Throughout the year we here at Dynasty Nerds have endeavored to give you all the injury news you need to know. On the heels of last week’s slew of fantasy-relevant injuries, there were but a handful of bumps and bruises this pas week. However, with the championships at hand, each and every injury is magnified 10-fold. Without further ado let us examine the fantasy-relevant injuries and explore the next men up for week 16.
Bronco’s TE Noah Fant briefly exited the team’s loss to the Chiefs with a shoulder injury. He was able to return to the game in the second half and play the remainder of the game. It appears that he has thankfully avoided serious injury. With next week’s game against the Detroit Lions on tap, Fant will be an intriguing streaming option for fantasy championship week.
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin left the teams victory over the Lions with a hamstring injury. What a devastating blow to fantasy teams everywhere. At least he was able to put up a good score before exiting. Just one week after losing number 1 WR Mike Evans to a hamstring injury the team may have just lost its number 2 for the remainder of the season to the same ailment. This will be an obvious downgrade for QB Jameis Winston who has been hot as of late. If he is indeed out for next week’s championship game it appears that former Baltimore 1st round pick Breshad Perriman will be the number one option in the passing game. I would also look for an uptick in 12 personnel with Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard on the field together. Keep an eye on how Godwin heals as the week goes along.
Bucs WR Scotty Miller also left the team’s victory over the Lions with a hamstring injury. Two WRs in the same game with the same injury. Tampa is fast running out of targets for QB Jameis Winston. Miller is likely not in for any meaningful lineups as we approach championship week. However, if he is unable to go it would make Breshad Perriman and the Tampa TE’s intriguing options in an increasingly thin Tampa receiver corps.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook exited his team’s victory over the Chargers with a shoulder injury. This is the same shoulder Cook hurt a couple of weeks ago. As with the last time, it seemed that the uber-talented RB was in a lot of pain as he was carted to the locker room. What a tough time for an injury to both the Vikings and your dynasty teams. With next week’s fantasy championship week on tap keep a close eye on how Cook progresses as the week goes along. If he is unable to go attention will then turn to his talented rookie backup Alexander Mattison who missed last week himself with an ankle injury. If neither of the top Vikings options is going it will be a situation to avoid as Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah divide carries between themselves.
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