Monday Night Football implications with Courtland Sutton’s AC joint

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Will Courtland Sutton’s injured shoulder hurt the Denver Broncos in Week 1?

Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton is listed as questionable for Week 1’s game on Monday Night Football with a sprained AC joint. Sutton suffered the injury in practice this week. Though the prognosis is significantly better than the season-ending injury outside linebacker Von Miller suffered, Sutton won’t be 100 percent vs. the Tennessee Titans. What is the impact here?

The Fantasy Footballers looked at this a bit in trying to figure out what to do if you have Sutton in your starting lineup as a low-end WR2 or a prime performer in the flex. If he’s your WR2, you need to start someone else over him, but if he’s your superstar in the flex, then you need to weigh the other matchup options for the guys on your fantasy football team heading for Week 1.

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Because this is the last game of the Week 1 slate, unless you drafted terribly or really believe in Sutton, he might have to sit on your bench this week. Though he may be a glorified decoy, second-year quarterback Drew Lock still needs to throw the ball, as there are targets to be had in this new Pat Shurmur offense of the Broncos. How does Sutton’s injury fit into all of this?

Who will have to step up for the Denver Broncos to win on Monday night?

Denver gets a tough defensive matchup in Tennessee. We’re not likely getting a high-scoring affair at Mile High on Monday Night Football. With fellow wide receiver KJ Hamler questionable with a hamstring issue, this might set up Jerry Jeudy for one heck of an NFL debut. Of course, Lock could just lean on the ground game and throw the ball to the tight ends in a ball-control offense.

Though you may want to pick up Jeudy before everyone else does, or stream him this week in primetime, the big beneficiary here is second-year tight end Noah Fant. He and Lock’s former college teammate at Missouri in Albert Okwuegbunam should have ample target share at the tight end position on Monday. You should also be excited about what the running backs could do.

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Whether you have Melvin Gordon or Phillip Lindsay on your roster, you know what they’re capable of on any given fantasy week. They might be sharing the workload this year, but they will get plenty of carries this week with a young quarterback in a new offense against a strong Titans defense. There are plenty of ways to win with Denver fantasy players, just not Sutton in Week 1.