Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 2
Welcome to the dreaded injury report. Professional football is a violent game, and your fantasy players are going to miss time because of it. Hopefully, you don’t have many names on this list.
Week 2 was a relatively light week on the injury front so this list is shorter than normal, which, of course, is a good thing for fantasy owners.
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
Joe Mixon was looking really good until he had to depart with a knee injury. He was in and out of the game multiple times, but it turns out he has a loose body in his knee and cannot play through the injury. Mixon should miss about a month, which makes Giovani Bernard an immediate RB2 with a bump in PPR formats. Bernard showed that he carries RB1 upside, especially when he saw 30 touches and turned them into over 150 total yards against the Lions last season. After the Panthers in Week 3, the Bengals see a pair of solid matchups for Bernard in the Falcons and Dolphins.
LeSean McCoy (RB – BUF)
The only talented member of the Bills’ pathetic excuse for an offense suffered a rib injury in the third quarter of the second of the Bills upcoming 16 total losses. LeSean McCoy wasn’t doing much before the injury and although it doesn’t appear serious, McCoy is nothing more than a low-end flex play on this team. If he were to miss time, Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy would form the league’s least desirable committee.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI)
“Uncle La,” as I like to call him in his old age, has been a warrior throughout his entire career. Unfortunately, Larry Fitzgerald exited early on Sunday with a strained hamstring. The severity is currently unknown, but as we’ve seen with guys like Marlon Mack and Leonard Fournette, hamstrings are no fun to deal with. The Cardinals offense is already an abomination. They need to go to Josh Rosen yesterday. Even if Fitz plays next week, he’s tough to use if Sam Bradford remains under center. If he were to miss a week, Christian Kirk would stand to see increased usage, but, again, the Bradford problem.
Greg Zuerlein (K – LAR)
Last season’s top fantasy kicker departed before attempting a kick in Sunday’s demolition of the Cardinals with a groin injury. There is no injury worse for kickers than a groin strain and no better evidence of that than Dan Bailey’s career. He went from the most accurate kicker in NFL history to unemployed in just a few months after he was unable to successfully return from a groin strain. Greg Zuerlein will probably miss a few weeks at minimum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams sign Bailey. Whoever kicks for the Rams has fantasy value.
Mike Wallace (WR – PHI)
The Eagles’ offseason acquisition, Mike Wallace, sustained an ankle injury early in their loss to Ryan Fitzmagic and the Bucs. Wallace had no catches on three targets opening night and did not see a target on Sunday either. Wallace is out indefinitely with what could be a season-ending injury. Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz will continue to dominate targets like they have in each seeing double-digit targets over the first two weeks of the season.
Carson Wentz (QB – PHI)
Wentz was not playing Week 2, but a report did come out over the weekend that he could be back as soon as Week 3. Wentz still needs to be medically cleared to return, but that could happen as soon as this week. There could be some rust when he’s back under center given the extent of his injury, but he should ultimately carry a high weekly ceiling and improve the production of the rest of the Eagles’ offensive playmakers.
Todd Gurley (RB – LAR)
Gurley exited late, but it was reportedly due to cramping and shouldn’t be an issue moving forward. He may have returned if the Rams hadn’t been demolishing the Cardinals.
Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)
Cook exited late with what was reported to be a hamstring injury. Fortunately, after the game, Cook told reporters that his exit was related to cramps and that it’s not a concern moving forward.