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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 11

Week 10 saw fewer injuries than recent weeks. However, there were still a number of fantasy relevant ailments to navigate for your squads. @ReflipeWThenuz highlights all the week's injuries and the next men up.

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 the injured players themselves and those 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:

New England running back Rhamondre Stevenson was forced from his team’s Week 10 loss in Germany. The injury didn’t appear to be serious, but the Patriots are notoriously tight-lipped about injuries. New England has a bye week on tap, so Stevenson should have plenty of time to heal. However, keep an eye on his status when the team returns to practice. If he cannot go, the team would turn to Ezekiel Elliott, who would be an RB2 candidate based on volume alone.

AFC South:

The AFC South emerged from Week 10 healthy from a dynasty perspective.

AFC North:

Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson was seen in a walking boot following his team’s dramatic Week 10 victory. No specific injury was listed in connection to Watson, but he was seen limping slightly after a couple of runs later in the game. Keep an eye on his practice status as the week continues. If Watson misses any more game action, the Browns would turn back to backup signal caller P.J. Walker. That would mean a downgrade for the Browns receiving weapons, but Walker has proven capable of winning games and moving the offense. Nonetheless, he would be a desperate Superflex play.

AFC West:

Los Angeles wide receiver Keenan Allen briefly exited his team’s Week 10 contest with a shoulder injury. This has the looks of a potential A/C Joint sprain based on the way he landed on his shoulder. Allen was able to return to the game and had a significant impact on the win. He should be fine moving forward, but keep an eye on his practice reps. If he were forced to miss time, the Chargers would look to Jalen Guyton and rookie Quentin Johnston to hold down the receiver room. Johnston, in particular, would be an interesting play as he has come on as of late.

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NFC East:

The NFC East escaped Week 10 without any fantasy-relevant injuries.

NFC South:

New Orleans quarterback Derek Carr was knocked out of his team’s Week 10 loss with multiple injuries. He took one of the hardest hits of the week when he was sandwiched between a pair of defenders. Carr was said to be dealing with both concussion and shoulder issues. We will have to wait for testing results on the shoulder. He will, however, have to progress through the league’s concussion protocol before getting back into action. If he is forced to miss time, the Saints will turn to former Heisman Trophy Winner Jameis Winston. In all honesty, Winston could be a good thing for the Saints’ weapons from a fantasy perspective as he has repeatedly shown a willingness to give his players a chance on deep balls.

New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas was knocked out of his team’s Week 10 loss with a knee injury. The former record-setter has now added injury to insult as he was just arrested earlier this week and charged with simple battery. We will have to await the results of further testing before we know the severity of the injury. It was, however, serious enough to keep him out of the game and open the door for late-round rookie A.T. Perry, who made the most of his added looks with a touchdown. He will likely help fill the void across from Chris Olave. Perry would be a quality bench pickup if he is available in your dynasty leagues.

Tampa Bay quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand late in his team’s Week 10 victory. He hit his hand on the facemask of a Titans defender and was seen repeatedly shaking his hand throughout the rest of the game. The quarterback addressed the injury after the game, saying his hand felt good. Despite his assurances, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on new of his practice reps. If he were forced to miss any game time, the Bucs would turn to former second-round pick Kyle Trask. The former Florida University star hasn’t played much but would presumably be a downgrade for Mike Evans and company.

Atlanta quarterback Taylor Heinicke was forced from his team’s Week 10 victory with a hamstring injury. Desmond Ridder came on in relief and led the team on a scoring drive. Head Coach Arthur Smith was non-commital about his quarterback status after the game. There were some rumblings that RIdder would be given another shot down the stretch to see if he could play his way into the franchise quarterback role. Hamstrings tend to linger anyway, so this will be a situation to monitor moving forward.

NFC North:

Minnesota running back Alexander Mattison suffered a concussion in his team’s Week 10 victory, forcing him out of the game. Mattison will have to progress through the league’s protocol ahead of his team’s Week 11 matchup with the Broncos. The Vikings are running thin at the position, and Ty Chandler is currently the next man up. Kene Nwangwu is behind him.

NFC West:

Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett briefly exited his team’s Week 10 contest with a suspected concussion. Lockett managed to get back on the field, but owners may want to keep an eye out for news on the veteran playmaker. If he were to miss any game action, Jackson Smith-Njigba would step into a more prominent role across from DK Metcalf. Jake Bobo could also garner a few extra looks with Lockett’s absence.

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