Injury Status: Week 3

Thu Sep 24 10:19am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Well, last week was sure a punch to the gut. There were several top players that went down with injury, leaving some big holes in fantasy lineups. Hopefully, this is not a trend and just a one-week occurrence. We don’t need to deal with this every week. With that said, here is the latest injury news from around the league. . . .

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Chargers. Taylor had some real misfortune happen last week. He suffered a rib injury before last week’s game. He got a pain killing injection for the injury that ended up puncturing his lung. He is going to be out indefinitely because of this. Rookie Justin Herbert will start for the Chargers and could keep the job if he plays well in that role. 

Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants. Shepard suffered a toe injury last week and was placed on Injured Reserve. He will miss at least the next three weeks of action because of the injury. Darius Slayton and Golden Tate will be the top two options at receiver for the Giants while Shepard is out of action. 

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers. McCaffrey injured his ankle last week, having the dreaded high-ankle sprain. He also was placed on Injured Reserve, meaning he will miss at least the next three games. Mike Davis should start and get most of the work at running back for the Seahawks while McCaffrey is out.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers. Garoppolo is battling a sprained ankle and is not expected to play this week. He has an outside shot to play, but don’t count on it. Nick Mullens is expected to start in the 49ers prime matchup against the Giants. 

Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers. Coleman was set to play a bigger role in the 49ers offense because of an injury to Raheem Mostert, but suffered an injury himself later in last week’s game. He has a sprained knee and could be placed on Injured Reserve. But for now, he is out this week with Jerick McKinnon likely getting a chance to serve as the No. 1 back for the 49ers.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets. Crowder remains slowed because of a hamstring injury. He missed the game last week and remains out of practice. It is not looking good for him to return this week. He might even miss a few more weeks of action because of the injury.

Breshad Perriman, WR, Jets. Perriman sprained his ankle last week and was forced from the game. He is not practicing yet this week and is expected to miss the Week 3 game. He could miss multiple weeks because of the sprained ankle.

Davante Adams, WR, Packers. Adams missed some time late in last week’s game because of a hamstring injury. The injury is not supposed to be too serious but that doesn’t mean he will play this week. He is not practicing yet to start the week, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Adams is shaping up to be a game-time decision. Get other options ready.

Josh Lambo, K, Jaguars. Lambo injured his hip and was placed on Injured Reserve. He could be out some time, leaving Brandon Wright to serve as the starting kicker for the Jaguars.

DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars. Chark has been limited in practice this week because of back and chest injuries. He is questionable to play Thursday night, but chances are he suits up for the game. He seems to be resting during the week as much as anything.

Julio Jones, WR, Falcons. Jones aggravated his hamstring injury last week and is out of practice to start the week. He is iffy to play right now. The good news is Jones tends to play through nagging injuries, so don’t count him out to play this week even if he doesn’t practice. He is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Week 3, though. 

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints. Thomas missed last week and remains out of practice because of his high-ankle sprain. He is going to do all he can to get back in the lineup, but the chances of him playing this week don’t look very good. We do not expect him back, barring some late-week turnaround.

Jack Doyle, TE, Colts. Doyle missed last week because of a knee injury and is yet to practice this week. It is not looking good for him to return this week, giving Mo Alie-Cox a shot at an expanded role in the offense once again for the Colts.

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions. Golladay is yet to play this season but is inching closer to a return. He has been practicing on a limited basis this week. His hamstring injury is doing better. He was close to playing last week, so it would not surprise to see him make his season debut in Week 3.

George Kittle, TE, 49ers. Kittle is battling a sprained knee, which kept him out of the lineup last week. He remains limited in practice this week because of the knee injury. He is likely to miss another game this week, giving Jordan Reed another start for the 49ers.

Chris Godwin, WR, Bucs. Godwin has cleared the concussion protocol and will return to the lineup this week for the Bucs. He should be just fine for fantasy teams to use.

Cam Akers, RB, Rams. Akers left last week’s game early because of a rib injury. He is out of practice to start the week and iffy to play. And even if he plays, he might have a limited role in the offense with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown running well for the Rams. Los Angeles might not rush their rookie back into the lineup until he is healthy. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Dallas Cowboys Oct 20 12:50am ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense struggled once again in Week 6, allowing 38 points and recording just one sack with no turnovers. They ended up with -3.0 points in standard scoring formats, their third time in six games winding up with negative points. They've totaled seven fantasy points this season. Seven. Even with a seemingly good matchup next week against the struggling Washington Football Team's offense, the Cowboys will not be a recommended fantasy defense.

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Dalton Schultz Oct 20 12:40am ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz made four catches in a Week 6 loss, gaining 35 yards. He was targeted five times, mostly running short routes in a game where Andy Dalton threw the ball 54 times but struggled seemingly every time he threw. Schultz flashed in his first post-Blake Jarwin start, but he's settled into a decent floor but low-ceiling tight end option. He'll come down with a touchdown now and then, but is more of a high-end TE2 in most matchups.

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Greg Zuerlein Oct 20 12:40am ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein made one field goal and missed another in Week 6. He made his one extra point attempt. Zuerlein's made field goal came from 34 yards out and his miss came from 58 yards. With the huge downgrade in the Cowboys offense in going from Dak Prescott (ankle) to Andy Dalton, Zuerlein's time as a top-12 kicker this season may have come to an end.

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Michael Gallup Oct 20 12:30am ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup caught only two passes in a Week 6 trouncing by the Arizona Cardinals. Gallup was targeted six times and dropped a potential first half touchdown, ending up with just 23 yards on the night. Gallup has become very much a boom-or-bust wide receiver, and with Andy Dalton under center in place of Dak Prescott (ankle), there are likely much more bust than boom weeks coming up.

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Cedrick Wilson Oct 20 12:30am ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson made just two catches in a Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Wilson was targeted three times, gaining 10 yards on his two catches. Andy Dalton threw the ball 54 times and showed that even though the Dallas defense will make him keep throwing the ball plenty, he likely won't be able to push the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart into fantasy relevance. Wilson won't be a recommended starter in most formats as long as the rest of the Cowboys receivers remain healthy.

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Tony Pollard Oct 20 12:20am ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard ran the ball 10 times in a Week 6 loss, gaining 31 yards. He was targeted four times in the passing game, catching two passes for nine yards. Pollard came into this one with a total of 13 rush attempts, so his 10 runs were a bit of a surprise. Starter Ezekiel Elliott lost two fumbles and cost the Cowboys a competitive first half, likely leading to an increased role for Pollard. Still, Elliott is in no danger of losing his role on offense, leaving Pollard as a huge difference-maker only if Elliott misses time due to injury, illness, or suspension.

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Amari Cooper Oct 20 12:20am ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper bounced back from his rough Week 5 performance. He was targeted 10 times in the passing game, catching seven passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. This was very much a garbage time performance, as Cooper wasn't even targeted until late in the first half. His touchdown came from one yard out and made it a 31-10 game with about six minutes left in the game. Cooper will take a hit with the loss of Dak Prescott (ankle) for the season, but based on his talent and the fact that the Cowboys Defense will make sure the offense has to throw the ball a lot, Cooper will remain a high-end WR2.

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CeeDee Lamb Oct 20 12:20am ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb made seven catches in Week 6, gaining 64 yards. He was targeted 10 times in the passing game, tying for second with Amari Cooper behind running back Ezekiel Elliott. Lamb will continue to see plenty of targets every week, but the drop off from Dak Prescott (ankle) to Andy Dalton is looking like a much bigger drop than originally expected. Lamb will retain WR3 value in standard leagues with a bonus in PPR formats.

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Andy Dalton Oct 20 12:10am ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton did not play well in his first start. Dalton took over in Week 5 after Dak Prescott (ankle) was forced to leave the game and looked decent, but looked almost the complete opposite in his Week 6 start. Dalton completed 34 of his 54 pass attempts for 266 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He added four yards on two carries. Dalton missed some throws by high school margins and checked down to running backs 15 times despite having three elite wide receivers running on the field. Some of it was probably rust and Dalton should look better than this at most points this season, but he proved that the drop off from Prescott to Dalton for the rest of the season may be a lot more significant than originally expected. Dalton will be a QB2 for a matchup against the Washington Football Team in Week 7.

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Ezekiel Elliott Oct 20 12:10am ET

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott ran the ball 12 times in a Week 6 loss, gaining 49 yards. He saw a team-high 11 targets in the passing game, catching eight of them for 31 yards. It was a rough game for Elliott, who lost two fumbles in the first half and was one of the key reasons this was not even a competitive game. Elliott saw backup Tony Pollard carry the ball 10 times in this one as well. "Zeke" will have better games, but with Andy Dalton under center, opposing teams won't be as concerned with the passing game and will be able to focus on shutting down the running game. Based on volume alone, Elliott will remain a weekly RB1, but he won't be the top-tier option he was with Dak Prescott (ankle) calling the shots.

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Dak Prescott Oct 19 11:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin (concussion) left the Monday night game against the Cardinals in the first quarter after suffering a concussion. Martin was ruled out to begin the second half with the team trailing 21-3. The Cowboys above-average offensive line has been decimated by injuries this year. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick retired in the offseason. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith had season-ending neck surgery last week, while right tackle La'el Collins is on Injured Reserve after having hip surgery. Joe Looney, who replaced Frederick at center, is on Injured Reserve as well. With quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) also out for the year, the offense struggled against Arizona. The injuries to the offensive line have been more bad news for the offense, especially for running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Andy Dalton.

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John Brown Oct 19 9:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown returned after a one game absence, but it looks like he took this game off as well. Brown failed to haul in all of his four targets during the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Josh Allen had a tough time connecting with his receivers in this one. However, both Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley found the end zone. Brown should have WR4 upside against the New York Jets next week.

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Gabriel Davis Oct 19 9:40pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was not able to do much damage against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He finished with one reception on his lone target of the game for seven yards in the loss. Quarterback Josh Allen did not have a good game throwing the ball, so that was part of the problem as well. Davis is likely going to get lost in the shuffle with the Bills receivers healthy at the moment. He might have desperation deep league appeal against the awful New York Jets Defense in Week 7.

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Cole Beasley Oct 19 9:30pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been reliable all season long and that continued against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in four of his seven targets for 45 yards and one touchdown. The Bills weren't able to get the air attack going well in this game. However, that should change next week against the horrendous New York Jets Defense. Beasley continues to be a reliable PPR option and that should be the case next week as well.

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Stefon Diggs Oct 19 9:20pm ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a fairly quiet game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 46 yards and one touchdown in the loss. He led the Bills in all receiving categories, but quarterback Josh Allen finished with a total of 122 passing yards in this game. Diggs salvaged his fantasy value with the touchdown, but he should rebound nicely next week. He'll get a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on him as a WR1 for that game.

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Mecole Hardman Oct 19 9:10pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman only received one target on Monday and recorded zero yards against the Buffalo Bills. Hardman is a weekly boom or bust candidate and he had some potential in Week 6 with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined, but it was Demarcus Robinson who took advantage on Monday. Due to inconsistent performances, Hardman is only WR4/WR5 with upside most weeks. Hardman will look to pick up some stats against the Denver Broncos in a Week 7 matchup.

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Devin Singletary Oct 19 9:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was the lead back once again, but failed to do much damage on the ground. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards on the ground in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Singletary also hauled in one of two targets for 13 yards through the air. Rookie Zack Moss did return in this game, but Singletary still managed to get double digit carries. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on Singletary as a low-end RB2 against the New York Jets next week.

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Zack Moss Oct 19 9:10pm ET

Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (toe) was able to suit up for the Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed each of the last three games due to a toe issue, but honestly he could've missed this one too and it wouldn't have changed anything. Moss finished with 10 yards on five carries in the loss to the Chiefs. Devin Singletary remained the lead back and that will probably be the case going forward. Moss should have increased value against the New York Jets next week. He could be worth a stash for that matchup.

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Josh Allen Oct 19 9:00pm ET

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had arguably his worst game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He completed 14 of 27 passing attempts for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the loss. He also added 42 yards on the ground with eight rushing attempts. Allen started off red-hot to begin the season, but hasn't looked the same over the last two weeks. He should be a top tier QB1 for the Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets.

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Darrel Williams Oct 19 9:00pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Williams also snagged one reception for 15 yards. The Chiefs ran the ball 46 times and part of that could be because of the bad forecast throughout the game. Despite the nice night, Williams is likely to be demoted to the third running back on the roster with the recent addition of LeVeon Bell. Williams should be avoided in all formats and should only have value if Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Bell were to get hurt.

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