devin Duvernay (concussion) has cleared the protocol and will play. Both fully practiced Friday. TE Isaiah Likely (groin), who was limited Friday, is questionable, and CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) joins him with the same status. OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) is doubtful. QB Lamar Jackson (elbow) fully practiced Thursday and Friday. He’s off the report.

BUFFALO BILLS 
WR Gabriel Davis (ankle) was limited all week and is questionable. He’s a game-time decision. Buffalo’s defense will be without S Micah Hyde (neck), CB Dane Jackson (neck), DT Ed Oliver (ankle), and DT Jordan Phillips (hamstring), in addition to star CB Tre’Davious White (knee) already being on the Physically Unable to Perform list. S Jordan Poyer (foot) was upgraded to limited in Friday’s practice and is questionable.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) avoided a designation and will play.

CHICAGO BEARS 
WR Velus Jones (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 3. CB Jaylon Johnson (quadriceps) and LB Roquan Smith (hip) are questionable. Neither practiced Friday, which doesn’t bode well for their availability.

CINCINNATI BENGALS
TE Hayden Hurst (groin) went limited-full-limited in his three practice sessions this week, drawing a questionable tag. Consider him a game-time call. WR Tee Higgins (toe) was a full-go during Friday’s session and didn’t draw an injury tag.

CLEVELAND BROWNS — played Thursday
No fantasy injuries of note

DALLAS COWBOYS — Monday Night Football
LB Micah Parsons (illness), QB Dak Prescott (right thumb) and TE Dalton Schultz (knee) did not practice Friday, so check back Saturday for an update. WR Michael Gallup (knee) will make his season debut.

DENVER BRONCOS
WR K.J. Hamler (knee, hip) and WR Jerry Jeudy (rib, shoulder) are questionable. Hamler was a full participant Friday, though Jeudy was limited and is a game-time decision.

DETROIT LIONS
TE T.J. Hockenson (hip) was limited all week and is questionable. He’s a game-time decision. RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) is questionable following consecutive limited appearances, though he’s expected to play again. DE Aidan Hutchinson (thigh) is questionable, as is C Frank Ragnow (foot). Both were limited Friday.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 
WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) managed to survive two weeks before his injury-prone ways caught up with him — he has been ruled out. OT David Bakhtiari (knee), WR Randall Cobb (illness) and WR Christian Watson (hamstring) are all questionable. Bakhtiari was limited, but the wideouts didn’t practice and are trending the wrong direction. WR Allen Lazard (ankle) sat Thursday and returned to a limited session Friday. He escaped the injury report.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
With TE Brevin Jordan (ankle) out and TE Pharaoh Brown (shoulder) questionable, TE O.J. Howard could see a larger role.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
LB Shaquille Leonard (back) won’t play once again. DE Yannick Ngakoue (back) is questionable and a gameday decision. WRs Alec Pierce (concussion) and Michael Pittman Jr. (quad) will play without injury designations.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
No fantasy injuries of note

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 

PK Harrison Butker (ankle) will not be available, though WR Mecole Hardman (heel) avoided an injury designation.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
WR Hunter Renfrow (concussion) has been ruled out. RB Josh Jacobs (illness) is questionable and didn’t practice Thursday or Friday. RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring) fully practiced Friday and evaded the injury report.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
CB J.C. Jackson (ankle) returned last week but suffered a setback and is doubtful. Starting C Corey Linsley (knee) joins him as doubtful. WR Keenan Allen (hamstring), QB Justin Herbert (ribs) are questionable. None of these players practiced Friday, and the latter two are true game-time calls.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
WR Van Jefferson (knee) remains out of action.

MIAMI DOLPHINS
CB Xavien Howard (groin) is questionable and was limited the final two days of practice, suggesting he’ll be a game-time call.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS Standout S Harrison Smith (concussion) was ruled out, while LB Eric Kendricks (toe) is questionable.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
WR Jakobi Meyers (knee) is questionable after consecutive DNPs prior to Friday’s limited session. He’ll be a game-time decision.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 
TE Taysom Hill (rib), RB Alvin Kamara (rib), S Marcus Maye (rib), OT Ryan Ramczyk (elbow) and QB Jameis Winston (back, ankle) are questionable. They all were limited the entire week of practice and should be treated as game-time decisions.

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NEW YORK GIANTS — Monday Night Football
No fantasy injuries of note

NEW YORK JETS 
QB Zach Wilson (knee) has been ruled out, and QB Joe Flacco will again start for the Jets. WR Corey Davis (knee) was limited Thursday and Friday, earning himself a questionable designation. That usually creates a game-time decision.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
No fantasy injuries of note

PITTSBURGH STEELERS — played Thursday
No fantasy injuries of note

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
RB Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) has been ruled out. TE George Kittle (groin) is off the injury report and will make his 2022 debut.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
No fantasy injuries of note

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) will miss his second straight contest, while WRs Russell Gage (hamstring), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Julio Jones (knee) are questionable. Gage sat out Friday, but Jones was elevated to a limited session, and Perriman also partially practiced.

TENNESSEE TITANS 
WR Kyle Philips (shoulder) played through the injury a week ago but is doubtful and not expected to go. OT Taylor Lewan (knee) has been ruled out. RB Dontrell Hilliard (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
No fantasy injuries of note

Tunnel Vision of Week 2

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Tua Tagovailoa 469-1 6
 Lamar Jackson 318-119 4
 Carson Wentz 337-23 3
 Joe Flacco 307-6 4
Jared Goff 256-(-2) 4
Running Backs Rush-Rcv TD
Nick Chubb 87-26 3
Tony Pollard 43-55 1
D’Andre Swift 56-31 1
Damien Harris 71-16 1
Aaron Jones 132-38 2
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Tyreek Hill 11-190 2
Amon-Ra St. Brown 9-116
68 rush
2
Jaylen Waddle 11-171 2
Cooper Kupp 11-108 2
Garrett Wilson 8-102 2
Tight Ends Yards TD
Mark Andrews 9-104 1
Darren Waller 6-50 1
Mike Gesicki 4-41 1
Ross Dwelley 1-38 1
Logan Thomas 3-37 1
Placekickers XP FG
Graham Gano 1 4
Daniel Carlson 2 3
Evan McPherson 0 3
Brandon McManus 1 3
Austin Seibert 4 2
Defense Sack – TO TD
Buccaneers 6-5 1
Jaguars 5-3 0
49ers 2-3 0
Falcons 1-3 1
Ravens 1-2 1

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

QB Trey Lance – Fractured ankle
QB Jacoby Brissett – Ankle
RB James Conner – ankle
RB Damien Harris – Knee
WR Devin Duvernay – Concussion
WR Jerry Jeudy – Shoulder
WR Mike Evans – Ejected
WR Hunter Renfrow – Head
TE Tyler Kroft – Knee
TE Dalton Schultz – Knee

Chasing Ambulances

QB Trey Lance – Fractured ankle and is gone for the year. This gives way to Jimmy Garoppolo and suddenly it’s 2021 all over again. 

QB Jacoby Brissett – Suffered an ankle injury when he was sacked near the end of the game. But he came back for the next series. He said he would play against the Steelers this week.

RB Damien Harris – He had five carries in the final two minutes but was injured on the final five-yard run with 1:51 that made the first down that allowed them to run out the clock. But he limped off the field. He later said he was fine. He’s continued with the same primary role he had last year.

RB James Conner –  Missed nearly the entire second half with an ankle injury. The Cardinals went to splitting the work evenly between Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams who ended up leading the backfield with 59 yards on eight carries that included a one-yard touchdown. If Conner remains out, both backs will be involved again. They had similar stats, other than the one 30-yard run that Williams produced.

WR Jerry Jeudy – Reported to have injured his shoulder but had x-rays on his ribs that came back negative. He will undergo further tests but the hope is that he just bruised his ribs and can play through the injury. There were no receivers that stepped up and took his place. Courtland Sutton had 11 targets while no one else had more than four. The Broncos need Jeudy to return because the depth is very thin.

WR Mike Evans – Was ejected for fighting between downs when players were getting chirpy at each other and pushes became punches. There is still a chance that Evans would be suspended  because this hardly the first time that he’s tangled with CB Marshon Lattimore who also was ejected. The Buccaneers are thin on receivers with Chris Godwin and Julio Jones inactive this week. Breshad Perriman, Russell Gage and Scotty Miller were all involved this week to only minor impact.

TE Dalton Schultz – Injured his knee late in the win over the Bengals and left the field. He will receive tests on Monday to determine the severity, but there is a concern that he may miss time.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

QB Joe Flacco (NYJ) – Led the Jets in a comeback win over the Raiders and threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Playing at home against the Bengals should be no worse this week.

QB Jared Goff (DET) – He may be often criticized, but the Lions quarterback threw four touchdowns against the visiting Commanders along with 256 passing yards. He’ll play at the Vikings this week which will be a tougher venue.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – The 49ers lost Trey Lance for the season and Garoppolo slips back behind the wheel as he did last season when he passed for 3810 yards and 20 touchdowns over 15 games. He’s less a fantasy advantage as he is more reliable for keeping Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle fantasy relevant.

RB Darrel Williams (ARI) – He remained on the sideline in Week 1, but once James Conner was injured, Williams helped out for the second half and gained 59 yards on eight runs with one score. If Conner is out against the visiting Raiders this week, Williams will share the backfield with Eno Benjamin.

RB Raheem Mostert (MIA) – He started the game and out-touched Chase Edmonds 14 to 6. Mostert gained 51 yards on 11 carries and three catches for 28 yards. Edmonds only rushed five times and caught one pass. This is not an official switch of the depth chart, but a good example of how HC Mike McDonald will mix and match his backfield. Mostert is worth owning as a stash, but the backfield needs to show consistency before it can be relied on.

WR Nelson Agholor (NE) – Led the Patriot receivers with six catches for 110 yards and paired with Jakobi Meyers (9-95) as the only two receivers that mattered against the Steelers. Davante Parker failed to catch either of his targets. Kendrick Bourne is a nonfactor. And this week, the Patriots host the Ravens who were just toasted for 469 passing yards and six touchdowns.

WR Garrett Wilson (NYJ) – The rookie that was taken as the second wideout in the NFL draft has already proven he is the real deal. Wilson opened the year with eight targets for four catches and 52 yards in the loss to the Ravens. At Cleveland, he was targeted 14 times and caught eight for 102 yards and two scores. His second touchdown came with 11 seconds left to provide the game-winner. No other Jets’ wideout had more than five targets.

TE Gerald Everett (LAC) – The newest Chargers tight end opened the year with three catches for 54 yards and a score against the Raiders. In Week 2, he tied with Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler with ten targets in the loss to the Chiefs. That became six catches for 71 yards. For a tight end, that consistency and merits landing on a fantasy roster if he is still available.

WR Amari Cooper (CLE) – Had his breakout game as a Brown when he caught nine passes for 101 yards and a score versus the Jets.  That was more than double the production of any other Cleveland receiver.

WR Curtis Samuel (WAS) – Two weeks in and he’s been everything that he wasn’t last year. Samuel scored in both games and averaged seven catches for 65 yards per game.

WR Jahan Dotson (WAS) – The Commanders opened against a very light schedule – the Lions and Jaguars – but the rookie Dotson scored twice in Week 1 and then twice on Sunday versus the Lions. The home game against the visiting Eagles will provide plenty of motivation to throw the ball.

TE Evan Engram (JAC) – He hasn’t scored yet, but his first two games with the Jaguars resulted in four catches for 28 yards and then seven receptions for 46 yards this week. That’s worth bye-week coverage if nothing else.

RB Tyler Allgeier (ATL) – The Falcons placed Damien Williams on injured reserve, so the rookie was active in Week 2. He handled ten rushes for 30 yards, splitting the backfield workload in half with Cordarrelle Patterson (10-41). The new offense in Atlanta only threw one target at running backs this week – an incompletion to Patterson. Allgeier saw playing time and took the same amount of work as the starting running back.

RB Jeff Wilson (SF) – With Elijah Mitchell out, the 49ers relied on Jeff Wilson (18-84) and Tyrion Davis-Price (14-33) in the easy win over the Seahawks. But half of the rookie carries came in the last half of the fourth quarter to run out the clock. Wilson is safely the starter and will be the lead back. He’ll get a tougher challenge this week in Denver.

TE Kyler Pitts (ATL) – Apparently, the change in quarterback this year is catastrophic for Pitts production. Two weeks in and he’s turned in exactly two catches for 19 yards each time. The success of Drake London (8-86, TD) on Sunday should help, but Pitts receives the primary coverage of the defense and Marcus Mariota is not throwing to him.

RB Dameon Pierce (HOU) – It wasn’t a breakout game exactly, but Pierce owners have to like seeing him take 15 carries for 69 yards against the Broncos while Rex Burkhead had none this week. The schedule is no friend to the Texans, but Pierce is already assuming the entire rushing load for the backfield.

WR Darnell Mooney (CHI) – He turned in a career best 81 catches for 1,055 yards and four scores last year during Justin Fields’ first season. He also had Allen Robinson lining up across from him and he was the focus of the secondary. Now that he is gone -and not replaced – Mooney is the only wideout that concerns the secondary and after two weeks, he totals two catches for four yards. This week, it was one catch for a four yard loss. That’s all. Fields killed Robinson’s value last year and now Mooney is an absolute no-show. The good news is that the Bears host the Texans this week. If Mooney again only catches one short pass, stick him on the back end of your roster and forget about him until he does, well, anything.

Huddle player of the week

Tua Tagovailoa  –  There was a question as to whether Tagovailoa could justify having two elite wide receivers. The answer is yes, at least for Week 2. He passed for 469 yards and six touchdowns – tying the franchise touchdown record of Dan Marino and Bob Griese. He led the Fins from being down 28-7 to throwing the winning score with 14 seconds left to play. Both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle caught 11 passes for over 170 yards and two scores. It was a personal yardage best for Tagovailoa by 108 yards.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Tua Tagovailoa 469 6 QB Trey Lance 43 0
RB Darrel Williams 62 1 RB James Conner 51 0
RB Raheem Mostert 79 0 RB Ezekiel Elliott 49 0
WR Garrett Wilson 102 2 WR Ja’Marr Chase 54 0
WR Nelson Agholor 110 1 WR DJ Metcalf 35 0
WR Noah Brown 91 1 WR Brandin Cooks 54 0
TE Mike Gesicki 41 1 TE Kyle Pitts  19 0
PK Graham Gano  1 XP   4 FG PK Matt Prater   1 XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 145 Huddle Fantasy Points = 28

Now get back to work…

Fantasy football injury report: Week 2

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Week 2.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report late on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 2 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: WR Kadarius Toney, WR Allen Lazard, WR Michael Pittman Jr., TE George Kittle, WR Mike Evans, RB Leonard Fournette, WR Russell Gage, WR Julio Jones, RB Mark Ingram, RB Alvin Kamara, RB D’Andre Swift

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR Rondale Moore
(hamstring) has been ruled out again. TE Zach Ertz (calf) practiced Thursday and Friday and is good to go.

ATLANTA FALCONS 
RB Damien Williams (ribs) has been ruled out.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 
OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) drew a doubtful outlook and was limited Friday. RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) practiced all week and appears good to go despite a questionable tag.

BUFFALO BILLS – Monday night
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

CHICAGO BEARS 
WR Velus Jones (hamstring) is doubtful and didn’t practice Friday.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
WR Tee Higgins
(concussion) managed a full practice in Friday, which is a great sign for his Week 2 status after leaving the opener with a concussion. TE Hayden Hurst (groin) practiced fully all week and is good to go.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

DALLAS COWBOYS
QB Dak Prescott (thumb) and WR Michael Gallup (knee) are out this week. Prescott is expected to miss three to four weeks. Gallup is week-to-week. WR James Washington (foot) is on IR and out at least two more weeks with a broken foot.

DENVER BRONCOS
WR K.J. Hamler (knee, hip) continues to be among the walking wounded and has been ruled out in Week 2.

DETROIT LIONS
RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) didn’t do anything until a limited practice Friday. He’s questionable, and it could go either way.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 
WR Allen Lazard (ankle) was limited in practice all week and has been listed as questionable. There is a positive feeling on him this week, though. Consider him on the plus side of questionable.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
LB Shaquille Leonard (back) and WR Alec Pierce (concussion) have been ruled out this week. WR Michael Pittman Jr. (quadriceps) was limited Wednesday and didn’t practice at all Thursday and Friday. He’s questionable, but that’s not a promising picture to paint.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – played Thursday night
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – played Thursday night
WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) was out for Week 2. QB Justin Herbert (ribs) suffered a fracture to rib cartilage in the Thursday game and is day to day. He has time to recover for Week 3.

LOS ANGELES RAMS 
WR Van Jefferson (knee) is out. RB Kyren Williams (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 and is expected to be out four to six weeks.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 
RB Salvon Ahmed (heel) was limited all week and draws a questionable tag.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Monday night
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
QB Mac Jones (back, illness) had a back ailment in Week 1, and he was tagged with an illness Thursday but came off the report Friday.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 
RB Mark Ingram (ankle), RB Alvin Kamara (rib), WR Tre’Quan Smith (shoulder) and QB Jameis Winston (back) are all questionable. They were all limited Friday, but this feels like a roster charade game.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was limited Thursday and Friday and has been deemed questionable. WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) was ruled out.

NEW YORK JETS 
QB Zach Wilson (knee) will be out once again this week.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – Monday night
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
LB T.J. Watt (pectoral) will miss a month of action. He tore the muscle itself and not the tendon, which would have ended his season. If everything goes well, Watt could be back in four to six weeks. RB Najee Harris (foot) is good to go after some limited action early in the week.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 
TE George Kittle (groin) finished with a limited session in Friday and is a true game-time decision. Err on the side of caution and have someone ready again.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
RB Kenneth Walker (abdomen) managed a full session in Friday and is good to go.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) has been ruled out. OT Donovan Smith (elbow) is doubtful, and that’s bad news for QB Tom Brady’s blind side. They stopped throwing the ball late in the Week 1 game to keep him upright. OT Tristan Wirfs (abdomen) is questionable. WR Mike Evans (calf), RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring), WR Russell Gage (hamstring), WR Julio Jones (knee), WR Breshad Perriman (knee) – in what feels like half the team – are questionable. They were all limited Friday, but none of them truly feel in danger of missing.

TENNESSEE TITANS – Monday night
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

Tunnel Vision of Week 1

Tunnel Vision – a look back at Sunday for fantasy free agents, injuries and notable performances.

SUNDAY SALUTES
Quarterbacks Pass-Rush TD
 Josh Allen  297-56 4
 Patrick Mahomes 360-5 5
 Carson Wentz 313-12 4
 Joe Burrow 338-47 2
 Jalen Hurts 243-90 1
Running Backs Yards TD
Saquon Barkley 194 1
Jonathan Taylor 175 1
D’Andre Swift 175 1
Kareem Hunt 66 2
Cordarrelle Patterson  136 1
Wide Receivers Yards TD
Justin Jefferson 9-184 2
Cooper Kupp 13-128 1
Davante Adams 10-141 1
Ja’Marr Chase 10-129 1
Michael Pittman 9-121 1
Tight Ends Yards TD
Travis Kelce 8-121 1
O.J. Howard 2-38 2
Taysom Hill 83 yards 1
Gerald Everett 3-54 1
Pat Freiermuth 5-75 0
Placekickers XP FG
Younghoe Koo 2 4
Cade York 2 4
Chris Boswell 2 3
Ryan Succop 2 4
Greg Joseph 2 3
Defense Sack – TO TD
Steelers 7-5 1
Dolphins 2-3 1
Bills 7-3 0
Vikings 4-2 0
Chargers 6-3 0

Bumps, Bruises and Bowouts

QB Dak Prescott – Thumb
QB Mac Jones -Back
RB Elijah Mitchell – Knee
RB Damien Williams – Ribs
RB Najee Harris – Foot
WR Chris Godwin – Hamstring
WR Wan’Dale Robinson – Knee
WR Keenan Allen – Hamstring
WR Tee Higgins – Concussion
PK Harrison Butker – Ankle

Chasing Ambulances

Taking a look at injury situations and what could happen.

RB Najee Harris (PIT) – He injured his foot but it was reported to not be serious. We’ll know more this week, but if he does miss any time, the rookie Jaylen Warren will become the primary and Benny Snell would also be active. The Steelers host the Patriots next week, who still have a solid rush defense.

RB Elijah Mitchell (SF) – Left the loss to the Bears with a knee injury and never returned. HC Kyle Shanahan did not know if the injury was serious or not after the game. Jeff Wilson is the next in line and the 49ers host the Seahawks for an attractive matchup. Tyrion Price-Davis was inactive while UFA Jordan Mason was active on Sunday. The 49ers running back depth chart is still changing.

WR Chris Godwin (TB) – He was just back from his torn ACL and then injured his hamstring. Julio Jones saw the biggest workload with Godwin out but is likely already on a fantasy roster. Russell Gage may see an uptick if Godwin remains out, but he wasn’t used much on Sunday night even after Godwin left.

WR Keenan Allen (LAC) – Hurt his hamstring and has been hampered by soft-tissue injuries in the past. He still led the Chargers for Week 1. Josh Palmer could see more work, and Mike Williams might even catch more than two short passes next week at the Chiefs. The Chargers will need to throw a lot in that game, so Allen’s absence will have to be compensated. And the game is on Thursday, so there is even less chance that Allen heals up in time. Jalen Guyton may see some work, but Palmer is the main one that should see a big uptick in targets.

WR Tee Higgins – Suffered a concussion when he was hit hard and was quickly ruled out of the game. Mike Thomas would move up into his spot if Higgins cannot play, but Tyler Boyd would more likely see the increased targets, along with running backs and tight ends. With Higgins out for much of the game, Joe Mixon (7-63) and Hayden Hurst (5-46) were the most targeted after Ja’Marr Chase.

QB Dak Prescott (DAL) – Injured his thumb and Jerry Jones said that Prescott will need surgery on his thumb and he will be out “for a while.” More information will be forthcoming, but it doesn’t sound promising and will mean Cooper Rush becomes the starter, assuming Dallas doesn’t want to acquire any of the better No. 2 quarterbacks out there.

Free Agents, Flops and Other Notables

 WR Jarvis Landry (NO) – The Browns’ transplant led the Saints with seven catches for 114 yards. His first game as a Saint was better than all but one of his performances for the last two years. He was the possession receiver when Jameis Winston needed to move the chains.

WR Michael Thomas (NO) – His first healthy game in two years was a disappointment until the fourth quarter in the win over the Falcons. He ended with both receiving touchdowns thrown by Jameis Winston and totaled five receptions for 52 yards on eight targets. It was encouraging for him to step up late in the game and to be the best end-zone target.

RB Alvin Kamara (NO) – Concerning that he only ran nine times for 30 yards and caught just three passes for seven yards. Winston rarely looked his way and mostly threw deeper passes downfield.

WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE)Amari Cooper was the big offseason addition, but he only caught three of six targets for 17 yards. People-Jones was the clear preferred receiver with 11 targets and six catches for 60 yards. It’s just one game, but Jacoby Brissett shied away from Cooper in preference to Peoples-Jones.

WR Robbie Anderson (CAR) – There were rumblings that Anderson didn’t want Baker Mayfield to come to town, but that’s no longer an issue. D.J. Moore was held to only three catches for 43 yards while Anderson led the Panthers with five catches for 102 yards and the lone receiving touchdown. That was better than the last 28 games he had in Carolina.

RB Jeff Wilson (SF)Elijah Mitchell didn’t take long to leave with a knee injury, and Jeff Wilson is next in line in the committee backfield. Deebo Samuel ran eight times, just one fewer than Wilson’s nine. Also interesting, the decision to make Tyrion Davis-Price inactive while activating Jordan Mason. He’s the UDFA rookie that made Trey Sermon expendable and a player that the 49ers targeted once the NFL draft was over.

RB Jaylen Warren (PIT) – He’s next in line if Najee Harris‘ foot injury causes him to miss time. The Steelers host the Patriots this week, so it is not a great matchup, and their immediate schedule contains tough defenses other than the Jets in Week 4.

RB A.J. Brown (PHI) – The matchup was plenty tasty visiting the Lions, but Brown blew up for ten catches and 155 yards and tied a career-high. He was thrown 13 passes while no other receiver totaled more than four. Brown immediately slides in as the Eagles go-to receiver.

TE Pat Freiermuth (PIT) – Mitchell Trubisky’s first start as a Steeler saw Freiermuth lead the team with 75 yards on five receptions. The rookie George Pickens was a nonfactor with just one catch for three yards. Diontae Johnson maintained his role as the possession guy that sticks close to the offensive line. But encouraging that Freiermuth has already connected well with Trubisky.

WR D.J. Chark (DET) – The ex-Jaguar’s first game in Detroit went well, with eight targets for four catches, 52 yards and the final touchdown that drew the Lions to within three points of the Eagles. At home against the Commanders this week should be just as attractive of an opponent. Chark was second only to Amon-Ra St. Brown in targets (8 vs. 12).

RB Nyheim Hines (IND) – He had almost no use as a rusher in a game where Jonathan Taylor ran 31 times. But Hines’ six catches for 50 yards was second only to Michael Pittman. The Colts claimed they were going to rely more on Hines as a receiver, and Week 1 said that’s true.

RB Dameon Pierce / Rex Burkhead (HOU) – The Colt’s red-hot rookie sleeper had a tough start with only 11 rushes for 33 yards versus the Colts and added one catch for six yards. The veteran Burkhead was the lead back with 14 runs for 40 yards and his eight targets were second only to Brandin Cooks. Burkhead caught five for 30 yards and his 19 touches went for 70 yards, while Pierce totaled 12 touches for 39 yards. Three of the next four games are on the road, so the receiving job may be more important than the rushing.

TE O.J. Howard (HOU) – He only caught two passes but gained 38 yards and scored on both. For a position with minimal difference-makers, Howard needs to live as depth on a fantasy roster to see if anything more happens.

WR Devin Duvernay (BAL) – The Ravens No. 2 receiver stepped up in Week 1. Rashod Bateman caught two passes for 59 yards and one touchdown – a 55-yard score in the third quarter that salvaged his game. Duvernay caught four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns and both came earlier in the game than Bateman’s later deep strike. The next three games are against Miami, New England, and the Bills, so Lamar Jackson will rely on more than Bateman downfield.

RB Breece Hall (NYJ) – The Jets said that Michael Carter would be the primary rusher. He gained 60 yards on ten runs while the rookie Hall only ran six times for 23 yards. But Joe Flacco looked often to his running backs as receivers. Carter caught seven passes for 40 yards, and Hall ended with six receptions for 38 yards.  Hall’s ten targets were the highest on the team.

RB James Robinson / Travis Etienne (JAC) – Robinson tore the Achilles tendon in his left leg last December, so his health this summer and for Week 1 was of interest. He exceeded all expectations with 11 runs for 66 yards and a score, plus he caught a three yard pass – also another touchdown. Meanwhile, Etienne’s debut was far less impressive with four runs for 47 yards and just two catches for 18 yards. Etienne was the supposed master weapon to be used in numerous ways. So far, he’s just a third-down back and the No. 2 behind Robinson.

RB Antonio Gibson (WAS) – Following the theme of veterans who said “I’m not done yet,” Gibson had a great first game, running for 58 yards on 14 carries and then leading the Commanders with seven receptions for 72 yards.

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) – The Chiefs’ primary back opened the year with seven runs for 42 yards and caught three passes for 32 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted only three times but was deadly effective on a team looking to fill-in for Tyreek Hill. Isiah Pacheco ran for 62 yards and a score on 12 carries but those were all late in the game when the beatdown was already complete.

WR Greg Dortch (ARI) – What would Week 1 be without guys like Dortch? He was on the practice squad last year and was signed to the active roster. Rondale Moore injured his hamstring in practice a few days ago and was out for Week 1. His replacement in the slot became Dortch, who had three career catches over his three years in the NFL. Dortch became the leading receiver in the loss to the Chiefs. He fielded nine targets – three more than anyone else – and caught seven passes for 63 yards. More than A.J. Green (2-13) or Andy Isabella (1-10). With DeAndre Hopkins still suspended for five games, Dortch may continue to play a role. Once Moore and Hopkins are in the lineup, Dortch would likely end up as the same depth player he has always been. But he’s one to send fans thumbing through their game programs.

RB Brandon Bolden (LV) – The Raiders clearly indicated that Ameer Abdullah would become an integral part of the backfield as the new third-down back. But maybe not. He had one target and no catches. Bolden was the third-down back for the Patriots last year, and came over with new HC Josh McDaniels. And he caught two passes for 21 yards and one touchdown. He also ran three times for seven yards. Josh Jacobs ran ten times as the only other rusher. This could all change next week in true McDaniels-style, but it’s a good example of the difference between what is said, and what actually happens.

RB Saquon Barkley (NYG) – He has to be mentioned. He ran for 164 yards and a score on 18 carries, and added six receptions for 30 yards as the Giants’ busiest receiver. So, yeah, waiting for the most recent injury to happen but he looks every bit as good as he did in his first two impressive seasons.

WR Kyle Phillips (TEN) – The Titans brought in Robert Woods, who was talked up this summer. He only caught one pass for 13 yards. They also drafted Treylon Burks with their 1.18 pick who debuted with 55 yards on three catches. But their 5.20 pick of Phillips led the team with nine targets for six catches and 66 yards.

Huddle player of the week

Justin Jefferson – The Vikings’ star receiver was in a tough matchup with the Packers’ returning a healthy CB Jaire Alexander, but it was not a problem. At all. Jefferson ended as the top fantasy player of Week 1 with nine catches for 184 yards and two scores. This likely turns those who skipped running backs in the first round to scoop up Jefferson a bit insufferable this week. Then again, he looked so unstoppable that this is hardly the last time we’ll have to hear from the Jefferson owners.

Salute!

Drama 101 – Somebody has to laugh, somebody has to cry

Comedy Yards TDs Tragedy Yards TDs
QB Carson Wentz 325 4 QB Aaron Rodgers 194 0
RB Dontrell Hilliard 69 2 RB Dameon Pierce 33 0
RB Isiah Pacheco 62 1 RB Elijah Mitchell 41 0
WR Devin Duvernay 54 2 WR CeeDee Lamb 29 0
WR Robbie Anderson 102 1 WR Mike Williams 10 0
WR Curtis Samuel 72 1 WR Tee Higgins 27 0
TE O.J. Howard 38 2 TE Kyle Pitts 19 0
PK Younghoe Koo   2 XP   4 FG PK Nick Folk  1  XP
Huddle Fantasy Points = 145 Huddle Fantasy Points = 20

Now get back to work…

Fantasy football reaction: Dak Prescott needs thumb surgery

Dallas loses Prescott to a significant thumb injury.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (thumb) suffered an unspecified injury to a joint in the thumb of his throwing hand and will miss multiple weeks following surgery, according to owner Jerry Jones.

The Cowboys looked lethargic and largely outmatched in Week 1 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Between a flimsy offensive line and an inexperienced receiving corps behind CeeDee Lamb, the passing game was trending in wrong direction in comparison to last year’s prolific effort.

Look for Dallas to start quarterback Cooper Rush in Prescott’s absence, and a reliance on the running game should the emphasis of the playcalling. Devalue all things Cowboys, perhaps with the lone exception of tight end Dalton Schultz. He could see a steady stream of targets from the mostly untested Rush.

Stash Prescott for the time being. He probably will miss three or four games at a minimum, depending upon how the surgery goes. Whether it’s a fracture or ligament injury, that’s about the usual timeline for a quarterback with such an ailment. We’ll monitor the situation as it unfolds.

Fantasy football injury report: Week 1

Latest status of fantasy football weapons who are on the mend entering Week 1.

This is a team-by-team review of any key fantasy football player injury news after this week’s practice activity and team statements. Only those players listed on the team’s official injury report will be addressed, unless the situation warrants further attention.

PLEASE NOTE: The NFL releases their final official injury report later on Friday (after 5:00 p.m. ET). Teams on the West Coast often report their injuries late and may not be included in the initial publication.

Week 1 fantasy football injury report

This week’s key game-time decisions: RB J.K. Dobbins, WR Allen Lazard, TE Zach Ertz, WR Jakobi Meyers, WR Michael Thomas, WR Drake London, TE George Kittle, WR Russell Gage, WR Chris Godwin, RB Kenneth Walker

ARIZONA CARDINALS 
WR Rondale Moore
(hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 1. TE Zach Ertz (calf) opens the season with his customary questionable tag. He made it back for a limited practice Friday.

ATLANTA FALCONS 
WR Drake London (knee) is in danger of missing the first game of his NFL career with a questionable tag. He was limited in practice all week.

BALTIMORE RAVENS 
RB J.K. Dobbins (knee) was limited in practice Friday and deemed questionable. He will probably be a game-time decision. OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle) was limited Friday and is doubtful.

BUFFALO BILLS – Played Thursday
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

CAROLINA PANTHERS
RB Christian McCaffrey (shin) practiced Thursday and Friday, and he’s not on the injury report.

CHICAGO BEARS 
WR Velus Jones (hamstring) is doubtful and didn’t practice all week.

CINCINNATI BENGALS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

CLEVELAND BROWNS
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

DALLAS COWBOYS – Sunday night
WR Michael Gallup (knee) has been ruled out for Week 1. QB Dak Prescott (ankle) practiced Friday after a hiccup with a new pair of cleats earlier in the week that caused soreness. He’s good to go. WR James Washington (foot) is on IR and out six to 10 weeks with a broken foot.

DENVER BRONCOS – Monday night
WR K.J. Hamler (knee, hip) was limited Thursday and Friday and looks destined for a questionable tag following Saturday’s practice.

DETROIT LIONS
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

GREEN BAY PACKERS 
WR Allen Lazard (ankle) didn’t practice all week and is doubtful for Week 1. WR Christian Watson (knee) practiced all week and is off the report.

HOUSTON TEXANS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 
LB Shaquille Leonard (back) has been ruled out. He practiced fully Wednesday but was limited the rest of the week.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) practiced all week and is off the report.

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
RB Isaiah Spiller (ankle) practiced fully all week and is good to go.

LOS ANGELES RAMS – Played Thursday
RB Kyren Williams (ankle) suffered a high-ankle sprain Thursday night and figures to miss four to six weeks. WR Van Jefferson (knee) missed the game and could miss Week 2, also.

MIAMI DOLPHINS 
RB Chase Edmonds
(groin), WR Jaylen Waddle (quadriceps) and RB Myles Gaskin (neck) popped up on the injury report Thursday, but they practiced fully and were removed Friday. They’re set to go. RB Salvon Ahmed (heel) was limited all week and draws a questionable tag.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
WR Jakobi Meyers (knee) and WR Ty Montgomery (knee) were limited all week and are questionable.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 
WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) was limited all week and is questionable. He says he’s playing in Week 1 but could be a game-time decision. WR Tre’Quan Smith (shoulder) is out.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 
WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles’) was limited in practice all week but is not on the injury report.

NEW YORK JETS 
QB Zach Wilson (knee) is out for the first three weeks.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 
RB Miles Sanders (hamstring) practiced fully Friday and will be good to go.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS 
WR Diontae Johnson (shoulder) was limited earlier in the week but made it back to a full practice Friday. He’s ready to play.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 
TE George Kittle (groin) didn’t practice all week, and he’s eerily questionable for the opener. Some reports suggest he will need multiple weeks to recover.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Monday night
RB Kenneth Walker (abdomen) has yet to practice because of a hernia and looks to be on the bad side of questionable.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Sunday night
WR Russell Gage (hamstring) and WR Chris Godwin (knee) are questionable for Week 1. Godwin managed a full practice Friday, and Gage was limited. RB Giovani Bernard (ankle) practiced Friday and is off the report.

TENNESSEE TITANS 
No injuries of fantasy relevance.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
TE Logan Thomas (knee) was limited all week, and he’s questionable.

Can Zach Wilson make strides in fantasy football after knee surgery?

Escaping serious injury, can Wilson regroup in time to make a strong push in Year 2?

Already under the microscope following a tough debut campaign, New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) sustained a torn meniscus and a bone bruise during the club’s preseason opener on Friday, Aug. 12. The initial prognosis was for the BYU product to miss between two and four weeks, though head coach Robert Saleh wouldn’t put a firm timetable on the recovery process. Wilson underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

One thing that’s sure to be in the back of the front office’s minds is the sprained MCL Wilson had as a rookie, which happened to the same knee as his most recent injury. Saleh has already indicated that the Jets won’t rush him back onto the field, and the recurrent issue in his right knee could certainly push out his return past the original timeline.

While word is all went smoothly with the procedure, it’s hard to imagine the Jets won’t turn to backup Joe Flacco to lead them into Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens as the team will want Wilson eased back into action. That report was already making the rounds on Tuesday in the immediate aftermath of Wilson’s surgery.

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Although Wilson dodged a more serious injury, there could still be some concern about how the team might adjust in terms of having him run around — he didn’t run a lot last season, but he was effective when he did, posting a 29-185-4 line on the ground, which was good for 6.4 yards per carry. After hurting his knee at the end of a seven-yard scramble last Friday, the coaches might drill into him to stay in the pocket and not risk his twice-injured knee.

Depending on the length of the injury, New York’s passing game might get a bit of a short-term bump with the more experienced Flacco under center. Wide receivers Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson are both draftable commodities, with Moore as a fringe WR3 and the rookie Wilson as late-round depth in the WR5 area. Of course, if we’re only talking about a week or two, which seems likely, the change is unlikely to make more than a minor ripple.

Fantasy football outlook

Wilson was already on the outskirts of QB2 territory before the injury, and even that placement was due in large to what, at least on paper, is a talented group of receivers at his disposal. Since he wasn’t being drafted as a fantasy starter, his season outlook doesn’t change. If you have a reliable, high-end QB1, and want to wait until the later rounds to secure your backup, Wilson’s upside could fit the bill.

Fantasy football injury outlook: QB Joe Burrow, Bengals

Where does Burrow stand in his recovery process?

Considering that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (appendix) entered camp last year coming off a torn ACL that had halted his rookie campaign 10 games in, the news that the ascending superstar had undergone an appendectomy in late July feels like a minor inconvenience. Still, it’s another setback physically for a young quarterback who already suffered two knee injuries, including a sprained MCL during the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Head coach Zac Taylor indicated the surgery went “smoothly,” but as of yet there has been no timeline given by anyone within the organization — Burrow’s father, Jim, said that his son would be back “in a few weeks” during a podcast appearance earlier this week, for whatever that’s worth. He did some light throwing on Monday, Aug. 8, which represented his first time picking up a ball since the surgery, and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan indicated that Burrow was feeling better.

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For comparison, Rams quarterback John Wolford had the same procedure done on Aug. 6, 2021, and he was practicing in full by Aug. 19. While Burrow won’t hit that mark, there appears to be no concern about the speed of his recovery. With their Week 1 meeting against the Pittsburgh Steelers still more than a month away, it seems unlikely that the LSU alum will miss games because of it.

Although the team would doubtlessly like to have Burrow in camp, notching reps and knocking the rust off, bear in mind his top three receivers from last season all return, and the team played into February — both of which work in his favor. Even a week or two of preparation leading into their meeting with the Steelers should be adequate to get Joe Shiesty ready to roll.

Fantasy football outlook

Coming off a breakout sophomore season, Burrow appears poised to join the game’s elite signal callers. Given there is no long-term concern following his surgery, there’s no reason to reassess Burrow’s value as less than a midrange QB1 for 2022.

Fantasy football injury outlook: QB Matthew Stafford, Rams

Just how concerned should you be with Stafford’s ailing elbow?

Twelve months ago, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (elbow) unfairly carried the label of someone that couldn’t get it done in big moments after playing a dozen seasons with the Detroit Lions and never winning a playoff game. Now, he’s the leader of the defending Super Bowl champions. Without questions to be asked about his ability to play his best in the biggest spots, the focus has now turned to his physical well-being.

It’s been about a week now since reports started surfacing that Stafford was dealing with a case of “bad tendinitis” in his throwing elbow, one that has caused the team to back off the veteran’s reps in camp and take some additional time to rest the injury. In the aftermath, Stafford has downplayed the severity of the issue, referring to it as “irritating” or “soreness,” and he said recently that he believed he could still “make any throw [he] wanted.”

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As we sit here in early August, there doesn’t seem to be huge cause for concern. Stafford played in all 21 games last year, including playoffs, on a run that stretched into February. At 34 and with 13 NFL seasons under his belt, there’s zero reason for the team or player to prioritize preparation over rest — his former NFC North running mate, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, just this week called playing a series in preseason games a “waste.”

Still, when head coach Sean McVay is using phrases like “tricky deal” and labeling it as “abnormal” for a quarterback it can’t be completely dismissed. One of the things that set Stafford apart from his predecessor, current Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, was his ability to attack anywhere on the field. There could be a trickle-down effect on the Rams’ passing attack if the elbow issue lingers into the regular season and affects what he can do between the white lines.

Reading the tea leaves, it’s clear there’s some level of trepidation on the team’s side. If there wasn’t, Stafford would be out there building chemistry with newcomers like wide receiver Allen Robinson rather than being limited to individual work. Stafford has proven his toughness over the years to be sure, but playing through injury and playing effectively through injury aren’t necessarily the same thing — just look at what now-Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson went through upon returning from his finger injury. Would LA’s offense revert to Goff levels with a diminished Stafford at the helm?

Fantasy football outlook

Until we hear something more concrete that sounds like Stafford will in fact miss games, there’s no real reason to adjust his ranking. Even with no running ability to speak of, Stafford a sound QB1, but, for now, the news of his elbow woes simply makes acquiring a quality second option more important.