NFL Injury Report: Stefon Diggs, Mike Evans, Robby Anderson for Week 1

Diggs is dealing with a hamstring injury but should be active on Sunday

Week 1 for fantasy owners should not have a lot of injury concerns, at least those that fantasy owners aren't already aware of. A.J. Green and Melvin Gordon, for example, are out. Antonio Brown is now a Patriot but not eligible to play in Week 1. Julio Jones got his well-deserved contract extension on Saturday, so he's all systems go (not that he even appeared on the injury report). A new player that has been ruled out is TE Jordan Reed (concussion). Fire up Vernon Davis.

 

As always, be sure to check the final injury report that is released on about an hour and a half before the games.

 

Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Sept. 8 unless otherwise noted.

 

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Stefon Diggs (hamstring), WR, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

During the regular season, the Wednesday practices are the key sessions of the week. This week should be viewed as the same and Diggs did not practice on Wednesday. He did return to limited practice, but was given the questionable tag. It seems that Diggs will play in Week 1, but he may be limited or prone to in-game injury. He still should be started as a risky WR2.

 

Mike Evans (illness), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

It seems there is a stomach bug going around Tampa Bay. However, illnesses such as these do not tend to keep players from playing on Sunday. He may not be feeling 100 percent, but odds are he’ll gut it out for the game. Evans is a clear WR1 for Week 1. Start him with confidence.

 

Robby Anderson (calf), WR, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Anderson was able to put in limited practices this week, but he is expected to play. He is on the "5 Down" list because of the matchup. Add in the injury and you have a receiver that is not 100 percent, has a tough matchup and a quarterback that is still learning the ropes. Fantasy owners that drafted Anderson are going to start him because they likely don't have better options, but temper expectations for Week 1.

 

Marquise Brown (foot), WR, Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Brown has been dealing with a Lisfranc injury (that was suffered back when he was in college). He's missed most of the preseason and did not practice on Friday. The team has said that he will play in Week 1, but how much is the question. He should not be started in fantasy formats, but he should be owned in deeper leagues. Comparisons have been made to DeSean Jackson, which is boom or bust for fantasy.

 

Albert Wilson (hip), WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

In deep leagues, where Wilson is rostered, fantasy owners are checking the injury status. With Kenny Stills no longer in Miami, it is possible that Wilson earns a bigger role. The hip injury that limited him at practice does not appear to keep him out of Week 1. Wilson has the potential to put up a few solid games, but at this point, should only be started in deep leagues.

 

Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), WR, New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Odds are that Thomas will play, but this receiving corps went from barren to crowded in a very short time. Josh Gordon is the No. 1 with Julian Edelman in the slot. Phillip Dorsett will play opposite Gordon and Thomas is left out... all before Antonio Brown makes an appearance (likely in Week 2). The hamstring injury just adds to the reasons to keep Thomas on the bench.

 

Keke Coutee (ankle), WR, Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, 7:10 p.m. (Mon.)

With a tough matchup and the injury, fantasy owners should try to sit Coutee wherever possible. He's officially questionable, but it seems like he may try to play. However, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are ahead of him on the depth chart, and the Saints defense is tougher than it used to be. Sit Coutee if you can.

 

— 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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