Luck is officially out for week one, and the Colts don’t have a timetable for his return. We wouldn’t expect to see him back for at least the first few weeks of the season.
Fantasy Spin: Write the Colts off this week… The Rams are going to load the box, stuff the run and get after Tolzien.
Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ looks like he is trending towards being out for the Giants week one matchup. Reports are that he hasn’t looked good running, but continues to work hard in the training room trying to get ready for Sunday. Unfortunately the Giants play the Sunday night game, so you will likely have to make a decision on him before we get word on whether or not he’s playing. Clearly you will want to leave him out of your DFS lineups.
Fantasy Spin: If Beckham can’t go, it certainly will add value to the other Giants pass catchers… particularly Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard.
Thomas didn’t practice for nearly three weeks due to a groin injury, but was able to practice on Wednesday which puts him on track to play week one. Keep an eye on his status Sunday morning, but at this point it’s fairly safe to have him in your lineups.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas is a solid play against the Chargers on Monday night, and should see his usual volume of 10+ targets. If for some reason he doesn’t play, it would clearly be the Emmanuel Sanders show for the Broncos.
Taylor made his way through concussion protocol and returned to practice on Monday, and will be active for the Bills week one matchup with the Jets. The Jets are a mess, and the fact that they thinned out their defensive line, the strongest unit on the team, should mean a big day for Taylor and co.
Fantasy Spin: Given how rough the preseason was for Taylor, he will likely have low ownership % in a favorable week one matchup. That being said, the Bills could jump out early and turn the game into the Shady show.
By now most fantasy owners that drafted Davis are aware that he will be active and have a limited role in Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders. Patience is the key with Davis.. he is far and away the most talented receiver on this roster, and will be the number one guy by the end of the season.
Fantasy Spin: Rishard Matthews owners are on the clock… you get a solid start out of him this week, but I think his days as the number one receiver in Tennessee are limited.
Matthews fractured his sternum on his first day with the Bills. We thought he would actually make it back to practice last week, but the Bills were careful with their new number one receiver. He has practiced in full all week this week, and looks to be a go with Taylor.
Fantasy Spin: I think the Taylor/Matthews stack is one of the more intriguing DFS plays for week one. The injuries and lack of preseason production from the pair will keep their ownership % low, but the matchup screams stack-city.
Rawls is always hurt… always has been, always will be. It makes him one of the most frustrating fantasy players for owners. He has been a full participant in practice for the past few days, and will enter week one as the starter for the Seahawks.
Fantasy Spin: How the Seahawks use their three running backs is yet to be seen. My recommendation is to use Rawls as a flex if you have to, but to keep Lacy and Prosise on your bench until we get an idea of usage. It’s worth noting that the Seahawks passing game is clicking so well, we expect this team to be much more pass-heavy than in past years.
Ross will likely miss the first two weeks of his rookie campaign with a knee sprain.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy owners should get ready for a boom-or-bust season out of Ross. He has game breaking speed and big play ability, but will have to carve out a role in an offense that also features three solid backs, AJ Green, and Tyler Eifert.
Study the injury report for opposing defenses! Big time defensive backs, like Vontae Davis, are out, resulting in favorable matchups for opposing receivers. Some teams are riddled with offensive line issues, which will have a major impact on game plans. Nothing creates as much value in daily fantasy football as injuries.