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2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Injury Impact


Injuries are a huge part of football. With gladiators in pads smacking into each other with the force of a Mack truck, it’s no wonder players end up in the medical tent and on the injured reserve. Week 1 of the NFL’s 100th season saw some heavy hitters in the fantasy football world sidelined, but it pales in comparison to the injury implications of Week 2.

With the second week of the NFL season finished, there are numerous players who will be out for an extended period of time.

Fantasy owners should take these situations into account but shouldn’t worry. The season is still young, and as always, injuries offer an opportunity for savvy owners to take advantage of.

This week, we’ll take a look at the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Injury Impact and offer solutions for those looking to capitalize on the sport’s grim reality.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Injury Impact

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DeSean Jackson/Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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The Eagles’ receiving corps had a tough day at the office in their Week 2 match up with the Atlanta Falcons. Second-year tight-end Dallas Goedert pulled up lame in the pregame warm-ups with a calf injury. Then, early in the second quarter, the Philly offense found themselves without their top two wide receivers.

DeSean Jackson was taken out of the game with a groin injury. Shortly thereafter, Alshon Jeffery was sidelined due to a calf injury.

Suddenly, the Eagles were down to Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins in three-wide sets.

Jackson and Jeffery were a fantasy owner’s dream in Week 1. The duo combined for 13 receptions on 18 targets while racking up 203 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 2, the tandem didn’t have a single pass thrown their way.

Although the details of the injuries and length of these injuries remain unclear, it’s time for owners to be proactive.

If one, or both of Philadelphia’s top receivers remain off the field, Agholor will be pushed into a more relevant position within Doug Pederson‘s pass-heavy offense. Quarterback Carson Wentz targeted Agholor 11 times in Jackson and Jeffery’s absence. Reeling-in eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, the former first-round pick became Wentz’s go-to option.

Agholor is currently owned in 15% of Yahoo! leagues and is the best option off the wire for fantasy owners.

With the receiving corps on crutches, Zach Ertz will also see an uptick in usage going forward.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

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Fans were expecting a high-scoring shootout when they tuned in on Sunday to watch the New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams.

That didn’t happen.

The score was a measly 6-3 in favor of the Rams at the half. The main reason was losing a future hall-of-fame quarterback, Drew Brees, to injury early on.

Brees took a direct shot to his throwing hand, compliments of defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald. Brees was sidelined immediately and wasn’t able to get back into the contest. The forty-year-old had trouble picking up a football after the collision.

Without Brees, the New Orleans offense was stagnant, totaling only 172 yards and zero touchdowns. The veteran quarterback is expected to miss up to six weeks and will have to undergo surgery on what has been identified as a torn ligament in his throwing hand.

Teddy Bridgewater will step into the role of number one QB. But if it goes anything like it did this past Sunday, the former Viking can’t be relied upon as a fantasy viable option.

Michael Thomas will take a hit in terms of fantasy numbers. As the top receiving option for the Saints, Thomas will have a harder time racking up the yards without Brees.  You can expect Sean Payton to have his backs tote the rock more in Bree’s absence. As a result, Latavius Murray could become a streaming option, when the Saints spell their top running back, Alvin Kamara.

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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It was not a good week for quarterbacks. Big Ben also ended up out of the game on Sunday, when he sustained an elbow injury against the  Seattle Seahawks. Roethlisberger will have surgery on his throwing elbow, and as a result, this will bring an early end to his season.

Without the two-time Super  Bowl winner, the Steelers looked to backup QB Mason Rudolph to take the snaps. Rudolph wasn’t horrible, completing 12 of 19 passes for two touchdowns, but also threw an interception.

With the Steelers unable to get the ball moving on the ground on the shoulders of James Connor, the Steelers were forced to put the ball in the air. Juju Smith-Schuster reeled in five catches on eight targets, while tight-end Vance McDonald hauled in all seven targets he was given, scoring two touchdowns.

In PPR leagues, McDonald could become a diamond in the rough for the Steelers.  Rudolph targeted McDonald often, who filled the role as the go-to check down option.  Going forward, look for the hefty tight-end to reap the benefits of Rudolph’s refusal to throw deep.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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Cowboys wideout Michael Gallup sustained a knee injury after taking a helmet to the knee against Washington. He’ll be sidelined for 2-4 weeks as a result. But owners of Gallup shouldn’t fret. There are plenty of players on the Cowboys offense to fill the void. While Gallup is out, fantasy owners should look down the depth chart for hidden gems who will step up on the high-powered Dallas offense.

At the wide receiver position, veteran Randall Cobb is an intriguing option for fantasy owners. Cobb is only owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues and will become the second option, behind Amari Cooper.

Another grizzled veteran, Jason Witten, is an option for fantasy owners as well. Although he doesn’t have as much hair as he used to, Witten has shown that he has gas left in the tank.

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Gallup’s ailment can only help Witten, who has two touchdown catches in his last two games. Not bad for coming out of retirement.

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About Tyler Mulligan

Sports Journalist from Toronto, Canada. Fantasy hockey, basketball and football aficionado.

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