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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 14

On the verge of the fantasy playoffs every injury is magnified 10 fold! @reflipewthenuz is here to break down all the relevant news and cover the next men up for week 14.

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AFC East:

Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage was carted off with a leg injury against the Eagles. It was non-contact and will likely be a season-ender. Ballage had been trudging his way through the second half of the season as the absolute worst starting RB in the entire league. However, he was still a starting RB who was receiving the lion’s share of touches for his NFL team including goalline work. In his absence look for the Dolphins to turn to a combination of Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin to close out the season. Laird looks to be the better fantasy option as he already held the pass-catching role on the team. This is a situation to avoid as the fantasy playoffs get underway.

Update: Kalen Ballage was placed on IR Tuesday and Zach Zenner was claimed on waivers by the Dolphins.

Jets QB Sam Darnold injured his foot late in the team’s loss to the Bengals. Early indications are that it is a minor issue. The second-year signal-caller has been going through an up and down sophomore campaign in the NFL. It sounds like he is not in danger of missing any game action. However, if he does miss any time it will be a downgrade for the skill players on the Jets roster. Outside of Le’Veon Bell and Ryan Griffin I cannot recommend playing any Jets players down the stretch.

AFC South:

Colts WR Chester Rogers suffered a brutal knee injury against the Titans. It has been revealed that the injury was, in fact, a fractured knee and he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. The Colts are quickly running out of bodies at the WR position. TY Hilton cannot get back fast enough for young Jacoby Brissett. Until that happens Indy will be forced to go into battle with Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, and Ashton Dulin. With Eric Ebron and Marlon Mack also on the shelf, Brissett takes a hit until his weapons can get back to full strength. This injury will likely end the fantasy-relevant portion of Chester Rogers’ career.

AFC North:

The AFC North made it through the week largely healthy. 

AFC West:

The AFC West did not suffer any significant injuries this week. 

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NFC East:

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper injured his knee late in the team’s Thanksgiving loss to the Buffalo Bills. Cooper underwent an MRI following the game and thankfully no structural damage was revealed in the testing. Cooper has already made it back to the practice field but will likely not be at full strength this week. In an ironic twist, the Cowboys and Bears will both strangely play back-to-back Thursday games. It will be all hands on deck as both 6-6 teams fight to keep their playoff hopes alive.  

Redskins WR Trey Quinn suffered a concussion in the team’s win against the Carolina Panthers. The Skins slot WR has largely been an afterthought since the departure of Jay Gruden earlier in the season. Washington has come to lean on the running game much more as of late. Expect the Redskins to continue to feature Adrian Peterson and a healthy Darius Guice to close out the season. Washington will likely continue to feature Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon as the two outside WRs.

Giants QB Daniel Jones injured his ankle in the team’s loss to the Packers. There are no indications that this injury will lead to missed game time over the last four games of the season. The main area of concern here will be Jones’ mobility and the potential loss of rushing numbers. However, in Superflex leagues, it might not be the worst idea to scoop up Eli Manning if available in case this injury gives the team legend one last hurrah before riding off into the sunset. 

NFC South:

Carolina TE Greg Olsen suffered a concussion in the team’s loss against the Redskins. Olsen took a pretty healthy shot attempting to gain additional yardage leading to the injury. Greg doesn’t have a lengthy concussion history but you can expect the team to play it safe with little on the line across the season’s final four games. However, Olson may want to get back on the field ASAP as this may well be his swan song. He has flirted with the booth for several years leading into the season and this may finally be his last. Greg hasn’t had the type of season we came to enjoy during the majority of his time in Carolina. He has at least made it through the bulk of the year following a couple of seasons marred by foot issues. If he is unable to go look for young up and comer Ian Thomas to fill his underneath role.

NFC North:

Detroit rookie TE T.J. Hockenson injured his foot on the final drive of the team’s Thanksgiving loss to the Bears. He was spotted with crutches, a walking boot, and a scooter after the game. On Monday, the team announced the talented rookie had been placed on IR. So ends a somewhat disappointing maiden season in Detroit. Hockenson exploded onto the scene with 6/131/1 in his first game but failed to put up similar numbers afterward. The future is bright for the former Iowa star as Hockenson did, however, show the talent that made him a 1st round pick. Detroit will turn to a combination of Jesse James and Logan Thomas for the remainder of the year.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook exited Monday Night football with a shoulder injury. Hold your breath on this one folks. After a second half fumble the stud RB went directly to the locker room in obvious discomfort. He had been dealing with a chest injury heading into the game and hopefully this was simply an aggravation of that previous injury. Hopefully he will be able to suit up for next week’s fantasy playoffs for your squads. However, if he is unable to go, look for rookie RB Alexander Mattison to take over a near 3-down role in the run heavy Vikings O. This would be a crippling blow for many dynasty teams heading into week 1 of the playoffs. Keep a close eye on how this one plays out over the course of the week. Hopefully you handcuffed Cook just in case of emergency. 

NFC West:

The NFC West made it through the week without any significant injuries. 

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