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Next Man Up: Week 1 Injury Replacements

The Doc is in the office. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down the fantasy relevant injuries from week 1 and and who might step up for your dynasty squads.

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. To make them easier to follow, we will break down the injuries by division. Without further ado, let us examine the Regular Season Week 1 injuries and the next men up.

AFC East

The AFC East made it through week 1 relatively healthy.

AFC South

The AFC South escaped week 1 with no fantasy relevant injuries. 

AFC North

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Dionte Johnson, WR Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson briefly left with a right leg injury. The budding star managed to return to the game and paced all Steelers WRs with 10 targets on the day. It appears that this was relatively minor but you should keep an eye on how things progress throughout the week. Were Johnson to miss any time James Washington would spell him in the lineup. 

AFC West

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Jerry Jeudy WR Denver Broncos

The biggest injury of the week was Denver WR Jerry Jeudy being carted off the field with a dreaded high ankle sprain. This one looked really bad when it happened live. Jeudy was clearly in a considerable amount of pain. He will likely miss a decent chunk of the season. Short term IR will be a likely outcome barring a miracle. In his absence look for KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick to take on additional looks alongside Courtland Sutton. You can also look for increased work for the TE position. Noah Fant already appeared to be a focal point after garnering six catches on eight targets in Week 1. Albert Okwuegbunam could also see some additional snaps if the staff decided to feature more 12-personnel.  

Josh Jacobs, RB Las Vegas Raiders

Vegas RB Josh Jacobs was in and out of Raiders Monday Night victory with a toe injury. He was able to repeatedly return to the game but this is a situation that is worth monitoring as the week progresses. Toe injuries can be significant obstacles, particularly for RBs. If he were forced to miss time Kenyan Drake would fill in and become a must start for your dynasty rosters. He already has a sizable role as the primary pass catching RB. 

NFC East

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB Washington Football Team

Washington Football Team QB Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a significant hip injury in week one. The specific injury is called a hip subluxation. Essentially he dislocated his hip when he was taken to the ground by Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. This one could go a couple of different ways depending upon the severity of the dislocation. At a minimum Fitzpatrick will miss three weeks after being placed on IR. Currently the team is suggesting he will miss about 8 weeks. Washington will turn to last year’s playoff hero Taylor Heinicke under center for the foreseeable future. Depending upon the length of Fitzpatrick’s absence the team could also look to the free agent market where Cam Newton makes a lot of sense due to his familiarity with Head Coach Ron Rivera from their time together in Carolina. 

Michael Gallup, WR Dallas Cowboys

Dallas WR Michael Gallup left the season opener with a left calf injury. Later testing revealed the injury to be fairly significant as he is expected to miss between 3-5 weeks. Cedrick Wilson will be his nominal replacement. However, his absence is most likely to result in added targets for the big three of Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper, & Zeke Elliott. This early season absence could present a nice buying window for rebuilding teams hoping to cash in on Gallup’s upcoming free agent departure. 

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside exited his team’s week 1 victory over the Falcons with an ankle injury. This one shouldn’t effect your dynasty squads very much. However, we here at Dynasty Nerds endeavor to bring you all of the fantasy/dynasty information that is fit to print. If you are still holding onto Arcega-Whiteside take due notice and govern your roster accordingly. 

Zach Ertz, TE Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles TE Zach Ertz sustained a minor hamstring injury in the team’s week 1 victory over the Falcons. This doesn’t look serious. However, if Ertz is forced to miss time Dallas Goedert would become a much more attractive option for your dynasty squads as he would garner more looks as the only TE in the offense.

NFC South

The NFC South made it through week 1 with no fantasy relevant injuries. 

NFC North

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David Montgomery, RB Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery briefly exited his team’s Sunday night defeat with a hand injury. Montgomery picked up where he left off last season ripping off chunk plays and looking like the best offensive weapon on the team. This does not appear to be a significant injury since he came back in late in the game. However, this might be something to keep an eye on moving forward during the week as it could effect his production in the recieving game. For the moment he should be left in your lineup as a locked and loaded starter.

Tyrell Williams, WR Detroit Lions

Detroit WR Tyrell Williams suffered a potential concussion in his team’s week one defeat. The starting WR exited start if second half with an unspecified head injury. As of the writing of this article his injury has not been fully addressed by the team officials. However, we can read between the lines on this one and guess with relative confidence that he suffered some level of a concussion. Keep an eye on how he progresses throughout the week. Detroit is destined to be in catchup mode for a good portion of the season and Williams could provide some decent numbers as a result. If he is forced to miss time look for Quintez Cephus, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Trinity Benson to pick up some extra snaps. 

NFC West

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Raheem Mostert, RB San Francisco 49ers

The more things change the more they stay the same.  San Francisco RB Raheem Mostert was knocked out of his team’s week 1 victory with a knee injury. Early indications are that it is not a major concern moving forard according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. However, with a player who has this type of injury history this must be monitored moving forward. In his absence rookie RB Elijah Mitchell shined to the tune of 19/104/1. Look for him to keep a role moving forward no matter what happens with Mostert. You can also expect the debut of fellow rookie RB Trey Sermon if Mostert is forced to miss any amount of time. Update: It was just announced that Mostert will undergo season ending knee surgery. Tough brake for he and his owners. Mitchell and Sermon should could see a sizable uptick in touches and overall outlook. Adjust your rankings accordingly.

Rashaad Penny, RB Seattle Seahawks

Speaking of the more things change the more they stay the same, Seattle RB Rashaad Penny suffered a calf injury in week 1. The oft injured former first round pick will reportedly miss a couple of weeks. It is quite possible that he may tumble down the depth chart upon his return depending upon the play of Deejay Dallas and Alex Collins. Both will be in line for a slightly expanded role behind workhorse RB Chris Carson. Dallas in particular is an interesting bench add in dynasty leagues due to his role in the passing game. 

Dwayne Eskeridge, WR Seasttle Seahawks

Seattle rookie WR Dwayne Eskridge sustained a concussion in his team’s week 1 victory over the Colts. The second round pick is more of a dynasty stash at this point as the majority of the passing game is funneled through Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. However, his injury is still something of note to file away for future reference. Eskridge will look to carve out a role in the passing attack this season once back to full strength. If he is forced to miss time you can expect more of a bump for Lockett & Metcalf as well as the TE’s and RBs. In particular I would anticipate TE Gerald Everett to benefit from any time missed by the talented rookie. 

For a closer look at the rehab and recovery check out That’s going to leave a mark.

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