Fantasy Football: Keenan Allen and Tee Higgins injury updates plus more injuries from Week 1

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If you took a large receiver within the first spherical, you are most likely having a reasonably good Week 1. Heck, in the event you took one within the first three rounds, life is fairly good for you – Justin Jefferson, Cooper Kupp, Ja’Marr Chase, Michael Pittman, Stefon Diggs, AJ Brown, and Davante Adams all dropped 20-plus factors in Week 1, with CeeDee Lamb and Mike Evans nonetheless to go

If you took Najee Harris within the first spherical… you are most likely slightly scared proper now. Because, after lacking a lot of the preseason and coaching camp with a foot injury, he was pressured to depart Sunday’s season opener with … a foot injury. We do not know the specifics in regards to the injury – early indications are it isn’t a critical concern, fortunately – and till we do, Jaylen Warren is going to appear like one of many high waiver-wire targets in Fantasy heading into Week 2.

We’ll have a full breakdown of the waiver-wire targets for each place in Tuesday’s publication, however you will discover my early ideas on the highest targets in tonight’s version. Warren is, clearly, an enormous a part of that, and 49ers backup Jeff Wilson is just too, after Elijah Mitchell left with a knee injury – I wrote about that injury and what to anticipate from the 49ers offense right here.

But these weren’t the one injuries it is advisable to find out about, so earlier than we get to the highest early waiver targets, listed here are the injuries it is advisable to find out about from Sunday’s video games:

Week 1 injuries

We’ll find out about more injuries within the coming days, however these are the primary ones we’re watching popping out of Sunday’s motion, together with potential fallout from them:

  • Najee Harris (foot) – According to at least one report from after the sport, the injury “just isn’t thought-about an enormous deal,” however … that is the form of imprecise report you do not actually put a lot inventory into. Harris was noticed in a strolling boot after the sport, and “not thought-about an enormous deal” may nonetheless imply a multi-week absence if “an enormous deal” have been to be interpreted as a season-ending injury. I’m not even saying will probably be a multi-week concern, however I’m not contemplating it a non-issue simply but.
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) – Similarly, I’m not going to downplay Mitchell’s injury, even when we’ve not essentially been given purpose to suppose it is a critical one. Mitchell had offseason knee surgical procedure and struggled with a hamstring injury within the preseason, in order that was the large knock on him coming in. We’ll maintain an eye fixed out for studies over the subsequent few days, however count on Jeff Wilson to be one of many high waiver-wire targets for Week 2. I’d prioritize Warren over him, however that is likely to be it.
  • Keenan Allen (hamstring) – Allen had an amazing begin to the sport and ended up main the Chargers with 66 yards on 4 catches regardless of leaving within the second quarter. Hamstring injuries have a means of lingering, so there isn’t any assure Allen will likely be wholesome in time for Week 2. Josh Palmer had 17.6 PPR factors within the one recreation Allen missed final season, so he’ll be value contemplating as an add, although I I’m undecided I’d rank him as a top-36 WR for subsequent week even when Allen is out – he had simply 5 yards on three catches Sunday.
  • Tee Higgins (concussion) – Higgins barely obtained an opportunity to contribute to the wild recreation between the Bengals and Steelers, and in his absence, Ja’Marr Chase went wild, catching 10 passes for 129 yards and a landing – and what ought to have been not less than one more if the Bengals had been more aggressive with the problem flag. Tyler Boyd scored with Higgins out, and he had 13 catches in two video games with out Higgins final season, so he might be a viable PPR goal off the wire if Higgins is out.
  • Damien Williams (ribs) — Williams was pressured from the sport early and watched as Cordarrelle Patterson completely dominated, with 22 carries for 120 yards and a rating, plus three catches for 16 yards. Williams may have performed some half in that, presumably, and it is not clear who the subsequent man up could be if Williams did need to miss time — Average Williams was energetic however had two carries and one goal, so I would not count on a lot from him. Tyler Allgeier was inactive, however possibly he may leap into relevance. He would not be an enormous precedence for me until we obtained some quotes indicating he’ll have a task.
  • Mac Jones (again) — The Patriots offense appeared about as wonky as feared after an unpleasant preseason, and Jones suffered an injury that required X-rays sooner or later throughout the 20-7 loss. Brian Hoyer is the definition of Just A Guy as a backup quarterback, and expectations could be very (very) low for the Patriots heading right into a matchup with the Steelers in Week 2 if he was the starter.

Early Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets

Aug 20, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers working again Jaylen Warren (30) runs with the ball in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars within the third quarter at TIAA Bank Field.

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Here’s who I’m popping out of Sunday’s motion:

Top RB targets:

  1. Jaylen Warren, PIT
  2. Jeff Wilson, SF
  3. Kenyan Drake, BAL
  4. Rex Burkhead, HOU
  5. Isiah Pacheco, KC

Best of the remaining:

  1. Curtis Samuel, WR, WAS
  2. Jahan Dotson, WR, WAS
  3. Josh Palmer, LAC
  4. Zay Jones, WR, JAX
  5. Marcus Mariota, QB, ATL

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