Cardinals: Andre Ellington May Miss Significant Time
Andre Ellington, who was a second or third round draft pick in the majority of fantasy football leagues this year, underwent an MRI Thursday after experiencing discomfort in his left toe. While any sort of injury is concerning if it occurs in the latter stages of the week, it seems like the fear is that this is going to cost Ellington more than just a single week.
Foot injuries are nothing new for Ellington. He suffered a toe injury before when he was at Clemson, which cost him almost half of his sophomore season. He wound up having surgery on that toe at the end of the season, and then went on to sustain an ankle injury his junior year which also required surgery. Ellington’s slight frame and prior history of poor health were major concerns heading into this season, and it looks like owners expecting a breakout season are going to have to wait a little longer.
Fantasy impact: With Ellington expected to miss at least the next four weeks, ex-Steeler Jonathan Dwyer needs to be rostered in all leagues. While his talent level is average at best, he’ll likely receive the bulk of the carries, with Stepfan Taylor sprinkled in here and there. I don’t think Dwyer is going to be a weekly RB2 or flex option, but he does have a few favorable matchups, including games against the San Diego Chargers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
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Packers: Eddie Lacy Leaves Thursday Night Football Early with Concussion
The Green Bay Packers were embarrassed Thursday night in front of a national audience against the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, and to make matters worse, the 2013 NFL Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy had to leave in 4th quarter due to sustaining a concussion.
Word out Green Bay is that the concussion was a minor one, and that Lacy has already been cleared the first step in the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol. He also has 10 days to get ready for Week 2’s matchup against another hard-hitting run defense in the New York Jets. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is the 2nd concussion that Lacy has sustained in the past year, and the likelihood of sustaining a concussion increases after the 2nd.
Fantasy impact: James Starks deserves a look in most leagues, but I wouldn’t sell the farm to get him. Week 2 doesn’t look like an enticing matchup given the fact that the Jets were very stout against the run in 2013, so even if Lacy were to miss the next game, I don’t think Starks is startable. The reason I would add Starks though is more for long-term planning, just in case Lacy suffers any further set backs as the season progresses.
Panthers QB Cam Newton is officially listed as questionable, and will be a game-time decision on Sunday. He looked better at practice Friday, but remains a risky fantasy play against an improved Buccaneer’s defense…Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski made the trip with the team down to south Florida, but is expected to be on a snap count. Even so, if he’s active, make sure he’s active in your fantasy leagues as well…Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts is officially a game-time decision due to a hamstring injury. He missed practice both Thursday and Friday, and will be re-evaluated Sunday morning. Hopefully you didn’t draft him to be a Week 1 starter…Bernard Pierce has been medically cleared after going through all the stages of the NFL’s concussion protocol. He’s a low-end RB2 against a strong Cincinnati front…Sammy Watkins is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Bears. He’s a shaky WR3 due to the poor play of EJ Manuel…Michael Crabtree is listed as questionable for Sunday’s potential shootout against the Dallas Cowboys, but has stated that he’s going to play. Set him as your WR2 and prepare for fireworks in Dallas…