2018 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Injury Updates
Going into Week 1 of the fantasy football season is like prepping for a first date. Yes, on draft day, you swiped right and swiped left to make that entrancing roster that you’re all set to meet this Sunday. In the same way that you check yourself out in the mirror and analyze the right outfit and accessory choices, you must also check your fantasy resources and ensure your roster is healthy and in top-condition all season long. That first impression is so crucial in the season-long landscape as jumping out to a 1-0 start can provide all the positive momentum necessary to take down your league’s championship. Let’s jump in.
Buffalo at Baltimore (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Buffalo: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Baltimore: According to the Ravens’ injury report, they will be without TE, Hayden Hurst (foot). Hurst underwent a procedure to insert a screw into his foot in August after suffering a stress fracture. Although not due to injury, CB Jimmy Smith will miss Week 1 due to suspension.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Pittsburgh: The Steelers won’t have TE Vance McDonald (foot), who has been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. His limited participation in practice on Wednesday seemed like a step in the right direction. However, it was followed by two non-participation days on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, as I’m sure most have heard, Le’Veon Bell is not anticipated to play this week as his contract disputes are ongoing. James Conner should start in his place.
Cleveland: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Cincinnati at Indianapolis (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Cincinnati: Despite opening the week with seven players on the injury report, the Bengals go into the weekend with only one player unlikely to play. WR Cody Core (back) was limited on Friday and is doubtful to play in Sunday’s game.
Indianapolis: The Colts are dealing with a few bumps and bruises heading into the season. Like the Bengals, their initial injury report had seven players who were limited or missing from practice on Wednesday. They, however, weren’t as lucky as the Bengals in Friday’s final listing with LT Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) and RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) both listed as questionable for Sunday’s matchup.
Tennessee at Miami (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tennessee: The Titans will be without their RT Jack Conklin (knee) on Sunday, after being limited in practice all week. They are also without their first- and second-round draft picks Rashaan Evans (hamstring) and Harold Landry (ankle) as their injury report shows their LB depth may be lacking.
Miami: During the week, there was some doubt if Frank Gore (Achilles/NIR) and DeVante Parker (finger) both missed some practice. However, the final injury report shows all players, other than Parker, are expected to be active on Sunday.
San Francisco at Minnesota (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
San Francisco: The 49ers expect to be without their starting LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring). Their official injury report lists him as doubtful for their game against the Vikings, this Sunday.
Minnesota: The big news for the Vikings, this weekend, is seeing Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) showing up as questionable for their showdown against the 49ers. Adding to their secondary concerns, Mackensie Alexander (ankle) is doubtful after being limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. Joining them on the injury report this week is C Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder), who has already been ruled out.
Houston at New England (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Houston: The Texans start the year with a full list of players on their injury report. CB Kayvon Webster (Achilles) is out after not participating in practice this week. Listed as questionable are WRs Sammie Coates (hamstring) and Will Fuller (hamstring). Whether in part to keeping cards close to their chest, or not, Coach O’Brien said the Texans consider Fuller a “true game-time decision” for their matchup against the Patriots.
New England: The Patriots entered the week with a few question marks surrounding their backfield; however, RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is no longer listed on the injury report and should be all set to go against the Texans. RB Sony Michel (knee) is still questionable, but could see the field.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Tampa Bay: Sunday will not showcase the debut for the Bucs’ first-round pick DT Vita Vea (calf) who has been ruled out on the team’s official injury report. CB Brent Grimes (groin) is also expected to miss an already tough matchup for the Buccaneers’ secondary. T Donovan Smith (knee) was a full participant in practice on Friday but will still carry a questionable designation, moving forward.
New Orleans: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Jacksonville at New York Giants (Sunday, 1:00 PM ET)
Jacksonville: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
New York Giants: The Giants will be without their starting LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) as he was a non-participant in practice all week and has been ruled out on their official injury report.
Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, 4:05 PM ET)
Kansas City: The Chiefs will likely be without their star safety, Eric Berry (heel), as he hasn’t participated in any practice this week and is listed as doubtful on the official injury report.
Los Angeles: Early season injuries seem to follow around the Chargers each year. This year, DE Joey Bosa (foot) will start the season on the sidelines as he’s the lone name on Friday’s final injury report.
Washington at Arizona (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Washington: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Arizona: The Cardinals will be without DE Markus Golden (knee) this weekend. TE Jermaine Gresham and DT Robert Nkemdiche (foot) have both been limited in practice this week and will carry questionable designations on the injury report going into their Week 1 game.
Dallas at Carolina (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Dallas: The Cowboys are already battered and bruised going into Week 1 as they will be without C Travis Frederick (illness), DE Dantone Jones (knee), and S Xavier Woods (hamstring). Meanwhile, CB Chidobe Awuzie (back) joins them on the injury report with a questionable designation.
Carolina: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Seattle at Denver (Sunday, 4:25 PM ET)
Seattle: The good news for Seahawks fans is that WR Doug Baldwin (knee) was a full participant all week in practice and seems to be ready to play to open the season. Unfortunately, G D.J. Fluker (hamstring) and LB K.J. Wright (knee) have been ruled out on the official injury report.
Denver: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Chicago at Green Bay (Sunday, 8:20 PM ET)
Chicago: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Green Bay: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
New York Jets at Detroit (Monday, 7:10 PM ET)
New York Jets: The Jets starting S Marcus Maye (foot) has been a non-participant in practice on Thursday and Friday. Joining him on the injury report is WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) as he was a limited participant in Friday’s practice.
Detroit: There is no fantasy relevant injury information to report.
Los Angeles Rams at Oakland (Monday, 10:20 PM ET)
Los Angeles Rams: Despite their best efforts to keep starters healthy through preseason, the Rams starting LB Mark Barron (ankle) has been a non-participant in practice this week. He may not be ready to go for Monday night’s game.
Oakland: The Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) has been limited in practice while depth RB DeAndre Washington (knee) has been held out. Make sure to check the final injury report on Saturday to clarify his status. If he’s unable to go, Doug Martin could be in for increased workload.
Now that we’ve covered all of the injuries, we can roll into Week 1 with confidence and excitement as our championship runs begin. Make sure to check the FantasyPros Twitter feed on Sunday morning to stay up to date on any late-breaking status changes.