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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 5

Week 4 of the NFL season was filled with injuries. The Doc is in the house to help decipher which injuries are serious and which are not. @ReflipeWThenuz has it all covered in the pages below.

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 4 had some seriously consequential injuries for your dynasty squads. Without further ado let us examine the Regular Season Week 4 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Jets QB Sam Darnold was knocked from Thursday Night Football with a right shoulder injury. He quickly came back into the game. The Jets have largely been a team to avoid this season. However, Darnold is no doubt starting in some Superflex leagues. He looks to have avoided disaster but keep an eye on him in the coming days all the same. Shoulder injuries can stiffen up following the adrenaline rush of game action. 

New York WR Lawrence Cameron left Thursday Night Football with a hamstring injury. Cameron is way off of dynasty radars. It is simply another blow to the fantasy stock of QB Sam Darnold. He simply cannot keep WRs on the field. Cameron’s absence likely locks fellow deep play, Jeff Smith, into the Jets starting lineup pending the return of Breshad Perriman and rookie Denzel Mims.

Bills QB Josh Allen briefly left his team’s Week 4 victory with a non-throwing shoulder injury. Just like his division rival, Sam Darnold, Allen came back quickly. Allen could finish the game but keep an eye out for snippets about any discomfort moving forward. This injury could lead to a few less rushing attempts for the early-season MVP candidate. All-in-all Josh looks good-to-go, but as I said, keep your ears to the ground.

AFC South:

The AFC South made it through the weekend largely intact from a dynasty/fantasy standpoint.

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AFC North:

In one of the weekend’s biggest blows, Cleveland RB Nick Chubb suffered a right knee injury. On Monday, the team revealed that the injury was to his MCL. In conjunction with this revelation, the Browns placed their star RB on IR, meaning he will be out a minimum of 3 weeks. The initial timetable released for his possible return was 6 weeks. This is a tough blow for Chubb owners, as he will miss the majority of the season moving forward. If there is a silver lining to this one, it is that this injury is not to the knee he shredded in college at Georgia. As for the Browns, the team will turn to former NFL rushing champion Kareem Hunt as their bellcow moving forward until Chubb returns. Hunt will go from a high-end RB2 to a locked and loaded RB1. You can also expect Cleveland to mix in D’Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard behind Hunt. 

Bengals WR AJ Green left the team’s first victory of the season with a wrist injury. It has been a frustrating start to the year for the perennial pro-bowler. Through rust and injury, Green has simply not looked like the same player. He is routinely being outplayed by both Tyler Boyd and rookie Tee Higgins. I do not believe this one to be a serious ailment but keep an eye out for any news about Green during the coming week. If he is forced to miss time, rookie Tee Higgins gets a serious bump.

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AFC West:

Broncos TE Noah Fant was carted off the field in his team’s Thursday Night contest with a right ankle injury. The Broncos initially said that Fant was just fine, and all was well. However, as more news trickled out, it appears likely that Fant will miss week 5 at a minimum as he recovers from this one. Hopefully, this injury does not linger for the former Iowa star. Fant enjoyed a breakout sophomore season as he is currently no.3 in TE scoring at the quarter pole of the NFL campaign. Denver will likely turn to a combination of former John Mackey Award Winner Jake Butt and rookie Albert Okwuegbunam in Fant’s absence. Keep an eye on this one as ankle injuries can be tricky. Hopefully, this is a low ankle sprain and not the dreaded high variety.

Denver WR KJ Hamler left the team’s Week 4 contest early with a hamstring injury. Hamler has been dealing with soft tissue injuries on and off all season, it seems. Hopefully, he will be able to get back onto the field for next week. If he cannot suit up, Denver will likely turn to Tim Patrick and DeaSean Hamilton.

Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was carted off the field in his team’s dramatic week 4 loss with a left leg injury. This one had the looks of something quite serious. Initial reports are that Ekeler suffered a grade 2 hamstring pull as well as a hyperextended knee. The Chargers initial assessment is that they will be without their star RB for 4-6 weeks. Ekeler is reportedly in the process of seeking a second opinion. It seems likely that Ekeler will be spending some time on IR once he gets said opinion. In his absence, the Chargers will likely seek to pair impressive rookie RB Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson. Until Ekeler makes his way back, look for Kelley to function as a safe RB2 play for your squads. 

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NFC East:

The NFC East made it through the week without any major fantasy/dynasty relevant injuries. 

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NFC South:

Tampa Bay TE OJ Howard left his team’s Week 4 victory with an Achilles injury. Early indications are that this will be a season-ending injury for the talented former Alabama TE. Ruptured Achilles tendons are a tough injury to return from. However, this is still relatively early in the season, so Howard has a legitimate shot of making it back fully healthy for the start of the 2021 season. In his stead, look for the Buccaneers to utilize a combination of Cameron Brate and the legendary Rob Gronkowski. To this point in the season, the Bucs TE’s have been hard to trust, but with the pack being thinned and the WR group dealing with their own ailments, Gronk could once again become a viable TE option.

Tampa RB LeSean McCoy left Week 4 early with an ankle injury. The Buccaneers preferred pass-catching back has been deemed week-to-week. In his absence, the Bucs turned to rookie 3rd round pick Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who scored his first TD of the season spelling Ronald Jones. Coming up on a short week against the Bears on Thursday night, look for Tampa to ride the one-two punch of Jones and Vaughn. If Vaughn shows well, perhaps McCoy becomes expendable. Check out Thursday to see how they youngsters fare.

NFC North:

The NFC North Made it through week 4 largely healthy from an offensive standpoint. 

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NFC West:

Seattle RB Chris Carson was knocked from his week 4 contest with a possible concussion. Carson did manage to come back into this one, so there is likely nothing to see here. However, in this crazy 2020 season, keep your eye out for any news on Carson as the week progresses. He seems to be ok, but if he were to miss time, the Seahawks would likely turn to a combination of Carlos Hyde, Travis Homer, & DeeJay Dallas.

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