Week 2 Fantasy Injury Worry-O-Meter: Brandon Aiyuk, Saquon Barkley, Zach Ertz & More

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Below is a recap of injuries around the NFL to fantasy-relevant players that will help you set your lineups and dominate your leagues. I also included my very non-scientific “worry-o-meter,” which indicates on a scale of zero to five just how concerned I am about that player’s injury status when it comes to their Week 2 outlook.

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants (knee)

Barkley is listed as questionable once again for Thursday night’s game against the Washington Football Team.

He saw a limited role in Week 1 and had 10 attempts for 26 yards and caught one of three passes for one yard. This should have been somewhat expected given the Penn State product tore his ACL and meniscus less than a year ago. It’s another brutal matchup on a short week as the G-Men take on Washington.

Consider him a low-end RB2 if he starts.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders (toe)

Jacobs was a non-participant for the second day in a row on Thursday while dealing with a toe injury. He scored a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries and 34 yards on Monday night and will play the Steelers on the short week. His limited usage in Week 1, coupled with a tough matchup and his injury status makes him a risky start.

Kenyan Drake would stand to gain the most if Jacobs were to miss time. Drake saw six carries for 11 yards and caught all five of his targets for 59 yards against the Ravens.

Worry-o-meter: 2 out of 5.

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions (groin)

Swift has been dealing with a groin injury since the preseason that jeopardized his Week 1 availability. Still, he saw 11 carries for 39 yards and caught eight of 11 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, finishing as RB5 in half PPR. He was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, as was Jamaal Williams.

If Swift starts, you’re starting him, though the Lions play the Packers on Monday night, so you should probably come up with a contingency plan.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (chest)

Williams was also a limited participant in Thursday’s practice while dealing with a chest injury. He had a fantastic debut in Week 1 and saw nine carries for 54 yards and a touchdown and caught eight of nine passes for 56 yards. He finished as RB4 in half PPR, though likely saw a larger role due to Swift’s injury.

If Swift sits on Monday, Williams would have high-end RB2 appeal. In the unlikely event both sit out the game, Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson would be next up on the Lions’ depth chart.

Worry-o-meter: 2 out of 5.

A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (knee)

Brown was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but practiced in full on Thursday. The 24-year-old underwent procedures on both knees this offseason and was held out of practices during training camp in August with knee issues.

Brown was limited last Wednesday as well, but appeared in the Titans’ Week 1 matchup against the Cardinals and caught four of eight targets for 49 yards and a touchdown. It appears this could be a trend moving forward and his limited participation shouldn’t raise too many alarms at this point.

Worry-o-meter: 1 out of 5.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ankle)

Sanders was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but practiced in full on Thursday. It appears Wednesday was a rest day for Sanders, who should be a full-go against the 49ers this week.

Worry-o-meter: 0 out of 5.

Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills (ankle)

Davis did not participate in practice on Wednesday and was a limited participant on Thursday, nursing an ankle injury he suffered in the second half of the season opener against the Steelers. His Week 2 status against the Dolphins is up in the air.

Davis caught two of five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Receivers Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders would stand to gain the most from a target perspective should Davis miss time.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (ankle)

Brown did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday, making his Week 2 status against the Chiefs uncertain. Brown is dealing with an ankle injury and will be playing on a short week on Sunday Night Football. He caught all six of his targets in Week 1 for 69 yards and a touchdown.

The Ravens are already thin at receiver (and running back) with rookie Rashod Bateman on injured reserve. Wideouts Sammy Watkins and Devin Duvernay and tight end Mark Andrews could see increased targets if Brown misses time. Watkins caught four of eight targets for 96 yards and Duvernay caught one of two targets for six yards in Week 1; Andrews caught three of five targets for 20 yards.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (hamstring)

Ertz did not participate in practice on Wednesday and was a limited participant on Thursday. He was clearly the Eagles’ TE2 behind Dallas Goedert in the season opener and caught two of two passes for 34 yards, while Goedert reeled in four of five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. Ertz’s status is uncertain for this week’s matchup against the 49ers. Goedert would get an immediate boost for fantasy if Ertz misses any time.

Worry-o-meter: 2 out of 5.

Will Fuller V, WR, Miami Dolphins (undisclosed)

Fuller was due to return from serving a six-game suspension this week, but may not play in the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Bills. He did not participate in practice on Thursday due to a personal matter. His continued absence would mean similar roles for DeVante Parker, Jaylen Waddle, et al. for this week.

Worry-o-meter: 4 out of 5.

Pharaoh Brown, TE, Houston Texans (shoulder/ankle)

Brown was a non-participant for the second day in a row on Thursday and is uncertain to play this week against the Browns.

Brown caught four of five targets for 67 yards and tied as the team’s second-most targeted receiver against the Jaguars. Jordan Akins and Brevin Jordan would be next up on the Texans’ depth chart should Brown miss the game on Sunday, though neither are worth rostering for fantasy purposes.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (hamstring)

Aiyuk isn’t on the injury report, but last week’s Shanahanigans are enough to warrant concern that the Year 2 receiver is not 100%. He had been dealing with a hamstring injury in the preseason and saw zero targets in Week 1.

Worry-o-meter: 5 out of 5.

Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks (calf)

Penny did not practice on Wednesday and is doubtful to play against the Titans. Head coach Pete Carroll said Penny — who rushed twice for eight yards in the season opener — is unlikely to play. Chris Carson will continue to be the feature back for Seattle with Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas next on the depth chart.

Worry-o-meter: 5 out of 5.

Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee Titans  (knee)

Firkser was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with a knee injury and will likely be questionable heading into Week 2. Firkser caught three of four targets for 19 yards in the season opener against the Cardinals. Geoff Swaim would be next in line on the Titans’ tight end depth chart.

Worry-o-meter: 3 out of 5.

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