A ton of information keeps cycling in and out with updates on star NFL players, how much they practiced and what their week one availability might end up being. For the big ones, when there’s something concrete, we’ll cover it and give you the insight for DFS and season long fantasy football games. For a daily wrap up, we’ll post all the main blurbs together. Here goes for Friday, 9/11:
Victor Cruz Won’t Play in Week 1
Cruz is 100% after destroying his patellar tendon last year, but a calf injury will keep him out of the first game of the season. It could linger for another few weeks, too. With no Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. has a real chance to be a top-5 option against a weak Dallas Cowboys secondary on Sunday Night Football. Rueben Randle also gets a boost, as does tight end Larry Donnell.
Bears WRs Questionable
Alshon Jeffery and the other banged up Chicago Bears wide receivers practiced on Friday and all appear to be questionable to face the Green Bay Packers. Jeffery apparently “looked pretty good” in practice, so it’s starting to look like he will be active. Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will also probably play, but they’re seeming like less appealing plays by the day. Jeffery will need to be started in regular leagues if he’s a go, but due to a steep price you may want to fade him in daily fantasy football leagues. Tight end Martellus Bennett, who is a solid value, could end up being the top Bears receiving option this week.
Ladarius Green Not Ruled Out Yet
There has been a ton of chatter about San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green, who figures to fill in for suspended tight end Antonio Gates in week one. That’s if he plays. He supposedly dealt with a concussion, but he’s back at practice and appears normal. We should know by Saturday if he’s going to play. If he plays he’s a solid value play in the DFS realm and probably a life saver in regular leagues. If he’s out, Stevie Johnson is the main benefactor in the Bolt’s passing attack.
Chargers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) is at practice. Running routes. Catching passes. Doesn’t appear limited in portion open to media.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 11, 2015
Zach Ertz Iffy For Week 1 Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is shaping up to be a game time call for Monday night’s clash in Atlanta with the Falcons. He’s been dealing with a groin issue and has not yet been ruled out and has been practicing on a limited basis. He has plenty of time to get healthy but he’s not even the starter right now. He’s going to be very difficult to trust in week one, so he’s a good fade candidate across all fantasy leagues.
Zach Ertz said he’ll likely be listed as questionable for Monday’s game. Will be a game time decision. Still has 3 days. — Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 11, 2015
Duke Johnson, Shady Both Probable For Week 1
LeSean McCoy has ruled the headlines but he’s already said he’s a go for week one. He’s not 100%, but the Colts defense is bad against the run so he’s still a good play if you drafted him. He might end up being a pretty nice contrarian play in daily fantasy football, but the price could be a tad steep with how shaky his role/production might end up being. That’s not the case with Duke, who is the minimum at DraftKings but of course he’s facing a tough Jets defense on the road and he’s not even the starter.
Tre Mason Still Iffy
Tre Mason missed practice on Friday and is officially questionable with a lingering hamstring issue. He’s facing a deadly Seahawks defense anyways, so this would be a great time to just act as if he’s unavailable. He’s not a good play in DFS despite being a good price, while you can start someone else over him in standard leagues. If he’s out, Benny Cunningham will get a ton of work and would be worth a look at the minimum on DK or as a value Flex in standard leagues. The matchup still is all kinds of awful, of course.
DeSean Jackson Ready to Rock
D-Jax isn’t even on Washington’s injury report anymore, meaning he’s ready to try to take the top off of Miami’s defense. That’s no guarantee but Kirk Cousins does chase big plays. There is upside to be had here in week one, despite his recent shoulder issue and quarterback talent.