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Next Man Up: Week 7 Injury Review

While Week 7 wasn’t as bad as the past couple weeks there were still some dynasty relevant injuries. @ReflipeWThenuz breaks them all down and the next man up.

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 7 injuries and the next men up.

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AFC East:

Jets QB Zach Wilson was knocked from his team’s Week 7 loss with a knee injury. Subsequent testing revealed damage to the QB’s PCL. Team officials have indicated the 1st round pick will be out anywhere from 2-4 weeks. This will open the door for backup Mike White to get his first career start in Week 8 against the conference leading Cincinnati Bengals. However, there is a legitimate chance that newly re-acquired QB Joe Flacco could get up to speed in time for the Halloween matchup. The fact that New York traded for the former Super Bowl MVP leads me to believe Wilson will be out for a minimum of 3-4 weeks. A trip to IR is possible. Flacco could provide some depth in your deeper Super-Flex leagues for the next month or so.

Jets RB Ty Johnson was evaluated for a concussion during his team’s Week 7 loss. He briefly left the contest before returning. The former Maryland star has been part of an ugly committee thus far in 2021. Week 7 was his best game of the year as he showed some chops in the receiving game. If, for some reason, he were to miss time, rookie Michael Carter would likely pick up the slack in the receiving game.

Patriots TE Jonnu Smith exited his team’s Week 7 victory with a shoulder injury. In true Patriots fashion, the club has been tight-lipped as to the exact extent of the injury. However, early thoughts are that it will not be a long-term issue. If he misses time moving forward, it could be a bump for fellow Patriots newcomer Hunter Henry who has seemingly passed his teammate for the top spot on the totem pole. With a revenge game against the Chargers on the docket, Henry will likely be a preferred play in Week 8. Keep an eye out for news on Smith’s progress throughout the week.

Miami RB Malcolm Brown suffered a quad injury in his team’s Week 7 defeat. The injury is serious enough that the team placed him on IR. This means that, at a minimum, he will miss the next three games. The former Texas Longhorn has operated as the 1B RB in Miami this season. His absence will be a slight bump to nominal starter Myles Gaskins and bring fellow RB Salvon Ahmed some additional looks moving forward. Gaskin will be the biggest beneficiary and should garner consistent low-end RB2 & flex appeal.

AFC South:

The AFC South made it through Week 7 without any major injuries. 

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AFC North:

Cleveland WR Jarvis Landry suffered an ankle injury late in his team’s Week 7 win over the Broncos. The slot dynamo had only recently returned from a previous ailment heading into this one. The team has indicated that he managed to avoid a serious injury despite not returning to action late in the game. With fellow starter Odell Beckham Jr. dealing with recurrent shoulder issues, the Browns are treading thin ice at the WR position. Landry seems to be in line to play moving forward but keep your ears peeled for any news as the week progresses.

Cleveland WR Donovan Peoples-Jones suffered a groin injury during pre-game and was unavailable for his team’s Week 7 victory. The talented former Michigan star will likely need a week or two to return from this ailment. His absence will open an opportunity for rookie speedster Anthony Schwartz to play alongside starters Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Schwartz is an interesting dynasty stash moving forward owing to his high draft status and Odell Beckham’s murky future in Cleveland. 

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AFC West:

Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes was evaluated for a concussion late in the Week 7 loss to the Titans. The former MVP has endured his most difficult season to date, struggling with the lack of a running game on offense and zero help from the defensive unit. Mahomes seems to be fine, but any time one of the top players in fantasy takes a beating like this, it is worth monitoring as the week progresses.

Las Vegas RB Josh Jacobs suffered a chest injury in his team’s Week 7 victory. The Raiders have been relying less and less on the running game as the season progresses. Much of this change has been due to the continued healthy struggles of the former 1st round pick. Jacobs has dealt with several nagging injuries throughout 2021. Fortunately for him and his dynasty manager’s he seems to have avoided a significant injury this time around. He will also have the bye week to rest up ahead of a Week 9 return. However, if he misses time, the Raiders would likely turn back to Peyton Barber to pair with receiving game specialist Kenyan Drake in Jacobs’ absence.

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NFC East:

Philadelphia RB Miles Sanders was carted off from his team’s Week 7 loss with an ankle injury. Early testing revealed that Sanders had avoided the most serious of injuries. However, he will almost certainly miss a couple of weeks with the ailment. In his stead, the team will turn to rookie RB Kenneth Gainwell and a combination of Boston Scott and Jordan Howard. The Eagles have frustratingly refused to run the ball, consistently drawing the ire of the fan base and pundits alike. Gainwell could be a nice plug-and-play replacement for Sanders, with Scott potentially offering low-end flex appeal in the deepest of leagues through the bye season.

Philadelphia WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside suffered a back injury in his team’s Week 7 loss. All but forgotten by most of the dynasty community, the former 2nd round pick has managed to remain active on gameday. The WR/TE will likely miss some time and can, in all fairness, be dropped if you haven’t already done this in your leagues. He has zero catches to date, and his absence will not affect your dynasty squads.

WFT WR Dyami Brown was forced from his team’s Week 7 loss with a knee injury. This is the second time in as many weeks the talented rookie has been knocked from game action with a knee injury. The team has indicated that it is not a major injury, but he will miss Week 8 against the Broncos. With a Week 9 bye on the horizon, this will give Brown a two-week window to get back healthy for the stretch run. In his absence, Washington will turn to Adam Humphries and DeAndre Carter. Either player could offer some low-end flex appeal during the bye week crunch.

NFC South:

The NFC South got through Week 7 healthy on the fantasy side of the ledger. 

NFC North:

The NFC North escaped Week 7 without any major fantasy relevant injuries.

NFC West:

The NFC West made it through Week 7 healthy from a fantasy perspective. 

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