Fantasy Football: Wednesday news roundup, with Greg Olsen's absence and the return of Martavis Bryant
Heath Cummings tells you what you missed on Tuesday in the NFL, starting with the latest on Greg Olsen.
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This was the fear when we saw Olsen on crutches, and now it's reality. He re-fractured his foot and is considered month-to-month. While Olsen is still talking about coming back at some point this season, it's going to be really hard to keep him on your roster unless it's a very deep league. If you're looking for replacement options, I wrote about them.
As for how this affects the Panthers, it's a mixed bag. Rookie Ian Thomas will take over at tight end and have immediate opportunity. He has upside for a tight end but it's also unlikely he completely assumes Olsen's role immediately. Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess should both see a bump in their targets, with Funchess becoming a solid flex option. The one player I'm worried about is Cam Newton. There will be an adjustment period without Olsen, and Newton heads to Atlanta this week, where he's struggled in the past.
The Eagles will announce their starter at QB Wednesday
At this point, it would be a surprise if we saw Carson Wentz back under center for the Eagles in Week 2, especially after they came away with the win in spite of Nick Foles' underwhelming performance in the opener. However, we'll know for sure Wednesday, though the team has already made a decision. We know they'll be without Alshon Jeffery as well, however this should be a better week for the Eagles' offense regardless.
Foles was not good in Week 1 but he would face a much easier matchup in Week 2 against Tampa Bay, who just gave up 40 points to the Saints. The Buccaneers' secondary is depleted by injury, so this should be a good opportunity for Nelson Agholor, who is the clear No. 1 receiver until Jeffery comes back. Start Agholor, Zach Ertz and Jay Ajayi this week with confidence no matter who the QB is. You can also start Foles in a two-QB league if he does start. The Eagles offense should be better in Week 2.
Martavis Bryant is back and he may play in Week 2.
This was certainly a surprise. After cutting Bryant in the preseason, the Raiders signed him to a one week contract on Tuesday. This isn't as uncommon as you might think, as a contract signed after Week 1 is not guaranteed for the full season. Bryant still has a potential suspension looming but there are also reports the Raiders plan to play him in Week 2.
After what we saw from Derek Carr in Week 1 you shouldn't expect too much from any Raiders receiver at Denver in Week 2. Bryant is a fine add in deep leagues, and you should hold on to Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson, but plan on benching all of these guys in Week 2. The only Raiders pass catcher we're starting this week is Jared Cook.
More from around the league Tuesday:
- The Patriots signed Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler ...The Patriots love to take shots like this and it's always difficult to know what it means. I'd consider adding Coleman in deep Dynasty formats, but that's about it. The Patriots are thin at receiver but neither of these two players are likely to learn the offense and make an impact any time soon.
- Doug Baldwin is likely out for a "couple of weeks" ... This was about what we expected. Hopefully it's the literal meaning of a couple and we see Baldwin back by the first week of October. He is a must-hold in any league. In the short term both Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett have flex appeal in a standard league and should be added off the waiver wire.
- The Falcons defense took another hit ... Deion Jones is on the IR and just like that the Falcons have lost arguably their two best defensive players in the first week of the season. This is a massive hit for them, especially with McCaffrey and the Panthers up next. The Falcons could still be a streaming option this week, but they don't look as appealing as they did yesterday. If this defense struggles it could mean an increase in volume for Matt Ryan, which would be a positive in Fantasy.
- We still don't have clarification on Aaron Rodgers' health ... Yes, this is a news blurb about no news. As for the time being we're ranking Rodgers and the Packers receivers as if he's playing. It's possible he's less mobile, which would be a bad thing against Minnesota, but you're not benching Rodgers if he's active.
- DeSean Jackson has a shoulder injury too ... We knew Jackson was in the concussion protocol, but it sounds like that's not all he's dealing with. If he misses Week 2 Chris Godwin becomes a very good flex play, even against a talented Eagles defense. O.J. Howard could see more targets too.
So who should you sit and start this week? And where does every player stack up? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 2 Fantasy football rankings for every single position, and see which shocking QB is going to finish in the top 5 this week, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.
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