Fantasy Football: Trey Lance injury fallout, early Week 3 waiver goals and other key injury updates

Fantasy Football: Trey Lance injury fallout, early Week 3 waiver goals and other key injury updates

Injuries have defined the first two weeks of the NFL season, and we had another big one on Sunday, as 49ers QB Trey Lance suffered an ankle injury that is expected to require season-ending surgery. . And, of course, he wasn’t the only player to leave Sunday’s games with injuries – in addition to the number of big names who were already out on Sunday, we saw Jerry Jeudy, James Conner, Damien Harris and Dalton Schultz quit Sunday’s games. .

You know how it goes – injuries are a part of life in the NFL, and especially at the start of the season, there’s always an increased risk, but it’s still disappointing every time it happens. In Lance’s case, he suffers the injury before we really had a chance to see what he could do as a full-time starter, and we probably won’t get another chance to see him until the next season.

Lance’s injury isn’t going to dominate Fantasy Football talk like other major injuries might, but it’s still a blow to those of us who were counting on him to be their starter. And, of course, that has potentially serious ramifications for the 49ers offense — thankfully, they were able to keep Jimmy Garoppolo in the end.

We’ll cover Lance’s injury, what it means for the 49ers and who you could acquire to help replace him in tonight’s newsletter, as well as the rest of the Week 2 injuries you need to know about. as well as your first look at my main waiver goals for week 3.

Week 2 Injury Recap

Lance’s injury appears to be a season ending, and it comes after he played in such poor condition in Week 1 that we really couldn’t see what this offense would look like with him at the helm. And now we probably won’t until next season, Lance’s third in the league. It’s a huge disappointment for a player as talented as him, and if you drafted Lance to be your starter, it leaves a clear gap in your roster – and you can’t expect Jimmy Garoppolo to fill it. .

Because, while Lance was unproven, expectations were much higher than they ever were for Garoppolo, and rightly so. Garoppolo is a good player, but Lance’s upside down run has made him a potential difference-maker in Fantasy. Garoppolo will never be that.

But maybe Tua Tagovailoa can be? The Dolphins have been pretty happy with passing, and we saw the benefits of what that could mean in Week 1, as he tied Dan Marino’s franchise record with six passing touchdowns. You might wince at the inclusion of Tagovailoa in the same breath as Marino, but with Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill ranking among the league’s most electrifying playmakers, Tagovailoa doesn’t have to be amazing to have a chance to engrave his name in the Dolphins’ record. book multiple times.

Of course, Tagovailoa is only available in 20% of CBS Fantasy Leagues, so he might not be an option. Justin Fields might be your best pick if he’s there, although he’s only available in 37% of the leagues, so that might not help either. The truth is, there are no obvious guys to start with waivers in most leagues. Of the quarterbacks available in more than half of the CBS Fantasy Leagues, Marcus Mariota and Daniel Jones probably have the most upside thanks to their rushing potential, although neither has yet put up two good games.

So your best bet might be to try making a trade. If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t light him up this week, he’d be a top contender, as would Dak Prescott, assuming you can live a few weeks without him. Maybe you can stream for a few weeks – Jared Goff vs. the Vikings or Ryan Tannehill vs. the Raiders in Week 3, and Jones vs. the Bears or Mitchell Trubisky vs. the Jets in Week 4 – and at that time- there, Prescott might be right back at the boat.

But the thing is, there is no obvious solution that is widely available. Garoppolo can, in fact, be about as good as anyone else available in your league. We know he doesn’t have a lot of upside, but he’s a stable option with great playmakers. And, if nothing else, Lance’s switch to Garoppolo makes Deebo Samuel’s projection a bit easier, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle, who will hopefully be back next week.

Because Garoppolo isn’t going to run the ball himself, like Lance did. That means the 49ers should be happiest with him at QB — even though they’ll likely be one of the league’s heaviest offenses anyway. We can expect, say, 30-35 pass attempts per week for the 49ers, compared to more than 20-30 with Lance most weeks. Between that and Garoppolo being a non-factor as a rusher in the red zone, it’s easier to see how all of Samuel, Aiyuk and Kittle can thrive – although Samuel is still a clear outlier among the trio in terms of value Fantasy.

Overall, the ceiling for your fantasy team and the 49ers is probably lower without Lance than it otherwise would have been. But at least the 49ers know what they have in Garoppolo. You might not be so lucky.

Here are the other injuries we’ll be watching out for Sunday’s matches:

  • Jerry Jeudy (shoulder) – Jeudy landed awkwardly after being hit, and it looks like this one could be pretty serious – he was ruled out shortly after halftime after leaving the game in the first quarter. It’s frustrating after his 2021 campaign was derailed by an early ankle injury, although we don’t have specific details at this stage. Courtland Sutton started once Jeudy left the game, finishing with seven catches for 122 yards on 11 targets, and that might be what he needs to live up to the exorbitant price tag he was aiming for in the draft. Prior to Jeudy’s injury, it was unclear whether Sutton was the No. 1 option in attack, but if Jeudy is missing a lot of time, there would be no other choice.
  • James Conner (ankle) – Conner left the game early in the third quarter and watched from the sideline as the Cardinals come back to win in overtime. Eno Benjamin was No. 2 before the injury, but he shared the job with Darrel Williams after the injury – Williams finished with eight carries for 59 yards and a touchdown, while Benjamin had eight for 31, plus three catches for 20 yards. (Williams had two for 3 yards). If Conner runs out of time, it looks like it will be a committee, and Williams had the first chance to work on the goal line, an important thing in this offense. I would prefer Benjamin for Fantasy, but both could be in the RB3 lineup if Conner is out.
  • Damien Harris (knee) – It doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, as Harris told reporters after the game, “I’m fine, dog!” He caught himself in the knee after a late postponement, so we’ll keep an eye on him for now, with Rhamondre Stevenson likely on standby for a heavy workload should Harris run out of time.
  • Dalton Schultz (leg) – Schultz went off in the fourth quarter after falling awkwardly, and looked like he got caught in the knee, maybe. We don’t have any more details than that, but it’s something to watch for an offense that Prescott is already lacking. I wouldn’t expect much from Jake Ferguson if Schultz was dropped, but it could make the impending return of Michael Gallup even more important for the Cowboys offense.

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Here’s who I’m watching coming out of Sunday’s action:

Main targets:

  1. Garrett Wilson, WR, Jets
  2. Chris Olave, WR, Saints
  3. Curtis Samuel, WR, Commanders
  4. Raheem Mostert, RB, Dolphins
  5. Eno Benjamin, RB, Cardinals

For the rest of my top priorities and why I target them, go here.

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