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SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS: Week 2 Injury Fallout

Here is a list of all of the fantasy-relevant Week 2 injuries, along with the fantasy impact:

Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

Barkley left Sunday’s game against the Bears with a right knee injury in the second quarter. He appeared to suffer the injury when he bounced a run to the outside, and he had to be carted off the field. After the game, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported that the injury is believed to be a torn ACL. Barkley will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis.

Impact

If the MRI confirms the torn ACL, then this is a devastating blow for one of the league’s best players, whose season would be over. That would leave Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman as the only halfbacks on the roster, although the Giants could promote one of their practice squad running backs or explore the free agent market. Under the current circumstances, Lewis appears to be the favorite to lead the team in touches moving forward, although Gallman also seems likely to get significant work. Lewis struggled on the ground in Week 2, carrying the ball 10 times for only 20 yards, but he scored a touchdown and was solid in the passing game with four catches for 36 yards. It’s hard to get excited about an undersized running back who turns 30 on Sunday, but Lewis’ receiving chops put him in the top-30 conversation in PPR leagues. Gallman, who was a healthy scratch in Week 2, is not a starting consideration at this point, but he’s worth a roster spot based on the possibility that he could take over the team’s early-down role.

 

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

McCaffrey left Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He appeared to suffer the injury on a touchdown run with 13 minutes left in the game, and he did not return. He was able to put weight on the ankle as he tested it out on the sideline. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that McCaffrey will have an MRI on Monday, but the initial hope is that the injury is not too serious.

Impact

We’ll have to wait for the MRI results before we know the seriousness of the injury, but if McCaffrey is forced to miss time, then sixth-year back Mike Davis would be the starter. Davis is a career backup who doesn’t present much upside, but he has had a few productive stretches in the past. Despite only getting one carry in Week 2, he managed to haul in eight receptions for 74 yards, although most of that came on the last drive when the game was out of reach. Davis is worth rostering if McCaffrey’s injury looks to be long-term, but he would fall outside of the top-30 running backs in Week 3 against the Chargers. The only halfback behind Davis on the depth chart is Trenton Cannon, although Reggie Bonnafon (McCaffrey’s main backup for most of 2019) could get called up from the practice squad if McCaffrey is out. Neither Cannon nor Bonnafon is worth rostering in traditional leagues at this point, but keep an eye on both players if McCaffrey is sidelined for a while.

 

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Adams left Sunday’s game against the Lions with a hamstring injury in the third quarter, and he did not return to the game. It is unclear how Adams suffered the injury, and the Packers have not provided any updates.

Impact

We don’t know much about the injury right now, so we’ll have to wait for the team to give us an update. It’s possible that sidelining Adams was a precautionary measure since the Packers were in full control of the game when he exited, but hamstring injuries always warrant some concern. If Adams is forced to miss Week 3 against the Saints, then Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Malik Taylor would be the only healthy wideouts on the roster, although Robert Foster or Darrius Shepherd could get promoted from the practice squad. Lazard and Valdes-Scantling are the only receivers in that group worth considering in fantasy, and both would be in the top-40 conversation. Lazard has been the more consistent of the two in terms of snap percentage and on-field play, but Valdes-Scantling’s speed and athleticism give him more upside, despite his problem with drops this season. You should avoid starting either receiver if you can help it, but they would be reasonable dart throws if Adams is out.

About Jay Devineni

A journalist by trade, Jay is in St. Louis and still a loyal Rams fan. He earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a published sports writer.