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Fantasy Football Week 2 injuries: Michael Pittman, D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins questionable; Najee Harris good

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From in-game decisions to injuries so big they affect the value of every single position, let’s break down fantasy and the impact of injuries on DFS for every match in Week 2. Know when to change and how it will affect your fantasy lineup.

Below, you’ll find information about the injuries you need to be aware of that will have the biggest impact on Fantasy leagues, as well as the implications for DFS players. This week’s list of notable names includes quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Zach Wilson; running back J.C. Dobbins, Kenneth Walker, D’Andre Swift and Leonard Furnett; receivers Chris Godwin, Michael Pittman Jr., Mike Evans, Julio Jones and Allen Lazard; tight ends Zak Ertz and George Kittle; and many more, including the key offensive line and defensive injuries you need to know.

Notable injuries

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  • RB Salwon Ahmed (heel) – questionable
  • WR Cedric Wilson (sock) – Doubtful
  • OT Terron Armstead (sock) – questionable
  • DE Christian Wilkins (rear) – Doubtful
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  • RB J.K. Dobbins (knee-PCS) – Doubtful
  • WR James Prosh (groin) – Doubtful
  • CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) – questionable
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The big news in this game is the potential return of JK Dobbins. While his playing status is still unclear, Dobbins had a full workout on Thursday and appears to be moving in the right direction. If Dobbins returns to action, his options may be limited as they make it easier to work with the young runner. Dobbins should be seen as an inexpensive RB2 or agile game.

Impact of DFS

Even with the possible return of Dobbins, the Kenyan Drake could still impact timeshare. The likelihood of Dobbins returning to full workload is very low. The Ravens want to be first team, and for that they need staff. Drake has a decent amount of work to do, and he has the advantage of catching passes.

As for Dobbins, with an unknown workload, we should avoid it in DFS.

Notable injuries


  • QB Zach Wilson (knee) – eliminated
  • TE CJ Uzomah (hamstring) – Doubtful
  • WR Braxton Berrios (heel) – Doubtful
  • OT George Fant (knee) – Doubtful


  • OT Jack Conklin (knee) – Doubtful

Zach Wilson was out for the second week in a row. The Jets struggled to compete with the Ravens in Week 1, resulting in Joe Flacco completing 37 of 59 attempts for 309 yards. This huge amount of transmission was fairly evenly distributed between the receiving corps and the retreating group. However, against the Browns, the number of passes may be less. The Jets and Breece Hall receivers remain budget flexible options. Michael Carter is a viable RB2 option.

Impact of DFS

All Jets receivers are at or below 5K on DraftKings. In the first week, Cleveland lost over 20 points to fantasy Robbie Anderson. Lean towards Elijah Moore or Corey Davis for the highest chance of a boom game against the Browns defense.

Notable injuries


  • DT Jonathan Allen (groin) – questionable


  • RB D’Andre Swift (ankle) – TBD
  • C Frank Ragnow (groin) – Out

D’Andre Swift put in an incredible week one performance with 15 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.6 yards per carry. He caught all three of his targets for 31 yards. While Jamaal Williams has indeed seen most of the opportunities for goal, the bulk of the off-field work remains with Swift. After registering two DNPs on Wednesday and Thursday, Swift returned to limited training on Friday. We’ll need to keep an eye on its status until Sunday, but Swift is a must to run on all formats if it’s active. If there is no Swift, Jamaal Williams will be a high-end RB2 option.

Impact of DFS

If Swift is limited in any way, Jamaal Williams will be a good game with a profit. Looking at it another way, if Swift is out, the Lions could rely more on their passing game against the Washington defense, which adds up to almost 200 yards with Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. The $6,500 Amon-Ra St. Brown at DraftKings would be a solid play in both GPP and cash lineups. But DJ Chark is a cheaper option with low ownership. Chark captured 81% of snaps in his first week and caught 4 of 8 targets for 52 yards and one touchdown.

Notable injuries


  • WR Michael Pittman Jr. (quadriceps) – Doubtful
  • WR Alec Pierce (concussion) – Withdrew
  • DT DeForest Buckner (thigh) – Doubtful
  • LB Shaquille Leonard (rear) – Out


  • Nobody

While the Jags remain fairly healthy, the Colts wide receiver deals with injuries to Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce. Pierce has been declared retired, but Pittman’s status remains unclear. Pittman was restricted in practice on Wednesday before being demoted to DNP on Thursday. The loss of Pittman would be a major blow to the Colts. The fantasy manager needs to identify bench options with perfect matchups to replace Pittman.

Impact of DFS

While there is no direct turnaround that could provide the same level of production, Pittman’s loss would increase the opportunity for several low-cost options. Parris Campbell and Ashton Doolin have less than $4,000 at DraftKings. Volume should remain high for Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines is becoming an interesting play with the potential for more targets. Hines caught all six of his first-week 50-yard targets.

Notable injuries


  • RB Leonard Furnett (hamstring) – Doubtful
  • WR Mike Evans (calves) – Doubtful
  • WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) – Departed
  • WR Russell Gage (hamstring) – Doubtful
  • WR Julio Jones (knee) – Doubtful
  • WR Breshad Perryman (knee) – Doubtful
  • OT Tristan Wirfs (belly) – Passed

The Saints

  • QB Jameis Winston (rear) – TBD
  • RB Alvin Camara (ribs) – Doubtful
  • RB Mark Ingram (ankle) – TBD
  • WR Tre’Quan Smith (shoulder) – Doubtful
  • DE Cameron Jordan (thigh) – cleared

Once again, Tampa Bay are piling up with injuries. With the exception of Tom Brady, all Buccaneer superstars have injury problems. Chris Godwin is officially out and the rest of the receivers are questionable.

For the Saints, the main injury to focus on is Alvin Camara. If Kamara is eliminated and Ingram is cleared, Ingram would be a viable flex option. But if Ingram is absent, Saints’ backfield should be avoided.

Impact of DFS

While Tampa Bay is a difficult draw defensively, the Saints will likely rely on their receiving body if Alvin Kamara is eliminated. All Saints receivers are attractively priced, making the DFS options interesting.

Notable injuries


  • Nobody


  • WR Kadarius Toni (hamstring) – Doubtful
  • WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) – Out
  • EDGE Kaiwon Thibodeau (knee) – Doubtful
  • EDGE Aziz Ojulari (calf) – Doubtful

Injuries are an ongoing battle in the Giants getting hulled with Kadarius Tony and Van’Dale Robinson that are in doubt in week two. But none of them is worth starting if it is cleared.

Impact of DFS

The Carolina defense is not an ideal matchup for the Giants’ receiving corps. I wouldn’t bother trying to find any value there and would lean heavily on Saquon Barkley, who is likely to be the giants’ leader in terms of targets.

Notable injuries


  • QB Mac Jones (illness) – Doubtful
  • RB Ty Montgomery (knee) – Out
  • RB Pierre Strong (shoulder) – Doubtful
  • OLB Ja’Whaun Bentley (sock) – Doubtful


  • RB Naji Harris (ft) – passed
  • OLB TJ Watt (chest) – Exited

Naji Harris has been acquitted, and while fantasy managers may be concerned, he still has to start in all formats.

For New England, the loss of Ty Montgomery could have a significant impact on Damien Harris and Ramondre Stevenson. Lean towards the Harris as the flexible option, as most of the ground work makes it the safer option. But if Stevenson gets most of the work catching passes off the field, he could make the difference while Montgomery is in IR. Keep Stevenson on the bench, but use this game as a measure and bring Stevenson on next week if all goes well.

Impact of DFS

Neither Harris nor Stevenson are fit for the cash game. But in the GPP, Stevenson may justify the risk on low holdings if he sees an increase in targets. In Watt’s absence, the Steelers could struggle defensively.

Notable injuries


  • RB Kenneth Walker (hernia) – cleared


  • TE George Kittle (groin) – Doubtful
  • RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) – Out
  • SS Jamal Adams (knee) – Out

Kenneth Walker is set to make his debut, and while he should remain on the bench, it will be interesting to see how his use affects Rashaad Penny’s rise. Against a solid San Francisco defense and with the addition of Walker, Penny sits on a flexible option rather than someone you can rely on as your RB2.

Impact of DFS

I’m concerned about running backs from Seattle to DFS with a limited ceiling. Kittle is the solution for San Francisco during the game. If Kittle remains on the sidelines, Deebo Samuel should see a significant increase in air workload and maintain his value in the running game to support Wilson. Aiyuk is a budget option who had a great off-season relationship with Trey Lance.

Notable injuries


  • RB Damien Williams (ribs) – Out


  • RB Kyren Williams (ankle) – Out
  • Van Jefferson (knee) – Out



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