Sit Start Injury Report Week 2 2021
Every fantasy manager knows that injuries can have a huge impact on a fantasy team's performance.
That makes properly navigating each week's injury report a must. To assist in this effort, this weekly article series will analyze the fantasy football impact of the Friday and Saturday injury reports.
The injured players are noted by player position and then their injury status. Out means the player has been ruled out of this week's contest. Doubtful means the player is very unlikely to start. Questionable indicates the player might start. Start likelihood is increased if a player has participated in practices that week, so practice participation levels are frequently noted in these posts.
Let's look at the Week 2 injury report. The initial edition of this article is generated following the league's Friday injury report. It is then updated on Saturday night with any injury changes that have been posted since the Friday update.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
The Falcons have no notable injuries.
Tampa Bay injuries
CB Carlton Davis: Questionable
Davis is a topflight cornerback who was added to the injury report on Friday with a hamstring issue. Davis is slated to match up against Calvin Ridley. Fantasy managers are almost certain to start Ridley regardless of if Davis plays, but if Davis is out, Ridley moves to top five WR status and Matt Ryan would vault to borderline QB1 status.
Buffalo at Miami
WR Gabriel Davis: Questionable
David did not practice on Wednesday but did put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. That would trend him towards playing against the Dolphins, but his lack of target volume makes Davis a longshot play at best.
WR Will Fuller: Out
WR Preston Williams: Questionable
Fuller is going to miss this game due to a non-injury related personal matter. Williams had bounced back for a full practice on Thursday after putting in a limited practice on Wednesday but reverted to a limited practice on Friday. Albert Wilson is the next man up, but Wilson or Williams do not make for viable fantasy options.
Cincinnati at Chicago
S Ricardo Allen: Out
CB Trae Waynes: Out
CB Darius Phillips: Questionable
Waynes is going to miss a second straight game with a hamstring injury. This is a big upgrade for Allen Robinson, as coverage liability Eli Apple is slated to take Waynes' place in the lineup. Phillips and Allen are depth players for the Bengals secondary, so their loss is also beneficial Robinson and the Bears offense.
T Larry Borom: Out
WR Marquise Goodwin: Questionable
WR Darnell Mooney: Questionable
T Jason Peters: Questionable
Goodwin and Mooney tallied full practices all week, so their questionable tags are unlikely to keep them out of the lineup against the Bengals. Borom is a backup tackle who would normally not be listed in this article, but he is the backup to starting left tackle Jason Peters, who is questionable for this contest after being limited in all three practices this week. If Peters and Borom were to both miss this game, it would be a significant downgrade for the Bears passing attack.
Dallas at Los Angeles Chargers
S Donovan Wilson: Out
S Damontae Kazee: Questionable
Dallas is already headed into this tough matchup without defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence, Neville Gallimore, and Randy Gregory, but now their defensive woes are compounded by injuries to both of their starting safeties. Wilson is all but certain to be out for this game, as he did not practice all week. Kazee did put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but since he was added to the injury report on Thursday, it suggests there is a chance he will not be available.
The combination of these ailments raises the fantasy production ceilings for Justin Herbert, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Austin Ekeler.
Saturday night update: Wilson is now listed out for this contest.
Los Angeles injuries
CB Chris Harris: Out
S Nasir Adderley: Questionable
Harris is one of the Chargers starting cornerbacks, so his loss is a notable gain for the Cowboys overall, but his absence probably isn't enough to vault Cedrick Wilson into the starter's tier. Adderley's absence could potentially be an even bigger factor in this matchup, as he one of the Chargers starting safeties. Adderley missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was able to put in a limited practice on Friday, but his status looks to be very up in the air. Replacing him with Mark Webb, Jr. would be a notable downgrade and could turn this game into a high scoring shootout that upgrades every Dallas fantasy prospect.
Denver at Jacksonville
LB Bradley Chubb: Questionable
Chubb missed last week's game against the Giants with an ankle injury, but he was able to participate in limited practices all week. The Denver defense may be a borderline D/ST1 without Chubb, but his addition would be enough to make the Broncos a viable week 2 starting D/ST.
CB Tre Herndon: Out
Herndon will miss a second straight game with a knee ailment. Tyson Campbell did a solid job of filling in for Herndon as the club's third cornerback, as he allowed only 23 yards on four targets (per Pro Football Reference) so this injury doesn't really have much fantasy impact.
Houston at Cleveland
TE Pharaoh Brown: Questionable
Brown led the Texans tight ends in targets and receptions in Week 1, but he missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with ankle and shoulder injuries. Brown was able to put in a limited practice on Friday, so he is trending towards starting, but he will have a limited fantasy impact outside of deep leagues.
WR Odell Beckham: Out
T Christopher Hubbard: Out
CB Troy Hill: Questionable
WR Anthony Schwartz: Questionable
C J.C. Tretter: Questionable
T Jedrick Wills: Questionable
Beckham will miss his second straight game with a knee injury. Schwartz posted a double-digit PPR point total last week in Beckham's absence but looks to be a riskier play this week after being limited in practice all week.
The injuries to Wills, Cleveland's starting left tackle, Hubbard, the Browns primary backup tackle, and Tretter, their starting center, could combine to make Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt much riskier start selection options than they would be otherwise. Hill is a starting cornerback for Houston and his absence would increase the value of Nico Collins.
Kansas City at Baltimore
Kansas City injuries
The Chiefs have no notable injuries.
DE Derek Wolfe: Out
WR Marquise Brown: Questionable
WR Devin Duvernay: Questionable
CB Marlon Humphrey: Questionable
CB Jimmy Smith: Questionable
T Ronnie Stanley: Questionable
Brown moved from missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday to practicing on Friday, thus trending him in the direction of playing. Not having Stanley would hurt the Ravens offense, as they already put LG Tyre Phillips on IR this week. It's not enough to keep Baltimore players out of fantasy lineups, but it is the type of tiebreaker that could make them more replaceable than usual. If Humphrey and/or Smith cannot play (and they both were limited in practice all week), it obviously gives upside to Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, but it also makes Mecole Hardman or Demarcus Robinson potential upside longshot start options.
Las Vegas at Pittsburgh
Las Vegas injuries
G Richie Incognito: Out
RB Josh Jacobs: Out
With Jacobs on the bench this week, the Raiders will end up splitting the rushing workload between Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber. Drake will still rate as a flex option, while Barber will not garner any notable start value given the matchup.
CB Joe Haden: Questionable
LB Devin Bush: Questionable
Haden was a late week addition to the injury report, as he was a limited participant in Friday's practice. If Haden is unable to play, Raiders WR Bryan Edwards will get an upgrade, but not enough of one to make him a viable fantasy prospect in most leagues.
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis
Los Angeles injuries
The Rams have no notable injuries.
CB Xavier Rhodes: Out
T Braden Smith: Out
S Julian Blackmon: Questionable
WR Parris Campbell: Questionable
T Eric Fisher: Questionable
G Quenton Nelson: Questionable
WR Michael Pittman: Questionable
S Khari Willis: Questionable
The Colts are beset with injuries across their team. Fisher put in a full practice on Friday, so he is likely to play. Smith did not practice all week, so Indianapolis will likely be without its starting right tackle. Nelson was limited in practice all week, so the Colts could have two top linemen out of the equation, a scenario that would make Jonathan Taylor's value fall to risky mid-tier RB2 status. Willis and Blackmon are the starting safeties for Indianapolis. Willis fully practiced on Friday so he's apt to start, but Blackmon missed that practice and is likely out for this contest. That can help vault Matthew Stafford into the middle of the QB1 tier. Campbell and Pittman are risky prospects in any scenario, but the injury slate makes them best suited for bench duty. Rhodes being out will likely help Cooper Kupp the most in the Rams receiving corps, so it's another WR1 day for him.
Minnesota at Arizona
LB Anthony Barr: Out
T Christian Darrisaw: Out
DE Everson Griffin: Out
LB Eric Kendricks: Questionable
The Vikings allowed 149 rushing yards to the Bengals last week and will have to stop the Cardinals ground game without two starters in their front seven. Kendricks practiced fully on Friday, so the questionable status is likely precautionary. Having two replacements in this platoon should open the door for James Conner and Chase Edmonds to have strong days, so consider them both to have RB2-caliber upside.
T Kelvin Beachum: Questionable
Beachum missed the Wednesday and Thursday practices, but he did have a limited practice on Friday and is trending towards playing. Given the Vikings defensive injuries, not having Beachum in the lineup would have minimal impact on the Cardinals fantasy grades.
New England at New York Jets
New England injuries
K Quinn Nordin: Out
TE Jonnu Smith: Questionable
Nick Folk will once again handle the kicking duties for the Patriots. Smith was limited in practice all week. He and Hunter Henry were used in a split target, run-block heavy scenario last week that suggests they will be backup options all season long, so the questionable status for Smith should simply confirm fantasy managers should look elsewhere for a tight end this week.
New York injuries
WR Keelan Cole: Questionable
WR Jamison Crowder: Questionable
Cole and Crowder were both limited practice participants all week. Between the injury concerns and a rookie quarterback in his second NFL start facing a Bill Belichick defense, Cole and Crowder are probably better sit candidates than start options this week.
New Orleans at Carolina
New Orleans injuries
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson: Questionable
CB Marshon Lattimore: Questionable
S P.J. Williams: Questionable
Gardner-Johnson missed practice on Thursday and Friday and thus will almost certainly miss this game. Lattimore was limited in practice last week and still played 63 percent of the contest against the Packers, so he is likely to play. Neither of these are enough to have a significant impact on the Panthers fantasy prospects.
The Panthers have no notable injuries.
San Francisco at Philadelphia
San Francisco injuries
LB Dre Greenlaw: Out
CB Emmanuel Moseley: Doubtful
DE Arik Armstead: Questionable
LB Marcell Harris: Questionable
DT Javon Kinlaw: Questionable
Greenlaw is out and Moseley is doubtful, so the Niners will be without their services in this matchup. Armstead, Harris, and Kinlaw were all limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, so their status is up in the air. These are more than enough to keep Miles Sanders in the RB2 tier and could provide RB1 upside potential.
S Rodney McLeod: Out
S Marcus Epps: Questionable
McLeod is the Eagles starting strong safety who missed last week's matchup as well. In his absence, Philadelphia allowed Atlanta's tight ends to tally eight receptions on 12 targets for 59 yards. George Kittle is capable of posting much better numbers than that and thus will almost certainly bounce back from a four reception, 78-yard performance last week.
Tennessee at Seattle
TE Anthony Firkser: Questionable
Firkser did not practice on Friday and thus is likely to miss this game.
WR Dee Eskridge: Out
RB Rashaad Penny: Doubtful
CB D.J. Reed: Questionable
Eskridge and Penny both missed practice on Friday and thus will very likely be out for this game. Reed was limited in Friday's practice. If he is out for this contest, it will be a marginal upgrade for the Titans wide receivers.
Saturday night update: Eskridge is now listed as out for this contest.
Detroit at Green Bay
WR Tyrell Williams: Out
RB D'Andre Swift: Questionable
WR Kalif Raymond: Questionable
Saturday night update: Swift practiced in full on Saturday, so he should be a go for this contest. Williams will end up missing this contest due to a concussion. Jamaal Williams did have some limited practices this week, but he had a full practice on Saturday and is now not listed on the injury report. Raymond could be in line to get additional targets in Tyrell Williams' absence, but Raymond was added to the injury report on Saturday with a limited practice due to a thigh injury, thus making him best suited for bench duty in most leagues.
Green Bay injuries
S Darnell Savage: Questionable
Savage was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and thus is trending towards being able to play in this game.
Saturday night update: Savage had a limited practice on Saturday as well, so it is still looking like he will start for the Packers on Monday night.