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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 3

Week 2 of the 2020 season was literally injury armageddon. The top two players in most drafts went down along with a host of other players. The Doc is back in the house. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down all the injuries and their ramifications for your squads.

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 both the injured players themselves and the players 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. Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was a brutal affair without precedent. Many of the top players in the NFL were knocked out of games, some to not return until next season. Without further ado, let us examine the Week 2 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Jets WR Breshad Perriman was knocked from his team’s Week 2 loss with an ankle injury. The Jets were already extremely shallow at WR heading into this contest. Perriman had been dealing with injury issues during training camp as well. As you will see below, he wasn’t the only Jets WR to go down this week.

Buffalo TE Dawson Knox left his team’s victory over the division rival Dolphins with a concussion. Knox will need to be monitored this week to see if he can progress through the concussion protocol. If he cannot suit up next week, former Bengal TE Tyler Kroft will get the nod.

Jets WR Chris Hogan suffered a rib injury in the team’s loss to the 49ers. Poor Sam Darnold. He is literally running out of healthy players to throw the ball to. Hogan was making plays for the former Trojan QB before going down in this one. The Jets are fast becoming a team to avoid entirely from an offensive standpoint. Look for the team to scour the waiver wire if Hogan and others cannot get healthy in short order.

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AFC South:

Colts 2nd year WR Parris Campbell was carted off the field during his team’s Week 2 victory over the Vikings. He took a brutal shot from Viking Safety Harrison Smith to the knee during an end-around and immediately reached for his left knee. This one did not look good as a contact injury. There is some hope as early reports suggest he did not tear his ACL. Despite the good news, the Colts said he would be out indefinitely with a PCL injury. In his absence, look for rookie WR Michael Pittman Jr. to take on a larger share of the workload moving forward. TY Hilton and whoever plays TE should also see a bump in targets.

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AFC North:

Bengals WR Tee Higgins left Thursday Night football with an undisclosed injury. I have seen no update on this matter, seemingly suggesting that it was a minor issue. It was Higgins’ first game action of his career, and you can look for him to grow with his young QB steadily. If, for some reason, he does miss time Auden Tate would be the direct beneficiary. That being said, neither player is a recommended fantasy play. Higgins remains an ultra high upside stash player moving forward.

Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah was carted off the field late in his team’s Thursday Night loss to the Browns. It was revealed Monday that he suffered a torn Achilles Tendon. It’s a tough blow for Uzomah, who was looking to make the most of his second season as the starting Bengals TE. His loss will present a golden opportunity for second-year TE Drew Sample. As a former 2nd round pick entering his second season, Sample is a prime breakout candidate for the second half of the season. He will be a preferred add in TE premium leagues where his rookie QB will likely pepper him with targets as the offense’s safety valve.

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AFC West:

Broncos QB Drew Lock was knocked from the team’s week 2 with an injury to his throwing shoulder. His arm was jammed into the turf during a tackle. Early indications are that he is dealing with a sprained AC joint. This is a very tricky injury, especially when suffered to the throwing shoulder. This same injury cost Mitchell Trubisky two games a couple of seasons ago. However, that was to the Bears QBs non-throwing shoulder. Following his Monday MRI, the Broncos announced he would be out for the next two weeks, after which Lock will be reevaluated. His absence is a theoretical downgrade for the weapons on the offense. However, backup QB Jeff Driskel filled in admirably and kept the game close against the talented Pittsburgh D. If he is available, Driskel should be a priority add in your Superflex leagues.

Broncos WR Courtland Sutton was knocked from his team’s Week 2 loss to the Steelers with a knee injury. He had just returned to the field after missing week 1 with a shoulder ailment. Sutton appeared to hurt his knee while tackling Pittsburgh CB Joe Haden after a late first-half interception. He did not return to the game in the second half. Following his Monday MRI, it was revealed that the star WR had suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. This one is a devastating blow for dynasty owners hoping for continued growth out of the Broncos WR1. In his absence, look for the rookie duo of Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler to be the primary beneficiaries. You could also expect second-year stud, TE Noah Fant, to continue to soak up targets.

In the surprise injury of the week, Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor did not play in Week 2 due to a chest injury supposedly suffered during pregame warmups. The team has been very mum on exactly what type of injury the T-Mobile suffered. In his place, rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert made an emergency start and seemingly opened up the Chargers offense. Herbert and his teammates took the defending champs down to the wire, losing a heartbreaker in overtime. Despite Herbert’s promising debut, Head Coach Anthony Lynn has already stated that if healthy, Tyrod Taylor will be the starting QB. Keep an eye on how this mystery injury plays out.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins was knocked from his team’s dramatic overtime victory over the Chargers with a concussion. Andy Reid was upset about the hit calling it a blatant helmet to helmet blow that should have resulted in an ejecting. Despite his lengthy injury history, Watkins does not have a large number of head injuries. Look for him to progress through the concussion protocol rather smoothly. If, for some reason, he is unable to go, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would help man the field opposite of All-Pro Tyreek Hill.

Kansas City RB Darrell Williams injured his ankle against the division rival Chargers. He only handled a single touch before exiting the game. His role has been somewhat minimal over the first two weeks as rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire has commanded a near 3-down role. If Williams misses time, look for Darwin Thompson and possibly practice squad member DeAndre Washington to help carry the load.

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NFC East:

In the biggest blow of a catastrophic weekend, Giants RB Saquon Barkley tore his right ACL against the Bears. Early in the game, Barkley planted awkwardly on his right foot during a tackle by Eddie Jackson. He immediately grabbed his knee while writhing in pain. He will be out for the rest of the season. In his absence, the Giants will turn to Dion Lewis & Wayne Gillman. They have also brought in DeVonta Freeman. It is shaping up to be a long season in New York.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard left the team’s week two contest against the Bears with a toe injury. He attempted to return after the half but was unable to plant and cut at full speed. This has the look of turf toe, and early indications are it will cost him a couple of weeks. Golden Tate will likely assume his role with Darius Slaton operating as the de facto WR1. Tight end Evan Engram should also see a sizable uptick in looks.

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NFC South:

Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier. Just like when George Foreman put the Heavyweight Champ on the canvas, the fantasy football champ went down this week. Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey was knocked out if his team’s loss to the division rival Buccaneers. Following a Monday MRI, it was revealed that CMC had a high ankle sprain and will miss 4-6 weeks. What a gut punch to those who took him no.1 overall. In his absence, Mike Davis will start and handle the lion’s share of the workload. He will be one of the top waiver wire adds this week. Hopefully, CMC will be back sooner rather than later for all of us in the fantasy community.

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NFC North:

Packers WR Davante Adams exited the team’s division win over Detroit with a hamstring injury. Adams has subsequently stated that his hamstring will not be an issue moving forward and that he is okay. If, for some reason, he suffers a setback and is forced to miss game action loom for Marquez Valdez-Scantling and Alan Lazard to man the top two spots.

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery briefly left the team’s home opener with a neck injury. The sophomore back was upended on a tackle and landed on his head and neck. He left the game but was able to return after halftime. This will likely not be an issue but keep an eye out for any news on him throughout the coming week. Neck injuries can flare up, but he seems to have avoided a major injury at this point.

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NFC West:

Rams RB Cam Akers left his team’s week 2 contest with an upper body injury. On Monday evening Head Coach Sean McVay shed some light on the ailment. According to his coach Akers has separated rib cartilage. According to his coach there is a chance that Akers could be ready for week 3 against Buffalo. It sounds like this will be a pain management issue more than anything. If Akers is unable to go the Rams will turn to a combination of Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. 

Rams RB Malcolm Brown suffered an injury of his own in the team’s week 2 victory of the Eagles. Brown injured his finger which caused him to miss time down the stretch. The word out of LA is that this is not seen as a major issue and they hope to have their nominal starter available for week 3 against the Bills. If for some reason Brown is unable to go look for Darrell Henderson and potentially Cam Akers will see an increased workload. Keep an eye on Brown and Akers as the week progresses. 

San Francisco QB Jimmy Garpppolo left the team’s victory over the New York Jets  with an ankle injury. The 49ers were having issues with the turf all over the field on Sunday. Jimmy GQ gave way to Nick Mullens for the second half. Fortunately for the 49ers Mullens is all they would need in this one. On Monday when asked about the rash of injuries suffered by his team, Head Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated they were not worried about their QB missing time. It seems like Garoppolo will be alright moving forward. If he does miss time for some reason look for NIck Mullens in your superflex leagues.  

49ers RB Raheem Mostert left week 2 early with a sprained knee. A Monday MRI revealed a sprained MCL. The grade of the sprain will determine the length of time he misses. At a minimum he will not be on the field next week. It is possible that he could miss as many as 8-12 weeks if it’s a grade 3 sprain. Couple this with the injury to Tevin Coleman and the once bloated San Francisco backfield is now suddenly thinned out. Jerrick McKinnon is suddenly the last man standing and in line for a big workload. 

As mentioned above 49ers RB Tevin Coleman left his team’s week 2 contest early with an injury. It was disclosed Monday that Coleman will miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan said that he was extremely concerned with this injury. It sounds like Coleman will be on the shelf for some time and will likely be spending some time on IR. Look for Jerrick McKinnon and Jeffrey Wilson Jr. to be the next men up. I would also not be surprised if Devonta Freeman is brought in for a visit if he makes it out of his visit to New York without a deal. 

Cardinals TE Maxx Williams suffered an ankle injury in his team’s Week 2 victory. Williams has been placed on IR and will miss the next three weeks at a minimum. The significance of this injury is that it clears the way for uber-athletic TE Dan Arnold to assume a larger role moving forward. Arnold will be someone to keep an eye on in deeper TE premium formats.

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