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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 4

After the armageddon that was Week 2 of the NFL season, Week 3 was relatively quiet from an injury standpoint. However, there were some ailments that will effect your squads. Come on in and let the Doc tell you who is on IR and who is on the mend.

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. After the maelstrom that was Week 2 of the NFL season, Week 3 was relatively light on the carnage. However, there were still some fantasy and dynasty relevant players injured.  Without further ado let us examine the Regular Season Week 3 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Buffalo WR John Brown left his team’s Week 3 dramatic win over the Rams with a calf injury. At this stage, we are unsure just how severe the injury is. He could not go following halftime leading to an uptick in usage for Gabriel Davis and Cole Beasly. For fantasy purposes, the TEs also saw an increase in usage during this game. If Brown is forced to miss time, expect more of what we saw during the second half of this one. You could also see a slight bump in looks for no.1 target Stefon Diggs.

AFC South:

The AFC South made it through the week’s game action healthy from a fantasy and dynasty standpoint.

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AFC North:

Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson was knocked from his team’s Week 3 victory with a concussion. This is the second year in a row that Johnson has suffered a head injury after the brutal shot he took last season that left him bleeding from the ear. On the positive side, Johnson took to Twitter following the game to announce that he was alright. He will still need to progress through the league concussion protocol. If he cannot go next week, look for impressive rookie Chase Claypool to fill in as the third WR behind starters JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington. Early indications are he will be fine but keep an eye on this one none the less.

AFC West:

The AFC West also managed to get through Week 3 healthy from a fantasy and dynasty standpoint. 

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NFC East:

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert was knocked from his team’s rare Week 3 tie with an ankle injury. This one appears as if it will keep the budding star out for some time. As of posting time for this article, Head Coach Doug Peterson did not address exactly what the injury was but stated that Goedert would miss some time. This is a serious blow to a team already bereft of targets for QB Carson Wentz. Alshon Jeffrey cannot get back soon enough for the Eagles. Philadelphia may have to ease up on the 12 personnel for the next few weeks. Look for starter Zach Ertz to once again become a target hog and be a high-end TE1 each, and every week his running mate is out.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson hamstring left Week 3 early with a hamstring injury. New season, same story. DJax just cannot seem to avoid these types of soft tissue injuries in the twilight of his career. While he still has some speed in the tank, he cannot manage to stay on the field. Philly is fast running out of pass catchers. With rookie starter Jalen Reagor on short-term IR, the team desperately needs veteran Alshon Jeffrey to return ASAP. Despite the slow start, they are only one game out of 1st in the currently dreadful NFC East. As of now, Philadelphia will be rolling out Greg Ward, John Hightower, Deontay Burnett, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

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NFC South:

Atlanta WR Russell Gage was knocked out of the team’s dramatic loss to the Chicago Bears with a concussion. He made a nice catch close to the sideline and took a strong shot from two defends at the same time. The third-year man out of LSU has been enjoying something of a breakout season in the year. Atlanta has been throwing the ball a ton, and Gage has certainly been one of the beneficiaries. The Falcons will likely get stud WR Julio Jones back in the lineup next week, so any missed action by Gage will be mitigated. His potential absence could also open up targets for TE Hayden Hurst. Keep an eye on how he progresses through the league’s concussion protocols.

Saints TE Jared Cook exited Sunday Night Football early with an ankle injury. New Orleans is starting to get thin at the pass-catching positions. With All-Pro Michael Thomas already missing action Jared Cook’s absence was certainly felt by Drew Brees in the Week 3 loss to Green Bay. He repeatedly checked the ball down to Alvin Kamara, who had a monster game. Not much information has leaked about this one, so keep an eye on how Cook progresses throughout the week. If he is unable to go, rookie Adam Trautman and Taysom Hill will likely fill the void at TE. You can also expect a healthy dose of check downs to Alvin Kamara.

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NFC North:

Chicago RB Tarik Cohen suffered one of the worst injuries of the week when he was knocked from the team’s dramatic comeback victory over Atlanta with a right knee injury. Subsequent testing revealed that Cohen tore his right ACL and his 2020 season is over. The pass-catching specialist has been a thorn in the side of David Montgomery owners for a couple of seasons at this point. Look for Montgomery to take on a bigger role in the passing game and see an overall rise in his ppr outlook as the season progresses. You can also expect Cordarrelle Patterson and Ryan Nall to see an uptick in their in-game usage. Cohen literally just signed an extension and should be back at full strength for the 2021 season. You could do worse for an IR stash player.

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NFC West:

Seattle RB Chris Carson was knocked from his team’s Week 3 victory over the Cowboys with a knee injury. This play looked somewhat dirty and was truly unfortunate for Carson as he is trying to show out for a new deal in Seattle. Thankfully Carson looks likely only to miss 1-2 weeks. Keep in mind that estimate comes from the notoriously positive Seattle organization who routinely expects their players back quickly. For whatever time Carson does miss, look for the Seahawks to use a committee of Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, and possibly DeeJay Dallas. Keep an eye on how Carson recovers from this one.

San Francisco TE Jordan Reed suffered multiple injuries on the suddenly infamous MetLife Turf, including an ankle and knee injury. The knee injury seems to be somewhat major and will reportedly cost the former Florida Gator 6-8 weeks. Reed was enjoying a noteworthy stretch filling in for All-Pro TE George Kittle, who was himself dealing with a lower leg injury. Kittle should be back sooner rather than later. For his part, Reed sounds as if he will be back later this year. If Kittle is not back next week, look for Ross Dwelley to fill in as an every-down starter.

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