Would you like to see more content and articles like this? Our fantasy football section provides rankings, statistics, and more tools to help you compete at your best this upcoming fantasy football season. In this article, I will be discussing key injuries to know for each matchup week one. It is vital to know possible starters and flex options that may not be able to perform week one, or players you made need to keep an eye on before Sunday. I will also mention possible replacements for any starters that are injured for week one.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Brandin Cooks (probable): Brandin Cooks has been dealing with a quadriceps injury throughout training camp. While he has been a limited participant in practice, he should be good to go for week one without issue.
Travis Kelce (questionable): Travis Kelce has dealt with knee injuries in the past and has been a limited participant most in practice until Tuesday where he went back to being a full participant, likely meaning he will be 100% for Thursday.
Damien Williams (out): Kansas City’s leading rusher last year, Damien Williams, will not be playing this season as he is exercising his right to opt-out due to COVID-19. If Darrel Williams can maintain his health through the camp, he should see some touches behind Edwards-Helaire.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Devin Funchess (out): Devin Funchess is the only player in fantasy football worth mentioning that will not play in week one, or for the rest of the season.
Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
Breshad Perriman (questionable): Breshad Perriman suffered a knee injury in training camp. He received an MRI which came back negative for any serious damage. He will be limited this week and possibly limited in game one. Perriman had a very productive last five weeks of the last regular season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is a fantasy sleeper for higher team fantasy leagues this season, but watch out for him in week one.
Jamison Crowder (questionable): Jamison Crowder had been dealing with a lower leg injury at practice, but he along with the rest of his team are not listed on the injury report.
Washington Football Team vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Miles Sanders (questionable): Miles Sanders was week to week in mid-August with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice. If you have him as a starter, check on his status before Sunday as he may be limited in snaps in week one. This opens up the opportunity for Boston Scott to have more touches in week one, and a possible flex play.
Jalen Reagor (doubtful): Jalen Reagor will most likely not play in week one against the Washington Football Team. He is a big fantasy sleeper as the possible second passing option behind Zach Ertz, but we should see more targets for DeSean Jackson and possibly Alshon Jeffery, who has been banged up too.
Alshon Jeffery (questionable): Alshon Jeffery was taken off the PUP list with the foot injury he suffered last season, and although he has been limited in practice he should see some action in week one.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
Jack Doyle (probable): Jack Doyle was dealing with a neck injury but since has recovered. Moreover, I am mostly writing about him to comment on the fact that he should see more targets with the absence of Trey Burton due to injury.
Ryquell Armstead (out): Ryquell Armstead has been added to the COVID-19 list and will be out for week one. Look for Chris Thompson to take a large role in the passing game, and rookie James Robinson and second-year Devine Ozigbo to take the majority of rushing attempts. Even with the opportunities for these backs, Chris Thompson would be the only possible starter at flex. Keep Robison and Ozigbo on your watchlist as I would not start either in week one until they have proven the possibility of future production.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
All good for fantasy players!
Carolina Panthers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Tyrell Williams (out): Tyrell Williams has been a productive fantasy receiver in his career with the Chargers and last year with the Raiders adding 651 yards and six touchdowns to his first year with the Raiders. Unfortunately, he has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery and will not play this season.
Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears
D’Andre Swift (questionable): D’Andre Swift was out for two weeks in training camp due to an undisclosed injury, but is now limited in practice. However, Kerryon Johnson has just been named the starter, and newly signed Adrian Peterson was named the backup. Swift may have a hard time finding touches early on. I would recommend finding another bench option from the waiver wire for now.
David Montgomery (out): David Montgomery went down in training camp with a groin injury that rumored him needing to be carted off the field. Eventually, we found out the injury was not as serious, but he will be out for week one. While Tarik Cohen may see more action in the passing game, I would not be surprised to see Cordarelle Patterson take a healthy amount of rushes as he was talked about switching to running back while Montogmery recovers. However, I would not recommend starting any of Chicago’s running backs in week one, as their run game is shaky at the moment. If you are an owner of David Montgomery, keep him on your bench and work the waiver wire for an RB2 if necessary.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks
Carlos Hyde (probable): While Carlos Hyde is the backup to top 20 running back Chris Carson, he was the 13th leading rusher last year for Houston. It is worth mentioning that he is questionable from recovering from his surgery last season, but he should see some touches since Rashaad Penny is on the PUP list. Keep Hyde on a watchlist for the future as he may see more touches.
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker (probable): DeVante Parker was limited with an undisclosed injury, but is likely to play week one against the Patriots.
COVID-19 opt-out players: Albert Wilson (Mia), Allen Hurns (Mia), Marqise Lee (NE)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Mike Williams(questionable): Mike Williams will be a game-time decision as he has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Look for Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry to see more targets if he is limited, plus newly named starter Jaylen Guyton.
Joe Mixon (probable): Joe Mixon had apparent migraines during training camp, but is fully expected to play week one with new quarterback Joe Burrow.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Deebo Samuel (questionable): While the status of Deebo Samuel for week one was doubtful as he was rehabbing a broken foot from June, it now seems possible for him to play on Sunday. Keep an eye out for his status this week as he could be a possible starter.
Brandon Aiyuk (questionable): Brandon Aiyuk did not participate in Monday’s practice with the team, and it seems to me he is in the same boat as Deebo Samuel. With Samuel and Aiyuk having chances of not playing Sunday, Kendrick Bourne could be a could waiver wire pick up to receive many of the targets along with George Kittle.
New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While there are no concerning injuries with either of these teams for week one, it is important to report that Alvin Kamara is expected to close on his contract deal this week before game one against the Bucs.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys
Darrel Henderson Jr. (probable): Darrell Henderson will serve as the backup to Cam Akers in week one with the possibility to see some touches. However, he did miss two weeks of practice due to a hamstring injury and will most likely be limited this week in practice and in snaps for game one. Look for Cam Akers to receive a large number of touches in game one if they decide to run the ball often. Akers is a viable flex option for week one.
Amari Cooper (probable): Amari Cooper has missed a few practices due to an undisclosed injury and has been limited in practice. He is not officially on the Cowboys’ injury report, so he should be ready for week one, but keep an eye out on his status this week. This bodes well for owners of Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb for week one targets.
New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Golden Tate (questionable): Golden Tate has been dealing with a lower-body injury during practice that kept him out of practice on Monday. Watch for his status as the third option for the Giants, and look for Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram to take advantage of the targets for week one.
Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans
AJ Brown (probable): AJ Brown was dealing with an undisclosed injury that kept him limited in practice, but there are no signs that he would not be a full participant for week one.
Melvin Gordon (probable): Melvin Gordon dealt with a rib injury in training camp, but there are no signs of him being limited in week one. If the Broncos keep him limited, look for Phillip Lindsay to receive more attempts along with his targets in the passing game.
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