Jets QB Sam Darnold sprained his thumb in the loss to Jacksonville. Darnold, along with the rest of the Jets offense, has been brutal over the last couple weeks. Darnold has thrown at least 3 Interceptions in each of the last two games. Things will not likely be getting much better as the team is exploring the possibility of trading his number one WR Robby Anderson ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. The injury is to his non-throwing hand and Darnold should not be forced to miss any game action. If he is ever going to get right next week’s matchup with the Dolphins should be that contest. Monitor the Jets franchise signal-caller as the week progresses to confirm the minor status of this injury.
The AFC South managed to make it through the week relatively clean from a fantasy perspective.
Pittsburgh RB James Conner injured his shoulder late in the team’s Monday Night victory over the Dolphins. This could be a tragic turn of events as Conner was enjoying his best game of the season prior to the injury. It was reported that when Conner was being examined on the sideline a member of the training staff was seen saying clavicle. If Conner suffered a broken collar bone it would likely mean an end to his up and down season. Coach Mile Tomlin told reporters after the game that the injury was to the AC joint. This injury occurred late in the game and information is sparse at this time. Keep an eye on how this situation develops throughout the week. If Conner has indeed suffered a broken collarbone his season is finished and Jaylen Samuels will be the top add across all fantasy formats as the Steelers prepare for the Colts next week.
Pittsburgh rookie RB Benny Snell exited Monday Night football with a knee injury. The severity of the injury is not yet known but will take on new importance depending on the outcome of further testing on starting RB James Conner. If Conner does indeed miss time Snell would likely form the lesser end of a committee with promising young RB Jaylen Samuels. If both RBs miss time Tre Edmunds will be the next man up behind Samuels next week against the Colts.
Broncos RB Royce Freeman suffered a shoulder injury in the team’s loss to the Colts. The lesser end of the Broncos committee had a fine game to the tune of 12/40/1. Team sources are downplaying the ailment suggesting that it will not cost the young RB any game time. However, having already suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the year this is still a situation to monitor. If Freeman misses any game action look for fellow second-year back Phillip Lindsay to get workhorse treatment in a game that starting QB Joe Flacco is expected to miss.
Denver QB Joe Flacco apparently suffered a neck injury in the team’s loss to the Colts. This injury has the smell of punishment for speaking out against the coaching staff for the mercurial former Super Bowl MVP. Flacco derided the coaching staff for not being aggressive enough in the game and did not seem to be favoring his neck at the time. We will probably never know the full story on this one but if you were playing Flacco in your super-flex league you will likely have to find another option for the next week or two. September free agent signee Brandon Allen will be at the helm for Week 9.
Washington QB Case Keenum was knocked out of his team’s Week 8 loss to the Minnesota Vikings with a concussion. Keenum was actually playing halfway decent in this one before getting his bell rang. Bill Callahan and the Redskins staff do not seem ready to insert rookie signal-caller Dwayne Haskins as the team’s starter. It is anyone’s guess if Keenum will be able to gain clearance before next week’s tough matchup at Buffalo. I would not be surprised to see the team turn to veteran Colt McCoy if Keenum doesn’t clear the concussion protocol by week’s end. Keep an eye on how this one develops as the week progresses.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders injured his shoulder in the victory against the Buffalo Bills. Before exiting with the injury, Sanders was once again showing the explosive ability that made him a 2nd round choice putting up 3/74/1. The Eagles have the luxury of former Pro-Bowl RB Jordan Howard and turned to him in this contest. The Eagles have stated that the injury is nothing major but I would not be surprised to see them take it easy with Sanders and tee up Jordan Howard for a tough revenge game matchup against the Chicago Bears next week.
Carolina WR Jarius Wright was in and out of the team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers with a leg injury. It initially had the looks of something more serious but turned out to be nothing. Wright should be fine for next week but shouldn’t be in your lineups.
The NFC North Made it through the week without any significant fantasy injuries.
San Francisco RB Jeff Wilson suffered a head injury in the team’s victory over Carolina. It was later revealed that the injury was a stinger and Wilson should be fine going into next week. Earlier in the year with Tevin Coleman sitting out with injury Wilson was a usable fantasy option. However, since the return of Coleman, Wilson has not been an option for your dynasty squads. Unless there is an injury ahead of him on the roster Wilson is best left on waiver wires and on your bench.
San Francisco RB Matt Breida injured his ankle in the team’s victory over the Panthers. Drawing the start in this game, Breida exited early in the 2nd half and was not needed as Tevin Coleman put on a show against the Panthers. It does not seem that this injury is overly serious but with a short turnaround on tap with a Thursday date with the Cardinals keep an eye on how the week progresses. If Breida is not able to get his ankle right Coleman would likely be paired with either Raheem Mostert or Jeff Wilson in a plus matchup.
Arizona RB Chase Edmonds injured his hamstring in the team’s loss to the Saints. The injury appears serious and will reportedly keep Edmonds out for this week and potentially longer. That sound you hear is the air coming out of the Edmonds bubble following the team’s acquisition of Kenyan Drake. The Drake trade may suggest that the injuries of Edmonds and potentially starter David Johnson are more serious than initially thought. This situation has the looks of a potential committee if and when all parties are healthy.
Rams WR Brandon Cooks sustained a concussion in the team’s victory over the Bengals. This is the second concussion this season and the numbers are beginning to mount for the uber-talented speedster. Luckily for Cooks, the Rams have a Week 9 bye for him to clear the concussion protocol. Hopefully, for his sake, the team will err on the side of caution with their Pro-Bowl playmaker. Keep an eye on this one to see if Cooks can get cleared before the team’s Week 10 matchup with Pittsburgh.
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