For our Thursday Week 1 injury report, we provided our readers with a laundry list of players who could be sidelined this weekend. Today, we are focusing on the big-name guys who are battling bumps and bruises.
A lot of these players will be game-time decisions, so make sure you keep track of what’s going on throughout the day.
Now, here’s a look at who’s listed as doubtful, questionable, and probable, and what it means for your team…
Week 1 Injury Report Saturday Update
Odell Beckham, New York Giants
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, OBJ is listed as questionable and will be a game-day decision. A questionable status means the player has a 50% chance of playing. It’s better than doubtful (25%), but it’d be better if he was listed as probable (would most likely play).
But the important thing to keep in mind is even if he’s on the field, Beckham’s Fantasy production could take a dip.
If he starts, you still have to get him in your lineup unless your team is absolutely stacked at receiver and you don’t want to take the risk. Personally, I’d rather start him and see him only get four Fantasy points than sit him and watch him go off for 20 Fantasy points.
But that’s just me.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton is listed as questionable, but he practiced all week. Even if he’s a little dinged up, he still has a lot of upside in Week 1.
Last season, the San Francisco 49ers allowed the 12-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Also, the 49ers allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Newton may not have to run as much this year with Christian McCaffrey in the lineup, but his dual-threat abilities could still allow him to rack up some big Fantasy points on the ground.
Last season against San Francisco in Week 2, Newton scored 29.82 Fantasy points.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
Rawls will be a game-time decision for Week 1. I know I’ve been wrestling with whether to start him, as I have to sit Jay Ajayi this week.
Ultimately, even if he can play, I’m going to sit him. He won’t be 100% if he can play, and he’s going to split time with the other backs. Coach Pete Carroll said Eddie Lacy is ready for a full workload this week, and C.J. Prosise is also available.
I’m actually hoping Rawls is held out of this game so he can rest. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen him productive, but don’t forget he averaged 5.6 yards per carry (YPC) in 2015 and rushed for 830 yards on just 147 attempts.
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
I normally just focus on offensive players. But because Sherman is listed as questionable, this could impact the Fantasy production of Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams.
Last season, Seattle allowed the 13th-most Fantasy points to wide receivers. This is looking like a friendly matchup, to begin with, and with Sherman potentially on the sidelines, Nelson and Adams could have even better performances.
Last season in Week 14 against Seattle, Nelson recorded 16.10 Fantasy points. Adams had a better day with 16.40 Fantasy points.
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