Fantasy Football 2013: Banged-Up Players Worth a Start in Week 1

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons fights off the tackle of Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season features several key players who are dealing with injuries, and Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons is one of them whom fantasy football owners should give a start.

Injuries at this point in the season may not be severe, but they will worry fantasy owners.

There is nothing worse than having an injury determine a lineup. Even when players are listed as questionable, owners will be conservative by benching that player. When the player puts up points that week, owners regret their decision.

Here are a few players who are dealing with injuries but are worth a start in Week 1, with the injury report courtesy of


Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons

The injury report lists Roddy White as questionable with an ankle injury, but The Associated Press via reported that the receiver says he is playing this week.

White has never missed a game in his career, so make sure he is in your lineup if you have him. 

The 31-year-old has had at least 83 catches and more than 1,000 yards in every year since 2007. He also has 49 touchdowns during the past six seasons.

Atlanta will travel to New Orleans in Week 1, so it should move the ball and put up points on Sunday. The Saints ranked last in the NFL in total defense last year and 31st in points allowed and pass defense. 

Quarterback Matt Ryan should have a big day. White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez give the Falcons a dynamic receiving corps. New running back Steven Jackson gives the team a versatile back who can catch passes out of the backfield.

White had 134 receiving yards in two games against the Saints last year, and the offense has gotten even better over the offseason. Having Jones on the field at the same time will help White get open.


Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots

Coming into this season, Danny Amendola was viewed as a good player who has trouble avoiding injuries. He has played in more than 14 games only once in his four-year career and has played in only 12 games since 2011. Nothing has changed as the receiver is dealing with a groin injury, but he is listed as probable.

He had 63 receptions for 666 yards and three touchdowns last season with the St. Louis Rams. This year, he replaces Wes Welker in the Patriots offense.

Tom Brady will be looking to target the receiver when he's on the field. Amendola is quick, has good hands and runs great routes.

Last season, New England put up 89 points in two meetings against the Buffalo Bills, its opponent in Week 1. The Patriots haven't lost an opener in 10 years, so owners should trust Brady to spread the ball.

Amendola has trouble staying on the field, so fantasy owners should give him a start this week while he is expected to play. Brady will likely be without tight end Rob Gronkowski this week, so the quarterback will be trying to find a different target to throw to in key situations.

Amendola is a good possession receiver who should thrive in New England's offense.


Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks is finally healthy, but Victor Cruz is dealing with a heel injury. He is listed as probable, so owners shouldn't be too worried.

The Giants will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. They are 4-0 at AT&T Field, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, and New York has averaged 35 points per game in those four victories. Eli Manning has averaged more than 300 yards during those games, so Cruz should get plenty of chances to get yards and maybe a touchdown.

Cruz has 2,628 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns in two seasons. He has turned into a big-play receiver and Manning's top target. With Nicks on the field, Cruz should be able to get open.

His heel injury shouldn't keep him off the field, so give Cruz a start. The Giants play well at AT&T Field, and Cruz has turned into a terrific playmaker.


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