Rob Gronkowski-TE (Questionable): You could make a killing as an accident injury lawyer following Rob Gronkowski around. I mean just look at what the man wears on the field. There is a brace or pad on every joint. Gronk is listed as questionable for week 2. As a fantasy owner he is the player you are most looking forward to getting healthy again. Because when he is on the field there is no peer at his position. Gronk changes the fantasy landscape. He has been hampered by a hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries linger and it will be tough to say when Gronk could be back to his near 12 fantasy point per game pace. Adding to Gronk’s injury situations is that he plays for the Patriots, a team notorious for giving as little injury news as possible. So while Gronk owners are giddy with anticipation for his return, especially after seeing Jimmy Garoppolo sling it around the yard, it may prove prudent to be cautious with this elite fantasy option.
Robert Griffin III- QB (IR): Not a good week for guys with the RG as their initials on our Injury report. RGIII is no stranger to an injury report however. He’s missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL tear and in week one of this NFL season he apparently forgot that he learned to slide this offseason and now his season could be over. His injury is bad news for the Brown’s but could be a silver lining for Gary Barnidge, who has a great rapport with Brown’s back up Josh McCown. Barnidge was on a Gronkesque pace to end last season with McCown at the helm that should continue this week with the Browns taking on interdivision foe, Baltimore.
Keenan Allen-WR (IR): Keenan Allen could also be tapped as a usual suspect to the injury report. This year is no exception as the ill-fated young pro has torn his ACL and will miss the entire 2016 season. This injury has the potential to derail the Chargers season. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at a couple of situations with and without Allen. The first half of last season with Allen in the lineup Rivers tossed 19 touchdowns. When Allen went down with a lacerated kidney in the second half of the season Rivers production fell to 10 touchdowns. Including games with 4 TDs against the Jags and 3 TDs against the Ravens. That’s 70% of his TD’s coming in 2 of the 8 weeks after Keenan’s injury. The other 6 weeks Rivers only had 3 TD’s without Allen. For further proof, just look at the game against the Chiefs in week one. First half with Allen, 21 points. Scoring on their first three drives of the game. Second half without Allen, 6 points and a huge comeback win for the Chiefs. If you own Allen, I’m looking elsewhere for help away from the Chargers. Tajae Sharpe of the Titans, Victor Cruz of the Giants, and Eli Rogers of the Steelers are all options that are still available in most leagues waiver wires and I like them to Inman or Williams who replace Allen in the lackluster Chargers attack.
The Indianapolis Colts: Listen the Colts are not setting the world on fire as a defense in the first place. But they have a significant amount of injuries, especially in their Secondary. 6 CB’s are questionable or worse going into week 2. 3 Safeties and 1 DE add to that list. This is by far the most injuries for a Defense unit going into week 2. To make matters worse the Colts travel to Denver to see the defending Super Bowl champs. Look for Trevor Siemian to be a trendy sleeper pick this week even though the passing attack for Denver was average in week 1 against a stellar Carolina D. I consider Emmanuel Sanders a must start this week with Demaryius Thomas hobbled. Also, anytime you have a team with a really good QB and a really bad Defense there is a formula for huge Fantasy games. Get Andrew Luck and your Colts WR’s in your lineups. They will be throwing this week.
Delvin Breaux- CB (Out): Another team with anemic pass defense and now an injury in the secondary to arguably their best CB. Breaux, the feel good story of Saints camp last year just underwent surgery for a fractured femur and will miss significant time. The Giants and their vaunted passing game will face a depleted Saints D in New York in week 2. You have to like Eli Manning, OBJ, Shepard, and Cruz. Brees and the Saints passing game has the fire power to make this a shootout as well. Looking for a lot of Fantasy Points in Metlife this weekend.
Here are other notable injuries we are monitoring throughout the week. Their status will become clearer as the weekend approaches and No Huddle will send out a complete updated report as this weeks practices come to a close.
Notable Injuries: For Week 2 No Huddle Crystal Ball Predictions:
Arian Foster RB: Questionable (Hamstring) Will Play
Julio Jones WR: Questionable (Ankle) Will Play
Demaryious Thomas WR: Questionable (Hip) Out/Limited
Jonathan Stewart RB: Questionable (Leg) Will Play
Jamaal Charles RB: Questionable (Knee) Limited role
Charles Clay TE: Questionable (Knee) Will Play
Sammy Watkins WR: Questionable (Foot) Will Play
Rob Gronkowski TE: Questionable (Hamstring) Will Play
Russell Wilson QB: Questionable (Ankle) Will Play
Julius Thomas TE: Questionable (Ankle) Will Play
Devante Parker WR: Questionable (Hamstring) Limited Role
Chris Ivory RB: Questionable (Illness) Out/ Limited
Zach Ertz TE: Questionable (Rib/Shoulder) Out