With week 10 in the books and most of the injury news being reported, we take a look at what happened and how it impacts each team moving forward.
-DT Corey Peters injured his knee. He’ll miss the rest of the season.
Breakdown: Peters is an interior defender who’s done decently well against the run and as a pass rusher. The Cardinals 9th ranked defense by DVOA will miss him.
-TE Nick Boyle suffered a major knee injury that will cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Breakdown: Boyle is strictly a blocking tight end. He has a 53.8 PFF pass blocking and 70.9 run blocking grade this season.
-WR John Brown left the game with an ankle injury. With the Bills on bye, Brown could be ready week 12, though he’s been nursing a leg injury for several weeks.
-DE AJ Epenesa suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: With the Bills on bye this week, both should be able to play.
Breakdown: This one will be one that we’ll have to watch all week. I did dock the Panthers in this weeks power rankings because there is certainly uncertainty if Bridgewater will play. If he can’t go, ex XFL star PJ Walker will start.
-QB Nick Foles suffered a lower back injury. The Bears have a bye week 11, and there’s hope he’ll be ready for week 12.
-DT Aikem Hicks injured his hamstring that could cause him to miss time.
Breakdown: The Bears are on bye this week, and it seems like that at leat either, but probably both Foles and Mitch Tribusky (right shoulder) will be able to play. This will give the Bears a choice on which terrible QB to start.
Hicks is a fantastic interior pass rusher. His 35 pressures are second on the team only to Khalil Mack (41). The Bears will certainly miss him.
-CB Mackensie Alexander suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: Alexander has a 54.9 PFF coverage grade. If he can’t go, the Bengals shouldn’t have an issue replacing his production.
-QB Drew Lock has a muscle strain around his ribs. The team is hopeful he can play week 11, but he won’t be 100%.
Breakdown: Given how poorly Lock has played, maybe it’s best to let Brett Rypien have another go at it.
-QB Matt Stafford suffered a UCL tear in his thumb, but the Lions expect Stafford to play week 11.
Breakdown: This is another big one to watch. Veteran Chase Daniel is next up if Stafford cannot play.
-RB Chris Thompson suffered a back injury that has landed him on IR. He’ll be out at least the next 3 weeks.
-LT Cam Robinson injured his shoulder. We don’t have information to determine if he’ll miss time.
Breakdown: Chris Thompson is essentially a receiving only back, and James Robinson was already running more routes then Thompson. Robinson doesn’t have great receiving grades, but RB passes aren’t all that valuable anyway.
Cam Robinson is much better in pass protection than run blocking, but the Jaguars line will certainly take a hit if he can’t play.
Los Angeles Rams:
-LT Andrew Whitworth ruptured his MCL and injured his PCL. He’ll miss the rest of the season, but will have a chance to return for the playoffs.
-S Taylor Rapp injured his MCL. He’ll miss at least 4 weeks, and IR is likely.
Breakdown: Whitworth is consistently one of the better tackles in football. Since Jared Goff struggles so much against pressure, this is a hugely impactful loss. 2018 3rd rounder Joe Noteboom should start in place of Whitworth. Noteboom got work early in the season at guard before a knee injury sent him to IR week 3. He’s a big step down from Whitworth. Rapp is a solid safety and will be replaced by Nick Scott, which is a step down for the Rams secondary. The Rams rank 9th in pass defense DVOA.
New Orleans Saints:
-QB Drew Brees suffered fractured ribs on both sides of his chest and a collapsed lung. We also learned that he had a fractured rib ahead of this game (which wasn’t listed on the injury report, tisk tisk). He’ll be out at least 2 games.
-WR Tre’Quan Smith suffered a concussion.
-TE Josh Hill suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: We’re expecting Jameis Winston, Mr. 30 INT himself, to replace Brees. Winston is a high variance QB that will either shine or collapse depending on which direction the wind is blowing. Smith and Hill are less relevant now that Michael Thomas is back.
New York Giants:
-LG Kevin Zeitler suffered a concussion.
Breakdown: Zeitler is typically a solid guard, but he’s having a down season. 5th round rookie Shane Lemieux will likely take his place.
San Francisco 49ers:
-RB JaMycal Hasty broke his collarbone. He’ll miss at least 2 weeks, and is an IR candidate.
Breakdown: Keeping up with the 49ers backfield is a fucking full time job. If it wasn’t for fantasy, I truly wouldn’t care.. but here goes:
Jerrick McKinnon (44 snaps, 18 carries, 2 targets) was the work horse back last week. However, with the 49ers on bye this week, it seems like both Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) will be ready to play week 12. I wouldn’t trust McKinnon for fantasy purposes.
-WR Tyler Lockett suffered a knee sprain. The Seahawks play Thursday night, and Lockett expects to be a game time decision.
Breakdown: Lockett is naturally a major part of the Seahawks offense, and they’ll miss him if he can’t go Thursday.
Washington Football Team:
-S Deshazor Everett suffered a high ankle sprain. He’ll miss time and is a candidate for IR.
Breakdown: Everett is an ok safety, but the Football Team doesn’t have a ton of depth there.