Fantasy Football News: Injury Update 9/7/13
Fantasy Football Injury Update 9/7
September 7, 2013
There’s just one more day left until the bulk of the games in the Week 1 fantasy football opener. As a result, we’re coming down to crunch time when it comes to injuries. There are a handful of ailing players whose presences (or lack thereof) on the field will have a huge effect on their teams’ fates--not to mention your fantasy team’s fate. With that in mind, let’s check in on some of the notable injuries out there.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Since getting injury information out of Bill Belichick and the Patriots is akin to getting water from stone, we’ll draw our own conclusions. Gronkowski has been practicing this week, but it’s been in a limited capacity. He’s also listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report for tomorrow against Buffalo, so things aren’t looking too positive for a miraculous Week 1 comeback (though, we admit, there does remain a chance that he could play).
If we had to guess, we’d imagine Gronkowski will be ready to go by Week 3, but there exists a possibility that he could suit up for the second game as well. In the meantime, you can rely in Zach Sudfeld in fantasy.
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Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: We wish we had some more concrete news about White this morning, but frankly it’s just not there. We can make an assessment from what we know, however, so let’s connect the dots. White is officially listed as questionable on the team’s injury report for their game against New Orleans tomorrow. He’s been limited in practice all week due to a nagging ankle injury, so he hasn’t gotten in his normal reps.
That said, White has been saying all along that he’ll be able to take the field against the Saints, so there’s some reason for optimism here. If we had to guess, we’d say he’ll be out there. Check the lineups before kickoff tomorrow, though, and have a backup plan ready.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants: More good news on Cruz to finish off what’s been a very positive week for the healing Giants WR. He’s listed as probable for the big Sunday night matchup against the Cowboys in Dallas, so it looks like his heel is as healthy as can be expected.
Cruz doesn’t have a great track record against the Cowboys recently, so we understand if there’s a bit of trepidation surrounding him in fantasy. We think he’s a pretty strong play, however, and the fact that he’s now (apparently) healthy goes a long way toward our confidence.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Holmes, who we like as a potential high-profit sleeper in fantasy this season, has made quite the turnaround over the past month or so. He’s been out nearly a year (September 30, 2012) since his Lisfranc injury, completely missing the preseason, but practiced yesterday and is expected to take the field in a limited role tomorrow. That said, he’s listed as questionable.
We’ve heard rumors that Holmes will only hit the field during obvious passing situations against the Bucs, so that limits his fantasy appeal. If you’re optimistic, this news makes him a nice waiver wire pickup for Week 2 and beyond, though.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Let’s check in on Bradshaw to see how he’s shaping up for tomorrow’s opener against the Raiders. After practicing all week, he’s expected to be able to play, and is listed as probable. Bradshaw has been fighting a foot injury this off-season and hasn’t gotten much prep work in.
Even with the lack of practice, Bradshaw’s not a bad play as a flex or low-end RB2 against the Raiders. They’ll provide a soft landing.
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