Fantasy Football Sweep: Dak Prescott, Tua Tagovailoa, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin (9/29)
The NFL news cycle is 24/7, especially during the season. For fantasy football managers, it can be overwhelming to stay on top of all of the news and the fantasy-relevant analysis that comes with it.
That’s where the Fantasy Football Sweep comes in.
With this article, I’ll attempt to bring you up to speed with all of the latest storylines, analysis and injuries to monitor all in one place.
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Both Julio Jones and Chris Godwin logged limited practices Wednesday. Jones is dealing with a partially torn ACL, while Godwin is dealing with a hamstring injury. Godwin rehabbed a torn ACL all offseason but suffered a hamstring injury in his first game back in Week 1. Wednesday was his first day back on the practice field since that injury, but it’s no sure thing he’s able to return in Week 4.
But when it comes to Tampa’s wide receivers, they aren’t alone on the injury report. Russell Gage was also limited with a hamstring injury, while Breshad Perriman didn’t practice due to knee/hamstring injuries.
Here’s today’s injury report for Bucs and Chiefs. Progress for Chris Godwin, Julio Jones and Donovan Smith with limited participation. pic.twitter.com/nmjPiFSJME
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 28, 2022
Tua Tagovailoa (back/ankle) expected to play Thursday
Tagovailoa is dealing with back and ankle injuries, and the Dolphins are under investigation for potential concussion protocol violations from this past Sunday. But Tua isn’t currently in the protocol, and the NFL has said that every indication is that Miami followed the proper protocols. Still, he is dealing with back and ankle injuries and has a short turnaround on Thursday. As of this writing, he’s expected to play. But monitor his status throughout the day for updates.
From my understanding, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (questionable, back/ankle) showed good progress from Tuesday to Wednesday and signs are pointing in a positive direction
But a final decision has not yet been made whether he will play vs the Bengals pic.twitter.com/ca6PiFal2C
— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) September 29, 2022
Week 6 a realistic return date for Dak Prescott
Since Dak Prescott went down with a thumb injury that required surgery in Week 1, it’s been a rollercoaster of news about his potential return. At first, there were concerns that the injury could be season-ending or, at the very least, something that could sideline him for two months. But then the Cowboys didn’t place him on injured reserve, and Jerry Jones immediately went on an interview tour telling anyone who would listen that Dak could be back in couple of weeks.
This feels like gamesmanship from the Cowboys, but it does seem like Prescott could return sooner rather than later. While he hasn’t officially been ruled out for Week 4, that isn’t happening. Week 5 is possible, but even that seems overly optimistic. On Wednesday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport indicated that Week 6 is a realistic return date. The Cowboys play the Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 6.
Our own Dr. Deepak Chona projects a Week 7 or 8 return for Prescott:
#Cowboys Dak Prescott has stayed on our radar because of. mixed reporting on timeline out of Dallas. Normal return takes at least 5-6 weeks, so we're still projecting Dak back Week 7-8. Pre-injury level of play ~Week 10. Week 5 would be ahead of avg by 2 weeks aka prob unlikely
— Deepak Chona, MD. SportsMedAnalytics (@SportMDAnalysis) September 26, 2022
From the News Desk
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Fantasy Impact: Taylor is looking to get back on track after two off-weeks where he hasn’t found the end zone. The stud running back has only recorded 43 receiving yards in the first three games which has been a disappointment. He’ll look to get some practice in this week before he suits up against the Titans who have allowed 22.3 fantasy points per game to running backs in 2022.
Fantasy Impact: Smith-Schuster is battling a shoulder injury he sustained earlier this season, but it isn’t major and he is a full participant at practice. This injury shouldn’t affect his availability or his output for this Sunday, and he remains a solid flex option in PPR leagues.
Fantasy Impact: Hardman is dealing with a heel injury that has caused him to miss practice so far this week. It isn’t clear what kind of a timetable he has for a return, but him being active this Sunday looks less likely by the day. If he is unavailable, Skyy Moore or Justin Watson could see more snaps as a result.
Fantasy Impact: Valdes-Scantling was limited in practice with an abdomen injury of some kind, and the severity of it is unknown. It’s a good sign that he was able to practice, but he’s far from a guarantee for this week. Fantasy managers could look for Skyy Moore to be a key beneficiary of his possible absence Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Renfrow missed this past weekend’s game against the Titans as he remains in concussion protocol. Renfrow will have to make his return by Friday to have a chance at playing on Sunday against the Broncos. Mack Hollins stepped up this past weekend in his absence.
Fantasy Impact: The Giants conducted a walk-through, so it is simply an estimated projection. Brian Daboll said Tuesday that both Robinson and Kadarius Toney are “getting closer” to game action. The Giants wide receiver room is all sorts of banged up at the moment.
Kadarius Toney was sidelined at Giants practice on Wednesday. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Giants conducted a walk-through, so it is simply an estimated projection. Brian Daboll said Tuesday that both Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson are “getting closer” to game action. The Giants wide receiver room is all sorts of banged up at the moment.
Joey Bosa is going to be out for a while
Chargers’ HC Brandon Staley confirmed to reporters today that Joey Bosa will undergo surgery for a torn groin. “Doctors have given us that indication that he will be able to return at some point,” Staley said. “But he is going to be on IR. He’s not returning in the near future.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2022
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Random notes, stats and fun facts
Absolutely unreal that the Panthers offense ranks first in neutral situation pace and 31st in plays run per game.
In a real big hurry to get off the field.
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) September 28, 2022
Joe Mixon is on pace for 113 targets this season. His previous career high was just 55 back in 2018.
— Jonathan Impemba (@jimpemba777) September 29, 2022
Jets QB Zach Wilson is returning and starting this week
Coach Saleh has announced that QB Zach Wilson is medically cleared to play and if all goes well this week he will start Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Ct5YqtEKY3
— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 28, 2022
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Fantasy Impact: Butker has had to miss most of the last two weeks with an ankle injury, and the team is hoping he can be back for this week. It isn’t clear if he will be ready to go or not, but participation at practice is always an encouraging sign.
If you want to dive deeper into fantasy football, check out our award-winning slate of Fantasy Football Tools as you navigate your season. From our Start/Sit Assistant – which provides your optimal lineup based on accurate consensus projections – to our Waiver Wire Assistant, which allows you to quickly see which available players will improve your team and how much – we’ve got you covered this fantasy football season.