Fantasy Football 2021: The Phinest Injury Report – Week 2/3

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Week 2 of the NFL season certainly featured some every exciting ballgames. The Thursday night down-to-the-wire contest between the Giants and Washington, to the surprising Raiders stealing a victory in Pittsburgh to the Ravens edging out the Chiefs in what is quickly becoming a budding rivalry between two teams (and quarterbacks) who look poised to clash for AFC supremacy for the next decade. Unfortunately, just like Michael Jackson’s hit single, there was plenty of blood of the football field version of the dance floor, as numerous key players did not make it through Sunday’s action unscathed. From starting quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs (all on one team!) We’re going to review who was caught by the injury bug in Week 2 and what it could mean for NFL teams, and your fantasy teams going forward. 

QB Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins looked bad on all fronts in a 35-0 thrashing at the hands of the Bills, but it’s the health of the teams quarterback that made the headlines. Tua suffered a rib injury and did not return to the game which was probably for the better as it was never a contest. The good news is that X-ray’s came back negative with no breaks, so there’s a chance that Tua could be back in the lineup for the team’s Week 3 showdown with the Raiders. If he’s not though, Jacoby Brissett would be in line for the start. 

*Update! Tua Tagovailoa has been ruled OUT and will not play against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3

QB Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts – Wentz suffered not one but two sprained ankles in Sunday’s loss to the Rams. One is bad enough but two have two is even worse. Wentz, according to coach Frank Reich, “has a high threshold for pain” but as Drake once said, “a sprained ankle is nothing to play with” so Wentz should be extremely questionable for now in Week 3 vs. The Titans. Jacob Eason would be in line to start, and managers should respond accordingly by adding the Titans defense in a hurry. 

QB Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears – Dalton suffered a non-contact injury vs. The Bengals and everyone knows that a non-contact injury is a death sentence for any player in any sport. However, the team said he avoided a serious injury. Nevertheless, Dalton’s status is now up in the air going forward and it might be Justin Fields time in the Windy City. He would have high end QB2 potential due to his ability as a rusher.

*Update! Andy Dalton has been ruled OUT for Week 3 against the Cleveland Browns. Justin Fields will get the start

QB Tyrod Taylor, Houston Texans- At this point in his career, you can’t help but feel for Tyrod Taylor. The man has lost about three or four starting QB gigs in as many years due to injury and it looks like that happened again on Sunday against the Browns, as he did not return to the field due to a hamstring injury. He is already ruled out for the Thursday night game vs. the Panthers and he could be out for longer that that as well. Davis Mills will start on a short week for a bad team, and the Panthers have been one of the NFL’s pleasant surprises on the young season. Go ahead and add their feisty defense as well. 

*Update! Tyrod Taylor has been placed on IR by the Houston Texans

QB Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders – Derek Carr suffered an ankle injury in the win against the Steelers, but head coach Jon Gruden believes that he will play. Carr has been playing some good football early on and will no doubt be in the lineup against Miami as the Raiders look at avenge a game that sealed their playoff fate from last year. 

WR Nico Collins/Danny Amendola, Houston Texans – Taylor’s receivers also look to be in jeopardy of missing Thursday’s game as well. Amendola left with a hamstring injury and Collins suffered a “pretty significant” shoulder injury. I’m just going to go ahead and double down on my endorsement of Carolina’s D/ST in Week 3. 

*Update! Nico Collins has been placed on IR by the Houston Texans

WR Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns – Landry suffered an MCL injury on the opening drive of that same game vs. the Texans and is now being called “week to week” which almost certainly means he will miss time. Hopefully, the Browns will get the services of Odell Beckham Jr. this week as they could have a suddenly very thin WR corp. If he doesn’t return, I could see 20-25 touches for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each.

*Update! Jarvis Landry has been placed on IR by the Cleveland Browns and will miss the next 3 games

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys – Amari Cooper is dealing with some bruised ribs and that it was aggravated during Sunday’s game against the Chargers. The Cowboys will play a big primetime game on Monday night against the division rival Eagles, so Cooper will have an extra day to heal so that he can be ready to go.

WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers – Johnson suffered a knee injury on the final play of Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, but Mike Tomlin indicated that the injury is not a long term one. That’s good news if you’re a Johnson owner but proceed with caution and make sure you have viable replacement on standby.

RB Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams – Henderson was having a solid day rushing the ball, rushing 16 times for 70 yards and a score and then he suffered a rib cartilage injury. Rib injuries are bad enough but when you throw in the word ‘cartilage’ it sounds 10x worse. This clouds his status for the Week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers which isn’t an inviting matchup anyway. The game script could be pass heavy as two of the leagues most efficient passing attacks will take center stage, so Henderson should be faded even if he is able to play.

RB Elijah Mitchell/Jamychal Hasty/Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers – Somewhere in the world is a guy who put money on all three runningbacks getting injured and just got a huge payday. I’m kidding, but that just goes to show you how unbelievable  those odds are. One week after losing Raheem Mostert for the season with a knee injury, the 49ers watched as all three of their runningbacks went down with separate injuries in Sunday’s win against the Eagles. Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury, while Sermon suffered a concussion on his first NFL carry and did not return. Both have a shot to play on Sunday night against the Packers, but Hasty was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and will likely miss multiple weeks. The injuries are serious enough that the team has brought in backs like Duke Johnson, Lamar Miller and TJ Yeldon for visits, and signed Jacques Patrick from the Bengals practice squad. None are worth roster additions at this time.

TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles – Ertz has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss Monday’s game at Dallas. One less option for Jalen Hurts but more opportunities for Dallas Goedert to shine in a huge game. 

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