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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 ISSUES: MATT JONES AND CARLOS HYDE LOOK GOOD TO GO

With fantasy football Week 1 already getting underway tomorrow night, the injury report is already a chief concern of many who own players who are not 100 percent healthy heading into the season.  Nowhere has there been more angst than at running back where injuries are literally running rampant and thus lineups are still not set in stone for many.  At least in the case of two presumed starters, things are looking up.

Carlos Hyde:  Hyde finally came out of the concussion protocol on Wednesday after being stuck in limbo there since getting his bell run in the team's third preseason game.  No stranger to injury, the concussion was a reminder of how fragile Hyde has been during his first two NFL seasons where he barely has suited up for half his games.  Of course Hyde still has to get in a practice on Thursday or Friday but that should be a formality.  As a result, Hyde should be good to go for Week 1 where he is expected to dominate carries for the San Francisco 49ers against a tough Los Angeles Rams defense.  By now you all know the deal here:  Hyde is a good RB 2 in standard formats but he is more of a RB 3 in PPR where he makes little impact in the passing game. 

Matt Jones:  The red non-contact jersey was taken off Washington Redskins second-year running back Matt Jones who was dealing with a persistent shoulder injury.  Combine that with the emergence of rookie Rob Kelley during preseason games and doubt was growing about Jones' status for Week 1.  The fact the non-contact jersey came off means Jones will be able to go in Week 1 but unlike Carlos Hyde, a committee could be in the offing with Kelley and Chris Thompson.  Watch the reports closely on possible usage but Jones is on the border of RB 2/3 status in all formats. 


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