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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 11

Quarterback’s, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends oh my. Injuries across every position group. @reflipewthenuz is here to break down all the week’s fantasy/dynasty relevant carnage and the fallout for your squads.

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AFC East:

Jets TE Chris Herndon suffered a rib injury in the Jets victory over the in-state rival Giants. It was the long awaited season debut for the talented former Hurricane. He was only able to corral a single catch in the contest. Head coach Adam Gase suggested on Monday that the injury was likely to lead to a multi-week absence. Just a gut punch for all the Herndon truthers. In his place the Jets are likely to turn back to Ryan Griffin who will be a solid fantasy streamer moving forward as an every down player.

AFC South:

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins was forced from the team’s week 10 loss to the Dolphins with an ankle injury. Wilkins is a change of pace back for the Colts and his loss will mean a bigger role for starter Marlon Mack and more importantly passing down back Nyheim Hines. The later of the two backs stands to gain the most as Indianapolis will still seek to give Mack some breathers and now the options behind the starter are more limited. Sad for Wilkins but good for the two fantasy relevant backs on the team.

AFC North:

Bengals rookie TE Drew Sample injured his ankle in the team’s loss to the division rival Ravens. Sample has been used largely as an in-line blocker during his rookie campaign in the Queen City. There haven’t been any reports suggesting the severity of the injury to this point but, Sample hasn’t been a fantasy asset to this point either way. His 2nd round pedigree suggests the possibility of developing into more of an overall TE in the coming years. In TE premium leagues this could be a nice time to buy on the former Washington Husky as his role will undoubtedly grow if and when Tyler Eifert moves along. 

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard sustained a knee injury against the Ravens. He was able to come back into the contest and finish the game. He was originally thought to be out and was steadily upgraded until he came back into the contest. In all likelihood he will be fine moving forward but keep an eye on how this one plays out through the week sprained knees can go either way..

AFC West:

The AFC West made it through the week largely healthy.

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NFC East:

There were no fantasy/dynasty relevant injuries in the NFC East.

NFC South:

Earlier in the week Falcons RB Ito Smith was placed on IR with a neck injury. This will likely be a devastating blow to Smith’s fantasy career. He has not had a particularly productive sophomore campaign and will liely now be facing additional competition going into next year. Smith’s absence will mean an increased role for Brian Hill and potentially 5th round rookie Qadree Ollison. Hill played well with the additional time in the victory over New Orleans in week 10.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was knocked from the team victory over the division rival Saints with a foot injury. Freeman has been a workhorse for the team when healthy over the last several years. His potential absence would mean big changes in Atlanta. He is scheduled for an MRI later this week. Brian Hill played well against New Orleans in this contest and will see a sizable increase in touches if Freeman misses game action. Also look for rookie Qadree Ollison to make his season debut in the event of Freeman’s absence. Keep an eye on how this one play’s out as the week progresses. Update: Just before posting this article it was revealed that Freeman will miss about two weeks with a foot sprain. 

Atlanta TE Austin Hooper suffered a knee injury in the team’s victory over the Saints. And down goes the overall TE1 on the season. Hopefully this turns out to be a minor sprain as this will be a gut shot to many dynasty squads out there. At a position that lacks overall talent and consistency, Hooper was one of the few shining lights out there this season. If he is forced to miss time the Falcons will be forced to turn to the likes of Luke Stocker until Hooper gets back. Update: Just before posting this article it was revealed that Hooper’s injury is a sprained MCL. Thankfully this injury will not keep Hooper out of the fantasy playoffs but you may need to find other options for the next week or two.

NFC North:

Lions QB Matthew Stafford missed the game against Chicago with a back injury. The franchise signal caller underwent an MRI earlier in the week which revealed some fractured bones in his back. He wanted to cut it out but medical personnel refused to allow him to play. His absence was a downgrade for all the Lion’s skill position players this week. If Stafford is forced to miss extended game time it may be necessary to fade the Detroit skill players. Detroit has little to no chance of making the playoffs at this point so it would not be shocking to see them take it easy with their franchise QB. Keep an eye on how this play’s out as the week progresses. 

Lions RB TY Johnson suffered a concussion in the team’s division loss to the Bears. Johnson was ticketed for a larger role on the team with a multitude of injuries in front of him on the depth chart. As it stands, Detroit will potentially be forced to explore the Free Agent market for depth at the position. Johnson unfortunately may be losing his best chance at NFL and fantasy/dynasty relevance due to injury. Sad to see injuries affect players in this way.

Chicago TE Trey Burton was forced from the game against the Lions with a calf injury. Burton has been on a milk carton all season and has provided very little production to justify the massive payday he received from the Bears. It has been reported that he has been dealing with the lingering effects of his off-season sports hernia surgery. I would be shocked if Chicago brought him back next season at his current salary level. Keep an eye on whether Burton misses time moving forward. He may well be playing for his roster spot down the stretch.

NFC West:

San Francisco WR Emmanuel Sanders exited Monday Night football with a rib injury. We do not yet know the severity of the injury but this keep an eye out for Tuesday’s injury report. If Sanders is forced to miss time look for Deebo Samuel’s role to expand on the heels of his dominant Monday night performance. 

Seattle WR Tyler Lockett suffered a lower leg injury in the team’s Monday Night victory. The star WR was seen on the bench late in the 4th quarter and overtime. It appears that he suffered a severe leg contusion which hampered blood flow to his lower leg. The ailment was serious enough that Lockett was taken to the hospital following the game. Seattle has a bye week on tap but keep an eye out for reports on his progress. If Lockett is forced to miss time look for newly acquired Josh Gordon to be fast tracked into the scheme. We can also anticipate Seattle leaning heavily on the run game.

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