Week 2 NFL Injury Report With Betting and Fantasy Advice
Week two of the 2015 NFL season is almost upon us and for some reason or another, you need to know who is playing. The reasons are growing these days, as it could be because you want to place some NFL bets, need to finalize your season long league or you want to know which guys are out so you can pick the right sleepers in daily fantasy football leagues.
Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered with some insight on the latest NFL injury news. We’ll touch on all the big names that are banged up and how that impacts what you might doing in regards to pro football this weekend:
Arian Foster is back at practice but he won’t return in week two. Julius Thomas, DeSean Jackson and Andre Ellington are a few more guys that people will be wondering about but are not going to play this week and should miss a couple more games at the very least.
Josh McCown, QB, Cleveland Browns
McCown is also out, but this deserves a write-up since good ol’ Johnny Football will take the field this weekend. For betting purposes, the odds favor the Tennessee Titans. However, for DFS, Johnny Manziel is a very sneaky sleeper thanks to his low price. He’s probably not worth using in standard fantasy leagues, though.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Carr is dealing with a hand issue but looks ready to go in week two. He has a brutal matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, making him a poor fantasy play. Carr or no Carr, the Ravens are a great pick this week when it comes to NFL betting.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
Shady has had mixed reports that range from guaranteeing he’ll play to him being questionable. It was much the same going into week one, so he probably ends up suiting up. Hamstrings are a nightmare, though, so he could be limited or further his injury. Buffalo is at home though so with their key rusher in the lineup they’ll have a chance to take down the visiting Patriots. McCoy is a big risk to pay for in daily fantasy football leagues, but if you drafted him in standard leagues you should probably start him.
Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams
Mason missed week one with a hamstring ailment but he’s been practicing and is slated to take the field in week two. He’s still not a fantasy option due to facing a tough Redskins run defense and he also could split the rushing load. The Rams are still the pick over Washington, however, and Mason’s presence only helps cement that further.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams
Gurley is shaping up to be a game time call for week two. It would be his NFL debut if he’s active, but he’d get limited touches anyways. Forget about him in daily fantasy football but if he’s not owned in season long leagues, now is a good time to rectify that. He shouldn’t have a huge impact on the Rams’ ability to beat the Redskins, but they should do so, anyways.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Jeffery played week one at less than 100% and was a fine fantasy football play – but not an elite one. The same could happen in week two, although his status is very much in doubt due to a calf issue.
This is his second leg problem in as many weeks and with him already going up against Patrick Peterson and a tough Cardinals defense, he might not be worth the fuss. You have to start him in season long leagues but he’s not worth risking it in DFS leagues. Chicago is going to have a hard time upsetting Arizona, even with Jeffery in the lineup.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans missed week one with a hamstring issue but has looked good in practice and is a solid bet to be active this week. He’s got a solid matchup against a weak Saints defense, so he’s a strong fantasy play across the board if active. Tampa Bay still has almost no chance of taking down the Saints in the Superdome, however.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has a knee bruise and although his status looked pretty bleak less than a week ago he now has a shot at playing going into Monday Night Football. He’ll matchup with Darrelle Revis even if he does play, though, so he’s a shaky fantasy play in all formats. You need to start him if you drafted him in season long leagues, though. Hilton taking the field would open things up considerably for Indy and could help them get past the Jets at home.
Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans
Walker is the last big name in doubt for week two and he’s so far “iffy” to face the Browns in Cleveland. Tennessee could get the win even without him, but he’s a nice safety blanket for rookie passer Marcus Mariota. He’s a cheap play in daily fantasy football but you can use someone else over him in season long leagues if you’re afraid of his status.
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