NFL Injury Report: Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, Trey Burton for Week 3

Olsen broke out last week and he could see quite a few targets on Sunday with Kyle Allen replacing Cam Newton at quarterback

It's been a rough start to the NFL season for injuries, meaning quite a few fantasy owners are already scrambling to find healthy options for their lineups. Quarterbacks and tight ends, in particular, can be found throughout the injury reports.

 

Of course, everyone is well aware that Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Ben Roethlisberger are out this week (if not longer) while the tight ends that won't be playing in Week 3 include Hunter Henry, David Njoku, Jordan Reed, and Tyler Higbee. And that's before we discuss the running back or wide receiver picture.

 

With so many injuries, be sure none of these names are still in your lineup and for anyone who is Questionable, be sure to check the inactive report before game time to make sure they are playing.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Sept. 22 unless otherwise noted.

 

Greg Olsen (back), TE, Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

All signs point to Olsen playing as this is the same injury that he played through in Week 2. He saw nine targets in Week 1 and Week 2, turning those into six receptions for 110 yards in his most recent game. Cam Newton has already been ruled out for Week 3 but Kyle Allen may not be a downgrade for Olsen considering how poorly Newton had been playing. Backup quarterbacks often use their tight ends as a safety net. Olsen can be started as a low TE1.

 

Jimmy Graham (groin), TE, Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.

Graham apparently played through the groin injury in Week 2. Those that started him were aware there was some kind of problem, as he didn’t record a catch. He had a touchdown in Week 1 to save his fantasy day, but he's hard to trust as a fantasy starter in Week 3. He will likely play (he returned to practice on Friday), but fantasy owners need to hope for a touchdown in order to make him fantasy relevant.

 

Trey Burton (groin), TE, Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. (Mon.)

The groin issue is the same one that kept him out of Week 1 and limited him in Week 2. However, all signs point to Burton playing through it in Week 3. He didn't really help fantasy owners too much in Week 2, as he didn't even get onto the stat sheet until the fourth quarter. He ended the game with two catches for five yards. Burton will likely be active in Week 3, but isn't a recommended fantasy option.

 

Dallas Goedert (calf), TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

There have been conflicting reports on Goedert, but fantasy owners should not plan on having him for Week 3. He injured his calf along with every other Eagles pass catcher that got hurt on Sunday night. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but returned for limited work on Friday. If you are looking at starting Goedert, please be sure to check the inactive report as he will likely be one of those players that they warm up to see how he feels before determining if he's going to play.

 

— 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.

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