A tough Texan and a wounded Jaguar are just some of the wide receiver injuries fantasy owners should be aware of for Week 2. Be sure to read this before setting your starting lineup today.
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders
Probable – Ankle
Johnson has been nursing a minor ankle injury that’s limited his practice participation. But he is listed as Probable and it’s not like this tough Texan hasn’t played through injury before. Johnson has proven time and again that he can be effective even when he’s not at 100 percent so you can plug him into your starting lineup with confidence.
Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins
Doubtful – Hamstring; Probable – Knee
Shorts missed last week because of a hamstring injury and it’s not looking good for Week 2 either. The hamstring continues to hamper him and causing him to miss practice, and don’t forget Doubtful is just one step removed from Out. Meanwhile Lee is Probable with a knee injury, so he should be able to play. Even though Lee is probably the safer bet long term, it appears that Allen Hurns, last week’s out-of-nowhere fantasy stud will get another week as a key target for Chad Henne. I don’t have an issue with having either in your lineup; just don’t bank on a repeat of Hurns’ Week 1 success.
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Probable – Hamstring
Wallace was limited in practice earlier this week because of a hamstring issue, but he’s expected to be on the field today against the Bills. It’s just one game, but Wallace already appears much more comfortable in the Dolphins’ new offense than he did last season. He caught seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown against New England last week. Wallace is a fine WR2 option with upside.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Dallas Cowboys
Probable – Knee
Hunter missed practice on Wednesday because of a knee injury. He shows up on the injury report, but he’s listed as Probable and there’s no reason to not expect him to play. A popular breakout candidate entering the season, Hunter could post big numbers against a suspect Cowboys’ secondary. Nothing wrong with plugging Hunter in as a WR2/WR3/flex and seeing what happens.