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Next Man Up: Week 16 Injury Review

The finish line is in sight. That hasn’t stopped players from dropping all over the league. @ReflipeWThenuz covers all the injury news and highlights the next men up.

Each 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 16 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

The AFC East emerged from Week 16 without any fantasy-relevant injuries.

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AFC South:

Jacksonville RB James Robinson was forced from his team’s Week 16 defeat with an Achilles injury. Just when things were looking up with the departure of Urban Meyer, tragedy struck. Subsequent testing has revealed that the talented former UDFA suffered a torn Achilles tendon and is done for the season. Furthermore, with how late in the season this injury occurred, Robinson is in danger of missing the beginning of 2022. It will certainly put him behind the 8-ball acclimating to whoever takes over as the next Jaguars Head Coach. With fellow RBs Travis Etienne and Carlos Hyde already on IR, the Jaguars will rely on Dare Ogunbowale to finish the season. Despite his dreadful situation, Ogunbowale should at least see some decent volume down the stretch. If you are totally desperate or ravaged by Covid/injuries, you could do worse than Dare as an end of the bench flex play.

Indianapolis TE Jack Doyle was knocked out of his team’s big Week 16 victory with a leg injury. At this point, there has been very little explanation provided as to the exact nature of the injury. It has only been reported that he is dealing with knee and ankle issues. If he is forced to miss time over the next two weeks, the Colts will turn to former college basketball star Mo Allie-Cox as a bigger part of the passing game. He could provide some decent TE numbers in a pinch if you are hurting. Keep an eye out for news as to Doyle’s status.

Houston WR Phillip Dorsett III suffered a foot injury in his team’s improbable Week 16 victory over the Chargers. Since being selected out of Miami, the former Colts 1st round pick has been a huge disappointment. Provided Brandin Cooks returns from the Covid list in Week 17, Dorsett is little more than a desperation play anyway. Houston will likely rely on Cooks, Chris Conley, and talented rookie Nico Collins as the top options to close out the season.

AFC North:

No team in the AFC North suffered any fantasy-relevant injuries in Week 16. 

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AFC West:

Kansas City RB Clyde Edwards-Hellaire suffered a collarbone injury in the Week 16 victory. Subsequent testing revealed that CEH avoided the worst-case scenario and did not break his collarbone. However, the Chief’s good news does little for CEH’s dynasty owners, who will be without the former 1st round pick for the fantasy championship week. In his absence, Kansas City will once again lean heavily on Darrell Williams and Derrick Gore out of the backfield. Williams should be a decent RB2 play against the Bengals, with Gore being a high-risk/high-reward flex play for teams desperate for production from the RB spot.

Las Vegas QB Derek Carr was briefly forced to the medical tent with a feared shoulder injury in his team’s Week 16 victory. The issue turned out to be simply a scare as Carr immediately returned to the game and engineered a much-needed victory to keep the Raiders in the playoff chase. While he appears to have avoided serious injury, you might want to keep an eye out for news out of Vegas as to his status as the week progresses. If he were to miss time, the Raiders would turn to former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to fill the starting QB role.

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NFC East:

Philadelphia RB Miles Sanders was knocked out of his team’s Week 16 victory over the division-rival Giants with a hand injury. Sanders’ nightmare 2021 continues as he is once again in danger of missing time with an injury. The former Penn State star has been excellent when he has been on the field but simply cannot seem to stay healthy this year. The team does not plan on placing the talented RB on IR but has said he will miss Week 17 as they attempt to rest him up ahead of a potential playoff run. Meanwhile, fellow RB Jordan Howard sustained a stinger later in the contest and was forced to exit the game as well. Howard has resurrected his career this season after looking finished in Miami last year. The former Indiana and UAB star’s status for Week 17 is up in the air at this point. If he can gain clearance, he will likely form the larger portion of a committee with Boston Scott and potentially rookie Kenneth Gainwell in the Eagles pivotal Week 17 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

NFC South:

The NFC South escaped Week 16 without any fantasy-relevant injuries. 

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NFC North:

Minnesota WR Adam Thielen re-injured his ankle in his team’s Week 16 loss to the Rams. This was a gut punch for Thielen’s dynasty managers, who put him in their lineups after it was announced he was returning to action. His early exit means he will, in all likelihood, be shut down for the rest of the season. Justin Jefferson will pick up a few additional looks while K.J. Osborn will once again become a decent WR2 play as his running mate. The Vikings could also look to further incorporate their RBs and TEs in the passing game without their WR2 on the field.

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NFC West:

Los Angeles RB Darrell Henderson suffered a sprained MCL in his team’s Week 16 victory over the Vikings. The Rams have subsequently placed the talented RB on IR. Former Georgia star Sony Michel has recently been staring with his increased looks over the last month. This injury will cement Sony as a high-end RB2 for your Championship rosters. Cam Akers has also recently been activated from IR, but Sony will be the primary beneficiary for the remainder of 2021. 

San Francisco QB Jimmy Garpppolo suffered a sprained UCL joint and a broken bone in his throwing hand during his team’s Week 16 loss. Jimmy G will miss Week 17 against the Texans. It is anybody’s guess what will happen in Week 18 if your leagues play out that far. In his place, the 49ers will turn to 1st round pick Trey Lance who will bring his raw talents to the table against a vulnerable Texans D. If you are desperate and have a need in your Superflex leagues, Lance could be a league winner with his rushing upside alone. But then again, how big is your appetite for risk?

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