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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 11

@ReflipeWThenuz brings you our weekly update on all the injuries around the league. Who’s in and who’s out as we come down the stretch heading towards the fantasy playoffs.

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:

The AFC East made it through the week unscathed from a fantasy standpoint.

AFC South:

The AFC South is the second division in the AFC to make it through week 10 healthy.

AFC North:

The AFC North is the third and final division in the league to make it through week 10’s action healthy from a fantasy point of view.

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AFC West:

Oakland RB Jalen Richard left his team’s Week 10 victory with a chest injury. Tests came back negative on his x-rays, indicating that the injury is relatively minor. The team will likely give him all the time he needs to get fully healthy with the way fellow reserve Devontae Booker played in his stead. Oakland has a date with the division rival Chiefs on tap so look for Booker to be the preferred reserve behind Josh Jacobs.

Denver QB Drew Lock played through a core muscle issue in his team’s Week 10 loss to the Raiders. The signal-caller gutted out an ugly performance and came away with a set of bruised ribs for his troubles. His status for Week 11 is up in the air at this moment. If he cannot go, the Broncos will once again turn to backup QB Brett Rypien. This would be an obvious downgrade for the Denver skill players.

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NFC East:

Giants WR Darius Slayton was in and out of the team’s Week 10 victory over the Eagles with a shoulder injury. This one does not seem to be serious, especially with a Week 11 bye on tap for the surging Giants. Keep an eye out for how he progresses through the bye week.

NFC South:

New Orleans QB Drew Brees left his team’s Week 10 victory over San Francisco with a chest injury. Brees was knocked out of the game on a brutal tackle by 49ers D-lineman Kentavius Street. Testing after the game revealed that the legendary QB had suffered multiple rib fractures on both sides of his chest and a partially collapsed right lung. At this time, it is anybody’s guess how much time Brees will miss, but it is sure to be multiple weeks. With the new injured reserve rules, a three-week stint on IR is not out of the realm of possibility as the Saints will likely try to rest up their franchise signal-caller to have him healthy and ready for his last hurrah in the playoffs. With Brees missing time, it appears the team will use a committee approach of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Brees has not looked like himself this year, but he was still extremely efficient in the short and intermediate game. Keep an eye on how things change with the new committee system for some clarity. I personally wouldn’t want to rely on any Saints player not named Michael Thomas or Alvin Kamara.

Carolina QB Teddy Bridgewater left his team’s Week 10 loss with a brutal looking right knee injury. Subsequent testing revealed that the injury was not as significant as it initially appeared. Teddy seems to have suffered an MCL sprain. Thankfully this was not the knee that Teddy shredded back in Minnesota. In his Monday Press Conference, Head Coach Matt Rhule said that he hopes to have his QB back to practice by mid-week and have him available for Sunday’s contest against the Detroit Lions. No matter how optimistic his Head Coach is, you could do far worse than picking up former XFL standout P.J. Walker in case the knee becomes a problem for Teddy moving forward.

Saints WR Tre’Quan Smith also left his team’s Week 10 victory. For his part, Smith seems to have suffered a concussion on a questionable hit by 49ers safety Jimmie Ward. Smith was on the ground for quite some time following the hit before eventually getting up and walking off the field under his own power. With QB Brees also down, it is anybody’s guess how targets will be dished out between the combination of Winston and Hill. Aside from Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, I don’t trust any of these players.

Carolina RB Mike Davis hurt his wrist in the team’s Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers. Davis exited the game before returning with a taped-up thumb. We are not sure how serious this ailment is. However, with Carolina still without their All-Pro RB Christian McCaffrey services, Davis will be in for another significant workload in he can clear the injury hurdle and be ready by game time. Keep an eye on the tea leaves out of Nashville.

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NFC North:

Chicago QB Nick Foles was carted off the field late in his team’s Monday Night loss to the division-rival Vikings. Foles was slammed to the turf on a brutal sack, which somehow did not draw a roughing the passer call by the officials. Over the last four weeks, both Foles and the Bears offense as a whole has tanked across their four game skid. The team has a bye week on tap for Week 11, but it might be a good idea to explore the price on Mitchell Trubisky just in case a change is made over the bye week. Something has got to give as Foles’ immobility has paired disastrously with one of the worst O-lines in the league. Outside of Allen Robinson and David Montgomery in point per carry leagues, this is a team to avoid offensively from a fantasy standpoint.

Green Bay WR Davante Adams suffered an ankle injury in his team’s Week 10 victory but managed to come back. He was able to come back to the tune of 8/66/1. Adams is an alpha no.1 and usually dictates the way the rest of the offense will go. Keep an eye out for any soreness or setbacks as the week progresses.

Detroit QB Matt Stafford has a partial tear in the thumb on his throwing hand. Stafford is as tough as they come, so he will likely attempt to gut it out moving forward. This is the same type of injury that sapped Gardner Minshew’s throwing power. Stafford clearly has more arm talent than the Jags QB, so it’s anybody’s guess what the Lions franchise signal-caller can do moving forward. If Stafford is forced to miss time, his backup Chase Daniel will get the nod. Daniel is not as bad as some backups, so he should keep Detroit’s fantasy assets afloat in the event of a Stafford absence.

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NFC West:

San Francisco rookie RB Jamycal Hasty suffered a broken collarbone and is done for the season. The hits just keep on coming for the team by the Bay. San Francisco just cannot seem to stay healthy. The rookie RB will revert to IR and make way for returning players Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert. Thankfully a bye week is on tap for the 49ers. Once Mostert is back, he should once again command the lion’s share of touches, with other backs mixing in as needed according to who has the hot hand.

Seattle RB Travis Homer suffered a hand injury in the team’s Week 10 loss. The second-year role player has earned some playing time with the multitude of injuries ahead of him this year. If he is forced to miss time, it would be positive news for our Nerds favorite, DeeJay Dallas, who could get an increased look depending on the health of Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. Keep an eye on the reports out of Seattle as there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the health of this backfield.

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