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2020 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact

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Here we are, the most dreaded article for fantasy football fans is upon us finally. Yes, that’s right, the Injury Impact Week 1 article is here. Injuries are common, but to fantasy owners, they are the worst. They are the worst because we can’t control injuries, and mainly because we can’t predict when they will happen.

Not only will we get into the injuries that happened over the weekend, we’ll touch on the injuries that affected the availability of players before the games even began.

So without further ado, let’s get this thing started.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 1 Injury Impact

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Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions – Hamstring

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Golladay ended up missing Week 1 against the Bears because he pulled his hamstring last week. As for the impact of his injury, I expected Marvin Jones to succeed in his absence, but he was only able to put up a modest stat line, catching four balls for 55 yards.

Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky and people who have Golladay rostered may have to monitor him all year. He is not expected to miss further time.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles – Hamstring

Sanders was a late scratch in Week 1 due to a hamstring injury, causing many fantasy owners to panic this week. This is another injury that is going to be a pain for owners all year. In his absence, Boston Scott and Corey Clement couldn’t get anything going which is a shame for Scott.

I would think about picking up Scott if you own Sanders. If Sanders continues to miss time, Scott should see a lot of touches in this offense.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos – AC Joint

The injury to Sutton’s AC joint is something to monitor, but it shouldn’t be something that is going to affect him all year. There is a good chance he sits out on Monday night. If he does sit, I expect Jerry Jeudy to be able to put up a good performance on Monday. If Jeudy isn’t picked up in your league please go and get him right now.

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts – Achilles

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Coming into the game I still expected Mack to get a lot of the running back work, and for a while, it looked like I was right. Before his injury, Mack carried the ball four times for 26 yards. He also caught all three of his targets for 30 yards.

Then, unfortunately, in the middle of the first half, Mack went down with what looked like just a non-contact ankle injury. The news coming out of Colts camp is that there is fear he may have torn his Achilles. If this is true, which is likely, Mack’s season is over and I would suggest dropping him.

The impact of this injury opens the door wide open for Jonathan Taylor to back up the insanely high value people were drafting him at. But the big winner of this injury is Nyheim Hines. I said all offseason that he was going to have a good year with Philip Rivers coming to town, and boy was I right on that one.

Hines caught the ball eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed the ball seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. Hines now becomes the true receiving back. Please pick him up right now if he is on the waiver wire.

Blake Jarwin, TE, Dallas Cowboys – ACL

Blake Jarwin unfortunately becomes the second major injury of the NFL season. After a non-contact knee injury, Jarwin left the Cowboys’ Sunday night game late in the first half. By the time the third quarter rolled in, it was confirmed that Blake Jarwin tore his ACL.

This is a pretty big injury to the Cowboys’ offense considering they were hoping for a breakout year from him. In his place will be Dalton Schultz. I wouldn’t run to the waiver wire to get him just yet. The best option here is to wait a couple of weeks to see how he performs. Ezekiel Elliot should see more receiving work with Jarwin going down.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets – Hamstring

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Bell tweaked his hamstring in the second quarter, and aggravated it even worse in the third quarter, forcing him to leave the game. He had been dealing with hamstring tightness all camp, and this is the worst-case scenario.

In his stead, Frank Gore and Josh Adams should receive some more carries. I wouldn’t pick either of these guys up right now as there are better options in better offenses.

DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins – Hamstring

Much like Bell, Parker aggravated a hamstring injury that he had been dealing with for the past few weeks. He exited early in the second half with four catches for 47 yards.

Preston Williams should see a target increase along with Mike Gesicki. I would say those two benefit the most and provide the best fantasy value worth mentioning.

Minor Impact Injuries

Duke Johnson, RB, Texans – Ankle

He’s considered week-to-week. Don’t be scared to drop him as he’s a borderline bench player right now. David Johnson should see even more work in the receiving and rushing game.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints – Ankle

Considered day-to-day. Coach Sean Payton said he should be fine. If I was a Thomas owner I wouldn’t be worried necessarily just yet, even considering the poor Week 1 performance.

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David Njoku, TE, Browns – Knee

Nothing is known of Njoku’s knee injury as of right now. Even with him being healthy, I still see Austin Hooper being the main guy there – even though the first game didn’t really show that. Njoku is on the waiver wire for most people, but if you do have him I would probably drop him. He is holding up a roster spot that could go to someone more deserving.


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