The AFC East seems to have made it through the week relatively healthy.
Titans TE Delanie Walker aggravated the ankle injury that hampered him throughout the week. Following a fast start to the season the grizzled vet has slowed down in recent weeks. In his absence, the young Jonnu Smith enjoyed his best game of the season. This injury does not look serious but Smith’s increased usage and Walker’s dwindling returns mean that a changing of the guard could happen sooner rather than later.
Texans WR Will Fuller injured his hamstring in the team’s Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. This has become the norm for the ultra-talented former 1st round pick. He alternates explosive games with periods of injury and absence. Early reports indicate that the injury is somewhat significant and Fuller will miss multiple games. The team will turn towards recent acquisition Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee to fill out the roster opposite Nuk Hopkins. Stills is a perfect replacement for Fuller and should be a nice plug and play for your fantasy lineups just like he was this past week.
The AFC North seems to have avoided major injury this past week.
In the biggest injury news of the week Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes, dislocated his knee cap and will miss a minimum of 3 weeks. What a gutshot to both the Chiefs and your dynasty rosters. The reigning MVP has been one of the most consistent players in the entire league over the past two seasons. His loss will be an immediate downgrade for the Kansas City skill position players. Matt Moore will take the reigns in the short term with Chad Henne potentially getting into the mix once he returns from his injury in the coming weeks. This season has been crazy with the sheer number of injuries to the QB position. Where possible I would use this injury to buy Mahomes.
Redskins RB Adrian Peterson injured his ankle in their week 7 loss to San Francisco. He underwent an MRI on the ankle Monday but the results have not yet been made public. Were he to miss time Washington would be forced to turn to recent acquisition Wendell Smallwood to help carry the load on one of the worst teams in the league.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan suffered a significant leg injury in the team’s Week 7 loss. Yet another QB bites the dust. The former league MVP has been treading water on one of the worst teams in the league. Despite the Falcon’s ineptitude, Ryan has been a serviceable fantasy QB this year. His absence would mean an immediate downgrade for the skill players with the grizzled vet Matt Schaub taking over the reins of the team. I would not anticipate Atlanta rushing back their franchise QB with the team going nowhere this season. Look for Ryan to take his time getting back into action in 2019.
Atlanta backup RB Ito Smith suffered a concussion in the team’s Week 7 loss to the Rams. Ito has been used in tandem with starter Devonta Freeman this year getting consistent work each week. The injury looked relatively serious at first with the team fearing a neck and head injury. Smith will likely take his time getting back healthy after suffering such a scary injury. The Falcons will likely turn to Brian Hill and or rookie Qadree Ollison to pair with Freeman. Atlanta is going nowhere in a hurry and this situation has the looks of one to avoid at all costs.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen injured his hamstring on his loan catch in the team’s Week 7 victory. Since airing his displeasure following the team’s loss the Chicago a few weeks back Thielen has gone on a tear scoring TDs in three straight weeks. With the Vikings coming back on the short week playing this Thursday night it does not look good for Adam’s availability. Minnesota will likely turn to Olabisi Johnson to start in Thielen’s place. I would also anticipate a heavy dose of 12 Personnel with Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph on the field together.
Lions RB Kerryon Johnson injured his knee in the team’s divisional loss to Minnesota. The team initially said the injury, while somewhat significant, was a week to week situation. Tuesday afternoon the Lions put Johnson on IR designated return stating that he underwent a “procedure” on the knee. In his absence, the team will turn to rookie Ty Johnson and receiving back J.D. McKissic. This injury should lead to an uptick in the passing numbers for Detroit. I would expect the Lions to bring in a veteran back for depth.
San Francisco RB Matt Breida was feared to have suffered a concussion in their Week 7 victory over Washington. He later took to Twitter to tell his fans he was ok and had only been poked in the eye. Keep watch on this situation to make sure that Breida was not making light of a more serious situation.
San Francisco WR Marquise Goodwin suffered a concussion in the Week 7 victory over the Redskins. Unlike Breida there was no twitter update downplaying the severity of the injury. If Goodwin is unable to gain clearance before the Week 8 matchup with Carolina the team will likely turn to Deebo Samuel if he can gain clearance himself. Dante Pettis should operate as the top WR with TE George Kittle acting as the de facto number 1 target.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson apparently aggravated his back injury in the team’s Week 7 victory over the New York Giants. He came into the game nursing the issue and was only able to make it through a couple of plays before giving way to the promising young Chase Edmonds. Immediately upon entry into the game, Edmonds exploded to the tune of 27/126/3! If he is available on your leagues’ wire pick him up ASAP as a plug and play RB. For their part, the Cardinals signed veteran Alfred Morris to sure up the depth chart behind Edmonds. The signing of Morris suggests that DJ may miss some games this time around.
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