Fantasy Injury Updates: Odell Beckham Jr., Nelson Agholor, Emmanuel Sanders Affecting Week 1 WR Rankings
As fantasy football owners come back in the wake of obsessing over decisions to start them, to sit them down, we’re already getting a reminder that injuries – and the nervous research of the latest injury updates – will be a big hit. nuisance all year round. Fortunately, when it comes to pass catchers, Week 1 was pretty tame. Jamison Crowder (COVID) and TE Evan Engram (calf) are missing, and a few other wide receivers will miss at least three games after being placed on the IR (Curtis Samuel, Tre’Quan Smith, TY Hilton, Rashod Bateman). Overall, however, the “questionable” WRs going into Sunday aren’t exactly a who’s who, as Odell Beckham Jr., Darnell Mooney, Nelson Agholor and Emmanuel Sanders really are the only guys with fantastic relevance.
But these players matter, so we have the latest news on all four. For an update on Mooney, which will play Sunday night, Click here. For the latest news on stoned RBs Austin Ekeler and Saquon Barkley, go here. For all the latest fantastic news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
Does Odell Beckham Jr. play week 1?
There didn’t seem to be much concern about OBJ’s availability for Week 1 at training camp, but Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was shy when asked about the availability of his star receiver on Friday, saying: “We will let you know 90 minutes before the game.” Beckham hasn’t seen any gaming action since tearing an ACL last October, but according to an Akron Beacon-Journal report on Saturday, “all the signs“still indicate that Beckham will face Kansas City in Week 1.
If Beckham is out there, fantasy owners can reasonably expect him to perform near a full set of shots. In a match with the highest / lowest of the week (54.5), you’ll want Beckham in your roster to be at least a WR2. If Beckham is a surprise scratch, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones would likely see slight bumps in the goals, but Baker Mayfield would see his value drop.
Does Nelson Agholor play week 1?
Agholor (ankle) did limited practice on Friday and was listed as “questionable” ahead of New England’s game against Miami in the late afternoon.
The Patriots often list players who are unlikely to miss games as “questionable,” so it’s unclear if there is really a chance that Agholor will be declared inactive. However, given the time of the game, the tough game, and Agholor’s poor fantastic outlook, there is no reason to have him in your rosters.
Does Emmanuel Sanders play week 1?
Sanders has been hampered by a foot injury for most of a month, and although he has been playing preseason and doing limited practice all week, he is listed as “questionable” before the Buffalo game in the early afternoon against Pittsburgh.
Even with Sanders playing, it’s fair to expect him to be limited as he tackles Buffalo’s offense. Given the confrontation and the uncertainty, it’s best to leave Sanders on some fantastic benches. Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasley both get nice value increases in Sanders is out or even limited.