Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett suffered a concussion on his TD pass from Julian Edelman in the team’s victory over the Eagles. The Pats resident deep threat has had an up and down campaign this year. Despite his lack of overall production, his absence may be felt. New England has not been scoring points in bunches as of late and any player’s absence is noteworthy. If he misses time look for newly activated 1st round pick N’Keal Harry to take on a much larger role within the scheme. Dorsett’s absence could also mean additional looks for Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu.
In one of the biggest injuries of the week, Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a hand injury in the team’s division matchup against the Jaguars. It was later revealed to be a fractured hand. Coming back on a short week this Thursday the team has already ruled him out for that contest. We do not yet know the potential length of Mack’s absence but look for Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Williams to compliment passing down specialist Hyheim Hines. Keep an eye on how this injury shapes up moving forward. Mack could be in for a lengthy absence or a short period we simply do not know as of yet. All that we know at this stage is that he fractured his hand and underwent successful surgery on Monday.
Colts TE Eric Ebron apparently suffered an ankle injury in the team’s victory over the Jaguars. Very little is known at this point about the severity of the injury. Keep an eye on how this one develops. We can be certain that Jack Doyle will take on a much larger role is Ebron is forced to miss any game action.
Jacksonville rookie TE Josh Oliver suffered a back injury in the team’s loss to the Colts. It was revealed Monday that he had sustained a small fracture in his back. He has since been sent to IR. What a disappointing outcome for an intriguing player who had only recently been tapped for a larger role on the team. The Jaguars have signed Nick O’Leary to fill the void left on the roster for the remainder of the season. O’Leary is a player best left on waiver wires in all but the deepest of TE Premium leagues. For his part, Oliver makes a nice stash player for your IR spots.
Pittsburgh WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was knocked from the team’s Thursday night contest against Cleveland with a concussion and knee injury. This game went off the rails in the second half with a number of brutal injuries and of course the melee in the last minutes of the contest. Smith-Schuster has suffered through a disappointing first campaign as the unquestioned number one target in Pittsburgh. Much of his struggles can be attributed to the injury to his starting QB. With a game against division cellar-dweller Cincinnati it is fair to wonder if the Steelers will tread lightly with their number one WR. Keep an eye on how he progresses through the week.
Pittsburgh RB James Conner re-injured his AC joint Thursday against Cleveland. This has been the drill with Conner for the bulk of the season. Seemingly unable to fully heal from his shoulder injury Conner was unable to make it through the first half of this one. It is anyone’s guess if Conner will be able to suit up for next week’s contest against the tanking Bengals. The one thing Conner has in his favor is the extra time to recover coming off the Thursday Night game. If he is unable to go look for the Steelers to turn to Swiss Army Knife Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds in his absence.
Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson was knocked from the team’s Thursday night loss to Cleveland with a concussion. This was one of the scariest looking headshots you will see as it left Johnson bleeding from his ear on the sideline. Bleeding from the ear usually suggests a ruptured eardrum which could throw off his equilibrium. If I were a betting man I would bet on Johnson missing next week’s game against the Bengals. If the promising young rookie does miss next week James Washington could be in for a larger than normal target share from his college QB Mason Rudolph.
Bengals WR Auden Tate suffered a scary head injury in the team’s loss to the Raiders. He took a shot to the back of the head attempting to corral a Ryan Finley pass and was carted off the field. It was later revealed that the young playmaker had suffered a concussion and cervical strain. The youngster later tweeted that he was doing ok but I do not expect him to make it back in time for next week and he could be in for an extended absence in a lost season for the Bengals. Look for Cincy to lean on Tyler Boyd, Alex Erickson, and Stanley Morgan for the foreseeable future.
Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill exited Monday Night Football in Mexico City with a hamstring injury. One of the fastest men in the entire league, any soft tissue injury to Hill could limit his effectiveness in the short term. Hill was seen standing on the sideline after exiting so I presume he was held out for precautionary reasons. Unlike previous seasons the Chiefs now have some other options to turn to in Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson. Look for those WRs to be the primary beneficiaries if Hill is forced to miss any game action.
Kansas City RB Damien Williams left Monday Night Football with a rib injury. The severity of the injury was not fully known at the posting time for this article. In his absence, LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams picked up the slack. In particular, McCoy enjoyed his best game in weeks before exiting himself with a potential concussion. Darrel Williams could be in for a heavy workload if the other Williams is unable to make it back following the bye week.
Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy exited Monday Night Football late with a potential concussion. The severity of the injury is not yet available but we wanted to include the information. Depending on how he and Damien Williams fare in the coming days Darrel Williams could be in for a larger role. Kansas City is hitting their bye week at the perfect time for their backfield.
The NFC East seems to have made it through this week’s action relatively healthy.
Saints TE Josh Hill suffered a concussion in their victory over division rival Tampa. The second TE in the Crescent City has not been much of a fantasy option for your team this year. However, if you are playing him in the deepest of TE premium leagues you would be well advised to keep track of his progress as the week goes.
Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky exited Sunday Night Football late with a hip pointer. One of the most disappointing players in all of fantasy this season Trubisky was again struggling to put points on the board. The Bears have had one of the worst offensive lines this year with very little time for the QB and even fewer running lanes for the RBs. The strange optics of this one led some to speculate that Mitchell was benched at the end of the game and not actually injured. It was later revealed that he was hurt on the last drive of the first half. Keep an eye on how he recovers from his ailment. Head coach Matt Nagy reiterated on Monday that Trubisky was unquestionably the teams’ starter if healthy. If he is unable to make it back for next week’s game against the Giants look for career backup Chase Daniels to draw the start. The Bears skill players should stay close to the same with either signal-caller at the helm.
San Francisco WR Emmanuel Sanders aggravated his rib injury against the division-rival Cardinals. San Francisco will likely give their newly acquired playmaker as much rest as possible with the game of the week on tap against the Green Bay Packers. I do not anticipate this being a long term issue for Sanders but with the fantasy, playoffs close at hand keep an eye on how Emmanuel mends. In his absence, the 49ers have featured impressive rookie Deebo Samuel who has put up back-to-back 100-yard contests. If for some reason Sanders is unable to make it back in time for next week Samuel will pair with Kendrick Bourne, Marquise Goodwin, Dante Pettis, and potentially star TE George Kittle.
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