Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Updates: McNabb, Fitzgerald and More

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 12, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins sits on the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Well this is it folks! We’re just hours away from the first week of fantasy football minus Thursday night’s game, and it’s time to get that nasty injury bug out of the way.

For the most part, there isn’t a lot of injuries to speak of, but there are some concerns that most teams are being tight lipped about, which is par for the course at this time of year.

So let’s get right to it and see what’s going on, and what other goodies we can find in this piece.


Donovan McNabb – QB – WSH

The Redskins are playing hush with McNabb’s ankle and have him listed as questionable in this week’s match up against Dallas. McNabb did, however, practice all week but considering he isn’t 100 percent, he is a poor play against the Dallas secondary. If you have a better option at QB, I say use it.


Michael Bush – RB – OAK

About the only thing people have heard out of coach Tom Cable’s mouth  regarding Bush’s thumb injury has been “…how he reacts…”. The fact of the matter is, Bush hasn’t done much in the past couple of days, and he is unlikely to start against the Titans. If you handcuffed him with McFadden, sit him as well…the Titans are too good on run defense.


Anthony Gonzalez – WR – IND

Gonzalez is listed as a “game time decision” on the Colts injury report as he continues to deal with a small back problem. The real issue here is Gonzo’s fantasy value as a kick returner only for the time being. It should be enough for you to keep him benched unless something changes in Indianapolis.


Larry Fitzgerald – WR – ARI

If anyone is still wondering about Fitz’s knee issue, it is not an issue and he will be ready to go this week. What you should question is whether or not Derek Anderson will do his part and effectively get Fitz the ball. Fitz is a risky play this week.


Beanie Wells – RB – ARI

The official word from coach Whisenhunt is that “Wells may contribute a few plays…” which simply means to keep him on your bench because he will have zero fantasy value this week.


Demaryius Thomas – WR – DEN

Thomas is listed as questionable/game time decision as he continues to deal with an aggravated foot injury. At this point, if you drafted the rookie in hopes of harnessing his services, you’re in for a long season.

Knowshon Moreno – RB – DEN

Moreno will begin the 2010 fantasy season much like he did in 2009…on the mend. And while he will play this week against Jacksonville, he won’t offer all that much in terms of fantasy points. If you have a better option as a starting back, use it. Moreno could, however, be a nice flex option if you hurting.


Fred Jackson – RB – BUF

Jackson is likely to play, but will be limited to his touches admits coach Gailey. The running back situation in Buffalo is very confusing, and the only option I like is C.J.Spiller to be honest, and that’s WITH a healthy Lynch.


If you enjoyed this article please check out my Week One WR Start-Sit Advice or my Individual Matchup Preview For Week One.