With millions of checkers popping up over the next few days, I wanted to make sure you were 100% ready, even if some players aren’t 100% healthy. Let’s take a look at the pool of players who would likely be listed as questionable heading into Week 1’s final descent.
AT Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders
It was announced Wednesday that the tight end of Vegas would return to practice after missing a long time with an injured hamstring. Coincidentally, Waller signed with a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus, as he continues to push for a new contract, although he has signed through the 2023 season. Despite a somewhat disappointing 2021 season, Waller is the TE4 in Michael Fabiano’s PPR rankings. His Week 1 status has not yet been determined; however, he is on track to play.
Fabiano rank: TE4
my rank: TE6
ADP: 55, TE5
QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
In late July, Burrow went under the knife for appendectomy. That’s right, he had to go through a ruptured appendix. The third-year quarterback wasn’t allowed to throw the ball two weeks after surgery, and he was reported to have lost some weight, and the team put together a plan to get his feeding and lifting schedules back on track. In 2020, COVID disrupted his preseason and a year ago he only played in one series after recovering from knee surgery. With week 1 ahead, all systems are ready. Burrow is scheduled to play against the Steelers.
Fabiano rank: QB7
my rank: QB5
ADP: 58, QB7
WR Tee HigginsCincinnati Bengals
Like his teammate calling a signal, Higgins is also recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. He didn’t really start practicing until August 14 and was kept out of training last Wednesday. I would be careful for week 1. The labrum is a piece of cartilage attached to the shoulder socket and recipients definitely need a full range of motion with their shoulders to catch the football. This injury is none of my business necessarilybut i believe the bengals will spread it more this year so i’m a little bit lower than the consensus on him.
Fabiano rank: WR14
my rank: WR16
ADP: 35, WR13
QB Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Red herring alert! Stafford made an appearance in back-to-back full workouts a few weeks ago and previous concerns about him suffering a mysterious elbow injury or tendonitis seem to have been exaggerated. Don’t let the supporting cast of Rams fade, as Stafford looks on track to play in Week 1.
Fabiano rank: QB12
my rank: QB11
ADP: 101, QB12
RB Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
It was casually announced that during his preseason debut last Sunday, Harris had slept in during his preseason preparations and had recovered from a Lisfranc sprain during training camp. He started that Steelers preseason finale against the Lions, so Pittsburgh should be very confident in his health in Week 1. While it’s understandable to be nervous about the QB situation between Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, I’m not too worried. to care. I trust that both signal callers make check-down passes and two-yard dump-offs to Harris early and often.
Fabiano rank: RB4
my rank: RB5
ADP: 7, RB4
WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
A bruise (I also described it as a bruise) behind his knee has been keeping Samuel out of practice since last Sunday. It’s not surprising for the 49ers to take full precautions with just days before their Week 1 debut against the Bears on the road. All reports say it is not serious and that he has still been able to work on his condition. I am full speed ahead of Samuel and he is cracking my top five on the position.
Fabiano rank: WR7
my rank: WR5
ADP: 16, WR6
WR Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have kept Gallup on the active roster meaning they likely believe he could return before Week 4 as he would have to sit for the first four weeks if he were placed on the physically incapable list. Their optimism gives me the optimism that he will play, I just don’t believe he will be back to 100%. Dallas can lean on CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz and Jalen Tolbert, a promising rookie getting some looks as a potential fantasy deep sleeper. Kudos to Gallup’s seemingly accidental early return, I just won’t be buying this year.
Fabiano rank: WR47
my rank: WR52
ADP: 124, WR50
RB JK Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
This is a tricky situation. The Ravens signed Kenyan Drake, and head coach John Harbaugh said the move was not an “indication that Dobbins won’t be ready” for the regular season opener against the New York Jets. Sure, John. The team will also be without Gus Edwards (knee) as he is on the team’s PUP list. Baltimore also added Mike Davis in May and still has backup Justice Hill on the roster. It’s interesting that Dobbins’ ACL injury was so long ago compared to guys like Chris Godwin (stay tuned), but we’re still waiting for the full go-ahead. I like Dobbins very much and if he gets 17 games he is a special mix of talent mixed with a serious amount of opportunity as the main runner in this offense. I am optimistic about him and willing to take a risk as long as he is my RB2. In Week 13, RB2s are a dime a dozen with injuries and goodbye weeks in full swing. I’m sure it will look like it was carved out of wood by mid-season.
Fabiano rank: RB14
my rank: RB12
ADP: 35, RB13
WR Chris Godwin, undefined
The Bucs receiver tore his ACL last December but has miraculously recovered and avoided being on the physically incapacitated list, which would have put him out of action for at least four games. Godwin didn’t participate in any of Tampa Bay’s preseason games and was limited in training camp, but all signs point to Godwin not only being ready to play, but actually starting for the Buccaneers in Week 1. According to the latest average design position data, the Bucs playmaker comes off the board as WR26, which aligns directly with where Illustrated Sports ranked him on our cheat sheet.
— Bill Enright – SI Fantasy/Betting, Editor-in-Chief
Fabiano rank: WR27
my rank: WR24
ADP: 64, WR25
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