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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 15

Holy Cow!!! Significant injuries across the entire spectrum of the dynasty landscape. If you were fortunate enough to make it through the maelstrom @reflipewthenuz has all the injury news you need to know going into next weeks playoff action.

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AFC East:

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker suffered a concussion in the team’s division loss to the Jets. What a bad time for this type of injury. Parker had likely found his way into many playoff lineups across the fantasy spectrum. As it stands we will need to wait and see how he makes out as the week progresses. Look for the Dolphins to turn to Allen Hurns, Isiah Ford, and TE Mike Gesicki as the primary receiving threats next week. Keep your fingers crossed that Parker will be able to return for next week’s plus matchup with the Giants.

Dolphins WR Albert Wilson sustained a concussion against the Jets. Wilson has had a down year this year, to put it mildly. However, in a spot with Parker going down the Dolphins will feel the loss of two of their top WRs. As with Parker look for Miami to lean on Allen Hurns, Isiah Ford, and Mike Gesicki if their two concussed WRs are unable to make it back for next week’s matchup against the Giants.

Jets TE Ryan Griffin exited the team’s game against the Dolphins with an ankle injury. Griffin was barely on the field before going down with the ailment. He put up a single catch for 8 yards before heading to the locker room. A surprise TE 1 for large chunks of the season this is the worst possible time for Griffin to go down. Coming back on a short week against the Ravens this Thursday Griffin will likely not gain clearance in time. In his absence, the Jets will likely turn to former Chicago Bear TE Daniel Brown. This will be a situation to avoid in your fantasy playoffs.

AFC South:

Jacksonville WR D.J. Chark suffered an ankle injury late in the team’s loss to the Chargers. Chark came down with the injury on his last series of the game and the severity is not known at this time. Reports emerged Monday that Chark left the stadium wearing a protective boot riding a scooter. Some have opined that the Jags will possibly shut him down with nothing to play for down the stretch. However, Chark will likely be angling to get back on the field ASAP only 44 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. Hopefully, this ailment is minor but do yourself a favor and keep an eye on how Chark progresses throughout the week before next week’s game. If he is unable to go look for Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley, and company to pick up the slack. His absence would also be a downgrade for QB Gardner Minshew.

Colts rookie WR Parris Campbell injured his foot in the teams’ loss to the Buccaneers. On Monday he was placed on IR after it was revealed he had fractured his foot. Thus ends a disappointing and injury-marred rookie campaign for the highly touted 2nd round pick. Campbell put up 18/127/1 on the season. He could be a sneaky buy for players looking to capitalize on impatient owners fearing Campbell is Phillip Dorsett 2.0. Campbell should have been nowhere near your starting lineup but in dynasty leagues take note.

AFC North:

Baltimore TE Mark Andrews left the team’s game against the Bills with what has been reported as a deep thigh bruise. The stud TE gave you a single 14-yard catch before exiting. If you were somehow able to make it through the first round of the playoffs without Andrews you are likely going to need to find another option for the next round. Baltimore has the short week on hand with a home contest against the Jets this coming Thursday. The Ravens will be heavily favored next week and even if Andrews is able to go I would anticipate them taking it easy with Lamar Jackson’s top target. Former 1st round pick Hayden Hurst would be a fine fill-in player if he is available on your waiver wire.

Pittsburgh TE Vance McDonald sustained a concussion in the team’s victory over the Cardinals. In what seems to have been a trend this week Vance put up a single 3-yard catch before his injury. The playmaking TE doesn’t have a lengthy history with head injuries with this being his first concussion since 2015. However, it is always hard to tell how these types of injuries will go. Vance has been a borderline TE 1 this year but it will be tough to trust in a brutal matchup against the Bills. Keep an eye on how he mends as the week progresses.

Bengals WR Auden Tate sprained his MCL in the team’s loss to the in-state rival Browns. The sophomore receiver had strung together a decent 2nd season to the tune of 40/575/1. Tate’s future will largely be dictated by what the team decides to due with team legend AJ Green this coming offseason. He is a decent stash player whose owners likely picked off the waiver wire. This injury will likely end his year as the team has nothing to play for and will not want to risk his long term health.

AFC West:

Denver TE Noah Fant suffered a foot injury in the team’s victory over the Texans. Early X-Rays indicated there was no structural damage to the athletic freaks foot. Fant was enjoying the best game of his rookie campaign with 4/113/1 before succumbing to the injury. The 1st round pick has been picking up steam as the season progresses. As long as Fant can get back on the field at some point this year he is likely to cross the impressive 500-yard mark for a rookie TE. Despite his impressive first season, Fant will be difficult to trust in your fantasy playoffs moving forward. If he is unable to get back for next week’s game Jeff Heuerman will pick up the slack.

Raiders TE Foster Moreau suffered a knee injury against Tennessee. The surprising rookie has played well this year. However, his absence will likely not affect any dynasty lineups for the playoffs. The main effect of any absence will be additional targets for breakout teammate Darren Waller.  

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NFC East:

Derrius Guice suffered a sprained MCL in the team’s loss to the Packers. The more things change the more they stay the same. The former LSU standout just cannot seem to stay out of the trainer’s room. Thankfully there was no tear in this knee injury. Nevertheless, there is still cause for concern when a player with his history goes down. I would be very surprised if the Redskins didn’t play it extremely safe with Guice and treat this ailment with kid gloves. It would not be at all shocking if they shut him down for the season in an effort to have him ready to go at the start of next season. Guice had been showing extremely well in recent weeks and this is a sad development for a player trying to stake his claim to the starting role in D.C. moving into next year. In his absence look for future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to shoulder the load down the stretch.

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffrey exited Monday Night Football with a foot injury. The Eagles Number 1 had given you exactly zero points before being carted to the locker room. The specifics of this injury have yet to be revealed but I wouldn’t want to count on him for next week’s playoff matchup, provided his early exit didn’t already tank your season. Jeffrey has suffered through a down season as he has dealt with several different injuries. This may finish his relevant fantasy use for the year. However, Jeffrey is guaranteed at least one more season in Philly as his contract next season is fully guaranteed. He could provide an interesting veteran target for teams looking to next year.

NFC South:

Bucs WR Mike Evans injured his hamstring in the team’s victory over the Colts. The All-Pro WR pulled up lame while scoring a 61 yard TD. This long score hopefully helps save many of his owners’ first-round contests. However, this is the absolute worst time of year for a hamstring injury. These types of injuries inevitable cost skill players games. One need look no further than Adam Thielen to see just how tricky a hamstring injury can be for WRs. Keep your fingers crossed that this is simply a minor strain but do yourself a favor and plan for the worst moving into next week. Evans’ absence should mean a boost in looks for breakout star WR Chris Godwin along with Breshad Perriman and the twin TE stars Cameron Brate & O.J. Howard.

Bucs QB Jamis Winston sustained a small fracture in his throwing hand in the team’s victory over Indianapolis. On Monday it was revealed to be a broken thumb. Winston was able to come back into the game and engineer a dramatic comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts. After meeting with a specialist on Monday the team feels he can play through the ailment with little to no risk of further damage. Winston plays for one of the most pass-happy coaches in the league and as long as he is in he will be a volatile high upside play with the lowest of low floors. If he can’t go Tampa would be forced to turn to journeyman Ryan Griffin.

Saints TE Jared Cook exited the game against the 49ers with a concussion. Fortunately for his owners, Cook was able to give them a nice point total before exiting unlike many of the other players who were injured this past weekend. Cook dropped 2/64/2 before taking a shot to the head. This was the game of the season and his absence may have played a role in the outcome. Cook has been an up and down low-end TE1 this year in the Saints system. If he is unable to get back in time for next week’s date with the Colts look for Josh and Taysom Hill to fill the void. Neither would be an advisable option in the fantasy playoffs. Cook doesn’t have an extensive history of concussions so he may be back next week. Keep an eye on how he progresses through the week.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley exited Sunday’s contest with a scary-looking abdominal issue. He was visibly in pain before being taken off the field. He announced on Monday via social media that his season is over. The exact nature of the injury hasn’t been revealed by the posting time of this article. His absence will hurt QB Matt Ryan but help Julio and Devonta Freeman going forward. Look for the team to feature the running game while looking Julio’s way early and often in the passing game. Ridley was having a very nice Sophomore season and will be an intriguing option going into his 3rd season.

NFC North:

Bears WR Javon Wims injured his right leg against the Cowboys. It was later revealed to be a minor knee sprain. Wims was laying on the ground writhing in pain while Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith celebrated over him. Wims is a role player and likely far far away from your lineups this time of year. His potential absence would mean more targets for Allen Robinson and more importantly Anthony Miller. Keep him out of your lineups but make a note if he is unable to go.

Chicago RB David Montgomery exited the team’s victory over the Cowboys late with a lower-body injury. The team has been very mum as to the nature of the ailment. To this point, I have been unable to pinpoint exactly what type of injury we are talking about. With an excellent matchup against the rival Green Bay Packers on tap Montgomery’s absence would be notable. The talented 3rd round pick has been trending up as the season has gone. If he is unable to play than the uber-talented diminutive RB Tarik Cohen would be looking at an expanded role. If that happens, Cohen could be a potential league winner as a sneaky flex play. Keep an eye out for news on Montgomery’s status as the week progresses.

NFC West:

Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny left Sunday night football with a knee injury. It was revealed Monday that Penny, in fact, tore his ACL. What a gut punch for both Penny and his dynasty owners. The talented former 1st round pick had been seeing an expanded role on the team in recent weeks. This will end his sophomore campaign on an obvious down note. Penny averaged over 5.5 ypc on the season and has shown the type of talent that made him a high pick. However, he has endured the misfortune of being stuck behind an equally effective Chris Carson for the first two years of his career. ACL surgery is not what it used to be so you can likely anticipate Penny being back sometime early next season at the latest. Now might not be a bad time to try to acquire him on the cheap in dynasty leagues depending on the price. The main result of this sad situation is that Carson is again a stud every down RB1 who could prove to be a league winner in your fantasy playoffs.

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