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Thursday, September 8, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 ISSUES: WIDEOUT DOMINATE INJURY REPORT

The wide receivers (in addition to Rob Gronkowski) are flooding the injury report as Week 1 in fantasy football gets completely underway on Sunday.  Let's get to all the carnage:

-It had to be disconcerting for owners of the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones to see their respective players battling ailments as the weekend draws near.  Marshall was battling a sore hip, while Jones was hobbled by a bum ankle which caused alarm no doubt.  However both guys put in a full practice on Thursday and both will be starting Week 1 with no limitations.  While Marshall has been very durable in his career, this is a reminder he is aging and aches and pains could be part of the equation going forward.  Meanwhile Jones is no stranger to getting hurt as his early years in the league were filled with serious injuries.  However he has been durable the last few years and so the injury-prone tag doesn't stick anymore.

-Not such great news for rookie Houston Texans wideout Will Fuller.  There is growing concern he may not be able to go in Week 1 as he was limited again in practice on Thursday with a sore hamstring.  While a veteran would be given more leeway, the fact that will be Fuller's first game means it is more unlikely Bill O'Brien would throw him in there at less than 100 percent.  I think the world of Fuller long-term but I would sit him Week 1 even if he suits up as he likely will be on a snap count.

-Meanwhile Kevin White showed up on the injury report Thursday with his own hamstring injury and this is double annoying since he missed all of 2016 (his rookie season) with a serious shin injury.  The opportunity is there for White to do big things with QB Jay Cutler but already he is having trouble staying healthy.  He should be glued to your bench if you own him.

-Washington Redskins rookie wideout Josh Docston was a limited particpant in practice himself on Thursday and he likely is headed toward a questionable tag by the team due to a hurting Achilles.  Docston is fourth on the team's depth chart at wideout though so he should only be on your bench. 


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