Fantasy Football Injury Report: Week 2 Players Who Must Be Benched

Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:   Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titan is tackled in the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at the LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Ravens 26 to 13.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The first game of your fantasy football season has officially passed.

Whether you experienced an epic victory or a discouraging loss, it's time to move on with the season and focus on your Week 2 opponent.

Part of the preparation involves researching players and figuring out who's worth starting and who needs to ride the bench.

Here are several players who may be on your roster who are battling injuries. They're certainly intriguing options, but you need to fight the urge and let them sit.


Jonathan Dwyer, RB (Pittsburgh Steelers)

There was some fantasy sleeper buzz involving Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer leading up to Week 1, but he didn't deliver.

Dwyer didn't get as many touches against the Denver Broncos as most people had hoped. He carried the ball just nine times and finished with only 43 yards.

He was expected to be a capable substitute for Rashard Mendenhall, but after an unproductive first game and now a nagging foot injury interfering, he should probably be benched.


Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Pittsburgh Steelers)

While we're on the topic of Steelers running backs, we should probably take this opportunity to remind you that Rashard Mendenhall is not ready to start.

He was a participant in practice this week, but he's still listed as doubtful.

Even if he does play, it will be tough for him to perform against a tough New York Jets defense.


Jonathan Stewart, RB (Carolina Panthers)

Jonathan Stewart was a hot fantasy commodity several seasons ago, but his value has lessened as the years have passed.

He has been unable to get out of DeAngelo Williams' shadow, and he struggles to stay healthy.

The Panthers are playing a weak New Orleans Saints defense, so it would be an ideal game for him to produce, but his ankle injury makes it a bad idea.

The Panthers have other options in the backfield. There's no reason for them to rely on a banged-up Stewart.


Jeremy Maclin, WR (Philadelphia Eagles)

Jeremy Maclin was Michael Vick's favorite target in the opening week, and he finished the game with 96 yards and a touchdown.

If you're thin at receiver, you should stick with Maclin, who is listed as questionable with a hip injury.

However, if you have other options at receiver, then bench Maclin. The Eagles have plenty of offensive firepower and don't need to force the ball to Maclin if they don't have to.


Trent Richardson, RB (Cleveland Browns)

Trent Richardson has been battling a knee injury, but he's expected to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The problem isn't necessarily his injury, but the team he plays on.

The Bengals will likely be leading the Browns for the majority of the game, which will force Cleveland to pass the ball and abandon the run.

Even when Richardson did carry the ball last week, he only picked up 39 yards on 19 carries.


Kenny Britt, WR (Tennessee Titans)

Kenny Britt was one of the most effective fantasy receivers at the beginning of last season before going on injured reserve, but now he's back.

If Britt is on your team, he could be a fine asset later on in the season, but he's not ready yet.

Britt is not only dealing with a knee injury, but he's also fresh off a suspension.

Give Britt a few weeks to heal and get adjusted to the speed of the game. Until then, keep him stored away on your bench as a secret weapon.


Note: All injuries are according to the official injury report at