One of the most important aspects of fantasy football is simply finalizing your roster for each week. Don’t get caught with an injured player in your starting lineup. Check back here every week for the latest updates as well as who you should start if one of your guys is out. It’s only week one of the 2014 fantasy football season, yet there are a slew of players that either are going to start the year off at less than 100%, or may not even play in the first game.
Some guys have been ruled out, some we have a pretty good indication what their status will be and a few we won’t know about until right before their game sounds off. For the injury questions on Monday night, you may want to take a pass now and save yourself the grief. But we’re still covering those and all the other big names. Read on for the latest:
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Tom Terrific has a minor calf issue but he never sits games out and the injury isn’t serious. Start him as usual as he takes on the Dolphins.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Cam has been dealing with cracked ribs and appears to be a true game time decision. Head coach Ron Rivera may seriously be thinking about holding his stud passer out to give him two full weeks to heal before he gets back to action in week two. Derek Anderson could start in his place and no one in Carolina would be a safe play against a solid Buccaneers defense.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Ellington is likely out with a significant foot injury. While this is terrible news for Ellington owners, they can look to Jonathan Dwyer to assume the starter’s role with Stepfan Taylor getting some carries as well
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
The Gronk is expected to suit up in week one and the doctors say he’s good to go. He might not play the whole game, but who cares? When Gronk play, Gronk dominate.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Pierce has passed all his concussion tests, so he’ll be the Raven’s starting running back while Ray Rice is out. Whether he’ll produce is another story. I wouldn’t start him going up against an elite Bengal’s D. Moving forward, Lorenzo Taliaferro is a nice name to remember for Week 2.
Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints
Stills has been ruled out with a quad issue. I would look to rookie Brandin Cooks to potentially fill his spot and have a nice Week 1, while Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham should see a couple more targets. Joseph Morgan and Nick Toon also could get minor bumps in value.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
The explosive rookie is probable for Week 1. Despite his recent rib injury, expect him to EJ Manuel’s favorite target in Week 1. Start him.
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Thomas has been downgraded to doubtful with a strained hamstring for Week 1. You wouldn’t be starting him anyways, but Knile Davis is next in line on the depth chart.
Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Coops and his ankle are listed as probable for Week 1. Expect him to continue to show his chemistry with Nick Foles. A definite start.
Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Crabtree is questionable for the Week 1 matchup against Dallas. This is a terrible defense so if Crabtree starts, he’s likely to have a great game. In his absence, look to Stevie Johnson.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald (knee) is dealing with some soreness but he’s expected to play on Monday night. Keep an eye on his status but he’s not a real threat to sit out. AZ gets a tasty matchup with a Bolts pass D that was abysmal a year ago.
Antonio Gates, TE, San Diego Chargers
Gates is another guy with a minor injury that should play. He is being regarded as a full-blown game time decision, though, so you may want to stash his backup – the more explosive Ladarius Green – in case you want/need to make the switch. Green is the better play if Gates is out, anyways.