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Week 1 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Odell Beckham Jr., Cam Newton, Thomas Rawls

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Typically Week 1 is slow for injuries, at least from a fantasy football perspective. No one (except for Kansas City and New England) has played a full game yet, so the injuries are just lingering from the preseason.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton

However, there are still some big names on the Week 1 injury report. While lineup decisions should be easy for Week 1, owners of Odell Beckham Jr. are going to struggle with what to do with their WR1 slot. Here are the Week 1 injuries to be aware of.

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Note: All games are on Sun., Sept. 10 and all times are ET

Cam Newton (shoulder), QB, Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

Despite practicing all week, Newton is still listed as questionable for Week 1. However, he's going to play. How effective he will be is up in the air, as he did not play much in the preseason. Newton has had six seasons in the NFL; he knows how to prepare for a game. Fantasy owners who drafted him should be a little nervous but should plan on starting him anyway.

Andrew Luck (shoulder), QB, Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m.

Luck has already been ruled out with his shoulder injury, so fantasy owners should have been prepared. When Luck will return is up in the air, but the Colts did not put him on the PUP list, which is a good sign. However, fantasy owners should expect to be without Luck for at least a few weeks. And hopefully Luck's fantasy owners don't have to rely on Scott Tolzien in the meantime.

T.J. Yeldon (hamstring), RB, Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

After dealing with a hamstring injury for most of the past month, Yeldon is questionable for Week 1. He really shouldn't even be on fantasy rosters, as the Jaguars have Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory ahead of him on the depth chart, but in case you needed a reason to sit (or drop him), go ahead. He's a game-time decision for the team, but shouldn’t be in anyone's lineup in the first place.

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Thomas Rawls (ankle), RB, Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.

Rawls has a questionable tag, but is going to be a game-time decision. He did practice all week, but the team probably wants to see how the ankle feels before sending him out on the field. He is going to be competing with Eddie Lacy and C.J. Prosise for touches. With the ankle injury, he may fall to the bottom of that order for Week 1. Rawls is a desperation-only fantasy RB3.

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Jamison Crowder (hip), WR, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Crowder was a popular fantasy pick, especially in PPR leagues. He showed up on the injury report this week with the hip injury and is listed as questionable for Week 1. All signs point to him playing, and it doesn't seem this injury is going to hamper him in any way. It's possible he just sought out treatment and the team gave him the questionable tag. Start him as a WR2.

John Ross (knee), WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Fantasy owners who used a late round pick on Ross likely were not planning on starting him in Week 1. He's listed as questionable, but he may end up being inactive. As a rookie coming off injury, the Bengals are going to ease him in. Even if he is active, his role won't warrant fantasy consideration this week.

Kenny Golladay (ankle), WR, Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

Listed as questionable, all signs point to Golladay playing. However, similar to Ross, he's a rookie player coming off injury. His usage will be limited and he shouldn't be started in fantasy for Week 1. Hang on to him; he will likely have more value as the season goes on.

Tyler Lockett (knee), WR, Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.

With full practice this week, Lockett is on track to play despite his questionable tag. However, the Seahawks aren't known for throwing the ball and Doug Baldwin will be the primary receiver, with tight end Jimmy Graham getting the looks in the red zone. Lockett's value is on special teams.

Curtis Samuel (ankle), WR, Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

Samuel is another rookie wide receiver with the questionable tag for Week 1. He will play, according to the team, but like the other rookie wide receivers, his fantasy value for Week 1 is low. He will likely have fantasy value as the season goes on, and he is planning on being used on special teams, but keep him on the bench for Week 1.

Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle), WR, New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.

Here is the biggest question mark that will affect fantasy owners in Week 1. Beckham was given the questionable tag, but he is a game-time decision. He did travel with the team to Dallas, although that is not an automatic indicator that he is going to play. Fantasy owners should plan to be without Beckham on Sunday night. If he's active, he's worth starting, but waiting until Sunday night makes it tough. Make other plans (or be prepared to grab a WR from the Saints, Vikings, Chargers or Broncos from the waiver wire).

— 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.