2017 Fantasy Football: The Week That Was Week 2 Cover Image
2017 Fantasy Football: The Week That Was Week 2
Glenn Colton
Corey Coleman Headshot

Coleman (hand) likely will be placed on injured reserve, which would allow him to return Nov. 12 against the Lions, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Coleman had successful surgery Monday to repair a fractured metacarpal in his right hand. The silver lining is that it's not the same bone he broke last season, and the Browns seemingly hope to get him back in November or December. A stint on injured reserve is all but assured, considering the team doesn't figure to be in a position where it makes any sense to rush Coleman back. In the meantime, the Browns figure to deploy Kenny Britt, Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis -- in some order -- as their top three wideouts. Britt was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens, which allowed Sammie Coates to run with Higgins and Louis.
9:30 am (EST)
Duke Johnson Headshot

Johnson had four carries for 21 yards and three catches for 59 yards (six targets) in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens.

Primarily used as a slot receiver in the regular-season opener, Johnson returned to his usual role sharing backfield snaps with Isaiah Crowell. The loss of Corey Coleman (hand) could present Johnson with more opportunities from the slot, but the Browns will probably want to keep him in the backfield for most passing downs. Johnson's role is worth keeping an eye on Week 3 in Indianapolis, as there's potential for consistent production if the Browns find a way to keep his snap share at around two-third or three-quarters instead of 50 percent. Week 1 marked the first time in his career logging more than 64 percent of the offensive snaps, but he didn't get any carries while almost strictly playing from the slot. Ideally, the Browns would use him in the backfield on passing downs and from the slot when they deploy three-wide formations on early downs.
9:20 am (EST)
Ed Dickson Headshot

Dickson will serve as Carolina's top tight end in the absence of Greg Olsen, who is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken foot, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Olsen hasn't missed a game with the Panthers, which explains why Dickson has only 39 catches in 50 regular-season games since joining the team. He did catch 54 of 89 targets for 528 yards and five touchdowns for the Ravens in 2011, but his hands aren't particularly reliable and he doesn't have a knack for getting open. While unlikely to emerge as a major threat down the seam in Olsen's mold, Dickson has at least shown some ability to pick up yards after the catch on short passes. He'll begin his tenure as the No. 1 tight end with a friendly matchup against the Saints.
9:07 am (EST)
Alex Collins Headshot

Ravens coach John Harbaugh hinted that Collins could earn a larger role, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "When you play well, you earn more playing time," said Harbaugh.

Harbaugh's quote is pretty vague and contains no promises, which makes sense considering Collins lost a fumble and did all of his damage (seven carries for 42 yard) in the final 20 minutes of Sunday's 24-10 win over the Browns. The former Seahawk probably wouldn't have even been involved if Terrance West (undisclosed) had been healthy, and he didn't make the greatest impression when he lost a fumble while the Browns still had time to mount a comeback. The Ravens did put Collins back on the field for the next carry, but Javorius Allen then finished out the game. Collins' involvement for Week 3 against Jacksonville figures to be determined by West's health more so than anything else. Allen likely would be the larger beneficiary of a West absence.
8:59 am (EST)
Lance Dunbar Headshot

Dunbar (knee) has increased his activity lately, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

Dunbar tweeted "four weeks to go", which suggests he's hoping to be available when first eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7. Todd Gurley has been impressive as a receiving threat through two weeks, but the Rams might still be able to find a role for Dunbar on obvious passing downs if he looks like he's back at full speed.
8:48 am (EST)
Jordy Nelson Headshot

Nelson (quad strain) is 50-50 to play in Sunday's game against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Nelson was removed on the opening drive of Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Falcons and never re-entered the game. His absence left a spot for Geronimo Allison alongside Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, with Trevor Davis filling in late in the game after Cobb left with a shoulder injury. Nelson's injury seems to be a bit more serious than Cobb's, as the slot receiver was merely deemed day-to-day after having an MRI on Monday. Both receivers figure to be limited participants or non-participants on Wednesday's injury report.
8:43 am (EST)
Austin Hays (R) Headshot

Manager Buck Showalter has been impressed with Hays' play since the rookie was recalled earlier this month, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. "I've been really impressed with his arm strength. He's shown some arm strength on some throws flat-footed," Showalter said. "The part of [Hays] I really like is that he's anticipating taking an extra base. But he's played under control pretty well with that. It's not a reckless aggressiveness so far."

The 21-year-old outfielder slashed .329/.365/.593 with 32 home runs, 95 RBI and 81 runs over 128 minor-league games in 2017. Hays played in 64 games at both, High-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie, posting nearly identical numbers at each stop. Baltimore's third-round pick in 2016 is 6-for-19 with a home run and five RBI since making his MLB debut as part of September's expanded rosters. He's arguably the top fantasy prospect in the organization, and Hays is worthy of being rostered in all dynasty formats.
8:43 am (EST)
Miguel Castro (R) Headshot

Castro (3-2) was handed the loss after allowing two runs on one hit and three walks over 1.2 innings Monday against Boston. He struck out two.

The 22-year-old right-hander's delivered an admirable 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 60.2 innings this season. However, Castro's low-leverage role and 5.2 K/9 don't offer much for fantasy purposes. There have been talks, though, of giving him a start in the final weeks of 2017, and he could be a fine punt play in that circumstance.
8:34 am (EST)
Donnie Hart (L) Headshot

Hart was charged with a blown save after allowing a solo home run during an inning of work Monday against Boston.

Through 40 innings this year, the 27-year-old southpaw owns a serviceable 3.60 ERA, but his low strikeout total and 1.43 WHIP don't serve well from a fantasy perspective. Hart has converted five holds in seven attempts over 46 appearances in 2017.
8:28 am (EST)
Vance Worley (R) Headshot

Worley pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts to collect his first save of the season during Monday's win over the Mets.

Worley had allowed 32 runs through just 26.1 innings over his previous eight appearances for a 10.59 ERA and 2.39 WHIP, so this was an unlikely fantasy-relevant showing from the veteran. It's probably wise to leave Worley on the waiver wire in the majority of settings.
8:26 am (EST)
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