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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest News on Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr. Affecting Fantasy Football Rankings

The absence of Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) from Week 1 was somewhat surprising, while Evan Engram (calf) tended to be inactive for a while before the New York game. Hope you’ve prepared yourself for life without an OBJ, but if you haven’t, be sure to work the waiver thread this week just in case. Engram was surely just collecting dust on your bench (or the waiver wire), but if you’re in a league that’s racking up tight ends, he might have let you scramble as well. In these Fantastic Injury updates, we’ll be providing the latest news on each player’s outlook in Week 2 and who to target if they’re about to miss more games.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Injury Update

Beckham missed the Browns’ Week 1 game with the Chiefs because his knee didn’t feel quite ready during warm-ups. Since he tore his ACL last year, the Browns have surely been careful with him while he waits. Cleveland expects to be playoff contenders, so they’re playing the long game with Beckham. In week 2, they host a team of Texans who beat 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 maybe the Browns are giving Beckham another week off. We probably won’t know until game time on Sunday, so if you’ve got him on your list, be sure to plan your life without him.

Our best waiver thread pickups for week 2 will help you identify possible Beckham fills at a WR or flex spot. If he misses the game again, Jarvis Landy is the best offensive player and he performed well in Week 1 with a fantastic 14.4 points in the standard leagues. However, he only saw five targets, and nearly half of his points came on a rushed touchdown. Think of it as a flex is OBJ is again.

For now, we’ve classified Beckham as if he’s going to play. He’s our WR31 as standard and WR33 in PPR this week. Of course, his potential is much higher than a WR3 / flex spot, but this will be his first game in almost a year, and if the game gets out of hand early (as expected), he will likely be comfortable on the bench at halftime.

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Evan Engram Injury Update

As expected, Engram (calf) was inactive for the Giants’ season opener (vs. Denver). Given that the Giants are playing a short week in Washington on Thursday night football, his status is on hold at the moment. Hope you weren’t reliant on him in the first place, but our list of waiver threads above may point you in the right direction for TE streamers. New Orleans Juwan Johnson is probably the best guy to get on waivers after Week 1.

At this time, we don’t have any new information regarding Engram’s status, but we will provide updates as more news arrives.

If Engram is playing in week 2, we like him around instead TE20 as standard and TE19 as PPR. However, it’s probably best to play on the safe side and go for a streamer with a good game. If he misses 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 made two catches for eight yards in Week 1. Although this was only a one-game sample, he’s been ineffective for some time now. That said, wipe that team out at close range if you can afford it.

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