Odell Beckham Jr.’s (knee) absence from Week 1 was somewhat of a surprise, while Evan Engram (calf) had been trending to be inactive for a while leading up to New York’s game. Hopefully, you prepared for life without OBJ, but if you didn’t, make sure you work the waiver wire this week just in case. Surely Engram was just collecting dust on your bench (or waiver wire), but if you’re in a league that hoards tight ends, he might have left you scrambling, too. In these fantasy injury updates, we’ll provide the latest news on each player’s Week 2 prospects and who to target if they are set to miss more games.
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Odell Beckham Jr. injury update
Beckham missed the Browns’ Week 1 matchup with the Chiefs, as his knee didn’t feel quite ready as he went through warmups. Since he tore his ACL last year, the Browns are surely being cautious with him in the meantime. Cleveland expects to be playoff contenders, so they are playing the long game with Beckham. In Week 2, they host a Texans squad who beat down the Jaguars in the season opener. However, everyone still expects the Texans to be one of the worst teams in the league this year, so perhaps the Browns give Beckham another week off. We probably won’t know for sure until game time on Sunday, so if you do have him on your roster, be sure to plan for life without him.
Our best waiver wire pickups for Week 2 will help you identify possible Beckham fill-ins at a WR or flex spot. If he does miss the game again, Jarvis Landy is the top man in the offense, and he had a nice showing in Week 1 with 14.4 fantasy points in standard leagues. However, he did only see five targets, and nearly half of his points came on a rushing touchdown. Consider him a flex is OBJ is out again.
For now, we have Beckham ranked as if he is going to play. He is our WR31 in standard and WR33 in PPR this week. Of course, his potential is much higher than a WR3/flex spot, but it will be his first game back in nearly a year, and if the game gets out of hand early (as expected), he’ll likely be cozy on the bench by halftime.
Evan Engram injury update
As expected, Engram (calf) was inactive for the Giants’ season opener (vs. Denver). Since the Giants play on a short week at Washington on Thursday Night Football, his status is up in the air right now. Hopefully, you weren’t depending on him in the first place, but our waiver wire list above can point you in the right direction for TE streamers. New Orleans Juwan Johnson is probably the top guy to get on waivers after Week 1.
As of now, we don’t have new information in regards to Engram’s status, but we’ll provide updates as any news rolls in.
If Engram does play in Week 2, we like him around the TE20 spot in standard, and TE19 in PPR. However, it’s probably better to play it on the safe side and opt for a streamer with a good matchup. If he does miss the game, Kyle Rudolph is the No. 1 TE, but it looks like his best receiving days have passed him. He received five targets and had two catches for eight yards in Week 1. While it was only a one-game sample, he’s been ineffective for a while now. That said, fade this team at tight end if you have the means to.