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Friday, September 7, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 1 INJURY REPORT: CHARGERS DEFENSE A SHELL OF ITSELF VERSUS CHIEFS

Friday is always Injury Report day in the world of fantasy football so let's get to the pertinent health questions going into Week 1.

-On paper the Los Angeles Chargers had one of the best defenses in the NFL and they often went as a top-five unit in summer fantasy football drafts.  That defense has been decimated however going into Week 1 as top corner Jason Verrett was already now and now star pass rusher Joey Bosa will join him on the sidelines.  With the Kansas City Chiefs and their plethora of offensive players staring back across from the Sunday, the Chargers defense now looks like a shaky play.  In fact, this one has shootout written all over it. 

-Miami Dolphins wideout Devante Parker is doubtful to go on Sunday which means Kenny Stills takes on firm WR 3 appeal and rookie tight end Mike Gesicki has a prime opportunity to come firing out of the gates with his massive potential.  Both guys should be started. 

-Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Vance McDonald will join holdout running back Le'Veon Bell on the sidelines Sunday which removes two key weapons for QB Ben Roethlisberger.

-All signs point to the knee injury suffered by Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman Thursday night as nothing major but still we have to be a bit concerned about how banged up he has been going back to the start of 2017.  Freeman runs very hard and upright as well which lead to big hits and the injury problems and so this is something that bears watching going forward.

-Cleveland Browns wideout Josh Gordon is no longer on the injury report despite being limited by a sore hamstring this past week but he will remain on a snap count according to head coach Hue Jackson.  This makes Gordon a very risky WR 3 in all formats as it makes it imperative he scores on the few plays he will be in for. 

-Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack is questionable for Sunday with a sore hamstring of his own but he got in practices both Thursday and Friday.  If Mack does play, he will split work with Jordan Wilkins which makes them both non-starters in terms of fantasy football usage.  If Mack sits, Wilkins has some FLEX appeal but not much. 

-Hoston Texans wideout Will Fuller will be a game-time call with his own hamstring injury but the signs point to him sitting out.  Like with Gordon, Fuller would be on a snap count if he does play so it is best to go with more stable options for Week 1.

-New England Patriots rookie running back Sonny Michel is questionable for Sunday but even if he goes, Rex Burkhead is expected to get the majority of carries for the team during the game.  Michel carries good long-term upside but for now his usage will likely be unpredictable to begin the season. 


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