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Monday, September 15, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 2 INJURY WATCH: RUNNING BACKS GOING DOWN ALL OVER

Fantasy football Week 2 was a stark reminder that all can go horrible wrong both for players in general and your rosters.  There were quite a few big names who went down during a carnage-filled Week 2 so let's get to all the latest.

-Jamaal Charles was the consensus number 1 player during 2014 fantasy football drafts but there was always an uneasy feeling making that pick given his lengthy injury history which is exacerbated by a slight frame.  Well Charles didn't even make it through Week 2 before going down, this time with an ankle injury that already has him iffy for next week.  Knile Davis came in and had a huge day in Charles' place with 2 scores and over 100 rushing yards.  The big day by Davis gives the Chiefs the option of resting Charles in order to make sure he is 100 percent before he gets back.  I said over the summer that I never like to pay for career-years and Charles made me nervous on more than a few levels.  Now we see why.

-Cincinnati Bengals ace WR A.J. Green gave a no-show performance Sunday after going back with a bad case of turf toe that ended his day early.  The toe/foot injury already is slated to keep Green out for Week 3 and with the Bengals having a bye in Week 4, a return afterwards is likely.  Green is right there with Demariyus Thomas and Dez Bryant as the number 2 wide receiver in fantasy football so his loss is huge.  Mohamud Sanu graduates to the top receiver spot for the Bengals while Green is out and is worth a look.

-One carry and four yards is all Knowshon Moreno could supply after his huge Week 1 performance kept his 2013 momentum going.  Moreno went down with a dislocated elbow that will cost him the next 4-8 weeks.  Just a devastating injury for Moreno who of course is no stranger to getting hurt which is why he is one of the most frustrating players to own in the game.  Lamar Miller and his mediocre tendencies will move toward being the prime runner for a Dolphins team who once again have huge offensive line issues.

-We reported early last week that Bobby Rainey had a chance to literally run away with the starting running back job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to the poor play and injuries of Doug Martin.  Martin of course say out Sunday and watched Rainey go off for 144 rushing yards.  Now Martin is not likely going to be sent to the bench once he does get over his knee injury but Rainey at least has worked himself into a solid amount of carries going forward into the season.

-Ryan Matthews is injured.  Tell me where you have heard that one before.  Matthews is headed for an MRI on his knee after he came up lame in Sunday's big win over the Seattle Seahawks.  The starting running back duties now fall to Donald Brown as Matthews is always a slow healer from whatever is bothering him. 

-On and on it goes with Robert Griffin III and his penchant for injuries.  This time around Griffin got hurt on a non-contact play as he was running out of bounds early in the team's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Griffin dislocated his ankle and an MRI will be performed on Monday. Right now the team is not saying much publicly about how long Griffin could be out but if ligament damage is found, count on not seeing him until the middle of November.  Meanwhile Kirk Cousins gets an extended look to show that he and not Griffin should be the QB of the future and so far so good on that front.  Worth a look for sure in two-QB formats given the weapons surrounding him.

-Eric Decker went out with a strained hamstring late in the New York Jets' loss to the Green Bay Packers.  Reports from the sideline were that Decker would try to return but that didn't happen.  This could be a miss practice until Friday and than see situation. 

-San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis was seen on crutches following the teams choke job loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.  David injured his ankle and didn't return during the second half.  For a guy who has seen his own share of injuries and his vital part in the 49ers offense, his loss could be a big one for both he and his QB.

-A sprained AC joint wiped out Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson's afternoon Sunday and he is already expected to sit out Week 3 and maybe longer as a result. 

There you have it.  Let us hear your thoughts on this.



 

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