Week 1 Injury Report – Monday
This is your first taste of fantasy football this year! We will try to update the injury report daily, unless there are no significant changes. NFL teams usually have full contact practices on Wednesdays, so midweek injuries may not be as frequent this year as in years past. Nonetheless, let’s get to it, your week one injury report.
Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers, Ribs)- Newton had an apparently cracked rib in the preseason game against the Patriots, but Ron Rivera has repeatedly said that Cam will play week 1, and Newton himself has said things to the same effect. I don’t think his cracked rib will limit him, but look for Newton to slide more and get out of bounds more often. Cam will play and is still a must-start in all leagues.
Matt Schaub (Oakland Raiders, Elbow)- The Raiders have announced that they will be starting rookie QB Derek Carr, which is bad news for Schaub owners (if there are any). The only reason you should have him on your roster is if your league starts 2 QBs. If you have Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew, however, this may cause the Jets to stack the box and try to clog the running lanes.
Steven Jackson (Atlanta Falcons, Hamstring)- Jackson has a recent few years riddled with nagging injuries, and the Georgia Dome turf will do no favors for his hamstrings. I think he will play this Sunday, and he will get a few goal line touches to justify a RB2 or flex spot. It wouldn’t hurt to grab backup running back Devonta Freeman.
Bernard Pierce (Baltimore Ravens, Concussion)- With Ray Rice out because of a suspension, Bernard Pierce should be getting the nod as the starter, but his concussion could keep him out of this game. This is a situation that should be monitored if you own Pierce, and if you do, you may want to consider picking up Justin Forsett or Lorenzo Taliaferro.
Arian Foster (Houston Texans, Hamstring)- Foster, like Steven Jackson, has had a history of injuries, but the Texans limited him in the preseason on purpose so he would be ready to go. Foster will play this Sunday, but given his previous injuries, he may not make it through the whole season unscathed.
Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs, Foot)- Charles will play and he is always a must start. Don’t try to get cute here and start someone else, but it wouldn’t hurt to have his backup, Knile Davis, just in case.
LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles, Thumb)- Just like Jamaal Charles, McCoy is a must start every week. He is officially listed as probable, but he is going to play.
Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills, Ribs)- The rookie sensation (can we call him that before he’s even played a real game?) has said today that his ribs feel normal, so all signs say that he will be ready to go.
Marvin Jones (Cincinnati Bengals, Foot, Ankle)- Jones is listed as doubtful, and while he’s the secondary option on the outside for the Bengals, you should look elsewhere if you were planning on starting him.
Wes Welker (Denver Broncos, Concussion)- Welker suffered a concussion in the preseason game against the Texans and listed as questionable for their week one matchup against the Colts. This is a situation that should be monitored throughout the week to see how Welker recovers.
Kenny Stills (New Orleans Saints, Quad)- Stills is listed as questionable, but is at least the fourth option for Drew Brees. Look somewhere else at receiver.
Odell Beckham (New York Giants, Hamstring)- Beckham is listed as questionable, but like Stills, you should find someone else to play.
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals, Back)- Eifert should play this game, but he has to compete with AJ Green, Jermaine Gresham, and the running backs for catches. Start someone else.
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots, Knee)- the Patriots are notorious for holding their injury cards close to the vest, but Gronk says he will be playing Sunday against Miami. Monitor this situation closely, but if Gronk is healthy, he’s a must start.
Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins, Thumb)- Reed will play, this thumb injury won’t keep him out. Play him if you have him.