Two Minute Warning - Week Two
Must-know news nuggets for those last minute fantasy decisions
It’s time to get caught up on all the latest injury and depth chart developments in the NFL as of Friday morning - including a group of gimpy number one receivers who could make or break your weekend:
- Detroit WR Calvin Johnson has picked up a slight foot issue in practice, but should be 100% versus San Francisco. He’s one of the top three fantasy options available at WR even against the 49ers’ tough D.
- New York Giants’ WR Hakeem Nicks seemed to be limited somewhat by a pre-season knee injury in week one. He was rested mid-week and will play Sunday, but doesn’t appear to be 100% comfortable just yet.
- Philadelphia WRs Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson are both dealing with nagging issues and missed Thursday practice, but are expected to play in a tough matchup versus Baltimore.
- Carolina WR Steve Smith is dealing with a knee issue of his own, but should be good to go. He’s a good bet to have a strong game in the Superdome if cleared.
- Oakland WR Denarius Moore is ready to roll versus Miami. He should emerge as the Raiders top receiver from here on out - but will be eased in this weekend with a limited snap count.
- Washington WR Pierre Garcon is dealing with the foot injury he sustained in New Orleans, and looks like a game time decision. He could cost you if he’s ruled out late.
- New York Jets’ rookie WR Stephen Hill is still dealing with a calf injury, but the same issue didn’t slow him in week one. Those rolling the dice on Hill need to factor in Pittsburgh’s stingy defense. Third receiver Jeremy Kerley (back) should also be available.
- Seattle WR Golden Tate has reclaimed his starter’s job from veteran Braylon Edwards - but doesn’t look like a good option versus Dallas’ tough secondary. Counterpart Sidney Rice (knee) is ailing and a poor start also.
- Tennessee WR Kenny Britt will return from suspension this weekend - the explosive fourth year player will see limited snaps, but could quickly become the Titans’ #1 option.
- Indianapolis WR Austin Collie (concussions) hoped to return in week two - but unexpectedly missed practice Thursday. He might yet be ruled out at game-time, as he was in week one.
- New England WR Wes Welker remains a big part of the Patriots offense, according to QB Tom Brady. Still, Welker needs to have a big outing in Arizona to restore complete faith.
- Arizona QB John Skelton (ankle) hasn’t been ruled out completely for the Cardinals’ tilt with New England, but Kevin Kolb is the likely starter. The Patriots defense could feast on Kolb this weekend.
- Tennessee QB Jake Locker is fine after a week one shoulder injury. His matchup with San Diego remains unappealing regardless.
- Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) is practicing again and will play versus New Orleans. Neither he nor running mate DeAngelo Williams are attractive options this week.
- Pittsburgh RB Jonathan Dwyer was rested from practice Wednesday, but local media expect Dwyer to start - and maybe star - against New York.
- San Diego RB Ryan Matthews’ rehab from a collar bone issue took an upward turn with a full practice Thursday. It’s now thought the fragile Matthews could play Sunday, but he may be a game-time decision. Backups Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley should be avoided if Matthews doesn’t go.
- Cleveland RB Trent Richardson has been practicing without limitations and should be at full strength at Cincinnati. He might be ready for a breakout game.
- Jacksonville RB Rashad Jennings is doubtful for Sunday’s game - meaning Maurice Jones-Drew could see a monster workload versus the Texans. Also a big factor in the passing game, Jones-Drew is a fine week two option even if the Jags get behind.
- Buffalo RB Fred Jackson will miss the next four weeks, minimum, after sustaining an injury to his knee in an ugly tackle in New York. Backup CJ Spiller’s explosive fill-in performance makes him an enticing option in the meantime - and beyond.
- San Diego TE Antonio Gates (ribs) is sore but expected to be ready to roll against the Titans. Gates was two uncharacteristic drops form a huge week one and is a fine play versus Tennessee.
- Indianapolis LB/DE Dwight Freeney is out for week two against Minnesota. The already risky Colts defense is an even poorer bet without its best pass rusher.
- New York Jets CB Darelle Revis (concussion) is in a race to be cleared for action Sunday, but remains 50-50. His absence would be a serious downgrade for an otherwise promising Jets defense - a decision is set for Saturday.