Dolphins WR Preston Williams suffered a right knee injury in the team’s first victory of the season over the division rival Jets. What a sad turn of events for the undrafted kid out of Colorado State. The exact nature of the knee injury has not been revealed to this point, but, you would have to assume that he tore at least one of his ligaments. Before going down with the injury Williams was enjoying a breakout performance posting a 5/72/2 stat line. His absence will likely mean an expanded role for DeVante Parker and an emerging Mike Gesicki. The Dolphins are a team to largely avoid at this point but keep an eye on how Gesicki develops with the likely expanded usage after enjoying his best game as a pro in this past week’s victory as well.
Jets RB Le’Veon Bell had an MRI on Monday to examine his knee. Head Coach Adam Gase was unaware of the exam until later in the day. Bell didn’t miss any time in the loss to Miami but some have speculated that an injury could be behind his ineffective play in this one. Bell has struggled all season behind an injured and ineffective line with little help elsewhere on the roster. If there is any hint of injury here I would expect the Jets to proceed with caution with their 52 million dollar investment. Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell would pick up the slack if Bell is forced to miss game action.
Colts QB Jacoby Brissett suffered a sprained MCL in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The injury initially looked worse than it ended up being. Brissett is just the next in a long line of starting NFL QB’s to go down with an injury this season. It sounds like the team is optimistic that he will not miss much if any time with the ailment. The Colts have a date with the Miami Dolphins on tap next and I would not be surprised if they tread lightly with their newly minted franchise QB. The team will also be without WRs TY Hilton and Parris Campbell for next week’s game. Look for the team to employ a heavy dose of the run game to protect Brian Hoyer and the depleted weaponry. Plenty of 12 personnel should also be on tap utilizing both Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle.
Colts WR Parris Campbell underwent hand surgery for a fracture he apparently suffered in the teams’ loss to Pittsburgh. Sadly a huge opportunity will be wasted as Campbell was set to fill Hilton’s shoes as the team’s number one speed option. It sounds like Campbell will be a candidate for IR which would essentially end his rookie fantasy campaign. Parris has shown flashes of the speed that made him an early pick but may need to wait until next season to build off of his early success. Look for the Colts to turn to the likes of Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, and Deon Cain until Hilton comes back to action.
Browns TE Ricky Seals-Jones injured his knee in the disappointing loss to Denver. Himself filling in for an injured David Njoku, this will sadly end a golden opportunity for Seals-Jones to stake his claim to a job with Cleveland moving forward. Look for John Dorsey’s favorite Demetrius Harris to man the TE spot until the return of Njoku.
The AFC West made it through the weekend with no significant dynasty injuries.
Eagles WR DeSean Jackson exited early against Chicago. It was revealed Monday that Jackson had surgery for a core muscle injury and his fantasy season is likely over. It was simply not meant to be for the speedster’s first year back in Philly. You haven’t been able to play Djax all year and have likely already made contingency plans. As for the Eagles, the injury likely means a continued emphasis on the run game complemented by a short and intermediate passing game. Look for Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor to man the outside with Goedert and Ertz in plenty of 12 personnel packages.
The NFC South seems to have avoided any noteworthy injuries.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen exited the team’s loss to Kansas City almost immediately with a hamstring injury. It is the same ailment that has hampered the star WR for a couple of weeks now. He wasn’t even able to make it through the first quarter before reaggravating the injury. It seems likely that Minnesota will rest their playmaker in the hopes that he will be healthy for a final stretch run of the season. The Vikings are woefully thin behind their two starting WRs and will have to turn to an uninspiring combination of Olabisi Johnson and Laquan Treadwell across from Stefon Diggs. Much like the Eagles and Colts, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Minnesota utilize more 12 personnel with Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. in the passing game. The Vikings will also lean heavily on the run game as usual.
San Francisco All-Pro TE George Kittle was in and out of the team’s Thursday night victory over the Cardinals with a knee injury. Kittle was able to gut it out most of the game but was notably absent from the team’s final possession. He underwent testing on the knee following the game and it was thankfully revealed to be a minor injury. Team sources indicated he would be able to practice this week but I would not be surprised to see Shanahan take it easy with his star weapon.
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