Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 2


Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 2

So much overreaction to one outstanding or poor player performance. So much panic after one loss for your fantasy team. It's Week 2. The lesson today? Settle. Try not to make long-term judgements on a guy after just one game. And don't worry about that opening-week defeat. We've got a long way to go, my friends. There will be time for panic. Being 0-1 in the middle of September is not that time.
Anyway, we'll be here all morning letting you know which injured stars are going to play and which you need to put on your bench . The top of that crop includes Jeremy Maclin @jmac_18, DeSean Jackson @DeseanJackson10, the Panthers' Steve Smith @89SteveSmith and Hakeem Nicks. Players who have already been ruled out for today's action include Dustin Keller, Devery Henderson, Fred Jackson, Daniel Thomas, Darrelle Revis, Dwight Freeney, Jacoby Ford and Rashad Jennings.
For the status of other players who aren't covered here, click on the link below to the NFL's official injury report.


**Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is active. His surgically repaired foot may not be 100 percent just yet, but he didn't look restricted against the Cowboys, and he is a fine play against the Bucs today. I expect the Giants' offense to come out firing after a lackluster performance in the kickoff game.
**The Eagles will have both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin available today. In three-receiver leagues, you probbaly need to start them, depending on your other options. But after what Michael Vick showed last week against Cleveland, he could have a really tough go of it against the Ravens. I would play Maclin over Jackson if I had to choose between the two.
**Colts wide receiver Austin Collie @AKCollie_17 is inactive. He suffered some sort of setback in his return from his latest concussion during the week. I'm still holding out hope that he can be a fantasy asset this season. Once he does play, I'll probably wait a couple of weeks just to see how he looks and to make sure he doesn't sustain another concussion before putting him in my lineup.
**Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart @Jonathanstewar1 are both active for the Panthers. Smith came down with some knee soreness during the practice week, but it was never a big worry. He's a very strong WR2 versus the Saints. Meanwhile, DeAngelo Williams is still going to start. I would sit Stewart in his first game action in about three weeks. Williams is a flex option with this duo active.
**Shane Vereen is inactive for the Patriots. I love Stevan Ridley as a low-end RB1 today at home against the Cardinals.
**Bernard Scott won't play for the Bengals. Even if he was active, I don't think it would have had a major impact on BenJarvus Green-Ellis' value. As is, BJG-E is a strong RB2 against the Browns.
**Cardinals quarterback John Skelton has been officially ruled out for today's game. We knew as much earlier in the week, but the team refused to do it before today. Skelton is expected to miss at least a couple of games because of a sprained ankle. Kevin Kolb will get the start at the Patriots. That means the Patriots' D is a must-start. And you're never benching Larry Fitzgerald as long as he's playing.
**Cornerback Brandon Flowers is active for the Chiefs. He didn't play last week when the Falcons lit up KC's defense. It's great news for the Chiefs and cause to downgrade Ryan Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson slightly.
**Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is inactive. There was a chance that he would play today, but his ankle still isn't quite right. Vincent Jackson is a strong WR2 today.
**Trent Richardson is active. He was listed as probable on the injury report. He's still findinng his NFL legs, but he should get at least 20 touches against the Bengals. He's a good flex, maybe a low-end RB2 option.
**Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore is active against the Dolphins. He is ready to make his 2012 debut after fighting a hamstring injury for most of the preseason. He has an outstanding matchup Miami, and head coach Dennis Allen said today that Moore will get "significant" playing time. I worry about a hamstring re-aggravation and some rust, so Moore is a high-risk, high-reward player for me. But as a WR3, you could do much worse.

Fantasy Analysis:

I would not have advised anyone to start Keller if he was active. He caught just one pass during the Jets' offensive explosion last week, and now he has suffered a setback with his hamstring injury. I'm not waiting on him.
Henderson has yet to be cleared after suffering a concussion in Week 1. As such, I think Lance Moore is a strong WR3 this week versus the Panthers. He picked up a bunch yards, targets and a touchdown last week after Henderson went to the sidelines.
Fred Jackson could be out for a month or more due to his sprained knee. I think C.J. Spiller will be a top-10 RB while he's out.
Reggie Bush might see a few more touches versus the Raiders with Thomas inactive. Bush is an RB2.
Revis is out due to a concussion. That's good news for Mike Wallace and especially Antonio Brown. Get them in your lineup.
Freeney has a high ankle sprain, so expect him to miss a series of games. That weakens the Colts' defense even further and probably means even more passes from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne.
Jacoby Ford was put on injured reserve Saturday because of a foot injury that required surgery. He was one of my favorite sleepers going into the 2011 season. But he has been so injury-prone since, who knows if he'll ever be a worthwhile fantasy option.
Jennings probably wouldn't have seen many snaps if he was playing today. Maurice Jones-Drew is back, and he's the Jaguars' workhorse once again.


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