Fantasy football injuries: latest news on Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Cam Akers and more
Week 2 was a bloodbath.
Not literally, of course, but it might as well have been for fantasy football owners, as the best players (and a few quarterbacks) were falling left and right. It would be difficult to find someone whose team was not affected by an injury on Sunday afternoon.
As we do every week, we’ve compiled the latest news on some of the key guys and their outlook as of Monday morning. As the results of the MRI and other tests are released, we’ll update this space to help you best maintain your whimsical approach during what will be a difficult week. We’ll also try to project the fantastic impact of each as well as a recipient for their touches as we approach week 3.
Here we are:
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers
The No. 1 overall pick and best fantasy player left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, but it’s hard to say how bad the setback is. It was bad enough for him to retire from the game, but he has been seen running cautiously after his injury, making it appear less serious. Usually with an Achilles you know right away, so it looks like some kind of sprain.
If there is no time, Mike davis will be the next man and will certainly create a race on the waiver thread.
“Mike is a good player,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said of Davis, who had a good training camp (via ESPN). “He made some good plays. He’s a threat out of the backfield. We will see what will happen with Christian.
An update from Adam Schefter late Monday morning confirmed that McCaffery would indeed be running out of time:
Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey is expected to be sidelined “for several weeks” due to the ankle injury he sustained on Sunday, a source said.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2020
Saquan Barkley, RB, Giants
While there is room for optimism about McCaffrey, there isn’t room for Barkley, whose season is over as the star reportedly tore his ACL. The loss is a blow not only to the Giants but also to all the fantasy football owners who took him to the top 4. He will be replaced (but not really, as he is one of the best talents in football). by some combination of Wayne gallman and Dion Lewis. Each is obviously worth locating in your free agent pool.
Davante Adams, WR, Packers
Adams, one of the best receivers in the game and favorite target of Aaron Rodgers, suffered a hamstring injury in the second half on Sunday and never returned. The game was already out of control, so maybe it was as a precaution, but maybe not. He missed several games last season with a toe injury that didn’t look like a big deal, so you never know. Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are expected to benefit from an Adams absence next week.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos
Sutton is pretty damn high this season, having previously missed Denver’s first game with a shoulder injury. He left week 2 with a knee injury. The prognosis is still unknown but it does not look good.
Drew Lock’s injury isn’t the only reason for concern: #Broncos There are concerns that talented WR Courtland Sutton suffered a serious knee injury, sources tell me and @JamesPalmerTV. He’s due for an MRI today.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2020
His large colleagues each had at least five targets in his absence: Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Tim patrick. This trio is worth following, as one of them could become a bona fide producer in Sutton’s absence.
Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams
Rams rookie running back Akers suffered a rib injury and the prediction is still pending. LA still managed to run all over the Eagles with Brown, and now most valuable Darrell henderson – which can be a big game of waiver thread this week. Brown injured his finger late in the day, making Henderson the man in Los Angeles.
Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, RB, 49ers
The Niners are feeling the brunt of the injury virus this young season, as issues with their top two running backs have already complicated their season. Mostert had an incredible start to the win on Sunday with an 80-yard touchdown rush, but was later forced out of the game with what turned out to be a minor injury to the MCL. His status will be in the air depending on the severity of the injury. Coleman also suffered a knee injury and the two are at risk of missing week three. Jerrick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson are the next two men and might be worth picking up.
Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback, 49ers
Another key Niner, their quarterback, left Sunday’s win with a sprained ankle. Nick mullens took over and held things together, but against the lowly Jets it didn’t take long. There’s a good chance he’ll be the starter next week depending on the severity of Jimmy G’s leg.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Chargers
It looks like Taylor got “Wally Pipped” again. Maybe we need to change the title to “Tyrod Taylored”. The LA starting quarterback suffered breathing problems ahead of Sunday’s game and was bizarrely taken to hospital where he was later released. He’ll be fine, hopefully, but his first gig could be in trouble, as a rookie Justin herbert was pushed into action and looked great. Herbert will be a big waiver thread pickup this week.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs
After a monstrous week, Watkins could have a concussion as he left Sunday’s game after a blow to the head. His status will be touch and go the entire week he appears. Kansas City is already loaded at the wide receiver and Patrick Mahomes enjoys spreading the ball so that it doesn’t have a huge, fantastic impact on someone else.
Darrell Williams, RB, Chiefs
Deep-league players who rely on running backs may need a replacement for Williams, who injured his ankle against the Chargers. Darwin thompson is the next man.
Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants
One of the Giants’ top two targets left Sunday’s game with a toe injury and did not return. It is not known if this is a serious injury, but if it lacks time it only increases the value of Golden Tate and Darius slayton.
Drew Lock, QB, Broncos
We’ve talked about Sutton’s injury issues before, but the Broncos have a bigger concern and it’s at the quarterback level. Lock is expected to miss 2-6 weeks with a sprained shoulder, making Jeff Driskel the starter in the Mile High City. In two QB leagues it is 100% worth a free agency catch. For others who need help in this position, he’s definitely more of a wait-and-see, especially after it was one of the many sacks allowed by the Broncos offensive line that led to Lock’s injury.
Parris Campbell, WR, Colts
The good news: Indy’s young wide receiver didn’t tear up his ACL during his team’s victory on Sunday. The bad news, an MRI is needed to see exactly how bad his knee injury could be. If you have Campbell as one of your marginal receivers, expect him to not be able to adjust for at least a week.
Breshad Perriman, Chris Hogan, WR, Jets
If you rely on the wide Jets receivers, we feel bad for you. We also feel bad for Perriman (ankle) and Hogan (ribs) who each left their Week 2 loss with injuries. More information will come out during the week, but the closet is quite empty with Denzel Mims already on IR.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions
A little hope amid this sea of trouble, as the Detroit wide stud looks to be on track to make a Week 3 comeback as his hamstrings should allow him to train again this week.
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