Fantastic Injury Updates: Austin Ekeler and Saquon Barkley Affecting Week 1 Decisions
The owners of Fantasy Football take a little break in week 1 with relatively few noticeable injuries. Just two running backs you might consider in your start, the sit ’em decisions are even “questionable”. Of course, when these guys are potential RB1s, like Saquon Barkley and Austin Ekeler are, then their owners will frantically check for injury updates and active / inactive reports until kick-off.
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Does Austin Ekeler play week 1?
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night that Ekeler is should play.
Ekeler (hamstring) missed training on Wednesday and Thursday before participating in a limited session on Friday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that Ekeler is “should play“Although given Ekeler’s history with soft tissue injuries, it’s fair to wonder if the Chargers will reduce his workload in Week 1.
Either way, if Ekeler is active, he’ll be hard to bench in the fantastic leagues, especially the PPR formats. Washington has a strong defensive line, so Ekeler will likely do most of his damage in the air. If Ekeler is inactive, Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley plan to split the litters, with Jackson having a bit more value given his position on the depth board. Jackson and Kelley could be the backs at short distance / goal line anyway, so it’s not a bad idea to pick one up as a free agent as early as possible if you have the space to play. with.
Does Saquon Barkley play week 1?
UPDATE: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday night that Barkley is should play.
Barkley (knee) was medically authorized for Sunday’s late afternoon kickoff against Denver. It’s still not clear if he’ll be active, but all signs point to he’s out there.
It seems likely the Giants will at least cut Barkley’s workload a bit, but if he’s active his owners need to start him. Chances are he will see at least 12-15 touches, and we know what he can do with that many chances. If the Giants really let go with him, Devontae Booker will get most of the transport, but for now, think of him as a handcuff unless Barkley is inactive.