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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 10

Here again, gone again, Christian McCaffrey is just one of a number of fantasy relevant players to go down with injuries this week. @ReflipeWThenuz brings you all the news you need to know about who’s out and who’s in.

Each and every week, players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss both the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. To make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 10 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Miami WR Preston Williams was carted to the locker room with a foot injury late in the team’s Week 9 win. The standout sophomore was in the midst of his best game of the year, displaying nice chemistry with franchise QB Tua Tagovailoa. In fact, the injury occurred on a TD catch. Williams has been somewhat of a disappointment after flashing big potential during his rookie season before a knee injury cut short his first season. Thankfully for Williams and the Dolphins, what looked like it could have been a serious setback has turned out to be a minor injury. The team has labeled the talented sophomore as day-to-day. Keep an eye on how he progresses through the week ahead of their week 10 matchup against the Chargers. If Preston is unable to go, look for Miami to turn to Jakeem Grant and Mack Hollins opposite DeVante Parker. You can also expect the team to lean heavily on the running game and their talented group of TEs.

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AFC South:

Houston RB David Johnson suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the team’s Week 9 victory over the Jaguars. Johnson does not have a lengthy history of concussions but will need to progress through the league’s protocol system. I would assume that Johnson is able to make it back since he does not have a lengthy history of head injuries in his past. If he cannot make it back in time for his team’s Week 10 showdown with the Browns, look for the Texans to turn to backup Duke Johnson as an every-down replacement. Duke would be a plug and play RB2 in a tough matchup against his former team if he draws the start. Keep an eye on how David progresses through the week.

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s Week 9 loss to the Texans. The talented rookie strained his muscle on his lone target of the game. In his absence, rookie QB Jake Luton peppered no.1 option DJ Chark with 12 targets. Third option Chris Conley took on added significance after the rookie’s departure. Hamstrings can be tricky for WR’s to overcome, so keep an eye out for news on Shenault’s progress. Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, and Collin Johnson would fill the void across from Chark if Laviska can’t go next week.

Indianapolis TE Jack Doyle suffered a concussion in the team’s Week 9 loss. A popular sleeper pick heading into the 2020 season, Doyle has been a total disappointment. He has recently been passed on the totem pole by newcomer Trey Burton. Unlike some players, Doyle has a history of head injuries, including last season’s brutal shot from Vontez Burfict. I would not be surprised to see Doyle miss at least one game, especially with the Colts having a Thursday night date with the division rival Titans. With Mo Alie-Cox also dealing with injuries, Indianapolis will turn to Trey Burton in an every-down role for Week 10. Fire him up, especially in your TE premium leagues.

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AFC North:

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee at the end of the first half of the team’s Week 9 victory over the Cowboys. Big Ben was able to return for the second half despite a gimp to his game. He appears to have made it through alright, but it is still something to keep an eye on as the week progresses. Any Roethlisberger absence would be a noticeable downgrade for the Steelers skill players.

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AFC West:

Chargers RB Justin Jackson suffered a knee injury in his team’s Week 9 loss to the Raiders. The RB missed the entire first half before returning to the sideline in the second half. He barely saw the field if at all following the injury. This could be something to keep an eye on as newly signed Kalen Ballage, and rookie Joshua Kelley split the reps in the second half with varying degrees of success. Look for those two to form a hot hand committee if Jackson cannot get fully healthy before the Week 10 contest against the surprising Dolphins.

Denver TE Albert Okwuegbunam suffered a knee injury in the team’s Week 9 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The talented rookie reserve TE will miss the remainder of the season after it was revealed he tore his ACL. His absence will likely funnel a few extra looks towards uber-talented starter Noah Fant. Nick Vannett will likely fill the reserve role opened by the injury to Albert O moving forward.

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NFC East:

Washington QB Kyle Allen suffered a gruesome leg injury in his team’s Week 9 loss to the Giants. The injury occurred on a somewhat dirty leg whip by safety Jabrill Peppers. Allen’s 2020 campaign is over after it was revealed he has a dislocated ankle and broken bone in his leg. The injury is likely not career-threatening, but it will likely end his run as a starter in this league. The team turned to likely comeback player of the year Alex Smith in his stead. Head coach Ron Rivera seems strangely unwilling to go back to former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins. Smith will hold down the job as long as he can stay healthy. Hopefully, Smith can shake off the rust and bring some of the Washington weapons to life down the stretch. He looked considerably better in this one than his first game despite the three turnovers.

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NFC South:

Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey exited late in his team’s dramatic Week 9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a shoulder injury. Run CMC had only just returned from a six-game absence before recapturing his bellcow role. The news as of the post time for this article is that McCaffrey is undergoing tests on his shoulder/collarbone area. Head Coach Matt Rhule came out and claimed his superstar RB was day-to-day heading forward. This will truly be a situation to monitor as the week goes on. If Mike Davis was dropped in any of your leagues, scoop him up immediately on the chance that CMC misses more time in this crazy 2020 season.

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NFC North:

Chicago RB David Montgomery suffered a concussion late in his team’s Week 9 loss to the Titans. Heavy on volume but light on production Monty has been one of the bigger disappointments in the 2020 season. While it is true that you absolutely want more from your RB, the Chicago O-line has been brutal. No matter who touches the ball, they have been met behind the line of scrimmage more often than not. I do not expect Montgomery to miss his team’s Week 10 Monday Night showdown with the division-rival Vikings with the benefit of an extra day. However, if he does miss time, the team will turn to Ryan Nall and Cordarrelle Patterson to fill the void. We could also see the debut of former Dolphins and Texans RB Lamar Miller if Montgomery cannot gain clearance. Keep an eye on how this week goes for the Chicago RB.

Green Bay reserve RB Dexter Williams suffered a knee injury in the team’s Week 9 win over the 49ers. It was revealed after the game that the former Notre Dame RB suffered a sprained MCL. He had only recently been pulled up from the practice squad and will likely be sent to IR for the rest of the season. This injury should open up a little more opportunity for rookie AJ Dillon behind the talented duo of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

Detroit QB Matt Stafford suffered a concussion in his team’s Week 9 loss to the division-rival Vikings. Reports out of Detroit are that he has already cleared the concussion protocol ahead of next week’s contest against the Washington Football Team. Despite being cleared, you might want to keep an eye out for any news about the Lions franchise QB ahead of a nice fantasy matchup.

NFC West:

The NFC West was the lone division to make it out of week 9 without any major fantasy relevant injuries. 

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