Week 2 in the NFL was filled with plenty of major injuries. These are the injuries that fantasy football owners should pay attention to.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
The biggest injury of the week is to one of fantasy’s top running backs, Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore his meniscus on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. Although he has only rushed for 50 yards on 31 carries, this is a huge blow to anyone’s team.
There is no timetable for his return, but he is expected to have surgery on Thursday. Look to add Matt Asiata or Jerrick McKinnon as insurance. If you didn’t own Peterson, then try to add one of these options.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin injured his hamstring and is expected to be out about three weeks. Martin is another back that was off to a slow start, but likely would have got it going eventually.
He has rushed for 85 yards on 19 carries, which is better than Peterson. It also doesn’t help that he has to share some of his work with Charles Sims. Sims will be the running back to add here especially in PPR, but also look out for Jacquizz Rodgers.
Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins
Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Arian Foster is expected to miss one or two weeks due to a groin injury that he sustained against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Foster is trying to come back from a brutal Achilles tear last season.
If you don’t already own his handcuff, make sure to grab Jay Ajayi or perhaps Kenyan Drake in deeper leagues.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers lost Jonathan Stewart early in the game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was apparently a leg injury and he could be gone for up to two weeks. Stewart is another player who is considered to be injury-prone.
Both Fozzy Whitaker and Cameron Artis-Payne will take up the work, but Artis-Payne might be the starter.
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
Fantasy football owners who play in PPR leagues lost a big time player in San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead. Woodhead is out for the season with a torn ACL. He and Phillip Rivers were connected right away this season. Woodhead had seven targets and caught a touchdown in Week 1 and even had 16 carries.
The Chargers will try to replace him with newly acquired Dexter McCluster. McCluster was a receiving back for both the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
One of fantasy football’s most confusing backfields just became a little clearer. Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah injured his foot and could now possibly be out for the season. The Lions have placed him on IR, but thanks to the league’s new policy he can return this season.
Theo Riddick will be the starting back and Dwayne Washington will probably get some work.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots
Running backs weren’t the only players injured this week. Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his AC Joint against the Dolphins. Garppolo has been great taking over at QB during Brady’s suspension. He has thrown for almost 500 yards in two games and thrown four touchdown passes.
He still has not been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans, if you have other options to start over rookie QB Jacoby Brissett/emergency backup QB Julian Edelman, then don’t hesitate to do so.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Alshon Jeffrey’s value just took a hit for at least three weeks. Chicago Bear QB Jay Cutler is out with a sprained right thumb. Cutler is off to a rough start to the season with already two interceptions thrown and thrown for under 400 yards.
Nobody benefits directly from Cutler getting injured especially because Brian Hoyer is the back-up. Perhaps, Jeffrey does well since Hoyer targets his top wide out heavily.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck has also lost one of his favorite targets in Donte Moncrief. Moncrief will be out four-to-six weeks with a fractured scapula. Phillip Dorsett will get the boost to the WR2 position.
This is definitely not the end of major injuries around the NFL. There will probably be more injuries next week to follow, but let’s hope not.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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