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Next Man Up: Regular Season Week 8

The Doc is back in the house. Another week another batch of major ailments across the league. @ReflipeWThenuz brakes down the dynasty relevant injuries and their impact on your squads.

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. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 7 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Jets WR Breshad Perriman was knocked out of his team’s Week 7 loss with a brutal concussion. Perriman took a hit along the boundary absorbing a shot from both a defender and the turf. This was the first time all season that the Jets had their top three WRs active for the same game. Sadly for QB Sam Darnold, it seems that Perriman will miss some time on the back of this hit. In his absence, you can expect to see more of rookie WR Denzel Mims who led the team in targets during his season debut last week. Jamison Crowder will also likely pick up a couple of extra looks along with RB La’Mical Perine and potentially TE Chris Herndon.

Patriots WR N’Keal Harry was forced from the team’s Week 7 loss with a concussion. The former 1st round pick was visibly dazed after taking a shot to the head on a high Cam Newton pass. The team has not updated the severity of the injury, but it didn’t look good. If Harry cannot get back in time for Week 8’s contest against the division rival Bills, look for the Pats to turn to Damiere Byrd and Gunner Olszewski to play alongside stalwart Julian Edelman. Check back on this injury as the week progresses.

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AFC South:

Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook was carted off the field with a knee injury. The former Biletnikoff winner was injured on a special teams play and carted off the field. The injury was gruesome enough that the TV networks did not show a replay. The initial reports hint at a torn ACL, which will obviously end his 2020. Dede had become an afterthought this season, being passed on the depth chart by DJ Chark, Keelan Cole, and rookie Laviska Shenault. Westbrook makes for a decent stash as we wait and see how he recovers from the injury and where he ends up playing next season.

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AFC North:

Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr was forced from his team’s Week 7 victory with a knee injury. In the worst injury of the week, it was revealed that OBJ tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the 2020 season. The hits just keep on coming in a brutal 2020 season for dynasty owners. Beckham will hopefully be back before the start of the 2021 campaign. In his absence, the Browns will lean on Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. Behind them, the Browns will elevate rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones. I would anticipate a heavy dose of 12 personnel as the Browns highlight their three talented TE’s.

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AFC West:

Denver RB Phillip Lindsay was knocked from his team’s division loss to the Chiefs with a concussion. This was his first game back from a hamstring injury, and the back-to-back 1,000 yard RB was in the process of having a really nice game with 9 carries for 79 yards. In his absence, Melvin Gordon struggled in this one running for a much lesser ypc and putting the ball on the ground twice. Hopefully, Lindsay is able to get back before next week’s division game against the Chargers. If he is forced to miss a week with the head injury, look for Melvin Gordon to operate as the Bell Cow with a sprinkling of Royce Freeman mixed in.

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NFC East:

Dallas QB Andy Dalton was knocked out of his team’s embarrassing loss to the Washington Football Team with a head injury. Dalton was the victim of a brutal shot by Washington LB Jon Bostic, who miraculously will not be suspended by the league. The Cowboys were forced to turn to Rookie QB Ben Dinucci. The kid from James Madison is in line to start next week in an important game against the division-leading Eagles. Dallas is in danger of the wheels falling off before the halfway point of the season. Expect a heavy dose of Zeke Elliot as the team will likely seek to protect their young signal-caller. Dinucci’s insertion into the lineup would represent a downgrade for the Cowboys amazing array of weapons. Keep an eye on how Dalton progresses through the concussion protocol.

New York RB Devonta Freeman left his team’s Week 7 loss to the Eagles was an ankle injury. Freeman had been taking over a larger role on the team heading into the contest. In his absence, the team turned to former 4th round pick Wayne Gallman. The injury did not look major but keep an eye out for practice reports out of New York as the week progresses. If Freeman is unable to get back in time for Week 8, look for the Giants to turn to a combination of Gallman and Dion Lewis.

NFC South:

The NFC South made it through the week largely intact from a fantasy perspective. 

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NFC North:

Chicago WR Allen Robinson exited late in the 4th quarter of the Bears Week 7 loss to the Rams with a possible concussion. He took a shot to the back of the head and had his facemask driven into the turf on the play before being forced by the refs to exit the game. It is possible that the Bear’s simply didn’t want to risk further injury to their alpha WR1 and kept him out the last drive as a precaution. However, you would do well to monitor the reports out of Chicago about his practice this coming week. If he cannot get back in time for Week 8’s contest against the Saints, the Bears will lean on Anthony Miller and rookie Darnell Mooney.

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NFC West:

Arizona RB Kenyan Drake suffered a significant ankle injury late in his team’s dramatic Week 7 victory. Rumors out of the desert are that Drake suffered a slight tear to the ligaments in his ankle. The team has said that he will miss a couple of weeks with the issue. In his absence, the team will lean on impressive 3rd-year player Chase Edmonds who was beginning to breathe down Drake’s neck even before the injury. Arizona will also be forced to give some looks to rookie RB Eno Benjamin. Hopefully, Drake can make it back by the playoffs but watch for Edmonds to make a play for the starting job for the rest of the season in his absence.

Seattle RB Chris Carson left the Seahawks Sunday Night loss to the division-rival Cardinals with a foot injury. On Monday, it was revealed that Carson is dealing with a midfoot sprain, and he is week to week. At a minimum, he will miss his team’s Week 8 matchup. Look for Carlos Hyde and DeeJay Dallas to form a two-man committee in his absence. This does not look to be a long-term issue but keep your eyes and ears peeled for news out of the North-West.

San Francisco RB Jeff Wilson Jr was knocked from his team’s Week 7 game with a significant ankle injury. Wilson injured himself while scoring a TD in what was his best game of the season. The 3rd year RB out of North Texas was in the middle of his best game as a pro torching the Patriots to the tune of 17/112/3! Alas, it appears San Francisco is truly snake bitten in this 2020 campaign. On Monday, the team announced that Wilson was dealing with a dreaded high ankle sprain. The exact same injury that just sent starter Raheem Mostert to IR. You can expect a similar result for Wilson. In their absence, the team will turn to Jerrick McKinnon and rookie JaMycal Hasty. Whoever gets the ball by the bay will likely be a plug and play.

49ers WR Deebo Samuel injured his hamstring in the team’s Week 7 victory. In a recurring theme, the 49ers cannot get or stay healthy this year. Samuel strained his left hamstring and will almost certainly miss this week’s coming contest against the Seahawks. In all likelihood, Samuel will miss a couple of weeks with this hamstring issue. In his place, the 49ers will lean on 1st round pick Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne. I would also anticipate seeing a sprinkling of Trent Taylor in the passing game. You can also be certain that top target TE George Kittle will see a bump in targets in the coming weeks.

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