There were more big injuries in Week 10. As always, injuries play a crucial role when it comes to constructing our fantasy lineups. Here’s the status of players with the most interest to the fantasy community after the second weekend of NFL games:
Jacoby Brissett, QB Indianapolis Colts – Brissett suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s in the NFL’s concussion protocol. Brissett is listed as week to week. The Colts are on a bye in Week 11, so he’ll have extra time to get cleared. Scott Tolzien will start if Brissett isn’t ready by Week 12.
Brett Hundley, QB Green Bay Packers – Hundley suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. He played through the injury and didn’t miss a snap. Hundley could miss practice time this week but he should be in the starting lineup against the Baltimore Ravens.
Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee Titans – Mariota is dealing with a sore left throwing shoulder and a mild ankle sprain. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the injuries aren’t serious and that Mariota will start Thursday night against the Steelers.
Philip Rivers. QB Los Angeles Chargers – Rivers suffered a concussion Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, although he didn’t miss a snap. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol. If Rivers can’t play this week, Kellen Clemens will get the start versus the Buffalo Bills. If that’s the case, the Bills defense gets a huge fantasy boost.
Drew Stanton, QB Arizona Cardinals – Stanton sprained his knee in Thursday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He’s questionable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. If Stanton is unable to play, the Cardinals will be down to Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. There isn’t much of a drop-off from Stanton to Gabbert, so Larry Fitzgerald’s fantasy value should remain steady.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Winston missed Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with a shoulder injury. He’s expected to miss an extended period of time. Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Buccaneers quarterback. He should have more success with Mike Evans returning from suspension.
Matt Forte, RB New York Jets – Forte missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with swelling in his knee. The Jets are on a bye so Forte will have an extra week to get healthy. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire split carries in Forte’s absence but the Jets couldn’t get anything going on the ground Sunday. Look for a similar timeshare if Fore is out in Week 12.
Devonta Freeman, RB Atlanta Falcons – Freeman suffered a concussion in Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. It’s Freeman’s second concussion of the season. He’s unlikely to play this week against the Seattle Seahawks. Tevin Coleman will see the majority of carries versus the Seahawks with Freeman out and be a low-end RB1.
Aaron Jones, RB Green Bay Packers – Jones is dealing with a sprained MCL. He’s expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Jamaal Williams replaced Jones on Sunday and will continue to see a bigger role in the Packers offense, especially with Ty Montgomery hurt too. Jones won’t be back until fantasy playoffs at the earliest. He isn’t a must-hold for owners fighting to get into the playoffs.
Rob Kelley, RB Washington Redskins – Kelley suffered a high-ankle sprain and a sprained MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He’s expected to miss multiple games and could be out for the rest of the season. Owners who have Kelley can safely drop him to open up a roster spot.
Ty Montgomery, RB Green Bay Packers – Montgomery re-aggravated a rib injury Sunday. He left the game and didn’t return. Montgomery is still undergoing tests but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he has a chance to play Sunday. If Montgomery can’t go, Williams will get the bulk of touches at running back for the Packers.
Will Fuller, WR Houston Texans – Fuller suffered cracked ribs in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The injury isn’t believed to be serious but it could cost Fuller at least one game. Fuller’s fantasy value has been on a downward spiral ever since quarterback Desean Watson was lost for the season.
Chris Hogan, WR New England Patriots – Hogan missed Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos with a shoulder injury. He didn’t practice last week and it was reported that Hogan’s arm was still in a sling. He’s considered week to week with the injury. Danny Amendola will continue to see more snaps until Hogan returns.
Allen Hurns, WR Jacksonville Jaguars – Hurns suffered an ankle injury late in Jacksonville’s win over the Chargers. He won’t play Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. Dede Westbrook is expected to be activated off injured reserve and will play this week. Marqise Lee remains the Jaguars No. 1 receiver and could see even more targets with Hurns out.
Jordan Reed, TE Washington Redskins – Reed missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. He should be considered week to week. Vernon Davis replaced Reed and caught seven passes for 76 yards. Davis will draw the start again this week and be a TE1 against the New Orleans Saints if Reed isn’t ready to return.
Delanie Walker, TE Tennessee Titans – Walker is dealing with a wrist injury he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was limited in Monday’s practice but Walker is expected to start Thursday night against the Steelers.