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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 3

@ReflipeWThenuz brings you a detailed rundown of the fantasy relevant injuries from Week 2 and the next men up for your line-up.

Every week players across the NFL suffer injuries. This weekly article will explore the injuries that affect your dynasty squads. We will briefly discuss the injured players themselves and the players who stand to benefit or suffer. To make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Let us examine the Regular Season Week 2 injuries and the next men up without further ado.

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AFC East

Miami Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson was forced from his team’s Week 2 victory with a rib injury. There has been no update on his status since the game’s completion. Miami was forced to turn to River Cracraft during the game. If Wilson does miss time, look for the Dolphins to dress promising fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma. In all likelihood, if Wilson misses time, Tight End Mike Gesicki will be the primary beneficiary. He will play the third wheel along with the stud pairing of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.  

AFC South

The AFC South escaped Week 2 without any major injuries. 

AFC North

None of the AFC North squads suffered fantasy-relevant injuries. 

AFC West

L.A. Chargers Quarterback Justin Herbert injured his ribs in his team’s Week 2 loss. The rising star suffered a fracture of his rib cartilage. He missed a single play and even managed to come back and lead the team on a late TD drive. However, you could see he was in obvious pain while moving and held his left arm close to his torso. Team officials do not seem worried about him missing games. Herbert will likely wear a flak jacket and gut it out until the ribs heal on their own. If he were to be knocked from any game moving forward, Los Angeles would turn to well-traveled backup Chase Daniel. 

Denver Wide Receiver Jerry Jeudy exited his team’s Week 2 victory with an upper-body injury. Initially, the injury looked like a shoulder ailment. Following the game, reports surfaced that Jeudy had x-rays on his rib, and they checked out fine. He is set to undergo further testing this week. In his absence, Russell Wilson and company heavily targeted fellow Wide Receiver Courtland Sutton. If Jeudy is forced to miss game action moving forward, look for Tyrie Cleveland and potentially former second-round pick KJ Hamler to fill the void until Jeudy’s return. The Broncos may well seek to lean heavily on their pair of talented Running Backs to carry the offense until the unit is back to full strength.  

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NFC East

Dallas Tight End Dalton Shultz apparently suffered a knee injury late in his team’s surprise Week 2 victory. I was surprised because there was no mention of the injury during the game broadcast. Apparently, the incident occurred during one of the last plays of the game. Early reports suggest that the contract year Tight End has avoided the worst-case scenario. With Dallas already dealing with a slew of offensive injuries, this is not a blow that will be easily overcome. Keep an eye out for the exact serenity of the ailment as the week progresses. The Cowboys will turn to rookie Jake Ferguson if he misses game action. This will not be a smooth transition for Dallas or your fantasy squads.  

NFC South

Tampa Running Back Giovanni Bernard suffered an ankle injury in his team’s Week 2 win. Bernard is pretty far removed from fantasy and dynasty relevance at this point in his career. However, any absence by the former North Carolina star would mean additional passing game looks for Leonard Fournette and rookie Rachaad White. 

NFC North

The NFC North emerged from Week 2 intact from a fantasy viewpoint. 

NFC West

San Francisco Quarterback Trey Lance was knocked from his team’s Week 2 victory with an ankle injury. It was apparent immediately that the injury was serious. It didn’t take long for reports that Lance had suffered a broken ankle to surface. The injury was bad enough that it required surgery and will end his 2022 season. The 49ers immediately turned to former starter Jimmy Garoppolo who engineered a victory. Lance’s injury gives Jimmy one last opportunity to audition for a new team heading into free agency at season’s end. Look for Jimmy to settle in as a QB2 and a stabilizing force on the San Francisco offense. If you’re a believer in Lance, now would be the time to put in offers as his value couldn’t get much lower. 

Arizona Running Back James Conner was forced from his team’s dramatic Week 2 victory with an ankle injury. This has been a theme throughout Conner’s career. He has a habit of picking up small injuries along the way, limiting his overall performance or general availability. Early indications out of Arizona are that team officials don’t believe the injury to be serious. If Conner is forced to miss game action, the Cardinals will likely turn to a committee of Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams. Both players did a fine job following Conner’s early exit against the Raiders. Look for a near 50/50 split if this is the case in Week 3. 

San Francisco Running Back Tyrion Davis-Price suffered a high ankle sprain in his team’s Week 2 victory. The rookie was set to take on a larger role without starter Elijah Mitchell. Team officials have announced an expected absence of four to six weeks. As it stands, San Francisco is thinning out quickly at the Running Back position. Jeff Wilson and fellow rookie Jordan Mason will dress on Sundays, with playmaker extraordinaire Deebo Samuel taking his fair share of the carries. Wilson is the one to go with if you need a running back play. Mason could be an interesting dynasty stash to hedge against further attrition in the 49er’s backfield. 

San Francisco Tight End Tyler Kroft suffered a knee injury in his team’s Week 2 win. The 49ers are dealing with a rash of recent injuries. Kroft is a backup and far from fantasy relevance at this point in his career. However, his absence may be felt by Jimmy G and company if starter George Kittle is again absent in Week 3. If both players don’t suit up, look for San Francisco to play Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woemer in their place. It is also possible Kyle Shanahan utilizes swiss army knife fullback Kyle Juszczyk as a hybrid Tight End player. 

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