Welcome to the Fantasy’s Phinest weekly injury report! Following every Monday, this column will examine the wreckage and injury count from the previous Sunday’s action and what the short-term and long-term implications will be. Hopefully, your fantasy team’s best player does not make it onto this list but if he does, I will give you the rundown and when (or if) he will return to action and who is likely to replace him.
WEEK 1 INJURY WRAP UP
RB Saquon Barkley and TE Evan Engram, New York Giants – Barkley made it through his first game of the season, totaling a very meager 10 carries for 26 yards and a single reception. The team probably wanted to ease him back into action. Look for his workload to increase against on Thursday against Washington. Engram was inactive for Sunday’s game with a calf injury and did not participate in Monday’s practice. That’s never a great sign for a player’s availability on a short week, so he will have one more opportunity to log in a meaningful practice before Thursday’s tilt.
WR Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys – In the wake of Michael Gallup’s calf injury that will keep him out 3-5 weeks, a new void will have to be filled as to who will be the Cowboys WR3 for the foreseeable future. Wilson will have a chance to step up and produce in a large way behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, as the Cowboys’ offense looks to build on an impressive showing last Thursday against the defending Super Bowl Champs. The TE trio of Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin could also see more playing time, should the Cowboys choose to run more 12 personnel sets. (1 Runningback, 2 Tight Ends). If I had to pick one of the two though, I would have to go with Schultz as the ad you should try to make.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team – Ryan Fitzpatrick, maybe the greatest journeyman player of all time, did not even make it through Washington’s first game, suffering a hip injury at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. After being ruled out a short time later, Taylor Heinicke stepped in and played well, throwing a touchdown pass to newly paid TE Logan Thomas later on in the game. Fitzpatrick will be hard-pressed to return on a short week against the longtime division rival Giants, so If you need a fill-in for two quarterback-eligible leagues, Give Heinicke a look.
Update: Fitzpatrick suffered a “hip subluxation” and is slated to miss multiple weeks.
RB Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team – Gibson is dealing with a ‘bruised shoulder’ but coach Ron Rivera said that had the team practiced on Monday, Gibson would have been limited. So far, there is nothing to suggest his status for Thursday’s matchup with the Giants is in danger.
RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers – Mostert suffered a knee injury after only two carries on Sunday against the Lions and while the team claims that it isn’t serious, Mostert’s durability is once again being called into question. His backup, Trey Sermon was a surprise inactive against the Lions, but the team is almost certain to have him ready to play next week. The 49ers are a run-centric team, so Jamychal Hasty and Elijah Mitchell will also be in the mix for significant carries going forward.
Update: Raheem Mostert was placed on the IR list on Monday afternoon and is set to miss 8 weeks.
Update #2: Raheem Mostert announced via social media that he will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
WR Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy is projected to miss 6-8 weeks after sustaining a high ankle sprain in the Broncos Week 1 win vs. the Giants. Enter Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler, the two receivers who will be in a timeshare of sorts to help cover the loss of Jeudy alongside Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant. Patrick has more upside of the two so he should be the more sought-out waiver target.
RB Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks – Penny suffered a calf injury in Sunday’s game against the Colts. He too is unfortunately more known for his inability to stay on the field than his ability when he does play. His injury will cause him to miss time, but he was never a huge candidate for playing time. The Seahawks will go as far as Russell Wilson will take them and when they do run, Chris Carson will have the largest helping of the share.
WR Jamison Crowder, New York Jets – Crowder was unable to play Week 1 due to being on the Covid list. Crowder looks to play Week 2 against the New England Patriots and if he can get some positive tests ahead of the game, he’ll be able to start with rookie QB Zach Wilson.