It’s just Week 1 of the NFL season, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t injuries that need to be taken into account when setting your fantasy lineup. Let’s take a look at a few of the key ones:
Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs
Originally, it appeared like a broken rib in the final preseason game could keep him out for Week 1. However, he’s listed as probable on the injury report and it would be a real shock if he wasn’t in the starting lineup.
He was No. 18 on our original Week 1 QB rankings (click here to view), and that really doesn’t change. He’s a mid-level QB2 and nothing more, even if healthy.
Arian Foster – Houston Texans
He’s listed as questionable and hasn’t been practicing. Stephanie Stradley (via Twitter) recently reported that, “For those asking for fantasy fb: 1 Think Foster doesn’t go on Sunday; 2 Ward will play either way; 3 Tate gets more time if blowout.”
He’s considered a game-time decision and at this point fantasy owners should be planning to be without him. While I wouldn’t consider Ben Tate an option, considering the news Ward would be a viable FLEX option. We’ll likely touch on this situation again tomorrow morning.
Austin Collie – Indianapolis Colts
As if the loss of Peyton Manning wasn’t enough, Collie has been listed as questionable on the injury report for this week. Of course, the team could just be taking an extremely cautious stance, as he has been practicing all week. Consider him a risky proposition as a WR3, however.
Steve Smith – Philadelphia Eagles
Wasn’t he supposed to miss significant time? Well guess what, he’s listed as probable for Week 1. Even if he dresses, however, can you really expect him to make an impact?
DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant are all higher than him on the depth chart. Throw in a little Brent Celek and LeSean McCoy and it is impossible to count on Smith.
Once fully healthy it is possible that he develops into the third receiver and a great possession guy for Michael Vick and an option, especially in PPR formats. He’s just not there yet.
Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks
As if we didn’t need more of a reason to bench him, Rice is listed as doubtful with a shoulder injury. The Seahawks offense, run by Tarvaris Jackson, already looks to be anemic and this just makes it that much worse. None of the skill positions are advisable, though his absence could lead to a few extra targets for Zach Miller.
Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys
Is Revis Island enough of a reason for you to move him to your bench? What if we throw in a hamstring injury? Despite being listed as probable, consider him more of a high-end WR3 at this point, though that’s just for Week 1.
Steve Breaston – Kansas City Chiefs
While listed as probable, Breaston was added to the injury report due to a hamstring issue. He’ll likely play for the Chiefs, but he is not a recommended fantasy option.
Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins
His knee has caused concerns for fantasy owners all preseason and it just continues, as he’s listed as questionable.
John Keim (via Twitter) on Thursday said that, “Shanahan said cooley was limited today.’He’s making strides.’”
We’ve all known that he was going to be a risk, especially early on as he continues to try and work his way back from knee surgery. He shouldn’t be near your starting lineup this week.
Make sure to check out all of Rotoprofessor’s Week 1 Rankings: