Recapping the Injuries week 2 2018

By Armando Marsal
Armando Marsal

It was an exciting and high scoring Week 2, but as usual we saw some players go down with injury. Some of the injuries could keep a player off the field for some time, others not as long, and in the worst cases it could be the season, but for this week, it appears we have avoided the worst case scenario. That said, there were still several key players that were dinged up this week.

Fantasy owners who lost players that are expected to miss significant time, adjustments need to be made and the waiver wire will be your best friend.

With that said, let’s take a look at some of this week’s injuries and the impact of the injury.

Joe Mixon – Bengals: Mixon briefly left Thursday night’s game and was able to return, however, he was only able to play 39 snaps that evening. He was diagnosed with a knee issue and then it was later reported that he will undergo a knee scope. Mixon underwent the score on Saturday and could miss 2-4 weeks. During his absence, the Bengals will likely run a committee of Giovani Bernard and fourth-rounder Mark Walton.

LeSean McCoy – Bills: McCoy took a big blow and was instantly in a lot of pain. He tried coming back into the game, but after one play, he ended up on the sidelines for the remainder of the day. He has been diagnosed with a rib injury, but will attempt to play through the injury. This Bills offensive line and the offense in general has looked really bad to start the season. Even at 100 percent, McCoy was tough to trust, but now with this injury it is even tougher. If McCoy cannot play, Chris Ivory will likely handle the bulk of the work for the Bills.

Dalvin Cook –Vikings: Cook left during Sunday’s overtime tie against the Packers with a hamstring injury. The good news is that the injury had nothing to do with his ACL from last season, the bad news is that hamstring injuries are tricky and can linger. After the game, Cook said he was fine. It does not appear to be a serious injury, fortunately, and barring any setbacks he should be ready to go for next week’s juicy matchup against a horrible Bills defense. I’d still suggest to add Latavius Murray if you are a Cook owner just to be on the safe side.

Mike Wallace – Eagles: Wallace left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and was quickly ruled out, which is never a good sign. Early reports suggest that he is expected to miss a while due to the injury. This is a big blow for the Eagles as the injuries have been piling up for them at the receiver position. Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) has yet played a down this season and Mack Hollins (groin) is on the injured reserve. Nelson Agholor will continue to operate as the team’s No. 1 wide out and we could see Kamar Aiken see a boost in usage as he received six targets in Week 2. Zach Ertz and Corey Clement should also see a bump in usage.

Larry Fitzgerald – Cardinals: Fitzgerald suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday against the Rams. The severity of the injury is not yet known, but as I mentioned with Cook, these injuries tend to linger. It is something worth monitoring throughout the week. If he misses any time, Christian Kirk could see more work, as well as Ricky Seals-Jones who led the Cardinals in targets Week 2.