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 6 was not as bad as some others have recently been, but there were some significant dynasty relevant injuries across the league. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 6 injuries and the next men up.
The AFC East made it through Week 6 intact from a fantasy standpoint.
Tennessee TE Jonnu Smith was knocked from his team’s dramatic overtime win with an ankle injury. Smith attempted to have his right ankle taped in an effort to get back into the game, but it was not to be. Before this game, he was TE4 on the season. Before leaving in the 3rd quarter, he had only a single catch in this one. Despite the down game, Jonnu is enjoying a true breakout fourth season with the Titans. If he is unable to suit up for next week, look for Anthony Firkser to start in his place. Firkser will likely not garner all of Jonnu’s 6.8 weekly targets, so look for AJ Brown and Corey Davis to soak up some additional looks. Keep an eye out for just how serious this one is. Hopefully, Jonnu has avoided the dreaded high ankle sprain.
Jacksonville TE Tyler Eifert aggravated his neck injury and was forced from the team’s Week 6 loss. Being as this is the second time in successive weeks that the neck has flared up, it would stand to reason that the Jags would give their injury-prone TE a rest. Former Kansas City Chiefs 5th round draft pick James O’Shaughnessy would get the start in Eifert’s place. In all likelihood, Eifert’s targets would be spread out among the WR group, with Chark, Shenault, and crew all getting a slight bump.
Baltimore RB Mark Ingram left his team’s win over the Eagles with an ankle injury. He attempted to come back into the game before eventually leaving for good. Baltimore ran tests on Ingram’s ankle on Monday and determined that the issue is minor in nature. There is even a chance that the Ravens may have their veteran RB for Week 8 against the rival Steelers after their Week 7 bye. If Ingram is unable to get right before week 8, look for Baltimore to turn to the duo of Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins.
Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon was knocked from the Bengals week 6 loss with a foot injury. Following the game, Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor said that Mixon would have been available at the end of the game, but Gio Bernard was simply a better fit for the 2-minute offense. Taylor said that he was expecting an update on Mixon’s condition later in the week. At this point, it is anybody’s guess as to what the severity of Mixon’s ailment is. If Joe is unable to go, then Gio would be a plug and play RB 2. Keep your ear to the ground for news on the Bengals franchise RB.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield benched late in the team’s loss to the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. It was hard to tell exactly what was going on with the former Rookie of the Year QB in this one. Pittsburgh harassed Mayfield all day and shut down the team’s offense from the get. It is possible that Baker may have been dealing with the after-effects of a rib injury he sustained during the previous week. Head coach Kevin Stefanski intimated as much after the game. Early reports are that Baker will be ok for Week 7 against the division rival Bengals. Keep an eye out for any updates about the Baker’s ribs.
The AFC West made it through the week largely intact from a fantasy standpoint.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders was knocked from his team’s Week 6 loss with a knee injury. This is one of the bigger losses of the week as the Philadelphia RB was on his way to putting up another quality game before going down with the knee. Sanders underwent an MRI on Monday to ascertain the severity of the ailment. Keep your fingers crossed that the former Penn State star only misses one week. It is almost guaranteed he will not be able to make it back in time for Philly’s Thursday Night showdown with the division-rival Giants. In his absence, the Eagles will likely turn to Boston Scott and Corey Clement. Scott would be the play but only in the deepest of deep starting requirement leagues.
Washington WR Antonio Gandy Golden was forced from his team’s Week 6 loss with a hamstring injury. Yet another player goes down on the dreaded MetLife turf. The football team has struggled to find consistency opposite stud sophomore, Terry McLaurin. The real tragedy here is that Gandy-Golden was finally in line to get his shot before going down. Hamstrings can be tough on WRs in particular. I would expect him back sometime following the team’s Week 8 bye week. In his absence, Washington will likely turn to a combination of Cam Sims and Dontrell Inman. You could probably also expect a bump in targets for McLaurin as well as TE Logan Thomas and RB J.D. McKissick. Terry and Thomas are the lonely recommended plays in this situation.
Giants WR C.J. Board was carted off the field with a head/neck injury. This was one of the scarier injuries of the week. Board is well off the dynasty radar, especially with the imminent return of Sterling Shephard. However, we here at DynastyNerds feel it is our duty to provide all the information we can. Board has been released from the hospital and seems to be fine. However, as I mentioned earlier, Sterling Shephard will be returning soon to round out the Giants WR corps with Darius Slayton and Golden Tate. If for some reason, you were playing Board, he can safely be dropped.
Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz injured his foot in the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It has truly been a disappointing season for the former All-Pro TE as he has battled injuries and ineffectiveness. Ertz underwent an MRI on Monday, and it revealed that it was a relatively extensive ankle injury, and the star TE will miss between 3-4 weeks. It is even possible that Philadelphia may consider short term IR. At this point, Richard Rodgers will likely start in the short term. The Eagles have several players who could be coming back from IR soon, including Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, and Dallas Goedert. Keep an eye on news coming out of Philly about possible returning players who could fill some of the void left by Ertz.
The NFC South made it through the week healthy from a fantasy standpoint.
The NFC North also made it through the week safely.
San Francisco RB Raheem Mostert was forced from his team’s Week 6 victory with an ankle injury. It appears that the talented RB suffered the dreaded high ankle sprain. It was reported on Monday that a stint on IR is likely in the cards for the talented RB. This is the second time this year that Mostert will have missed time, having previously missed games with a sprained MCL. In his absence, the team is likely to turn to Jerrick McKinnon as the primary ball carrier. McKinnon will be a plug and play RB2 while Mostert is on the mend. On the plus side, if your lineups can endure during Mostert’s absence, he will be back in plenty of time for the fantasy playoffs. It’s a tough blow, but in a season wrought with tough blows, this at least has a silver lining.
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