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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 11

Each week players across the NFL suffer injuries. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down the dynasty relevant injuries and the next men up for your lineups.

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 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:

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

AFC South:

The AFC South emerged from Week 10 action healthy on the offensive side of the ball.

AFC North:

The AFC North was one of three divisions to emerge from Week 10 without any fantasy-relevant injuries. 

AFC West:

Bad Juju opens the door for a castoff

Kansas City Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was knocked out of his team’s Week 10 victory with a concussion. The former USC star has been enjoying a bit of a career revival in Kansas City. This was one of the scarier hits you will see in today’s NFL. Smith-Schuster took the hit during a crossing pattern and immediately went stiff with his hands up in a position reminiscent of Tua just a couple of weeks ago. The Chiefs are well-equipped to handle a likely absence of at least a game or two on the heels of this brutal hit. In his place, the Chiefs will likely ramp up the looks for rookie Skyy Moore and newly acquired Kadarius Toney. Both players will be natural fill-in players in the slot position. They will play alongside Mecole Hardman and Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

A Punch to the gut for Jeudy

Denver Wide Receiver Jerry Jeudy suffered a leg injury during his team’s Week 10 loss. The former Alabama star went down without contact on the play. It had the looks of a high ankle sprain. Jeudy was seen after the game wearing a walking boot. Further testing revealed the injury wasn’t as bad as first imagined. Despite this, it looks almost certain the Broncos receiver will miss some game action. This will mean an increase in targets for nominal no.1 option Courtland Sutton. Fellow receiver KJ Hamler would be the biggest beneficiary of Jeudy’s absence. The Broncos would also increase the looks of Kendall Hinton, Tyrie Cleveland, and Montrell Washington. None of the latter three is a safe play in the low-volume Broncos’ passing attack. Hamler is the player to add and is worth a speculative look in case Jeudy trade rumors heat up again in the offseason.

A thin position gets thinner

Los Angeles tight end Gerald Everett was forced from his team’s Week 10 defeat with a groin injury. The talented tight end has enjoyed a successful first season with the Chargers. He was set to have a big role in the passing game, with the Chargers already missing their top two wide receivers. His absence was a noticeable loss for Justin Herbert and the passing attack. The Chargers were forced to turn to former third-round pick Tre McKitty in his place. The youngster from Georgia may draw a start or two depending on the severity of Everett’s injury. Keep an eye out for news about the talented tight end’s practice reps throughout the week. With the desperately thin situation in the Charger’s receiving room, whoever plays tight end will be a potential streaming option.

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NFC East:

Noah Brown rises again

Dallas wide receiver Michael Gallup briefly exited his team’s Week 10 loss with a non-contact leg injury. You can see from the clip above why this was initially concerning. Thankfully this was in his right knee as opposed to the left knee he tore last season. Gallup may be in for limited practice reps throughout the coming week. Keep an eye on the news out of Dallas. If he did miss time, tight end, Dalton Schultz would be a major beneficiary behind no.1 receiver Ceedee Lamb. Fellow wide receiver Noah Brown would be the biggest beneficiary among the other wide receivers. He and KaVontae Turpin would fill out the starting three. It is also possible the Cowboys could seek to involve disappointing rookie Jalen Tolbert in the game plan.

NFC South:

Labrum Lenny gets lapped

Tampa running back Leonard Fournette sustained a hip injury in his team’s Week 10 victory. This was the first ever NFL regular season game to take place in Germany. The Buccaneers have struggled to run the ball this season. Fournette was enjoying a productive game in this contest before the injury. Unfortunately for Playoff Lenny and his dynasty managers, he may have been Wally Pipped in this contest as rookie Rashaad White immediately gave the Bucs running game a spark on his way to his first career 100-yard game. White was already on his way to taking over as the top running back, but this big game will all but assure he has the lion’s share of carries going forward.

NFC North:

Chicago shuffles the depth chart

Chicago Running Back Khalil Herbert sustained a hip injury in his team’s Week 10 loss. The former Virginia Tech star has been slowly staking his claim to a bigger and bigger share of the Bears’ rushing attempts. Herbert was placed on IR Tuesday. Keep an eye on the practice reps this week in Chicago. With Herbert out, starter David Montgomery is a surefire RB2 based on volume alone. The Bears would also likely give some of Herbert’s touches to talented rookie Trestan Ebner.

NFC West:

Who gets the targets in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp was knocked out of his team’s Week 10 loss with an ankle injury. It was immediately feared that the Super Bowl MVP had sustained a dreaded High-Ankle-Sprain. Further tests confirmed the original fear and some. The injury was severe enough to require surgery. The team has announced that the star receiver will undergo said surgery and be placed on season-ending IR. This is a devastating blow to the Rams and their dwindling playoff hopes. Sean McVay must finally incorporate Allen Robinson into the game plan. Robinson should be a safe low-end WR2 the rest of the way, based on the volume he is likely to see. The Rams will also look to Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek to fill out the starting group. Tight end Tyler Higbee should also see a nice boost in targets for the Rams.

Opening the door for the rookie in Arizona

Arizona tight end Zach Ertz sustained a knee injury in his team’s Week 10 contest. The star tight end had been enjoying another productive season, his first in Arizona. Ertz had seen the second-most targets in the league for a tight end. Testing after the game revealed that Ertz had avoided an ACL injury, but it was bad enough to require surgery which will end his season. This will open the door for Arizona’s rookie tight end Trey McBride to take over the starting role for the rest of the season. Despite being a rookie, he will be in line for a nice target share and could be a late-season boost for his dynasty managers.

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