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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest News on Ryan Fitzpatrick, Raheem Mostert, Jerry Jeudy Affecting Week 2 Waiver Pickups

The football season is back, so naturally the match day injuries are too. We haven’t seen any blockbuster names go down, but every time a starter gets hurt, it affects rankings (and waiver pickups) going forward. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Raheem Mostert and Jerry Jeudy should all miss the time. We wish them the best, but we have to assess what it means for the guys behind them. Our first regular-season edition of Fantasy Injury Updates provides what we know about each player’s injury timeline and who to target if you were counting on them. You will definitely want to work the waiver thread before week 2 in this case. As always, stay tuned for more updates.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick injury update

The Fitzmagic season was brought to a halt before it could gain momentum. He took a brutal hit in the first quarter of the game against the Chargers and was down for quite a while. We later learned that he was suffering from what is believed to be hip subluxation. He will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, but hope in nothing is shattered. For now, it looks like he’ll at least be missing several weeks. There is a chance he will miss a significant part of the season.

For those in the superflex / two-QB leagues, Taylor Heinicke is the next man in the WFT QB room. He’s not necessarily an exciting fantasy prospect, but they have guns on this offense. In some superflex leagues you will have to start it due to the scarcity of the position, but if you have the capacity, save it for big games.

For Week 2, Heinicke is ranked QB28, but he could certainly improve in the future if he shows up at Thursday Night Football against the Giants.

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Raheem Mostert injury update

Here we go again – Mostert is on the injury report. After just two races in Detroit, Mostert injured his ankle. Fortunately, the x-rays came back negative, but was diagnosed with a sprained high ankle, which will cost him at least a few games.

Elijah Mitchell scored in his absence for 104 yards on 19 carries and added a touchdown. He’s one of the best waiver wire pickups ahead of the 49ers’ next game in Philadelphia. Trey Sermon was healthy last week, but maybe Mostert’s injury will mean he’ll be there. If there’s one thing we do know it’s that the 49ers backfield is unpredictable, so don’t just assume Mitchell is “the guy” and Sermon is a “bum.”

Even that said, Mitchell is our RB18 in the Standard Leagues and PPR while Sermon is at No.40 in both, respectively, for Week 2.

Update on Jerry Jeudy’s injuries

Jeudy was taken off the field in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Like Mostert, he had good news in that it was just a sprained ankle, but he will likely miss at least a few games as well. Prior to his injury, he was targeted seven times and appeared to be Teddy Bridgewater’s favorite target.

In his absence, Tim Patrick is one of the best additions to waivers. Patrick shot four targets (one more than Courtland Sutton), and he looked like he had chemistry with Bridgewater. KJ Hamler also saw four targets, but the biggest winner was probably Noah Fant. He has seen eight targets and we will rely more on him with Jeudy out of the lineup. Still, we expect Sutton to bounce back and be the No.1 WR in this attack, but there are plenty of opportunities in Week 2 with their clash in Jacksonville. It’s also worth noting that Patrick had a short TD and Hamler dropped a long ball wide open in the end zone.

Sutton is classified as our WR18 in standard and WR17 in PPR for next week. Patrick and Hamler receive boosts for week 2. Patrick is classified WR47 in standard (Hamler WR60) and WR42 in PPR (Hamler WR58).

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