Pre-season injuries are inevitable in the NFL. This week, several of the best players in the NFC North – D’Andre Swift, Justin Fields, Justin Jefferson – are dealing with punches, as well as others in the league. While there are some big-name players on this list, it currently looks like everyone will be ready for Week 1. Still, it’s always good practice to monitor their situations and be ready to update their rankings and cheat sheets before your fantasy drafts. .
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Justin Fields injury update
Fields impressed in his preseason debut, but he also pinched his groin in the process. The good news is that it appears to be minor, and the Bears only kept him out of practices earlier this week as a conservative measure. Matt Nagy says that Fields will likely play in his next preseason game against the Bills, so there shouldn’t be too many concerns. In fact, his ADP has risen over the past week despite news of the injury, as highlighted in our ADP report.
Unless he suffers a setback, the injury shouldn’t affect Fields’ fantasy prospects in 2021. However, it is not yet clear when he will have a chance to start. Andy Dalton recently said it’s “his time” to start, and Bears loss writer Patrick Finley praised the veteran as the “most consistent quarterback Matt Nagy has ever coached.” Fields has more advantages and is worth hiding, but obviously he cannot be counted on in Week 1.
D’Andre Swift injury update
Swift has been dealing with a persistent groin problem, causing her to miss practice for the past few weeks. However, he practiced on Thursday and little by little he will work again on the field. Don’t expect him to play in the preseason. Injured young runners are always a concern, but their injury is not a big deal at the moment. Monitor your situation closely, as missed practice time could lead to reduced reps and a slower start to the regular season.
If Swift suffers a setback that leads him to miss Week 1, Jamaal Williams will become the leader at backfiel and rookie Jamar Jefferson will likely have some work to do.
Justin Jefferson’s injury update
Jefferson suffered what appeared to be a terrifying left shoulder injury during a Viking practice two weeks ago. However, he returned to practice only 10 days later, as the injury was revealed to be nothing serious. After you were diagnosed with just one AC joint sprain, you are not likely to miss Week 1.
Jefferson’s injury is the least worrisome on this list, and he should continue with the same plan he had for Jefferson before the scare.
Chase Claypool injury update
After tremendous difficulty on the field in the Hall of Fame, Claypool pinched his shoulder and was slow to get up. That didn’t stop him long, but during practice Tuesday, he sprained his ankle and they had to help him off the field. Fortunately, this is also not considered a significant injury
While his injuries don’t affect his availability in the regular season, it’s concerning that Claypool already dealt with two (albeit minor) ailments before Week 1 begins. He shouldn’t necessarily change his fantasy draft actions, but it’s worth it. monitor it. Those who choose to be ultra-conservative with injuries may want to avoid it.