Week 1 fantasy football injuries and waiver adds/trades
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. (Sings in harmony) With week 1 in the books, I think I can speak for everybody when I say that fans everywhere are jumping with joy after the excitement that was across the board with the slate of games. Now with that being said fantasy football season is also in full swing, and just as the saying goes you’re season isn’t won in the draft, it’s won through the waiver wire and trades. And in week one there are already numerous owners everywhere panicking about an injury to one of their players on their team or lack of production to someone they had high hopes for. Here are the week one fantasy football injuries heading into week 2.
Robert Griffin III. (Shoulder)
Yes RG3 isn’t the sexiest pick, and more than likely wasn’t drafted in 10-12 team leagues, but with his running abilities and canon of an arm he does have an effect on the other players around him that have fantasy value. Griffin suffered a sprained shoulder in Sunday’s contest vs Philly and is now sidelined for the next 8 weeks on IR.
Rob Gronkowski. (Hamstring)
This came as a surprise to fans, and the fantasy world everywhere. Gronk sat out the season opener due to a nagging hamstring that he’s been dealing with since the preseason. As of now if you’re a Gronk owner chances are you’re going to have to follow this up to game day being that New Enlgand won’t release any information unless they absolutely have to. Just have options at the TE position in case Gronkowski sits out another week.
Russell Wilson. (Ankle)
Wilson didn’t accomplish much fantasy wise in week one. He suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter after Ndamukong Suh stepped on his ankle. (No surprise there) This shouldn’t cause you to panic though as Pete Carroll and Wilson himself came out and have said that he would rest it through the week and there are no signs for him to miss week 2.
Keenan Allen (Knee)
This was just heartbreaking whether you’re a Chargers fan or not. After suffering a freak injury last season that sidelined him, Allen came into 2016 hoping to rebound and be one of the top-tier WR’s in the NFL. Monday all that talk went away as the Chargers announced that Allen suffered a torn ACL late in the second quarter against Kansas City and will miss the rest of the year.
Sammy Watkins (Foot)
Not too long ago I wrote an article saying that if I could get Watkins late in a draft I would, and well that didn’t happen this year in the numerous leagues I’m in, and the reason I wait on a guy like Watkins is because he’s always hurt. There’s no questioning the talent, but owners need to beware of this lingering injury with Watkins and may need to look for other options in case Watkins were to miss time until the discomfort in his foot disappears.
Julio Jones (Ankle)
I’m almost 100% certain that Julio will be in the lineup Sunday against Oakland, but still this is an injury to keep an eye on as Julio has had foot problems in the past that have held him off the field. Not to mention he’s going to have some stiff competition vs that Oakland defense.
Waiver adds for Week 2 and beyond
Tajar Sharp TEN WR– 7 catches for 76 yards. Definitely looking like the #1 WR in Tennessee.
Dwayne Allen IND TE– 4 catches 53 yards, 1 TD. Could be a fill in in you’re a Gronk owner, or if you’re streaming TE’s.
Will Fuller HOU WR– 5 catches 107 yards, 1 TD. Yup teams are going to have a hard time deciding whether to cover Hopkins or Fuller. If someone was smart this guy is stashed already, but if not put in a claim asap or swing a trade.
Tyrell Williams SD WR– Big target standing at 6’4. Williams hauled in 5 catches for 71 yards and will have a significantly larger role with Keenan Allen being out.
Michael Thomas NO WR– In his rookie debut Thomas caught 6 balls for 58 yards. In a 10-12 league he might remain on the waiver or stashed on someone’s bench, but in a deeper league especially PPR, Thomas is an interesting add being that they throw a lot in New Orleans.
Spencer Ware KC RB– Welp all I can say is that if you’re a Jaamal Charles owner you’re one happy owner if you drafted and started Ware. If not you’re crying in a basement somewhere and scared to show your face in public. Ware was one of the highest fantasy players in week 1. He had 11 attempts 70 yards, 1 TD and 7 catches for 129 yards. I shouldn’t even have to mention Ware in this column since I already know he was drafted at a high rate, but if for some reason he was undrafted in your league hurry and put a claim in.
Theo Riddick DET RB– Look running back is thin already to begin with. Riddick is a guy I try to get in every league, especially that there is a full-blown RB committee in DET. Riddick finished with week one with 7 attempts for 45 yards, 1 TD and 5 catches 63 yards, 1 TD. Talk about PPR monster.
Jimmy Garoppolo NE QB– 264 yards, 1 TD. Not a bad debut in filling in for Tom Brady. Plus he did it on the road in Arizona. If you’re in need of a QB, or streaming QB’s Garoppolo is worth an add.
Jameis Winston TB QB– 281 yards, 4 TD. Not only is Winston looking better and improving, he didn’t depend on his running ability to score. There’s no reason for Winston to remain on the waiver wire after week 1, and is in the discussion for a tier 1 QB.
Baltimore Ravens DEF– If you’re streaming Defenses the Ravens defense is a good add for week 2. Philly’s defense had a big day having their way with the Brown’s offense, and now that RG3 isn’t in the picture now would be the perfect time to pick them up.
Tevin Coleman ATL RB– Look, this is why you handcuff your top RB’s whether you like it or not. Same story last year. Coleman was the guy being drafted with Freeman as the handcuff and look at how that unfolded. If you’re a Freeman owner hopefully you already have Coleman. Coleman had the better fantasy day, and boy did he look good on Sunday 8 attempts 22 yards, 5 catches, 95 yards.
Orlando Torres covers the NFL and Fantasy Football for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo