The NFL regular season is finally upon us and Week 1 is in the books. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the first weekend of NFL games:
Andrew Luck, QB Indianapolis Colts – Luck missed Week 1 while he recovers from shoulder surgery and it doesn’t appear he’s going to return anytime soon. He’s already been ruled out for Week 2. A report from CBS Sports said Luck is still several weeks away from playing. To say the Colts miss Luck is an understatement. They got hammered 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams with Scott Tolzien starting. Jacoby Brissett could draw the start this week against the Arizona Cardinals.
Deshaun Watson, QB Houston Texans – Watson was limited in Monday’s practice with an ankle injury. He was limping after getting battered by the Jacksonville Jaguars defense Sunday. It’s unclear if Watson or Tom Savage will start Thursday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans passing game is a mess right now.
David Johnson, RB Arizona Cardinals – Johnson dislocated his wrist and is expected to miss significant time. He’s seeking a second opinion but reports say Johnson needs surgery and won’t return until December at the earliest. It’s obviously devastating news for owners who used a top two selection to draft Johnson. The Cardinals will use three backs – Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny – to replace Johnson. Williams should get the most carries to start but it’s looking like a committee to replace the running back that ranked second in the NFL with 92 percent of his team’s snap share last season.
Thomas Rawls, RB Seattle Seahawks – Rawls missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with an ankle injury. Without Rawls, quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks in rushing with 40 yards. Rawls is expected to return to practice on Wednesday. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Rawls will play Week 2 versus the San Francisco 49ers. If Rawls can’t go, look for rookie Chris Carson to see more touches. The Seahawks backfield is a fantasy headache.
Danny Woodhead, RB Baltimore Ravens – Woodhead left Sunday’s game against the Bengals in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. He’s expected to miss a significant amount of time. Woodhead was off to a fast start with three receptions for 36 yards. Javorius Allen will take over Woodhead’s role in the Ravens offense. After Woodhead went down, Allen and Terrance West split carries. West finished with 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries (4.2 YPC), while Allen recorded 71 yards on 21 carries (3.4 YPC).
Odell Beckham, Jr, WR New York Giants – Beckham missed Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with a high ankle sprain. The Giants offense was abysmal without Beckham in the lineup, scoring just three points. Beckham is targeting a return in Week 2 versus the Detroit Lions on Monday night. If he can’t go again, Shane Vereen and Sterling Shepard will likely lead the Giants in targets for a second straight week.
Allen Robinson, WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Robinson tore his ACL after making his first catch of the season. He’ll miss the rest of the year. Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee step up as the top two receivers in a low volume offense with an inconsistent quarterback. Expect the Jaguars to lean even more heavily on rookie Leonard Fournette and the running game with Robinson out.
Kevin White, WR Chicago Bears – White fractured his scapula in Week 1. He was placed on injured reserve. White’s season is likely over. The Bears already lost No. 1 receiver Cameron Meredith to a knee injury. They’re now down to Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson at receiver. The Bears passing game isn’t a fantasy goldmine.
Mike Williams, WR San Diego Chargers – Williams missed Week 1 with a back injury. The Chargers never expected the rookie receiver to play. He just started to resume football activities but hasn’t been cleared to practice. Williams is hoping to return sometime in October.
Caleb Sturgis, K Philadelphia Eagles – Sturgis strained his quad against the Washington Redskins and is expected to miss several weeks. The Eagles are bringing in kickers to work out this week to replace Sturgis. He could be headed to injured reserve.