Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 1
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.
Nick Foles (QB – JAX)
After having to endure years of Blake Bortles, the Jaguars finally got a competent quarterback. It took less than a half of football before Nick Foles was lost to a broken collarbone. He is out indefinitely as each collarbone injury is different. Judging by past injuries to guys like Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, if we see Foles before November, it would be quite the surprise. Gardner Minshew looked solid in relief and he is one of the better backups in the league, but this is an obvious downgrade for all Jaguars.
Patrick Mahomes (QB – KC)
The entire football world held their breath for a brief moment in the first half as Patrick Mahomes limped to the sideline after his ankle got caught up between tacklers. Mahomes is clearly dealing with some sort of injury, but he was able to return and play through it. The injury will likely linger for a few weeks, but Mahomes is not going to miss any time. 80% of Mahomes is better than 100% of everyone else.
Tyreek Hill (WR – KC)
It certainly doesn’t help Mahomes that Tyreek Hill sustained a rare shoulder injury that isn’t quite a broken collarbone but is similar in nature. Hill reportedly will not need surgery, but medical professionals evaluating his type of injury believe it is at least a possibility. If we see him before November, it would be an absolute shock. There’s a decent enough chance his season is over. Sammy Watkins looked like vintage Clemson Sammy Watkins on Sunday and will operate as the WR1 for as long as Hill is out.
Tevin Coleman (RB – SF)
After dominating snaps in the first half, Tevin Coleman exited with an ankle injury and was quickly ruled out. We will know more about his estimated recovery time later this week, but given the speed with which he was ruled out, we have to assume this is a multi-week injury. Matt Breida will once again be the primary back, but he will undoubtedly split time with Raheem Mostert, who is worth a speculative add, especially given Breida’s inability to stay on the field.
Joe Mixon (RB – CIN)
Similar to Coleman, Joe Mixon also exited with an ankle injury. Unlike Coleman, the outlook on Mixon is much more positive and it is possible he does not miss any time. Giovani Bernard would operate as the three-down back if Mixon were forced to sit out a game or two.
Devin Funchess (WR – IND)
On the Colts’ final drive, Devin Funchess fell awkwardly on his shoulder and left the game. It was later revealed that he also broke his collarbone. Funchess was completely irrelevant in fantasy anyway and now looks poised to miss significant time. Jacoby Brissett cannot support two fantasy-viable wide receivers, but Parris Campbell would be the primary beneficiary.
Mike Williams (WR – LAC)
This one is just a blip. Mike Williams’ knee flared up a bit late in the game Sunday. He sat out the Chargers’ final drive. He is going to be fine.
Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE)
While Baker Mayfield did not miss a snap in the Browns’ home loss to the Titans, he was spotted with his right wrist wrapped after the game. That is obviously not good. Mayfield will undergo tests and we will react to the results. If Mayfield is forced to miss time, all Browns take a significant hit.
Dontrell Hilliard (RB – CLE)
After vulturing a touchdown from Nick Chubb, Dontrell Hilliard was checked for a concussion and ultimately left the game. If he can’t get cleared by Monday night, D’Ernest Johnson will operate as the change-of-pace back behind Chubb. Johnson is not worth a pickup.
Albert Wilson (WR – MIA)
Not that any Dolphins should interest you in fantasy football, but Albert Wilson was a popular deep sleeper heading into the season. Unfortunately, he injured his calf in the team’s blowout loss to the Ravens. Wilson can be safely ignored in fantasy leagues and there is no beneficiary.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR – PIT)
Inexplicably still playing deep into the fourth quarter of a blowout, JuJu Smith-Schuster sustained a toe injury. It is reportedly minor, but nevertheless something to monitor. Diontae Johnson is who I would advise targeting if JuJu were to miss time.