2018 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Injury Updates
“Everyone has a plan until you’re hit in the mouth.” Mike Tyson may or may not be a fantasy football player but his quote about boxing is the most applicable wisdom for Week 2 of the NFL season. Any fantasy player can look at their post-draft lineup heading into the Season Opener and think that they have a championship-caliber team on their hands. However, then the injuries come: Aaron Rodgers, Delanie Walker, Doug Baldwin, the names that crossed the news-wire in Week 1 can easily sideline your winning game plan. That’s why this article is your best friend. Who’s ready to roll out in Week 2 and who is on the sidelines in street clothes? Let’s jump in.
Carolina at Atlanta (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Carolina: Going into Sunday’s game, the Panthers will be without three of their starters on offense. TE Greg Olsen (foot), WR Curtis Samuel (illness), and G Trai Turner (concussion) have all officially been ruled out on their official injury report. TE Ian Thomas and WR Devin Funchess could potentially see upticks in usage as Olsen’s targets get dispersed.
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Los Angeles: For a second straight week, the Chargers will be without DE Joey Bosa (foot), who was a non-participant in practice this week. Joining him on the injury report is WR Travis Benjamin (foot) who is listed as questionable after returning to practice in a limited capacity on Friday.
Buffalo: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Minnesota at Green Bay (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Minnesota: C Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder) will be out for a second straight game according to Friday’s injury report. However, CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle) returned to practice at full capacity all week.
Green Bay: The big question surrounding the Packers’ injury report is the status of QB Aaron Rodgers (knee). Both he and WR Davante Adams (shoulder) are listed as questionable this week. Adams was limited in practice on Thursday and Friday which is at least trending in the right direction. Rodgers, however, has been held out of practice all week (though McCarthy said Saturday’s practice will be a big indicator of whether he’ll be ready for Week 2).
Cleveland at New Orleans (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Cleveland: The Browns’ defense will have a large task ahead of them against the Saints, and they will be without their starting DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle) who has been ruled out on their official injury report. LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder/ankle) joins him with a questionable status. If both are out, there will be big shoes to fill on defense. Josh Gordon was also ruled out on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.
New Orleans: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Miami at New York Jets (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Miami: WR DeVante Parker (finger) started the week off as a limited participant in practice by was fully participating on Thursday and Friday. Despite his participation, his official status on the injury report is questionable.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Kansas City: Once again, S Eric Berry (heel) has missed every practice this week and is listed as doubtful on the official injury report. The secondary will likely miss him in their Week 2 matchup against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh: The Steelers have six starters appearing on the final injury report for this week. QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), CB Artie Burns (toe), TE Vance McDonald (foot), and DE Cameron Heyward (knee) are all listed as questionable. The Steelers’ locker room seems to think Ben will play this week as he, McDonald and Heyward were both full participants in practice on Friday. Burns wasn’t listed on the report until Friday, after suffering a toe injury, so his status is a bit more cloudy. Additionally, CB Joe Haden (hamstring) and G David DeCastro (hand) are both listed as doubtful and are unlikely to play.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Philadelphia: The Eagles offense will be shorthanded again in Week 2. WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), RB Darren Sproles (hamstring), and QB Carson Wentz (knee) all have been ruled out for Sunday’s game. WR Shelton Gibson (knee) is the “next-man-up” for the Eagles, on the depth chart to join Wallace and Agholor in 3-wide sets, however, he is a game-time-decision and carries a questionable designation on the Week 2 injury report.
Tampa Bay: Balancing out the Eagles’ offensive injury concerns are those on the defense of the Buccaneers. CB Brent Grimes (groin) and DT Vita Vea (calf) have already been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup. Joining them on the injury report is DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) who is questionable after being limited in practice Thursday and Friday and on the offensive side of the ball, DeSean Jackson (Shoulder/Concussion) is expected to play. If he doesn’t clear concussion protocol, WR Chris Godwin should be a big factor in their offense.
Houston at Tennessee (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Houston: Four WRs are listed as questionable for the Week 2 matchup against the Titans. Sammie Coates (hamstring), Keke Coutee (hamstring), Will Fuller (hamstring), and DeAndre Hopkins (foot) are all questionable after being limited in practice all week. Both Hopkins and Fuller are expected to play on Sunday, but if either misses the game, expect Bruce Ellington to have an expanded role again. DE Jadeveon Clowney (Back/Elbow) is also questionable and has a chance to miss action.
Tennessee: The Titans lost TE Delanie Walker (ankle) to IR for the rest of the year and will be without their starting tackles on Sunday as, Jack Conklin (knee) and Taylor Lewan (concussion) have not practiced this week. WR Corey Davis (hamstring) has been limited all week long along with QB Marcus Mariota (elbow). Either way, for Mariota, it didn’t sound promising as Coach Mike Vrabel says both Mariota and Blaine Gabbert are expected to play on Sunday.
Indianapolis at Washington (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Indianapolis: Friday’s injury report revealed that starting T Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) will not be active for Sunday’s game in Washington. Joining him on the report was RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) who missed last week but was a full participant in Friday’s practice. Consider him a game-time decision who seems to be trending in the right direction.
Washington: The only fantasy relevant name to end up on Washington’s final injury report was WR Paul Richardson (shoulder). After not participating in Friday’s practice, his status has officially been changed to questionable.
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Arizona: The Cardinals entered this week with quite a few players on the injury report. However, by the end of the week, most issues were cleared up (including RB David Johnson‘s back). TE Jermaine Gresham (achilles) and LB Haason Reddick (ankle) are both questionable moving into Sunday afternoon’s game.
Detroit at San Francisco (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Detroit: Starting G T.J. Lang (back) has been ruled out for Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the 49ers. Joining him on the injury report is DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) and RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) who are both questionable.
Oakland at Denver (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Oakland: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Denver: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
New England at Jacksonville (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
New England: The bulk of the injury concern for the Patriots comes from the RB position. Week 1 took Jeremy Hill (knee) from their lineup as he’ll remain on IR for the duration of the season and Week 2 has Rex Burkhead (concussion) and Sony Michel (knee) listed as questionable on the official injury report. Belichick has said that Michel is getting “better every day” and it seems like the rookie RB has a better chance at playing this week than Burkhead, but as with all Patriot injuries, keep an ear to the ground for any game-time status updates. Regardless, it seems that RB James White has a good chance at seeing increased touches.
Jacksonville: RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is the only player listed on the Jaguars’ injury report on Friday. He has not practiced all week and is officially questionable and a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
New York Giants at Dallas (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)
Dallas: As was the case last week, the Cowboys will be without C Travis Frederick (illness), S Xavier Woods (hamstring), and DE Datone Jones (knee). Joining them, this week on the injury report is DE Randy Gregory (concussion). His official status is doubtful and he must clear concussion protocol before returning to the field.
Seattle at Chicago (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)
Seattle: The Seahawks should be glad to have an extra day to recover before Week 2, as they have a laundry list of injuries heading into Monday night’s game. WR Doug Baldwin (knee) headlines the list but OL D.J. Fluker (hamstring), CB Shaquill Griffin (thigh), LB Bobby Wagner (groin), and LB K.J. Wright (knee) have all been held out of practice so far this week. Baldwin is expected to miss multiple weeks but check on the status of this defense and who practices on Saturday as they could be severely limited if these injuries keep stacking.
Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Hopefully, Week 2 is kind and the winds of fantasy football injuries blow in your favor. If not, then buckle up because each week is a new opportunity to get punched in the mouth. That’s okay, though, the injury news and notes are how the good fantasy players pivot and stay on top.