This column is meant to offer our best predictions on what players will/will not play, as of 8 AM ET on Sunday. For the official active/inactive reports, please see our Latest NFL Player News.
The first full Sunday of NFL regular-season action each year brings about a sense of optimism and renewal for all 32 teams that's can't quite be replicated at any other point in the season. The same goes for the countless fantasy squads that have been painstakingly constructed by savvy general managers throughout the summer. Key injuries are one of the quickest ways that sunshine turns to rain in the fantasy realm, however, so we'll endeavor to provide you the latest information each Sunday morning on who's suiting up and who's sitting for that week's games. With that said, let's jump right into an encouragingly light Week 1 injury report and get the season started!:
The Buccaneers' Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of the regular season while serving a suspension, leaving Ryan Fitzpatrick at the controls of Tampa's offense. Fitzpatrick proved serviceable as a starter for a three-game stretch last season while Winston tended to a shoulder injury, leading the team to a 2-1 record over that span while generating a 3:1 TD:INT and throwing for 745 yards in those contests. While the veteran is competent, he's certainly a few notches below Winston at this point in their respective careers, downgrading the outlook of the Bucs' pass catchers to a certain degree.