Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week 2 NFL Injury Report w/Waiver-Wire Targets

Welcome to Week 2 of the fantasy football season!  Hopefully you dominated your first week and your lineup is healthy and ready to roll.  Or, if you're like me, you own Dez Bryant everywhere.  We all know that injuries are just a part of the game, and how closely you follow the latest player news and the subsequent moves that you make will be a huge factor in your week-to-week success.  We're going to be posting this weekly injury and waiver wire report to help give you an edge, so be sure to make The Infirmary Report a regular part of your research before you set those lineups or head to the waiver wire.

-Let's take a look at the relevant injuries heading into Week 2.

Dez Bryant,
WR, Dallas - This is the biggest injury in Week 1, since Bryant was your team's first or second round draft pick if you own him, and replacing his production will be difficult.  Dez broke a bone in his foot later in the game after catching five passes for 48 yards.  He will need surgery and his timetable to return is four to six weeks.  In his absence, his targets should be fairly evenly distributed between Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley.

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona - Ellington left Sunday's game and has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 PCL strain.  He should be on the sidelines for two to three weeks.  The Johnson duo, Chris and David, will take over and start in that order.  While Chris is the starter, I think that David is the better talent, so pick up Chris as a short-term add and David as a long-term speculation.

Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland - McCown got blown up trying to get to the end zone on a scramble and suffered a concussion.  He stands to miss some time, meaning it's time for the Johnny Manziel show in Cleveland.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver - It is believed that Anderson may have sprained a toe during Sunday's game, but more info will be known in the next couple of days.  Ronnie Hillman was a more effective RB during the game, and may have earned himself a larger share of Denver's carries regardless of Anderson's injury status.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis - His status is listed as day to day following an MRI on his knee.  There is a possibility that the bruised knee will keep him out for Week 2, and if that's the case owners will want to get Donte Moncrief in their lineups.  He saw 11 targets Sunday with Hilton on the field, so it stands to reason he would see more in a Hilton absence.

Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay - Evans missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury even though he said he felt good, so we will wait and see what the future holds in Tampa this week.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins played a huge receiving role in Evans' absence.

Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee - Walker was seen wearing a cast on his right hand after Sunday's game, but there is no word out of Tennessee on a diagnosis.  We will wait for any updates.

DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington - It appears that a hamstring injury will keep Jackson out for three to four weeks.  For a player as reliant on speed as Jackson, a hamstring injury is especially worrisome as they tend to pop back up during the season.  Pierre Garçon and Jordan Reed should see a boost in targets.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Baltimore - Taliaferro has been dealing with a MCL sprain dating back to a preseason matchup against the Eagles.  While he missed Sunday's game against the Broncos, he has a shot to play this week as Baltimore's number two running back.  If he can't go, it means that Justin Forsett will likely shoulder most of the carries again for the Ravens. 

Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore - There was no surprise when Perriman was ruled out for Week 1's tilt against Denver with a knee sprain.  The rookie wideout was slated to start opposite Steve Smith Sr. coming into the season, but this injury has put him out of action and his timetable to return is murky.  Reports out of the Ravens' camp say that Perriman could be ready by October, and coach John Harbaugh has hinted it could be sooner.  There is not a lot to like behind Smith and Perriman on the depth chart here, so it might be wise to hold onto Perriman in 12-team leagues.  If he returns and exhibits his athleticism from the combine it could pay dividends down the road.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland  - I know he's suspended for the entire year, but I saw that he is working out at Randy Moss's football academy.  I'm sure there's a joke somewhere in there.

Arian Foster, RB, Houston - Foster is working back from groin surgery and his expected return date keeps moving up.  Previous reports didn't expect him back to the field before October, but now reports are saying that he could be back as soon as Week 3.  Foster is a game-changer at RB when he's healthy, so Alfred Blue should enjoy the starting reps while he can get them.

C.J. Spiller, RB, New Orleans - Reports are saying that Spiller should be good to go in Week 2 after missing last week's game with a knee injury.  While he seems to be quite prone to injury, he is a playmaker when he's on the field, and upon his return he will immediately assume the old Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas role for the Saints.  In PPR leagues, we all know what that means.....get him in the lineup as a great RB2.

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants - A calf injury has put Cruz's fantasy stock near an all-time low.  He is listed as week-to-week, but reports out of the Giants' camp are that he is not even running yet.  It looks as though his absence will carry on for a little while.  In the meantime, Odell Beckham continues to dominate and Reuben Randle is a decent waiver-wire pickup for some upside as a WR3.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets - The sucker-punch delivered to Smith's face during the Jets' preseason has him out until Week 6.  Until then, Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance will probably dictate whether or not we see Smith after the Week 5 bye.

Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh - Bryant is serving a four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  In his absence, Markus Wheaton is getting a lot of reps for the Steelers, but Bryant was dominating in the preseason and is worth stashing on your bench if you have room for WR depth.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh - Bell is also serving a two game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.  There seems like to be a pattern here for the Steelers.  We all know that Bell will be in the running (pun intended) for fantasy's top RB when he gets back on the field, as he is the three-down, goal line, and check-down back for Pittsburgh. 

Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis - Mason is battling a hamstring and missed practices leading up to Week 1.  With Todd Gurley ruled out as well, Benny Cunningham is the lead back for the Ram's immediate future.  Yikes.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis - Recovery from a torn ACL is a long and demanding process, but Gurley is almost back.  A return is expected within the next month if there are no further issues.  For now, in practice, Gurley is still not allowed to be tackled to the ground.  It should make no difference to him, no one could tackle him in college either.  He should be a good RB2 when he gets back into the starting lineup.

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