Week 3 injury update: Bengals’ Green leads list of question marks
If we need to review Thursday night’s 56-14 win by the Falcons, we need to give it zero stars, because it was awful. On the bright side, Bucs RB Bobby Rainey, who was briefly benched after fumbling twice, averted fantasy disaster by ending up with 105 yards from scrimmage and seven receptions.
Today’s post will offer updates on this week’s litany of fantasy player injuries. Many of them will be clarified later on Friday, and others will result in gametime decisions. As we were reminded last week with Doug Martin, if one of your players is a GTD in a late game, sitting the player is always the safest option.
News & notes
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis reportedly expects WR A.J. Green (toe) to play on Sunday, but the team’s website reports that "no one seems to know" how Green will progress after being limited in practice on Thursday. Bleacher Report’s Will Carroll said on Tuesday’s Fantasy 15 podcast that Green’s issue is mostly one of pain management, and that the toe injury could affect his ability to cut.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles returned to practice on Thursday, meaning that his ankle injury probably isn’t as bad as feared earlier in the week (as Carroll also said in Tuesday’s podcast). The guess here is that Charles won’t play, but it’s at least possible right now that he will. If you own Knlie Davis, your dreams of 25-30 touches might not come true. Davis is at RB10 on my board, and will stay there unless/until I hear that Charles will play.
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) didn’t practice Thursday, and could be headed for a GTD even if he practices today. Teammate Jordan Reed (hamstring) is still not practicing, and shouldn’t be counted on for Sunday.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine is "cautiously optimistic" that TE Jordan Cameron will play this week, but added that "it can go either way."
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (groin) and TE Antonio Gates (hamstring) were both limited in Thursday’s practice, but nobody seems to be worried about their chances to play.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (shoulder) was limited in Thursday’s practice, but says he’ll be "ready to roll" against the Rams. Bryant’s teammate, LB Rolando McClain (groin), probably won’t play. This might be the week the Cowboy D gets lit up, even if it’s against Rams’ third-string QB Austin Davis. You know it’s coming soon.
Not that I’m telling most fantasy owners to start Damien Williams, but it sounds like he could get a decent number of carries backing up Lamar Miller for the Dolphins this week.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t sound too optimistic about Eric Decker’s hamstring injury.
In Jaguars receiver news, Marqise Lee (hamstring) won’t play, Allen Hurns (ankle) probably won’t, and Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) might finally make his 2014 debut.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) was limited in Thursday’s practice, and his status for Sunday is "cloudy," according to the team’s website. In other Cardinals news, look for Stepfan Taylor to assume Jonathan Dwyer’s big-back duties.
The Panthers are "hopeful" that RB DeAngelo Williams will play on Sunday, even though he’s still not practicing.
Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was back at practice on Thursday, but his status for Sunday is TBD.
49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) has been limping and/or using crutches this week. Derek Carrier is the 49ers’ backup plan for Davis, but it would be risky to make him yours.
It’s hard to know how much the Broncos will use WR Wes Welker this week, but he can be a decent PPR option (maybe as a WR3?) even in a limited role.
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was limited Thursday due to a thigh injury, but there doesn’t seem to be a reason for worry just yet.
Here’s a link to our weekly rankings. We’ll update them Friday night.
Here’s my tentative lineup for the DraftKings NFL Sunday Million. Let me know what you think.
QB: Drew Brees $8,900
RB: Zac Stacy $5,600
RB: Toby Gerhart $4,000
WR: Calvin Johnson $8,900
WR: Brandin Cooks $5,100
WR: Brian Quick $5,300
TE: Rob Gronkowski $5,900
FLEX: Allen Robinson $3,700
DST: Jets $2,500
Make sure to check out our Sunday morning chat, featuring Adam Meyer, Joel Beall and me from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. Good luck this week!