It was a disastrous week for quarterbacks on the injury front, so naturally, we’re here to provide the latest updates on each guy. Andy Dalton, Carson Wentz, Tua Tagovailoa, and Tyrod Taylor all sustained injuries that caused them to leave their games on Sunday. For what it’s worth, Baker Mayfield and Derek Carr got banged up, too, but they look to be OK. In some leagues, a QB injury isn’t backbreaking for your fantasy football team, but in two-QB/superflex leagues, they certainly can be. Either way, QB injuries have rippled effects on pass-catchers and even RBs that will affect waiver pickups, rankings, and start ’em, sit ’em decisions in Week 3.
Since we are early in the week, we don’t have a complete picture of every injury, so we’ll be updating these further as more information rolls in. For updates on banged-up RBs and WRs Diontae Johnson, Darrell Henderson, Jarvis Landry, and more, click here. For all the latest fantasy news, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.
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Andy Dalton injury update
Dalton suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of his Week 2 game against the Bengals, and the injury is believed to be a bone bruise. The initial fear was a torn ACL, but Dalton’s knee looked “strong and sound,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Still, he’ll likely miss at least Week 3 (@ Browns), so it might be time to bring out Justin Fields. In two-QB/superflex leagues, you’re chasing the upside of Fields here. In single-QB leagues, you probably drafted a stud, so you’re safer leaving Fields on the bench for this one. If you’re a gambler, roll him out, because the upside is undeniable and Cleveland’s defense hasn’t taken the leap most expected thus far.
For now, Fields is ranked as our QB24, but again, we acknowledge his upside is sky-high.
Carson Wentz injury update
UPDATE: Wentz reportedly sprained both ankles in Week 2, which will likely make it more difficult for him to return in time for Week 3. We’ll continue monitoring this situation throughout the week.
Wentz (ankle) exited the Week 2 showdown with the Rams late in the fourth quarter, but the injury doesn’t seem to be serious at this time. While we’ll have to monitor this moving forward, we’re expecting him to be ready to play (@ Tennessee) in Week 3 for now. Tennessee’s pass defense has looked awful, but we do have to consider the fact they’ve played Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson in back-to-back weeks. Wentz has shown some flashes, but he’s not on the level of those two signal-callers.
Still, he could be in for a decent day, so we have him ranked as the QB18 this week. He’s not the flashiest option, but he’s a decent play in two-QB/superflex leagues if he’s out there, which in turns helps Zach Pascal’s and Michael Pittman Jr.’s values and Jack Doyle’s streamer potential. If Wentz is out, Jacob Eason will start and all but kill the outlooks for those pass-catchers.
Tua Tagovailoa injury update
UPDATE: Tagovailoa’s availability for Week 3 in Vegas could come down to “pain tolerance.” That’s seemingly good news, but it still wouldn’t be a shock if he misses at least one game.
Tua was carted off the field after taking a shot to the ribs against the Bills in Week 2, and his timetable for return is unknown at this time. Ian Rapoport reports there is a number of possible outcomes, but we should get more information today. If he just suffered bruised ribs, he’ll likely play in Week 3 (@ Las Vegas), but if he has cartilage damage, he could be sidelined for a few weeks, opening the door for Jacoby Brissett to take his first Dolphins start
While we’ll make updates when further information comes in, we have Brissett starting this week and ranked as our 27th QB. You don’t want to have to start him if he’s the guy, but in multi-QB leagues with scarcity at the QB position, he might be your only option. Las Vegas’ defense looks much improved from what we’ve seen in the past, so it’s a worrisome matchup. However, Brissett does have 12 career rushing touchdowns and is the best goal-line option in Miami.
Tyrod Taylor injury update
Taylor has been off to an impressive start in Houston, but a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 could complicate his future prospects. For now, we don’t have a ton of information on his status, but he reportedly is out for Week 3. Carolina’s defense has looked impressive, and the game is on Thursday Night Football, so it’s not an ideal situation for rookie backup Davis Mills.
There’s a slim chance Deshaun Watson could suit up for Houston, but that seems unlikely. (Update: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Watson will not be active for Thursday night.)
We project Mills as the starter, and he comes in at QB32 for us this week.