It’s finally time to start thinking about starters and backups as the NFL season starts in just a few days.
Which recently drafted players in your roster will miss Week 1? As the year begins, there are many fantasy football players with question marks and red crosses next to their names.
Here’s what we found out earlier this week:
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Dolphins
The Miami wideout has been training lightly to recover from a minor abdominal injury. He is expected to leave in week 1.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams
The first-round pick in many drafts looks set to miss Week 1 after seeing a specialist to help with his worsening hamstring injury.
Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens
With his injury still a mystery at this point – that will eventually become apparent when injury reports come out this week – the star tight end has missed team drills in training and extra training. Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh says not to “panic” about the injury. This needs to be monitored as Sunday approaches.
Miles Sanders, RB, Panthers
Carolina is wary of Sanders, who is expected to feature in Week 1, due to a groin injury.
Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers
A groin injury is said to be minor and Evans is expected to play in Week 1.
Breece Hall, RB, Jets
Hall will play in Week 1 but his workload is in question after tearing his cruciate ligament last season.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Commanders
Turf toe, a painful condition, has kept McLaurin from training and it looks like he’s likely to miss a game or two.
George Kittle, TE, 49ers
Kittle also has an undisclosed injury that will be announced this week. He does not fully participate in the training.
TJ Hockenson, TE, Vikings
After signing a mega contract extension, the Vikings made it clear that Hockenson will play in Week 1 despite a lower back problem.
Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals
Nothing is official yet, but the Bengals say their QB is on track to start Week 1 due to an ongoing calf problem.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seahawks
The rookie wideout is back in training after wrist surgery and looks set to feature in Week 1, but it’s also possible the team will play it safe early in his career.
De’Von Achane, RB, Dolphins
Another rookie Skills player, Achane, is also back on the field after an early shoulder injury. He too seems like a 50/50 proposition to play in week 1.
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