While rankings and projections are beneficial, nothing is more important in fantasy football than following injuries. A player’s outlook (and team’s context) will change with nearly every occurrence. Here’s an update on some critical injury reports to watch and their fantasy football impact.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: QB update
Let’s see what injuries are currently impacting quarterbacks.
Andy Dalton, Chicago Bears
Andy Dalton is doubtful to play in Chicago’s Week 3 game against the Browns. He’s considered week-to-week with a bruised bone in his knee. On Wednesday, Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced first-round rookie Justin Fields as the starter for this week. Nagy added that Dalton will be the Bears’ starting quarterback when healthy. Fields can be viewed as a low-end QB1 against the Browns this week.
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson has been officially ruled out for Houston’s Thursday Night Football game against the Panthers. Rookie Davis Mills will start for the Texans.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts
Mike Wells of ESPN.com reported on Wednesday that Carson Wentz would not practice. He’s dealing with sprains to both ankles.
Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores confirmed on Wednesday that Tua Tagovailoa will be out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders. The second-year quarterback is dealing with fractured ribs, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s David Furones.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with a pectoral injury. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport report on Wednesday claims that the Steelers expect him to play against the Bengals this week.
Fantasy Football Injury Report: RB update
Let’s see how the injury bug is affecting backfields.
Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders
After sitting out Week 2, Josh Jacobs is still nursing a toe and an ankle injury. He didn’t practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. If Jacobs is inactive, Kenyan Drake will find himself on the RB2 radar against his former team, the Miami Dolphins.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook is dealing with an ankle injury. However, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports that Cook saw some work during Wednesday’s practice.
Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota Vikings
Eric Smith of the Vikings’ official website reports that Kene Nwangwu, who is currently on IR, was seen working on the sideline during Wednesday’s practice.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
According to Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record, Saquon Barkley was a limited practice participant on Wednesday due to his knee.
Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Trey Sermon (concussion) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), on the other hand, did not take part in Wednesday’s practice.
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks
Rashaad Penny isn’t expected to play Sunday against the Vikings. This was confirmed by head coach Pete Carroll and reported by Brady Henderson of ESPN.
Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team
Rhiannon Walker of the Athletic reports that Antonio Gibson (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.
WR injury update
News for pass catchers is essential in PPR leagues — let’s break down the WR injury fallout.
Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
Russell Gage’s status for Sunday is questionable. According to Matt Urben of USA Today, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith made mention that Gage would be a limited participant in practice this week. If Gage misses this week’s game, Olamide Zaccheaus will see additional snaps and targets.
Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills
Chris Brown of the Bills’ official website reports that Gabriel Davis (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Head coach Zac Taylor relayed Wednesday that Tee Higgins would not practice, per Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals’ official website. However, Higgins’ specific injury has not been disclosed. If Higgins is inactive Sunday, Ja’Marr Chase will be a high-end WR2 with upside against the Steelers.
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Wednesday that head coach Kevin Stefanski expects Odell Beckham Jr. to be full-go at practice. If active, Beckham will be provided all the targets he can physically handle as the Browns prepare for life without Jarvis Landry.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran reported on Wednesday that Tim Patrick was a limited participant in practice with a hip injury.
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos
Courtland Sutton was a limited practice participant during Wednesday’s practice. The receiver is questionable with a hip injury.
Tyrell Williams, Detroit Lions
Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday that Tyrell Williams will not be active against the Ravens. The receiver is still recovering from a concussion.
Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports that Parris Campbell was present for Wednesday’s practice.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts
Zach Pascal missed Wednesday’s practice because of an illness.
Kenny Golladay, New York Giants
Kenny Golladay was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice with a hip injury.
Jamison Crowder, New York Jets
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported Wednesday that Jamison Crowder suffered a setback last Friday as he recovers from a groin injury. Head coach Robert Saleh also mentioned that he’d like to get the receiver back into the mix this week.
D’Wayne Eskridge, Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta reported that D’Wayne Eskridge won’t practice Wednesday due to a concussion.
Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Antonio Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday after testing positive. He’ll now need two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible for this week’s game against the Rams.
TE injury update for Week 3
Which fantasy-relevant tight ends are on the injury report?
Noah Fant, Denver Broncos
Noah Fant was a limited practice participant with an ankle injury. If Fant is inactive, and you are in need of a streamer, you should consider fellow Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.
James O’Shaughnessy, Jacksonville Jaguars
James O’Shaughnessy is now on IR due to an ankle injury.
Evan Engram, New York Giants
Evan Engram practiced on a limited basis Wednesday with a calf injury, reports Stapleton of the Bergen Record.