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Next Man Up: Week 11 Injury Review

As the season progresses injuries take on more and more importance. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks down all the injuries and the next men up.

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 Seasons Week 11 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

New York RB Michael Carter was knocked from his team’s Week 11 loss to the division-rival Dolphins with an ankle injury. Carter has been blossoming in the lead role as of late in the Meadowlands. Details on the severity of the injury have been scant to this point. However, what we do know is that if Carter misses time, the Jets will turn to a combination of Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman. Of the two, Johnson will offer the most upside due to his potential role in the passing game. The former Maryland Terp has flashed with his limited touches in 2021. Keep an eye out for news about Carter’s ankle as the week progresses.  

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AFC South:

Tennessee WR A.J. Brown was in and out of his team’s Week 11 upset loss at the hands of the division-rival Texans with hand & chest ailments. After sustaining the hand injury early on, Brown returned to the game before exiting for good after a shot to the chest in the third quarter. The uber-talented Brown is an indispensable part of the Titans offense, especially with the rest of the team’s skill group already hurting. The team is fast running out of healthy bodies. Depending on Brown’s status, the Titans could head into Week 12 with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Dez Fitzpatrick, and Chester Rogers as their top WRs. Look for Head Coach Mike Vrabel to lean heavily on the run as long as the game is close if this is the case. This could be a situation to avoid with a tough matchup against the Patriots on tap next week.

Tennessee WR Marcus Johnson injured his hamstring in Week 11 and could not finish the game. A reserve in his own right, Johnson was starting in place of Julio Jones, who landed on IR. There has been little indication as to the severity of the injury, but hamstrings can be tricky for skill players to overcome. As mentioned above, the Titans have a tough road contest against New England in Week 12. If Johnson can’t gain clearance Nick Westbrook-Ikhine would probably gain the starting nod.

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AFC North:

Cleveland WR Jarvis Landry suffered a knee injury in the Browns Week 11 victory over the Detroit Lions. Landry has been dealing with a myriad of injuries throughout the 2021 season. He is unquestionably the Browns’ best WR, and his presence or lack thereof will have a big impact on the Cleveland offense. There is no indication that this is a significant injury or that it will cost him any future games. However, following the release of Odell Beckham earlier in the season, Cleveland is not as deep on paper as they once were. If Jarvis cannot suit up in Week 12 against the division-leading Ravens, Cleveland would turn to Rashard Higgins as their top pass-catcher depending upon the health of fellow WRs Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz, who are themselves dealing with injuries. In reality, if Jarvis can’t go, then Baker Mayfield and the Browns would lean heavily upon their deep TE group featuring Austin Hooper, David Njoku, and Harrison Bryant to pace the passing attack.  

Pittsburgh RB Najee Harris briefly exited Sunday Night Football with a suspected concussion. It was a strange sequence of events where Harris took a big shot to the head and seemed dazed on the field before standing up and shoving the trainer on his way to the sideline. Harris went to the locker room, where he evidently passed the concussion protocol. While he seems fine, keep an eye on him throughout the week. He has absorbed a huge workload, and his absence would be a blow to dynasty teams as the Steelers would turn to an ugly committee of Benny Snell, Kalen Ballage, and Anthony McFarland.

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AFC West:

Kansas City RB Jerick McKinnon suffered a hamstring injury in his team’s Week 11 victory. The reserve RB had just been relegated to a Special Team’s role with the return of starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. If you are holding on to McKinnon, you can probably drop him back to the wire at this point. CEH will carry the load with Darrell Williams spelling him from this point forward.

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NFC East:

Dallas WR Ceedee Lamb suffered a concussion in his team’s Week 11 loss. This Thursday, the talented sophomore will be up against it to gain clearance ahead of his squad’s Thanksgiving date with the Raiders. Despite the short turnaround, team officials seem bullish on Lamb’s chances of getting cleared. If he is unable to go, the Cowboys would be very short-handed indeed since they are already down fellow starter Amari Cooper. Dak will need to rely on Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson, and Noah Brown. TE Dalton Shultz and the RBs would likely be in for a heavy target load as well.

Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suffered a leg injury in his team’s Week 11 loss. He appeared to aggravate his already troublesome knee early in the game. He briefly exited before returning to handle his usual starters load. At this point, he seems on track to play this Thursday against Las Vegas. However, were he to suffer any setbacks, then backup Tony Pollard would turn into a must-start RB1 in a nice matchup where Dallas is short-handed at the receiver position. Keep your eyes peeled for any news out of Dallas.

Philadelphia RB Jordan Howard suffered a knee injury in his team’s Week 11 victory. This is certainly an unfortunate turn of events for Howard, who seemed to be in the process of resurrecting his career. Despite the return of starter Miles Sanders in Week 11, Howard had a near-even split on carries with Sanders before he went down with this injury. Team officials have already said he will not be available for Week 12 against New York. Sanders should see an uptick in touches. However, Boston Scott will also likely see increased usage as the Eagles like to employ a multi-back approach to keep their runners fresh. Keep an eye out for updates as to how long Howard will miss.

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NFC South:

New Orleans TE Adam Trautman suffered a knee injury in his team’s Week 11 defeat. Team officials have revealed the injury is to his MCL, and he will miss 4-6 weeks. Needless to say, this will knock Trautman out of your fantasy lineups for the rest of the season. A popular breakout candidate heading into 2021 Trautman could be a nice target to buy on the cheap following this disappointing year. As for the Saints, they will turn to former Penn State and Oregon WR/TE Juwan Johnson and Nick Vannett. It is also possible that newly signed QB/RB/WR/TE Taysom Hill could play a larger pass-catching role. This one will be up in the air until further notice.

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NFC North:

Chicago QB Justin Fields was forced from his team’s Week 11 loss with a rib injury. The talented 1st round pick has suffered through an unusual rookie season. He has flashed the highest level talent while struggling with consistency on a regular basis. The injury appears to be a bruise, meaning he will not miss much time. However, with a short turnaround to the Thanksgiving game against Detroit on tap, team officials have announced he will miss Week 12. In his place, Chicago will turn to veteran backup Andy Dalton. The former TCU Hornfrog may actually be a slight upgrade to Chicago skill players as he will be able to read defenses better and distribute the ball quickly. Fields should be back for Week 13, possibly with a new Head Coach in tow.

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NFC West:

Seattle RB Rashaad Penny suffered a hamstring injury in his team’s Week 11 loss. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Penny just cannot stay healthy. This was likely his last chance to justify his draft pedigree, and he didn’t even make it to halftime. At this point, he is likely droppable in your dynasty leagues. Injuries have wracked his career. Depending upon the severity of the strain, he will miss up to a couple of games. In his place, the Seahawks will turn to a combination of Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas. Depending upon the scoring format in your league, these players could offer some desperation flex appeal.

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