Things change quickly in NFL fantasy. The smartest owners check RealSport for news and updates every day. Here’s what we know about injuries and game plans that could impact who you start Sunday.
Green Bay: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb
Jordy Nelson practiced in full Friday and although he is listed as questionable, he is expected to play Sunday. Randall Cobb, however, is listed as doubtful with his shoulder injury. He did not practice at all Friday. Davante Adams will be the WR2 and Geronimo Allison should see considerable time as well.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy also told reporters Friday he is thinking about lightening the workload of Ty Montgomery. Montgomery leads the league in snaps played after two games. This should not impact his fantasy value too much. We’ll have to wait and see if Jamaal Williams gets enough relief work to warrant a roster spot down the road.
New England: Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola are in
Danny Amendola cleared concussion protocol and practiced without restrictions Friday. There was no sign his knee was slowing him down at all. Wide receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett are among 11 players listed as questionable on the Patriots’ injury report. Hogan is considered very likely to play, but Dorsett is not as certain.
Rob Gronkowski says he is feeling good enough to play… so he will.
New Orleans: Defense takes a hit
The New Orleans Saints have ruled rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore out for Sunday’s game against Carolina. Lattimore is the corner responsible for Brandin Cooks’ quiet game last week.
This gives Carolina wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin’s stock a boost as there is no other defender in Lattimore’s class to shut him down. Devin Funchess is still a worthy play as Cam Newton’s second option in a high-scoring game.
Drew Brees will continue to work behind an offensive line missing its two starting tackles this week. The Panthers’ tough defensive line will create a challenge.
Miami: Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker?
Those of us expecting a fantasy jackpot from Miami this week against the Jets were somewhat dismayed to see their three primary stars listed on the injury report. Fortunately, all three were at practice today and are expected to play in Week 3.
From the Jets: more confusing moves
The New York Jets announced that they will rotate three running backs going forward, adding Elijah McGuire to the mix. It is a full-blown committee for now.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned from suspension. Even though there were reports he did not arrive in the best condition, he may be pressed into service quickly as both Will Tye (illness) and Jordan Leggett (knee) did not practice Friday.
Wide receiver Robby Anderson practiced in full today. Jeremy Kerley’s name did not appear on the injury report. He could make his 2017 Jets debut this week. Jermaine Kearse’s target count is something we need to watch.
Minnesota: Sam Bradford out, Dalvin Cook up
Minnesota announced that Case Keenum will start Sunday’s game with Bradford being inactive for the second week.
Dalvin Cook’s day will be easier as the Buccaneers have ruled out middle linebacker Kwon Alexander and listed defensive tackle Chris Smith as doubtful. Latavius Murray is not on the injury report, so he may get in on the action, too.
Chicago: Markus Wheaton debuts
Mike Glennon will get a little help in the form of a bona fide deep threat. Markus Wheaton practiced all week after missing all of the preseason. It remains to be seen how soon he and Glennon will get their timing down. Kendall Wright also practiced in full and will play Sunday.
Glennon and the Bears have a Thursday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers next week. Then they have a bye-week before the Monday night game in Week 6. If you’re enough of a Mitchell Trubisky fan to want him on your roster, a 0-4 Bears team would be hard-pressed not to use that extended layoff to introduce the change.
LA Chargers: Melvin Gordon limping
Melvin Gordon appeared on the injury report with a knee problem. He has been limited in practice all week, but he told reporters he is set to play on Sunday. The team lists him as questionable. Braden Oliver is the backup. He has 7 carries for 41 yards this season, including a 26-yard burst last week.
Los Angeles will also face Tyreek Hill without their best cover corner in Jason Verrett, ruled out for the second week in a row.
Cincinnati: Tyler Eifert, John Ross out
If the Bengals’ were hoping for an explosive outburst in response to the firing of their offensive coordinator, they will have to do it without their second-best receiving option and the speedy rookie who was supposed to open things up for everybody.
Both Tyler Eifert and John Ross have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Cincinnati was already expected to force-feed targets to AJ Green, but Brandon LaFell could see a few more with Eifert out of the mix.
Joe Mixon could see some more snaps, too. As the most exciting player on the field, the Bengals could try to light a spark with their other new piece.
Washington: Reed, Kelly, Norman questionable
Rob Kelly (ribs) has been fitted with padding and says he will play. Tight end Jordan Reed says he will play. Both are being called game-time decisions by the Redskins. Both are risky to finish the game.
The surprise from the Redskins’ report was that Josh Norman is also a game-time decision with a shoulder injury. Norman says he is moving fine and will be out there. If he is limited, Amari Cooper’s stock is higher. If Norman is truly close to 100%, Michael Crabtree will probably see more targets than Cooper.
Philadelphia: Good news for Eli Manning and Carson Wentz?
Philadelphia lists two safeties and cornerback Ronald Darby as out for Sunday and another safety, Rodney McLeod as questionable.
Meanwhile, New York ruled out linebackers BJ Goodson and JT Thomas. Top cornerback Janoris Jenkins is questionable with lingering ankle issues.
The bad news for Manning is that right tackle Bobby Hart is out, meaning the Giants will be shuffling his offensive line again. Actually… that might be welcome news for Manning.
Philly’s tight end Zach Ertz’ stock is up with the loss of Goodson and Thomas. Alshon Jeffrey will have a better day against a hobbled or missing Jenkins, too. The Giants’ offensive line issues won’t allow their wide receivers’ stocks to rise noticeably even with the secondary injuries.
A few other adjustments
Dallas announced that Orlando Scandrick will return in Week 3. Owner Jerry Jones also said Nolan Carroll will be on the field, although as of Friday, Carroll had not passed the concussion protocol.
Indianapolis ruled out three cornerbacks and a safety for their game against Cleveland this week. The Browns said all week they have to run the ball more, but the situation in Indianapolis’ secondary may be too tempting to pass up.
The Broncos and the Bills will each be missing their starting left tackles when they tangle with each other Sunday. Neither quarterback seemed too concerned about the situation on Friday.
Fun fact of the day: Denver’s Trevor Siemian has now started 16 games in his career. He has 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a 10-6 record in that pseudo-season. No Denver quarterback ever threw so many touchdowns in their first 16 games. His boss, John Elway, only threw 11.
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