Saturday, September 9, 2017


As always lets get to the latest as the week of practice finishes up and we focus in on fantasy football Week 1 from the injury front.

-The biggest story of the week is the status of New York Giants ace wideout Odell Beckham Jr. who is being listed as a game-time decision with the ankle he injured back in the second preseason game.  While Beckham has yet to practice this week, he did in fact travel with the team to Dallas which at least is an encouraging sign.  Beckham will test the ankle in warmups but he is still 50/50 at best to go.  Of course the big problem is that the Giants play Sunday night and so unless you own bench wideouts that will be playing in that game or on Monday, most Beckham owners will either take a huge Week 1 gamble or be forced to bench him.  Also those who own stock in Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard (and to a lesser extent Evan Engram) would actually hope Beckham sits so that their guys get more Eli Manning targets.

-Washington Redskins wideout Jamison Crowder was a popular sleeper in 2017 fantasy football drafts and it was understandable since he carries terrific PPR potential and operates in a pass-first offense.  However Crowder was listed as questionable in this week's injury report, much to the surprise of the player himself.  However Crowder did in fact practice on Friday and pronounced himself ready to go in an expected shootout versus Philadelphia.  Play Crowder everywhere.

-As we all know by now, Andrew Luck is out Week 1 for the Indianapolis Colts but the fact he was not placed on PUP means a return could be relatively soon.  However with the ill-equipped Scott Tolzien starting, T.Y. Hilton should be benched.  I do think Donte Moncrief carries some WR 3 value as Tolzien will look for safe throws and that should help tight end Jack Doyle as well.

-It looks like it will be the Eddie Lacy show in Week 1 for the Seattle Seahawks as fellow back Thomas Rawls is a game-time decision with an ankle injury.  Rawls has not been healthy it seems since his 2015 breakout and Lacy's has a golden chance to stake claim to the lion's share of carries in the Seahawks backfield.  While Lacy has burned many the last few seasons, he has lost weight and is worth a RB 2 look.

-Danny Amendola is likely to miss Week 2 and maybe beyond after suffering a concussion late in the team's Thursday night opener.  Amendola once again showed he can't stay healthy when he gets a high amount of looks or snaps and the fact he has a long history of concussion is concerning.  That means Chris Hogan is worth another look despite his Week 1 dud and Brandin Cooks is set for a big day versus his old team the New Orleans Saints.

-The loss of Eric Berry for the season for the Kansas City Chiefs will not doubt hurt one of the top fantasy football defenses in the game.  Berry was an excellent cover guy and adept at coming up to make plays in the run game.  He will be missed there.

-Joe Flacco was taken off the injury report and so he is set to go Week 1 with no apparent restrictions in coming back from a back injury.  Anyone who saw how brutal Ryan Mallett was in the preseason and who owns Jeremy Maclin can thank their lucky stars Flacco is ready.

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