Nease’s Insights—Week 2: Major Injuries and Waiver Wire Moves

Week 1 has come and gone and with it were the usual surprises—the Browns tying the Steelers and the Bucs thrashing the Saints were perhaps the biggest. Not too surprisingly, there were quite a few injuries, some serious and others where the status has yet to be determined. Who could believe that Aaron Rodgers would return to beat the Bears, after that long ride on the cart taking him to the locker room. Watching him mount a one=legged comeback to win was a great performance. Now we have to wait and see if he can play in Week 2.

 Here is a listing of major injuries I have compiled with their current ongoing playing statuses. Those with a TBD designation could either play, or be out for a while. We will have to watch and see how things play out later in the week.

 QB Aaron Rodgers, GB (Knee) Status-TBD

QB Marcus Mariota, TEN (Elbow) Status-TBD

QB Matthew Stafford, DET (Knee) Status-TBD

RB LeGarrette Blount, DET (Knee) Status-TBD

RB Jeremy Hill, NE (Knee) Status-IR

RB Leonard Fournette, Jac (Hamstring) Status-Day to Day

WR Marquise Goodwin, SF (Quad) Status-Day to Day

WR DeSean Jackson. TB (Concussion) Status-Day to Day

WR Doug Baldwin, SEA (Torn MCL) Status-Out indefinitely

TE Delanie Walker, TEN (Dislocated Ankle) Status-IR

TE Greg Olsen, CAR (Broken Foot) Status-Out indefinitely

There were many outstanding performances in Week 1 to give us some waiver wire targets Players like RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN and TE Will Dissly, SEA stood out. They are prime waiver targets. They should be snapped up, but be ready to replace them later just in case…

With WR Doug Baldwin, SEA and WR Marquise Goodwin, SF hurt, WR Tyler Lockett, SEA, WR Brandon Marshall, SEA and WR Dante Pettis, SF will see more targets in their absence..

RB Leonard Fournette, JAC is already showing the fragility that he displayed last year. Handcuffing him with T; J. Yelden is a must.

Here is a list of targets to try to obtain if you need to replace someone. Be careful though. Don’t simply replace players you are expecting to perform at a high level just because they had a disappointing Week 1. Make sure that whatever moves you do decide to make, that they leave your team in a better position to win than you were before the pickup.

If you have an opportunity to make waiver moves and hoard players at certain key positions, go ahead. Keeping good players out of the hands of other owners is good.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB 21/28 417 yards 4/0 TD/INT Jameis Winston on suspension

QB Joe Flacco, BAL 25/34 236 yards 3/0 TD/INT

QB Andy Dalton, CIN 21/28 247 yards 2/1 TD/INT

QB Sam Darnold, NYJ 15/24 198 yards 2/1 TD/INT

QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA 20/28 230 yards 2/2 TD/INT


RB Isaiah Crowell, NYJ 10-102-2

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC 5-39-0///5-87-1

RB Dion Lewis, TEN 16-75-1///5-35-0

RB Phillip Lindsay, DEN 15-71-0///2-31-1

RB T. J. Yeldon, JAC 14-51-0///3-18-1 L. Fournette handcuff

RB Javorius Allen, BAL 4-17-1///5-15-0

RB Nyheim Hines, IND 5-19-0///7-33-0

RB Jalen Richard, OAK 5-24-0///9-55-0


WR Phillip Dorsett, NE 7-66-1

WR Geronimo Allison, GB 5-69-1

WR Willie Snead, BAL 4-49-1

WR Dante Pettis, SF 2-61-1 Will play more with Goodwin out

WR Ryan Grant, IND 8-59-0

WR Bruce Ellington, HOU 4-37-1

WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ  6-63-1

WR Tyler Lockett, SEA 3-59-1

WR Brandon Marshall, NYJ 3-46-1

WR John Brown, BAL 3-44-1


TE Will Dissly, SEA 3-105-1

While Week 2 games are happening, make notes about players that you may want to acquire next week. In that way you maintain an edge against your opponents. It is a long journey to win our fantasy bowls, but we have begun the trek.

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