Patriots WR Josh Gordon injured his leg attempting to make a tackle after a turnover in the team’s Week 6 victory over the Giants. The injury did not appear to be overly serious as Gordon remained on the sideline and was both on the exercise bike and walking. The Patriots have become seriously thin at the position with the release of Antonio Brown and injuries to Phillip Dorsett and now Gordon. In theory, an absence by Gordon would open an opportunity for Jakobi Meyers, Matthew Slater, and Gunner Olszewski. In reality, his absence would create increased targets for Julian Edelman, James White, and other backs.
Jaguars TE Jeff Swaim suffered a concussion in the team’s Week 6 loss to the Saints. Already woefully thin at the position, the Jags will likely be forced to bring in free agents to help bridge the gap until the return of Swaim or possibly the promising rookie Josh Oliver. The Jags haven’t targeted the position very much this season but it is understandable seeing the amount of injury and turnover. The current next man up is former Cleveland Brown Seth DeValve. Look for the WRs and backs to soak up what little targets are left on the table by the injured TE.
Jaguars WR Marquise Lee sustained an ankle injury that knocked him out of week 6 against the Saints. Once looked at as the number 1 option on the team, Lee has been passed by the likes of Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark. Lee is still a quality slot WR but it appears this injury will keep him out for a week or two. In his absence, Chris Conley will fill out the three WR sets alongside the starters mentioned earlier. If you were starting either of the injured Jags you were likely already in trouble, but here at Dynasty Nerds, we want you to know all of the fantasy-relevant injuries.
Steelers RB James Conner injured his quad towards the end of the team’s surprise Sunday night victory over the Chargers. The team hasn’t addressed the severity of the ailment by the posting time of this article. Pittsburgh is going into a bye week and will likely not provide any updates on his condition until next week. If Conner is forced to miss time the Steelers will turn to bruising rookie RB Benny Snell. Snell filled in admirably for Conner in the 4th quarter of Sunday night football racking up chunk plays to the tune of 14/75/0. Keep an eye on how this situation develops over the course of the next two weeks.
Denver WR Emmanuel Sanders sustained a minor knee injury that knocked him out of the team’s Week 6 victory. Sanders has been somewhat quiet following a hot start to the season. Over the past couple of weeks, Sanders has taken a back seat to the up-and-coming Courtland Sutton. Sanders has been rumored to be available for trade and it is possible the team was being overly cautious with their potential trade chip ahead of the week 10 trade deadline. If Sanders is unable to suit up for Thursday night football on the short week, look for DaeSean Hamilton to be the primary beneficiary.
Dallas WR Amari Cooper suffered a reportedly extremely painful quad injury in the team’s surprising Week 6 loss to the Jets. The wheels seem to be coming off for the spinning Cowboys. Cooper had only a single 3-yard catch before suffering the injury. It sounds as if Cooper suffered a deep quad bruise on an attempted catch along the sideline. The team has questioned whether Cooper will be able to suit up for next week’s game. If Amari cannot heal in time, Dallas will turn to promising young WR Michael Gallup to lead the way supported by Devin Smith and Tavon Austin. The Cowboys would also have a bigger plan for Randall Cobb if he can return from his back injury. This is a situation to monitor closely as the week progresses.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson suffered a foot injury in the team’s first victory of the season over the Miami Dolphins. The perennially injured Thompson was again enjoying a productive season as the primary receiving back in the Nation’s capital. Through the first portion of the year, he has accumulated 27/276/0. If Thompson is unable to get back on the field before the Redskins next contest the team will likely look to pair former Duke and Tampa RB Shaun Wilson with the ageless Adrian Peterson. I would expect new coach Bill Callahan to lean heavily on AP while utilizing slot WR Trey Quinn in the short areas of the field if Thompson cannot get back.
The NFC South seems to have avoided major fantasy relevant injuries this week.
Packers WR Geronimo Allison was knocked from the team’s Monday night contest against the Lions with a potential concussion. The Packers are quickly running out of warm bodies in the WR room. Already minus All-Pro WR Davante Adams, the Packers can ill afford to lose another starting WR for a significant length of time. Allison’s absence would create an opportunity for preseason darling Jake Kumerow and Allen Lazard to take on larger roles. It is also possible that the team could finally look to involve Jimmy Graham in the offensive game plan as well.
In the biggest and saddest injury news of the week, Seattle TE Will Dissly is believed to have torn his left Achilles tendon in the team’s victory over the Browns. What a brutal turn of events for the second-year pro who had worked all the way back from a rookie patellar tendon injury to stake his claim to the starting TE job in Seattle. It looks like it will be another long rehab for the player affectionately known as Uncle Will. In his absence, the Seahawks will turn to newly resigned Luke Wilson to fill the starting TE role. Wilson could be a nice addition to your struggling TE teams where his athleticism could serve him well if he manages to get the majority of Dissly’s targets. The only positive for Dissly is that this injury is not to the same leg as last year’s knee injury. I would recommend stashing Dissly wherever possible since for two years in a row he has put up numbers and shown a palpable connection with QB Russell Wilson.
49ers WR Deebo Samuel injured his groin late in their statement win over the Rams. Samuel has had a quiet statistical rookie campaign thus far. The passing game effectively runs through all-world TE George Kittle. The severity of Samuel’s injury has not been revealed to this point. However, if Deebo is forced to miss time look for Kendrick Bourne and Richie James to fill out the roster alongside starters Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin.
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