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Another week, another round of injuries to fret over. Read carefully, there were some late additions to this week’s report that some owners might not be aware of. If there is a theme of this week, proceed with caution and hopefully, it will pay off. With that, grab your Band-Aids, its injury time.
Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU – It has been reported by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that Watson is dealing with a chest injury and thus he was limited in Wednesday’s practice. I expect him to play this week against the Bills. However, it’s not a terrible idea to back up Watson with another QB from the waiver wire.
Sony Michel, RB, NE – It’s easy to fall in love with Sony Michel, even after just a few weeks of production. Hopefully, we are not going to get a slap of reality with his knee. Sony was limited at practice Wednesday and owners should keep an eye on his status later in the week. If he can’t go, its James White time. Oh, and some guy named Tom Brady will probably just toss the ball more.
Dalvin Cook, RB, MIN – Dalvin Cook was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and this gives me hope he will play this week against the Cardinals. However, it would be wise to not start Cook if he plays. I want to see him get through a full game with no “pitch count”. If you are stuck with bye weeks and you have to make a tough choice, play Cook if he suits up. Latavius Murray should remain on the bench either way.
Jay Ajayi, RB, PHI – Probably the biggest injury from Sunday, Jay Ajayi is now on IR. The Eagles will turn to Corey Clement first and probably long term. Thursday’s game versus the Giants might see an even split of carries between Clement and Wendell Smallwood. I’ll lean Smallwood this week and Clement long term. However, it has been widely rumored that Philly is in play for Le’Von Bell. Bring on the trade deadline!
Adrian Peterson, RB, WAS – BANG! That was the trade window shutting on Peterson owners as he deals with ankle, shoulder and knee injuries. If you can get away from AP do it! An interesting player to consider would be Samaje Perine, but only in the deepest of leagues or if owners are stuck.
Chris Thompson, RB, WAS – There is some optimism with Thompson as he was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. If he can play this week he would be my first choice for a Reskins running back, but as I mentioned above with Peterson look for Perine if you are in a pinch.
Lamar Miller, RB, HOU – When is D’Onta Foreman coming back again? Early November is the projected time-frame for Foreman to return and that date couldn’t come soon enough. Miller has been dreadful as of late and is also dealing with a chest injury. Owners cannot trust Miller nor Alfred Blue in most leagues. If Miller is out or sits again, Blue is worth some consideration in deeper PPR league, but only for the most desperate of owners.
Matt Breida, RB, SF – Matt Breida is looking like he will miss this week’s game with an ankle injury. Alfred Morris is the next man up and is worth adding in most leagues. San Francisco might look to add another running back, but barring a trade this looks like Alf’s gig for the short term.
Leonard Fournette, RB, JAC – My deepest thoughts and good vibes are being sent to all you Fournette owners. Rumors are still swirling that he will be held out until week 9, which if that is the case T.J. Yeldon might be the waiver wire lotto winner for the first half of the season. The team also added Jamaal Charles for additional depth at the position. Please wait and see with Charles, but if you have the room it doesn’t hurt to kick the tires again, right?
Marlon Mack, RB, IND – Marlon Mack practiced fully on Wednesday and is looking like he will give it another shot this week. Nyheim Hines should be owned in most leagues as he is the most talented of the Colts backfield. I’m willing to give Mack one more shot to see if he can help the Colts and fantasy owners win this week and beyond.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI – Darren Sproles is out this week and is still dealing with a hamstring injury. Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood will be carrying the rock for the Eagles on Thursday.
Corey Grant, RB, JAX – Corey Grant suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury and was placed on IR. He should be ready for free agency next season, so view him only as a deep dynasty stash.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, HOU – D’Onta Foreman is coming, stash him now.
Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL – It appears that Devonta Freeman is now dealing with a foot injury in the form of a bone bruise. His week 6 status is now in doubt and Tevin Coleman will get another crack at the lead role for Atlanta. In deeper leagues, owners should consider Ito Smith too.
Geronimo Allison, WR, GB and Randall Cobb, WR, GB – Geronimo Allison is currently dealing with a concussion that he sustained during the Week 4 game against the Bills. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the next man up if Allison would miss any time. MVS took advantage of his playing time during the week 5 loss to the Lions with seven receptions for 68 yards and a score. Randall Cobb has been dealing with a hamstring for more than a week and he seems close to returning. Again, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the next man up if Cobb and Allison are out and is worth a flex spot in deeper leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI – It might be time to part ways with Larry Fitzgerald from your fantasy roster. He was held out of Wednesday’s practice with hamstring and back issues reports Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ team site. If Christian Kirk is available on waivers he is worth an add and possibly a start in most leagues even if Fitz plays.
Brandin Cooks, WR, LAR and Cooper Kupp, WR, LAR – Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp both suffered concussions during last week’s win over the Seahawks. They did not practice on Wednesday but Coach McVay is very optimistic that both wideouts will be on the field this Sunday.
Rishard Higgins, WR, CLE – Rishard Higgins was looking like he was finally going to establish himself on the Browns as the WR2 for Baker Mayfield. He suffered a setback on his path to this goal in the form of an MCL sprain. He is worth rostering in deeper leagues or leagues in which more than three WR are started. Antonino Callaway will get another shot at the WR2 role this week and possibly a few more games this season.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND – T.Y. Hilton is trending towards sitting out again with chest and hamstring injuries. Chester Rogers, Ryan Grant, and Zach Pascal will be next up for Andrew Luck and the Colts. Hilton owners should lean on Rogers until Hilton returns.
Will Fuller, WR, HOU – Will Fuller was a limited participant in Wednesday practice this week. Fuller should be suiting up this week as will DeAndre Hopkins and Keke Coutee. Look at Coutee’s usage again during this game, he might be taking over more of a target share.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, SF – Marquise Goodwin will be re-evaluated on Thursday and it might be determined then if he can play on Monday. Owners should stay clear of this wide receiver core as San Francisco is dealing with a massive amount of injuries. George Kittle is the only non-running back skill player that I would trust for this team moving forward, at least until Goodwin and the other wideouts can show they are able to stay healthy.
Paul Richardson, WR, WAS – Paul Richardson was not participating during Wednesday’s practice and is tending to a knee issue. Fantasy owners should look to Jordan Reed and possibly Jamison Crowder for production this week.
Anthony Miller, WR, CHI – Anthony Miller is dealing with a dislocated shoulder that his sustained in week 3. Take a wait and see approach with Miller, but dynasty owners should look to see if he was dropped and add him. Taylor Gabriel will benefit from Miller’s absence if he is out this week.
John Ross, WR, CIN – John Ross is dealing with a groin injury and was a limited participant during Wednesday’s practice. Even if he plays, Tyler Boyd has taken over the WR2 role in the Cincinnati offense.
Jack Doyle, TE, IND – Jack Doyle is still dealing with a hip injury and is trending to sit out again this week. It seems like he is close to a return, but owners should look to lean on Eric Ebron this week and possibly for a few more games. Ebron has been taking full advantage of the additional playing time and target share with Doyle out.
George Kittle, TE, SF – George Kittle may have suffered a minor knee injury during last week’s game against the Cardinals, but he was able to return. He should be able to play this week and owners should continue to trust him as he is basically the 49ers entire receiving core.
O.J. Howard, TE, TB – O.J. Howard was able to practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday. It seems like Howard is on schedule and recovering well from his sprained MCL. Cameron Brate is an excellent replacement this week for fantasy owners in need of a tight end.
Evan Engram, TE, NYG – Evan Engram is still dealing with a knee injury that he sustained during the Week 3 game against Houston. Originally he was slated to miss 2-to-4 weeks with the injury but is now going to miss this week’s game against the Eagles. He tested the knee on Tuesday and it did not go well. Rhett Ellison will continue to replace Engram, but owners should look elsewhere for tight end help this week. Look for Eli Manning to focus his efforts on Barkley, OBJ, and Shepard.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, JAC – ASJ was placed on IR with a core muscle injury. Look for Niles Paul to step up into the TE1 for Jacksonville moving forward. He is worth a speculative add for owners in need of a tight end.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE – Rob Gronkowski was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice and is currently questionable this week with an ankle issue. Owners should monitor his status, but it appears that he will play. Gronk is still a great buy-low…go do it now.
Tyler Kroft, TE, CIN – Tyler Kroft is currently questionable this week with a foot injury. He did not practice Wednesday and owners should look at C.J. Uzomah to take over the TE1 role for the Bengals. Uzomah is a TE2 and should not be played unless it is in a deep league.
Greg Olsen, TE, CAR – Greg Olsen was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. It appears that he will return to action this week and he might be available on waivers to add, so go check! However, proceed with caution as this foot injury might be an issue this season and should require surgery at some point.
Until next time,
Your friendly neighborhood fantasy football injury writer