When it comes to fantasy football and injuries, owners would prefer they know which players are definitely not going to play over those who are listed as questionable. As the season progresses, however, analyzing the weekly injury reports is as much a part of the process as scouring the waiver wire.
For Week 3, the following players have already been ruled out: Andrew Luck, Greg Olsen, Dwayne Washington, Corey Coleman, Marlon Mack, Sam Bradford, Rex Burkhead, Corey Davis, John Brown, and Tyler Eifert. Below, you will find the latest on those key quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends whose names are on the injury report. And don’t worry, you can find the wide receivers here.
As always, check the inactive report before game time. Also, don’t forget that Baltimore and Jacksonville get things started a little earlier than usual as their game in London is set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Note: All times ET and all games are on Sunday, Sept. 24 unless otherwise noted.
Cam Newton (shoulder), QB, Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Fantasy owners will see what Newton is made of this week. He's on track to play, despite the questionable tag. He's had a shoulder injury and has dealt with it so far this season. He hasn't been the QB1 he has been in the past, but he's gotten through the games. However, he also has had tight end Greg Olsen as a safety net. Olsen is now on injured reserve, so Newton is just a QB2 this week.
Jay Ajayi (knee), RB, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
While it seemed concerning at first that Ajayi was on the injury report with a knee injury, it seems that he may have just been having some rest days this week. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but did return on Friday. The reports from Miami are that he is not going to be limited in any way, so fantasy owners should leave them in their lineups as a RB1 in a great matchup.
DeMarco Murray (hamstring), RB, Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
Murray was dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 2 throughout the week. He did put in a limited practice on Friday, which puts him on track to play, but his workload may be reduced. It's a tough matchup against the Seahawks and with Derrick Henry performing well in Week 2, the Titans don't have a reason for force Murray into game action. Fantasy owners would be wise to leave Murray on the bench this week.
Melvin Gordon (knee), RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
While Gordon is on the injury report with a knee issue, he's fully expected to play this afternoon. He had 18 carries in Week 1, followed by half that in Week 2. However, he has had receptions in each of the first two games and he has found the end zone in both as well. He hasn't lived up to his preseason billing of a sure-fire RB1, but he is still in that category for today’s home game against the Chiefs.
Terrance West (calf), RB, Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars, 9:30 a.m. (London)
Fantasy owners will know early if West is inactive, however, after a full practice on Friday, it seems that he should be fine to play. He will share snaps with Javorius “Buck” Allen, although in standard leagues, West has more value. He's scored a touchdown in each of the past two games, and although that streak may not continue, he will still have RB2 value in non-PPR leagues.
Rob Kelley (rib), RB, Washington Redskins vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:30 p.m.
With barely double-digit carries in the first two weeks, Kelley isn't a strong fantasy option for Week 3. He's banged up and the amount of playing time he'll see is up in the air. Chris Thompson has come on as a strong PPR option. Samaje Perine also has picked up additional work. Thompson is a RB2 in PPR leagues. Perine is a recommended start over Kelley but neither is a great option.
Rob Gronkowski (groin), TE, Houston Texans at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
It's Week 3 and Gronkowski is already injured. However, the groin injury he suffered in Week 2 does not seem to be serious. He has said he will be playing today, and while players often say things that are not their call to make, in this case, it does seem that Gronk will be active. He’s a TE1 until he's sidelined with another injury.
Jimmy Graham (ankle), TE, Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
After Graham went down in Week 2, fantasy owners were concerned. It seems that he is healthy enough to play, although he is still listed as questionable. Pete Carroll expressed some concern for his tight end earlier in the week, but Graham got a full practice in on Friday. He hasn’t done much (4 rec., 9 yds.) yet this season, so even if he plays you may want to think twice about starting him, especially if you have another viable option. Graham is a low TE2 for Week 3, but also is capable of breaking out at any point.
Jordan Reed (rib), TE, Washington Redskins vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:30 p.m.
With a rib (or chest or shoulder) injury as well as a toe injury, Reed is officially a game-time decision. However, the Redskins don't play until Sunday night, so fantasy owners are going to have a tough lineup decision to make. The safest option is to keep Reed on the bench. He's injured, and he may not end up even being active. He’s yet to do much this season and the chances of him aggravating something are high. Even if active, he's just a TE2.
— 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.