“Why did I draft him?!” “Who should I drop this week?” “When is next year’s draft?”
These are the types of questions I’ve been hearing since the moment the whistle blew Sunday morning. TOO many fantasy owners panic after Week 1 of the NFL season. A team they drafted mere weeks ago, has been deemed total junk after less than 48 hours of football.
I’m here to tell you: don’t panic!
You shouldn’t be worried about Adrian Peterson, nor should you be dropping Shane Vereen or Lamar Miller for Chris Johnson.
I know eight out of 10 of you won’t listen, but for those two that do, you’re saving yourself lots of stress and heartache.
There are, however, times where you may need to drop players due to injury, but there were none of those instances in Week 1. Dez Bryant‘s foot surgery was by far the most prolific of injury news, but you can’t drop him…yet. My outlook on Dez is not very rosy, but that’s the topic of a whole other article.
Now, let’s get back to the what you guys came here for (notice the headline), and Week 2’s injury report — minus Dez, because all of those articles already came out Monday.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Saints
Spiller missed the season opener while recovering from arthroscopic surgery he had on his knee. The good news for owners is that he returned to practice Wednesday — albeit in limited fashion — and it’s possible he suits up for the Saints home tilt versus the Bucs on Sunday. I say “possible”, because he’d have to get in a couple more clean practices in order to be game-ready, but there’s always a chance.
Saints’ lead back Mark Ingram had a fine game this past week, racking up 122 total yards, so Spiller wouldn’t be handed major touches off the bat, but he still represents a fine stash in PPR leagues. The change-of-pace back is probably best left on the wire in shallower standard leagues, though.
Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
I don’t even have to tally up the numbers to know that Delanie Walker is my most-owned tight end across all my fantasy leagues. I was extremely high on him coming into the season, as I believed he represented the perfect safety valve for rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. He displayed that connection this past Sunday, catching three passes for 43 yards and a score, but unfortunately for mysel…err…his owners, he injured his hand and was forced to leave the game.
The good news is his hand isn’t broken, but he is still suffering from a sprained ligament in his wrist. Walker himself thinks he may still be able to play Sunday and reported feeling even better yon Thursday, but his absence from practice all week casts a gloomy outlook over those prospects. Tennessee has started 1-0 and will face the moribund Browns this week, so it may be smart for the team to hold Walker out and have him come back stronger for the Titans’ big division game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.
If Walker does indeed sit, the handcuff opportunities are slim. Anthony Fasano would likely play the biggest role, with Chase Coffman being a dart toss in leagues of 20 or more. If Walker plays, I’d avoid starting him if at all possible. Just because he plays doesn’t mean he’ll produce; after all, he did have a cast on his hand up until a couple days ago.
Golden Tate, WR, Lions
Hey look, we’ve managed to cover all three non-QB positions today! And we finish with the most interesting of the trio.
Tate was on the field for 42 of the Lions’ 47 offensive snaps (89%) on Sunday — just two less than Calvin Johnson — so his absence from Wednesday’s practice was somewhat of a mystery. It was later revealed that he hurt his quad while playing on special teams.
While this has all turned out to be nothing serious (he was back at practice on Thursday), it’s something worth monitoring. The Lions have also said they’ll continue to use him on punt returns, which unnecessarily puts him in harms way. If Tate were to ever miss time, tight end Eric Ebron (4/53/1 in Week 1) would benefit greatly. Ten-year vet Lance Moore would also be in the mix for targets.