By Week 2 of the fantasy football season, most owners don’t think they’ll have to be looking to the waiver wire to replace key members of their lineup because of an injury. However, Week 1 was pretty brutal, especially to tight ends. The positive side is that fantasy owners of Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker already know that they are going to be out this week (and in Walker's case, the rest of the season). As for other fantasy-relevant tight ends, only Vance McDonald is questionable. That's not exactly the story at quarterback...
Note: All games are Sunday, Sept. 16 and times are ET.
Aaron Rodgers (knee), QB, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
After Rodgers finished the Sunday night game against the Bears on one leg, he missed practice this week. The Packers haven’t tipped their hand on whether he’ll play, and he may be a game-time decision. However, if he was evaluated last week and was allowed to return to the game because he wouldn’t do more harm to his knee, odds are he’ll be active in Week 2. It’s a very tough matchup for a healthy quarterback, but if you have Rodgers, you aren’t benching him.
Ben Roethlisberger (elbow), QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Roethlisberger popped up with an elbow injury this week, but he did put in a full practice on Friday. All signs point to Roethlisberger playing, and he is a top option this week at quarterback. He’s back home and the weather in Pittsburgh should be better than it was in Cleveland in Week 1. Roethlisberger needs to redeem himself from his Week 1 performance, and the Chiefs made Philip Rivers look like an elite quarterback last week. Expect Roethlisberger to be active and a QB1.
Marcus Mariota (elbow), QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Mariota suffered an elbow injury in Week 1 and Blaine Gabbert entered the game. While neither quarterback was impressive, Gabbert was serviceable. It seems as if Mariota is going to try to play today, but between losing Delanie Walker, the injury and the Texans' defense, neither Titans quarterback should be started in fantasy.
Vance McDonald (foot), TE, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
McDonald missed Week 1 with a foot injury, but he was able to practice this week, setting him up to be able to play in Week 2. The matchup against the Chiefs is a good one, but McDonald is only a TE2. He may end up with a touchdown, but it is a risky play. He’ll likely be active, but don’t rush to put him in starting lineups this week.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.