2018 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Injury Updates
It’s a long, long season in the NFL and the fantasy season is officially in full swing. After two weeks of fantasy matchups, your record can be shrugged off as luck or the lack thereof, but let us make clear that three weeks is a pattern. Be it 3-0 or the dreaded 0-3, the fantasy season starts weighing large as Week 3 comes and goes. Focus and perseverance through injuries and a watchful eye on the waiver wire will be sure to help kick things in the right direction, and due diligence is sure to help swing things in your favor. Let’s see who’s hurting and who’s suiting up for Week 3.
New Orleans at Atlanta (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
New Orleans: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Atlanta: The Falcons have one offensive and one defensive starter showing on Friday’s injury report. However, they are indeed big losses. RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will be out for a second straight week, meaning Tevin Coleman should see the majority of the RB snaps. DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) will also be out after missing Wednesday and Thursday practices.
Denver at Baltimore (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Denver: The Broncos have three question marks stemming from Friday’s team injury report. CB Adam Jones (thigh), LB Brandon Marshall (knee), and T Jared Veldheer (concussion) are all listed as questionable after missing practice this week. Veldheer and Marshall were limited on Friday’s practice and have a better chance at being active for Sunday’s game.
Baltimore: After missing practice on Wednesday, RB Alex Collins (illness) made a full recovery this week and is no longer on the team’s injury report. CB Anthony Averett (hamstring) and LB C.J. Mosley (knee) were not as lucky. Averett has already been ruled out, and Mosley is officially questionable.
Cincinnati at Carolina (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Cincinnati: The Bengals have ruled out two of their starters for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. RB Joe Mixon (knee) and C Billy Price (foot) are listed officially out, according to their team injury report. Two more starters, LB Preston Brown (ankle) and DE Michael Johnson (knee) are listed as questionable.
Carolina: Once again, the Panthers will be without TE Greg Olsen (foot) and WR Curtis Samuel (Illness) as they have been ruled out on the official injury report. Additionally, CB Donte Jackson (groin) is listed as questionable after being limited in Friday’s practice.
New York Giants at Houston (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
New York Giants: The Giants defense will be without two of their starters on Sunday as CB Eli Apple (groin), and LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) both have been ruled out on the official injury report. With both of them missing time, there is a big opportunity for Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense.
Tennessee at Jacksonville (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tennessee: QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is at the center of the Titans’ injury report, this weekend. He is officially listed as questionable after limited participation in practice all week. If he is unable to go, expect to see backup QB, Blaine Gabbert. T Jack Conklin (knee) is also listed as questionable.
Jacksonville: While all eyes are focused on RB Leonard Fournette’s (hamstring) status this weekend, some other key players made their appearance on the Jaguar’s injury report. Fournette was limited all week in practice, and he, CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle), and RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) are all listed as questionable. Ramsey was limited in Friday’s practice, and Yeldon was limited in both Thursday and Friday’s practice. Once again, it seems Fournette will be a game-time decision.
San Francisco at Kansas City (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
San Francisco: The 49ers are getting healthier on defense as LB Reuben Foster and CB Richard Sherman (heel) are both going to be ready to go on Sunday. Unfortunately, WR Marquise Goodwin (quadricep) and S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) are both listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. Both were limited in Friday’s practice.
Kansas City: Once again it seems the Chiefs defense will be without S Eric Berry (heel). He’s listed as doubtful on the team’s official injury report. RB Spencer Ware (knee) was a late addition to the injury report this week as he was limited in practice on Friday. He is officially questionable for Sunday’s game.
Oakland at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Oakland: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Miami: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Buffalo at Minnesota (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Buffalo: The Bills come into this game pretty heavily overmatched, and that makes their injuries that much harder to deal with. DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) has already been ruled out on the official injury report. Joining him, with questionable statuses, are RB LeSean McCoy (rib), CBs Phillip Gaines (elbow) and Taron Johnson (shoulder) who were all limited in practice this week.
Minnesota: RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is the headline on the team’s injury report on Friday as he’s officially been ruled out along with DE Everson Griffen (knee) and CB Marcus Sherels (ribs). However, RB Mike Boone (groin) is listed as questionable and might be in line to receive carries along with Latavius Murray if he’s healthy.
Indianapolis at Philadelphia (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Indianapolis: The Colts have a long list of players on their injury report this week. RB Marlon Mack (foot/hamstring), DE Hassan Ridgeway (calf), DB Quincy Wilson (concussion), TE Jack Doyle (hip), and T Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) have all been ruled out this weekend against the Eagles. S Clayton Geathers (knee/elbow) is also listed as questionable.
Philadelphia: RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) have both been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Their backup, Corey Clement, is expected to get the majority of the workload in their absence, however, he too is on the injury report and was limited in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable with an undefined injury. The Eagles will see QB Carson Wentz’s return and could see WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and T Jason Peters (quadricep) back in action as they’re both listed as questionable.
Green Bay at Washington (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Green Bay: QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is questionable once again this week on the official injury report, but he’s expected to play as he did last week. Joining him with that designation is CB Davon House (biceps) who Packers fans are hoping to have as CB Kevin King (groin) has already been ruled out.
Washington: The only player of note on Washington’s injury report from Friday is WR Paul Richardson (shoulder/knee) who has been playing through a sustained injury. He should be all set again this week, but his status should be watched this weekend.
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers are still wondering when DE Joey Bosa (foot) will be ready to get back on the field. However, this week will not be that week as he’s been ruled out for Sunday’s game. TE Antonio Gates (illness) is also on the injury report as he’s listed as questionable this week against the Rams.
Los Angeles Rams: K Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein (groin) is out for their matchup against the Chargers. He will be replaced by former Penn State K, Sam Ficken. Joining Zuerlein on the injury report is LB Mark Barron (ankle) who is once again listed as doubtful.
Chicago at Arizona (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Dallas at Seattle (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Dallas: For a third straight week, C Travis Frederick (illness) has been ruled out by the Friday injury report. DT Maliek Collins (knee) has been ruled out as well, and WR Cole Beasley (ankle) and S Xavier Woods (hamstring) are questionable after limited participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.
Seattle: The Seahawks will still be without WR Doug Baldwin (knee), who has yet to play a down in the 2018 season. LB K.J. Wright (knee) is out for a second consecutive week, and LB Mychal Kendricks joins him on the injury report with a questionable designation.
New England at Detroit (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)
New England: New England is expected to be without S Patrick Chung (concussion) and DL Trey Flowers (concussion) as they’re both listed as doubtful. Listed as questionable on the injury report are OL Marcus Cannon (calf), DB Nate Ebner (hip), and WR Josh Gordon (hamstring).
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (Monday, 8:15 PM ET)
Pittsburgh: The big name for the Steelers injury report is G David DeCastro (hand) who did not practice on Friday. Check the official injury report on Saturday for additional details and to make sure there are no late additions to this list before Monday Night’s game.
Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers are hoping to have DT Vita Vea (calf) back for the first time this year. He was limited in Friday’s practice. WR Chris Godwin (toe) and T Donovan Smith (knee) were both also limited. Make sure to check their official injury report this weekend for their final game status.
Keep your ear to the ground on injury information, especially for those game-time decisions. There will always be weeks with late-breaking news that can help give you an edge over your competition.