Week 2 NFL Injury Updates: Sunday Morning Med Check
Welcome back to the Sunday Morning Med Check. Week 1 went about as we expected, but there are a lot of injuries to check. You saw how fast things can move and change on Sunday mornings if you were with us last week.
Roddy White was the big storyline last week as news broke that his ankle was worse than anyone had let on. The Atlanta Falcons will be a must-watch this week as White again tries to play through the ankle and we wait to see how much Julio Jones is affected by a knee injury.
You'll see breakdowns for every Sunday game below, including my exclusive upgrades, downgrades and commentary.
Tyler Brooke and I will be watching the wires and working the phones to make sure you have the most up-to-date info and analysis before setting your lineups or settling in to watch your team.
You can hit us with questions on Twitter (@injuryexpert or @TBrookeSports), and we'll answer as many as we can here. Be sure to watch #FantasyLive at noon EDT, when I'll join Josh Zerkle and Anita Marks to give you even more info.
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Couple of notes: All the game-by-game breakdowns are below. Just scroll down to find the game you're interested in. Also, while we'll discuss the inactives, we won't list them all. You can check the NFL's official list here.
Things are winding down everyone. Thanks for reading and asking Will and I plenty of great questions. We will do this again every Sunday, so make sure to come back next week for any and all major updates for your fantasy team.
Look for Larry Fitzgerald to be active today. Playing time, effectiveness are the ?s— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) September 15, 2013
Kent Somers reports that we should expect to see Fitzgerald active today. He might be limited into how deadly he can be, but he's still a good receiver, even when hobbled. -TB
Jones-Drew is always a go-to choice, regardless of how dysfunctional the offense is for the Jaguars. With Dwayne Allen out, the Colts are going to use more three-WR sets, and Pagano was reported this week as saying he plans to get Hilton more touches this week. Take T.Y. over Wallace for this week. -TB
With a half hour before kickoffs, one of the things we need to focus on is how a system adjusts to an injury. If you have confidence in how a team will cover for an injury, you can have more confidence in the player. Dwayne Allen is inactive, but does that mean more targets for Coby Fleener or does it mean the Colts go 3-wide and get TY Hilton in the mix? Larry Fitzgerald is a GTD, but how does a team with a new coach, new offense and new QB adjust if their top weapon is out or limited?
The biggest risk is often the unknown. If you're not sure, you have to discount the projection. Get those right and you're winning your week.
I'm a fan of Miles Austin this week. He looked good against the New York Giants, and he could be even better this week. Dunta Robinson, the Chiefs' nickel cornerback, is out, and Austin is going to find himself open frequently in the slot, and he should be seeing a good amount of targets from Tony Romo. -TB
Congratulations to Joe Flacco and his wife, welcoming a new baby boy into the world. Don't worry, fantasy owners, Flacco isn't on the inactive list and will be playing. -TB
Fantasy advice needed: Dwayne Bowe or Andre Roberts?— Tyson Langland (@TysonNFL) September 15, 2013
Roberts is banged up a bit, so go with Bowe. WR1s tend to do great in Andy Reid's offense, so expect some good numbers.
I apparently can't say this enough: Roddy White is active, but is in much the same situation as last week. He's very limited by the high ankle sprain. I'm staying away from Harry Douglas as well. There's just too many questions and last week, he wasn't much more than a "oh crap, I have to pick someone up" play. I do like Tony Gonzalez, but he's a must-start anyway.
Miles Austin could be the best choice here. With Dunta Robinson out for the Chiefs, Austin could find himself open ever more than he did against the Giants last week. -TB
With Dwayne Allen out, this is a huge game for Coby Fleener. He's had his ups and downs coming into the season (mostly downs), but this is going to be his game to break out. If he doesn't prove himself here, when will he ever? -TB
Don't take "start" to mean more than someone will be on the field for the first play. While Ahmad Bradshaw will get the start in place of Vick Ballard, the Colts aren't going off plan because of the injury. Bradshaw is still ramping up and still needs a partner back there. Today, that will be Donald Brown. At best, we'll see 12-15 carries from Bradshaw, though I expect he'll be a bit better after gaining some confidence, RG3-style, after getting back on the field.
Hearing from multiple sources that Roddy White is going to be active today despite not seeing him in warmups. Don't expect him to be much different than he was last week. All the things I said about White and the Falcons in the game notes below stand.
And if you haven't yet, be sure to scroll down to see game notes on all the games today, including the late games.
@injuryexpert Marlon Brown or Vincent Brown? 1 PPR, 1 Point every 10 receiving yards, and 6 points for a TD— Justin Kasmer (@Jkasmerr) September 15, 2013
Going with Marlon Brown on this one. In a PPR league, we have to assume that Joe Flacco is going to get Brown the ball as often as he did in Week 1.
#colts Dwayne Allen working with other TEs in warmups. But throwing passes, not catching them or running routes. Don't expect him to play— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) September 15, 2013
Mike Chappell reports that Dwayne Allen is out there, just not catching passes or running routes. Not the best sign. This could mean more plays for Coby Fleener, who has been a disappointment through the preseason and the first game. -TB
Hearing confirmation on earlier reports on Bernard Pierce (in, but limited) and Shonn Greene (out.) Pierce's status helps Ray Rice, slightly, but you should be starting him anyway, in all formats. Greene's status helps Chris Johnson, but only a bit. Greene is more a complement to Johnson than a timeshare, so while he does cost touches, he keeps Johnson from being forced to do the power runs as well.
Texans S Ed Reed will not play today. Not quite ready.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2013
Ed Reed will not play today, per Adam Schefter. -TB
@injuryexpert - Frank Gore, Ryan Matthews or Daryl Richardson? 7pts per TD 1pt per 2 carries/rec 1pt per 10 rushing yards. Thanks.— Coach Gilbert (@coachrob16) September 15, 2013
Even with the tough matchup, I'm going to have to go with Gore on this one. He's the best bet of the three, especially with Richardson likely splitting carries.
Roddy White is not out on the field running routes. While my sources at the Atlanta game aren't sure that's meaningful, especially given his consecutive-games streak, one told me that White took the criticism of trying to play through an injury to heart.
"He can lead by example both ways, and I don't think he ever thought pushing to play could be seen as selfish," he said Saturday. White is a true GTD. We won't know for sure until the inactives at 11:30 a.m. ET.
@injuryexpert Who should I start, LeSean McCoy or Arian Foster?— Jason Kramer (@jasonakramer) September 15, 2013
Honestly, you can't go wrong. You play both of them and then find a league that will give you a real challenge, right? It's the fact that leagues like this exist that has led to the rise of weekly leagues like DraftDay or FanDuel.
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