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Next Man Up: Week 3

What a brutal Sunday for both NFL teams and your dynasty squads. @reflipewthenuz breaks down all of the dynasty and fantasy relevant injuries. The first step towards getting your best week 3 roster in your starting lineup is knowing who is available. Without further ado let us examine the next men up.

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 saw some truly devastating injuries for both NFL teams and your dynasty squads. Without further ado let us examine the regular season week 2 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

  • New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was placed on IR with his second major neck injury in his many seasons. This injury is devastating for Enunwa’s career as it may spell the end for talented hybrid type WR. Quincy just signed an extension this past offseason so the Jets will likely allow him to rehab before making any final decision on his future. In his absence, the Jets will likely lean more heavily on Jamison Crowder, Le’Veon Bell, and Robbie Anderson. The Jets are also making moves to fill the void by trading a late 2020 draft pick to the Patriots for Demaryius Thomas. For his part, Thomas enjoyed some of his best seasons in Denver under Adam Gase allowing him a potentially quick integration. If Thomas has anything left in the tank this is his last best chance at fantasy relevance. I would also not be surprised to see coaches pet Ty Montgomery get in more time on the outside.
  • Buffalo RB Devin Singletary injured his hamstring late in the teams week 2 win over the in-state rival New York Giants. Singletary was again flashing some of the potential that made him an early-round selection in up-state New York. If the rookie is unable to make it back in time for next week’s game look for the veteran tank Frank Gore to soak up the carries with former Jaguar TJ Yeldon mixing in on passing downs. This ailment is not likely to be a long term concern but hamstrings can be tricky for RBs to overcome. Monitor this situation as the week progresses.
  • Jets backup QB Trevor Siemian was forced from Monday night football with a leg injury. New York will be down to its 3rd string QB and is in danger of having its season spiral out of control before the halfway mark. If Siemian is not able to get back in quick order the Jets will be a team to target for fantasy Defenses with inexperienced Luke Falk taking the reins.  

AFC South:

  • The AFC South managed to make it out of week 2 relatively healthy. 

AFC North:

  • In a brutal blow to the Steelers playoff chances, QB Ben Roethlisberger injured his right elbow in the teams week 2 loss to the Seahawks. It was revealed on Monday that Big Ben’s season was over as he will undergo surgery on his throwing elbow. The exact type of surgery is yet to be revealed but the word Tommy John has been hinted at by a couple of sources. This injury will likely be a huge downgrade for the Steelers skill position players. In his absence the former Oklahoma State Cowboy, Mason Rudolph will take the reins of the team. As a former 3rd round pick Rudolph is not without talent. He will have an immediate connection with number 2 WR James Washington whom he played with at Stillwater. Juju Smith-Schuster will likely continue to see the lion share of the targets but we do not know how this injury will change the fantasy landscape by the three rivers. Sadly there is a possibility that this injury could cast doubt on Big Ben’s future in the league. He has previously hinted at the idea of retirement in the past. The season is in danger of spiraling out of control in Pittsburgh before we hit the quarter mark.   
  • Steelers RB James Conner injured his knee in the team’s Week 2 contest. According to team sources, the injury is not believed to be serious. Conner believes he will be able to play in the Steelers week 3 matchup in San Francisco. If for some reason Conner is unable to suit up look for Jaylen Samuels to carry the bulk of the load with rookie Benny Snell helping shoulder the burden. This is a situation to monitor throughout the week.
  • Cleveland TE David Njoku was knocked from Monday Night Football with a nasty looking concussion. He was upended while trying to corral at Baker Mayfield pass along the boundary. Concussions can be tricky to predict a recovery timetable. If Njoku is unable to make it back in time for next week’s game Cleveland will turn towards former Chief Demetrius Harris to fill the void.

AFC West:

  • Los Angeles revealed this week that Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left knee during the team’s week one contest against the Colts. Team sources attached a 4-6 week timetable on his recovery. Yet another blow to a Chargers roster already reeling from injuries and holdouts alike. In his absence look for L.A. to bring in some TE help. I wouldn’t be surprised if Antonio Gates is on the shortlist of names contacted this week. Look for Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler to soak up additional underneath targets in the weeks ahead. This injury could also mean an increased target share for Mike Williams.
  • Kansas City saw its top two RBs, Damien Williams, and LeSean McCoy both go down to injury in the teams week 2 victory. Williams, the Chiefs nominal starter, injured his knee late in the 4th quarter. The team has not updated his status as of Monday night but it seems possible he will draw a doubtful designation for the team’s showdown with Baltimore this coming week. For his part, McCoy injured his ankle late in the game. The team sent LeSean for a precautionary MRI on Monday. The results of the test have not been revealed at this point. Look for intriguing rookie RB Darwin Thompson, and Darrell Williams to help pick up the slack if the two RBs in front of them either miss time or are limited.
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NFC East:

  • Giants WR Cody Latimer was knocked out of the team’s Week 2 game with a concussion. The Giants are already desperately thin at the position but may have to seek outside help if Latimer is forced to miss time. Golden Tate cannot get back from his suspension quick enough. Latimer’s absence likely means more to his QB’s production than your dynasty/fantasy squads. However, if the Giants are down another WR I find it less likely they will insert 1st round pick Daniel Jones into the lineup. Eli Manning will likely continue the twilight of his Giants career down another weapon. If possible look for a triumvirate of Shepard, Engram, and Barkley to eat up an even larger portion of the target share.
  • Dallas WR Michael Gallup injured his knee in week 2. The team reports the sophomore WR will miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing an operation on his meniscus. What a shame, Gallup was off to a hot start to begin his sophomore campaign. His place in the lineup will be filled by the talented retread Devin Smith. Dallas has no shortage of playmakers to take over the vacated targets. Dallas should be able to carry along without missing a beat for the short absence. 

NFC South:

  • In one of the biggest injuries of the week Saints, QB Drew Brees tore a ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand against the Rams on Sunday. The injury will require surgery which Brees will undergo immediately. The team believes he will be out for 6 weeks. In his absence, Teddy Bridgewater and potentially Taysom Hill will hold down the fort. Bridgewater is a solid yet unspectacular option that could keep the Saints afloat while at the same time downgrading the offensive potential of the New Orleans skill position players. If for some reason Bridgewater is on waiver wires in Superflex leagues scoop him up and play him as a low-end QB2. You need to keep Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara in your lineup but tread lightly with any other Saints players until we get a feel for how this will affect their production.
  • Saints WR Tre’ Quan Smith was forced from the team’s Week 2 loss with an ankle injury. Sunday was truly a brutal day for the Saints. Smith was scheduled to undergo X-rays on his ankle on Monday but as of posting for this article the results of said test were not available to the public. New Orleans will be forced to lean even more heavily on Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara if that is possible. Swiss-Army knife Taysom Hill will likely get an opportunity to play some reps at the WR spot if Smith and others are not able to gain clearance for the Saints’ next matchup against the Seahawks.  

NFC North:

  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers looked as if he potentially injured his hand during the Packers week 2 win over the Vikings. Rodgers was not forced to miss any time and was able to finish the game. It is entirely possible that Aaron will show no signs of the injury going into next week. Nonetheless, when dealing with such an integral player it is worth keeping an eye on as the week progresses. 

NFC West:

  • Rams TE Tyler Higbee injured his chest this past week. It was reported that Higbee was coughing up blood after coming out of the game and was taken to a local hospital with a lung contusion. The team reports that Higbee is day-to-day and could be ready to play by game day this Sunday. If Higbee is forced to miss time look for talented former 2 round pick Gerald Everett to play an every-down role. TE has been a hit or miss position in the Rams O and I would recommend avoiding the situation in all but TE premium formats.  

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