Daily Fantasy Football Week 2: Injury Impact

Injuries on a team can play a huge part in a players fantasy value. A backup running back thrust into a starting role, a number one receiver or starting TE taken down by injury, or a new QB can drastically change the fantasy outlook of the entire team. I summarized my thoughts on injury impact here. Week 1 had very little injuries or surprises. But there are a few big injuries and suspensions you’ll want to take advantage of for Week 2.

Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have a great matchup this week against the New England Patriots, who got gashed in the run game last year and have continued that trend this year. The matchup is so good we saw a lot of good players started Adrian Peterson in Thursday contests. But with Peterson now out indefinitely, we have two min salary running backs who could have huge games. Asiata is certainly the safer and more obvious play. It’s presumed he will start and McKinnon will be the backup. But there’s no indication the Vikings are married to Asiata, who has not been great in games where he has started. If McKinnon gets a few big runs and Asiata struggles, its likely he will become the go to RB. I like McKinnon in tournaments, but in head to head, I’d go Asiata. Neither are a slam dunk.

Terrance West, RB, Browns

West got the most carries last week, 16 carries to be exact, after starter Ben Tate went down with injury. The Browns have not had a quality run game in years, so its hard to imagine West having a great game. But he does have a decent matchup against the Saints at home. He also has a running game guru offensive coordinator in Kyle Shanahan. I don’t remember a time when anyone with the last name Shanahan has had a poor running game. The Browns offensive line is actually quite good, anchored by Joe Thomas, possibly the best OT in the league. The risk is one of the other RBs having some big runs and getting more touches than West. But if West does well, I think we should expect 20+ carries and great fantasy value.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

In lesser known news, Bengals starting TE Tyler Eifert is injured and will not play this week. Gresham should get all the snaps this week at TE. Gresham is a former first round pick who has had some solid seasons with the Bengals. The Bengals have the 6th highest point projection this week, so there should be a lot of fantasy points to go around. Gresham should be a low risk, high reward play.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars

Cecil Shorts is doubtful to play this week. Meanwhile, the Jaguars coaching staff has stated that Hurns has been promoted to the number 2 WR because of his stellar play, bumping him ahead of Marquis Lee. I stated in a previous column to not get too blinded by Hurns 4 catch, 100 yard, 2 TD performance Week 1. I still stick to that sentiment. But with Shorts still out, the Jaguars just have too good of a matchup against a weak Redskins secondary to not like Hurns. He’s not far above min salary on Fanduel and Draftkings so you will not be risking much.

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