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NFL Injury Report: Week 1 injury updates impacting Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, other fantasy stars

NFL Injury Report: Week 1 injury updates impacting Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, other fantasy stars

The first NFL Sunday of the 2019 season is officially upon us, and as usual, the morning is filled with key injury news and updates about inactive players. And with some uncertainty surrounding some of fantasy football's biggest stars, owners are sweating out some key lineup decisions and DFS choices as kickoff draws nearer.

Of course, we do already know that a couple of top-tier fantasy stars won't play. Antonio Brown was released by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday only to sign with the New England Patriots hours later. However, Brown won't be eligible to play in Week 1, so all eyes will be on him when the Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins in NFL Week 2.

Elsewhere, Melvin Gordon is continuing his holdout from the Los Angeles Chargers. He will miss Week 1 and according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he will likely return sometime between Weeks 6 and 8. But after seeing Le'Veon Bell's holdout linger through all of last season, that news must be taken with a grain of salt.

There will be plenty of injury updates as the morning goes along. We'll be updating this live blog throughout the day with all the latest injury news throughout the league including updates on Stefon Diggs, Adrian Peterson, and Mike Evans.

5:05 p.m.: Tyreek Hill was hospitalized with a shoulder injury he suffered in the Chiefs' win over Jacksonville. Hill is expected to miss "a few weeks" according to Adam Schefter, so fantasy owners will have to work the waiver-wire to replace his production. For those who own Sammy Watkins, he could elevate into WR2 territory given his big day on Sunday (9 rec, 198 yds, 2 TD). 

4:20 p.m.: Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles suffered a fractured clavicle against the Chiefs. He is out indefinitely, according to Adam Schefter. Gardner Minshew is Jacksonville's backup, but Foles' absence may mean an uptick in carries for running back Leonard Fournette.

11:32 a.m.: Receivers Marquise Brown (Ravens) and Robby Anderson (Jets) are both going to be active for their respective games and both will start. That's a stock up for the first-round rookie, Brown, who could make some big plays against the Miami Dolphins.

11:31 a.m.: The Redskins have officially made Adrian Peterson INACTIVE as a healthy scratch. He is no more than a handcuff moving forward if the team only plans on having three backs active on game day.

11:24 a.m.: Stefon Diggs is officially going to be ACTIVE against the Falcons according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. This is good news for the Vikings' passing game.

10:01 a.m.: LeSean McCoy is expected to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 with the Kansas City Chiefs. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that he may only play 15-20 snaps. McCoy just signed with the Chiefs and could be in a frustrating split with Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson out of the gate.

8:49 a.m.: The Patriots are likely to be without top TE Matt LaCosse against the Steelers and could be without WR Demaryius Thomas. For more information on them, click here.

8:27 a.m.: Though Mike Evans has been dealing with an illness, the Bucs receiver still plans to play in Week 1. He should have a shot at a big game against a porous 49ers defense, though the heat in Tampa Bay could cause him to tire down the stretch if he's sick. Still, he's a WR1 this week in a great matchup.

8:16 a.m.: In kicker news, Chargers kicker Mike Badgley is doubtful with a groin injury, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Punter Ty Long will kick in his place. It would be best to target another kicking option such as Falcons kicker Matt Bryant or Lions kicker Matt Prater (both playing indoor games) if either is available in your league.

8:13 a.m.: It seems that Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is going to be inactive against the Philadelphia Eagles, per NBC Sports Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay. The Redskins will use Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, and Wendell Smallwood as their three backs in that contest. This should give Guice a big stock-up in full-season leagues and Week 1 DFS contests while Thompson now has even more upside outside of PPR leagues as the top backup.

8:12 a.m.: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs is likely to play against the Atlanta Falcons despite dealing with a hamstring injury. Diggs practiced in a limited basis on Thursday, so he should have a chance to get on the field.

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Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

Fantasy football Week 11 waiver wire: Falcons' Brian Hill a top pickup

It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.

Many fantasy football owners have three or four more weeks before their playoffs start, which means they have to push the right buttons to make a run at fantasy glory.

As we all know, fantasy success starts on the waiver wire, where free agents who can make an impact down the stretch are there for the taking.

Here are our fantasy football waiver wire adds for Week 11.

QUARTERBACK

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (owned in 45 percent of Yahoo! leagues): Carr continues to see plenty of volume in the passing game, and the winless Cincinnati Bengals have been a fantasy gold mine for opposing quarterbacks. The Raiders QB is your top streamer this week.

Other quarterbacks to target: Nick Foles (JAX), Kyle Allen (CAR), Sam Darnold (NYJ)

RUNNING BACK

Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons (6 percent owned): Devonta Freeman sprained his foot in Week 10, which is bad news for Atlanta. But that's good news for Hill, who logged 20 carries Sunday and is in line to be the Falcons' workhorse running back in Week 11 with Freeman out. The Carolina Panthers have allowed a ton of fantasy points to opposing running backs, so Hill is a great streaming option this week.

Other running backs to target: J.D. McKissic (DET), Derrius Guice (WAS), Peyton Barber (TB)

WIDE RECEIVER

Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (10 percent owned): It's slim pickings for wide receivers on the waiver wire this week, but the Clemson product has 10 catches on 12 targets over his last two games and gets a plus matchup against the Bengals' awful secondary. Renfrow is a decent streaming option in PPR leagues. 

Other wide receivers to target: Darius Slayton (NYG), Mecole Hardman (KC), Cole Beasley (BUF)

TIGHT END

Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (16 percent owned): Fant has helped fill Emmanuel Sanders' void in Denver with eight catches for 141 yards over his last two games. He gets a decent matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this week, so scoop up the rookie off his bye week while you can.

Other tight ends to target: Jack Doyle (IND), Jared Cook (NO)

DEFENSE

Oakland Raiders (5 percent owned): The Bengals are an abomination on offense, too. Their 18 turnovers through nine games are the fourth-most in the NFL. Oakland is coming off a strong defensive showing against the Los Angeles Chargers and should feast at home against the NFL's last remaining winless team.

Other defenses to target: Carolina (vs. ATL), Washington (vs. NYJ)

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Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Fantasy Football Week 10 starts, sits: Steer well clear of Josh Gordon

Not all fantasy football opportunities are created equal.

The NFL's carousel of injuries and roster moves has put the spotlight on several players, from Jaylen Samuels, who's suddenly the Pittsburgh Steelers' de facto running back, to wide receiver Josh Gordon, who's hoping to latch on with the Seattle Seahawks after his release from the New England Patriots.

Which players are worth slotting into your lineup? We've got you covered with five starts and five sits for Week 10 of NFL action.

START

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: Allen is about as safe a bet as they come at QB, with 17 or more fantasy points (Yahoo! standard leagues) in all but one of his games this season. The Cleveland Browns have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in six consecutive weeks, so Allen is a great high-floor play.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With James Conner and Benny Snell expected to be out with injuries, Samuels should be the Steelers' workhorse against the Los Angeles Rams, who have been average against opposing running backs this season. Samuels' expected volume makes him a safe RB2.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Unlike Samuels, Williams has to share the backfield pie with Aaron Jones. But that hasn't stopped him from tallying a receiving touchdown in four consecutive weeks. The Carolina Panthers have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so Williams is a strong spot start.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Don't be discouraged by Kirk's Week 9 dud. The Cardinals receiver should get a heavy workload against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense surrendering a league-high 311.9 receiving yards per game.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is expected to play Sunday, which means you're expected to play Ridley. Ryan should look Ridley's way often in Mohamed Sanu's absence, and Atlanta will be throwing plenty if it gets down early to the New Orleans Saints.

SIT

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield showed some fantasy promise in Denver last week, but he should be right back on your bench against a stingy Bills secondary.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman could tally some points as Ryan's checkdown target, but the Saints haven't allowed more than 46 receiving yards to any running back this season and have been pretty effective bottling up rushers on the ground.

Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson said he's "definitely" playing for the Cardinals this Sunday. Drake looked great with Johnson sidelined in Week 9, but how will the two coexist against the NFL's leading rush defense in Tampa Bay? We'd rather not find out.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Carolina Panthers: Samuel has scored in two of his last three games, but this is a tough road matchup against the Green Bay Packers, who have allowed just one touchdown to wide receivers over the last four weeks. Samuel is a dicey WR3 this week.

Josh Gordon, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Don't fall into the "big name" trap, folks. This is already a brutal matchup against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, and Gordon is trying to fight through a hamstring injury on a team he joined seven days ago. Steer clear of the former Patriots wide receiver.

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