By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
The one thing all of us fantasy players dread the most, injuries. Unfortunately, this is part and parcel with NFL life and it’s inevitable that at some point during the season one or more of your players will have the dreaded “questionable” or “doubtful” tags. The tricky bit is wading through the reports to find out the true status of your fantasy stud. Fantasy players are very often used as decoys when injured to fool defences, so it’s important that we’re sure that a player is 100% healthy before deploying into a line-up.
This article will take a look at the top injury concerns that we’re hearing about this week and provide a recommendation as to whether they should be starting for you or if you need to pick up their handcuff from the waiver wire.
Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for our Twitter feed (@F10YFantasy) this Sunday as we’ll be providing you with updated on the below mentioned injuries.
Top Injury Concern
Davante Adams, Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chance of playing: 10%
Adams suffered two separate injuries in Sunday’s win over Carolina. First he was rolled up on his ankle which caused him to miss a couple of series on the sidelines, but later in the game he also suffered a hamstring strain.
The hamstring has lingered into the week and has caused Adams to miss practice all week. The Packers are known for being cautious with injuries, particularly since Adams had his struggles in 2019, so it’s no surprise he hasn’t seen the field this week.
Unfortunately for fantasy owners; typically when a player doesn’t practice all week, particularly on a Friday, the player tends to trend towards missing a Sunday game. This will likely be the case with Adams, especially with a potential tough and physical game in week 3 with Marshon Lattimore shadowing for the Saints.
If Adams does miss the Sunday night primetime showdown, expect both Lazard and Valdes-Scantling’s target share to rise and become the 1a/1b options for Aaron Rodgers. Both will be flex worthy.
Other Injury Concerns
Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
Chance of playing: 75%
Now that Courtland Sutton is out for the year, the rookie out of Alabama has got an incredible opportunity to re-capture his college form and translate it into the pros.
But to do that, he’s got to be on the field. Due to the fact Sutton is out, I believe Denver will want Jeudy to be in the game and I imagine it will be a pain injection jobby before kickoff and we’ve just got to hope the Broncos Doctor is more adept than the Chargers’ one is at giving injections to the ribs…
Tim Patrick, Daesean Hamilton and fellow rookie K.J Hamler are the three waiting in the wings to potentially be the next man up for this wilting Broncos team, but good luck if your fantasy team is reliant on starting one of those. Noah Fant will likely be the biggest benficiary if Jeudy misses the game at Mile High against Tom Brady’s Bucs on Sunday.
Juju Smith-Schuster, Wide Reciever – Pittsburgh Steelers
Chance of playing: 95%
Juju missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices but came back for a full session on Friday and removed his injury tag for this weekend’s jujuicy (intentional) tilt against Houston. Expect him to play and split a productive target share with Diontae Johnson.
Julio Jones, Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
Chance of playing: 50%
Status: Questionable, Game-time decision
Jones re-injured his hamstring last week but managed to hobble through Sunday’s nail biter vs Dallas snagging 2 catches for 24 yards in the process. But like with Davante Adams, Julio has missed all 3 practices this week and will be a true game-time decision on Sunday. Julio owners beware, if he does suit up, it’s likely only going to be as a decoy.
Fire up your Calvin Ridley and Russell Gages’ if you have them.
Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver – Detroit Lions
Chance of playing: 70%
Kenny G could make his season debut this week as the Lions face off against an in form Arizona Cardinals. And boy does Detroit need him back. Golladay will be the cure for the common lack of talent in Detroit and Matt Stafford will be desperate to get his main guy back so he too can really kick start his mediocre season to date.
Be warned however, Golladay did admit after practice on Friday that he’s not at 100% just yet so this week could well see him on a snap count. Hopefully that will be confirmed before kick off so that fantasy owners don’t get too carried away that Kenny and his routes are back in full flow. Proceed with caution, Marvin Jones might be the sensible play if Golladay is playing the decoy role upon his return.
Will be Playing
Justin Jackson (quad), Los Angeles Chargers
Josh Jacobs (hip), Las Vegas Raiders
Darren Waller (knee), Las Vegas Raiders
Jack Doyle (ankle), Indianapolis Colts
Out – DO NOT PLAY
George Kittle (knee), San Francisco 49ers
A.J Brown (knee), Tennessee Titans
Henry Ruggs III (hamstring, knee), Las Vegas Raiders
Jamison Crowder (hamstring), New York Jets
Michael Thomas (ankle), New Orleans Saints
Christian Kirk (groin), Arizona Cardinals
Breshad Perriman (hamstring), New York Jets
Zack Moss (toe), Buffalo Bills
Cam Akers (ribs), Los Angeles Rams
Tevin Coleman (knee), San Francisco 49ers (IR 3 weeks min)
Raheem Mostert (knee), San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), San Francisco 49ers
Sterling Shepherd (toe), New York Giants (IR 3 weeks min)
Tyrod Taylor (chest). Los Angeles Chargers
Drew Lock (shoulder), Denver Broncos
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By Rob Grimwood – @FFBritBaller
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