Week 1 is here, and many drafts have already taken place. However, some drafts are still going to happen before Thursday’s season opener, so it’s important to cover predraft and Week 1 information. Michael Carter, Noah Fant, Jamison Crowder, and Evan Engram are all in the latest news cycle heading into Week 1. While none are considered fantasy superstars, they’ll surely affect rankings and sleeper lists, especially in deep leagues and tight end premium leagues. Check the latest fantasy injury updates below.
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Michael Carter Injury Update
While this preseason was huge for Carter to separate himself in the Jets backfield, he seemingly failed to do so. Now, he’s dealing with an undisclosed injury that could affect his Week 1 availability. If he does play, it’s tough to see a heavy workload (if it was going to happen at all pre-injury). For now, he probably should remain on your bench in Week 1 either way unless you’re really struggling at the position.
Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman have gotten more first-team reps in the offseason anyway, and if you haven’t already drafted your team, they are cheaper options to throw a dart at.
Noah Fant Injury Update
Fant has been on the injury report in recent weeks dealing with a leg injury. However, he is expected to suit up for Denver in Week 1. At this point, we don’t expect any limitations either. He will likely be a top-10 projected player each week, and with Teddy Bridgewater stepping into the QB1 role in Denver, he’ll hopefully get a flurry of more accurate targets. He looks to be more attractive in standard leagues, as his game is built for YAC and big plays on limited opportunities in a talented group of pass-catchers. It’s worth noting that Albert Okwuegbunam would be the next man in line at tight end if Fant were to suffer an unexpected setback before Sunday.
Jamison Crowder Injury Update
Crowder was placed on the Jets’ reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus. While the initial thought was he’d miss the season opener (@ Carolina), Robert Saleh said today he may be back just in time. While he’s not necessarily going to be a highly started (or even rostered) player, it’s worth monitoring, as his absence or presence will affect other pass-catchers around him. Most notably, Elijah Moore probably looks better this week if Crowder is out. Corey Davis should be unaffected as he looks to settle into the No. 1 WR role. For Zach Wilson, he’s obviously better off if he has his full complement of pass-catchers to work with.
Evan Engram Injury Update
Engram (calf) is now being called a longshot to play in Week 1 at home against Denver. He’s often been a regular on Giants’ injury reports, so the early absence is alarming. Veteran TE Kyle Rudolph is now the starter for Week 1, and he’s shown capable of producing decent fantasy outings in years past.
With the latest news, we assume Engram will be out, so we’ve ranked Rudolph accordingly. He is our TE18 in PPR and TE19 in standard. With Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Saquon Barkley (knee) still somewhat banged up, Daniel Jones may rely on him this week. If Engram continues to fight injuries, Rudolph is worth watching all season long.