NFL Week 1 Fantasy Injury Report
Philadelphia at Cleveland
RB Trent Richardson (knee) is questionable but likely to play against the Eagles. He had a knee surgery just four weeks ago. You’ll know for sure how well he’s recovered by halftime of this game. Try him as a FLEX this week.
St. Louis at Detroit
StL DL Michael Brockers was one of three DL that didn’t practice this week. The Rams run defense is already poor but the potential of missing three DLs makes the prospects of DET RB Kevin Smith that much more enticing.
Miami at Houston
MIA OT Jake Long (knee) is day-to-day for the opener. Keep an eye on his status closer to game time. If he doesn’t go,Ryan Tannehill could be susceptible to sacks on the blindside and the Dolphins’ run game would suffer. It makes Houston’s DST look like an even better week one play.
HOU RB Arian Foster was limited in practice during the latter part of the week. It’s not said to be serious but wise Foster owners should have Ben Tate on their roster, just in case. Tate participated in full.
Atlanta at Kansas City
KC CB Brandon Flowers (heel) is questionable for the Chiefs’ secondary. If he doesn’t play, this opens a big door for Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White to start their 2012 campaign off with a bang.
Jacksonville at Minnesota
RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is going to be sparingly used if he is active against the Jaguars. Missing a week of time now would be worth it to ensure he has plenty of healthy weeks later this season. Leave AP on the B-E-N-C-H this
Washington at New Orleans
WSH RB Roy Helu (Achilles’) will be stuck behind Alfred Morris on the depth chart. Then again it is part of the set of running backs under Mike Shanahan so that is a disease in and of itself.
Buffalo at NY Jets
NYJ TE Dustin Keller (hamstring) should be ready to go for the opener against Buffalo. The downside is that he plays for the Jets and they have shown no signs of life offensively in the preseason. Keller would be best served left on the waiver wire until the Jets can, you know, score.
WR Santonio Holmes is also banged up a bit but participated in practice. He should play, but, again…
New England at Tennessee
RB Shane Vereen (foot) is questionable against the Titans. Vereen has been having issues with it throughout the preseason. If he doesn’t go, look for Stevan Ridley to get the lion’s share of the carries in week one.
Seattle at Arizona
This is one to follow closesly Sunday morning if you own Lynch.
Carolina at Tampa Bay
PIT S Ryan Clark (sickle-cell trait) will not play due to the high altitude. With Clark being out, Peyton Manning and the Bronco offense will have an easier time.
Cincinnati at Baltimore
RB Bernard Scott (hand) is listed as probable for the opener. Scott will be part of an RBBC set with BenJarvus Green-Ellis against a stingy Raven run defense.
San Diego at Oakland
OAK WRs Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Jacoby Ford (foot-week to week) are questionable at best for week one. If either one of them were to miss the game, it would push QB Carson Palmer’s value down. If both are out, Palmer should be sent to the wire and be left there.
RB Darren McFadden, however, will see more carries and should get a boost for the game.
SD RB Ryan Mathews (collarbone) is out for this one. Mathews wasn’t cleared for contact as of Monday and isn’t expected to be back until week two. RB Ronnie Brown will pick up most of the slack as RB Curtis Brinkley is day-to
-day with a thigh injury.