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Fantasy Injury Updates Week 2: Diontae Johnson, Jakobi Meyers, and Pat Freiermuth Latest News

Injuries to pass-catchers Diontae Johnson, Jakobi Meyers, and Pat Freiermuth have fantasy football owners looking for replacements on the waiver wire.

In Week 1, injuries plagued some notable running backs, but most star pass-catchers managed to avoid disaster, except for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers suffered a crushing defeat against the San Francisco 49ers and lost Diontae Johnson and Pat Freiermuth in the process. However, despite the disappointing offensive performances from the Steelers and the Raiders, it is expected that they will improve as the season progresses. The question now is whether these injured pass-catchers can still make an impact in Week 2, or if fantasy owners should look to the waiver wire for replacements.

Let's take a closer look at the latest news on these key pass catchers and analyze how their injuries might affect the fantasy landscape in Week 2.

The Steelers' loss in Week 1 was a letdown for many bettors and fantasy owners who had high expectations. To make matters worse, the team also suffered injuries. Diontae Johnson, the team's top receiver, injured his hamstring and did not return to the game. He finished the day with three catches for 48 yards on six targets. It remains uncertain whether Johnson will miss any time, but if he does, fantasy owners should keep an eye on Allen Robinson II, who led the Steelers in receiving after Johnson's departure. Robinson is only rostered in two percent of Yahoo leagues and could be a valuable pickup. Other potential pickups include Puka Nacua, who filled in for Cooper Kupp in the Rams' offense, and Romeo Doubs and Rasheed Shahid.

While Davante Adams is a more well-known name, Jakobi Meyers had the better performance in Week 1. Meyers caught nine of his 10 targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns, outperforming Adams. However, his day was cut short due to a hard hit from Kareem Jackson, which resulted in a concussion evaluation. Meyers will need to clear the NFL's concussion protocol to play in Week 2. He is rostered in around 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and almost 79 percent of ESPN leagues, making him a popular waiver wire target. If Meyers is unable to play, Hunter Renfrow would benefit the most, and Adams would see an increase in target share. Nacua, Doubs, and Shaheed are also potential replacements for Meyers.

Pat Freiermuth, the Steelers' reliable tight end, left Sunday's game with a chest injury. Although he initially returned to the game, the extent of his injury remains unclear. If Diontae Johnson is sidelined and Freiermuth plays, it could boost the tight end's potential production in Week 2. However, if Freiermuth is also unable to play, Darnell Washington and Connor Heyward would benefit from his absence. Other options at tight end include Hunter Henry, Hayden Hurst, Zach Ertz, and Logan Thomas, who all saw significant targets in Week 1.

In conclusion, injuries have impacted these key pass catchers, leaving fantasy owners with decisions to make for Week 2. It is crucial to monitor their status and consider potential replacements from the waiver wire. Whether it's Allen Robinson II, Puka Nacua, Romeo Doubs, Rasheed Shahid, Hunter Renfrow, or other available options at tight end, fantasy owners have several choices to consider.

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