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Week 2 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Demaryius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart

Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

As could be expected, the injury report has gotten longer entering Week 2, giving fantasy owners even more names they need to pay attention to. Week 1 also showed that even though someone may be listed as “questionable,” it doesn’t mean that they won’t play and be effective (Thomas Rawls, for example).

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So let’s dive into Week 2’s look at the fantasy-relevant players that are listed on injury report. Remember, the NFL changed its injury designation labels. The old "probable" tag is no longer being used. Rather, players are listed as questionable (50/50 chance of playing), doubtful (25 percent) or out.

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

(All times ET)

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots (vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.)

Questionable – Hamstring

Fantasy owners that took Gronkowski in the first round have to be disappointed, if not frustrated, just two weeks in. Gronk missed Week 1, and it's looking like he won't make it on the field in Week 2 either. He hasn't put in a full practice, which is typically the sign that a player will go on Sunday. Gronkowski has battled this hamstring injury for more than a month, and fantasy owners are not-so-patiently waiting for him to get back on the field. However, it doesn't look like this is the week. If, by some reason he is active, refrain from starting him.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (vs. Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m.)

Questionable – Hip

The biggest injury question mark this week is Thomas. He's had an extra three days to recover from this hip injury, however, he hasn't been practicing in full and he has made comments all week indicating that he is not near 100 percent. Thomas is likely going to be a game-time decision, and fantasy owners should have other plans. He may not be used in his usual role even if he does play. Typically a WR2, Thomas is a risky play this week, even with a great matchup. It is possible he starts and can't finish the game. Keep an eye on the reports coming out of Denver leading up to kickoff.

Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins (at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.)

Questionable – Hamstring

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It's not a fantasy football season without Foster on the injury report. He's dealt with soft tissue injuries throughout his career. Foster had a day off on Wednesday, but returned to practice for the rest of the week, so he is fully expected to play in Week 2. He only had 38 rushing yards, but he did add three receptions for 62 yards against Seattle in Week 1. The Patriots’ defense is easier to run on than the Seahawks, so Foster is considered RB2 material this week.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers (vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m.)

Questionable – Ankle

Stewart has been known to have injuries and continually play through them. He's played in 13 games each of the past two seasons and has dealt with a variety of bumps and bruises that weren’t serious enough to keep him off of the field. This latest ankle injury won't keep him out for Week 2 either. He's put in limited practices all week and is on track to play. The 49ers may have held Todd Gurley to 47 yards rushing, but the Panthers aren't the same team as the Rams (read: they have a passing game). Look for Stewart, who is firmly in RB2 territory this week, to run all over the 49ers.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots (vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.)

Questionable – Shoulder

Hogan popped up on the injury report on Friday, where he was downgraded to a limited practice. He did have shoulder surgery in the offseason, and it's not clear if he aggravated or re-injured it. In Week 1, he had three receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown on four targets. The touchdown is what brought him into fantasy relevance, but without any more information on the injury, he's a WR4 at best this week.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.)

Doubtful – Knee

Fantasy owners have likely been planning to be without Charles for another week. He hasn't been practicing with the team, and he won't be active in Week 2 even though he’s officially listed as Doubtful. Follow the practice reports next week to see if he may be able to return in Week 3. Spencer Ware looked great in Week 1, and despite missing practice on Wednesday (it was likely a rest day), he'll be good to go in Week 2. The Chiefs have to think that if Ware can do the job well enough, there's no need to rush Charles back.

Chris Ivory, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.)

Out – Not Injury Related

While it is still unclear why Ivory was in the hospital, it is clear that he is out for Week 2 and his Week 3 status should be considered uncertain at best until more information comes out. He hasn't practiced all week, and until he does, fantasy owners should not plan on having Ivory in their lineups. T.J. Yeldon is a low RB2 for Week 2. He averaged less than two yards per carry in Week 1, as a five-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter serves as the bulk of his fantasy production.

— 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.