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Monday, September 12, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 INJURY REPORT: BIG TROUBLE FOR RG3, HOW HURT IS RUSSELL WILSON?


All right almost the full week of games in the vault and so of course we have injuries to get to.  We are changing the outlook of this feature this season, classifying the injuries in different tiers of severity.  Let's get to it.

HIGHEST PRIORITY

Russell Wilson (ankle):  There was some hysteria early Monday morning when always dramatic Ian Rapport of the NFL Network said that it was no given that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson would play in Week 2 due to an ankle injury.  Well head coach Pete Carroll was noticeably taken aback by this report when we met with the media and he said Wilson is in line to play this week.  I myself Tweeted that this was just a headline grab and also keep in mind Wilson is very durable in having never missed one start in his career.  He will be out there. 

Robert Griffin III:  Not even one game into his new tenure with the Cleveland Browns and QB Robert Griffin III is dealing with injury.  Surprised?  Well you shouldn't be as Griffin got hurt when he refused to slide when running and took a shot in the shoulder.  Now Griffin has been placed on IR with a designation to return and so Josh McCown under center.  McCown has been usable at times in the past when with the Chicago Bears and even a year ago with the Browns when he played well but he is only backup material in TWO QB formats.  As far as Griffin is concerned, cut him loose as this story never changes for the better.

Sammy Watkins:  There was also a bunch of hysteria surronding Buffalo Bills wideout Sammy Watkins as it came out early Monday that he would be shut down due to renewed problems with his surgically repaired foot.  The Bills and head coach Rex Ryan came back later in the day to refute this however and said that Watkins has a chance to even play Thursday.  Whatever happens here, the injury factor remains the main storyline with Watkins who has all the talent in the world but who can't stay on the field.  Also Watkins has been let down by his QB's since coming into the league and that is why I told you to avoid this mess no matter how alluring the talent is.  Right now go with the idea Watkins will sit due to the short week and be surprised if he goes. 

Jamaal Charles:  A bad situation is getting worse for those who own Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.  After watching Spencer Ware go crazy in Week 1 in his place, head coach Andy Reid said it was not a given Charles would play in Week 2.  This is becoming a total disaster for Charles' owners as Ware played so good that he could remain the starter.  Also at worst we could be looking at a split.  First though Charles has to come back onto the field and that is not happening yet as his slow pace coming back from an ACL injury is going quite slow.  Count on Charles sitting out Week 2 as Reid has not reason to rush this given how well Ware played.  

Zach Ertz:  Bad news learned on Monday regarding Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.  After he was involved heavily as expected given the ongoing rookie QB loving his tight end in the passing game bit, Ertz apparently suffered a rib injury that is causing him quite a bit of pain.  In fact head coach Doug Pederson said this is not an injury Ertz can play though and so now we have to worry about his availability for Week 2.  Ertz has huge potential this season as the safety valve for Carson Wentz but injuries could cloud this.

MODERATE PRIORITY

Demaryuis Thomas:  Great news for those who own Denver Broncos wideout Demaryuis Thomas as he took part in some drills on Monday and is expected to practice on Wednesday despite getting an MRI on the hip he injured in the Thursday night opener.  Thomas was a disappointment in the opener as he caught just 4 passes and this is the problem we talked about when investing here as QB Trevor Siemian doesn't have the arm to make plays with him down the field.  Throw in the injury issue now and the immediate outlook on Thomas is not attractive. 

LOW PRIORITY

Julius Thomas:  While you get nervous hearing about any sort of ankle injury for Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas given his long history of trouble there,  there was no mention of this after the game which tells you it is not a major deal.  Expect Thomas to be able to go and build on a solid Week 1 when he caught a touchdown.

 

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