Making Sense of the Injury Report – Week 2

Doug Martin: Martin enters the game questionable and has a late start which is pretty much the most annoying thing for fantasy owners. However, if he’s on your roster, you have to start him, if only because of the potential upside. I personally don’t like Martin to have a good game this week even if healthy, but chances are you don’t have a backup who is better. VERDICT: START.

Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall: Remember when I said having a late start and being questionable is annoying? Well how about playing on Sunday night and being questionable? Jeffery is nursing a hamstring injury in which he left (and did not return) during last week’s game. Marshall is dealing with ankle woes in which he left (and did return) during last week’s game. Both missed practice this week and are just too risky to play. Additionally, Chicago promoted two receivers from their practice squad this week… read between the lines on that one. I’m starting guys like Justin Hunter and DeAndre Hopkins over both Bears’ receivers. VERDICT: SIT.

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Andre Ellington: Even on a bum foot last week, Ellington still managed 18 touches which was a very encouraging sign for fantasy owners. After getting a week to heal and being forced to carry the load with Carson Palmer out, Ellington is a must start this week. VERDICT: START.

Inactives: Carson Palmer, Cecil Shorts III, DeAngelo Williams, Ben Tate, Jordan Cameron