Injury Report: Post Week 2
Wow... we had 51 players go down with injuries in the Sunday slate of games alone. This week was a crazy one for injuries, and the general consensus is attributing it to a lack of preseason games and training camp/OTA's. I can see us having a lot of injuries next week as well, but hopefully nothing like what Week 2 gave us.
Christian McCaffrey - High Ankle Sprain - IR (4-6 Weeks)
Christian McCaffrey has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, and has been placed on injured reserve. McCaffrey will miss a minimum of 3 weeks, but should make a full recovery by Week 9 or 10. This is devastating to fantasy owners, especially because there is no clear handcuff to CMC. Mike Davis was the man receiving the passing game volume after McCaffrey's exit, as he had 8 receptions for 74 yards. However, I would not feel comfortable starting Davis, as he only had one carry in the loss to the Buccaneers, and Curtis Samuel had 4 for 26 yards. Samuel was a running back at Ohio State, is more talented, and fits the Panthers scheme more than Mike Davis does. It will be interesting to see what the Panthers do at running back position this week, but for now I would not start Davis or Samuel.
Saquon Barkley - Torn ACL - Out for Season
Another devastating one here, as Saquon Barkley goes down, and will be out for the rest of the year. The MRI revealed that Saquon not only tore his ACL, but partially tore his meniscus, and sprained his MCL. Saquon is the other star back that does not have a clear handcuff option, and with the Giants signing DeVonta Freeman, it only complicates things. For now I would not start anyone in that backfield, but my money's on Freeman to be the most productive in the long run. People forget that Freeman averaged over 14 PPR fantasy points per game just last year in Atlanta.
DaVante Adams - Hamstring - Questionable
DaVante Adams followed up his stellar Week 1 performance with a subpar outing on Sunday. Adams would exit late in the game due to a hamstring issue, and the Packers decided to just hold him out the rest of the way, as they wound up winning by 21. Adams will likely miss no time, and make it back to the field Week 3, but keep on eye on injury reports this week, as he did not practice Wednesday. If he were to miss time, both Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are valid, high upside flex options.
Courtland Sutton - Torn ACL - Out for Season
Courtland Sutton, who missed Week 1 due to an AC joint sprain suffered in camp, was a game time decision headed into Week 2. Court played 40% of the team's total snaps and hauled in 3 receptions for 66 yards. Many were very high on Sutton this year, and it looked as though he was off to a great start before going down in the third quarter. Sutton has a torn ACL and is out for the year. The biggest beneficiary of this is going to be Noah Fant, with Jerry Jeudy as a close second. Fant is a legitimate option week in and week out moving forward, Jeudy has the chance to elevate to that level as well.
Raheem Mostert - Knee - Doubtful
Mostert was off to another great start in Week 2, after taking his first carry 80 yards to the house against the Jets. Mostert did not do much else before exiting with a knee injury. Mostert has not yet been ruled out for Week 3, but we fully expect it to happen, and with Tevin Coleman slated to miss an extended period of time, Jerick McKinnon will be the teams' feature back for now, along with Jeff Wilson. McKinnon has looked great so far this year, and for as long as Mostert and Coleman are out, and assuming Jimmy G is playing, McKinnon is an RB2 for me.
Drew Lock - AC Joint Sprain - 3 Weeks
Drew Lock was off to an impressive start in his sophomore campaign. He decided to try and make a play out of nothing on a 3rd down in field goal range early on in Week 2's matchup with the Steelers, and took a tough hit from Steelers OLB Bud Dupree. Lock has a sprained AC Joint in his throwing shoulder, the same injury that Sutton had prior to Week 1, but this is far worse for quarterbacks, as it's main drawback is the fact that it limits your range of motion, and ability to raise your arm above your head. Lock should make a full recovery and avoid being placed on IR, (which would require him to miss a minimum of 3 weeks,) but for now this severely hurts Jerry Jeudy's stock, and it also hurts Noah Fant, although he looked pretty good with Jeff Driskell.
Parris Campbell - Sprained MCL - IR (Minimum 3 Weeks)
Parris Campbell, the second year receiver out of Ohio State, who many targeted late in drafts, and it looked as though the late round flier was going to return stellar value, is now on Injured Reserve. Campbell has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee, and will miss a minimum of 3 games. Although we have seen people like Ben Roethlisberger miss only 2 weeks with a sprained MCL, he has to rely far less on his athletic ability than Campbell does. If I had to attempt to put a timetable on Campbell's return, I would say 3-5 weeks. For now, TY Hilton gets his stocked bumped up, so does Nyheim Hines (hopefully), and most of all, Michael Pittman Jr. is now someone to keep an eye on, as he saw 6 targets in Campbell's absence, and he's very much a Philip Rivers-type of receiver.