Fantasy Football: Robert Griffin III and Jamaal Charles headline the injury laden Week 2 Dynasty Dashboard

Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin II can’t seem to get a leg up on the injury bug and faces another uphill battle. (Photo by Getty Images)

Heading into Week 2 of the new NFL season, we were met with much dismay as off-field concerns have rocked the boats of fantasy teams everywhere.  When teams are scrambling to the waiver wire to lock down the prospects of Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, we know we’re on a bumpy ride. To make matters worse, dynasty owners have suddenly been compelled to overcome even more adversity as a large number of injuries infected dynasty teams everywhere.  Robert Griffin III and Jamaal Charles headline the injury laden Dynasty Dashboard this week, among others.

Robert Griffin III was carted off the field in the first quarter after what looked to be a nasty ankle dislocation on a roll-out play. Subsequent tests will follow and ultimately determine his recovery period. Kirk Cousins performed well as the replacement and just earned a value up-tick.  If you own Cousins, I’d much rather advocate you trading him to the Griffin owner vs. leveraging him as a starting option. While he’s able to mildly perform, he’s worth more to someone else at this point than you.  He was very dependent on his Tight End safety valve and didn’t get his top two option involved very early. Defenses will have more tape on him next week.

Jamaal Charles suffered a sprained ankle against the Denver Broncos, allowing Knile Davis to step up and show why he’s been a must-own handcuff for Charles’ owners.  If you’re a Davis owner and you don’t own Charles, you’re faced with the decision of either riding the tide depending on whether or not Charles misses time or dangling Davis on the trade market while the value has increased. Generally the answer to this question is relative to your team construct and needs, but I would lean toward making a move as he’s still the second man up behind Charles upon his return.

Knowshon Moreno exited in the first quarter after dislocating his elbow. Additional test are needed to determine his time away. Lamar Miller looks to take the backfield as the main guy with Damien Williams serving as the change of pace back. Miller left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, so monitor this throughout the week. The Buffalo defense looked much better than I gave them credit for against the run, and the game script limited Miller’s upside all together. Next week the Miller will get the abysmal Raiders, so you’re starting Miller pending his health status.

***Update as of 9/15/2014***

It looks like Moreno will be out for about a month. The Dolphins have resigned Daniel Thomas in light of the Moreno and Miller injuries. May God have mercy on our souls.

Ryan Mathews

(Photo by Bleacher Report)

Ryan Mathews was carted off the field, and early prognosis per The Union-Tribune San Diego via Rotoworld.com confirms Mathews has a sprained MCL.  Here’s to hoping you sold Mathews coming off a solid year as his outlook as a San Diego charger after 2014 was already murky at best. The severity of the sprain will determine his recovery timetable, but this could be a 2-6 week recovery. Donald Brown was left for dead across dynasty leagues this season and was a solid late round draft pick given his price and the contract situation in San Diego. Danny Woodhead is going to continue his specialty, and Brandon Oliver is still raw.

The chargers face off against the Jaguars next week, a team that looked to be on the up-and-up after a respectable Week1 outing but seemingly regressed against The Washington Redskins on Sunday. Pending Mathews’ health status, Brown has a neutral matchup in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills, a plus matchup against the Jaguars in Week 4, a bad matchup in Week 5 against the Jets, and a plus matchup in Week 6 against the Raiders.

I’ve never been a fan of Mohamed Sanu, but he’s an immediate high upside flex play for the foreseeable future given the sudden need at the pass-catcher position. Candidly, I even started Jermaine Gresham on a Tight End needy team this weekend – regrettably. Outside of Week 6, the schedule doesn’t look too kind to the Bengals’ pass-catchers with the Titans, Patriots, Panthers, Colts, and Ravens coming up. The value bumps to expect will come for Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill.  Both Running Backs expectedly ran wild against the putrid Falcons’ defense in Week 2 and will be needed to try and keep the game scripts balanced. If you were trying to pry Hill away from his owner, you’ve just missed Last Call unless you’re willing to pay top shelf prices.

DeSean Jackson suffered what is reportedly an AC joint sprain and is considered Day-to-Day.  Jackson hasn’t lived up to the hype thus far in Washington and his upside is still capped given the question at Quarterback. You’re holding at this point and hoping for more positive signs.  If he returns healthy next week, I wouldn’t mind you sitting him for similar options should you have them until he’s able to prove his worth on the field.

Eric Decker left in the fourth quarter after going down with a hamstring injury. Are we having fun yet? Decker was having a respectable outing catching 4 passes for 63 Yards and a Touchdown and could have been involved in the last drive as well. Monitor his status throughout the week. As long as the Jets are able to limit Marty Mornhinweg’s game changing Time Out calls, Decker should continue producing respectable points for your team at a value.

Dynasty darling Allen Hurns was only able to put up a few points for owners that opted to roll with him after his Week 2 surprise showing before being carried off the field due to an apparent ankle injury.  This is bad timing for both Hurns and his owners as Allen Robinson came back healthy and got an opportunity to show why he was a draft target for the Jaguars after connecting for a 54 yard deep ball. Marqise Lee was a disappointment against the Redskins, so Robinson should be able to continue the momentum and supplant his spot on the outside.

A.J. Green

(Photo by USA Today Sports)

A.J. Green fell victim to the dreaded turf toe injury and had to leave the game before netting Green owners any production on the day. The Bengals expect to have Green back after the Week 4 bye – this is a yet another devastating blow for dynasty owners. Turf toe is a tricky injury as we’ve seen it hamper the effectiveness of receivers attempting to break out of routes and get over-the-top of defenders, so we’re collectively hoping that this is a minor case that doesn’t adversely impact his elite level production upon his return.  If you’re a Green owner, enjoy the onslaught of trade offers coming your way in the next several days.  The Bengals’ high-octane offense couldn’t be any more unlucky after losing Marvin Jones to potentially Week 8-10, Tyler Eifert until possibly the same timeframe at best, and now Green for hopefully a few weeks.

Marcedes Lewis, a dynasty waiver wire pickup this off-season, cost owners nothing and has proved he’s a target favorite in this youth-based offense.  He was able to help out the minority of dynasty owners that started him before exiting with a high ankle sprain. I’m not putting in claims for Clay Harbor unless I’m needy at the position in a Tight End premium league. This does bump up the value of the aforementioned Robinson, however, along with Cecil Shorts if he can ever get back on the field.

Both Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were reportedly a 75 percent chance to sit for the Sunday night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy owners everywhere (starting with me) bellowed a screeching cry upon information release stating that both Wide Receivers were a go. If you had a Sunday night or Monday night secondary option, you were one of the lucky ones rewarded if you tinkered your lineup to put Marshall back in the fold. Jeffery wasn’t as lucky as his targets in double coverage didn’t pan out until late in the game.  Both receivers look like they’ll get additional rest this week and be ready to dominate outside of Week 5 against the Panthers.

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