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How to handle Courtland Sutton injury in Week 1 fantasy football

Denver’s top receiver injured his shoulder in practice this week and is uncertain for Monday Night Football. We break down what Courtland Sutton’s injury means.

Wide receiver Courtland Sutton of the Denver Broncos adjusts his jersey while stretching during a training session at UCHealth Training Center on August 17, 2020 in Englewood, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Inactive update: Courtland Sutton is expected to be inactive, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Status update: And just like that, we have more information. Ian Rapoport is hearing Sutton is “a long-shot to play” on Monday. Rapoport tweeted that if it were a playoff game Sutton might play, but caution might dictate otherwise for Week 1.

Game day update: There has been no update on Courtland Sutton’s status, but the Broncos did elect to promote wide receiver Fred Brown from the practice squad to the active roster. Sutton and K.J. Hamler (hamstring) are both questionable for the game, so Brown would likely serve as a reserve option if one or both can’t play.

The Denver Broncos close out Week 1 of the 2020 season when they host the Tennessee Titans on the back half of the Monday Night Football doubleheader. The Broncos suffered a huge loss last week when Von Miller suffered an ankle injury that might have ended his season. Things got worse later in the week when Drew Lock’s No. 1 wide receiver injured shoulder in practice.

Courtland Sutton went down hard in practice on Thursday and sprained his AC joint. He had an MRI and sat out Friday and Saturday practices. The Broncos designated him as questionable for Monday Night Football.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told the media on Saturday that Sutton has to be able to do 10 jumping jacks in order to play.

Fantasy football analysis: Broncos WR Courtland Sutton

Fingers crossed for successful jumping jacks, I guess? If Sutton is able to play, he’s a strong start as Drew Lock’s No. 1 receiver. Unfortunately, this is the last game of the week, so unless you also have Jerry Jeudy on your roster (or a Broncos running back as a flex option), you might have to make your decision on Sunday.

We’ll keep an eye out for more information, but you are safer benching Sutton and finding another option. Sprained AC joints can take anywhere from one week to five or six weeks to heal. It seems unlikely Sutton is able to play on Monday.