In Week One, Fantasy Football owners around the nation saw a multitude of injuries occur, ranging from the ever-dangerous concussion to the simple twisted ankle. Regardless, several top names throughout the league went down, and now in Week Two, owners are wondering and waiting patiently to find out whether or not their studs will be playing on Sunday.
With the Week Two injury report now released, I have gone through the various names listed and pulled out 10 that truly stand out from the rest. Below is an explanation of their injury, their probability of returning this week, and who their potential replacement will be if they cannot suit up on game day.
For all those owners who like to simply skim through an article, be sure to note the bold and italicized portion of each description, as this note shows the players’ status for the upcoming week.
Laurence Maroney (DEN) (RB) (OUT) - Let me take a quick guess at something. The second you heard that former Patriots’ RB Laurence Maroney was traded to Denver, you took a stroll over to your computer, scrolled down the waiver list, grabbed him and stuck him on your bench as a potential sleeper for 2010. Was I close?
Let’s face facts; we all got a little excited once we heard that Maroney would be leaving the pass-friendly offense of New England in favor of the ground-pounding Denver Broncos. It gave us hope that once again the name Maroney would be relevant. Well, it may have to wait a week. According to reports, Maroney isn’t practicing due to a thigh injury; however, he is pushing for a return in Week Three. This makes him officially out for Week Two against the Seattle Seahawks.
Maroney, who will be considered the No. 3 back behind starter Knowshon Moreno and backup Correll Buckhalter, may factor into the Denver offense as the season wears on, potentially getting the call in goal line situations or other specific scenarios (think Willis McGahee or Marion Barber-type roles). All in all, go with Moreno in Week Two. If Maroney makes it back for Week Three, then keep him on your bench until we get a realistic idea of how the Broncos’ coaching staff plans to use him...