By The Hudsonian, Joshua Hudson
The aftermath of Week 1 was brutal. Back-breaking, in some instances. How bad was Week 2? Let’s find out.
WR Danny Amendola (NE) – Amendola was ruled out for Week 2 with a concussion suffered in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Even with 10 days in between contests, Amendola still didn’t suit up for New England’s tilt against New Orleans. He’s had head injuries previously, and a slower than expected recovery could be in his future. He excelled in Week 1 and fantasy owners took notice. They’ll also notice if he continues to miss games. Hopefully he suits up in Week 3, but it’s best to monitor this throughout the week.
TE Greg Olsen (CAR) – David Johnson’s injury ranks first on the “breaking your lineup” scale, and Greg Olsen’s Week 2 injury could very well be ranked number 2. Olsen, one of the most durable tight ends in the league, suffered what is being reported as a broken foot. He’s going to miss a lot of games, but the exact amount won’t be known until after an X-ray and MRI. Who will replace him in your lineup? Scour the wire for guys like Charles Clay, Hunter Henry, and/or Coby Fleener.
WR Corey Coleman (CLE) – The Browns just can’t catch a break, no pun intended. For the second year in a row, Coleman has broken his hand early in the season. He was at least able to return last year, but wasn’t nearly as effective. This is easily an eight week injury, at minimum. He’s likely your fourth or fifth WR, so you should be able to find suitable replacements on the waiver wire. Guys like Kenny Golloday, Sterling Shepard, and Cooper Kupp are owned in less the 50% of leagues so get ready to pounce!
RB Rob Kelley (WSH) – Fat Rob left Sunday’s game with what’s reported as a rib injury. Samaje Perine saw quite a number of snaps in his stead, but the real winner was Chris Thompson who saw more than just passes come him way and scored two rushing TDs. Both are readily available on your wire so get your bids ready! We’ll update Kelley’s status as the picture becomes clearer.
RB Jordan Howard (CHI) – Howard was questionable going into this weekend’s game with the Bucs with a shoulder injury. He played, but left early and was seen leaving the stadium in a sling. Shoulders are tricky, as runners lead with them, so monitor this with all your attention if you own Howard. Tarik Cohen will continue to be used as a pass catcher, but you’ll likely need a replacement. Seattle’s Chris Carson will be a popular claim this week – make sure you’re in line for him.
QB Sam Bradford (MIN) – Bradford was a late scratch in Week 2 against the Steelers after suffering a knee injury on Monday night. That’s the same knee that twice suffered an ACL tear. Apparently it’s just rust, but keep an ear to the ground as this will impact the values of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
WR Jordy Nelson (GB) – Nelson injured his quad early in the Packers’ matchup with the Falcons and did not return. Is it serious? Or did the team just not want to risk further injury with the game so far out of hand? I’m sure we’ll find out throughout the week.