The Morning After: Weekend Injuries End Seasons of Edelman, Ware and Meredith
By Justin Sablich
Catch-up on important N.F.L. and fantasy football news from this past weekend. You can see all of our player news here.
Spencer Ware Expected to Miss Season — Ware suffered a torn PCL in addition to other injuries in Friday night’s game the Seahawks. The starting running back is slated to get a second opinion, but the injury is thought to be season-ending, according to the team. Ware was expected to carry the load for the chiefs this year after a career-high 921 yards in 2016. Rookie Kareem Hunt will move into the starting role for Kansas City.
Patriots Lose Edelman for the Season — The New England Patriots confirmed Saturday that Julian Edelman tore his ACL in Friday’s preseason game Friday and will miss the 2017 season. Edelman’s injury helps the fantasy values of Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan, who had two touchdowns in Friday’s game. Cooks is now easily a top 10 fantasy receiver in our fantasy football rankings.
Cameron Meredith Suffers a Likely Season-Ending Injury — Meredith left the game with a knee injury Sunday against the Titans. The Bears are waiting for MRI results, but it’s expected to show a torn ACL and be season-ending. This is a huge blow to an already thin Bears’ receiving corps. Former first-round pick Kevin White may be the best fantasy bet to take over the top WR spot, but is a pretty big injury risk himself. Kendall Wright may be a more interesting fantasy play and worth sleeper consideration, as he should see his workload increase significantly.
DeShone Kizer Named Browns Starting Quarterback — Coach Hue Jackson named Kizer the starter on Sunday over veterans Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiller. “This is not just for the moment,” Jackson said. “We’re going to get with DeShone and ride him through it all and work with him through all this.” Kizer may have some long-term promise but it’d be surprising if he became fantasy-relevant this season.
Blake Bortles Named Jaguars Starting Quarterback — Unlike Kizer, Bortles will be on a short leash in the early goings. He has performed poorly this summer and most of last season, which is bad news for for not only Alan Robinson but could hurt rookie stud Leonard Fournette’s fantasy value as well. The Jaguars need a solid passing game to stay competitive and be able to use the run. Unfortunately, the team doesn’t have any other options at quarterback, as Chad Henne did nothing to unseat Bortles in the preseason.
Jamaal Charles Earns Roster Spot After Saturday’s Performance — Charles showed flashes of his old self with four carries for 27 yards and two catches for 15 yards. Coach Vance Joseph was impressed enough to give him a roster spot. Charles is not a bad lottery-pick to consider late in drafts, particularly in P.P.R. leagues.
Adrian Peterson Makes Preseason Debut — Saints running back Adrian Peterson made his first appearance in an exhibition game since 2011 on Saturday, carrying the ball six times for 15 yards. “It felt good to move around, to get hit and kind of get those first reps out of the way,” said Peterson. Peterson is expected to split carries with Mark Ingram, and his fifth-round ADP in standard leagues seems a bit high given what we know.