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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 14

With the playoff's fast approaching, Week 13 saw a ton a fantasy-relevant players go down with injuries. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down the 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 themselves and those who stand to benefit or suffer as a result. In order to make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 13 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

New England running back Rhamondre Stevenson exited his team’s Week 13 loss with a painful-looking lower leg injury. This has all the hallmarks of a high-ankle sprain. There is a good chance he will miss some significant fantasy games down the stretch and possibly into your fantasy playoffs. In his place, the Patriots will look to Ezekiel Elliott. The former Ohio State star has looked surprisingly spry this year and should be a plug-and-play low-end RB2 for your squads for any games Rhamondre misses.

New York tight end C.J. Uzomah exited his team’s Week 13 game with a knee injury. With a few exceptions, the Jet’s offensive players have been borderline unplayable this year. Uzomah has been no exception to that formula. Uzomah’s potential absence from future games would be a slight boost for Tyler Conklin and potentially second-year man Jeremy Ruckert. Neither player would be anything more than a desperation play.

AFC South:

Houston rookie wide receiver Tank Dell was forced from his team’s Week 13 game with a significant leg injury. It was severe enough that he had to be carted off the field. Subsequent testing revealed that the breakout playmaker had fractured his fibula. This injury will end his impressive rookie season. Dell had become a favorite target for fellow rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud. Dell’s absence will open up additional targets for No.1 Nico Collins and veteran Robert Woods. John Metchie and Noah Brown will help fill the void, with Brown, in particular, being an interesting play. 

Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence was forced from his team’s Week 13 Monday Night contest with an ankle injury. In one of the worst-looking injuries of the week, Lawrence had his ankle stepped on by a lineman before having the same foot caught beneath him as he went to the ground. This has the looks of a serious injury that could potentially cost Lawrence up to the rest of the season. Keep your eyes peeled for news out of Jaguars camp about the exact nature of the injury. Jacksonville will turn to C.J. Bethard to run the offense for whatever time their franchise signal-caller is out. This will be an obvious downgrade for the Jag’s offensive weapons in the receiving game.

Tennessee running back Derrick Henry left his team’s Week 13 game with a potential concussion. The imposing veteran runner will have to clear the league’s concussion protocols to suit up for next week. Keep an eye on his practice reps to see how he moves through the protocols. Uber talented rookie Tyjae Spears would become a must-start option in a run-heavy Titans offense. This will be one to monitor.

Tennessee tight end Josh Whyle suffered a knee injury in the Titans Week 13 contest. Whyle isn’t much of a fantasy asset, but his absence could give a few more looks to speedy teammate Chigoziem Okonkwo. 

Jacksonville wide receiver Christian Kirk was knocked out of his team’s Monday Night game with a core muscle injury. It is looking like Kirk is headed to surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Look for the Jags to feature Zay Jones alongside Calvin Ridley and Evan Engram in the passing game. Rookie Parker Washington may have some sleeper appeal out of the slot.

AFC North:

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett went down with a bad-looking ankle injury early in his team’s Week 13 loss to the Cardinals. The Steelers offense appeared to be off to another nice start on the heels of firing their previous offensive coordinator, Matt Canada. The Steelers reported Pickett had surgery on the ankle and will miss 2-4 weeks. Former #2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky will attempt to keep the Steelers in the playoff picture until Pickett can return. Trubisky would be an interesting deep QB2 play in Superflex formats.

Cleveland wide receiver Amari Cooper was knocked out of the Browns Week 13 loss with a head injury. Cooper appears to have suffered a concussion and will have to progress through the league’s protocols to make it back for next week. Keep an eye on his practice reps as the week progresses. If he cannot play, it would be a big hit to the Browns passing attack. Elijah Moore, Cedric Tillman, and James Proche would man the receiver spot. Tight ends David Njoku and Harrison Bryant would also take on a greater role in the passing game.

AFC West:

The AFC West managed to escape Week 13 without any fantasy-relevant injuries. 

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NFC East:

Washington running back Brian Robinson was forced to leave his team’s Week 13 loss with a hamstring injury. The former Alabama runner has enjoyed a quality season in D.C. this year. Keep an eye on his practice reps as the week goes on. If he misses time, the Commanders will turn to former Memphis rusher Antonio Gibson to carry the load until Robinson can return.

Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts briefly exited his team’s Week 13 loss with a potential head injury. Hurts was able to return to the game and finish it out. For the moment, Hurts seems to have avoided any serious injury. This is still a situation to monitor as the week goes along. If Hurts were forced to miss any game action, the Eagles would look to former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariotta to captain the ship.

NFC South:

New Orleans quarterback Derek Carr was knocked out of his team’s Week 13 contest. The signal-caller went down with an upper-body injury. There have been varying reports indicating Carr sustained a head, neck, or back injury. If the Saints quarterback is unable to get back in time for Week 14, New Orleans would turn to former Florida State star Jameis Winston to steer the ship until Carr can return. Jameis is a proven commodity and would be a lateral play for all the Saint’s pass-catching playmakers.

NFC North:

Green Bay wide receiver Christian Watson limped off the field late in his team’s Week 13 victory. The talented sophomore receiver was in the middle of a fine game by any standard when he went down while attempting to stay in bounds to milk the clock late. This appears to be yet another hamstring injury for the former North Dakota State star. He may have to miss some time with this ailment. In his place, the Packers will rely on Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks.

NFC West:

Seattle running back Zach Charbonnet exited his team’s Week 13 loss with a knee injury. The former UCLA star was finally getting his chance at a feature role while starter Kenneth Walker was out with an injury of his own. There has been very little information about the true extent of Charbonnet’s injury, and at this point, we will have to monitor practice reps for the best picture of Seattle’s backfield for next week. If Charbonnet is out and Walker is forced to miss another game, the Seahawks would look to special teams ace DJ Dallas as the primary back.

Arizona running back Emari Demarcado sustained a neck injury in his team’s Week 13 victory over Pittsburgh. The rookie rusher has quietly had a nice season, particularly for an undrafted player. Michael Carter would be next in line to spell starting running back James Conner. Since being acquired off waivers, Carter has begun to carve out a nice change-of-pace role with the Cardinals. Demarcado’s absence would serve to cement that role for Carter.

Los Angeles tight end Tyler Higbee suffered a hand injury during his team’s Week 13 victory. Updates out of LA have been few and far between. Keep an eye on his practice reps as the week progresses. If Higbee is forced to miss any game action, the Rams will look to Hunter Long and Brycen Hopkins to fill the void until their starter can return. Neither player would be a recommended fantasy play.

Los Angeles wide receiver Puka Nakua briefly left his team’s Week 13 victory with a rib injury. The star rookie returned to the game and finished yet another 100-yard game in his impressive rookie season. Keep an eye on his practice reps, either way, just to be on the safe side. If he misses game action, the Rams will look to Ben Skowronek and Demarcus Robinson to play alongside Cooper Kupp and Tutu Atwell.

Arizona wide receiver Marquise Brown left his team’s Week 13 victory early with an ankle injury. This appears to be an aggravation of a previous injury that has hampered the speedster for several weeks. If Hollywood Brown and Michael Wilson can’t go next week, the Cardinals will look to Andre Baccellia and Greg Dortch to play alongside Rondale Moore. This would funnel more looks to emerging sophomore tight end Trey McBride.

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