Week 2 NFL Injury News: Updates on Keenan Allen, Sammy Watkins and More
The first week of the 2016 NFL season is almost fully in the rearview mirror, but for many team the ugliness is just getting started. A few teams already entered week one with some suspensions or banged up players, but some unlucky franchises had even worse news piled on after week one.
To aid you in your NFL Betting and fantasy football endeavors, we’ll recap the latest injury and suspension news head of the new week. Going into week two, here are the big names and situations you need to account for:
Star NFL Injuries
Keenan Allen Tears ACL
Keenan Allen was by far the biggest name to go down in week one, as he reportedly suffered a torn ACL and will be lost for the year. It’s a massive blow for the Chargers, who lost Allen to a lacerated kidney last season and really fell off a cliff offensively from that point on. Needless to say, the Chargers may not be a good team to bet on until we see how they adjust.
San Diego still has some weapons at their disposal, while young receivers Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams could see massive roles going forward. Both have sleeper DFS appeal ahead of week two, but could also come up lame. Use them at your own risk.
Rob Gronkowski was inactive for week one, as he continued to deal with a hamstring issue he has called a “week to week” issue. Considering he sat out this past week, it stands to reason he could be ready to return in week two.
Gronk will be in play in fantasy circles if back, but New England won without him last week and may not want to rush him back. Martellus Bennett could benefit with him out, while the Pats obviously lose a little reliability offensively without Gronkowski and could be shaky bets.
Russell Wilson was able to finish Seattle’s week two win and the Seahawks are saying his ankle injury is “not serious”, but there has been chatter that he could sit out a week or two.
Pete Carroll says on @710ESPNSeattle Wilson has a sprained ankle but "nothing very serious.''
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 12, 2016
With Wilson likely icing and resting this week, he should probably be good to go for week two. He may not be an ideal play at less than full strength against a good Rams defense, of course.
Jamaal Charles sat out the first week of the season, as head coach Andy Reid suggested he still wasn’t ready to play after tearing his ACL in 2015. Charles is getting close, but it’s possible he could remain out or be limited in week two.
If Charles is out again, Spencer Ware would once again be a very attractive play in all fantasy leagues. Ware was a total machine in week one, piling on over 100 receiving yards and two scores.
Ivory in Pain
Chris Ivory was one of the few surprising week one inactives, as he was taken to a hospital early on Sunday after awaking with severe pain. It’s unclear what Ivory’s exact medical issue is, but he remains in the hospital and may face an uphill battle to suit up in week one.
T.J. Yeldon manned the Jacksonville backfield in week one, and while he only rushed for 39 yards on 21 carries, was able to pile on solid yardage and even find the end-zone. If Ivory is out again in week two, Yeldon could be an attractive value play at DraftKings.
Rawls’ Role to Increase
Thomas Rawls was a total masher at running back for Seattle last year, up until he broke his ankle. Seattle planned to ease him in to start the year, and that’s precisely what they did in week one with Rawls running the ball just 12 times.
Rawls already is touching the ball a decent amount, though, and head coach Pete Carroll is now saying Seattle should be looking to get their top rusher even more involved going into week two. Rawls is getting very close to full strength and in time should again be the Seahawks’ top running back.
This is probably good news for Seattle in terms of NFL betting, but this may be a situation to avoid for now in daily fantasy football.
Sammy Watkins entered 2016 with a foot injury that had him at “less than 100%” and reports suggest he exited in even worse condition. Rumors have been flying around his status, as some suggest he could sit out this week, some say he’ll miss the entire season and others figure he’ll merely have to play hurt.
With Watkins not himself, he could be a very dangerous play in fantasy football. His injury naturally impacts the Bills on offense, but it could be worth looking into Robert Woods and other Buffalo receiving threats if Watkins can’t play this week.
RG3’s Bum Shoulder
Robert Griffin III’s Cleveland debut did not go as planned, as the former Redskin failed to score and threw a pick in a blowout loss to the Eagles. To make matters worse, RG3 suffered a shoulder injury that reports suggest could be serious.
As @PSchrags alluded, Cleveland source says Browns' QB RGIII has a "potentially serious" shoulder injury. Testing today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2016
The latest word is the Browns plan to take a closer look at Griffin’s shoulder and it’s possible he could be out “awhile”.
If RG3 is out for any amount of time, the Browns figure to hand the offensive keys over to veteran passer Josh McCown. McCown could be an interesting DFS value play, should he get the week two start.
Vikings Starting QB
Teddy Bridgewater has been known to be out for the remainder of the season for over a week now, but it still is unclear what the Vikings plan to do under center. Sam Bradford seems very close to taking over the reigns, seeing as the Vikings badly needed two defensive touchdowns to earn a win in week one.4
Bradford still doesn’t have the playbook completely down and it may take time to get his chemistry down with his teammates, but Minny isn’t winning with Shaun Hill at the helm. Don’t be shocked if the switch goes down ahead of Minnesota’s huge week two contest with the Green Bay Packers.
Ertz’s Banged Up Ribs
Another injury to monito is Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who banged up his ribs in week one and could miss some time as he works his way back to full strength.
Early reports suggest the athletic Ertz is “week to week”, which could put him in doubt for week two. Should he indeed sit, that’d be one less weapon for Carson Wentz, while backup tight end Brent Celek could potentially be a solid DFS value play.
Saints Lose Top Corner
Delvin Breaux isn’t a household name, but he certainly was one of New Orleans’ best defensive talents on a defense that already wasn’t very good. He went down in week one and considering the Saints are as bad as ever on defense and just got burned for 35 points by the Raiders, things aren’t looking good going forward.
@jkatzenstein could be A LOT worse
— CD II (@DunnyD96) September 12, 2016
Breaux will specifically be out roughly six weeks thanks to a broken leg, and it’s going to provide a massive hit to an already awful Saints’ pass defense.
Naturally, New Orleans could be in serious trouble on the road against the 1-0 New York Giants in week two. Oh, and Odell Beckham Jr. will probably be the #1 DFS wide receiver.
As we mentioned in the intro, there were a good amount of suspensions and injuries that carried into the start of the season.
Tom Brady, Josh Gordon, Le’Veon Bell and Marcell Dareus are arguably the biggest names who are still serving suspensions going into week two. Brady, Gordon and Dareus will all be banned through week four, while Bell can return after the first three weeks are up.
Their respective teams could obviously suffer without them on the field, so keep that in mind when you’re finalizing week two NFL bets or any bets in the next few weeks. Their absence naturally can mean big things for their backups in fantasy football leagues, as well.
Concerning this group, Jimmy Garoppolo, DeAngelo Williams, Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor continue to benefit the most from a fantasy perspective. Dareus not being in the middle of Buffalo’s defensive line hurts them in all regards and they desperately need him back.
That about does it for our look back on the big week one NFL injuries. Be sure to keep checking back all week as we touch on the biggest news and offer NFL betting and fantasy insight.
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