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 11 injuries and the next men up.
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New York RB La’Mical Perine exited his team’s Week 11 loss with an ankle injury. Just as many in the dynasty community were excited to see what this kid could do with an extended look, he will hit the shelf for the foreseeable future with a dreaded high ankle sprain. Head Coach Adam Gase had promised to get the rookie more involved down the stretch, but at this point, it’s anybody’s guess what will happen with the Jets. Gase will now be able to feature his favorite antique, Frank Gore. Gore could provide some flex appeal in usage-based leagues as he is set to handle the bulk of the work going forward. Journeyman Ty Johnson will be his immediate handcuff until Perine returns. Hopefully, we actually get to see a preview of Perine before the end of the season, but it doesn’t pay to attempt to understand Adam Gase.
New England RB Rex Burkhead suffered a gruesome knee injury and was carted off the field in the team’s loss to the Houston Texans. Rex’s season is over after it was reported that he suffered a significant knee injury. Burkhead’s loss will actually help clear up the situation in New England as we wind down the season. The swiss army knife has been a perennial thorn in the side of fantasy managers who have rostered Burkhead. The clear beneficiary of this injury will be James White, who will now have zero competition for passing down work. Watch for sophomore Damien Harris and former 1st round pick Sony Michel to battle it out for early-down work.
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Houston WR Randall Cobb exited his team’s Week 11 victory early with a foot injury. The early reports out of Houston are that Cobb will likely be sent to IR with a toe injury. Cobb is currently seeking a second opinion on the matter before anything is finalized. If the veteran slot man is forced to miss time, look for the Texans to turn to former 4th round pick Keke Coutee to man the slot for the Texans. Cobb’s exit for Coutee would likely have a minimal effect on QB Deshaun Watson who has dealt with a dearth of weapons all season.
Houston also lost WR Kenny Stills in Week 11 to a leg injury. Early indications out of Texas are that Stills is dealing with a quad injury. He participated in Monday’s walkthrough in anticipation of the team’s Thanksgiving showdown with the Detroit Lions. This indicates Kenny will be ready to roll this Thursday. If the vet WR can’t get ready on the short week, look for the Texans to turn to rookie Isaiah Coulter to make his career debut on Thanksgiving.
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In the week’s biggest injury, Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow was carted off the field with a left leg injury. An MRI following the game confirmed a torn ACL and MCL for the no.1 overall pick. Burrow has been placed on IR, officially ending his rookie season. What a sad end to a promising beginning for the former LSU Tiger. Burrow displayed all the skills which earned him the no.1 billing at last year’s draft. I have seen some of the early reports indicate this is a similar injury to the one sustained by Carson Wentz a couple of seasons ago in Philadelphia. Burrow will be up against it to be ready for the start of next season, but indications are he has a legitimate chance to be ready for Week 1, 2021. His exit will create an opening for journeyman QB Ryan Finley. This will be a downgrade for all the Bengals skill players across the board for the remainder of 2020.
The AFC West made it through the week relatively healthy from a fantasy perspective.
The NFC East made it through week 11 intact from a fantasy perspective.
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Atlanta WR Julio Jones suffered a hamstring injury in his team’s Week 11 loss to the rival Saints. This was a big loss for the Falcons, who have struggled in every game Julio has missed this season. The big man from Bama has been the table-setter for the Falcons team for over a decade. His loss would be a downgrade for the entire team except for no.2 WR Calvin Ridley would stand to gain an extra target or two. Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus will be the players to fill the starting roles if Julio has to miss time. One would think that TE Hayden Hurst would also benefit from a Jones absence. However, if last week’s zero catch effort is any indication, the outlook is not promising. Keep an eye on this one, as soft tissue injuries tend to linger, especially in older players.
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Minnesota WR Adam Thielen was placed on the Reserve/Covid list following his dominant Week 11 performance in the Vikings loss to the Cowboys. This one is not strictly an injury issue but one to monitor closely as Thielen has been a WR1 throughout the season. If he cannot gain clearance for his team’s upcoming date with the Carolina Panthers, look for the Vikings to give a heavy dose of the run complemented by standout rookie Justin Jefferson. Bisi Johnson and Chad Beebe would get the starts at WR with TE’s Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. likely taking on a larger role in the passing game. Keep an eye out for news of Thielen’s progress.
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Seattle TE Greg Olsen went down with a non-contact leg injury during Thursday Night football. What an unfortunate turn of events for the veteran TE. Olsen had been attempting to extend his career and get one last shot at an elusive Super Bowl Ring. Testing after the game revealed that the veteran TE had suffered a ruptured left plantar fascia. Olsen has been placed on IR, ending his season and potentially his career. With a career in broadcasting waiting in the wings, it is fair to speculate this newest foot ailment as the end of the road. Olsen’s absence will open things up for the talented yet oft-injured Will Dissly to reclaim his starting spot. Dissly is a sneaky buy in TE premium leagues for the stretch run.
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