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The NFL is a brutal sport, and Week 1 saw a number of fantasy relevant players either put up duds or go out with injuries. Let’s recap, and take a look at some players who you might want to pick up in their stead:
WR Keenan Allen
Unfortunately for many, Allen looks to have suffered another injury – this time, it’s his ACL, which will likely sideline him for the season once again. This will give added value to Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates, and Danny Woodhead, certainly, but they are all almost definitely owned in most leagues. WR Tyrell Williams hauled in 2 of 5 passes for 71 yards in the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, so he could be a potential hit if picked up.
WR Sammy Watkins
He’s not out yet, but the Bills WR is dealing with some pain in his surgically repaired foot from the offseason. Just watch out for that, as some reports have said he might be shut down for a few weeks. WR Robert Woods and maybe WR Kolby Listenbee might be worth some looks, though the running game would be the real beneficiary here.
QB Robert Griffin III
His unlucky streak continues, after he was put on the injured reserve designated to return list. He’ll be back in Week 8, but meanwhile QB Josh McCown will be helming up the offence – the Browns play the Ravens, who McCown shredded for 400+ yards last season, so give him a look if you’re desperate. Otherwise, this also gives an uptick to TE Gary Barnidge, who clearly has found some chemistry with McCown dating back to last year.
QB Russell Wilson
Wilson, who is one of the better fantasy QBs out there, suffered a high ankle sprain, which are notorious for lingering. It’s hard to replace him (maybe with McCown?), but he’ll still try and play through it, it would seem. The injury does give RB Christine Michael some added value, while RB Thomas Rawls is out, though it diminishes WR Doug Baldwin, WR Tyler Lockett, and TE Jimmy Graham.
RB Chris Ivory
He remains hospitalized for a minor issue, so keep an eye out for his condition – while he remains out, RB T.J. Yeldon is a must-start in all formats. He’s not a world beater, no, but the volume of touches he gets would make him hard to bench.
TE Zach Ertz
The Eagles’ young signal caller, Carson Wentz, had success on Sunday, and clearly enjoyed the presence of Ertz. Unfortunately for them both, Ertz dislocated a rib, and is now week-to-week. While he could play next week, TE Brent Celek would assume the majority of the targets in his absence.