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 8 injuries and the next men up.
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Miami RB Myles Gaskin injured his MCL in the team’s Week 8 victory. The team has already sent Gaskin to IR, meaning he will miss at least the next three weeks. Miami is worried enough about this injury that they went out and traded for Kansas City reserve RB DeAndre Washington. Look for the Dolphins to lean on Matt Breida and even possibly activate Jordan Howard moving forward. The Dolphins are fascinatingly still in the playoff hunt, so keep an eye on how they divvy up Gaskin’s massive workload.
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Indianapolis RB Jonathan Taylor suffered a minor ankle injury in the team’s Week 8 win. Head coach Frank Reich claimed he did not know of the issue until after the game. It sounds like Taylor will be fine heading into next week. However, it is fair to wonder if Jordan Wilkins might have earned a couple of extra looks while Taylor is allowed to fully heal up for the stretch run. If Taylor cannot go for some reason, Wilkins would pair with Nyheim Hines to carry the load. I do not expect Taylor to miss any time but keep your eyes open for any news on his ankle as the week progresses.
Colts WR TY Hilton suffered a groin injury in the team’s Week 8 victory. Hilton just cannot seem to avoid these lower-body injuries over the last couple of seasons. Hilton will likely miss a couple of weeks with this ailment. In his absence, the team will turn to Zach Pascal as the top WR. You can expect Rivers and company to lean on their talented TE group, supplemented by their pass-catching RBs. We should know more about TY as the week progresses. Keep an eye out for news on this injury.
Tennessee WR Adam Humphreys carted off the field with a concussion. This was one of the week’s scarier injuries as the talented slot wr was hit in the back of the head while on his way to the turf against the Bengals. Humphreys will almost certainly miss a couple of games on the back of this brutal hit. AJ Brown and Corey Davis will maintain their role as the top dogs in the WR room, with Jonnu Smith filling his usual role as a true receiving weapon.
The AFC North made it through week 8 largely intact.
The AFC West did not suffer any significant fantasy/dynasty significant injuries.
The NFC East made it through the week healthy from a fantasy point of view.
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Atlanta WR Calvin Ridley left his team’s Week 8 game with an ankle injury. Testing on Monday revealed that the talented former Crimson Tide playmaker suffered a mid-foot sprain and is day-to-day. He avoided the dreaded high ankle sprain meaning he will likely be available sooner rather than later. If, for some reason, he is unable to get ready before Week 9, the Falcons will turn to Russell Gage to pair with Julio Jones. You can also assume that Hayden Hurst could pick up a couple of extra looks if, for some reason, Ridley is unable to go in Week 9.
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Detroit WR Kenny Golladay went down in his team’s Week 8 loss with a groin injury. The injury must be somewhat significant as he has already been ruled out for week 9 against the division-rival Vikings. This would be a major loss for the Lions as they are a completely different team with and without Golladay. In his absence, the team will turn to Marvin Jones and Marvin Hall in the WR room. You could also see rookie Quintez Cephus get some more run with the starters. They will also likely put more on the plate of up and coming TE T.J. Hockenson. Keep your ears peeled for how much time the Lions no.1 WR will miss heading down the stretch.
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San Francisco TE George Kittle broke his foot in the team’s Week 8 division loss to the Seahawks. This was unquestionably the biggest loss to your dynasty squads as Kittle has been an alpha no.1 TE across the board. The 49ers have placed their star TE on IR and have announced that he will miss at least 8 weeks. In the immediate short term, the 49ers will turn to former Washington TE Jordan Reed to fill the immense void. Jordan was just activated from IR himself this week, so it could be a tight squeeze to get him ready. If Reed can get ready and stay healthy, he could be a game-changer for TE premium teams seeking a late-season boost. Ross Dwelley is the third man behind Reed if the oft-injured former Gator can’t pick up the mantle. This injury effectively ends Kittle’s 2020 fantasy season and puts a big crimp in many dynasty rosters. Kittle is still an amazing talent, and you should buy him anywhere possible due to this news. However, make your plans accordingly, as this one will almost certainly affect your leagues across the board.
49ers QB Jimmy Garpppolo was pulled late in his team’s division loss to the Seahawks with an ankle injury. It was originally unknown if Jimmy GQ was pulled for ineffective play or injury. He seems to still be suffering the effects of his earlier season injury. As of the posting time for this article, the San Francisco QB was in the process of gathering medical opinions as to whether or not he should undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle. Any surgery would obviously end his season and throw yet another wrench into the 49ers offense. If Garoppolo is unable to go, the team will likely turn to either Nick Mullens or C.J. Beathard. The result would be an immediate downgrade for all 49ers skill players. Keep an eye out for Jimmy’s decision and make your subsequent decisions accordingly.
San Francisco RB Tevin Coleman injured his knee in the team’s Week 8 loss. Yet another blow to the 49ers team struggling to stay in the playoff race in a stout NFC West. Coleman cannot seem to stay healthy these days. His absence will open an opportunity for rookie JaMycal Hasty to pair with Jerrick Mckinnon going forward. Coleman is little more than a name at this point, and his loss will likely not affect your squads.
Rams RB Darrell Henderson suffered a minor thigh injury in his team’s surprise Week 8 loss to the Dolphins. The team has already stated that the issue is minor, and he will be good to go against the division rival Seahawks in Week 9. However, due to the tricky nature of lower-body injuries for RBs, you would do well to keep an eye out for any news coming out of LA.
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