UPDATE 9/19: There are no QB injuries of note, but following up on the skill position injuries listed below:
Michael Thomas: Still waiting for final word, but he’s not expected to play
Kenny Golladay: Out
Chris Godwin: Doubtful, but if he gets through concussion protocol on Saturday, Bruce Arians said he would be questionable.
A.J. Brown: Out
UPDATE 9/18: We don’t have any injuries to quarterbacks to monitor this week, but some receiver injuries could impact quarterback upside this week.
Michael Thomas has a high-ankle sprain and should be out this week even though Sean Payton is going to take it to the bitter end before ruling him out. This is a pretty big blow to Drew Brees, who didn’t look sharp in Week 1. He still has a great matchup against the Raiders, so has fantasy appeal, but I’ll knock Brees down a bit.
Kenny Golladay looks doubtful to play after missing Thursday practice. That pushes Matthew Stafford down a notch or two.
Chris Godwin has a concussion and could miss this week, which would hurt Tom Brady, but I haven’t dropped Brady just yet.
A.J. Brown hasn’t practiced yet this week and Adam Schefter doesn’t sound too keen on Brown’s ability to play on Sunday against the Jaguars.
I may live to regret it, but I also moved Dak Prescott up to No. 2 over Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes has had trouble with the Chargers pass defense of late and I love Prescott’s upside against the Falcons pass defense. But, we do need to keep an eye on Amari Cooper’s health.
It sure was nice having the NFL back, wasn’t it? The Stud quarterbacks did their thing, as Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson went off. It was nice to see Rodgers back in form. Just think if he had more receiver depth? Wild.
Amazingly Patrick Mahomes was QB14 despite throwing three touchdowns. His usual big yardage wasn’t there, as Clyde Edwards-Helaire topped 100 yards on the ground and the Texans looking to take the deep ball away. Unfortunately for his opponents, he’s not going to be slowed down that often. The Chargers have slowed him down in their last two meetings and will look to take the air out of the ball again this week, but it’s impossible to knock him down in the rankings with his great upside.
Dak Prescott also had a down game in Week 1, but also just missed a rushing touchdown by inches. If he’d gotten in, he’d have finished QB9 instead of QB18. This week he gets a better matchup against the Falcons, who just gave up the most QB fantasy points to Russell Wilson. This game should be a high-scoring affair with plenty of fantasy points to spare.
We’ll get to see if Rodgers is going to be a consistent fantasy stud, as he gets a Lions defense that gave up three passing touchdowns to the mediocre Mitchell Trubisky last week. Oh, and all three of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. Detroit is also hurting in the secondary, so Rodgers and company could easily repeat their huge Week 1.
Joe Burrow, Bengals
We’ll see how the short turnaround impacts Burrow, but he gets a good matchup against a beat up Browns pass defense this Thursday night. I expect him to have a better shot at passing production this week and he showed that he can win with his legs.
I don’t love this matchup with the Titans, but they are coming off a late Monday Night last second win and Minshew has shown that he can get the job done. The odds are against him, but the Minshew Magic may be hard to slow down.
Championship Round TE rankings
|1||Travis Kelce||KC||vs BUF|
|2||Robert Tonyan||GB||vs TB|
|3||Rob Gronkowski||TB||@ GB|
|4||Dawson Knox||BUF||@ KC|
|5||Cameron Brate||TB||@ GB|