Even the minor injuries are worth noting as we approach the bye week vortexes. We’ve been remarkably lucky over the last six weeks, but there are always a few victims. Let’s take a look at who’s okay, who might be okay, who’s going to miss some time and who you should target as a replacement.
Next up: Jay Cutler
Cutler’s no prize, but he could at least pad stats in garbage time. He isn’t a great option in the short-term since Chicago faces Minnesota on Monday night before a bye week.
Cody Kessler (CLE): concussion
Ho hum, another quarterback change in Cleveland. When does the World Series start?
Next up: Kevin Hogan
Hogan rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. That was weird.
In fact, it was so weird that I’m going to go ahead and call it a fluke. Besides, it’s just a matter of time before someone else is in at quarterback.
Next up: Ryan Fitzpatrick, again
Fitzpatrick’s benching turned out to be short-lived. He didn’t throw any interceptions, so maybe he learned his lesson. His next two are against Cleveland and Miami, so he’s a viable streaming option with Eli Manning missing Week 8 and Andy Dalton, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Kirk Cousins missing Week 9.
Next up: Devonta Freeman
Freeman becomes the feature back, and he was already averaging 18.1 touches per game. If Coleman misses time, Freeman has elite RB1 upside.
Jerick McKinnon (MIN): possible high ankle sprain
McKinnon missed some time but managed to return to the game in a limited role. If he does indeed have a high ankle sprain, he could find his way to the inactive list. The Vikings play on Monday night this week, so it’s probably best to avoid him.
Asiata would probably start and get the most carries, but Hillman’s skill set is more similar to McKinnon. Asiata is the one you want, and Hillman could be a home run flex play if you’re desperate.
Sammie Coates (PIT): hand laceration/fracture
Coates already had problems catching the ball, so a hand injury is obviously not what he needs. The good news is Pittsburgh is going on bye, so he’ll get a chance to heal before Week 9. That’s also when Ben Roethlisberger will return if you believe the “4-6 weeks” story was manufactured by Big Ben to make him look tougher when he makes his triumphant return.
Next up: Darrius Heyward-Bey
Heyward-Bey doesn’t have the upside Coates has, but he’s always a threat to get deep for a touchdown. He’ll be an okay flex play if Coates isn’t back to normal after the bye.
LeSean McCoy (BUF)
McCoy screwed his owners by suiting up at less than full strength and possibly made his hamstring worse. He’ll probably be a game-time decision again this week.
Carlos Hyde (SF)
Hyde was inactive in Week 7. It’s possible he could return after missing just one game.
Dion Lewis (NE)
Lewis didn’t practice last week and was inactive. He’s a decent hold in PPR leagues.
Donte Moncrief (IND)
If his original prognosis was correct, Moncrief should be back this week or next week. He shouldn’t be on any waiver wires.