Player news never sleeps. It’s a vicious never-ending circle.Below, we do our best to corral this week’s news, notes and injury updates that DFS players and fantasy managers should take into consideration when setting their Week 2 lineups… and beyond.
UCF: William Stanback returned to the practice field this week. The team is on a bye this week, but he is on track to play in Week 3 against Missouri.
UConn: QB Casey Cochran will miss this week’s game due to an upper body injury. Chandler Whitmer will get the start in his place.
USF: Marlon Mack will get the start at RB for the second week in a row. Surprise, surprise, right? He busted loose for 275 yards in the opener, but remember, he only had been given the starting job because of an injury to starter Darius Tice.
Florida State: RB Mario Pender is expected to play a bigger role in the offense moving forward. What this means for Karlos Williams is unknown at this time. No need to hit the panic button just yet.
North Carolina: Marquise Williams has been re-confirmed as the team’s starting QB against San Diego State.
Pittsburgh: WR Tyler Boyd is dealing with a discloated finger, but he did practice this week and is expected to play Friday night vs. Boston College.
Virginia Tech: RBs Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie are expected to share the workload this weekend vs. Ohio State.
BIG 12Baylor: QB Bryce Petty’s back injury does not seem to be getting any better. Head coach Art Briles said that Petty would need a major turnaround in order to play on Saturday. Briles would be nuts to play Petty against Northwestern State this weekend, but crazier things have happened. Seth Russell becomes a sneaky play if Petty is a no go.
Baylor: A trio of WRs are not expected to play against Northwestern State: Levi Norwood (wrist surgery, out 3 weeks), Antwan Goodley (quad) and Corey Coleman (hamstring).Iowa State: WR Quenton Bundrage is out for the season with an ACL injury.
Kansas State: WR Tyler Lockett is expected to play Saturday. He left last week’s game in the first half with a ‘minor hamstring injury’. There have been no reported practice report red flags this week, and he should be good to go in an important Big 12 battle with Iowa State.
Texas: QB David Ash will not play this week due to a concussion, and it sounds like he could be out for an extended period of time. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get the start this week vs. BYU.
Texas: WR Daje Johnson will not play against BYU due to suspension.
Michigan State: RB Jeremy Langford is expected to start this week despite dealing with an ankle injury suffered in the season opener.
Northwestern: WR Tony Jones will not play this week against Northern Illinois due to an undisclosed injury. After a slew of injuries and a key transfer, the Wildcats are woefully thin at the skill positions.
Ohio State: TE Jeff Heuerman was limited in practice this week and is questionable to play this weekend against Virginia Tech.
Wisconsin: RB Melvin Gordon (hip flexor) is expected to play on Saturday against Western Illinois. But for how long? The Badgers should be just fine with Corey Clement and Taiwan Deal toting the rock. And the team has a bye next week. Tread carefully here.
Arizona: Freshman RB Nick Wilson filled in nicely for the injured Terris Jones-Grigsby (ankle), ripping off 174 yards and 1 TD on 30 carries Thursday night vs. USTA. Did Wilson just win the job permanently? Stay tuned.
USC: Cody Kessler (toe) is expected to start against Stanford.
Washington State: WR Gabe Marks is working on the scout team as a wildcat package QB while the team decides whether or not to redshirt him. There has to be more to this story than has been reported.
Alabama: Head coach Nick Saban insists that his team’s QB battle is far from finished, despite Blake Sims playing the entire game vs. West Virginia in the opener. Saban says both Sims and Jacob Coker will play this week vs. Florida Atlantic.
Alabama: WR DeAndrew White is not expected to play this week (shoulder injury).
Georgia: WR Justin Scott-Wesley is questionable and Malcolm Mitchell is doubtful to play this next week against South Carolina (Sept. 13).
LSU: WR Malachi Dupre (ankle) is expected to return to action this week against Sam Houston State.
Mississippi State: QB Dak Prescott reportedly suffered an undisclosed foot injury in practice this week. He is expected to play Saturday vs. UAB, but the extent of his injury is unknown.
South Carolina: Steve Spurrier says that RB Mike Davis (ribs) is ‘ready to go’ for this week’s tilt with East Carolina. Tread carefully here as Spurrier is the master of coach-speak.
Vanderbilt: After missing the opener due to undisclosed injuries, RB Jerron Seymour is expected to play this week against Ole Miss. He is listed behind Ralph Webb on the depth chart.
Army: Angel Santiago is expected to get the start at QB when the team faces Buffalo this weekend.
Ball State: WR Jordan Williams is listed as probable on the team’s injury report (ankle).
Bowling Green: QB Matt Johnson is out for the season with a hip injury. Sophomore James Knapke will start in his place.
BYU: RB Jamaal Williams and WR Devon Blackmon will play against Texas after being suspended for the opener.
Central Michigan: The team’s coaching staff is saying WR Titus Davis is ‘day-to-day’ with a knee injury. The initial report was that he might be out 2-3 weeks. We’d be surprised if he played this week.
Colorado State: TE Kivon Cartwright will not play this week vs. Boise State as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
Florida Atlantic: QB Jaquez Johnson says he will play against Alabama on Saturday despite a shoulder injury.
Fresno State: Both QBs Brandon Connette and Brian Burrell are both expected to play against Utah this week. No clear cut starter has emerged.
Fresno State: K Colin McGuire has left the team for personal reasons. Freshman Kody Kroening will take over the job.
Kent State: RB Trayion Druham is questionable to play this week against South Alabama due to his lingering foot injury.
Middle Tennessee State: RB Jordan Parker is expected to get the starting nod in the team’s opener at Minnesota. He had been dealing with injuries in fall camp.
Northern Illinois: Named Matt McIntosh their starting QB, beating out Anthony Maddie and Drew Hare.
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