While Week One certainly felt rough for Chargers fans and Keenan Allen fantasy owners, the injury situation around the NFL was about as good as could be expected. The same can’t be said following the second Sunday of the season after over a dozen fantasy-relevant players were forced to leave their games or are dealing the effects afterwards. In fact, there were so many bump and bruises (and worse) in Week Two, that we’ll have a special injury edition of Quick Hits.
Among the key injuries, and perhaps the most serious, was San Diego running back Danny Woodhead, who suffered a knee injury early in the game. Woodhead had a huge game in Week One and looked to be on his way to a repeat performance against the Jaguars before being forced from the game. Woodhead will undergo an MRI early in the week and we will all know some specifics about his short-term future at that point. There was a report that the team is hopeful the injury is just a sprained MCL and not a torn ACL, which would end his season.
Regardless of the specifics of Woodhead’s injury, we can expect to see much more of second year back Melvin Gordon going forward. With Woodhead gone, Gordon enjoyed career highs in carries (24) and rushing yards (102). He also scored his third touchdown of the season, though that occurred before Woodhead’s injury. The next man up is undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow, who impressed enough in the preseason to make the squad. He could be worth an add in fantasy leagues depending what we learn early this week. The Chargers also grabbed Andre Williams, the New York Giants castoff, though he’s been a healthy scratch the first two weeks.
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After a loss to the Cowboys Sunday, the Redskins have now started the season 0-2 and there are reports that some players are beginning to complain about the performance and leadership of quarterback Kirk Cousins. Last year’s breakout star, Cousins is throwing for plenty of yardage, but has just one passing score in the first two games. On a team that lacks a strong running game, Cousins is going to be forced to do more and I’m not sure he’s able to. We’re already hearing the name of backup Colt McCoy being mentioned. This feels like a repeat of the Robert Griffin III era a couple of years ago.
Some of the game’s top wide receivers were shut down by opposing defenses in Week Two. A.J. Green had just two receptions for 38 yards, while Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown posted four catches for 39 yards. Allen Robinson of the Jaguars was held without a catch for most of the game before tallying a late three for 54 yards in a blowout loss to the Chargers.
Sunday felt like a must-win game for Dallas and they did pull out a divisional win over Washington. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has yet to throw a touchdown pass through two games, but he did run for a score. He also looked Dez Bryant’s way much more than he did in last week’s game. Bryant saw a team-high dozen targets, catching seven of them for 102 yards.
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Injury Quick Hits
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah suffered a foot injury in the first half and did not return. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Abdullah was spotted in a walking boot and limping after the game. Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington handled the load after Abdullah departed… Browns QB Josh McCown was replacing an injured Robert Griffin III and started out well, throwing a pair of scores to rookie WR Corey Coleman. Unfortunately, McCown suffered a shoulder injury and reports out of Cleveland show they are concerned about his future. The backup is rookie Cody Kessler, who coaches have already said is not ready to play… Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart was questionable to play in Week Two and while he started, he didn’t last long. Stewart left the game in the first half after gaining just nine yards. Stewart aggravated a hamstring injury and has a bad ankle. HC Ron Rivera admitted there was reason to be concerned about Stewart’s Week Three status. Veteran Fozzy Whitaker filled in admirably, gaining 100 yards on 16 carries… This may not be a surprise, but Miami RB Arian Foster suffered a groin injury and had to leave the game. Foster has a long injury history and could miss Week Three. His backups are Jay Ajayi, who lost a fumble on Sunday, and Kenyan Drake. They may not be worth rostering considering the Dolphins’ difficulty establishing a running game early this year… Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was having the game of his life before a shoulder injury ended his game in the first half. While he is almost certainly out for the Week Three Thursday night tilt, early reports suggest he could return in Week Four, depending on the severity of the shoulder issue. Rookie Jacoby Brissett took over and nearly blew a huge lead. He’s the presumed starter on Thursday, though the team will likely add a veteran… The Seahawks made RB Thomas Rawls their starter for Week Two, but he didn’t last long. After losing a total of seven yards on that same number of carries, Rawls left the game due to a reported leg contusion. He’s expected to play in Week Three, though may not be a strong option for fantasy players… Seattle WR Tyler Lockett left the game in the first half with a knee injury, but was able to return later in the game. On a bad day for the Seahawks’ offense, Lockett stood out with a 4/99 line… Another Seahawks WR is dealing with injuries as well. Veteran Doug Baldwin is hurting, both in his back and knee, and will undergo an MRI on his knee this week. He didn’t miss any significant game action, so he’s expected to play in Week Three… A hamstring injury put RB Doug Martin out of the game and his status for Week Three is very much up in the air. Charles Sims should get plenty of work over the next week or two… Denver LB DeMarcus Ware suffered a broken arm and is reportedly week-to-week, though the team doesn’t seem ready to even rule him out for next week… Colts WR Donte Moncrief exited early in the game and has been diagnosed with a concussion. It is nearly impossible to project how much time he could miss, but Phillip Dorsett certainly gets a bump until he returns… Although he didn’t have to leave the game, Denver TE Virgil Green was spotted limping and wearing a walking boot following the Broncos’ win over Indy… A similar situation for Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who suffered an ankle injury but stayed in the game. He was said to be “hobbling pretty badly.” A.J. McCarron is his backup… Falcons WR Julio Jones was in and out of the game in the second half after seemingly aggravating his ankle injury. Team sources don’t seem concerned about his going forward… Finally, it appears as if Vikings RB Adrian Peterson suffered a serious knee injury in the Sunday night game against the Packers. He appears to have some ligament damage in his right knee, according to the Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole. Jerick McKinnon is next in line and Matt Asiata become interesting as well.
The Raiders’ running game is looking like a committee attack with Latavius Murray, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington earning 9, 8 and 7 carries, respectively… Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman got back on track a bit with 93 rushing yards. Tevin Coleman looks like the receiving back to own there as Freeman was held without a catch… RB DeAngelo Williams continues to dominate anytime Le’Veon Bell is out of the lineup. DWill posted 132 total yards and a score against Cincy… Rookie WR Tajae Sharpe disappointed with just four grabs for 33 yards… There should not be much argument about the Lions’ WR1 going forward as Marvin Jones posted an 8/118 line, compared to Golden Tate’s 2/13… The Ravens continue to go with just two RBs and Buck Allen was once again inactive… The surprise for Baltimore is TE Dennis Pitta, who led the team with 9/109. Pitta looked like he’d never play again after multiple injuries over past couple of seasons… Playing with veteran QB Josh McCown, we saw the breakout game for rookie WR Corey Coleman. He grabbed five balls for 104 yards and two scores… The Giants’ defense all but shut down Drew Brees and the Saints. This defense is for real and one to avoid in fantasy matchups… In each of the Giants’ first two games, Odell Beckham has been third on the team in receiving, each time behind Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard… WR Kelvin Benjamin is looking like a star. He dominated the 49er defense, catching a pair of touchdowns among his seven for 108… As they tried to play catchup, Miami WRs Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker combined for 18 receptions and 243 yards… RB Lamar Miller again toted the ball a ton, with 25 carries after 28 in Week One. Those two games represent his two biggest workloads of his career. He gained just 83 rushing yards… Another strong WR duo resides in Houston, where veteran DeAndre Hopkins had seven catches for 113 yards and a score, while Will Fuller became the first Round 1 rookie WR to ever post 100 yard games in each of the first two weeks… Although the Rams won, RB Todd Gurley continues to struggle. He rushed for just 51 yards and still has under 100 rushing yards through two games. He’ll be difficult to rely on going forward… As good as QB Jameis Winston was last week, he was that bad in Week Two. Winston threw just one touchdown to go along with four interceptions and also committed a fumble as the Bucs got smoked by Arizona… Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is spreading the ball around even more this year, which is hurting WRs John Brown and Michael Floyd. The duo now has combined for 91 yards through two weeks… With WR Keenan Allen done for the year, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin will have to step up. They started well in Week Two as Benjamin posted a 6/115/2 stat line and Williams added a trio of receptions for 61 yards and a score… Denver WR Demaryius Thomas played at a surprisingly high level considering his hip injury in Week One. He caught five passes for 90 yards, leading the team.