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Week 2 of the fantasy football season is upon us, so what are our early superflex rankings for the week ahead? Which players can you rely on to help you get that all-important win, and which players should you avoid?

The below rankings are intended as a guide for half-PPR formats. They do not take into account individual league rules and setups. The Week 2 rankings are consensus rankings from PFN Senior Fantasy Analyst Eric Moody and Fantasy Analyst Tommy Garrett.

1. Patrick Mahomes II | QB | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
2. Kyler Murray | QB | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
3. Lamar Jackson | QB | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
4. Tom Brady | QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
5. Russell Wilson | QB | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
6. Josh Allen | QB | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
7. Aaron Rodgers | QB | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
8. Dalvin Cook | RB | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
9. Dak Prescott | QB | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
10. Jalen Hurts | QB | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF

11. Justin Herbert | QB | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
12. Christian McCaffrey | RB | Carolina Panthers vs. NO
13. Alvin Kamara | RB | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
14. Baker Mayfield | QB | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
15. Ryan Tannehill | QB | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
16. Matthew Stafford | QB | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
17. Teddy Bridgewater | QB | Denver Broncos @ JAX
18. Kirk Cousins | QB | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
19. Joe Burrow | QB | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
20. Jameis Winston | QB | New Orleans Saints @ CAR

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2 | 21-40

21. Trevor Lawrence | QB | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
22. Jimmy Garoppolo | QB | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
23. Davante Adams | WR | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
24. Ben Roethlisberger | QB | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
25. Matt Ryan | QB | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
26. Derrick Henry | RB | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
27. Sam Darnold | QB | Carolina Panthers vs. NO
28. Tyrod Taylor | QB | Houston Texans @ CLE
29. Travis Kelce | TE | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
30. Nick Chubb | RB | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU

31. Tyreek Hill | WR | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
32. Calvin Ridley | WR | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
33. Derek Carr | QB | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
34. Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
35. Carson Wentz | QB | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR
36. Zach Wilson | QB | New York Jets vs. NE
37. DeAndre Hopkins | WR | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
38. Stefon Diggs | WR | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
39. Daniel Jones | QB | New York Giants @ WAS
40. Aaron Jones | RB | Green Bay Packers vs. DET

Week 2 Superflex | 41-60

41. Jared Goff | QB | Detroit Lions @ GB
42. Mac Jones | QB | New England Patriots @ NYJ
43. Jonathan Taylor | RB | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR
44. Joe Mixon | RB | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
45. Ezekiel Elliott | RB | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
46. Andy Dalton | QB | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
47. David Montgomery | RB | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
48. Chris Godwin | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
49. Austin Ekeler | RB | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
50. Antonio Gibson | RB | Washington Football Team vs. NYG

51. Keenan Allen | WR | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
52. Najee Harris | RB | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
53. A.J. Brown | WR | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
54. Saquon Barkley | RB | New York Giants @ WAS
55. D’Andre Swift | RB | Detroit Lions @ GB
56. Justin Jefferson | WR | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
57. Allen Robinson II | WR | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
58. DK Metcalf | WR | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
59. CeeDee Lamb | WR | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
60. George Kittle | TE | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2 | 61-80

61. Tyler Lockett | WR | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
62. Miles Sanders | RB | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
63. Amari Cooper | WR | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
64. Darren Waller | TE | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
65. Chris Carson | RB | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
66. Damien Harris | RB | New England Patriots @ NYJ
67. Deebo Samuel | WR | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
68. Diontae Johnson | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
69. Terry McLaurin | WR | Washington Football Team vs. NYG
70. Robert Woods | WR | Los Angeles Rams @ IND

71. Clyde Edwards-Helaire | RB | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL
72. Adam Thielen | WR | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
73. Cooper Kupp | WR | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
74. Antonio Brown | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
75. Ja’Marr Chase | WR | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
76. DJ Moore | WR | Carolina Panthers vs. NO
77. Javonte Williams | RB | Denver Broncos @ JAX
78. Mike Evans | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
79. James Robinson | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
80. Kareem Hunt | RB | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU

81. Tee Higgins | WR | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
82. T.J. Hockenson | TE | Detroit Lions @ GB
83. Julio Jones | WR | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
84. Robby Anderson | WR | Carolina Panthers vs. NO
85. Melvin Gordon III | RB | Denver Broncos @ JAX
86. Elijah Mitchell | RB | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
87. Odell Beckham Jr. | WR | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
88. Chase Claypool | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
89. JuJu Smith-Schuster | WR | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
90. Sterling Shepard | WR | New York Giants @ WAS

91. Corey Davis | WR | New York Jets vs. NE
92. Mike Davis | RB | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
93. DeVonta Smith | WR | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
94. Mike Williams | WR | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
95. Brandon Aiyuk | WR | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI
96. Brandin Cooks | WR | Houston Texans @ CLE
97. Courtland Sutton | WR | Denver Broncos @ JAX
98. Chase Edmonds | RB | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
99. Laviska Shenault Jr. | WR | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
100. Marquez Callaway | WR | New Orleans Saints @ CAR

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2 | 101-120

101. Kenny Golladay | WR | New York Giants @ WAS
102. Marvin Jones Jr. | WR | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
103. Jarvis Landry | WR | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
104. Tyler Boyd | WR | Cincinnati Bengals @ CHI
105. Myles Gaskin | RB | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
106. DJ Chark Jr. | WR | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN
107. Devin Singletary | RB | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
108. Jakobi Meyers | WR | New England Patriots @ NYJ
109. Mark Andrews | TE | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
110. Michael Pittman Jr. | WR | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR

111. Josh Jacobs | RB | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
112. Marquise Brown | WR | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
113. Jaylen Waddle | WR | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
114. Logan Thomas | TE | Washington Football Team vs. NYG
115. Leonard Fournette | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
116. Jamaal Williams | RB | Detroit Lions @ GB
117. Mark Ingram II | RB | Houston Texans @ CLE
118. DeVante Parker | WR | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
119. Christian Kirk | WR | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
120. Russell Gage | WR | Atlanta Falcons @ TB

Week 2 Superflex | 121-140

121. Dallas Goedert | TE | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
122. Ty’Son Williams | RB | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
123. Rob Gronkowski | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
124. Darnell Mooney | WR | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
125. Jalen Reagor | WR | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
126. Tyrell Williams | WR | Detroit Lions @ GB
127. Robert Tonyan | TE | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
128. A.J. Green | WR | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
129. Kyle Pitts | TE | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
130. Terrace Marshall Jr. | WR | Carolina Panthers vs. NO

131. Ronald Jones II | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
132. Nyheim Hines | RB | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR
133. Elijah Moore | WR | New York Jets vs. NE
134. Cole Beasley | WR | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
135. Parris Campbell | WR | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR
136. Gabriel Davis | WR | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
137. Jamison Crowder | WR | New York Jets vs. NE
138. Noah Fant | TE | Denver Broncos @ JAX
139. James Conner | RB | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
140. Mecole Hardman | WR | Kansas City Chiefs @ BAL

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2 | 141-160

141. AJ Dillon | RB | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
142. Sammy Watkins | WR | Baltimore Ravens vs. KC
143. Tevin Coleman | RB | New York Jets vs. NE
144. Jared Cook | TE | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
145. Bryan Edwards | WR | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
146. Rondale Moore | WR | Arizona Cardinals vs. MIN
147. Darius Slayton | WR | New York Giants @ WAS
148. Tyler Higbee | TE | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
149. James White | RB | New England Patriots @ NYJ
150. Henry Ruggs III | WR | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT

151. KJ Hamler | WR | Denver Broncos @ JAX
152. Nelson Agholor | WR | New England Patriots @ NYJ
153. Emmanuel Sanders | WR | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
154. Jonnu Smith | TE | New England Patriots @ NYJ
155. Tony Jones Jr. | RB | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
156. Hunter Henry | TE | New England Patriots @ NYJ
157. Marquez Valdes-Scantling | WR | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
158. Kenneth Gainwell | RB | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF
159. Amon-Ra St. Brown | WR | Detroit Lions @ GB
160. Kenyan Drake | RB | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT

161. Austin Hooper | TE | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
162. Mike Gesicki | TE | Miami Dolphins vs BUF
163. Hunter Renfrow | WR | Las Vegas Raiders @ PIT
164. David Johnson | RB | Houston Texans @ CLE
165. Zach Pascal | WR | Indianapolis Colts vs. LAR
166. Kendrick Bourne | WR | New England Patriots @ NYJ
167. Gerald Everett | TE | Seattle Seahawks vs. TEN
168. Kyle Rudolph | TE | New York Giants @ WAS
169. Tony Pollard | RB | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
170. Zach Ertz | TE | Philadelphia Eagles vs. SF

171. Van Jefferson | WR | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
172. J.D. McKissic | RB | Washington Football Team vs. NYG
173. Tyler Conklin | TE | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
174. Zack Moss | RB | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
175. Dalton Schultz | TE | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
176. Anthony Firkser | TE | Tennessee Titans @ SEA
177. Giovani Bernard | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. ATL
178. Blake Jarwin | TE | Dallas Cowboys @ LAC
179. Randall Cobb | WR | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
180. Trey Sermon | RB | San Francisco 49ers @ PHI

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2 | 181-200

181. Eric Ebron | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers vs. LV
182. Donovan Peoples-Jones | WR | Cleveland Browns vs. HOU
183. Phillip Lindsay | RB | Houston Texans @ CLE
184. Cole Kmet | TE | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
185. Juwan Johnson | TE | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
186. Ty Johnson | RB | New York Jets vs. NE
187. DeSean Jackson | WR | Los Angeles Rams @ IND
188. Taysom Hill | QB | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
189. Alexander Mattison | RB | Minnesota Vikings @ ARI
190. Carlos Hyde | RB | Jacksonville Jaguars vs. DEN

191. Larry Rountree III | RB | Los Angeles Chargers vs. DAL
192. Salvon Ahmed | RB | Miami Dolphins vs. BUF
193. Allen Lazard | WR | Green Bay Packers vs. DET
194. Devontae Booker | RB | New York Giants @ WAS
195. Dawson Knox | TE | Buffalo Bills @ MIA
196. Adam Trautman | TE | New Orleans Saints @ CAR
197. Damien Williams | RB | Chicago Bears vs. CIN
198. Jordan Akins | TE | Houston Texans @ CLE
199. Hayden Hurst | TE | Atlanta Falcons @ TB
200. Rhamondre Stevenson | RB | New England Patriots @ NYJ



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Keenan Allen is worth the investment

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Someone once told me, “If you’re not trading, you’re not trying.” Or something like that. I can’t remember who whispered these fateful words to me. Maybe it was NFL Network’s Adam Rank, or maybe I just read it scribbled in a tweet somewhere. Regardless, I’ve been a fantasy football trade junkie ever since because capitalizing on the constantly fluctuating values of players is a great way to bolster your roster — here are some buy-low and sell-high candidates.

Let’s start by looking at some players who you might be able to acquire at a discounted price right now.

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

The perpetually frustrating season of Laviska Shenault continued on Sunday, but it wasn’t all bad. Shenault finished with 6 receptions for 54 yards, including a clutch diving catch on a slant for a first down right at the end of regulation that set up the Jaguars’ game-winning field goal.

His fantasy day could have been even bigger, considering he had 10 targets and didn’t secure a touchdown. Shenault and Marvin Jones Jr. each saw 10 targets in this game, separating themselves from the rest of the pack.

Shenault is highly athletic — he’s big, fast, and physical with the ball in his hands. His fantasy managers might be frustrated with the up-and-down performances so far this season. If you can trade for him, do it. Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence is only getting better as he continues to adjust to the NFL.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have a Mike Williams problem — he’s battling an injury that he just can’t seem to shake. Williams was questionable to play today, suited up, and then couldn’t finish the game.

It was a horrible day all the way around for the Chargers, who got boat raced 34-6 by the Baltimore Ravens. Allen was no different, finishing today with 5 receptions on 5 targets for 50 yards.

While Williams has been all the talk this year because of his touchdown numbers, Allen has been pacing along with him, leading him in targets (53 to 51) and receptions (34 to 31).

The Chargers are on their bye week next week, making it a good time to pounce on Allen’s suppressed value.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Miles freaking Sanders, man. He’s so good, but head coach Nick Sirianni seemingly refuses to get him involved in the game plan. I know Tampa Bay’s run defense is the best in the NFL, but Sanders logged only 9 carries, marking the third time in the last four weeks that he wasn’t given double-digit attempts.

It’s not like Sirianni is choosing to go with another running back over Sanders. He’s simply not running the ball. The Eagles are running the ball the fifth-least of any team in the NFL at only 22 carries per game — and 8.83 of those are on the legs of quarterback Jalen Hurts.

This can’t continue. Sanders has looked great when he’s been given the chance. He converted his 9 carries into 56 yards (6.2 yards per carry) against the Buccaneers. I’m buying Sanders at what I think is his floor and hoping that the Eagles will begin to feature him in the offense.

Which potential trade targets should you sell high on?

Now that we’ve discussed some candidates to acquire, let’s talk about who to consider trading away.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

So, let’s talk about Cooper Kupp. He’s coming off yet another monster game, taking 9 receptions for 130 yards and 2 TDs. He’s looked unstoppable this year with Matthew Stafford at quarterback, and he’s currently sitting at third in yards and receptions and second in receiving touchdowns among wide receivers.

Through six weeks, pending Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, Kupp is the overall WR1.

Understand what I’m suggesting — do NOT trade Kupp away for just anything. However, his perceived value is so sky-high right now that you might be able to get someone to offer you a massive haul in exchange for him. By massive, I’m talking about a back-end WR1 and a high-end RB2 — at minimum. Test the waters. Shoot super high and see what happens. You might get someone to bite.

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennesee Titans

Everything I said about Cooper Kupp above? Apply that here. The Titans are currently on a bye, but Henry piled on 640 rushing yards and 7 TDs over the first five weeks. He’s receiving an otherworldly workload, averaging 31.25 carries and 2.75 receptions per game since Week 2. That’s insane.

Taking out his “light” workload in Week 1, if you extrapolate his 31.25 carries per game over the remaining 16 games, you get a grand total of exactly 500 rushing attempts.

The single-season rushing attempts record is 416, set by Larry Johnson in 2006. There have only been five seasons in the history of the NFL where a running back has logged over 400 carries.

Any time you’re getting into statistical territory that approaches NFL-record levels, it’s a clear statistical anomaly that should probably be bet against. Henry is currently tearing up the league, but it remains to be seen if he can hold up under this workload. With as high as his price is, if you can get someone willing to give you two elite players for him, I’d be willing to sell.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Now that we’re out of the realm of superstar performances, let’s come back to earth a little bit. In the midst of the New York Giants getting squashed by the Los Angeles Rams, Sterling Shepard logged 10 receptions for 76 yards. On the surface, it looks like a big performance, especially in PPR scoring.

What the box score doesn’t include, however, is the fact that Kenny Golladay didn’t play. Additionally, Kadarius Toney left the game early with an injury. With no Saquon Barkley either, Shepard was essentially all the Giants had left.

Toney has come on strong as of late. As he and Golladay return, the opportunities will likely be inconsistent for Shepard, who hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 1.



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Kareem Hunt, Antonio Gibson, Mike Williams injury updates

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The unfortunate reality of the return of the NFL is that when players are allowed to go full speed, injuries are bound to happen. Week 6 of the NFL season was no exception. Now that fantasy football managers are updating their lineups for the coming week, several players have found themselves on the injury report, leaving their status for Week 7 in the air.

Here is where we currently stand in terms of the fantasy football QB options dealing with an injury.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield has been playing with a partially torn labrum in his left shoulder and appeared to further aggravate it on Sunday. He was in clear discomfort but returned to the game after being evaluated on the sideline. It’s worth keeping an eye on, but given Mayfield finished the game, I doubt it will force him to miss time.

How is the injury bug affecting RB committees heading into Week 7?

Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

With Nick Chubb already out for Week 6 (calf), the last thing the Browns needed was an injury to Kareem Hunt. Unforuntalty, Hunt could be out for an extended period of time. He had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter after suffering a calf injury. He was unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Hunt did not injure his Achilles. This is an important note, as the “calf” label is often used in place of Achilles early in the process. We will have more information in the coming days.

Already entering the game with a stress fracture in his shin, Antonio Gibson appeared to be in clear pain as the ailment took him off the field for some time. He appeared to re-aggravate his shin after roughly 10 carries and would eventually be taken out of the game once it was out of reach. 

In his postgame press conference, head coach Ron Rivera stated they will evaluate Gibson on Monday [October 18]. “We’ll see how he is,” Rivera said. “We did take him out at the end of the game because he was struggling with it a little, so we have to be careful and see how he responds. I don’t know much more than that. We’ll see how he is [Monday] morning.”

Should Gibson miss time, J.D. McKissic would be in line for a significant role against Green Bay in Week 7.

WR Injury Update for Week 7

News for pass catchers is essential in PPR leagues — let’s break down the WR fallout.

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants

This was easy to see coming, unfortunately. After pregame reports indicated Kadarius Toney was on his injured ankle, it seemed inevitable the rookie WR would re-aggravate the injury during the game — and he did. After 3 targets, Toney left the game in the first quarter. His demeanor on New York’s sideline clearly indicated he knew something was wrong. Toney was taken back into the locker room and ruled out for the remainder of the game. I would not be surprised if Toney misses Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Similar to Toney, Mike Williams was a major question mark as he failed to log a practice all week — but was still active against the Ravens. I was concerned Williams would either serve as a decoy or suffer a further injury. Both seemed to happen.

In the middle of a career year, Williams saw just 5 targets, catching 2 for 27 yards. He also seemed to re-aggravate his knee early in the game when trying to make a catch. He left the game for a bit, and although he eventually returned, he made little impact. Williams played on just 20 of 58 snaps in Week 6 and did not see action in the fourth quarter.

Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina Panthers

Terrace Marshall Jr. was ruled out early against the Vikings with a concussion. As a result, he will enter the NFL’s concussion protocol. The rookie wide receiver hasn’t contributed much this season, posting only 14 receptions for 116 yards and no scores through six weeks.

Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

Odell Beckham Jr. went to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury when two Arizona Cardinals defenders landed on top of him. After going to the sideline for examination in the medical tent, Beckham Jr. jogged to the locker room for more evaluation and treatment. He returned to the game but should be monitored going forward.

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Tyreek Hill entered the game with a quad injury and seemed to have his snaps limited at times. He missed a few series and was questionable to return at one point, but he did come back into the game and almost immediately scored a touchdown. 

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

T.Y. Hilton’s return could be short-lived after he left the game on Sunday and was ruled out with a quad injury. However, head coach Frank Reich said after the game that there’s no serious concern about Hilton’s injury. The veteran wideout had a great first game back from injured reserve, catching all 4 targets for 80 yards.

Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts

Parris Campbell suffered a foot injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game against the Texans. After catching a 51-yard touchdown pass, Campbell went to the locker room to be evaluated for a foot injury. He later came back to the sideline but was ruled out during the second quarter.

TE Injury Update for Week 7

Which tight end injuries should we be mindful of when setting our fantasy lineups?

Jody Fortson, Kansas City Chiefs

Jody Fortson was quickly ruled out after being carted off in the third quarter with an Achilles injury. Head coach Andy Reid later announced that Fortson tore his Achilles, meaning he will miss the rest of the 2021 season.



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Should recently concussed Giants quarterback Daniel Jones even have played in Week 6?

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Just because someone can do something doesn’t mean they should. The latest example to that age-old axiom: New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who was absolutely brutal against the Los Angeles Rams — just seven days after suffering a head injury.

Daniel Jones was awful in Week 6

Jones — who staggered off the field in Week 5 and was ultimately carted to the locker room after taking a direct shot to the helmet — could have hardly played worse in Week 6 even if he was still concussed. He threw 3 interceptions and completed just 29 of 51 passes for 242 yards in a 38-11 home loss to the Rams.

His passer rating (44.7) was the second-worst of his career. And even with the game’s outcome long determined, Jones was still on the field taking hits.

“We’re going to compete for 60 minutes,” Giants coach Joe Judge said.

With Jones under center, there was nothing remotely competitive about how the Giants played. In fairness, the Giants’ offensive line was also terrible. But at least 1 of the 4 sacks Jones took was a function of holding onto the ball too long. Along with his 3 picks, Jones also fumbled twice, losing one of them. The Rams hit Jones 7 times.

Did concussion impact Jones’ play?

All of this raises the unavoidable question — was Jones’ performance a result of his injury?

We aren’t neurologists. And it doesn’t sound as though his concussion was severe. Jones told reporters after the game that he didn’t have any of the other symptoms last Sunday and passed all the tests.

Still, he was unable to practice Wednesday and worked only in a limited capacity Thursday before clearing the concussion protocol Friday and working fully. The average return to play is historically more than twice that long.

The NFL’s concussion protocol established a five-phase evaluation process for players diagnosed with one. For Jones to have been cleared to play Sunday, he must have cleared all five. The process includes rest, then light cardio, followed by football-specific exercise, then non-contact training drills.

“Neurocognitive and balance testing should be completed no later than the end of Phase Four with the results interpreted as back to baseline,” according to the NFL.

Once the concussed player meets that requirement and is cleared by a club physician for full football activity, he must still undergo an examination by the independent neurological consultant assigned to the club. If the INC agrees with the assessment of the team doctor, the injured player is allowed to play in the team’s next game.

Jones got all of that clearance. However, he did not have the full week of physical, and perhaps even mental, preparation. It’s not a surprise that he put together his worst game of the year (and maybe his career) on Sunday.

The Giants are now 1-5, and changes are coming. Jones, Judge, and general manager Dave Gettleman are all on notice. It would surprise no one if all three are gone after this season.



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