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George Kittle unlikely to practice all week

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 17, 2020

Injury TE still expected to play through knee sprain in Week 2

49ers TE George Kittle will get the whole week to rest, according to Kyle Shanahan, though he might be involved in Friday’s practice. But Shanahan said there is no problem with him playing even if he doesn’t practice. Shanahan optimistic that Kittle will be available on Sunday. (ESPN – Nick Wagoner)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Fantasy owners should remain skeptical for at least two reasons: 1) there’s always a chance Shanahan protects him by cutting his snaps back and 2) he shouldn’t be needed to beat the Jets. The natural pivot for fantasy owners would be Jordan Reed, but the position is deep enough this year that it would be advisable to go in another direction – such as Logan Thomas in shallow leagues or maybe even Dan Arnold in deep leagues.

James Conner back at practice

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 17, 2020

Injury Full participant

James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson were all full participants in practice today for the Steelers. (Dale Lolley on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The big surprise here is Conner, whose status seemed tenuous at best when HC Mike Tomlin said the team would “leave the light on (for him)” in regards to him playing in Week 2 earlier in the week. Conner’s durability issues make him one of the more aggravating players for fantasy owners, but Week 1’s early exit is much more than exception than the rule when he plays. Expect Conner to see his usual 15-plus touches in Week 2 if he is active with Benny Snell getting mixed in.

A.J. Brown in danger of missing multiple games?

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 17, 2020

Injury Bone bruise on his knee

Titans’ WR A.J. Brown missed practice (Thursday) with a bone bruise in his knee that is jeopardizing his availability for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars and possibly beyond, per source. Brown is likely to be week to week with his knee injury. (ESPN – Adam Schefter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: It’s unclear when the injury happened, but things are trending in the wrong direction quickly for him. He was a limited participant in practice Wednesday but did not try to go on Thursday. Brown’s absence opens the door for Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith to take on more targets – enough to make both low-end weekly starters in most leagues.

Golladay to miss practice Thursday

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 17, 2020

Injury Hamstring injury

Kenny Golladay is in danger of missing his second straight game because of a strained hamstring. Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Golladay will not practice Thursday because of the injury he suffered in practice last week. “We’ve seen progress, so we’ll just take it day by day from that standpoint, see how it goes,” Patricia said. “But just like I said (before), we don’t want to push something into a bad spot, either.” (Detroit Free Press)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Missing a Thursday practice is never a good sign for a player’s availability on Sunday. Quintez Cephus (3-43) would get another start if Golladay sits. Cephus led the team in targets (10) in Week 1.

Chris Godwin in concussion protocol

Fantasy Football, NFL News
September 16, 2020

Injury Showed up Wednesday with symptoms

Pro Bowl wide receiver Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is experiencing delayed-onset symptoms after a hit to the head Sunday and is in the concussion protocol for Week 2, coach Bruce Arians said. “He did not show any symptoms Monday or Tuesday and then showed up today with some, so we’re gonna be very, very cautious with that,” Arians said Wednesday. (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: On a good note, Mike Evans was able to practice on Wednesday. Godwin has a few days to clear the concussion protocol. Scotty Miller posted a 5-73 line in Week 1.