Monday, September 19, 2016


It was a day of injury carnage at the running back position in fantasy football Week 2 as SIX starting options from this group went down with various ailments.  As always we dig into these cases and the other injuries that took down the "name" guys this past Sunday.

Doug Martin:  It was a hamstring injury that sent Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin to the sidelines for good in the second quarter of the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals and his availability for Week 3 is very much up in the air given the volatile nature of this sort of ailment.  Charles Sims took over for Martin and would be the starter in Week 3 if Martin has to sit.  Sims is a tremendous receiver so he takes on immediate RB 2 value in PPR but even in standard leagues he would have value in getting an expected full load of work.

-Ameer Abdullah looks like he has a sizable foot injury to deal with which makes the already valuable in PPR Theo Riddick that much more impactful.  Abdullah was spotted in a walking boot after the game which is certainly not a good sign.   Riddick has never really been given a chance to show his running ability but now that golden opportunity is at hand if Abdullah sits.  If you own the top waiver spot this week, we would use it on Riddick.

-Danny Woodhead could be done for the season by the time you read this.  It was an ugly knee injury that knocked out Woodhead early in the San Diego Chargers blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and the team could be down another prime offensive players after losing Keenan Allen in Week 1.  Melvin Gordon ran for his third TD of the season and over 100 yards with a full allotment of carries in Woodhead's place and that means he takes on that much more value for Week 3.

-Thomas Rawls had just gotten done with being endorsed by Pete Carroll as the Seattle Seahawks' primary runner before he went down with a knee injury and that means Christine Michael gets off the bench again to be the starter.  Rawls was fresh off his recovery from the broken ankle he suffered as a rookie in 2015 but his standard league only impact limited his effectiveness.  Alas reports indicate that Rawls only suffered a bruise and that he should be good to go for Week 3.  

-The Cleveland Browns could be getting set to launch the Cody Kessler era at QB as they are fearing the worst when it comes to Josh McCown's shoulder injury.  This after McCown tossed two early touchdowns in the team's game versus the Baltimore Ravens.  If McCown does have a serious injury and Kessler has to play, this is a very big knock on the values of Corey Coleman and Gary Barnridge.

-What a tough break for New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garappolo who suffered a spraing AC joint in his shoulder during the team's win over the Miami Dolphins.  Garappolo was headed for a beyond monster game as he tossed three touchdown passes prior to the injury but it is almost certain he misses this Thursday's game.  That means rookie Jacoby Brissett gets the start and in turn a heavy dose of RB LeGarrette Blount.  With Tom Brady coming back Week 5, Garappolo loses a precious game in his audition to the league.

-Denver Broncos tight end Virgil Green was in a walking boot of his own after hurting his foot during the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts.  Green will go for an MRI on Monday in order to determine the severity of the injury but he was a borderline fantasy football tight end anyways.

- An MRI will also be on tap for Seattle Seahawks number 1 wideout Doug Baldwin after he hurt his knee during the team's loss to the Los Angeles Rams.  Word is that the MRI is precautionary in nature and that he should be ready for Week 3.

-Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones appears almost weekly on the injury report but more for minor or nagging issues like the leg problem he was dealing with during Sunday's game versus the Oakland Raiders.  Also Jones re-tweaked his previously injured ankle which has him at a bit less than 100 percent.  Either way Jones is set to play Week 3.

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