Fantasy football early injury report for Week 2
As we look to Week 2, it's important to know which players suffered injuries in Week 1. If their playing status is in doubt, you'll need to make sure you have replacements in your lineup. Hopefully your bench is deep enough to fill the void injuries left, but if not, it's time to turn to the waiver wire.
Before we jump to pick up whatever may be out there, let's take a look at players that have injury concerns heading into Week 2. First, let's look at the big names and the players affected for the Thursday night game between Denver and Kansas City.
Thursday night players
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Probable - Back
Perhaps to cover up a poor Week 1 performance, Manning was listed on the injury report with a back issue. However, he's practiced and has said he is fine. The injury should not deter you from starting Manning; his Week 1 performance might. He didn't throw any touchdowns and seemed to be adding to last season's string of bad games. The Chiefs' defense, especially with the Broncos playing in Kansas City on a short week, isn't exactly what Manning needs at this point. He's a low-end QB1.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
Probable - Hand
Thomas had a hand injury at the end of Sunday's game, but it does not appear this is an injury to monitor. He practiced in full this week and is a WR1 for Thursday night. The Chiefs' secondary is decent, but they did allow DeAndre Hopkins to put up 98 receiving yards and two touchdowns and Nate Washington to gain 105 receiving yards.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
Questionable - Toe
Anderson was on the injury report with a toe issue after Sunday's game. The reports out of Denver are that he will play, and he did have two limited practices this week. After putting up only 29 rushing yards in Week 1, Anderson owners are likely getting nervous. He did have four receptions for 19 yards, but Ronnie Hillman looked better than he did. Anderson is a low-end RB1 for at least another week.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Probable - Hip
Kelce was in and out of the Week 1 game with a couple of injuries. It looked like he had the wind knocked out of him, and was good to go. He had an ankle injury heading into Week 1, and now is listed with the hip injury. No matter what, he put in full practices and is good to play on Thursday night. After putting up a 6/106/2 stat line in Week 1, he's a TE1 for Week 2.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins (out, hamstring)
Out - Hamstring
After Jackson pulled up lame, fantasy owners knew it wasn't a good sign. He grabbed his hamstring and went to the sideline, leaving his owners with a zero for the day. After an MRI on Monday, it was revealed that Jackson would be out for 3-4 weeks. Pierre Garcon will step into his role and look for tight end Jordan Reed also to see more targets. Garcon is a WR3 and Reed is a TE2.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
TBA - Knee
Hilton bruised his knee in Sunday's game and left the game and did not return. A MRI revealed no structural damage, which is good. However, he will need to wait for the swelling to go down and be able to run and cut before he can play. The problem with Hilton is that the Colts play on Monday night. Fantasy owners should plan on being without Hilton for Week 2.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
TBA - Knee
Ellington suffered a knee injury in Week 1, however, an MRI revealed it was a PCL injury. Originally the timeline for Ellington was to be out was 2-3 weeks, but he did put in a very limited practice (with a knee brace) on Wednesday. Odds are that Ellington will sit out Week 2, but monitor what he does in practice on Friday to be sure. Chris Johnson and David Johnson will fill in at running back, with Chris Johnson designated as the starter. The former Titan and Jet is a low-end RB2 while the rookie Johnson is a RB3 assuming Ellington is out.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Out - Foot
In case you haven't heard Bryant fractured a bone in his foot and had surgery. The original timeline was 4-6 weeks, however, it may end up being even longer depending on the recovery. Plan to be without your WR1 for awhile. Terrance Williams moves up to the No. 1 WR role in Dallas in Bryant's absence.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.