Monday, September 3, 2018


With 2018 fantasy football set to officially begin this week, the Monday practice session helped shape up some injury issues to watch going into the openers around the league.

-As assumed all along, Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack did not take part in practice on Monday as he continues to deal with soreness in his hamstring.  After being a complete boom-or-bust guy on any one carry as a rookie in 2017, Mack was set to be the starting running back for the Colts this season.  A stubborn hamstring has changed that idea though and rookie Jordan Wilkins will now be the guy in all likelihood in Week 1.  Wilkins failed to impress in the preseason though so he is really best left on the bench if you have good depth since you don't want to make speculative calls right out of the gate.

-New York Giants tight end Evan Engram practiced on Monday as he is free from the concussion protocol and set to go Week 1.  Engram has much more competition for looks from QB Eli Manning among Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and rookie Saquon Barkley which makes him outlook a bit more murky compared to his excellent rookie campaign but he should still be a top-five guy at the position regardless. 

-Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon returned to practice after dealing with a balky hamstring the last few weeks and some off-the-field stuff.  Gordon won't start Sunday but he is set to play a bunch despite rookie Antonio Callaway getting the nod to begin the game.  I said from the beginning though that Gordon continues to be overvalued as the fantasy football community keeps thinking he can automatically go back to the WR 1 he was earlier in his career but this looks like more boom-or-bust scenarios this season.

-Nick Foles will go in Week 1 for the Philadelphia Eagles which was to be expected and now we have to see if he will go in Week 2 which is entirely possible as the team remains careful with starting QB Carson Wentz.  Anyone who invested in Wentz is watching this closely but he should still be fine (albeit with less running) when he does return. 

-Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker will go in Week 1 despite a stubborn toe injury in training camp.  Walker remains a puzzle to me in terms of the fact he always is or is close to being a top-five performing tight end in yearly fantasy football leagues but nobody ever seems to want to own him.  He was a tremendous value according to ADP this summer though and 70 catches in a new Titans offense is very possible. 

-Eagles running back Jay Ajayi participated in practice on Monday which was a big deal since there was some speculation he may not be able to go Week 1 due to yet another bout of knee trouble.  With a bone-on-bone issue in his knee always a major worry, Ajayi will have a chance to stake his firm claim to be the primary running back on the Eagles and thus, try to hold off the charging Corey Clement. 

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